Indochina is so named because the countries in the region have absorbed influences from both China and India. Further colonial influences are visible, but the cultures of these countries are influenced primarily by India and China. The countries of Indochina, including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, feature a dazzling combination of the rural and idyllic and bustling metropolises. These are vibrant countries and essential places to visit for any kind of traveller. An escorted holiday is an excellent way to encounter the stunning vibrancy of the Indochina’s places and cultures. Highlights will be covered and comfortable travel arrangements made while tour managers ensure that travellers get the most they can out of visiting these countries.
Bangkok, the Thai capital, is truly one of the world’s most exciting cities: colourful, thriving and vibrant. The city features many historical sites, including important Buddhist temples. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist in religious orientation, and opportunities abound to explore the unique and fascinating cultural practices of that tradition. In Bangkok, one can find Thailand’s essence, ranging from the ancient to the modern and into the future.
The country of Cambodia offers travellers the opportunity to see phenomenal historical sites, such as Angkor Wat. One will also want to explore the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, which encapsulates examples of Cambodian history in all its variety. As the cultural centre of the country, Phnom Penh is a distillation of Cambodia as a whole. The Royal Palace is one of the most remarkable architectural sites in the country.
The rural, idyllic character of Indochina is best experienced in the Mekong Delta, a region which features remarkable natural beauty. One will find an endless variety of flora, and see rice paddies and floating markets in which traditional rural life continues uninterrupted by the modern world.
Some of the most beautiful sites in Indochina can be found in Vietnam, a country which has experienced cultural influences from all around the world. The natural beauty of Vietnam is but one facet of the experience, as Vietnamese cuisine is known around the world and the culture is fascinatingly varied. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, remains a remarkable city, in which the new Vietnam mixes with reminders of French colonial presence. Vietnam’s culture is primarily influenced by Chinese culture, but has both Western and other Asian influences as well.
Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to these three Indochinese countries, known for their remarkable beauty and fascinating cultures.