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An excellent mix of experiences

An excellent mix of experiences. In the last decade, tourism in the region has become considerably easier. Every year new border crossings are opened between the countries and the bureaucracy has decreased after several decades of peace, thank goodness! In the big cities, the change is fast, but in the countryside not much has happened in the last hundred years – in the rice fields the rice farmers drive with water buffaloes instead of tractors which they have done since ancient times. Although the infrastructure is not the level of the bigger favorite Thailand, it now leads a well-trodden tourist track through the countries – with a good mix of cities, history, war memories, culture, and seaside resorts. A trip through Indochina must be well planned with a suitable itinerary purely geographically and balance in the components of the experience.

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Siem Reap and Phonm Pehn

In Siem Reap, the highlight is inarguably Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. The temple complex, as large as Greater City, was built by the powerful Khmer Empire ruler in the 12th century, abandoned and forgotten for 400 years. The huge temples in sandstone succeeded and were interwoven with the jungle’s vegetation into an astonishing spectacle that has been a source of inspiration for films such as ”Indiana Jones” and ”Lara Croft Tomb Raider”. In Phnom Penh, the Cambodians are happy to highlight the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, but they end up in the shadow of the anxious prison Tuol Sleng and the macabre memorial site Choenung Ek from the 70s ”Killing Fields”

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The authentic floating market

The Mekong River crosses Cambodia and allows residents to take the waterway from Phnom Penh to Vietnam via Chau Doc, Can Tho and the colorful Cai Rang – an authentic floating market similar to the more famous markets that once existed in Thailand. The mighty river is lined with rice farms, temples, rural folk life packed with cultural elements. At a leisurely and leisurely pace, the journey goes among locals selling, fruits, vegetables, everyday necessities and even noodle soup in full trade from hundreds of boats. Eventually you pass the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City reveals itself. An enchanting journey!

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Vietnam leaves no-one untouched

The Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975 is one of the most poignant historical events of all time. Jame Fenton, famous American reporter, left Vietnam when Saigon fell in 1975 and wrote the book ”All the wrong places”. Those places certainly do not leave no-one untouched! After those visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, the Presidential Palace, some rest is recommended. Vietnam has more attractive beach destinations such as Hoi An, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet. Take a few days under the Indochina sun on the coast of the South China Sea to mentally go through the incredible journey you’ve been on.

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