Laos and Vietnam
Combining two of Indochina’s most diverse and intriguing destinations makes for the ultimate adventure, whether it be on a family holiday, a honeymoon or simply just to explore a new corner of the globe. Laos and Vietnam are easily accessed from one another yet despite their close proximity, they both showcase two totally different sides to Southeast Asia, in their cuisine, culture and surroundings.
Wander the boulevards of Vientiane, the beating heart of the country, explore its markets filled to the brim with treasures and keepsakes and marvel at the French colonial influences which pervade the city. Further north, the UNESCO recognised Luang Prabang, is a largely untouched region in Southeast Asia. The colonial romance of Laos, the languid way of life and its enduring charm make it the perfect place to begin an Indochina adventure.
In Vietnam, the cities and countryside promise charm and exotic intrigue in equal measure. Soak up the ancient city of Hanoi, cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat and immerse yourself in the hubbub of Hoi An on the ultimate getaway in Vietnam. The country is a culinary superpower, its flavours hail from across Asia and tucking into a giant bowl of pho is bound to complete your Vietnamese adventure.
Catching a glimpse into local life reveals an incredible side to the two Asia heavyweights. Look out for the iconic conical straw hats of farmers which dot the rice paddy clad landscapes, watch as families fish in the Mekong or observe an alms giving ceremony at dawn for a truly authentic insight into Southeast Asia.