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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, & Thailand

Insider Tips

Insider Tips for Indochina

January 30, 2020

Here we have gathered together tips and suggestions from our Indochina team on ways to help you make the most of your time in this timeless part of the world. You could experience the new in Vietnam, the old in Cambodia and Laos, and the quirky in Thailand. And for those that aren’t visiting Southeast Asia, we have a selection of our favourite books and films and artists that we think will give you a real flavour of the areas life, culture and traditions.

FOOD & DRINK
FAVOURITE BOOKS

The Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis

Travelling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnessed these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam war.

Mad About the Mekong by John Keay

A dramatic journey both retracing the historic voyage of France’s greatest 19th-century explorer up the mysterious Mekong River and a portrait of the river and its peoples today

FAVOURITE FILMS
MUST SEE PLACES

Hoi An Vietnam

Food in Vietnam is fantastic and there are many cookery classes on offer everywhere which are great value for money. Hoi An, in particular, is a great place to do some cookery classes, as once you’ve finished cooking you can relax on one of the amazing beaches!

Siem Reap Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the main attraction here, a really amazing sight. This ancient site is massive, with plenty to see. You can buy a pass to explore the sight lasting 1, 2, 3, or 7 days.

The nearby Tonle Sap Lake is well worth visiting for the local life with businesses like petrol stations, a church and a school all floating on the picturesque lake.

Plain of Jars, Laos

A remarkable site where thousands of mysterious stone jars lay scattered across the hillsides of the Xieng Khouang plain in the highlands of Laos. The origin of the jars is unknown but they are thought to date back to up to 2,000 years. It is an incredibly atmospheric and mystical place.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is so picturesque, it truely is a sight-to-behold. A 2-night cruise is the best option, as you will get to see more and move away from the crowds.

TOP TRAVEL TIPS

Some of our Favourite Places in Southeast Asia

  • Titop peak view halong bay vietnam

    Halong Bay, Vietnam

    A UNESCO Heritage Site filled with thousands of small islands rising from turquo...

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  • boats river sunset Hoi An Vietnam

    Hoi An, Vietnam

    A charming town with a sense of history in its pretty streets and narrow canals.

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  • monk by temple siem reap cambodia

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap is home to the Temples of Angkor

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  • boat river mekong kratie cambodia

    Kratie, Cambodia

    See the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins

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  • Pha That Luang Vientiane

    Vientiane, Laos

    The capital of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River

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  • Plain of Jars Xieng Khouang

    Plain of Jars, Xieng Khouang, Laos

    A mysterious UNESCO World Heritage Site near Xieng Khouang

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  • bangkok temple dawn thailand

    Bangkok, Thailand

    The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, is an exciting, vibrant city, with plenty...

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Beaches

  • islands phu quoc vietnam

    Phu Quoc, Vietnam

    A stunning island with beautiful white sand beaches

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  • beach nha trang vietnam

    Nha Trang, Vietnam

    A resort town with a sweeping crescent beach

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  • mui ne sand dune vietnam

    Mui Ne – Phan Thiet, Vietnam

    Traditional fishing villages of Mui Ne and Phan Thiết with white sand beaches

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  • boats river sunset Hoi An Vietnam

    Hoi An, Vietnam

    A charming town with a sense of history in its pretty streets and narrow canals.

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  • Koh Rong island Cambodia

    Koh Rong, Cambodia

    An idyllic paradise isle

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  • Siannoukville Cambodia

    Sihanoukville, Cambodia

    Sihanoukville is famous for its excellent beach resorts

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  • koh samui thailand

    Koh Samui, Thailand

    Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations

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