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What is the difference between Vietnam and Cambodia?

Two beautiful countries with hidden secrets

There are so many reasons to choose to visit the most beautiful part of the world and choosing to book a tour and see the best of what Southern East Asia is both exciting and daunting.

Vietnam and Cambodia are both high on the list of any intrepid traveller looking for their next fix of culture and tradition and you can now combine both amazing places in one easy tour.

When time is of the essence, choosing just one country to spend your time, can be over-whelming.

Sit back and relax as we have carried out the research for you and as experts at organis-ing tours in Vietnam and Cambodia we certainly have the knowledge and experience.

We have given you a perfectly easy list of differences to help you choose if you should visit Cambodia or Vietnam.

Both countries will offer you a fantastic experience, where culture and outstanding coun-tryside awaits you.

What are the differences between Cambodia and Vietnam?

Vietnam borders the gulf of Thailand, China, Laos and Cambodia. The countryside is di-verse with low flat plains, hilly highlands and mountainous forests.

Hanoi is the capital with a population of just over 3 million, but Ho Chi Minh City is home to the larges population at just over 7 million.

Vietnam is a country full of hidden secrets and the most amazing sights awaiting to be explored. Choosing to take a tour is the perfect way to ensure you see everything the country and cities have to offer.

You could visit Halong Bay; made up of over 3000 small islands dotted in crystal blue waters. One of the most photographed places in Vietnam you will simply love spending time here, watching the sunset in perfect surroundings is one of the favourite tourist past times in Halong Bay.

Cambodia borders the gulf Thailand as well as Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

Phnom Penh is the capital and holds a population of just over 1.7 million. In comparison to Vietnam, Cambodia is much smaller with less people making the country feel bigger and quieter to visit.

Cambodia is home to the wonder of Siem Reap.A HUGE expanse of temples which offers the chance to see some of the most impressively monumental buildings the country has to offer. You will be able wonder around ancient ruins whose size alone will leave you and your family breathless and in awe of the temples. Temples which hold a thousand years of memories and history.

Collectively over  15 million tourists a year visit Cambodia and Vietnam; with the majority heading to its impressive temples and angelic untouched countryside.

Using a local tour operator for your Cambodia and Vietnam tour will make your experience unique and personal. A tour operator will spend time building your perfect itinerary and ensure you are aware of customs and traditions.

These are our top reasons to visit these two wonderful countries and a few tips to ensure you get the best out of your tour too.

Both countries are home to some of the friendliest and amazing People in Asia.

Both countries pride themselves on being welcoming and friendly. You will be greeted with beaming smiles and the warmest of welcomes.

Service and hospitality is at the heart of everywhere you will visit and if you can learn some of the local language you will be greeted with open arms.

Cambodia - The traditional way of greeting in Cambodia is ‘Som Pas’. You place your hands together, with fingertips near the chin and give a slight bow of your head. You can greet someone by shaking hands, but as a visitor it is always best to greet someone how they greet you.

Vietnam - It is polite to greet someone by saying ‘Xin Chao’ followed by their name. Many Vietnamese greet each other by shaking hands, hand shakes should be made using both hands and bow your head slightly to show respect.

Countries offering iconic, breathtaking sights and wondrous views.

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Can you believe there are over 31 world heritage sites in South east Asia alone?
Vietnam and Cambodia are home to many of the world heritage sites. Your tour operator will be able to advise the best places to visit in both countries.

One day you could be standing in front of the temples of Angkor Was in Cambodia or marvelling at the views of endless rice paddies and then meet the hustle and bustle of some of the most busiest and vibrant cities; such as Hanoi and Hoi An in Vietnam.

World Heritage Sites - Vietnam or Cambodia?
Cambodia - Angkor Wat is one of the most important world heritage sites in South east Asia. The temples date back to the 15th century and at nearly 400 km2 the temples are a sight to behold. A magical array of royal remains.

Your tour operator will be able to advise the best times to visit too.

Vietnam - My Son Sanctuary dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries. The area is a remarkable ensemble of nearly 71 temples that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.

Countries which both offer some of the most diverse Wildlife
Often a reason overlooked when visiting Asia, but both Cambodia and Vietnam hold acclaim to being home to diverse wildlife.

If you choose to take a tour trekking through a wild forest or bamboo forest, you could well be greeted with a host of amazing animals. From dragons, lizards to monkeys and a host of beautiful mini beasts.

Cambodia - You could be lucky enough to see elephants, deer, wild oxen, bears or even a tiger (although very rare)! Your tour operator will be able to organise a fabulous wildlife trek through local countryside. Birds are spectacular on this side of the world too and you do not even have to travel far to see some of the most beautiful feathered friends.

Vietnam - Can you believe Vietnam is home to the honey bear? However, you will most likely be able to see wild monkeys and much smaller animals like flying squirrels and even the odd turtle or two.

Whatever your reasons to visit South east Asia, we cannot fail to be amazed but the diversity of both countries. Both will offer you the chance to experience some of the most amazing destinations.

Whichever country you choose to visit on your tour, you can expect to be greeted by friendly people, fantastic temples and some of the best views you will experience anywhere in the world.

Why choose a tour operator for your Cambodia & Vietnam tour?
A local tour operator like Vivutravel can help with your journey around their spectacular country, they are used to working with budgets on all levels and have your best interests at heart.

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Why It Benefits to Combine a Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

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