Indochina, the former French colonies of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos offer a colourful, mesmerising mix of ancient cultures, Gallic architecture and natural beauty. It’s never been easier to experience the excitement of journeying to unspoilt destinations off the regular tourist trails - thanks to our ever-expanding range of great-value tours. Enthral your friends and family with tales of your adventures in the magical mountains of Laos or on a floating market on the Mekong Delta - they’ll be green with envy. Take a look below for why we, here at Travelsphere, love Indochina!
A diverse and truly beautiful country, Vietnam is a fascinating destination to explore. It is a land of ornate temples and ancient Buddhist shrines and boasts a spectacular landscape of mountain valleys, dense jungle and sandy beaches. Visit colourful floating markets, ride an elephant and cruise among the unique beauty of Halong Bay. Discover the hectic cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, or sail into the waterways of the Mekong Delta.
Hollywood films often portray Vietnam as a land of jungles and rice paddies. However there are many natural biomes across the country’s 58 provinces. Cooler mountain regions and forested highlands give way to cultivated terraces, swathes of tropical jungle and a varied coastline. Vietnam is country that can’t be missed.
Cambodia is a country that should be high on many travellers wish list. It is a sight to behold with the lush green landscapes that roll on for miles, towering temples are adorned with beautiful bas-reliefs and bustling night markets selling fresh fruit and local delicacies.
Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, is thriving with locals and travellers. The sights include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and it’s always worth heading to the river front as the sun sets and beautifully frames these structures and the smell of incense fills the air. The market at the heart of the capital is always a great experience as customers barter for a deal or grab a bite to eat. Why not try a cup of sugarcane juice as you wander through the aisles? Like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap is an city full of activity - tuk-tuks and bikes dart between cars on the streets, vendors sell fresh juices on the corners and the markets are a haven for souvenirs made from Cambodian silk.
Cambodia is dotted with temples but the best known by far is Angkor Wat. Part of the Angkor Complex, its five majestic towers overlook the moat and a walk around the temple is truly mesmerising. There are many more temples that are worth visiting including Ta Phrom, the jungle temple and the Bayon at Angkor Thom to see its towers of more than 200 faces.
Laos is an intriguing country with a relaxed pace and an array of cultural and natural gems. Picturesque landscapes are punctuated by traditional villages and splendid temples. With its idyllic mountain setting, memorable architecture and a fascinating National Museum, mystical Luang Prabang has been proclaimed the best-preserved city In South East Asia. A must for any visit to Luang Prabang is the climb up 328 steps to the top of Phousi Mountain to enjoy spectacular views. It’s said that those who don’t take the steps have not really visited the city! A visit to the wonderful Kuang Si waterfalls is another truly memorable sight not to be missed.