You’ve probably seen it in the background of countless war movies, but nothing can prepare you for the epic beauty of Vietnam. While it isn’t my favorite country in the world, it is very beautiful and there is no denying that. From the natural beauty of Sam Mountain and Halong Bay to the man-made artistry of the sacred temples and pagodas, Vietnam has a lot to offer. Many travelers either love or hate it here as it’s a hard country to travel through, but despite the challenges, you will find a very interesting place to visit.
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.
Cambodia is a beautiful country in the Southeast Asia. It is worth visiting for the enigmatic beauty, breathtaking temples, fertile plans dotted with the green rice fields, and unique history. Since 95% of the Cambodian population are Buddhists , the people here appreciate the values of kindness and hospitality. They always welcome guests to visit their homeland. Some of the most hospitable people on earth are found in this enigmatic country.
There are plenty of tourist places for you to visit. You will immerse in the king of temples and wats. Once you visit Cambodia, you can’t miss impressive sights and ancient charm of Angkor Wat – the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor Wat is arguably one of the top man-made architectural destinations in the world. Over 100 temples form the entire complex. The main temples are surrounded by an imposing square moat which completely encircles the complex. The one main entrance and is raised above the moat – pictures from this entrance are of the classic Angkor Wat pagodas that you may have seen in guide books.
What’s more, there stand many other good options to keep an eye on: Archaeological Park, Tonle Sap Lake, Sihanoukville, Kep and Kampot, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Around Phnom Penh, and Battambang. All are original, natural and excellent. Moreover, The Phnom Penh Capital is the major hub that you must see. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the 'Gem' of Indochina. The capital city still maintains considerable charm with plenty to see. It exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. Great experiences in Cambodia are waiting for you!
Despite a limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. The Laotians are some of the friendliest, gentlest people in Southeast Asia - devoutly Buddhist and traditional in many ways. Not yet inured to countless visiting foreigners, locals volunteer assistance and a genuine welcome.
And because this landlocked nation is so sparsely populated- fewer than 7 million people in an area larger than Great Britain - its countryside is dominated by often impenetrable forested mountains. Laos has a rich culture and history, and though it's been a battleground many times in the past, it's a peaceful, stable country today.
Although Laos has opened itself up to international trade and tourism, it's still a secondary destination on most itineraries. Tourism professionals in Thailand and Laos have been energetically pushing a joint cooperation program, making it considerably easier for visitors to Thailand to plan a side trip to Laos. Much of the Thai part of this program is based in Chiang Mai, from which Luang Prabang and Vientiane are easily reached by air in 60 to 80 minutes. Most travel agents in Chiang Mai can set you up with a tour to Laos for as little as $500 (including airfare). You can also fly to Vientiane and Luang Prabang from Bangkok, or cross the Mekong over bridges at Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani, in eastern Isan. Ferries link Chang Kong, in northern Thailand, with the Lao river port of Huay Xai.
Myanmar (Burma) is amazing. This country of 60 million is rapidly emerging from more than 50 years of military dictatorship, blossoming into as worthy a stop as its popular neighbors. The people are more than friendly; they're thrilled to have tourists after being closed off to the West for so long. And it's safe; you won't constantly need to feel for your purse or hold your jewelry tightly.
Myanmar is a country straddling two worlds - there's Wi-Fi but just 5% of the population has a mobile phone. There are pristine 12th-century pagodas and beautiful beaux-arts buildings, though how long they'll be preserved remains to be seen, which makes now the time to go. A note about this guide: It is impossible to go to Myanmar and not indirectly give money to the government; the airlines and many of the better hotels are connected to the government. We encourage travelers to do their best to support independent businesses.