/ Good trekking cambodia/vietnam/laos??
Cambodia - Angkhor Wat at sunrise is pretty fabulous but it's the thing that all tourists want to do. Ta Prohm and Kbal Spean need checking out too :-)
Fantastic trekking in Northern Vietnam in and around Sa Pa. You can trek village to village and stay with the minority hill tribes in their homes, or even rent a moped and explore further afield. Can't really recommend the Central Highlands. Haven't been to the other countries- have heard great stuff about Laos.
PS road safety is pretty shocking- avoid night buses if possible- the night trains are great. Flying in-country is pretty cheap too.
Was in Cambodia 10 years ago when the north of the country had just opened up. Met a couple in Ban Lung who had been on an authentic jungle trek with local guides. So authentic that they got dysentry and even the guides were suffering. I tried half-heartedly to arrange a similar trip myself but couldn't track down the guides, I suspect they were lying low.
Ban Lung was probably the best place I visited in all my travels but it has no doubt become over-run with backspackers and gone all Vang Vieng by now.
Cambodia it's quite easy to get off the beaten track, Laos is even easier. In my experience, the less touristy the country was, the more enjoyable it was. Laos was easily my favourite country out of the three. It's the least developed and it's got good trekking too. I think in terms of the scenery, it's all very similar in all three countries, so personally I'd go for the country that is the best aside from the trekking i.e. Laos.
The only thing I'd recommend Thailand for is scuba diving on the islands and/or west coast and going to Chiang Mai, hiring good motorbikes from Tony's Big Bikes and doing a roadtrip.
Ditto the above - I've been to Thailand, Cam & Laos several times and it's beautiful country. With, in the majority, lovely, welcoming people. Not been to Vietnam yet, but there are established treks (Ho Chi Minh for example). You'll find 'adventure sports' operators in most areas who could probably arrange stuff for you, or point you in the right direction.
Local knowledge might be a good option in some areas - don't want to come across as the health and safety police, but it's worth bearing in mind that Laos is the most bombed country on the planet and there are still millions of tonnes of unexploded ordenance from the vietnam war knocking about... I personally wouldn't go thrashing about in the jungle within 200 miles of the Lao/Vietnam border!
Do your research before you go, you'll have a fantastic time.
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