Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar

Cambodia

Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar

Cambodia is a mysterious place, its history – like dappled sunlight falling through foliage onto an ancient stone temple – a mixture of darkness and light. Traverse the shining waters of Tonle Sap Lake, past tranquil villages and glowing rice fields, and it’s hard to reconcile the peaceful surroundings with the brutality of the Khmer Rouge.


Today, a sense of age-old calm has returned to this beautiful land.  People farm rice, fish in Cambodia’s many lakes and rivers, and work to revive the country’s traditional arts and crafts.

This quiet, pastoral beauty is the backdrop for one of the most astonishing archaeological sites on earth.  Built between the ninth and thirteenth centuries by Khmer kings who were considered living gods, the temples of Angkor were abandoned in the fifteenth century.  Reclaimed by the jungle, Angkor was dismissed by outsiders as a myth.

In 1860 a French explorer named Henri Mahout stumbled upon the eerie ruins, sending forth reports of a “lost city” before he succumbed to a fever. Angkor has lost none of its mystery or magic.  Climb through the carved stone passageways explored by Mahout and you’ll feel a sense of awe at the artistry and extravagance of this long-gone civilization.

 

Laos

Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar

Welcome to the mystical land of Laos, where soaring mountains, thick forests and the fertile Mekong River Valley are graced by a history devoted to man’s spiritual yearnings in the form of countless temples and ancient palaces


The capital Vientiane has a welcoming provincial town feeling and the World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, the seat of former kings, is a must-see highlight.

 

Myanmar

Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar

Asia’s best kept travel secret is beginning to flower as a tourist destination after decades of isolation.  This wonderfully diverse country with a population of 50 million has world class archaeological sites, fascinating scenery, vast teakwood forests, mighty rivers, Himalayan mountains, precious gemstone mines, historic old buildings, colourful ethnic groups and an incredibly warm and friendly people.


It’s primarily Buddhist culture is rich in history and tradition.  When visitors arrive at Yangon airport and adjust their watches to local time they may as well turn them back 30 or 40 years because Myanmar offers visitors a unique opportunity  –  a chance to experience Asian culture the way it used to be  –  and the way it still is in Myanmar.

 

 

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Cambodia Highlights

The Temples of Angkor – Imagine a city of temples, each of which, were it standing alone, would classify as a marvel.  Now imagine the jungle encroaching on these ancient stone buildings, adding to the site’s aura of mystery and enchantment.

 

Laos Highlights

  • Plenty of time to explore Luang Prabang, one of Asia’s best preserved traditional cities
  • Morning cruise on the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves
  • Visits to the temples in the sleepy capital of Vientiane
 

Myanmar Highlights

  • The majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, towering over the city of Yangon
  • The charming colonial buildings and tree lined streets
  • Panoramic views from Mt Popa
  • Sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • Floating gardens on Inle Lake

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