Indochina Encounter

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Run by: Explore

Reference number: QBK

From: £619.00

Bangkok & Tomb Raiders
From the bustling exhilaration of the Thai capital we take a cross-border bus to Cambodia and Siem Reap, a traveller friendly town that's the base for visiting the fabulous temples of Angkor, setting for much of Angelina Jolie's shenanigans as Lara Croft in the film Tomb Raider! Spread out over 150 square kilometres, this unique complex of walled cities, magnificent stone temples, sculptures, reservoirs and causeways lay hidden in the jungle for years - each temple has its own special atmosphere. A great way to explore is on a bike or by one of the many rickshaws that ply their trade here.

Battambong to Phnom Penh
We leave by boat (seasonal), cruising past stilted and floating fishing villages on the tranquil waters of the vast Tonle Sap lake to Battambong - a peaceful country town that is actually Cambodia's second largest settlement. In Phnom Penh on the banks of the Mekong where we've time to explore the Royal Palace and pick up a bargain in the vibrant markets. We also recommend a visit to the museum of Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which provides a disturbing yet essential insight into Cambodia's recent past.

Streets of Saigon
The “Mekong Express” bus takes us to Vietnam where we take a walking tour along the vibrant streets of Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as it's officially known) amongst the colonial buildings of Old Saigon and 1970's kitsch of the Reunification Hall. There's a chance to visit the War Crimes Museum or infamous Cu Chi Tunnels in the countryside beyond - an underground base that hid 10,000 Viet Cong troops.

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