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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.
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
Angkor Night Market
Currency Cambodia Riel KHR,US Dollar USD
Timezone UTC +7
Languages Khmer, English
Telephone Code +855
Electricity 230 V, 50 Hz
HIGHLIGHTS OF INDOCHINA
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
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
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
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
Tonle Sap © Ritu Saini
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
PatuxaiCurrency Laotian Kip LAK,
US Dollar USD, Thai Baht THB
Timezone UTC +7
Languages Lao, English
Telephone Code +856
Electricity 230V, 50Hz
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.
Inle Lake Bagan
Currency Myanmar Kyat MMK/ US Dollars USDTimezone UTC +6.30Languages Burmese, EnglishTelephone Code +95Electricity 230V, 50Hz
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!
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
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
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
Cu Chi TunnelsSapa Valley
Mekong River © Darryl Virgiawan Tanod
Dining in Vietnam
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