Cradling its Indochinese neighbours, Vietnam’s long thin spine skirts the Pacific Ocean from north to south. From Hanoi to Hoi An, peeling back the layers of this compelling country is a true delight, thanks to its people, unique heritage and astonishing natural beauty. The hustle and bustle of Saigon, floating markets of the Mekong Delta, and phenomenal labyrinth of islands at Halong Bay are just a handful of Vietnam’s highlights.
Neighbouring Cambodia is an absolute must on any Indochina itinerary. With its majestic temples and idyllic beaches, Cambodia is perfect to simply get away from it all. Angkor Wat at sunrise, sundowners at Sihanoukville and colonial charm of Phnom Penh are amongst Cambodia’s showstopper experiences. Boasting laid back luxury, this barefoot paradise can be combined with other Asian stopovers, or simply enjoyed as a destination in its own right.
Book-ending Cambodia to the north lies the relatively undiscovered Indochinese gem, Laos. Although it continues to be a comparatively untouched corner of Southeast Asia, its staggering beauty is a force to be reckoned with. From the saffron robes of monks at almsgiving, to the verdant green of the rainforest, Laos is a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures. Here, the pace of life is leisurely and wonderfully so. The spectacular slopes of the rice paddies, fascinating rural villages and jungle- clad mountains make for an awe- inspiring backdrop to any Laotian adventure.
With such a rich history, and fascinating melting pot of people and cultures, getting under the skin of opulent Indochina is a truly rewarding and unique experience. Meeting the local people, sampling the cuisine and getting off the beaten track sits top of the agenda on any Indochina itinerary. So whether it’s a cruise down the Mekong, fresh seafood on Cambodia’s southern coast, or sunsets on Con Dao that whets your appetite, Indochina is bound to enthral and entice you to return, time and time again.