Vietnam, a truly magical part of the world, is a holiday favourite for both the luxury traveller and the backpacker adventurist. Bordered by China, Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam is officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
It has retained its humble nature and colourful character through times of war and has now become one of the most magical of holiday destinations in South East Asia.
The Kingdom of Cambodia, more commonly just referred to as Cambodia, is a south-east Asian country bordering Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand. Home to a population of over 14 million, the official language of Cambodia is Khmer, with secondary languages of English and French.
Bordered by Burma, The People’s Republic Choice of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, Laos really is the highlight of South East Asia.
Here in Laos, Buddhism is in every facet of life. The pace is slow, the people are beautiful and the land spectacular. It truly is a place that will replenish your soul.
There are 3 seasons, the Dry season from November to March, the Hot season from March to May and the Wet season from May to October and travelling can be done in any of these.
The food is delicious, being Thai it can be very spicy and is usually with lots of fresh herbs and veggies, and more often bitter than sweet. Sticky rice is generally had and eaten with the hands. The national drink is the refreshing Laos beer and Laos coffee is said to be some of the best in the world.
The Mekong Valley is the main tourist destination and accommodation is readily available, however if you want a truly unique experience, heading off the beaten track is a must.
This is a country to respect, respect the political ways and respect the people. Never enter into areas where there may be land mines – unfortunately Laos was the most bombed country in the Vietnam War, areas of particular concern are on the Vietnam Border.
Enjoy the laid back pace that is Laos, it really is very special!