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Old 26th April 2012, 01:12 PM
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Default Backpacker-scene in June-August in Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam

Hi everyone!

I am thinking to travel to Laos, Cambodja and Vietnam for approximately 2 months in June, July and first part of August. I know that a lot of these countries have their rain season during this period. It is not so much the weather that concerns me, but more the backpacker-scene during this time of year. As I've travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Bali before I am used to meeting a lot of like minded backpackers and having an extremely social trip. I am worried that a trip to Laos, Cambodja and Vietnam in June-August will in this respect be a dissapointment as the majority of backpackers will travel in a different time of year and not during the months June-August. Could someone tell me how the backpacker-scene is overthere during these months, are there a lot of backpackers? Is it considerably less that from January to March? When would u guys recommend me to travel? How is the party-scene in this period (I am used to and like the backpacker-parties)?
Is the weather really that bad during the rain season?

Thanks so much in advance!

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Old 27th April 2012, 10:18 AM
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I don't find the rain that bothersome. It's usually an evening thing and not overly excessive. You may get a few days of rain here or there, but like I said, it doesn't bother me.

I don't know enough to go into comparisons in each of those places in different months, but all I will say is that there are always other people travelling all year round. I think it goes without saying that there will be more people around in high season than low season but you will surely meet lots of people in those months. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 5th May 2012, 03:27 PM
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You will be in countries with vastly different cultures from what you're used to.

Why do you want to hang out with backpackers?
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Old 27th June 2012, 05:11 PM
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I'm Lizzie & i'm vietnamese. you should not worry about weather, not much rains during that time. It depends on your destination in VN. If you go to the North or Middle of VN, there may have some rains which may last whole day,or in the south there' re heavy rain but just in a while.

From Jan - Mar, you will enjoy the cold in The North (even 0 degree C), The South is hotter but the climate is very cool.
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Old 18th March 2013, 10:58 AM
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Default Siem Reap, Cambodia, in September this year

I am going to Cambodia on September this year. Besides Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are also listed to be visited. But still I have a question about a hotel you might have seen during your visit in Siem Reap. I booked the following hotel: Tara Angkor Hotel. You know if it is a good hotel? I heard good stories about it. What are the best attractions to visit in Siem Reap and in the surrounding?
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Old 22nd May 2013, 10:37 AM
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Default Siem Reap

I would say, grab yourself a 3 day pass and find yourself a decent tuk tuk driver to take you to the farther ruins and for a drive in some of the outlying villages. If you’re up for it consider renting a bike and checking out Angkor Wat on your own. There’s a lot to see and do so a lot depends on your time and budget. A few temples I would strongly suggest you check out besides Angkor Wat itself are Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and of course Ta Prohm just to see the amazing tree. The Banteay Srei temple is farther out of Siem Reap but has a very different feel than a lot of the others. If you want to do something else as well, you can visit the day and night market. I can really recommend these attractions.
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