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Indochina

Indochina is as diverse as it is geographically compact, making it an excellent destination for a tour or cruise. Rugged mountains, geometric rice paddies, verdant forests, broad rivers, white beaches and crystalline seas all create the rich tapestry of Indochina’s natural beauty. Travelling through the region provides endlessly varying vistas, sure to get photographers itching to take the perfect shot.

The area has an equally diverse history: a military dictatorship in Burma, genocide in Cambodia, and a communist regime in Vietnam. Reaching further into the past, Indochina has many archaeological and architectural wonders. Ancient structures like Angkor Wat, the My Son ruins, and the myriad of temples found in Bagan, seem almost unchanged by the passing of time. By contrast, bustling modern cities like Saigon are bursting with action. Contemporary museums, artwork and culture jostle for attention. Between these extremes, serene colonial structures belie the turmoil of the periods in which they were built.

The cultures of the countries vary, filled with Chinese and Indian influences, as well as religious practices from traditional spirituality to Buddhism and Christianity. Stupas and temples speckle the countryside and in cities like Hanoi, you can find churches tucked away around corners.

For food-lovers, Indochina is a holy grail destination. Try your hand at cooking some of the region’s iconic dishes for yourself, or just sample as many as you can. Taste spring and summer rolls filled with fresh vegetables in Vietnam, or rich, flavourful Massaman curry served with fragrant jasmine rice in Thailand. Enjoy crunchy noodle salads, light seafood dishes and vibrant pickles – the choices are endless.

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Weather & Climate

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma are generally very hot during summer months.

When to go

The most pleasant season for visitors is generally the dry season, stretching from November/December to April. However, March and August to October are less busy with visitors.

Testimonials

Interesting tour with some spectacular sights, good hotels and good leaders

Howard Somerville
Treasures of Indochina

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