Indochina… which includes Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, is a magical land steeped in history and cultural diversity which stretches back through the centuries. Together these countries offer the discerning tourists a veritable treasure trove of unique experiences. Everywhere you go you will find the old and the new competing for its place in the present. Some of the distances are vast and it’s easier to travel by air. However, taking that option all the time could deprive you of some of the most idyllic scenes. Vietnam is a country full of incredible sights and sounds, and is continuing to emerge as a must-visit destination. The thousands of miles of pristine, near-deserted coastline will satisfy even the pickiest of sunbather, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests. But Vietnam is also vibrant and full of culture and history. Visit the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), explore the garden city of Hanoi or learn about the infamous war tunnels.
Vietnam offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world. Laos, is a country that moves to its own measure of time. Life flows along at a languid pace which mirrors the waters of the Mekong River that flows through the country. Towns are less hectic than elsewhere in Asia and the countryside is a rare combination of beauty and tranquillity. This landlocked nation of six million people exudes a delightful, almost other-worldly, charm and reminds visitors of a simpler, less harried past. In Cambodia, Angkor was at the core of one of humankind’s greatest civilizations. They built immense and dazzling cities and temples decorated with intricate stone carvings to honour both their gods and themselves.
At its height in the late 12th century , Angkor is believed to have been home to about one million people. One of the largest cities on earth at that time. It has been said the temples of Angkor represent the finest architectural artistry in human history. To comprehend their grandeur and magnificence requires imagination. Imagine the Great Egyptian Pyramids at Giza if every stone were carved with portrayals of fantastic myths and legends. To better grasp the sheer scale, both St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London would fit easily inside the perimeter walls of Angkor Wat. The country of Cambodia itself remained a quiet, undisturbed backwater for much of the last century. Now emerging from years of isolation, the country offers a true taste of Southeast Asia and is an ideal addition to any Vietnam and Laos itinerary.
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