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What awaits you?


Pondering over things to do in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 2 weeks? We have it all planned, thrilling adventures, temple visits, culinary tours or others.

Visiting these countries, worldwide travelers remark the place as astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling lands embedded with the breathtaking natural beauty along with the insanely unique heritage. The best things to do in Vietnam include visiting the famous sightseeing places and indulging in Vietnamese cuisine.

When traveling to Laos, don't forget to spend a visit to Mount Phousi, Kuang Si waterfall and take a hot air balloon ride. Adventurers looking for some thrills and chills, you'd better to try rock climbing in Vang Vieng, biking in the mountains, white water rafting in Nam Song River.

Cambodia allows many of the exciting and everlasting such as the sophisticated temples and palaces erected during the period of the Khmer Empire. Although the architecture created by humans has a remarkable space in the visitors’ good book, Cambodia’s natural abundance is something to be appreciated. To name a few, Koh Rong, Banlung, Kratie, Kep

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What awaits you?

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Our Luxury Vietnam Cambodia Laos in 2 weeks Tours

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1. Fast facts about Vietnam Cambodia Laos

Fast facts about Vietnam 

  • Capital City: Hanoi
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong
  • Official Language: Vietnamese
  • Population: 97 million
  • Total Area: 331,210 km2
  • Boundaries: Cambodia, China and Laos
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Electricity: 220 Volts, 50Hz
  • Time Zone: GMT +7
  • International Airport: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), 
  • Danang (DAD), Hanoi (HAN), Hue (HUI), Cam Ranh (CXR), 
  • Phu Quoc (PQC)

Fast facts about Cambodia 

  • Capital City: Phnom Penh
  • Currency: Riel (US Dollar accepted)
  • Official Language: Khmer
  • Population: 16.48 million
  • Total Area: 181,035 km2
  • Boundaries: Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Electricity: 220 Volts, 50Hz
  • Time Zone: GMT +7
  • International Airport: 
  • Phnompenh (PNH), Siem Reap (REP)

Fast facts about Laos

  • Capital City: Vientiane
  • Currency: Lao Kip (US Dollar and Thai Baht accepted) 
  • Official Language: Khmer
  • Population: 16.48 million
  • Total Area: 236,800 km2 
  • Boundaries: Myanmar, Cambodia, China, 
  • Thailand and Vietnam
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Electricity: 220 Volts, 50Hz
  • Time Zone: GMT +7
  • International Airport: 
  • Vientiane (VTE), Luang Prabang(LPQ)
     

Why to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam is a unique country in Southeast Asia, where traditions that are thousands of years are still alive/ The country is fast developing and old and new go in pair. We offer you our vast knowledge and expertise in Vietnam, bringing you the most authentic and bespoke holidays in Vietnam. Discover our tours to Vietnam and our Vietnam Holiday Packages, where you can combine nature, adventure, culture and beach holidays easily. Include in your holiday to Vietnam an incredible Halong Bay cruise, a visit to many UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Hue and Hoi An and uncover the mysteries of the Mekong Delta in the South. Don’t forget to include the unmissable rice terraces in Sapa or Mai Chau and a relaxing time in Hoi An, the little Riverside town in the Central area of Vietnam.

Why to visit Cambodia?

When choosing a holiday to Cambodia, the main reason for traveling is, of course, Southeast Asia’s most magnificent archaeological treasure, The Angkor Wat Complex. Hundreds of ruins and history, hidden deep in the jungle and telling stories about the past. There is also a lot of Enlightenment and things to be learned about war, and tragedy in Phnom Penh capital at the Killing Fields, as well as many beautiful palaces, along with the aesthetic beauty of the Tonle
Sap river. But, what people don’t always know, is the fantastic off-the-beaten-path-beach opportunities there is in the South of Cambodia. Along the Gulf of Thailand, lie a few of Southeast Asia’s most unspoiled beaches where you will have time to really relax and enjoy.
Take the island of Koh Rong Samloem for example, with nice bungalow beach resorts and plenty of aquatic activities to do. And one very unique and stylish way to discover Cambodia is
to cruise along the waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. Take a luxury Mekong Cruise from Vietnam to Siem Reap for a real adventure, all in style.
Why to visit Laos?

Laos is tucked between Thailand and Vietnam and could be perfect to be combined with another country when you travel to Laos. Less traveled a relatively undiscovered, Laos is full of stunning scenery, laidback and welcoming locals, fantastic food and stunning natural sights. You can enjoy views of the jaw-dropping wats, or temples, that are a unique mixture of French colonial and traditional architecture. Landlocked Laos has not the coastline and beach but it does have four thousand islands in South Laos or the Khonephabangeng falls.
 

 Visa Requirement to Vietnam?        

UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain passport holders do not need a visa to visit Vietnam for up to 15 days. 

Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and USA passport holders require a tourist visa to visit Vietnam to apply for a 30 day tourist visa (single or multiple entry) from the nearest Vietnamese Embassy or via the more convenient method of applying online. 

Free visa for all travelers to Phu Quoc until 30 day 

 *Special note:
Please make sure that you have your passport, that your passport is still valid for six months and contains two empty white pages.
Upon receiving the pre-approved visa, we will send it to you right away. Kindly print it out and show it when needed upon arrival at the airport in Vietnam.

Please feel free to contact us for Pre-approval letter for Vietnam Visa WITHOUT FEE for tourists from Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand or India.

Visa Requirement to Cambodia

 British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and USA passport holders are able to obtain a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival in Cambodia when entering via Pochentong International Airport in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap International Airport    

Visa Requirement to Laos

British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and USA passport holders are able to obtain a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival in Laos at major airports and border crossings including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport and at the Friendship Bridge if coming from Thailand.

Weather in Vietnam 

The weather in Vietnam can be split by its region. From North to South, the climatic experiences changes throughout the year and it is good to be prepared with this information to build the perfect trip. In Hanoi capital and the Northern region, November to April are particularly cooler and dry months whereas from May to October the weather is hot and humid with high rainfall. 

And if you are planning to visit the mountainous regions, be aware that December and January can be particularly cold and with even chances of snow in Sapa area.

In the central area of Vietnam, the temperature can get very hot and dry between January and August while the as high level of rainfall can drop from September to November.

Southern Vietnam is the generally dry and hot from November to April and gets wet between May and October with the highest rainfall in the months of June to August.

Weather in Cambodia

There are four annual seasons: cool and dry between November and February; hot and dry between March and May; hot and wet between June and August; and cool and wet between September and early November.

The best time to visit is the cool season when the weather usually benefits from a pleasant dry heat and the countryside is still green from the rains. As February turns into March, the heat begins to build until April and May, when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable.

In May and June, the rains come and bring a measure of relief. It rarely rains all day, and mostly it will rain for an hour or two in the afternoon or evening. By early September, the heat begins to dissipate and the evenings are cooler.

Through October, the frequency of the showers slows and the humidity starts to lower. Although the wet season is low season for tourism throughout most of the region, visiting at that time does have its advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, and the crowds are relatively thin.

Weather in  Laos

While most of the year is hot and humid,  Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The rainy season is from the beginning of May to the end of September, and the dry season is from October through April. The yearly average temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius, rising to a high of 38 degrees Celsius during April and May.

In Vientiane a low temperature of 19 degrees Celsius is to be expected during January. In mountainous areas, however, temperatures drop to as low as 14-15 degrees Celsius during the winter months, and during cold nights, can easily reach the freezing point. The average precipitation is highest in Southern Laos, where the Annamite Mountains receive over 3,000 mm annually. In Vientiane rainfall is about 1,500-2,000 mm, and in the Northern provinces only 1,000-1,500 mm.
 

The best time to visit Vietnam is from September to April. From September to November, the temperature is pretty cool, the sky is clear from the North to the South Vietnam. From the end of December to February, the weather is getting colder and colder in the North, which makes it wonderful to discover the beautiful hill tribes and mountain in the Far North. If you want to escape from the cold weather, let’s visit Central and South Vietnam to enjoy a tropical beach vacation. 

The best time to visit Cambodia is the dry season which lasts from November to March. Dry season features clear sky, sunshine, and high visibility. The roads are at the best condition, making traveling and transiting easier than ever. 

The best time to visit Laos is between November and April. This period is the dry and cool season in Laos when the temperature is around 25oC
 

Halong Bay 

Officially recognized as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012, Halong Bay is a must see on anyone’s itinerary for Vietnam, thanks to its turquoise water and thousands of jagged, limestone islands. 

The best way to appreciate this magical scene is from a boat, cruising between the karst cliffs, which loom like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. Still used to for fishing, whole families live on floating villages that are easily visited. Some will even take you out on a fishing trip. It was also among Asia’s top five tropical island paradises as selected by CNN.

Angkor Wat 

Stretching over 400 km2, Angkor Archeological Park is a huge complex that consists of significant remains of the once-glorious Khmer Kingdom, which lasted from the 9th to the 14th century. There are numerous exquisite sculptural works in this massive land, all of which bear invaluable cultural and religious value. The whole complex bears witness to an exceptional civilization of the Cambodian in the past, as well as possessing invaluable architectural values.
Temple of Preah Vihear

Situated on the edge of Dângrêk Mountains in Preah Vihear, this is an ancient temple that is dedicated to Shiva – a Hinduism deity. Dating back to the 9th century, the Temple of Preah Vihear contains a series of sanctuaries that are connected by a system of staircases and pavements.

This site is still well preserved after centuries of historical ups and downs and weather changes, thus proving the extraordinary architectural quality. Additionally, it is also a sculptural masterpiece with incredible stone carving technique.

Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura

Among the three sites, this archaeological site is the earliest to appear in Cambodia. It was the capital of the Chenla Kingdom, which was at its heyday between the 7th and 9th century. This temple zone consists of more than 100 temples, many of which possess the typical specimens of Southeast Asia culture. The architecture and artistic design of this temple zone is the foundation of the Khmer style in the later centuries.

Town of Luang Prabang (1995):

Town of Luang Prabang was in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since it was recognized as the best place of Laos traditional architecture. These structures were built during the 19th and 20th centuries by European colonizers. Town of Luang Prabang is the combination of traditional Laos architecture with French colonial period structure. Thanks to being in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this town is preserved exemplarily before investment of urban extension may sink it down.

Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape:

This landscape is more than 1,000 years old and it expresses the connection between nature and human in Hindu belief in combination with Kmer architecture. The landscape follow a geometric shape of temples and shrines stretching from the mountain to the bank of river. The two cities were located at the bank of Mekong river and recognized to be a part of the UNESCO list in 2001.
 

Vietnam 

Hanoi 
There are lots of meaningful places in Hanoi - the center of political, cultural, historical, and social-economic of Vietnam. You should not miss these places in your Vietnam Laos Cambodia tour packages: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, The Old Quarter, and The Temple of Literature. Hanoi also has a wide range and famous street food that lure tourists from all over the world. Our recommendations are Pho, Pho Bo, Cha Ca, Xoi, Che, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, and many others. 

Danang 
First things first, you must know that there are a lot of things to do in Danang - the most livable city in Vietnam. You are a beach-lover? Da Nang has My Khe Beach where you can enjoy the fresh air in white sands, take a lazy nap under the palm trees with the sound of gentle waves soothes your mind and soul. Besides My Khe Beach, Da Nang has a lot of tourist attractions you should not miss like the Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, The Ngu Hanh Son Mount or the nearby ancient city: Hoi An. 

Hoian 
Hoian is a world-wide famous ancient town, recognized by many magazines and travel organizations worldwide. It is famous for the beautiful landscape, ancient structure of the Old Towns and the authentic. Here are the top 4 most popular dishes that you must try when visiting this lovely small town: Cao Lau (Hoian's Mi Quang version), Chicken Rice (Com Ga Hoi An), banh mi Phuong and Madam Khanh - the world's most delicious banh mi according to chef Anthony Bourdain. 

Hue 
It is of no surprise that this used to be Vietnam’s capital ranks itself among the top must-see destinations in Vietnam. There are many reasons: its peaceful, outstanding natural landscapes, the marvelous and historic landmarks as well as friendly people. The food here is highly recommended by the Vietnamese locals themselves, too. You should try Bun bo Hue, Banh Nam, Com Hen.

Cambodia 

Siem Reap 
This is one of the most famous and must-see destinations for any planned trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. This is the hometown of Angkor Wat, which does hold significant cultural value with ancient architecture and historic value. Aside from this worldwide famous heritage, Siem Reap has more to offer. That’s not everything: if you love the bustling life of big cities, there is a town amidst the city, where tourists can have a sip of delicious beer while shaking your hips with the fancy music with locals. Phnom Kulen National Park is a must-see destination, too with huge waterfalls, natural wildlife, and many sacred shrines and temples high on the mountainous areas.

Phnom Penh
This city is the domestic and international traveling route’s hub. If you are into the history and mystery hypers, the stories of Cambodian’ tough years and how people created all the sacred shrines will not disappoint you, especially the traces of Khmer Rouge, mimicking how millions of Cambodian were brutally killed during a devil regime.

Tonle Sap
This lake is the largest freshwater lake in the Southeast Asia region. Its size varies according to the weather condition, from 3,000 square kilometers in the dry season to 10,000 square kilometers in the wet one. There are a lot of cultural activities that tourists all around the world find interesting in their Vietnam Cambodia Laos itinerary like the floating markets, stilt houses and a huge number of police stations, school - all above the water surface.

Laos

Luang Prabang
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is a popular tourist attraction in most Vietnam Cambodia Laos tour packages. Lying at the mountainous area in the North of Laos, Luang Prabang is an interesting and exceptional combination of Laos urban architecture and Europe colonizer era. You can see this interesting mixture not only in the structure by also in the materials, for instance, the majority of the whole structure is made of wood but the temples are made of stones. 

Vientiane
As known as Laos capital, Vientiane can surprise you with its peaceful atmosphere and chilling vibes that you rarely see in other capitals. So one of the activities that tourists enjoy the most in Laos Cambodia Vietnam tour is to enjoy a cold beer on a private cruise, watching the sunset in the bank of the Mekong area. 
 

Vietnam

The trip from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town 
This route is very popular in most tours of Vietnam Cambodia Laos because it provides tourists with a wide variety of experience, from cultural: the old capital of Hue with castles and tombs of Kings and Queens, the lovely, quiet and yellowy streets of Hoi An as long as luxurious resorts and stunning beaches in Danang

Hue 
A historic but dreamy land can be your first and most realistic impression of this city. The time in this city is somehow slower when you travel along the beautiful shore of the Huong River or when you visit the various temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes here. The most noticeable place to visit is Hue Citadel - the administrative center of the Nguyen dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family.

Cambodia 

Angkor 
Angkor is the evidence of how glorious the Khmer Kingdom used to be. Stretching over 400 square kilometers, Angkor Archeological Park is a huge complex consisting of significant exquisite sculptural works and temples, all of which have the invaluable cultural and religious value, not to the Cambodian but the world also. 

Temple of Preah Vihear 
This is an ancient temple that is dedicated to a Hinduism deity: god Shiva, and also a sculptural masterpiece with incredible stone carving technique. In the 9th century, this temple contained a huge series of sanctuaries connected by a system of staircases and pavements. Today, after hundreds of years of historical ups and downs, the Temple of Preah Vihear is still well preserved, partly proving to the world about Cambodian’s extraordinary architectural ability. 

Laos

Town of Luang Prabang  
Recognized as the best place of Laos traditional architecture, the Town of Luang Prabang also made its fame thanks to UNESCO World Heritage Sites recognizing it in 1995. Built-in the 19th century by the European colonizers and is still well-preserved until today, the Town of Luang Prabang is the perfect combination of traditional Laos architecture and French colonial structure. 

Vat Phou
Vat Phou is more than 1,000 years old. This place is where Laos people express the connection between nature and humans in Hindu belief. This landscape is built according to the Kmer architecture, following a geometric shape of temples and shrines stretching from the mountain on the bank of the river. 
 

Vietnam 

Phu Quoc 
This is the best beach for the luxury small group tour in Vietnam, especially those in the Cambodia Vietnam Laos tour package. For a long time, Phu Quoc has become a premier beach destination with many luxury resorts or growing construction sites. There is a lot of different beaches for you to go in Phu Quoc, including Star Beach (Bai Sao Beach); Long Beach (Bai Dai Beach); Ong Lang Beach... 

Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet 
And for those yearning for the best beach for luxury adventure holidays, Mu Ne is perfect for you. Along with the unique cuisine cooked from fresh seafood and a wide range of adventure water sports, Mui Ne is one of the most famous destinations.  

My Khe, Danang 
Located on one of the most livable cities in Vietnam, My Khe is one of the most charming beaches in the world with a wide range of activities like scuba diving, coral reefs watching, regatta, flash mobbing, and many more activities on the beach. Whatever you want, My Khe beach has something to suit all tastes. If you just and some quiet beaches so you can chill and enjoy a lazy nap or watch the sunset without all the noise from the touristy beaches, our luxury tour in Vietnam Cambodia Laos can still meet your needs!

Cambodia 

Lazy beach, Koh Rong Samloem
Voted by the National Georgethic Magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches and is known as the “Hawaii of Southeast Asia”, Lazy Beach is a destination you should not miss on your tour around Southeast Asia. Tourists coming here are all lured by the crystal clear seawater and white soft sand in this place.

Sokha Beach, Sihanoukville
This is a private beach, owned by Sokha Beach Resort, the first 5-star beach resort in Cambodia. If you are into a luxury trip, this lovely 1.5 km long beach formed of fine silicon-like sand is the perfect choice for a relaxing escape or romantic honeymoon vacation 

Long Set Beach, Koh Rong
Some people call Long Set beach the 4k beach. Located at the southern part of Koh Rong island, this place is truly paradise because of its breathtaking pristine beauty with nice soft sand, warm water with little waves, nice to swim and relax. From April to July, you will have the exclusive chance to see the glowing plankton on the beach covering the water and emits an enchanting blue light. This is truly a wonderful panorama that you may experience a once in a lifetime.

Laos

One of the interesting things about Laos is that this nation is the only one in the Southeast Asia region that doesn’t have any beaches.
 

Vietnam

Sailing with the luxurious Catamaran Sarita Phu Quoc
The first catamaran in Phu Quoc - Little princess Sarita was designed and decorated with French elegance for tourists to have the most superb experience visiting this lovely island. The cruise, with its significant volumes and light-filled spaces, has all the conveniences one needs so travelers can enjoy themselves comfortably.

Cruising Saigon River 
Riding the exclusively luxurious Private Monte Carlo Yacht and watch the scenery of Saigon in sunset time is one of the best experiences that you should not miss. Monte Carlo is famous for its spacious interior living and dining areas, along with all the fancy design and materials of the cruise. The Monte Carlo Yacht host only 10 guests per sail to guarantee the harmonious balance between form and function, performance and aesthetics. This luxury yacht also has its own crew and a private butler so that your ride along the Saigon River can be as comfortable and luxurious as possible.

Cambodia 

Take a helicopter over Angkor Wat 
Angkor is famous among all foreign tourists, but do you know that it can be accessed by helicopter? This very unique and interesting approach can give you an overview of the whole area, giving every tourist board picture of this famous, massive temple complex. You can also have the birds’ eye view of the evergreen forest as well as the ancient sanctuaries nearby.

A getaway at a less-visited yet stunning beach 
Not as noisy and crowded as other famous beaches in Southeast Asia, beaches in Cambodia have a much quieter and more tranquil appeal. Your beach trip in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos tour can’t be perfect without the stretching sugar-white sand and crystal clear oceans in this lovely country.

Laos

Luxurious cruise to visit the intriguing Pak Ou Caves
The 2-hour boat ride along the Mekong River to visit one of the most beautiful caves in Laos is something you don’t want to miss. You will be served Laos specialties and other delicious dishes while enjoying the scenic view along the river before exploring the Pak Ou caves.

Almsgiving to Buddhist monks at a temple
This is one of the most mystical daily rituals in Laos that you should try once visiting here. You will wake up early in the morning, that’s when the monks start their daily routine begging for food as a sign of humility, according to Buddhism. You can buy rice to give to them or you can stay away and just observe this interesting ritual. 

Vietnam 

Take a luxury train from Hanoi to Sapa
One should come to Sapa by train once to see how exciting and charming this kind of transportation is. The trip will take 8 to 9 hours so you can have a nice, comfortable sleep on the train while it slowly takes you back to the raw, untouched nature of Vietnam in Sapa. During the journey, tourists will have the chance to discover O Quy Ho, night markets or ethnic minority villages in this region.

Go on an adventure holiday in Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet 
Mui Ne is called the best beach for luxury adventure holidays in Vietnam with the natural bright red sand dunes for adventure-lovers and lovely, clean tropical beach with all water sports one can think of!

Cambodia 

Flight of the gibbon above Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
This Angkor Park’s light of the Gibbon zipline is one of the most thrilling yet exciting experiences one can have in this ancient ethical site. You may wonder if this activity includes animal mistreatment, but we can guarantee you that the people working here spend years to make the gibbons accustomed to their new habitat. So, you can throw all your worries away and try this because this experience is simply a lot of fun. 

Hiking in the jungle to reach paradise in Koh Rong 
This lovely island is one of the most beautiful islands in all Southeast Asia, so make sure you don’t miss this destination in your Laos Cambodia Vietnam tour. Most “touristy sites” are located near the pier, therefore hiking will give you the chance to see this island at its finest with untouched jungle, diverse wildlife, and fresh atmosphere. 

Laos

Kayaking the Four Thousand Islands 
If you get bored with simply stretching over the lazy hammock on the shore of Four Thousand Islands - part of the Mekong riverine archipelago, try kayaking through the clear and gentle water here is a good choice. There are a few challenging spots, but the stunning scenery of nature will be the best reward. Along the way, you can stop at some floating villages and small islands to take photoshoot or spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

Climbing limestone karsts 
This is more of an off-the-beaten-track trip than other mainstream sites. So prepare yourself well before heading for Laos’ central and you are on the go. The view of beautiful karsts and the untouched nature of this mountainous area will amaze you.
 

Vietnam: Vietnamese Coffee, Ao Dai, Non La, Sedge Products, Silk (Silk Products), Brocade, Wooden Puppet, Pottery/Ceramic, Watercolor Painting, propaganda T-shirts

Cambodia: Bamboo wares, Coffee, Traditional Laos weaving, “sinh” (traditional wraparound skirt), Textiles, Antiques, Brocade weaving, Pottery, Wood Carving, Silver jewelry, Snake whiskey

Laos: Cambodian silks. Textiles and Batiks, Woven mats, Sculpture reproductions, Soaps and Candles, Rice paper printed, Silverware & silver jewelry, Betel nut boxes, Mekong Quilts

Top local festivals to discover the culture of  Vietnam

Many colorful festivals can be enjoyed year round. The time after Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is especially exciting.Festivals include

  • Festival in Perfume Pagoda, 
  • Hung King, 
  • Kate Festival, Ninh Thuan: 
  • Lim Festival:
  • Giay Festivals:

Top local festivals to discover the culture of Cambodia

  • Khmer new year (14-16of April)
  • King's birthday (13th to 15th of April)
  • Constitutional Day (24th of September)
  • Pchum Ben Day (8th to 10th of October)
  • Commemoration Day of King's Father (15th of October)
  • King's Coronation Day (29th of October)
  • Independence Day (9th of November)
  • Water Festival Ceremony (22th to 24th of November)

Top local festivals to discover the culture of Laos

Laos has many fascinating festivals, most of them steeped in Buddhism. Book hotels well in advance if you're planning on visiting during festival time, particularly in the big cities.

  • Bun Bang Fai: The Rocket Festival is held in the middle of May. Rockets are fired and prayers are said in the paddy fields to bring rain in time for the planting of the rice seedlings.
  • Bun Khao Padab Din: This special rice ceremony takes place in August; the exact date depends on the harvest schedule. People make offerings at temples to keep alive the memory of spirits who have no relatives.
  • Bun Khao Salak: This rice ceremony whose date also depends on the harvest schedule happens in September. For this one, people visit temples to make offerings for their ancestors. Boat races are held on the Mekong, especially in Luang Prabang and Khammuan Province.
  • Bun Ok Pansa: The day of the full moon in October marks the end of Buddhist Lent, and is celebrated with donations to local temples. Candlelight processions are held, and colorful floats are set adrift on the Mekong River. The following day, boat races are held in Vientiane, Savannakhet, and Pakse.
  • Bun Pimai: Lao New Year takes place from April 13 to 15. At this water festival similar to Thailand's Songkran, all the important Buddha images are cleaned with scented water (and the public gets wet in the bargain). The festivities are particularly lively in Luang Prabang, where the holiday is celebrated for nearly a week.
  • Bun Visakhabucha (Buddha Day): On the day of the full moon in May, candlelight processions are held in temples to mark the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha.
  • That Ing Hang Festival: This takes place in Savannakhet in December, and lasts several days on the grounds of the ancient Wat That Inhang, just outside the city. Events include sports contests, performances of traditional Lao music and dance, and a spectacular drumming competition.
  • That Luang Festival: This weeklong event in Vientiane in November ends with a grand fireworks display. Hundreds of monks gather to accept alms. The festival runs concurrently with an international trade fair showcasing the products of Laos and other countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
  • Wat Phu Festival: Also known as Makhabucha Day, this festival is held during the day of the first full moon in February at Wat Phu, near Champasak. Elephant races, buffalo fights, cockfights, and traditional Lao music-and-dance performances make for a very full schedule.

Top Luxury Hotel In Vietnam 

  • Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
  • Sheraton hotel Saigon & Nha Trang
  • Four Season Hotel
  • Park Hyat Regency
  • Inter Continental Danang

Top Luxury Hotel In Cambodia 

  • InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel
  • Le Meridien Angkor
  • Sofitel Royal Angkor
  • Phnom Penh Hotel
  • Juliana Hotel
  • Courtyard Siem Reap Resort

Top Luxury Hotel In Laos 

  • Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel
  • Pullman Luang Prabang Hotel
  • Ansara Hotel
  • Settha Palace Vientiane Hotel 

Top Islands in Vietnam 

  • Cat Ba Island
  • Phu Quoc Island

Top Islands in Cambodia 

  • Koh Rong
  • Koh Rong Samloem
  • Song Saa
  • Koh Tang
  • Koh Thmei
     

Must-try dishes in Vietnam 

Phở: The star of the Vietnamese dishes is undoubtedly the famous Pho Bo soup. It is the national dish and the Vietnamese eat it also for breakfast. It’s a rice noodle soup with finite veal slices.
 
Bún chả: One of the favorite dishes of foreigners when they come to Vietnam, is a combined dish of rice noodle, lettuce, minced pork, peanuts, pork strips, and vegetables. All that bathed in fish sauce. Tastes as good as it sounds!
 
Spring rolls Cha Gio and Goi Cuon:Surely the easiest thing to identify and ask and even if you already know them, you have to try the two types of rolls you find in Vietnam- the Cha Gio (Rice paper roll, usually stuffed with minced pork, mushrooms, rice noodles and vegetables and eaten fried) and the Goi Cuon (Raw rice paper roll stuffed with vegetables, prawns and noodles. Serve at room temperature and dip in the fish sauce).
 
Bun Rieu: A noodle soup with tomato and crab flavor served with crab meatballs and fried tofu. There are several variants of bun riêu, including bun riêu cua (crab), bun riêu cá (fish) and bun riêu ốc (snail).
 
Cao Lau: A specialty of Hoi An that consists of rice noodles, bean sprouts and pork served in a soup flavored with mint and anise.

 Banh Xeo: The Ban Xeo is a stuffed pancake that according to the regions can be served medium or large size and contains several ingredients: vegetables, bean sprouts, prawns, basil, eggs, mint, pork, and more. One has to wrap the pancake in a leaf of rice and mix herbs and spices to your liking, making a roll that is then dipped in soy or fish sauce.

Bún bò Huế: A popular Vietnamese soup that contains vermicelli of rice (bún) and beef (bò). This dish is much admired for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors and the predominant flavor is that of lemongrass. In comparison with phở or bun riêu, the noodles are thicker and more cylindrical. It includes thin slices of marinated and boiled beef, pieces of oxtail and pork knuckles. You can also include cubes of pig blood. Bun bò is served with lime wedges, coriander sprigs, chopped green onions, raw sliced onions, chili sauce, banana blossom, red cabbage, mint, basil, goat, and Vietnamese cilantro.

Banh Mí: Legacy of the French it is the national baguette and it is very, very tasty. You can order it with pork, chicken, cow or also with paté or egg. Ideal for a snack or breakfast.
  

 Must-try dishes in Cambodia?

Amok – Arguably the most well known Cambodian dish. A coconut milk curried dish less spicy than those found in Thailand. Amok is usually made with chicken, fish, or shrimp, plus some vegetables. It is sometimes served in a hollowed-out coconut with rice on the side.

K’tieu (Kuytheav) – A noodle soup generally served for breakfast. It can be made with pork, beef or seafood. Flavorings are added to the customers taste in the form of lime juice, chili powder, sugar and fish sauce.

Somlah Machou Khmae – A sweet and sour soup made with pineapple, tomatoes, and fish.

Bai Sarch Ch’rouk – Another breakfast staple. Rice (bai) with pork meat (sarch chrouk) often barbequed. Very tasty and served with pickled vegetables.

Saik Ch’rouk Cha Kn’yei – Pork fried with ginger. Ginger is commonly used as a vegetable. This tasty dish is available just about everywhere.

Lok lak – Chopped up beefsteak cooked quickly. Probably a holdover from the days of French colonization. Served with a simple dipping sauce made from lime juice and black pepper, lettuce, onion, and often with chips.

Mi / Bai Chaa – Fried noodles or rice. Never particularly inspiring, but a good traveler’s staple.

Trey Ch’ien Chou ‘Ayme – Trey (fish) fried with a sweet chili sauce and vegetables. Chou ‘ayme is the phrase for “sweet and sour”.

K’dam – Crab. Kampot in the south is famous for its crab cooked in locally sourced black pepper.
Don’t forget Khmer desserts – Pong Aime (sweets). These are available from stalls in most Khmer towns and can be excellent. Choose from a variety of sweetmeats and have them served with ice, condensed milk, and sugar water. A must try is the Tuk-a-loc, a blended drink of fruits, raw egg, sweetened condensed milk, and ice.

Must-try dishes in Laos?

Mok Pa: Mok Pa is a special food of Luang Prabang that is appreciated by many visitors. This food was made of fish, herbs and vegetables. Mok Pa is served mostly in a banana leaf to bring the sense of nature to enjoy.
Insect Protein: Eating food from insects such as caterpillars, crickets, grasshoppers, silkworm pupae, ant egg may make some tourists feel disgusted but it also makes many travelers feel excited by its uniqueness. Thanks to the way of cooking, you will no longer feel any discomfort when try this food.

Kaipen (Fried Seaweed): Kaipen is made of freshwater green algae collected from the Mekong River in the northern Laos. The algae will be pressed, seasoned and dried in the sun. Frying until crispy and then eating with bong is considered as the best way to try Kaipen. 

Must-try drinks for your trip to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia 

Vietnamese coffee is usually very strong and has a punctuated mockup aroma and flavors. It is usually served in a small glass or cup with a drip filter and additional hot water in a thermos. As the filter empties you top it up from the thermos until you have the required amount of coffee. Condensed milk is added as a whitener and sweetener as it is usually not possible to find fresh milk away from the main cities.

Beer is available just about everywhere. Most places stock a selection of local and some imported brands. Draught beer comes in two varieties, Beer Hoi or Beer Tuoi. Beer Hoi is draught beer found on the street stalls and poured straight from the keg. Vietnamese quite often add ice to their beer when drinking. 

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Best national parks in Vietnam 

  • Ba Vi National Park
  • Cat Tien National Park
  • Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Best national parks in Cambodia

  • Phnom Kulen National Park
  • Kep National Park
  • Bokor National Park Kampot
  • Virachey National Park 

Best national parks in Laos 

  • Dong Amphan. Located in the northeast of Attapeu Province, Dong Amphan is predominantly hilly, in an area of about 200,000 hectares
  • Dong Hua Sao
  • Hin Namno
  • Nakai-Nam Theun
  • Phou Khao Khouay.
     

Things to pack to Vietnam 

Light, comfortable, easy to launder clothing is recommended. Winter months in Hanoi and rainy season in the central region can get cool so a sweater or light jacket will come in handy. Good walking shoes and sandals that can be easily removed are recommended especially when visiting temples and people’s homes. 

Ensure you have suitable clothing packed for visiting temples and pagodas that you can cover up with. E.g. Shirts and long pants. No dresses, shorts, singlets, string tops or revealing clothing should be worn in temples and pagodas.
Vietnam is generally a casual country by western standards although people do like to dress in their Sunday best whenever the opportunity arises therefore simple and casual clothes are appropriate for almost any occasion.

The year-round heat and humidity in the south, especially Ho Chi Min City makes lightweight quick-dry clothing the most appropriate. The north and central highlands get cool enough for sweaters or light jackets for much of the year but the northern highlands will require cold weather clothes in the winter.

If you are not participating in any trekking tours, sandals and lightweight shoes are sufficient. If trekking is included in your itinerary, you will need trekking boots.

Things to pack to Cambodia

Pack lots of light, breathable clothing options. Make sure you are bringing comfortable footwear as you’ll spend a lot of time walking. Don’t forget to pack a hat, sunglasses and even an umbrella once you are in the temples and the sun really heats you. And for the temples as well, be mindful that shoulders must be covered as well as your knees.

Things to pack to Laos

Clothing during the hot season, January to April, bring light clothes in cotton and linen, sunglasses and a hat all year long. Sunscreen and bug repellant is also recommended.

From November to December, the cold season, it is a good idea to bring warm clothing such as sweaters and jackets for the morning and evening, and even more so if you are visiting the mountainous regions of the North.

From May to October, during the rainy season, it is best to have waterproof clothing. It is best to wear easily removable shoes or sandals when visiting the temples.
When visiting temples and people’s homes, if you sit down, avoid pointing your feet forward as this is considered offensive behaviour and try to sit in a kneeling position.
 

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