Top 15 Great Things to Do in Vietnam and Cambodia
Are you a travel enthusiast? Are you waiting for a long trip to see the beautiful scenery all over the world? Then, you don't have to go too far. In Southeast Asia, there are two countries with beautiful destinations blinking as paradise: Vietnam and Cambodia. These nations attract millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Not only fancy the view, but you can also find your new potential through other interesting activities. Let us show you the Top 15 Great Things to Do in Vietnam and Cambodia tropical paradises in Asia. Get them right now and head to the South!
- 1. Admire the sunrise over Angkor Wat
- 2. Cruise in Halong Bay
- 3. Take an Angkor Temple Biking
- 4. Explore Historical Cu Chi Tunnels
- 5. Learn History at Cambodia's Killing Fields
- 6. Walking in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 7. Ride a Local Boat in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
- 8. Voyage along the Mekong River in Vietnam & Cambodia
- 9. Taste Vietnam local street food
- 10. Try the Bamboo train in Battambang
- 11. Stay with locals in ethnic villages in northwest Vietnam.
- 12. Visit the Great Golden Hand bridge in Ba Ha Hills
- 13. Relax at Cambodia's beaches
- 14. Shop at Floating marketing in Vietnam & Cambodia
- 15. Get Clothes Made in Hoi An, Vietnam
1. Admire the sunrise over Angkor Wat
Travel to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat? Oops, you have already missed half of the meaningful experience of the trip. So what's interesting about this place? Everything in Angkor Wat is perfect, but if you miss the reflection of the whole temple surfing on the clear blue water under the dawn light, you may regret it a lot! At sunrise, Angkor Wat always attracts many people to visit and take photos, thanks to its marvel. Besides the landmark outside, you can visit wonders in the temple and climb up the stairs to see the temple with a different view. Nothing better than taking a selfie at dawn over Angkor Wat, so get your phone and enjoy the moment.
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2. Cruise in Halong Bay
Just a one-night cruise in Halong Bay is enough to make it a good choice. It's not wise to blow out a chance watching islands, beaches, villages, and caves at an easier speed. Cruising services in Ha Long also provides stops for swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, and hiking. If you don't like outdoor activities, you can relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Halong Bay cruises usually provide Vietnamese cuisine such as spring rolls, seafood, and poultry, together with separately-charged desserts for foodservice. In the evening, most travellers retire early and rest in the cabin. However, there will always be a group of people staying up late drinking in the bar on the ship until very late. This is your opportunity to socialize with others! If single, maybe you can meet your love soon!
3. Take an Angkor Temple Biking
In the case of jogging, it's definite that you can't cover all sites in a day. Then, using an Angkor Temple Biking is more flexible. Considered the most precious pearl of the country, with 6km surrounded by a trench and a large wall, the temple will brighten you up with unique Khmer architecture with sculptures. The combination of mountain temple architecture and narrow corridors also creates a mysterious temple area.
The welfare of taking a bike is that you can go around the Angkor Wat to see the Khmer's architecture's sophistication. It is up to the perfect design between the temple and the surrounding space making Angkor Wat a harmonious beauty. Let's see our Siem Reap Bike tours which are available for visit Angkor Wat by bike.
4. Explore Historical Cu Chi Tunnels
The tunnels at Cu Chi were a resistance base with a solid defence system located deep underground in the Vietnam War. Not only have a system of tunnels like a maze, but this place also owns many exits steaming out the bushes in the woods. Coming to the gunshot area, you are given instructions on disassembling a gun and testing your shooting skills. At the end of the journey, you will have a chance to eat potatoes, cassava, and sesame salt in the kitchen area.
After any tour or sightseeing, you want to buy a souvenir. At the souvenir shop in the tunnel area, there are a few items made from bullet shells or handmade bamboo and rattan products for you.
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Cu Chi Tunnel
5. Learn History at Cambodia's Killing Fields
There is no place in the world where tourists can be sad and compassionate as in Cambodia's Killing Fields. This place gives visitors the most real and painful glimpse of the horrific events that occurred in the country under Pol pot. Choeung Ek Dead Field was originally just an orchard but was later used by Pol Pot as a massacre by Cambodians. Although they have already invested in tourism, anyone who has gone deep into the dead will feel suffocated and feel uneasy when countless mass graves with the full stink of death.
Cambodia's Killing Fields
6. Walking in Hoi An Ancient Town
If you suppose that the old town is the only place to visit in Hoi An, you should think again because more than a dozen attractions are already waiting for you! Just enjoy the ancient breeze of the town by walking, and you will see what is true. It is an ideal destination for anyone who is seeking serenity. Exploration on foot also supports culinary fans with a long list that will fascinate you immediately at affordable prices.
The streets of the old city are arranged horizontally in a checkerboard style, with short and beautiful winding streets surrounding the houses. Strolling through each beautiful and quiet small street, visitors can enjoy delicious food and see part of Hoi residents' daily lives.
Hoi An Ancient Town
7. Ride a Local Boat in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
This landmark is where many wetland forest ecosystems, archaeological sites, and historical heritages are preserved. The rocky mountains, rivers, streams, forests, and cave systems there are very strict that there is an only way is to ride a Local Boat.
If you want to sit on a floating boat on the river and admire the smell of beautiful golden rice fields or lotus swamps, June to August is the best choice. This boat will take you to see all the wonderful things in the beautiful scenery of Tam Coc. Nothing is much more marvellous than going through mysterious caves on a boat and admiring the magnificent mountains.
Bamboo Boat Ride in NInh Binh
8. Voyage along the Mekong River in Vietnam & Cambodia
Visiting the Mekong River - one of the longest rivers in Asia is the safest way to explore the natural beauty along the Indochina Peninsula area. In addition to visiting the river, you can also walk into local villages, visit temples and shrines, and have the opportunity to learn about traditional workshops. More information about the culture and trade traditions of the locals is included in the tours.
Mekong River Cruises have become common recently thanks to investment transfer. Thus, it's nonsense to worry about the service as most of these yachts resemble the cruise boats in Europe. They own staff and chefs ready to serve local dishes with local guides sharing the culture and history of each region.
Mekong river Cruise
9. Taste Vietnam local street food
Many foreign tourists' overall impression after enjoying Vietnamese dishes is always from the local street food. One of the best things about enjoying food in a Vietnamese food hut is observing the locals' pace. You can sit together and watch the heat of the road while eating. What about those who don't understand Vietnamese? You only need to point out what someone is eating and then slowly discover interesting things, such as spices, drinks, or other rewards. Appearing on the table in turn, they changed from one surprise to another. The food is very fresh and creative, so all the challenges and troubles encountered in that small shop are unreasonable. Thus, there is no reason to refuse Vietnamese street food-top ten attraction tours!
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Taste Vietnam Local street food
10. Try the Bamboo train in Battambang
Battambang is not the most popular destination of Cambodia, but anyone who has been to the northwestern area may know the bamboo train. It is essentially a bamboo flatbed car with wheels powered by a scooter or tractor engine. Since the track is designed for only one vehicle at a time, a typical journey involves two vehicles that are completely removed when they meet to allow the other vehicle to pass. In Battambang, this has become a thing to do. You may have to wait in turn. This local rule may give fancy to you!
Bamboo Ride in Battambang
11. Stay with locals in ethnic villages in northwest Vietnam.
Ethnic villages northwest of Vietnam are features that you can't find anywhere yet. Why? As the culture of these areas is quite different from the majority-Kinh. Staying with locals is an occasion for you to immerse yourself in nature.
Small jeeps will take visitors deeper into the plantations located along with the Vietnamese northwestern ethnic village and have a close-up view of rural life. One of the best gifts of the northwest for visitors is interaction with the local community, like visiting the village on a rickshaw, accessing the local silk factories, and enjoying a fish market.
Homestay in northwest Vietnam
12. Visit the Great Golden Hand bridge in Ba Ha Hills
Like a golden silk belt that spans the sky and surrounds a unique hillside, the Golden Bridge is a place that brings many beautiful moments to tourists. At an altitude of 1000m above sea level, the Golden Bridge shines in every time, mostly at dawn. Until dusk, this place sank in the clouds like a fairy tale. It is considered an unprecedented project, which has received special attention and love from all over the world.
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Visit Golden Hand Bridge
13. Relax at Cambodia's beaches
It's such a pity not to travel to Cambodia's beaches once as these places own long stretches of white sand and turquoise of the ocean. Beaches like Koh Rong; Song Saa are truly mellow paradises that make you fall in love as soon as you check-in, where you will be completely relaxed amidst the warm and clear seawater of the tropics.
The most interesting experience there is to immerse yourself in the cool turquoise water, open your eyes wide to snorkel, and admire colourful coral reefs with all kinds of strange. Besides, other sea creatures like fish of all shapes and sizes always swim around you. Cambodia's beaches also offer a wealth of sea activities, such as kayaking or diving under cliffs. Choose your favourite activities and experience the best in Cambodia!
Relax at Cambodia Beach
14. Shop at Floating marketing in Vietnam & Cambodia
As a special attraction of the cities of canals, floating markets in Vietnam & Cambodia are a place to exchange, buy and sell agricultural products on the river. The first impression when visitors arrive here is the bustling business scene of small merchants. Hundreds of boats are parking close to each other, loading a lot of fresh items. You can enjoy the fresh air, cool breeze blending with the sound of the engine along with the waves crashing the side of the boat.
Unlike the terrestrial markets using advertising signs and lightboxes, people will advertise in the form of crooked trees. What you see on the tree is what they sell. So fascinating, right?
Shopping at Floating Market
15. Get Clothes Made in Hoi An, Vietnam
People of Hoi An dress so elegantly that the custom of this place becomes the inspiration of the worldwide fashion industry. Women still wear clothes of the same material and texture as the cheongsam of China but not sloppy.
The brand of Hoi An in fashion products not only brings the soul of the body and the land, but the clothes bought here also bring some atmosphere to Hoi An Street, rather than simple products, styles, and services. The flexible design is more transparent; even if you use Ao Dai, it will not be too formal. The Ao Dai here is tailor-made for foreign tourists, with more spacious western-style outerwear so that guests can still wear them on many other occasions when they return home.
Clothes made in Hoi An
Spending your holiday in Maldives or Hawaii is a good idea, in case you have enough budget. Thus, coming to Southeast Asia is preferable due to affordable prices. Not inferior to other landmarks, these destinations also have dreamlike paradise islands but still retain the pristine beauty captivating people's hearts. We bet that all you need is convenient enough to make you soft. Come on, all information on the 15 Great Things to Do in Vietnam and Cambodia are available in your hand. It's time to schedule a vibrant Vietnam Cambodia Tour for you!
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