Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia form the geographical and cultural region of Indochina, a word created at the beginning of the 19th century to highlight the influence of China and India on this part of South East Asia.
Due to its magnificent natural landscapes and variety of historic sanctuaries, Vietnam is one of the most interesting counties in Asia and despite its 3 million inhabitants, the capital city of Hanoi has a relatively calm, old fashioned and provincial atmosphere.
South of Hanoi, in the Gulf of Tonkin, the delta region of the Song Hong extends into one of the most beautiful natural miracles in the world, Ha Long Bay, in which both small traditional fishing boats and pleasure boats move between its 1,600 islands.
Economically, Cambodia is a third world country but its many cultural treasures indicate its rich history. The country’s most famous sanctuary is Angkor Wat, which measuring 1,200 metres long and 800 metres wide is the largest sacred building in the world.
In Laos, that unlike Cambodia, has no access to the sea. Time seems to have stood still. With picturesque karst covered mountains as a backdrop, the small town of Vang Vieng enjoys a beautiful location and has developed into a popular tourist destination, especially with backpackers from all over the world who are in search of adventure.
The Khmu Tribe is one of Laos’ primeval peoples, that is the largest sub-group of the Lao Theung tribes, that earn their living mainly in agriculture by the planting of rice and coffee, as well as through animal breeding and hunting.
Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia: three neighboring countries that form one of the most fascinating cultural areas in the world. Exotic gems with a dramatic history!