Sleepy Laos is arguably the most serene of Southeast Asia's nations. In Vientiane, we stroll along the wide boulevards and admire the many wats whilst in Vang Vieng, on the banks of the Nam Song, we spend time relaxing or cycling through the countryside. Luang Prabang was a royal city placed on the confluence of two great rivers and surrounded by high mountains. From here we board a motorised craft to the Pak Ou Caves, where hundreds of Buddhas are crammed into the rocks.
Crossing into Vietnam, we explore the capital, Hanoi, then take a cruise among the spectacular limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. Boarding the 'Reunification Express' to Hué we explore the former Imperial Palace and ride a boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. There's time to relax in the old colonial seaport of Hoi An before heading to Ho Chi Minh City, where we take a trip to the infamous Cu Chi tunnels and also take a boat trip in the Mekong Delta where we spend the night at the home of a local family.
Charms of Cambodia
In Cambodia, our first stop is the capital, Phnom Penh, where we visit the National Museum of Arts, the Royal Palace the horrifying Tuol Sleng museum and the 'Killing Fields' of Choeung Ek. From here we drive to Siem Reap, our base for exploring the ancient and spell-binding city of Angkor built by the Khmer kings some 800 years ago.
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