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Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
is the provincial city which is located north of Tonle Sap lake and capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh. It is home to the world’s famous and largest religious and historical building, Angkor Wat and surrounding temples.This small colonial charm has more things for the travelers to explore, taking in lost ruins of Beng Mealea and waterfalls at Phnom Kulen. And plenty of activities to do from adventure cycling to scenic helicopter flights, cultural homestay to world’s class standardized hotels.. etc..
Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap
The great Tonle Sap lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and you can see lots of wildlife in the area. The lake is great for fishing and full of all different kinds of fish. Bird watchers will enjoy a visit to the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary Biosphere. Or you can visit one of the floating villages which sits on top of the great lake. Locals have made the water their home. In the dry season, you’ll see homes sitting on top of large stilts which sit just above the water when the area floods in the wet season.
is the main reason why people come to visit Cambodia. It’s the largest religious monument ever built, and you’ll be amazed at the size of the structure. It takes a few hours just to walk around the structure and back again.
You’ll also see the other temples at Angkor. Bayon temple is famous for the many faces which look down on you from towers. Ta Prohm has the jungle growing through the middle of the structure and is famous for being the filming location for part of one of the Tomb Raider movies.
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and a unique place to visit. There’s no other city on earth like Phnom Penh and people generally fall in love with the relaxed yet seemingly chaotic environment. There are many things to see and do in Phnom Penh including visiting Wat Phnom, the National Museum, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, S-21 Prison, or the Killing Fields.
You have to visit Phnom Penh at least once, just to see how the traffic gets around the town. You’ll never have seen anything like it before in your life.
Beaches & Islands
There are many beaches and islands to explore in Sihanoukville. Popular beaches include Ochheuteal, Otres, Independence, and Victory Beach. You can sit in the sun and swim in the calm sea on any of the beaches here.
It’s also possible to visit Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem which are still largely undeveloped resorts. There is a rustic atmosphere and you can really feel unconnected from the world.
Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri in Cambodia–Nature Wildlife-Ethnic Groups
Mondulkiri is home to some stunning natural beauty with waterfalls such as Chrey Thom Waterfall, Southwest waterfalls, and Bou Sra Waterfall. Each has its own unique quality and make visiting a worthwhile experience.
You can also go and explore the jungle with hiking and other outdoor activities on offer in the idyllic landscape. Take elephant ride and visit any of those elephant sanctuaries
Rattanakiri is located in the northeast of the country on the border with Vietnam. It’s a rural and rugged province where nearly 70% of the population is an ethnic minority known as Chunchiet. One of the most popular places to visit in Rattanakiri is the old volcano lake known as Yeak Laom. It’s a beautiful place for a swim and picnic or to hike around the rim of the lake which is almost perfectly round. Tour around the wildlife sanctuaries for elephant care.
Welcome to the booming metropolis and capital city of Thailand: Bangkok. Bangkok is a delight for travelers from all backgrounds. Full of ancient temples and palaces, Bangkok is the perfect place for a history buff. If you’re looking for good shopping and souvenirs, look no further than Bangkok’s bustling marketplaces, street stalls, and shopping centers. Bangkok is a dream come true for foodies, whether you are looking for delicious street food or high-end Thai cuisine. And if you are a backpacker looking to meet fellow travelers and share a few cocktails, Khao San Road is the place for you. With an area of over 1500 square kilometers and a population of over 8 million, there is plenty to explore in Bangkok and travelers will never be bored.
Bangkok’s Grand Palace is the most popular landmark in the city. It’s stunning architecture and elaborate design make it a must-see for all tourists visiting the city. Built in 1782 as home to the Thai King, the Royal court, and the administrative seat of government, vast amounts of Bangkok’s political and governmental history lie in the walls of the Grand Palace. Most impressively, within the complex, lies the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaeo Morakot — home to Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture.
There are five floating markets in the areas surrounding Bangkok. The most popular one is Damnoen Floating Market. The best way to visit the floating markets is to book a guided tour. You will wake up very early in the morning and ride out of Bangkok in an air-conditioned minibus for about an hour before arriving at the floating markets. When you have arrived, guests will climb in a long tail boat and take a 20-minute boat ride before they reach the market and begin drifting through the many stalls. Enjoy bartering with the many vendors and just enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds all around. Although the floating markets have become more of a tourist attraction than a local market, it is still an amazing experience and a nice morning away from hectic Bangkok.
Ayutthaya is an ancient Thai city just outside of Bangkok. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of Thailand (then referred to as Siam), the first being Sukhothai. In its heyday, due to its prime, central location between the surrounding countries, Ayutthaya was arguably the trade capital of the world. Merchants traveled far and wide to reach this haven. Then, in 1767, the burmese invaded the amazing city and burned it to the ground leaving behind only a few ruins to give travelers an idea of what the monumentally impressive city must have once looked like. Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, Ayutthaya is easily visited on a day tour from Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi is another easy day trip from Bangkok. Located in the west of Thailand, approx. 123 km from Bangkok, this city has great historical significance. Take a day or two to travel to Kanchanaburi and visit famous sites like the Bridge over the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, and the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. All three attractions give travelers deep insight into the environment and experiences gone through by allied prisoners of war in Kanchanaburi during the Second World War.
Chiang Mai is considered to be the northern capital of Thailand and is an escape from the frenetic and hectic Bangkok. The city was the original seat of the Lanna Kingdom and tends to be a very calm and laid-back place, popular with travelers and sightseers. Famous for its incredible markets, delectable food and lush, mountainous landscape, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas. Even just walking through the streets, visitors will realize that the city is a much more authentically Thai experience than its counterpart, Bangkok.
Chiang Rai province offers a wide variety of attractions and activities to keep travelers entertained while moving through the northern region of Thailand. The province’s capital city of the same name, Chiang Rai, is a small relaxed city with good value for food and accommodation. The food is also known for being excellent and the city known for being underrated. Though the atmosphere is slow and laid-back, Chiang Rai is a city worth getting to know! Historically part of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Rai has become a homebase for travelers that are venturing out of the city to explore other parts of the province.
Koh Pangan & Koh Samui
No trip to Thailand is complete without visiting these world-famous islands located in the Gulf of Thailand. Many people struggle to decide between the two islands, but the truth is that both are a tropical paradise and host a wide variety of different experiences for travelers with different tastes. Koh Samui is much bigger and closer to the shore, hosting an airport and three hospitals. Koh Pangan is the smaller and more remote of the two islands, only reachable by ferry. Both islands play host to beautiful white sand beaches with crystal-blue waters as well as gorgeous hikes and incredible views.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (still commonly referred to as Saigon) is most well-known for the important role that it played in the Vietnam War. However, since the end of the war in 1975, Ho Chi Minh City has come to redefine itself as one of the busiest hubs in Southeast Asia. Full of culture, history, food, and shopping, Ho Chi Minh city is the perfect place for anyone looking to roam the streets and discover all of the hidden (and not so hidden) gems the metropolis has to offer!
Cu Chi Tunnels in HoChi Minh city
The Tunnels were established in 1940 by Viet Cong, to protect from the Friench air force raids during the Indochina War. They expend underground for more than 250 km in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone and used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War, and were the base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.
The armies used those underground routes to house troops, underground communications and transport all supplies, lay booby traps, and mount surprise attacks, after which they could disappear underground to safety.
The Tunnels were also used so much during the |Vietnam War that raided by the USA aircraft bombing. The US armies were pretty- extremely hard to attack the Viet Cong as the Tunnels were quite long and safe underground.
The Mekong delta is the very rich and lush region of Vietnam that covered with rice fields that produce about half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output and other different crops to help make Vietnam become the forefront economic developing country in the region. And it is home to including natural resources including fish and living creatures. It is the low land and portion of Vietnam that the river flows south from Tibet through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Southern Vietnam before the water reaching the south china sea. Touring in the Mekong delta you will never miss seeing and learning about life on the water. And get to know daily and cultural activities of those as there are quite are not much to see anywhere else.
Hoi An is one of the provinces of Vietnam and home to many Best Preserved- Old Brick temples were listed as Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. It was an old city of Cham people during the Kingdom of Champa took place between the seventh and 10th century’s almost entire central Vietnam today. And the former internal harbor town of the Cham people and old port of Chinese business and trading group sine 16th– 17th centuries. Here in the center of this old city, there are still many Chinese-styled shops as the building was influenced by Chinese.
Halong is a beautiful bay and natural wonder in northern Vietnam. In 1994 it was listed by UNESCO as Natural World Heritage Site. The site covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm and home to as many as 1,600 limestone islands and islets.
Ha Long Bay is located in North Vietnam round a 120-kilometer long coastline and is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”.
near the Chinese border.
History shows that Ha Long Bay was the setting for local naval battles against Vietnam’s coastal neighbors. On three occasions, in the labyrinth of channels in Bach Dang River near the islands, the Vietnamese army stopped the Chinese from landing.
During the Vietnam War, many of the channels between the islands were heavily mined by the United States Navy, some of which pose a threat to shipping to this day.
The top country’s tourist attraction, Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands and islets, each topped with and covered by thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is full of information and exhibits pertaining to the Vietnam War as well as the first Indochina War. A humbling experience, it is a good place to go to learn more about the tragic and bloody history in Vietnam and how it continues to impact the country today.
Borobudur &Temples Indonesia
Take a tour and experience any number of the ancient temples that are located throughout the country of Indonesia. From ancient Hindu monuments to more recently built Buddhist structures, these tours are a good way to learn more about the religious and cultural history of the country.
Beaches in Bali Indonesia
Easily some of the most picturesque views in the country of Indonesia can be had on the beaches in Bali. Whether it’s the white sand beaches or the black sand beaches, the crystal clear, warm, blue waters and long stretches of beach with palm trees waving in the distance will have you mesmerized. Grab a towel, a good book, and a cold drink, and come enjoy the natural wonder of the beaches in Bali.
Indonesia is especially well-known for its active volcanoes. Grab your friends, hire a guide, and take an early morning trek to the crater of one of these towering, molten-rock formations. Most treks leave very early in the morning so that guests can catch the sunrise from the top and miss hiking in the heat of the day.
Yangon is the former capital and the largest city in Myanmar. Home to one of the most sacred Buddhist structures, the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon is a much sought after destination for Buddhists all over the world as well as tourists traveling through Myanmar. Though evidence of Myanmar’s dark period of military dictatorship and economic stagnation is still apparent in Yangon, the economy of the city has drastically improved since the elections in 2010 and will hopefully continue to do so in future years, making Yangon one of the most prosperous cities in Myanmar.
Temples of Bagan
The archaeological site of Bagan is the most popular tourist destination in Myanmar. The city itself is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and the countryside around Bagan is full of approximately 3,000 ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas that date back thousands and thousands of years. You can spend as much time as you would like exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoying the magical and mystical atmosphere of Bagan. Some of the most popular temples and pagodas include: the Ananda Temple, the Shwesandaw Pagoda, and the Dhammayangyi Temple.
Located in the city of Mandalay, Mandalay Hill is the one peak the disturbs the otherwise flat landscape. Visitors to the hill will remove their shoes before climbing the staircase to the top. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping or for prayer along the way. When you reach the top, gaze out at the beautiful landscapes and, on a clear day, the sunset is unforgettable.
Inle Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Myanmar and for good reason! The large lake is incredibly beautiful and is home to several different ancient monuments as well as several stilted villages. The lake provides beautiful panoramas and is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. A cruise through Inle Lake will allow guests to revel in its physical beauty while learning about the different communities around the lake and the history that surrounds the area.
Amarapura (City of Immortality) is the ancient capital of Myanmar and can be reached from Mandalay. Amarapura is set on a wide shallow lake and it full of wide roads and twisting alleyways that transport visitors back to the age in which Amarapura reigned supreme as the royal capital of Myanmar. The U Bein Bridge is the main attraction here, but there are several other sites scattered throughout the area.
Luang Prabang in Laos
Luang Prabang is considered to be the spiritual capital of Laos and, among many, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang is centrally located in the north of Laos, between the Nam Khan River and the Mekong River and surrounded by mountains. The cultural and religious heritage in the country (as well as the architecture) has been incredibly well-preserved, displaying both traditional Laotian aspects as well as the French colonial influence.
Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers
A trip to Laos is not complete without taking a cruise on one of these beautiful rivers. Whether you are traveling to Kamu Lodge or Pak Ou Caves or just meandering along and stopping in the local villages, these river cruises are enjoyable for all kinds of travelers. It is also a good way to catch a glimpse into the lives of the people that live in the villages located on the river banks and to see the importance that the rivers play in their day to day lives.
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong is the most sacred temple in all of Laos. It is located in Luang Prabang and was built between 1550 and 1560 by the Lao King at the time. The temple is a preserved example of traditional Lao architecture, religion, and culture and continues to be one of the most visited sites in the country.
The Bolaven Plateau is a beautiful area of Laos and many tourists take time to rent a motorbike to ride through the area. While you’re there, visit some of the nearby waterfalls, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and visit some of the local tribal villages to learn more about the ethnic minorities in Laos and what makes each group unique.
Plain of Jars -Loas
The Plain of Jars is exactly what it sounds like — a vast expanse of land, scattered with ancient stones in the shape of jars. No one knows where they came from which makes the mysterious phenomenon even more worth the visit!
Following the Mekong River deep into the south of Laos, travelers will reach a point where the river expands to 10km wide. This is where the mystical 4000 islands are located, amidst the flowing river waters. The water level in this region changes so drastically that during the wet season some of the islands are completely covered with water. Tourists usually choose to stay on Don Dhet, Don Khon, and Don Khong and take a boat from there to explore the surrounding areas and experience the natural phenomenon of the 4000 islands.
Vang Vieng has been known for years as a popular destination for party-animals and backpackers. While this is definitely true, there is much more that Vang Vieng has to offer. The small riverside town is nestled in a valley surrounded by a gorgeous, flowing river and towering mountains covered in dense jungle. Trek, cycle, or kayak through the areas surrounding Vang Vieng and hit the bars (or not!) at night.
Wat Phou is a Khmer-Hindu temple located near Pakse. Any travelers will not want to miss a visit to these ancient buildings. Originally dedicated, by Hindus, to their Lord Shiva, it later became a place of worship for Theravada Buddhists. Dating back to the 5th century, this is an attraction that cannot be missed while you are traveling through the south of Laos.
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