When you hear the word Indochina, what do you think of?
For those lucky enough to have visited this part of South East Asia, they will already know the hidden treasures it has to offer any budding tourist.
Indochina is an area full of breathtaking scenery, ancient temples and sounds and smells sure to awaken all of your senses. Indochina is an area in south East Asia which encompasses the countries of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Indochina was formerly run by the french colonies, but in the late 1950's, the area was given back to its heritage and emperors stood to rule again. It is now recognised as a destination in its own right. Named by the French as ‘Indochine’ because of its mix of Chinese and Indian cultural history, it is now known as Indochina.
Indochina is easy to access from Thailand, although a visa is required, and many tourists choose to build a visit in with an Indochina travel package. Your package can be tailored to include visits to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After all, when each country is packed full of adventures and in such close geographical proximity, why not take advantage.
When you arrive in this stunning part of Asia; the colours, smells and wide variation of cultural differences will leave you feeling excited, overwhelmed and eager to learn more about the country and what it has to offer you on your unique adventure.
Choosing an Indochina travel package will ensure you get to see the best of what Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam has to offer. Indochina is full of heritage and is blessed with archaeological treats. A French influence coupled with local tradition mean the buildings and temples are breathtaking.
Lets start your journey in Cambodia. Bordering Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia has been described by tourists as thought provoking, historic and calm. Cambodia has a speckled history, speak to any of the locals and you can guarantee they or their family would have been effected by its passed.
When you head to Cambodia a visit to Angkhor is a must. Angkhor is a collection of temples in North West Cambodia, it is home to the most pictured, iconic and biggest temples – Angkhor Wat. Many of the historic temples date back to the 15th century, they are surrounded by vibrant green dense forest, which adds to its feel of mystique and intrigue.
Your tour guide will ensure you visit the area when the crowds are still sleeping and you can really breath in the history and appreciate just how spectacular the temples are. Take time to close your eyes and imagine you can hear the hustle and bustle of the last 1000 years passing you by.
A Vietnam tour operator such as Vivutravel will be able organise transport to the temples and will know the easiest and best way for you to arrive ready to learn about and appreciated its history.
Cambodia is a cheap country to travel around and because of this is a backpackers paradise. Be prepared; travel can be tough, roads are bumpy and public transport is almost not existent. Using a local tour operator will ensure you will enjoy your adventure and travel in the most efficient and comfortable way possible.
From Ankghor, many tourists will choose to take the opportunity to explore Bangkok or Siem Reap. Due to its close proximity to Ankghor, Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination, it has a large number of hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Siem Reap is also blessed with colonial Chinese style architecture, markets, museums and is surrounded by rice paddles and silk farms. Take time to visit and take in the wonders of this beautiful area.
The locals are friendly and you can enjoy locally made liqueurs or enjoy tasty homemade jams and chutneys. Why not take in a local theatre performance or treat yourself to a fish massage or time in a local spa. After all, relaxing should be part of your Indochina travel package.
We cannot wait to introduce the wondrous country of Laos. Laos traverses along the Mekong River and is landlocked by its bigger cousins Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and China.
Laos is packed full of beautiful waterfalls, blue lagoons and awe inspiring scenery. Imagine temples and parks with impressive statues of giant buddha, surrounded by local monks dressed in vibrant orange clothing. A contrast of colours and custom you can only experience in such a culturally rich country. Wonder around night markets, monasteries, mountains and forests or take part in a huge range of outdoor adventure activities.
Picture green forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, all scenic delights you can only dream about and with a history dating back 1000’s of years, the country certainly has a lot to offer you.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos and is known as the 'friendly capital'. Locals will make you feel warm and welcomed; join them in the evening and stroll along the Mekong River before heading to the old quarter for some delicious local food. Your tour operator will be able to organise a tour of the city, where you will be able to see silversmiths at work and witness the locals in their daily rituals.
Vang Vieng has been named as one of the most beautiful places in Laos. Prettily perched on a hilltop, the town is a perfect place to watch one of the many awe inspiring sunsets the country has to offer; with back drops of mountains and open water its easy to see why it is recognised as one of the best countries in the world for sunsets.
From yoga at dawn, peaceful boat rides along the Mekong river to enjoying a cocktail, watching the sun set, Laos really has a lot to offer you on your Indochina travel package.
From Laos your tour operator - Vivutravel will take you to the diverse country of Vietnam; Vietnam is often described by visitors as lusciously green, diverse and is home to a varied dramatic landscape. With a 2000 mile coastline, travel from North to South and you will travel through breath taking scenery and weather systems which are unpredictable and unique.
Take time to visit the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh City, also know as Saigon. You will be presented with colour, smells and sights you could only experience in city with food and culture at its heart. Your tour operator can organise a walking tour of the city, where you can spend time shopping with the locals, relax in one of the many coffee houses or take a stroll around Notre Dame Cathedral – an impressive rival for its name sake in Paris.
Vietnam offers such diversity and is becoming a well known destination spot for tourists from around the world. Why not visit a country where you can visit white sand beaches, trek through ancient mountains and take in sights of a dynamic and growing cities.
Vivutravel specialise in Indochina tour packages and their expert travel guides coupled with local knowledge will allow you to see all of these wonderful countries in one organised tour package.
Travel is a passion to be embraced and when you are safe in the knowledge your travel plans are taken of by a local, professional tour operator. Its then simply a time for you to sit back and take in everything each country has to offer you.
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