Laos

Laos

  • Laos officially called the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a socialist landlocked state in South Eastern Asia.
  • Between the 14 th and 18 th centuries Laos became an economic hub for trade, due to its position in the centre of South Eastern Asia.
  • The capital of Laos is Vientiane, located on the Mekong River in Northern Laos. A popular tourist destination is the old capital of Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang lies in the valley where the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers meet. It is known for the bountiful of Buddhist temples and Luang Prabang inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1995.
  • Currently the population of Laos is approximately 7.2 million people (August 2020). Most people live in the valleys along the Mekong River.

Laos Additional Info

  • Laos is a highly multilingual country with the inhabitants speaking 86 different languages. The language Lao is the official language and is spoken by slightly more than half of the population.
  • The tourism sector has more than doubled from tourists visiting Laos in 1990. The cities of Luang Prabang and Vet Phou are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Laos is the least developed country in the South Eastern Asian region. Often it is referred to as ‘The Land of a Million Elephants’ and offers an untouched and unspoiled glimpse into the olden day life in those regions. Laos offers various landscapes, from thick jungle and lush floodplains through to dramatically rugged mountains and cave networks.
  • Laos’s serene blend of forested mountains, limestone karsts and riverfront towns, keeps nature lovers returning back again more and more.
  • Laos has stylish, elegant cities such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang, which combine French colonial architecture, stunning Buddhist temples and a laid back atmosphere far removed from other Asian cities.

Places of Interest

  • Kuang Si Caves & Waterfalls
  • Vientiane
  • Patuxay Monument,
  • Wat Si Saket Temple
  • Wat Phra Keo Temple also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Buddha Park

Additional Places

  • Kong Lor Caves
  • Wat Phu Khmer temple
  • Luang Prabang Temples
  • Vientiane Morning Market
  • Tham Kong Lo Cave

Many more highlights to enjoy and experience. Contact us for a customized or guided holiday

Cambodia

Cambodia

  • Cambodia, officially the “Kingdom of Cambodia” lies on Southern section of the peninsular in South Eastern Asia.
  • On the 5 January 1976, the government changed the country’s name from Cambodia to Kampuchea in the Khmer language.
  • During the 12 th century, the Khmer Empire became the largest empire in South Eastern Asia. Via modern technologies it was established that Angkor had been the largest pre-industrial city in the world with an area of over 2980 sqkm.
  • The city populated up to 1million inhabitants and Angkor Wat still boasts immaculately preserved religious temples.

Cambodia Additional Info

  • These well preserved temples serve as a reminder of Cambodia’s past, where Cambodia had major regional power until the 15 th century. Angkor Wat and the surroundings have acclaimed UNESCO status. To safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1992.
  • The head of Cambodia’s leading party, Hun Sen, who is the current longest serving prime minister in the world. The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh, which lays at the junction of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. The current population of Cambodia is approximately 16.7 million inhabitants (August 2020), with the majority of the population living in rural areas near rivers.
  • The language of Khmer is spoken by nearly 90% of the population and is the official language of Cambodia.
  • The tourism industry is Cambodia’s second largest form of income stimulating the GDP. Phom Penh and Angkor Wat are Cambodia’s main tourist destinations. Cambodia is a safe destination.
  • Cambodia is a country of lush rugged mountains and jungles. The isolated tribal people have beautiful beaches and deserted islands with inspiring ancient temples and landmarks. Cambodia is strewn with ancient ruins and artifacts.
  • Cambodia’s history could start with visiting the Silver Pagoda continue to the colorful Royal Palace and the poignant Tuol Sleng Museum before continuing to the Buddhist memorial of the ‘Killing Fields’ in Siem Reap. It could be that you might discover yourself becoming another tomb raider in the temples of Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia, which is the largest religious monument in the world. – It is a Definite Must!!

Places of Interest

  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon Temple
  • Banteay Srei Temple
  • Koh Ker Temple
  • Kratie riverside town with Mekong Dolphins
  • Bokor Hill Station
  • Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace

Additional Places

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  • Tonle Sap Freshwater Lake
  • Sihanoukville (Beaches)
  • Koh Rong Island (Beaches)
  • Koh Rong Sanloem Island (Beaches)
  • Temple of Preah Vihear

Indonesia

Indonesia

  • Indonesia, officially called the Republic of Indonesia lies in South Eastern Asia in the Java Sea between the Indian and the Pacific oceans. Indonesia consists of more than 17’000 islands and is the globes largest island country.
  • The capital Jakarta is found on Java Island and is classified as the second most populous urban area on the globe. Bali lies just 8 degrees South of the equator creating an even climate all year round.
  • Within the many islands lies the island of Bali. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, having the highest number of different fish and turtle species in the world.
  • Bali is home to a unique Subak water irrigation system; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indonesia Additional Info

  • In 1949, the Indonesian Island of Bali gained its independence from the Dutch.
  • Although the current population of Indonesia is approximately 273.5 million people (August 2020) , the current population of Bali stands approximately at 682.000 people.
  • Due to the increase in tourism, many locals on the island of Bali can converse to some degree in English.
  • Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, which is made up of thousands of large and small islands are connected by the strait and the ocean.
  • Whatever you choose, the experience is sure to be one filled with awe and appreciation in a country beaming with history and natural beauty as Indonesia is.

Places of Interest

  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Sekumpul Waterfalls
  • Diamond Beach
  • Gili Islands
  • Monkey Forest – Ubud
  • Kelingking Beach
  • Tanah Lot Temple

Additional Places

  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Besakih Temple
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Elephant Cave Temple
  • Kuta Beach
  • Surfing
  • Yogo Retreats
  • Islands and beaches

Many more highlights to enjoy and experience. Contact us for a customized or guided holiday

Thailand

Thailand

  • Thailand originally known as ‘The Kingdom of Thailand’ is located in the center of the Indochinese Peninsular.
  • Thailand has a constitutional monarchy and does periodically alter between democracy and communism. After World War 1 ‘The Kingdom of Thailand’ officially changed its name to Thailand.
  • Thailand has the largest economy in South Eastern Asia and is classified as a newly industrialized economy in S.E. Asia

Thailand Additional Info

  • Thailand has approximately 69.8 inhabitants (August 2020) which is equivalent to 0.9% of the global population.
  • Tourism contributes 20.2% towards Thailand’s GDP (World Tourism Organization in 2013). Asian tourists primarily visit Bangkok and the historical, natural and cultural sites. Western tourists mainly visit Bangkok, travel towards the Southern beaches and the islands. To accommodate the great influx of tourism, a tourist police has been set up in major touristic areas.
  • Thailand is the most visited destination in S. E. Asia, as it demonstrates a highly developed infrastructure and service level, enabling Thailand to adequately present a huge diversity of landscape, cultural sites and activities.
  • Every traveler feels at home here, whatever their desire or need. Enjoy trekking in an unmapped jungle or seek adventure tours in N. Thailand, while the beach-lovers can pleasure themselves with island hopping amongst the many beautiful islands in the Thailand Gulf and/or the Andaman Sea.

Places of Interest

  • Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi
  • Ao Nang Beach, Krabi
  • Floating Markets near Bangkok
  • Hua Hin Beaches
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Ko Nang Yuan very close to Koh Tao (Beaches, diving, snorkelling)
  • Wat Arun, Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Additional Places

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  • Ko Lipe Island
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Similan Islands archipelago (Diving and live aboards)
  • Ayuthaya Historical Park
  • Mu Ko Chang National Park
  • Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
  • Ko Phi Phi
  • Samui Island (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Toa)
  • Wat Rong Khun, Chang Rai

Vietnam

Vietnam

  • Vietnam lies in S.E. Asia with the capital being Hanoi. Saigon currently known as Ho Chi Minh city is the most populated city in Vietnam.
  • Vietnam came into existence upon the Proclamation of Independence from France, after the First Indochinese War ending in1945.
  • After Vietnam succeeded to overthrow France, an internal conflict emerged, resulting in the Vietnamese War. In 1975, the communist Northern part of Vietnam gained victory over the Southern anti-communistic part of Vietnam.
  • Currently Vietnam is populated by approximately 97.3 million inhabitants (August 2020).Since the Vietnamese War in 1975, the population has increased by more than 60%. The population of Vietnam is ranked at number 15 th on the globe. (August 2020)

Vietnam Additional Info

  • The official language spoken in Vietnam is Vietnamese and English is predominantly the second language.
  • Particularly the older generation from Southern Vietnam, use French as their second language; however English is increasingly used as a secondary language alongside or in place of French.
  • The education system in Vietnam is mostly state controlled, however a few privately run institutions also exist.
  • Tourism approximately contributes 7,5% to the GDP. The majority of the visitors originate from Asia followed by Europeans, Americans and Australians.
  • The most visited regions are Ho Chi Minh City followed by the capital, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.
  • All three cities are amongst the top 100 most visited cities in the world. Vietnam prides itself by displaying eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 2018 Hoi An was ranked amongst the world’s top 15 best destinations to visit.
  • The Vietnamese landscape is bedazzling, stunning and without a doubt it is a destination that offers many inspiring adventures.
  • In Vietnam you can discover an amazing untouched countryside of the Mekong Delta, inconceivable limestone rock formations in Ha Long Bay and mountainous outcrops in northern Vietnam.
  • Vietnam is transforming with new up-market hotels, shopping arcades, sky scrapers and fine dining restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, charming Hanoi and the luxury designer beach resorts of Hoi An.
  • Vietnam is a country of contrasts, where something catches your eye around every corner.
  • The Vietnamese people are always positive, emitting a warm sense of welcoming hospitality with an inquiring mind and smiling friendliness.

Places of Interest

  • Halong Bay (Luxury Cruising, Caves, Kayaking)
  • Hanoi (Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Fine Art Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake)
  • Hue (Citadel in the Imperial City, Imperial Tomb of King Khai Dinh)
  • Hoi An (Beaches and the Old Town Quarters)
  • Da Nang (Golden Bridge on Ba Na Hill, Dragon Bridge, Lady Buddha, Beaches)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Vespa Tours, River Cruise)

Additional Places

  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province
  • Sapa Countryside
  • Nha Trang (Beaches)
  • Mekong Delta
  • Phu Quoc Islands (Beaches)
  • Con Dao Island (Beaches)

Many more highlights to enjoy and experience. Contact us for a customized or guided holiday

Myanmar

Myanmar

  • Known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a country in South Eastern Asia.
  • The ruling party changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989.
  • The population of Myanmar is approximately 54.4 million people (August 2020).
  • The capital of Myanmar is Naypytaw, which is approximately 7054 km2 in size. It basically is a ghost town with a population of only 924,000 inhabitants.
  • More than a hundred different languages are spoken in Myanmar. Two Indo-European languages are spoken, firstly English and Pali.
  • Pali also referred to as Magadhan, which is a sacred language of Theravada Buddhism.

Myanmar Additional Info

  • The mother tongue and the official language of Myanmar is Burmese. The writing consists of circles and semi-circular letters, developed from the Indian script in the 5 th century.
  • Myanmar receives significant amount of income from the tourism sector. The most popular destinations include Yangon and Mandalay, religious sites, nature trails and beaches. However much of the country is off-limits to tourists and interaction between foreigners and locals is frowned upon by the government.
  • Explore the magnificent temples of Bagan, relax on a riverboat cruise to Mandalay, discover Burma’s ‘Jewel city’, trek through the rarely visited alpine villages, delve into the underground at Pindaya, admire Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda, explore ancient, glittering temples and meet saffron-robed Buddhist monks. How much more would you like to explore?

Places of Interest

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also known as the Golden Rock
  • Kakku Pagodas
  • Mandalay Palace
  • Mergui Archipelago

Additional Paces

  • Bagan Archaeological Museum
  • Mingun Temple
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple
  • Htilominlo Temple
  • Saddar Cave

Many more highlights to enjoy and experience. Contact us for a customized or guided holiday