Cambodia and Vietnam are neighbouring countries in arguably one of the most beautiful corners of the globe. Both countries have areas still rooted deep in tradition, with magnificent relics dating back centuries to remind us of the illustrious history that made each place what it is today.
Cambodia is a country that has seen much suffering but is on the road to recovery with a very bright future ahead. This beautiful piece of Asia has immense charm and is attracting tourists aplenty to her many temples, natural wonders, bustling markets and city life. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is only one of the prime tourist attractions that draw people in daily. The level of preservation of this Buddhist temple (previously Hindu temple) is astounding and one could spend days exploring its many intricacies.
While a substantial number of other temples, ruins and impressive buildings continue to beckon travellers to Cambodia, there is still so much more to this unassuming country. Beautiful beaches, with quiet corners or colourful activity, dense jungles that are seemingly untouched, fields and mountains and plenty of activities to while away the time. From hiking to scuba diving and snorkelling, there is no shortage of things to do in Cambodia.
Most people end up being surprised at how much the country has progressed and that there’s more modernity now in terms of infrastructure, mobile network (wifi is super fast and free everywhere), as well as transportation. Locals are the best people to direct you to the popular food places, and off the radar places to visit. – Yafieda, Travel Chameleon
The islands are incredibly beautiful and you can still find some quieter ones that are perfect for switching off – we spent 10 days forgetting about time and social media on the white sand beaches and the tree house bungalows of Koh Ta Kiev!
The people of Vietnam are so welcoming and friendly, that it’s very easy to fall immediately in love. Added to this, the picturesque settings ranging from super remote to humming with activity are all as beautiful as one could ever imagine beauty to be. Some areas of Vietnam are virtually untainted by anyone but the original, local communities, giving travellers a real taste of the true and authentic spirit of this country. Many attractions keep tourists busy and it’s easy to get completely sucked into the mystery of age-old temples, ruins and villages. Beaches are also beautiful and in abundance, as are resplendent jungles and roaming countryside explorations.
In terms of nightlife in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is buzzing with activity. Think roadside cafes aplenty, offering cheap drinks and an addictive vibe, live entertainment, bustling streets with loads of friendly people going somewhere to have a good time. Nha Trang is more your beach party type of ambiance, keeping travellers on their dancing feet.
Be prepared to go on a rollercoaster of contrasting environments. Vietnam constantly shifts from peaceful seaside village to overwhelming cityscapes packed with millions of scooters and never-ending bustle.
Sapa region of northern Vietnam and visit historic Hoi An. You’ll get to experience completely different cultures, foods and scenery this way.
Anyone can fall in love with Vietnam. The country caters to everyone from broke backpackers to families, couples, retirees and those wanting to stay in luxury. The country is extremely safe and the locals are very friendly.
WEATHER/CAMBODIA: it is hot and humid with an average temperature around 27.C (80.F). There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot. These seasons are:
The Rainy season: From June till October 27-35.C (80-95.f)
The Dry season (cool) : From November till February 17-27.C (80-95.F)
The Dry season (Hot) : From March till May 29-38.C (84-100.F)
FOOD : Cambodian food might be lesser known than the world-renowned dishes of neighboring countries like Vietnam and Thailand . Khmer gastronomy is pretty distinct and offers a bit of every flavor.
CURRENCY : The official currency in Cambodia, the Cambodian riel, trades at around 4,000 riel to the US dollar. Whether you make a purchase in dollars or riel, you’ll get change for your purchases in riel (1,000 riel is 25 cents)
VISA : Cambodia issue Visa on Arrival for all nationals. For more information, pls visit https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
WEATHER : March to May offers the best weather countrywide. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region. In Hanoi & the north, May to October is hot and humid with high rainfall; November to April is cooler and dry. In the far north, December & January can be particularly cold. Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January & August when temperatures can hit the mid-30°C’s; whilst high levels of rainfall can occur in September, October & November. Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.
CURRENCY: The currency is Vietnamese Dong
FOOD : Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
VISA : Vietnam issues the tourist visa at the port of entry only. Howeevr you have to obtain the permit by applying before you fly to Vietnam . For more details pls visit www.vietnam-visaonline.org