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Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia?

Posted by piglet44 on 13/8/2008 at 13:35

We have two weeks to travel in April.
Which country would be the best bet? We like temples, scenery, people. Not looking for a tough trek more something "soft" but cultural.
Have been to South India, China and Thailand in past trips and enjoyed all of them.
Heard that the Vietnamese are not so friendly.Any comments?

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Posted by jimsparadise on 13/8/2008 at 17:35

Since you enjoy temples, scenery, and people, I think Laos offers much in all those things. Although, the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia--along with their beach area of Sihanoukville offers good variety in a vacation. I found the Vietnamese to be fine--just a little more Capitalistic. Laos is way laid back--Cambodia is somewhere in between. I suggest searching this website--write down names of places,from cities, temples, sites to see, and google them up on internet for all 3 countries and one should stand out for you. I love all 3 and will return to all of them for some more good times.

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Posted by wendo on 14/8/2008 at 11:26

Definitely Siem Reap for the temples so many to visit all unique. Angkor Wat is stunning as is Angkor Thom (inclding Bayaon) venture further to Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre etc. There is also Preah Vihear. I found Cambodians very friendly and a lot speak English. Lots of fun to travel around - I spent 2 months there and 1 month in Laos. Laos is also very beautiful with Wat Phu 4000 Islands, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Cambodia very cheap to travel. April is starting to get cooler and quieter and less tourists. It starts to rain a little more in April. I highly recommend both Cambodia and Laos. I was going to Vietnam but a lot of people who have done all three said not to bother as Vietnam was too pushy.

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Posted by SteinOfOrange on 6/10/2008 at 20:50

Laos is the best, if you want "old school" Asia. Vietnam is far more beautiful than Cambodia. Angkor Wat is a one day expereince.

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