About Cambodia And Vietnam

Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in South East Asia, famous as the successor state of the once powerful Hindu and Buddhist Khmer Empire. This Captivating destination is a land of beautiful temples, wild jungles and unspoilt countryside, yet still bears the scars of years of conflict.

For so long off limits to the tourist trail, Cambodia began to open up to visitors again in the late 1980s. Travellers poured into the capital Phnom Penh ever since and have marvelled the jungle temples of Angkor as the Khmer Rouge. Today's tourists can expect to mix luxurious hotels and restaurants with traditional markets and ramshackle side streets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. An extensive landmine clearing program has made other areas of Cambodia accessible, and visitors should take the time to discover the hill tribes around Banlung, the colonial architecture of Battambang and the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville.

Delight in Cambodia's Buddhist temples, such as Preah Vihear, located in the Dangrek Mountains. Do not miss Phnom Penh's gorgeous Royal Palace, which has a stunning and famous Silver Pagoda. Be sure to pay extra attention to the floor - it contains 5,000 silver tiles. Visit the interrogation centre of Pol Pot's regime in Phnom Penh and the Angkor Wat which is the most famous temple, the surrounding areas are worth visiting too. Go at sunrise or sunset. Travel to the little-visited northeast province of Rattanakiri, where there are hill tribes, gem mines and the life inspiring, and unspoilt national parks or simply relax at Sihanoukville, Cambodia's only beach resort, with its sandy beaches and offshore islands which are ideal for scuba-diving.

Intrepid foodies can look forward to sampling some unique delicacies in northern Cambodia as you experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals. With the road network improving, it's time for visitors to start exploring this delightful country beyond its imposing temples.


Quick Facts

Location: South-East Asia

Time: GMT + 7

Capital: Phnom Penh

Visa: Pre-departure visas required for some nationalities.

Language: Khmer is the official language and spoken by 95% of the population.

Weather

Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April.

Currency

The currency of Cambodia is the Riel.


Vietnam

Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and South China Sea to the east. With a population of over 86 million, Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world. When touring this inimitable land, a visit to the Ho Chi Minh City and its mausoleum is a must. Hue, the former capital of the emperors of Vietnam, and the remains of the Imperial Citadel are unforgettable for history buffs too. The Halong Bay which is one of the world's famous sites is made up of 3,000 limestone islands rising out of the South China Sea. If you are looking for some entertainment, visit the capital Hanoi for its thrilling life that also retains an air of French colonial elegance. Another highlight of this destination is the river markets on the Mekong Delta. The Vietnamese are friendly and endlessly generous, and travelling the country is nothing but a delight.

Quick Facts

Location: South-East Asia

Time: GMT + 7

Capital: Hanoi

Visa: Pre-departure visas required for some nationalities.

Language: Vietnamese is the official language. English, French, Chinese and occasionally Russian and German are spoken.

Weather

Because of its geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. Tropical monsoons occur from October to April in the north & south and from May to September in the centre, this is when most of the country's rain falls. It is best to travel between the shifting of seasons.

Currency

The currency of Vietnam is the Dông.

 

Accommodation

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