Cambodia & Laos
Cambodia and Laos are both bordered between Thailand to the West and Vietnam to the east. Thy are both wonderful countries that offer a real journey of discovery for the intrepid traveller. They are less commercialised than others in the region but boast real charm and authenticity.
Cambodia has embraced the tourism industry, (now the second-largest foreign currency earner in their economy). Today, holidays to Cambodia are becoming ever more popular. There is much to offer the curious visitor. From Breathtaking scenery, stunning cuisine, incredible archaeological sites and a welcome that's as warm and friendly as you'll find anywhere in the world awaits you. The three primary, holiday destinations in Cambodia are Siem Reap with its lively night life, the capital city of Phnom Penh and the beach resorts at Sihanoukville. The Angkor Wat, just outside Siem Reap is widely considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world.
Present-day Laos traces its historic and cultural identity to the kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao (Kingdom of a Million Elephants Under the White Parasol), which existed for four centuries as one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia. Today, Laos offers truly authentic experiences in a country of friendly and hospitable people. Laos is “Untouched Nature”, trees cover 40% of it and has 20 National Protected Areas conserving the environment and rare wildlife.
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At this city, you can visit one of the most well-preserved temples in the world, the wonder which is Angkor Wat. This is the biggest Hindu temple in the world to enjoy with the longest lively carving wall of more than 2000 meters long by 2 meters high, excluding relief on ceiling and on hundreds of roof supporting pillars. After completed the tour around all the most visited temples in Angkor area, you still have time to admire whole view of Angkor Wat temple, rice paddy, north east highland and active reservoir of West Baray and to get fresh air on the summit of Phnom Bakeng hill till sun set.
Tonle Sap Lake
It’s not all about archaeological complexes in Siem Reap! Just a few kilometres away is Tonle Sap, ones of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. Join us for this tour and watch the locals forage for survival in a veritable water world that evokes an almost pre-historic lifestyle. Begin your adventure in authentic Cambodian style as we travel by remork (the local variant of tuk-tuk) through the countryside to Tonle Sap. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve changes radically depending on the time of year. In the wet season, the lake swells to about 12,000km.sq. while during the dry season it shrinks to 2,500km.sq. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water.