In Vietnam you'll encounter a patchwork of rice paddies,
colourful markets, stunning bays, bustling cities and colonial
architecture that survives from the days of French Indochina. The
divisions forged by partition and war are still discernible; the
North remains, on the whole, less westernised than the South, and
the capital, Hanoi, is an intoxicatingly authentic slice of the old
Head down to central Vietnam and visit the imperial city of Hue,
home to the tombs of several emperors, or charming Hoi An, where
elegant merchant houses line the riverfront. The south of the
country is home to Ho Chi Minh City, a vibrant, bustling
metropolis, along with the myriad channels of the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong is one of the most bio-diverse rivers in the world,
with a huge number of plant species, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles
and amphibians. Originating in China, it flows past the gilded
golden temples of Luang Prabang and forms part of the border
between Laos and Thailand, before crossing Cambodia and reaching
the Delta in Vietnam.
Cambodia is home to the remarkable temples of Angkor Wat, and
many travellers see little of the country beyond this one
(admittedly extraordinary) location. There is so much more to
explore, however, including the beautiful Tonle Sap lake, where
traditional fishing communities live on stilts above the water, and
the energetic capital, Phnom Penh, which is home to some impressive
architecture and grim reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime.