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No tour of Southeast Asia is complete without a visit to Cambodia’s spectacular temples. Brave the muddy monsoons and dusty dry season for a good look at some of the most amazing ruins and monuments on this side of the globe. CAMBODIA Best of Cambodia 1. Angkor Archaeological Park The splendid complex of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, needs no introduction. Bayon amazes with its 54 four- faced towers while fans of Tomb Raider can channel their inner Lara Croft at Ta Prohm. 2. Angkor National Museum This state-of-the-art museum in Siem Reap is an ideal primer to the history and worldview of the Angkorians during the Khmer Golden Era. 3. Angkor Night Market When darkness falls and the temples close, head to the town centre for souvenirs, shawls, shirts and the ubiquitous ‘elephant pants’ before you enjoy Apsara Dance dinners and drinks on Pub Street. 4. Koh Rong Just three hours away from Phnom Penh is the seaside town of Sihanoukville. From here, hop on a boat to Koh Rong, a pristine little paradise that is still relatively untouched. Angkor Wat Angkor Night Market Currency Cambodia Riel KHR, US Dollar USD Timezone UTC +7 Languages Khmer, English Telephone Code +855 Electricity 230 V, 50 Hz Bayon HIGHLIGHTS OF INDOCHINA

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No tour of Southeast Asia is complete without a visit to Cambodia’s spectacular temples. Brave the muddy monsoons and dusty dry season for a good look at some of the most amazing ruins and monuments on this side of the globe.

CAMBODIA

Best of Cambodia

1. Angkor Archaeological Park

The splendid complex of Angkor Wat, a

UNESCO World Heritage Site, needs no

introduction. Bayon amazes with its 54 four-

faced towers while fans of Tomb Raider can

channel their inner Lara Croft at Ta Prohm.

2. Angkor National Museum

This state-of-the-art museum in Siem

Reap is an ideal primer to the history and

worldview of the Angkorians during the

Khmer Golden Era.

3. Angkor Night Market

When darkness falls and the temples

close, head to the town centre for

souvenirs, shawls, shirts and the

ubiquitous ‘elephant pants’ before

you enjoy Apsara Dance dinners and

drinks on Pub Street.

4. Koh RongJust three hours away from

Phnom Penh is the seaside town

of Sihanoukville. From here, hop

on a boat to Koh Rong, a pristine

little paradise that is still relatively

untouched.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Night Market

Currency Cambodia Riel KHR,US Dollar USD

Timezone UTC +7

Languages Khmer, English

Telephone Code +855

Electricity 230 V, 50 Hz

Bayon

HIGHLIGHTS OF INDOCHINA

CAMBODIA

5. Tonle SapTravel to Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater

lake and observe the way of life of the farmers

and fisher folk who live in houses on stilts

and floating villages in this remarkably rich

ecosystem.

6. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek MemorialOne is a former high school-turned-prison and

then made into a museum, and the other is the

most well-known of the “killing fields” – both

grisly remnants of the Khmer Rouge’s short but

terrible reign.

7. Central Market (Psar Thmei)Completed in 1937, the domed Art Deco

building is an icon of Phnom Penh. Inside

its four wings are antique and second-hand

goods, jewellery, electronics, souvenirs and

clothing.

8. AmokFish or meat are cooked in a coconut milk-

based curry with a variety of spices, some

shrimp paste, and fish sauce to taste. Typically

served with kaffir lime leaves in banana leaf

cups. Yummy!

Tonle Sap © Ritu Saini

Psar Thmei

Tuol Sleng

FishAmok

Best of Laos1. Pha That LuangThe country’s gilded national symbol and most sacred Buddhist monument has been rebuilt several times over the centuries. Such is its importance that no building in Vientiane is allowed to be higher than it.

2. PatuxaiBuilt in remembrance of Lao soldiers who fought for the country’s independence, it features a musical fountain and some of the best views of the city from the observation deck.

3. Luang PrabangA former royal capital, Luang Prabang has temples, colonial buildings, and natural attractions. Its quaint ambiance makes for fascinating days on foot, riding on a bike or cruising on a boat.

4. Vang Vieng A playground for hippies, Vang Vieng is a scenic town ringed by karst cliffs. It’s also a popular tubing destination where many gather for blissfully idyllic floats down the river bends.

5. Ban Anou Night MarketThe perfect place to pick up a scrumptious takeaway dinner or evening snack is just a few minutes’ walk from the Mekong riverside in Vientiane.

6. LaapThis tangy salad of minced meat mixed with herbs, glutinous rice powder and lime juice is the star of Lao cuisine. Cooked or raw, Laap is always fragrant, mildly spicy, and flavourful.

You know you’re in Laos when women shuffle about in a sinh (traditional skirt). Cosmopolitan

aspirations appear pretentious here but you’ll find a baguette whenever you want one. Time stands

still in this landlocked sticky rice-loving country.

Kuang Xi Waterfall, Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng

LAOS

PatuxaiCurrency Laotian Kip LAK,

US Dollar USD, Thai Baht THB

Timezone UTC +7

Languages Lao, English

Telephone Code +856

Electricity 230V, 50Hz

Laap

Pha ThatLuang

Best of Myanmar1. BaganA vast archaeological area with thousands of temples and stupas, some up to a thousand years old! To truly enjoy the amazing scenery, ride a hot air balloon at sunrise or wait for sunset from the top of Shwesandaw Pagoda.

2. Shwedagon PagodaThe splendour of this golden holy site in Yangon is hard to put into words. Sacred as it is beautiful, the pagoda housing four relics of Buddha is believed to be 2,600 years old.

3. Inle LakeHouses on stilts and floating gardens can be found on this idyllic freshwater lake famous for the Intha people who use their unique leg-rowing technique to navigate the waters.

4. Kyaiktiyo PagodaOnly a few hours away from Yangon, the Golden Rock is a popular pilgrimage site and the pride of Mon State. Buddhists believe that a strand of Buddha’s hair keeps the gilded rock and the pagoda atop it from rolling off the cliff.

5. Bogyoke MarketPreviously called Scott Market, this shopping area has over 2,000 shops selling Burmese souvenirs, garments and gems.

6. MohingaA must-try in Myanmar, this rice noodle in catfish broth is sold on the roadside and comes with a soup of lemongrass, onion, ginger and various spices.

Better known by its British colonial name Burma, the country has welcomed curious wanderers

since it opened up after decades of military rule. Shimmering temples and pagodas will astonish you as much as the locals in longyi (sarong) and women

wearing thanaka (tree bark paste) on their faces.

Mohinga

Shwedagon Pagoda

Inle Lake Bagan

MYANMAR

Currency Myanmar Kyat MMK/ US Dollars USDTimezone UTC +6.30Languages Burmese, EnglishTelephone Code +95Electricity 230V, 50Hz

GoldenRock

VIETNAMSet on the eastern end of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam has enchanting mountains and buzzing cities filled with motorbikes and colonial facades. Best of all, there’s fresh and delicious food everywhere you go!

Sapa Valley

Old Quarter

Best of Vietnam1. Ha Long BayNearly 2,000 limestone karst isles in various sizes and shapes, picturesque lakes and a spectacular coastline promise a charming experience at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Old QuarterFor centuries, Hanoi’s craftsmen have settled and peddled on the 36 busy streets lined with narrow buildings named after their particular trades. Both locals and visitors come here for the food and atmosphere that are said to be the soul of old Hanoi.

3. Sapa ValleyRugged valleys, cascading rice terraces and towering hills make up the picture-perfect scenery of Sapa. For an authentic experience spend the night at homestays and visit the picturesque Cat Cat village and colourful Bac Ha Market.

4. Hoi AnFly in from Da Nang for a delightful visit in this

World Heritage-listed ancient town, where the streets are lined with

shops selling clothes, silk, the iconic Hoi An lanterns, mouth-

watering street food, as well as kitschy

galleries.

Hoi An

Currency Vietnamese Dong VND, US Dollar USD

Timezone UTC +7Languages Vietnamese, EnglishTelephone Code +84Electricity 230 V, 50 Hz

Ha Long Bay

5. Cu Chi TunnelsThis labyrinthine tunnel network was used

as a shelter, hospital, weapons cache and

supply route during the Vietnam War. Not for

claustrophobics!

6. Mekong River cruise Take a boat ride through the shady palms, taste

local fruits while listening to traditional music,

and hop from coconut candy vendors to honey

sellers for the complete experience.

7. Ben Thanh MarketNo one leaves this shopping mecca in

Ho Chi Minh City empty-handed. Frequented

by tourists for its exciting range of souvenirs

and mementos, this bargain spot is a

landmark on its own.

8. PhoYou can’t miss Pho when in Vietnam!

This appetising noodle soup with

beef brisket, vegetables and herbs

will have you slurping the bowl till the

last drop.

Pho

Cu Chi TunnelsSapa Valley

Mekong River © Darryl Virgiawan Tanod

Dining in Vietnam

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