Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam and Cambodia. These are two countries that are on the top of almost everyone’s must-visit list in Asia, and are two of the most popular tourist destinations for western travelers. And with their rich and varied histories, unique cultures, and the abundance of things to do, both ancient and modern, between them they cover almost everything you could want in a tour of Asia. Read on to know about the 14 Top 14 Things to Do in Vietnam Cambodia today:
- Visit Phnom Penh Palace:
One of the top 10 honeymoon places in vietnam cambodia, the star attraction of Phnom Penh built back in 1860 is not just a glittery palace dominating the city’s skyline, but also an important reminder of Cambodia’s blood-stained history. The elegant structure is characterised by its crown of stupas and towering spires, the handsome Silver Pagoda sitting adjacent to it, manicured tropical gardens, and the tranquility that prevails inside its high-rise walls. With all this and more, the Royal Palace is undoubtedly one of the best Cambodia tourist attractions.
- Angkor Wat
The legendary temple complex near Siem Reap contains one of the most famous temples in the world, Angkor Wat. And no trip to Cambodia would be complete without visiting it to watch the spectacular sunrise over this abundant temple complex. Originally built as a Hindu temple, it was converted to Buddhism in the 14th century. The temple contains thousands of examples of ancient Asparas carvings, and each one is unique and different from all the others.
- Traditional Khmer Performance
One of the top 12 things to do in vietnam cambodia today is to visit Phnom Penh has one of the most stunning dance performances in the world, and it is one of the best things you can do in Cambodia. The Apsara Show, a traditional Khmer performance, is a cultural dance that draws its roots from the ancient courts of the gods and kings of the Khmer Empire. The dance revolves around a single theme, usually a story, which is narrated by the flexible movements of the dancers and the beautiful eye-catching costumes.
- Dolphin Spotting on the Mekong River
The Irrawaddy River Dolphins are the rarest species of aquatic mammals in the world, and are unique to this part of Southeast Asia. These cute, snub-nosed dolphins make an exhilarating experience as one rides a local boat down the Mekong River, one of the last natural habitats of these divine creatures. The trip includes stunning natural views of the riverside country landscapes, and guarantees you will see the dolphins, as they love to swim in the wake of the boats as they cruise up and down the river. It is this innate friendliness that has caused their near-extinction in the past.
- The Famous Temple of Tomb Raider
The only temple in the Angkor Complex that was left in exactly the same state as when it was discovered, Ta Prohm was the ideal choice for the filming of the hit movie, Tomb Raider. A fascinating example of the power of Mother Nature, as the enormous roots have taken hold of the temple, and seem to defy anyone or anything to make them let go. Probably the most photographed and photogenic place in Cambodia, this ancient sanctum is one of the best tourist attractions in the country.
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- Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, and is one of the most visited attractions in the country. It is the final resting place of the most iconic leader in Vietnamese History, who was known to his people simply as “Uncle Ho”. Albeit against his wishes, his body was preserved in a glass shrine at the mausoleum in the center of Hanoi City.
- Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Set in the Quang Binh Province of north-central Vietnam, this beautiful natural park is a UNESCO World heritage Site, and the result of 464 million years of crust development that has produced the oldest karst formations in Asia. The park features an impressive cave and grotto system that extends for 70 kilometers underground, and its biggest chamber is more than five kilometers in length.
- The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
The sand dunes of Mui Ne are two of the most amazing geological wonders on the planet. incorporating huge areas of sand dunes of two different colors – red and white – it is a place best visited in the morning or late evening, as the days get too hot to handle.
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- Unique Homestay Experience
One of the most unique things about Vietnam is how friendly and accommodating the people are. And if you want to see the real Vietnam, and explore the culture of this ancient nation and how real people live, then a homestay with a real Vietnamese family, in remote areas of the country, is the way to go.
- Train Street, Hanoi
One of the least visited spots in Hanoi is known locally as train Street. very few people visit, since it is not widely known, but it is an exciting experience to walk down this strange residential street that has a railway track running down the middle of it. Every day at 3:30pm, a huge train passes along the street from the nearby railway station, and it is a photographers heaven to get a photo of the street as the train passes through.
- Light a lantern on Hoi An:
Every Tết (Vietnamese New Year), Hoi An is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour and light for its Lantern Festival. The celebration lasts for seven days, with the road from Hoi An Bridge to the Hoai River Square adorned with thousands of colourful lanterns. Over 50 workshops take part in the event, each trying to create the prettiest lantern. The colours are bright and the designs are strictly traditional.
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- Drop in the world’s largest cave:
Quang Binh province is a wild region of barely penetrable jungle in Vietnam’s skinny middle, close to the border with Laos. The area is riddled with hundreds of deep caves, including one of the largest in the world – Hang Son Doong. It contains a cavern so tall that a skyscraper could fit inside it.
- Drink ‘weasel’ coffee:
Buon Ma Thuot is also the heart of Vietnam’s thriving coffee industry. The Trung Nguyen coffee company is the big player here and there’s not a corner of paddy field or industrial zone in the area that doesn’t bear their logo. The upside is that the coffee here is excellent – especially the ‘weasel’ variety. Weasel coffee is the Vietnamese variation of Indonesia’s Kopi Luwak, produced with the help of small weasel-like creatures called civets. The civet eats the coffee berries, passes them quickly, and imbues them with a uniquely bitter taste.
- Taste Vietnamese Pho in Hanoi:
Pho is a Vietnamese staple – a quick, tasty meal made from four simple ingredients: clear stock, boiled beef, rice noodles and herbs or green onions. In Vietnam, you’ll find it served on street corners and upscale restaurants and in every family home. Hanoi has gained a reputation as the pho capital of Vietnam. Every restaurant here boasts a secret recipe – and you’ll find one of the best at Pho Thin on Lo Duc in the historic French Quarter. This unassuming pho house, with wooden benches and laminated tables, does things a little differently – such as stir-frying the beef in garlic before adding it to the soup. Local foodies insist it gives the pho an unusual smokiness, not found in other restaurants. Pho Thin is always packed.
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