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Cambodia or Vietnam?? by mylomook on 3 February 2010 5:26am
Well travelers, I got back from Japan about a week ago and already my thoughts are drifting to my next journey.

Come April my brother will be flying out to see me. We plan to travel around South Korea for a bit, but also intend on visiting another country for 5-7 days.

My brother is very interested in history so he is leaning towards Vietnam or Cambodia. Has anyone been to either country? Or if not, is there another country close to Korea worth exploring??

Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by suzulu on 4 February 2010 1:40pm
I haven't been to either country but two friends of mine have been to Vietnam and enjoyed it. Another friend worked for a short while in Cambodia. I think Vietnam should be your choice.
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by Ken Dunn on 6 February 2010 6:16am
Neither for me, but if I really had to choose it's still neither.
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by Spursfan on 6 February 2010 10:13am
Well along with most people of my generation I grew up constantly hearing about the Vietnam war - or protests about it - on the TV news etc, so I would like to see the place for myself.

That's really the only way I would choose between them.
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by peripatetically on 8 February 2010 1:02pm
Same for me, Ken. lol
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by tucsonmike on 15 February 2010 1:11pm
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by Mystic Traveller on 21 February 2010 4:02am
I have visited Vietnam once and Cambodia four times. I plan to go to the latter again in March.

Vietnam is a wonderful country, but I prefer Cambodia, because I am deeply in love with Angkor Wat. When I first visited back in 1998, Cambodia was an adventure, very intense, dangerous and there was a palpable air of misery, lingering from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, who still remained in the north. However, it is amazing what a decade can do. Whatever one may think of Hun Sen's leadership, with the political stability he has instilled, a lot of international investment has come as a result, and Cambodia is rapidly improving. It is still a very poor country, but there is a sense of hope now. Phnom Penh has become a more civilised, very pleasant city, where once it used to be a Wild East frontier.

Unfortunately though, as a consequence of this change, the adventure has gone somewhat, as bus loads of tourists descend upon Angkor. I miss being able to wander around the temples in relative seclusion. Regardless, Angkor and all the temples that comprise the complex, is a staggeringly breathtaking place. Enjoy!
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by mylomook on 22 February 2010 2:33am
For those of you that say neither, can you explain why? Or another Asian counrtry you would prefer to visit?

Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by HastobeKatt on 7 March 2010 6:49pm
I find it weird that the US v Vietnam war has stayed in peoples minds but not 'The Killing Fields' - is this an American thing?
Re: Cambodia or Vietnam?? by HastobeKatt on 7 March 2010 6:50pm
Both are on my 'must see'...but particularly Cambodia.
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