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Vietnam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.
Viet Nam's diverse natural environment, geography, history, and culture have created a great potential for the tourism industry. Viet Nam consists of long coastlines, forests, and mountainous regions with numerous magnificent landscapes. As well, Viet Nam has a long history and diversified culture with variety of ancient architecture constructions, and wonderful legends.
For many people, the main attractions when visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia are the magnificent temples of the Angkor temple complex. Besides the Angkor Wat, the complex consists of more than 100 temples of different shapes and sizes. The beauty of Cambodia goes far beyond the famous Angkor Wat ruins or the charm of the Khmer people’s simple life style.
The country’s food culture is also not to be missed. In the Khmer diet, rice and freshwater fish play big roles because of the abundance of both. Cambodia has two main sources of natural fresh water, the Mekong river and the Tonle Sap, a huge lake connected to the Mekong. In the monsoon season, the Tonle Sap floods some 16,000 square kilometers of the country, irrigating rice fields and providing breeding grounds for fish.
Most of the land is between 500 and 1,500 metres elevation, which moderates the heat of the surrounding areas of Southeast Asia and makes the climate more suitable for trekking and other physical activities. The forests contain an abundance of animal, bird, insect and plant life, and there are certainly many undiscovered species, new to science.
Ethnic groups in Phongsaly include Khmu, Tai Dam, Thai Daeng, Yao, Lue, Hor, Hmong, Akha, Yang, Bid, Lolo and others. Each ethnic group has own identity, language and culture such as wedding ceremonies, handicrafts, silver wares and jewelry. Boun Neua and Boun Tay are thriving little market towns, and now do a lot of trade with nearby Yunnan Province, China. Mouang Khoa is a small river port on the picturesque Nam Ou River.