According to Countryaah, the Kingdom of Cambodia is located on the Gulf of Thailand. It is bordered by Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east and Thailand to the west. The capital Phnom Penh is located in the center at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. In the center of the country there is an enormous fertile central plain, which is surrounded and protected by mountains. In it lies the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The Mekong, one of the ten longest rivers in the world, flows through the east.
Cambodia emerged from the empire of the Khmer, who left us the mystical Angkor. Its ruins, above all Angkor Wat – the largest temple complex in the world – are under UNESCO World Heritage protection.
In Cambodia, which is characterized by a warm and humid tropical climate, the monsoon ensures a rainy season from April to September. The subsequent drying time is significantly cooler. The proximity to the equator ensures warm temperatures all year round.
Best travel time:
The dry season between October and March is recommended for traveling to Cambodia. During this time, the tropical climate is well tolerated by travelers. But the months of the rainy season also have many advantages. The number of travelers is significantly lower – this is most evident when visiting the Angkor temples. The wet season should be used for tours in the rainforest. In general, these months are always a very exciting time for photographers and price-conscious travelers.
Laos, with its capital Vientiane, borders China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west and Myanmar to the northwest. In the north, across the border to Thailand and Myanmar, lies the legendary “Golden Triangle”.
This small country will stay in your memory long after your visit, because numerous facets reflect the old traditions. In the so-called Wats, the monasteries with their gold-plated temples, the pulse of the country beats up and down the country. In Luang Prabang, the most beautiful city in Laos, it is definitely worth spending several days.
Laos was able to keep its typical character and the friendly people and the leisurely pace of daily life mean relaxed travel. With Central European haste you will only reap a puzzled smile here.
The country is characterized by mountains and rivers and therefore has lush vegetation. On the Mekong, the country’s lifeline, Laos can be traveled in a different, leisurely way. The still little traveled south offers a paradise for nature lovers with the Bolaven Plateau and the 4000 islands in the Mekong.
The climate in Laos is determined by the cooler and drier northeast monsoon from November to April. This brings pleasant temperatures and a not so extremely humid climate with it. The southwest monsoon dominates the climate from May to October. There is sometimes a relatively high level of humidity and short but heavy rains.
Best travel time:
The best time to travel are the drier months between October and March, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the humidity is lower. For the north, the time between April and June is recommended. The “green season”, the rainy season, is particularly interesting for photographers, nature lovers and price-conscious people. Laos’ flora can then be admired in all its splendor.
Vietnam is home to over 90 million people. It is bordered by China to the north, the South China Sea to the east, and Cambodia and Laos to the west. The landscape in the south of Vietnam is shaped by the Mekong Delta, in the north the legendary Halong Bay is enthroned.
The Republic of Vietnam is known for its rich cultural heritage and great nature experiences. One of the many reasons why Vietnam travel has never been as popular as it is today. Treasures from various dynasties and a rich French colonial heritage await you on your journey in the land of “Uncle Ho”.
The elongated country is made for traveling on different routes from north to south. If you are interested in a trip to Vietnam, you should also consider Laos and Cambodia – because there are unique travel routes that perfectly combine the three countries of Indochina.
The north has a temperate tropical climate with a cool season from November to April and hot temperatures from May to October. In principle, one can speak of four seasons in our senses in North Vietnam: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The south is predominantly tropical. Throughout the year, temperatures in South Vietnam are relatively constant at around 25 to 35 degrees. It is generally a little cooler from November to January. From February to May it is rather hot with almost over 30 degrees. A longer rainy season can be expected between May and October. In the south one can therefore speak of two seasons, the rainy and the dry season. The cloud pass north of Da Nang forms the weather divide between North and South Vietnam.
Best travel time:
A general distinction is made between two travel times for Vietnam: With dry, not too hot temperatures, the period from November to March has already developed into the main travel time in Vietnam. During this time there is an extremely pleasant climate, which makes the tour through Vietnam much easier for us tourists. In addition to the main season, the rainy season with its rather hot and humid climate from June to August also has its charm. Because it usually only rains for one to two hours, mainly in the afternoons and evenings. This leaves enough time throughout the day to fully enjoy the Vietnam trip.