welcomeI invite you to step into the pages of our new Indochina, Thailand and Burma brochure to find yourself in a mesmeri...
contents      Indus Experiences                              3      Travel within the Region                       4      ...
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Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
Indochina - Thailand and Burma - Final Pdf
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  1. 1. welcomeI invite you to step into the pages of our new Indochina, Thailand and Burma brochure to find yourself in a mesmerisingworld of majestic cities, ornate temples and landscapes both rugged and tranquil. For so long a place of mystery,claimed by colonial culture and shaped by historic upheavals, the diverse beauty of the region is at last open to us. I am confident the brochure reflects the highest standards you expect and what we as professionals can deliver.Many Indus travellers tell us the sumptuous, comprehensive and first-class literature we produce is just thebeginning of the adventure. The dream starts when you look into the Indus kaleidoscope and contemplate the landsand cultures you long to discover. Relax and let the images influence your ideas. Then select and let us do the rest,transforming your desires into your dream holiday or to put it simply, an …. Indus Experience.We particularly welcome you to talk to us, to tell us exactly how you envisage your holiday. On our side, werecommend and advise but, above all, we listen. This personal contact with my team of experts, who have travelledahead of you to prepare the very best experience, is the core of the Indus ethos. From sharing comes trust. Ourefforts to ensure that your holiday will be spectacular are paramount in offering all our clients consistent andrepeated satisfaction.At Indus there is no ‘us’ without ‘you’. When I started the company 16 years ago our ‘raison dêtre’ was to put thetraveller at the heart of our understanding of what makes the ideal trip and to provide just that.As is our custom at Indus, we researched, inspected and took time to prepare the next destinations of Indochina,Thailand and Burma. They’re now ready. We don’t do things properly here, we do them perfectly. Talk to ourexperts and we’ll craft an Indus Experience tailor-made for you.Fully bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority, (ATOL 4586) and ABTA (W5240), we are also members of AITOand partners to the government initiative ‘Knowbeforeyougo, ensuring you can book with the confidence that yourmoney is safe with us.I hope you get as much pleasure from our brochure as we did putting it together for you.Yasin M. Zargar B.Sc. F. Inst. TTManaging Director
  2. 2. contents Indus Experiences 3 Travel within the Region 4 Map 5 Airlines 6 InDOCHInA InTRODuCTIOn 9 Laos 10 Cambodia 12 Vietnam 14 Thailand 16 Burma 18 TOuRS Ancient Kingdoms of South East Asia 20 indus experienceS Grand Tour of Indochina 22 Essence of Indochina 24 OuR ExpERTISE CuISInE TRAVEL ADVICE AnD DESTInATIOn A Tale of Three Cities 26 Amongst the leading tailor-made specialist tour The regions cuisine is an extravaganza of mouth InFORMATIOn operator in the country and winner of Best watering experiences - a wonderful mêlée of Vietnam Discovery 28 Specialist Tour Operator 2011 – Elite Travel spices and herbs, some hot and pungent, others We are certified strategic partners of the Foreign The Spirit of Cambodia 30 Group Awards, the indus experiences ethos to soft and subtle. Taste Laotian spicy green & Commonwealth Office, which guarantee our Secrets of Laos 32 personalised service, is absolute. papaya salad - Tam Som, or Amok Trey from commitment to ensuring that our clients are Cambodia. In Burma (Myanmar) try Lahpe - fully informed of all relevant government travel Memories of Thailand 34 Our specialist team in London will work with fermented tea. Why not add a cookery class to advice, safety measures and precautions. please A Vignette of Burma 36 you, to ensure you have the best possible holiday the tour or tailor make a tour highlighting the see: www.fco.gov.uk at a competitive price, offering advice and ideas cuisine. please ask for details. Land of the Golden Spires 37 to inspire you. HEALTH & InSuRAnCE BOARD AnD LODGInG RIVER CRuISInG 38 The tours in this brochure are guidelines, We strongly advised that all clients talk to their designed to be a starting point for each itinerary Our hotel portfolio is extensive and ranges from Gp or Travel Health Clinic about the various Cruise Ships 39 that can be tailored to your specific preferences. superb deluxe properties to character, heritage, inoculations and medical travel precautions The Mekong Voyage of Discovery 40 Each tour has been individually crafted to give boutique hotels and more modest guest houses. to be taken - including DVT and Malaria. It’s you an insight into the land, to see the beauty, We always use the best available but in some essential that you take out an adequate travel Road to Mandalay 42 history and culture of the region. remote areas facilities can be very basic! The list insurance policy to cover all emergencies. The Irrawaddy Experience 43 is constantly being amended and up graded. If the Our local associate agents are carefully selected hotel you require is not mentioned please don’t FInAnCIAL SECuRITY for their unrivalled local knowledge and are on hesitate to ask for it to be included in your tour. EASTERn & ORIEnTAL ExpRESS 44 hand to respond quickly and efficiently. InDuS TOuRS AnD TRAVEL is a fully Epic Thailand with Koh Samui Tour 46 Each tour price will state the meal plan. bonded and insured company, registered with SMALL GROup TOuRS This can usually be adapted to suit your the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL no AnD SpECIALIST requirements. Most hotels offer a selection of 4586. This means that once you have booked HOTELS TOuRS/ExpERIEnCES Local and International food. with us, you can rest assured that any monies Orient Express 48 paid are secured. We are members of ABTA. Our Specialist Tours are all lead by distinguished GuIDES Our membership number is ABTA W5240, Four Seasons 49 Tours Leaders. new tours are constantly added Anantara 50 and new areas visited. please ask for our latest On tour we use English-speaking guides. They exciting specialist tours in Indochina, Thailand are accredited and experienced. All have a Aman 51 and Burma. passion for their homeland regaling guests with Raffles 52 local anecdotes and amusing tales. Six Senses 53 YOuR TOuR pRICE Indus is a member of AITO. The Association InCLuDES: pRACTICAL represents Britain’s leading independent tour GHM 54 operators and encourages high levels of quality InFORMATIOn Mandarin Oriental 55 • Return International flights in economy class. and service. Indus abides by the Associations • All airport taxes at uK and chosen destination. Current British passport holders Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Relais & Chateaux 56 • All internal / regional flights as per the Visa requirements are: Quality Charter which can be viewed on www. Song Saa 57 itinerary in economy class. Burma Available in the uK or on arrival. aito.co.uk, or please ask us for more details. • All accommodation and transport as per the Cambodia Available in the uK or on arrival. Vietnam 58 itinerary. Laos On arrival. Cambodia 60 • All transfers and sightseeing by chauffeur Thailand Free on arrival. photo credits: Staffan Scherz; Destination Asia Images; driven private vehicles. (please note: coaches will Vietnam Available in the uK or on arrival. Laos 61 Shawn Hendricks; nick Ray; be used on certain cruise and train excursions). Visions of Indochina - Thailand 62 • Services of an English speaking representative Indus will undertake to arrange your visa for a http://portfolio.visions-of-indochina.com Burma 63 for all arrival and departure transfers at airports small fee. please discuss with us your passport/ and assistance at hotels. visa requirements. • Services of an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary. • Entrances fees to all monuments as specified in Responsible Tourism...Indus Gives Back 64 the itinerary.two www.industours.co.uk 020 8901 7320 three
  3. 3. i n d o C hH nIa N A c i - thailand & burma Putao C H I N A Myitkyina dy ad Bhamo aw Lao Cai Irr Sapa P in Oo Lw Pyin Oo L n Lwin w Moniwa Hanoi Halong Bay Mandalay Kentang travel within Haiphong Salween a Bagan HHouey Heho XXay Mrauk U M Popa Mt Pakbeng Inle Luang Prabang Kalaw Lake Hong Sa the region Phonsavan n Chiang Saen Nay Pyi Daw Vang Vieng S O U T H Sittwe h Chiang Rai Pyay Mae Hong Son LAOS Lak Sao C H I N A (Prome) As with all emerging and developing countries the standard of internal travel can vary tremendously, and Indus N Ngapali Vientiane S E A M Hue endeavours to use the best possible means of travel at each destination. With the advent of tourism Air links have M YA N M A R Chiang Mai g ek Savannakhet Da Nang (BURMA) on become more widespread as distances to travel can often be vast. Gradually each country is building a network Sukhothai a Tak A Hoi An g of Local and International carriers and upgrading airports. Roads are often crowded, congested and provide Ngwe Saung Bago K aiktiyo k ktiyo Kyaiktiyo Ubon an unforgettable experience! Many tours take to the water and use some of the luxurious river cruisers – whilst Yangon Ratchathani h h i occasional trips in sampans add an extra thrill! Trains ply the lands and for Indus guests memorable journeys on the Moulmein THAILAND Pakse Champasak acclaimed Eastern & Oriental Express gives another glimpse into many unseen lands within the region. Ayutthaya Preah Vihear VIETNAM Rattanakiri B A Y O F a Kanchanaburi Battambang Angkor Wat Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat BY AIR B E N G A L Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang has an excellent network, Myanmar is slowly still with a few teething troubles after the French Thom Kratie Air travel is the most efficient way of moving within the region. All the major places of upgrading, whilst Highway One in Vietnam from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta is virtually a built it 100 years ago. But no matter – this is what a holiday is about, meeting wonderful Myeik Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham Kompong go Archipelago Hua Hin P Phan Thiet interest and cities have airports within easy ‘super highway’! Don’t forget there are other people, passing through glorious countryside, reach. The Thai and Vietnam service are forms of transport – ox and buffalo cart rides, feeling the rhythm of the land. Koh Chang Phnom Penh particularly well structured: and the other Remok (tuk-tuk) fun,’ cyclos’ (rickshaws), Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t countries rapidly following suit with an elephant safaris and of course – the buses – BY WATER Kep Doc My Tho increasing choice of carriers and budgets to often fast, loud and manic! All Indus guests Sihanoukville Vinh Long suit all pockets. Myanmar currently does have have an exclusive private car with a/c, and Water, in the area is a synonym for ‘super a more limited schedule of flights, but with the an experienced English speaking driver, well highways’. The mighty rivers of the region, the K thoung o ou Kawthoung Phu Quoc C n Tho Can Tho Con Dao n expansion of tourism, more will soon become accustomed to the local road nuances! For small Mekong and Irrawaddy with their countless Koh Samui available. Flying is the ideal means of transport groups all coaches have a/c and knowledgeable tributaries have been the main source of internal when time is of the essence. Indus choose the driver/guides. transportation for generations. Today visitors Krabi Nakhon Si best possible option available at the time of can take a short cruise through the maze of Thammarat booking for their guests. BY TRAIn waterways scattered throughout the region or spend a few days cruising in elegant luxurious Phuket The rail system throughout the countries varies cruise boats taking in the sights and sounds Songkhla BY ROAD Trang tremendously in style and comfort. In Myanmar of the river bank villages, seeing some of the Driving in the region is an experience in itself. it’s old, slow but cheap and a great way to incredible ancient highlights or simply relax In some places the standard of road is poor meet the locals – choose between hard or soft on the observation deck. Other fun water and in the monsoon season prone to flooding, benches! Contrast that with the most romantic experiences include rafting, long tail power boat however, many new roads are being constructed: way of travelling on a train on the fabled and sampan rides. Indus offers an excellent connecting all the main towns, cities and places Eastern & Oriental Express for a touch of pure selection of cruises and day excursions for their of interest together. Thailand for example luxury or rumble along on Cambodian trains - guest’s enjoyment.four www.industours.co.uk 020 8901 7320 five
  4. 4. airlines THAI AIRWAYS EMIRATES Thai airways operates two daily flights between Heathrow and Bangkok, with onward Emirates operates 15 flights to Dubai from connections throughout Thailand & Asia. Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle with onward Royal First Class connections to Bangkok On board, in the privacy of segregated cabins, the degree of friendly, personal hospitality BRITISH AIRWAYS extended by a dedicated cabin crew is exceptional. The innovation in luxury is the newly First Class installed sleeper seating. Electronically controlled, with 180 degrees of recline and almost Freshen up with a mid-flight shower or close Ideal for leisure travel, British Airways offers frequent schedules to Thailand and Singapore, flying daily seven feet of space in which to stretch out, these seats are truly state-of-the-art. Each seat is the door and retreat to your own private Suite. to its main airports. British Airways offer a choice of cabins ensuring your holiday starts the moment equipped with the interactive Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system, plus in-seat Savour five-star delicacies with dine-on-demand you take off. telephone and laptop power outlet. menu, and enjoy over 1,200 channels of entertainment in Emirates First Class. First Club World World Traveller Plus Royal Silk Class The ultimate in comfort and luxury Introducing a new Club World Worth the Difference On board THAI flights Royal Silk class passengers enjoy segregated cabins, with two- Business Class • personal ‘demi cabin’ space creates an • The new seat is 25% wider, has a privacy • A separate quieter cabin with up to abreast seating. On long-haul flights, newly installed shell seats offer 60 inches (five feet) of With flat-bed seats and exclusive Onboard exclusive, private environment screen and converts into a fully flat bed a maximum of 6 rows stretch-out space, with 170 degrees of recline for sleeping. Each electrically controlled seat is Lounge, in-seat phone service and laptop • A 6 6" fully flat bed • Club Kitchen is open between meal times • Wider, more comfortable seats with 7" equipped with telephone and laptop power outlet. The interactive Audio Visual On Demand charging, Emirates Business Class helps you • À la carte dining with menus and with complimentary hot & cold snacks more leg room than World Traveller entertainment system offers literally hundreds of channels, for movies, music, information arrive refreshed and prepared for the next step complimentary bar • À la carte menu with expertly sourced • priority meal service with complimentary and games. of your journey. • Complimentary sleeper suit and wash bag wine list drinks from the bar with luxury skin care products • Access to Departure and Arrivals lounges Economy Class Economy Class • Access to Departures and Arrivals lounges, • Complimentary treatments at the Elemis World Traveller THAI has carried out a massive programme to expand and revitalize every aspect of its personal seatback monitors, thoughtfully including the Elemis Travel Spa at Travel Spa available at London Heathrow Designed for comfort Economy Class experience, giving passengers even more reasons to make THAI their first prepared multi-course meals, telephone and London Heathrow • An ergonomically designed seat, blankets, choice. new, wider seats of the latest design have been installed in many of the THAI email service at every seat are just some of the • Dedicated First Class check–in desks and a cushions, eyeshades, socks, toothbrush and aircraft, with a new interactive Audio Visual On Demand (AVOD) system offering almost features designed with comfort and convenience choice of check–in options toothpaste are also provided for your added unlimited choice of entertainment and information options. in mind. comfort. Enjoy meals and a complimentary bar service, throughout your flight VIETnAM AIRLInES • 4 flights weekly from London Gatwick • 2 flights to Hanoi (Gatwick – Hanoi on Tuesday & Friday) (Hanoi – Gatwick on Monday & Thursday) • 2 flights to Ho Chi Minh City (Gatwick – Ho Chi Minh on Wedensday & Saturday) (Ho Chi Minh -Gatwick on Tuesday & friday) Aircraft: Boeing 777 – 200 ER BAnGKOK AIRWAYS EVA AIR LAO AIRLInES 25 Business Class Seats (Regional) (Regional) • Width: 50 cm Eva Air flies six times weekly non-stop from • Recline: 165° Bangkok Airways styles itself as a "boutique" London Heathrow to Bangkok’s brand new Lao Airlines route network covers the major • pitch : 150 cm airline, aiming at a standard of service that Suvarnabhumi airport. In conjunction with tourist destinations of Laos, and neighbouring • Individual touch screen (27cm) with is above its rivals. Economy passengers have partner airlines, Eva Air also offers convenient countries. Their main hubs are Vientiane and video on demand access to their own business class-style Boutique onward connections from Bangkok to a range Luang prabang. All of Lao Airlines planes • personal travel amenity kit Lounges at airports offering free snacks, hot and of other destinations within Thailand and have only a single class. Coach seating is • Choice of 3 European and Asian dishes cold drinks, internet access and a kids corner. South-East Asia. Eva Air offers 3 travel classes generally comfortable enough. with an open bar 228 Economy Regional Routes Business class passengers have a separate Blue premium Laurel class, Elite class and Economy • priority check-in and baggage handling • Width: 40 cm HAN/SGN: the gateway to Indochina Ribbon Club lounge. class • 60 kg baggage allowance • Recline: 120° • 25 weekly flights from Vietnam to • Access to Business Lounges of Vietnam • pitch: 84 cm 2 destinations in Cambodia (Siem Reap Airlines and SkyTeam • Individual touch screen (15cm) and phnom penh) and 2 destinations in Laos • Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes (Luang prabang and Vientiane using 54 Economy Deluxe • Snacks and drink available throughout A321/F70/ATR72) REGIOnAL DEpARTuRES AnD upGRADES • Width: 40 cm the flight • 2 daily trans-Indochina routes: • Recline: 135° • 30 kg baggage allowance Daily HAn-VTE-pnH-SGn For our clients travelling from regional airports, we can either provide connecting flights to Heathrow / • pitch: 100 cm Daily HAn-LpQ-REp Gatwick or source an alternative scheduled carrier connecting through its own hub. • Individual touch screen (15cm) with Domestic Service video on demand • Extensive network to 20 destinations Indus can offer specially negotiated upgrade supplements for Club and First class travel on most airlines, • personal travel amenity kit in Vietnam please ask your consultant for more details. • Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes • up to 12 daily flights between Hanoi and with an open bar Ho Chi Minh City. • 40 kg baggage allowance • Dense frequency to beach destinationssix www.industours.co.uk 020 8901 7320 seven
  5. 5. Four Seasons Chiang Mai. photographer: Robert Miller INDOCHINA Indochina, or Indochine, as it was called by the French Colonists, is a region in Southeast Asia roughly to the east of India and Southwest of China – hence the name – Indochina. Strictly speaking, the title should only apply to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. However, today Thailand and Burma (Myanmar ) are often included in the region. All are quite perfect destinations - holidays alive The history and culture of the lands are As with all ‘indus experiences’ a selection of with discovery, culture and new adventures shrouded in the mists of ages past. Delightful carefully crafted tours have been created to in distant lands: individually tailored for the vignettes of glorious ancient civilisations caress showcase these wonderful evocative countries. discerning traveller. the eye. Who cannot fail to fall under the spell Each has been designed to allow guests to of the incomparable Angkor Wat Temples, be absorb the flavour and gain an understanding Here, life still follows the ancient rhythms intrigued by the mysterious and enigmatic plain of some of the world’s most beautiful and of the land: blessed with a glorious culture, of Jars in Laos or delight, in the breathtaking enigmatic countries – waiting to be discovered outstanding scenery, warm and wonderful beauty of Vietnams Halong Bay? And....... and savoured. The tours are a guideline and can people: - the region is a perfect holiday there’s still romance in the air on a cruise to be tailored – mixed and matched - to individual destination. The true soul of the lands can Mandalay! requirements. be seen through their magnificent treasures – both man made and created by nature: the The cuisine is undeniably superb – it’s mighty Mekong River – the lifeblood of so impossible to resist a spicy Thai delicacy or the many nations – the quiet charm and sense of freshness and natural flavour of Vietnamese tranquillity in Laos, the ancient streets of old cuisine. Yet there’s another side to these Hoi An in Vietnam. Each country is unique. A compelling lands..... where East meets West in a sense of timelessness fills the air. pride is taken in whirlwind of life in Bangkok and Saigon. maintaining cherished traditions: whilst quietly and slowly moving into the modern world – on their own terms! www.industours.co.uk 020 8901 7320 nineFour Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. photographer: Dana neibert
  6. 6. highlights LuAnG pRABAnG VIEnTIAnE until the mid-16th C. Luang prabang was the Royal capital of the country - Lane xang. Today, it Vientiane (Sandalwood City) is a sprawling old retains an air of old world charm and tranquility; graced by its softly faded French Colonial legacy. Colonial city, on the banks of the Mekong, with a A myriad of ancient streets, hidden alleyways and over 30 glorious gilded Temples create a medley laid back and almost serene atmosphere. Locals of culture and history. not surprisingly Luang prabang is a unESCO World Heritage Site. consider it as being ‘mad busy’ in comparison with the other Laotian towns! Originally founded As dawn breaks, a timeless ceremony takes place, when offerings of food are given to the solemn lines of in the 10th C. Vientiane became the capital after saffron robed Monks, coming forth from their Monasteries, to receive alms from the local people. It’s a the fall of Luang prabang. moving and very special sight. Luang prabang continues to be the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos. Like the rest of the country, its history is There are some delightful and fascinating places to visit close to Luang prabang. Take a boat trip turbulent: reflected in the many cultural along the Mekong to the sacred pak Ou Caves. Set high in the cliffs, they shelter thousands of influences from the Siamese, Burmese, Khmers- images of the Buddha, many are gold lacquered and left by pilgrims. Visit a Lu tribal village to see more recently the French. Charming French traditional weaving and dyeing, or go for a swim in the crystal waters of the Kuang Si Waterfall Colonial boulevards and ancient Buddhist (water levels permitting). Temples blend seamlessly together. C H I N A laos Putao Laos is the hidden gem of the region and, after years C unrest N Auncertainty, is slowly emerging like a chrysalis of H I and from its cocoon - revealing its stunning beauty. It’s a country overflowing with spectacular sights, glorious scenery, Myitkyina dy mouth-watering food and truly delightful people. pLAIn OF JARS SOuTHERn LAOS ad Bhamo aw In xieng Khuang province, there lies the For a truly relaxed visit head down to the south Lao Cai COunTRY ESSEnTIALS Irr Wandering mists drift slowly across high mysterious plain of Jars. Myth and legend of Laos home to many ethnic tribal peoples. Sapa mountain peaks. The silence of the dawn w Moniwa P in iso Lw Pyin O L n Oo Lwin abound but, as yet, no clue is forth coming as Explore the incredible diverse countryside from broken by the sound of chanting, as Monks Hanoi Halong Bay Best time to visit: Laotian weather is influenced to why these jars, apparently cut from the solid soaring wild highlands to the Bolaven plateau Mandalay Kentang leave their morning prayers, and Bagan go in search of Haiphong by the annual Southeast Asian monsoon cycle. rock 2-3000 years ago, are there. unESCO is with its tea and coffee plantations, and the S a lw e e n a H Houey Heho X Xay alms in the towns and villages. Popa Mrauk U M Their saffron Mt Pakbeng The best time for visiting most the country is sponsoring projects to help unravel the mystery. countless Mekong Islands. The small city of Inle Luang Prabang Kalaw robes shimmer, in the suns first rays. Mysterious between november and February/March with phonsavan, the capital of the region, is the main pakse is the main focal point of the area. Lake Hong Sa Phonsavan plains are scattered with ancient relics. Mighty Nay Pyi Daw n Chiang Saen cooler temperatures. The monsoon rain is tourist centre. Sittwe villages dotting the Vang Vieng S O U T H rivers, with small isolated h Chiang Rai heavy coming in brief bursts. Then the glorious The main places of interest include the World banks constantly fight back the verdant jungle, Hong Son Pyay Mae L A O S Lak Sao C H I NIf A sun shines! you’re on a cruise november is The mountainous area is one of great strategic Heritage site of Wat phu Champassak – a (Prome) encroaching, on their alreadyN fragile ecological Ngapali Vientiane probably A best time, whilst in January – June S E the importance – both commercially and militarily ruined Khmer Temple. The Si phan Don (Four M Hue Hoang Sa existence. Life is slow. Life is Y A N Mno R Chiang Mai M traditional. A g water levels are low. – located close to the Vietnamese boarder. By Thousand Islands) area of the Mekong River, ek Savannakhet Da Nang mad rush here – the Laotians are laidR M A ) ( B U back. 1964, the north Vietnamese and pathet Lao had with its numerous rapids and waterfalls, on Sukhothai Tak a Fly to Luang prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok Hoi An A established vast tunnels under the plain of Jars, including the Khon phapheng Falls. Watch g Ngwe Saung Bago Kyaiktiyo K aiktiyo k ktiyo Laos is still unspoilt – a gentle country with Ubon as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Local ethnic out for sightings of the endangered freshwater Yangon Ratchathani h h i an ageless charm, and relatively speaking, still Moulmein THAILA ND Pakse Flying time 13 hours via Bangkok tribes live in the remote mountains, including dolphins. Champasak ‘off the beaten track’ of mainstream tourism. the Thai Dam, phuan and H’mong, the largest Ayutthaya Preah Vihear VIETNAM However, for many, this lack of sophistication is Rattanakiri Time difference GMT + 7 hours minority group in the area: all still follow their B withY genuine warmth the attraction of Laos, A the O F Kanchanaburi a Battambang Angkor Wat traditional ancestral way of life. Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat and hospitality of the people. G A L B E N Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang Visa Required for uK passport holders Thom Kratie Myeik Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham Kompong go Archipelago Hua Hin P Phan Thietten Koh Chang Phnom Penh www.industours.co.uk 020 8901 7320 eleven Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t Kep Doc My Tho

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