Cambodia (Kampuchea in Khmer, which derives from the Sanskrit name KambujadeÅa (à¤à¤®à¥à¤¬à¥à¤à¤¦à¥à¤¶)) is now emerging from bad spell of about 500 years. Cambodia has a low-lying central plain that is surrounded by uplands and low mountains and includes the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and the upper reaches of the Mekong River delta.
The largest ethnic group in Cambodia are the Khmers who live with tiny groups of Chams, Vietnamese and Chinese. Cambodian culture is influenced by Theravada Buddhism and Hinduism, of the lowland Khmer. The cultural fabric is further enriched by some 20 culturally distinct hill tribes.
Laos or Muang Lao (Lao: à»àº¡àº·àºàºàº¥àº²àº§, Muang Lao) is a country with thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains and some plains and plateaus.
The majority of Laotians are ethnic Lao or Lao Loum (lowland people). The Lao belong to the large Tai family. Other ethnic groups are located at higher altitudes and called the Lao Theung (midland people) and Lao Soung (highland people). Midland people are Mon-Khmer tribes. Higher up are the Hmong, Yao (Mien), Dao, Shan, and several Tibeto-Burman speaking peoples. Ethnic groups such as the Lua and Khmu people who are indigenous to Laos.
Theravada Buddhism is a dominant influence in Lao culture. It is reflected throughout the country from language to the temple and in art, literature, performing arts, etc. Many elements of Lao culture predate Buddhism, however.
Vietnam (Vietnamese: Cá»ng hÃ²a xÃ£ há»i chá»§ nghÄ©a Viá»t Nam) is a country with magnificient vistas of an industrious nation. Vietnam’s land is mostly hilly and densely forested, with level land covering no more than 20%. Mountains account for 40% of the country’s land area, and tropical forests cover around 42%.
including the fabled Mekong river delta.
The dominant ethnic group are the Viet or Kinh people concentrated mainly in the alluvial deltas and coastal plains of the country. Vietnam is also home to 54 ethnic minority groups, including the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Thai, and NÃ¹ng. Many ethnic minorities â such as the Muong, who are closely related to the Kinh, dwell in the highlands.
Vietnam’s culture has developed over the centuries based on the practise of wet rice agriculture. Some elements of the national culture have Chinese origins, drawing on elements of Confucianism and Taoism. Vietnamese folk religion (Vietnamese: tÃn ngÆ°á»¡ng dÃ¢n gian Viá»t Nam, tÃ´n giÃ¡o báº£n Äá»a Viá»t Nam) is dominant in Vietnam. Next is Mahayana Buddhism as well as Christianity. Sizeable Vietnamese are aethists