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Southeast Asia is home to some of the most picturesque and culturally rich destinations in world. Vietnam and Cambodia are particularly popular with travellers who want to experience the breathtaking landscape and delve deeper into the complex and fascinating nuances of Asian culture. If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, here are 3 of the best ways to see Vietnam and Cambodia.

Explore on Foot

For the active traveller, there’s no better way to explore these amazing destinations than with some traditional legwork. Walking allows you to truly take in the amazingly rich culture and traditions of the people who call Vietnam and Cambodia home. When it’s time to take a break, or you’ve got a little further to travel, there are plenty of opportunities to jump in a rickshaw, take a cycle tour or even go for a memorable ride on board a gentle elephant.

Explore the vibrant and bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, or take a bike ride out to Angkor then spend the day discovering the thrilling beauty of the temples on foot. Taking the time to tour Vietnam and Cambodia on foot gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the freshest and tastiest local cuisine, exotic music, amazing architecture and exquisite beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Relaxing River Cruises

Vietnam and Cambodia offers the chance for travellers to experience some of the best Asian river cruising in the whole of Southeast Asia. Taking a cruise is one of the most relaxing ways to explore these unique destinations, and the options for customising your trip are endless.

From a day tour on a local fishing boat to several nights away on board a luxurious river vessel, cruising on the Mekong is a stunning way to see Vietnam and Cambodia. Watch the floating markets as you pass by, visit remote villages on the banks of the river, and take in the breathtaking beauty of the landscape as you relax and enjoy the cruise.

Take a Tour

Organising your own adventure can be daunting, which is why many travellers choose to participate in organised tours. Not only do you benefit from the specialised local knowledge and amazing array of destinations, you will also get the very most out of every day that you spend travelling. Having all of your accommodation, travel and activities organised for you allows you to relax and truly soak up the amazing cultural experience of your trip.

From day tours to 3 week explorations, there’s an option to suit every style and budget. Some operators even offer private, fully tailored tours so that you can create an unforgettable travel experience to suit your own unique preferences.

For the ultimate adventure, why not combine all of these methods to ensure you truly get the most out of your stay. No matter how you choose to travel, the experiences you have on your Southeast Asian adventure will stay with you forever. From the generosity and knowledge of the local people to the sheer magnificence of the landscape, your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia will be the absolute experience of a lifetime.


Emma Jane has been travelling around Asia for the past six months with her partner discovering different places to explore. She believes tours are the best way to gain the most experience in a short amount of time.