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Exploring Indochina

Gary Alan November 9, 2016

Discover one of the world’s most fascinating regions swathed in tropical beauty. For beaches, cities, cuisine and culture, Indochina, including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, is hard to beat. 

Vietnam - lush landscapes and fascinating culture 

Vietnam has so much to offer, from the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, to the temples of the Khmer Dynasty and the lantern festivals of Hoi An. It’s also a fantastic spot to try the delicious cuisine of the region. When hunger strikes, sample the best street food with a bowl of Pho; an aromatic broth and just one of many signature dishes of Vietnam. Then, head to the coast to sunbathe on unspoilt Non Nuoc beach, or gaze out as Chinese junks sweep Halong Bay and women gather in iconic ‘au dai’ garments and conical hats. Whether you choose to explore recent poignant history on a visit to War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh or cycle through the ancient city of Hue, the people will charm you, the food will surprise you and the landscape will capture your heart.

Cambodia - empire of ancient temples

From the mountains to the Mekong River and Angkor temples to the night markets of Siem Reap, Cambodia will captivate you.. Take your time wandering through the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Moonlight Pavilion, or learn about the history of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng when you visit the monument located in the village of Choeung Ek. You’ll be charmed by the infectious smiles and indomitable spirit of Cambodians you meet along the way. Then recline on the beaches in Sihanoukville to soak up your adventure in the sunshine of the Gulf of Thailand.

Laos - land of hidden treasures

Many travellers claim that authentic Laos is the unspoilt pearl of Indochina; and it’s not hard to see why. Whether white-water rafting or zip lining in jungles where rare wildlife can be seen, you’ll fall for the beauty of the landscape and the local people. Swim in the pools of the Khuang Xi waterfalls; observe orange robed monks and indulge in the spicy meat salads, noodles and curries of typical Laos cuisine. Cut off from the world for many years, many of Laos’ cultural treasures are remarkably well preserved. Discover the Royal Palace or explore the traditional wooden houses and golden-roofed wats of ancient capital Luang Prabang, now appointed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Myanmar - untouched by modern life

Take a trip back in time in extraordinary Myanmar, among the floating villages and blissful beaches. Discover the shining golden Shwedagon Pagoda alongside grand colonial architecture in the bustling city of Yangon, or travel though sleepy villages and wander among ancient temples in Bagan. Take the road to Mandalay to discover the original capital of Myanmar, or head for the sea and the pristine beauty of either Ngwe Saung Beach or the palm-fringed Ngapali Beach in the Bay of Bengal. As you gaze out across the ocean at the golden sunset, home will seem a million miles away.

Wherever in exotic and beguiling Indochina you choose to explore you’ll find a land of surprises, spirituality, world class beaches and delicious cuisine. Why not try a Grand Tour of Indochina or visit our Far East pages for more inspiration.