Cambodia and Vietnam – alternatives to Thailand

Vietnam and Cambodia are two of the most incredible destinations to visit in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, a great deal of the attention that gets paid to Southeast Asia goes to Thailand, and this means that Vietnam and Cambodia are often overlooked by people who are coming to this part of the world.

When you are looking for a holiday destination that is a bit different from the normal holidays available, then going to Vietnam or Cambodia, can be a great alternative option. By coming to one of these countries instead, you are going to be able to avoid the crowded beaches, and tourist traps much more easily than you in a country such as Thailand and Malaysia.

Vietnam holidays will offer a fantastic range of opportunities for visitors, including the opportunity to visit two incredible cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as numerous other attractions throughout the country.

Coming to Ho Chi Minh City, perhaps better known as Saigon, is going to be one of the real highlights of the you’re trip to Vietnam. Compared to some of the other countries in Southeast Asia, this destination is incredibly progressive, and you will find a very warm culture, enjoying a very relaxed way of life.

As with many Asian cities, Saigon is a city of extremes, and you will find extraordinary wealth sometimes, and absolute poverty elsewhere. This is something that is interestingly reflected in many of the countries aspects that will appeal to tourists, such as restaurants. You will be able to find opulent dining opportunities at one moment, and right outside you will find a man selling noodles for less than a dollar.

Cambodia is a challenging country to travelling, but if you do face up to the challenge of coming here for a trip, you’re going to be greatly rewarded, and come away with memories that last a lifetime.

Perhaps the most famous attraction in the whole of Cambodia is Angkor Wat; these are the famous complex of temples which many people describe as one of the wonders of the world. If you want to visit these temples on your Cambodia holidays, then you should head to the city of Siem Reap, which is the second largest in Cambodia, as it provides the perfect place to base yourself for an exploration of the temples.

Most people choose to spend two or three days exploring the temples, and spending a couple of nights in the city. If you find it particularly interesting, it is easy to spend an entire week here just wondering around these incredible ancient monuments. While these temples are incredible, and are certainly worth visiting while you are in Cambodia, they are not the only highlight that is available to see in this country.

The weather here is spectacular, so you can be sure of some stunning beaches along the country’s coastline, which is in the south. In the recent past, this area has become much more suitable for tourists, and there are plenty of accommodation options along the beach.