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Classic Indochina Adventure Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Join an Indochina Adventure through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
The Indochina spice shelf is as flavoursome and diverse as they come. Thailand offers a hectic flurry of colour and tradition, while Laos provides a subtle and subdued vibe by day and a fiery night-life once the sun goes down. Cambodia packs a punch of history and has a touch of French tang; and Vietnam’s fresh vibrancy calms the senses, despite being just as chaotic as any of Asia’s big cities. This corner of the world is a favourite for many globetrotters and there is little question why - it’s cheap, has fantastic cuisine, pristine beaches, ancient wonders and relatively good air conditioning in the year-round hot weather. But the main thing that keeps adventurers coming back is the people, with their genuine smiles and generous national spirit.
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Fresh off the plane, be swept into the chaos of Thailand’s capital city. Journey to the hectic souvenir mecca of the night market, discover the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Chinatown or unwind with a traditional Thai massage.
After a morning of exploring Bangkok’s grungy, yet delightfully hectic streets on a guided walking tour, hop aboard a plane to bound for Chang Rai - the next leg of our journey.
Rise early and cross the boarder into Laos. See the local people preparing their homes and shops for the day on a leisurely boat cruise down the Mekong. Arrive in Pakbeng and settle in before exploring the streets, which are often filled with Hmong and tribal Thais selling textiles and handicrafts. This is an awesome chance to get up close and personal with the ethnic groups of the area.
Continue floating down the Mekong stopping at various sights on the way, such as the Pak Ou Caves, before arriving in Luang Prabang. This French colonial town is the perfect showcase of old and new Laos. At dawn, watch a procession of monks walk the main street collecting alms, then head to the incredible Kuang Si Waterfalls. For the brave, take a dip in the freezing yet fresh ponds or climb to the top of the waterfall for an impressive view of the valley. In the evening, bargain for your dinner at the night bazaar and try some barbequed meats and fruit shakes.
Better understand the devastation inflicted on the Xieng Khuang Province during wartime and visit Muang Khun, the province’s former capital which was sadly destroyed during bomb raids and abandoned in 1975.
Uncover the mystery surrounding the bizarre Plain of Jars before heading to Laos’ capital. Explore the sights and French influences of the city and watch the sun set over the river while sampling some spicy curries.
Cambodia's tragic past still casts a shadow over its capital city. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a building that was transformed from a school into a high-security prison by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, then venture to Choeung Ek, the Killing Fields. Throughout the day, learn about the catastrophic genocide that killed millions of Cambodians. In the afternoon, unwind around town with a visit to Psar Thmei (Central Market) or Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market), or take an optional cyclo tour for a local perspective of the city.
A vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food, a time-worn French feel and certain famous temples on its doorstep - Siem Reap is a little town with a big, pulsating heart. Immense, awe-inspiring, extraordinary - the Angkor Wat temples are all this and much more. Built in the 12th century, this former Khmer city is nothing short of spectacular.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street vendors, cyclos, temples, shops and colonial architecture.
With lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, artisan shops, ancient houses, colourful temples and beautiful smiles, Hoi An is a Vietnamese wonderland.
Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.
Halong Bay is a place of surreal beauty, with ethereal limestone islands jutting out of jade waters and atmospheric caves and grottoes carved out by time.
With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.
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