The French summarized the temperaments of their three Indochinese states with the pronouncement that "the Vietnamese plant the rice, the Cambodians watch it grow, and the Laotians listen to it grow." If this doesn't already make you want to visit Laos (properly Lao), then you should choose somewhere else. Lao is a land of Buddhist traditions, where saffron-robed teens peek curiously out from wats (temples) and no one is in a hurry. And while being the world's most heavily bombed country hardly seems a ringing endorsement, World Heritage Luang Prabang's temples and mixed heritage soothe the soul, and Vientianne, the world's smallest capital, moves at the same serene pace as the Mekong river floating by its shores.
Indochina Discovery (ATID)
Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities that interest you. Experience Halong Bay by boat and ride bicycles around Vang Vieng. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers that’ll keep up.
Highlights: Revelling in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoying a delicious Khmer meal at a vocational training restaurant funded by Planeterra, chilling out on golden beaches, floating down the mighty Mekong, snorkelling beautiful reefs, shopping in quaint Hoi An, cruising magical Halong Bay, exploring the streets of serene Luang Prabang.
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: Gliding through the canals of Bangkok, floating down the mighty Mekong, visiting majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts, exploring the bustling streets of Hanoi, sailing a junk through Halong Bay, shopping in Hoi An, exploring the Cu Chi tunnels, taking in magnificent Angkor Wat.