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Indochina

For a traveller looking to explore and experience beautiful and exotic places, Indochina makes the perfect destination.

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. 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 of these countries are quite perfect destinations. Holidays in Indochina are alive with discovery, culture and new adventures and can be individually tailored, by Ultimate Destinations, for the discerning traveller.

Life in Indochina still follows the ancient rhythms of the land: blessed with a glorious culture, outstanding scenery and warm, wonderful people, the region is a perfect holiday destination. The true soul of the lands can be seen through their magnificent treasures, both man-made and natural. Experience the mighty Mekong River, lifeblood of so many nations, take in the quiet charm and sense of tranquillity in Laos and explore the ancient streets of old Hoi An in Vietnam.

Each country is unique, imbued by a sense of timelessness. People are taking pride in maintaining cherished traditions, whilst quietly and slowly moving into the modern world on their own terms. The history and culture of the lands are shrouded in the mists of ages past. Delightful vignettes of glorious ancient civilisations will catch the eye. Fall under the spell of the incomparable Angkor Wat Temples. Be intrigued by the mysterious and enigmatic plain of Jars in Laos or delight. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Vietnams Halong Bay. And… there’s still romance in the air on a cruise to Mandalay!

The cuisine is undeniably superb, an extravaganza of mouth-watering experiences. Taste Laotian spicy green papaya salad, Tam Som or Amok Trey from Cambodia. In burma, try Lahpe – fermented tea. It is impossible to resist a spicy Thai delicacy or the freshness and natural flavour of Vietnamese cuisine.

And there is another side to these compelling lands… where East meets West in a whirlwind of life in Bangkok, which effervesces with life and frenetic Saigon.

Working with high-calibre tour operators such as Indus, Ultimate Destinations can offer a selection of carefully crafted tours to those looking at holidays in Indochina, each of which has been created to showcase these wonderful and evocative countries. Each has been designed to allow guests to absorb the flavour and gain an understanding of some of the world’s most beautiful and enigmatic countries. The tours are a guideline and can be tailored to individual requirements. Tell us where you would like to travel to and what you would like to see and do. We will find you a choice of stunning holidays in Indochina.

And here is just a little about some of the destinations you can choose from:

Laos

Laos is the hidden gem of the region slowly emerging like a chrysalis from its cocoon after years of unrest and uncertainty. It is a country overflowing with spectacular slights, glorious scenery, mouth-watering food and truly delightful people. Laos is still unspoilt. It is a gentle country with an ageless charm, and relatively speaking, still “off the beaten track” of mainstream tourism. For many, this lack of sophistication is the attraction of Laos along with the genuine warmth and hospitality of the people.

Cambodia

As day breaks, a rustle stirs the air as a soft breeze awakes the sleeping Temples, breathing the life of a new day into their ancient souls. Colours change, moods alter and the night slips silently away. Cambodia is a land wreathed in mystery, shrouded in secrets still to be discovered. Resurfacing after a long and tumultuous past, Cambodia is a stunning destination. And its people are quietly welcoming and always smiling.

Vietnam

Vietnam is a palette of colour. Greens of every hue cover the craggy mountains of the north with their emerald paddy fields and ancient forests. Down to the coast, stunning golden white sands and turquoise seas are almost too perfect to behold! The scenery is spectacular, particularly the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay with its awe-inspiring beauty. Ancient towns like the sleepy old Imperial City of Hue and charming Hoi An, with its cobbled streets and colourful markets are so delightful. Life here is slow and easy.

Thailand

Thailand is incredibly lovely. Here are some snapshots of different aspects of this wonderful country: surf gently breaking on golden shores; picture-perfect offshore islands shaded by swaying palms; soft whispering breezes cooling the balmy air. Mesmerising mountains soar to craggy peaks in the north, home to ancient tribal villages that cling to the jungle covered slopes. Dazzling Temples and venerable monuments echo to the calm and tranquility of Buddhist Monks chanting to welcome a new day dawning.  Chiang Mai is surrounded by farmlands, orchards and is framed by forested mountains. Thailand’s wonderful National Parks are rich in wildlife -a “must” for the keen birder. Then there are the fabled beaches, crystal clear water and shimmering sands of that are a magnet for sun worshippers.  All simply perfect.

Burma

Gradually emerging from a troubled history, Myanmar Burma, or Myanmar, as it is now called, is a land full of culture and ancient Buddhist beliefs. Burma has some of the most outstanding scenery in Indochina from windswept mountain ranges in the far north to golden gentle shores on the Bay of Bengal. A destination to be absorbed slowly, without haste, time is not important here.

The mighty Irrawaddy River is the lifeblood of the country. Yangon, the capital is alive and pulsating. Close by, Inle Lake is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Then there is “the road to Mandalay” where romance and history are still intertwined.  This unseen land is truly unique and beautiful, with charming and delightful people who are always ready to welcome guests.

For more information and prices for holidays in Indochina, contact Ultimate Destinations on 01923 284148. Ask us to start planning your next journey today.


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