My family and I just returned from a three week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. It gave us a peek into the lives of the people living there.
Both are war-torn countries, and almost all of the individuals we met have family members who were killed, injured, or displaced by wars. They told us that their governments are still corrupt with fixed elections, billions of dollars misspent, lack of basic infrastructure and living conditions below the poverty level.
They are a very kind and friendly people— tour guides, hotel staff, people in the cities and small villages all did their best to greet us with smiles and make us feel welcome. Children were very polite and would always smile and say “hello madam!”