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Planning a Vietnam and Cambodia travel expedition can be exciting, but also quite stressful. There are many things to think about: flights, accommodation and also what to do when you get there. However, once you get to either of these destinations, both are great for relaxation.
Before you book anything else, you should arrange your flights. Routes to both countries are now relatively cheap, with a number of major airlines flying there from the UK's bigger airports. Compare costs on price comparison websites and also try to find out as much as possible about the airline or agent you're travelling with before you book.
Once you get to either Vietnam or Cambodia, it is easy to travel between each country. There is a river border crossing between the two countries on the banks of the Mekong, and buses and cars are cheap and popular ways of getting across. Just make sure you have the relevant paperwork and an international driving licence if you're the one behind the wheel.
The weather in both Vietnam and Cambodia is warm all year round, but there are also rainy seasons. In Vietnam, June and July are the hottest months, with temperatures getting up to 33 degrees C; though these are also the months which have the most rainfall. If you're looking for all-round good weather, visit between November and March when temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees C and there's relatively little rainfall. Cambodia has the same sort of weather, with the rainy season reaching its peak in September and October and temperatures in the low 30s all year round.
You should also make sure that your passports are valid before setting off; both countries are strict about the expiration of these documents. A visa is required for entry into both states, as well: Vietnamese visas are usually only valid for one entry, while Cambodian visas only allow you to stay for one month.
Both countries are great to explore, but they're particularly good for relaxing in, too. The beaches in Da Nong in Vietnam and Kep or Sihanoukville in Cambodia will give you an opportunity to forget about your worries, soak up some sun and just chill out. There are also many spa hotels which will give you the opportunity to relax while having a treatment such as a massage or a manicure.
If you would prefer to see the sights, you could arrange to go on an organised tour. There are many of these available, including cycling, culinary and hiking expeditions. While in Vietnam, be sure to visit the capital, Hanoi, for the Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem lake) in the middle of the city. Also worth a look is Ha Long Bay, a complex of 3,000 chalk islands which have risen from the South China Sea.
In Cambodia, a very popular tourist attraction is the floating village of Kompong Luong. Here, shops, restaurants, petrol stations and houses can all be seen floating on the great lake. The Yeak Laom volcanic lake and Bokor national park are other frequently-visited sites.
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