After decades of civil war and the genocide wrought by the Khmer Rouge, the violence of Cambodia's modern history looms large. But with the advent of democracy, today Cambodia sits poised on the edge of a new revolution: tourism. This is due in no small part to the jungle-choked ruins of Angkor Wat, ancient capital of the Khmer Empire and the world's largest single religious monument. Only a handful of the 1000-plus temples have been cleared of forest, while the rest remain so atmospherically cloaked in vines they were used as a backdrop for Tomb Raider. But no matter whether you follow in the footsteps of Lara Croft or plumb the dark depths of the killing fields, Cambodia leaves an indelible impression.
Indochina Explorer (ATIC)
Past meets present in this adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides and guided boat excursions. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!
Highlights: Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at local training restaurants in Hanoi and Siem Reap
Indochina Encompassed (ATIE)
From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the wonders of Angkor Wat, sail the Mekong and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside cafe in Hanoi. With hotels, transport and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.
Highlights: Float down the mighty Mekong River, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, sail a junk through Halong Bay, shop in Hoi An, experience magnificent Angkor Wat.