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The Kingdom of Cambodia is intoxicating, its people so gentle, riendly and welcoming and boasts some spectacular sights.
The Khmer Empire (802–1431) was one of the most powerful empires in Southeast Asia which ruled much of what today is Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
For the traveller, the country’s main attraction remains the opportunity to see what is left of that astonishing Angkorian dynasty and its breathtaking collection of remarkable, intricately decorated temples. in particular the incomparable Angkor Wat itself, very high on many a "must-see" wish list and hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Siem Reap, close to Tonle Sap Lake, is the gateway to the many awesome UNESCO-protected temples of Angkor. There’s also a huge night market to wander around as well as a wide choice of bars to relax in after a hard day’s sightseeing.
Renowned for its elegant French architecture, the city is home to some sightseeing gems, including the astonishing Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Must-sees also include The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and nearby Killing Fields that tell of the Khmer Rouge, a story that should never be forgotten.
The stunning temples of Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong - known as the Roluos Group due to their proximity to the modern town of Roluos - represent the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. Hariharalaya was established as a capital city by Jayavarman II and served as the Khmer capital for more than 70 years.
In the last capital of the great Khmer Empire, you will visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the main features are the towers, each with four or five gently smiling faces, more than 200 in total.
Pre Rup temple, about 2km northeast of Srah Srang and 500m south of the East Baray, was built in AD961 during the reign of King Rajendravarman and dedicated to Shiva Brahmanism. The boldness of the architectural design is superb and gives the temple fine balance, scale and proportion. The temple is close in style to the East Mabon, although it was built several years later.
Reputedly the largest religious building in the world, the volume of stone used equals that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th-century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylised on the modern Cambodian flag.
Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king, and has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved.
Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story but the most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Sea of Milk, which is located on the east wing. The guide will explain the mystical tale...
The citadel of women is a tiny, enchanting temple, one of the jewels in this remarkable city of Angkor. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and has been described as ‘a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest’.
This temple has been left largely in its natural state since it was re-discovered by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, and was dedicated in 1186.
Tonle Sap Lake
Known as Cambodia’s Great Lake, Tonle Sap’s water and silt support both rice growing and the breeding of fish. Hopping on board a small shaded vessel and moving between the floating homes and small fish farms provides a fascinating, up-close experience of daily life on the lake.
Enchanting Laos – formerly Lan Xang, the Kingdom of a Million Elephants - is largely undeveloped and blessed with immense natural beauty and is fast becoming a favourite destination for travellers who enjoy adventure and experiencing Asia as it once was.
Visitors are captivated by its striking temples and French-influenced buildings as well as remote ancient ruins; fascinating minority tribes; natural wonders such as caves and hills, the Mekong river and waterfalls, rice fields and the stunning 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) region in the south; and wildlife, including many colourful birds, elephants and river dolphins.
Laos also offers delicious food, excellent beer called Beerlao and a very strong spirit called Lao-Lao, beautiful silk and handicrafts at its many markets, and a warm and welcoming people keen to please
Situated on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing Thailand, Vientiane is a quaint and easy-going town compared to other frenetic capitals in the region. French colonial architecture sits beautifully next to gilded temples.
Enchanting Luang Prabang, filled with historic temples and elegant colonial-style buildings, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Must experiences include the Night Market, giving alms to monks, coffee and cake in one of the French bakeries, an electric bike tour, cookery class or village trek.
Sightseeing gems include Wat Visoun (or Wat Wisunalat), the oldest ‘living’ temple, which dates back to 1513 and contains a wonderful collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Wat Xieng Thong is the jewel in the crown of all Luang Prabang’s monasteries and temples. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the city’s main street, stopping at some of the many temples that line it until you reach the National Museum (Royal Palace). This modest but graceful building, combining traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs, has been preserved to look as it did when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Afterwards, visit Wat Mai next door, the most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
This hill is the perfect place from which to enjoy your first views of the stunning area around Luang Prabang. The vista is particularly spectacular at sunset when you can gaze over the mighty Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains.
Pak Ou Caves
Among the most revered sites in Laos, these extraordinary caves - Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) – are around 25kms from Luang Prabang, with hundreds and hundreds of exquisite little Buddha statues inside them.
Kuang Si is a three-tier waterfall about 29km south of Luang Prabang and among the most remarkable waterfalls in Laos. Tourists are able to cool off in the turquoise-blue pools, or hike to the top of the falls.
The mystical atmosphere makes these temple ruins one of the most inspiring archaeological destinations in Laos. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the foot of the 1,500m Kao Mountain and includes many spectacular relics from the great Khmer Empire, whose influence extended throughout Southeast Asia.
Pakse is a busy, working town will many bars and restaurants to choose from and a few nice temples to visit. The Talat Dao Heung (New Market) near the Lao-Japanese Bridge is one of the biggest in the country, famous for its selection of fresh produce and coffee from the fertile Bolaven Plateau.
The 4,000 Islands region
A cruise from Pakse is the best way to explore this unique, very beautiful region. Here, where the Mekong can be at its widest - up to 16km - nature has created an almost surreal landscape with thousands of islands appearing as the high waters drop during the dry season. Some islands may be as large as a few square kilometres; others are uninhabited and just a few square metres.
The Khone Falls, near the border with Cambodia, have been called the Niagara of Asia, and are certainly the largest waterfalls in the region at around 14km wide.
Enchanting Northern Thailand is a wonderful region filled with cultural and natural wonders, ranging from the ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines, to magnificent mountain scenery and distinct hill tribes.
It is home to the area known as the Golden Triangle where neighbours Thailand, Laos and Burma come together in an intoxicating blend of exotic cultures, and spending time here is a must-do experience for any visitor.
Experiencing the varied cities, towns and villages, from bustling Bangkok with its dizzying range of architecture and attractions, old and new, to elegant Chiang Mai and relaxed Chiang Rai, and the culturally diverse remote villages in the countryside, is a memorable and fascinating experience.
Chiang Mai, largest and most culturally significant town in Northern Thailand, is a popular destination for tourists, offering a wealth of experiences from a night zoo, to elephant trekking. It also has great boutique shops, bars and restaurants in the old town, and a Chinatown with several markets and great local food. It also has more than 300 Buddhist temples, including the most important, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a splendid sight at sunset.
The quieter neighbour of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the crowds can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and take a look at the Golden Triangle, the former centre of the world’s opium trade. It also has a wealth of temples, and night markets that are open every evening from 6pm – 11pm, with a selection of bars and restaurants available close by.
Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of the Mekong River opposite the Laos. A friendship bridge links the two countries and Nong Khai is a popular stop for travellers headed to Vientiane and greater Laos. A charming capital city it features temples, traditional culture, and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Nakhon Phanom, which literally means “city of hills” is the site of Phra That Phanom, the most ancient and sacred religious monument in northeastern Thailand.
Thailand’s capital city, is a modern, exciting, and vibrant city. Bangkok offers visitors not only the modern amenities they would expect from other cosmopolitan cities, but also a unique collection of cultural attractions. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty, magnificent palaces, classical dance performances, numerous shopping centres, and a still functioning traditional way of life, especially along the canals (klongs) and the Chao Phraya River, which winds through the city; Bangkok truly is the "Venice of the East".
Nearly every Bangkok trip includes a visit to Thailand’s Grand Palace, arguably the premier of Bangkok’s sightseeing attractions. Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s Rattakosin district, the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace are conveniently located nearby Bangkok’s most spectacular temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keaw), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Wat Po. Of course, no Thailand holiday is complete without experiencing Thailand’s vibrant nightlife, during which time you may even witness the occasional elephant wandering the Bangkok streets!
Southern Thailand includes many of Thailand's most famous resorts on both the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline with its rugged and strange limestone rock formations, and the east-facing Gulf of Thailand coast with its wide bays and tranquil seas. Phuket is the most well known of Thailand’s beach resorts, others include Krabi and Koh Samui all of which can easily be combined with a Mekong River cruise.
Vietnam is a peaceful, charming destination with truly magical sights and experiences to enjoy, on land and on water, in the city and out in the wonderfully picturesque villages. A mesmerising blend of both modern and ancient sights, Vietnam’s people with their welcoming smiles, are renowned for their warmth and hospitality.
Enjoy some of Asia’s delicious cuisine, dramatic landscapes, captivating ancient temples and elegant colonial cities, pristine coastlines and unspoilt beaches with excellent five-star resorts in which to unwind.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with more nine million inhabitants and five million motorbikes, it’s a city that never sleeps. But despite the modern hustle and bustle, it retains its connections with a fascinating past. A walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must.
Hanoi’s history dates back almost a thousand years, which is, reflected in its temples, pagodas and religious practices. Later European, particularly French, influence is seen in elegant colonial buildings that line its tree-lined boulevards. The city has a population of 4 million, yet still has the feel of a small town, particularly around the landmark Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.
A popular excursion is the mystical scenery of Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islands rise out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes and surrounded by colourful floating villages. The perfect way to see this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site is to spend a night on board a junk boat, a truly breathtaking experience
Once a prosperous trading port between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is a World Heritage-listed ancient town with well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine.
The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour, visiting old merchants’ houses with Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings, and the colourful market, the best place to buy silk.