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There are a lot of public holidays in countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, so it pays to plan your escapes with the experts. Long weekends and inspirational breaks are something we are happy to help you plan. You might be living in Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong and looking for a change of scene for a few days? Or you might be living in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, but new to the region and looking to discover more? Or you might have been living in the region for a while but looking for inspiration and ideas to entertain your visiting family and friends. This is where we come in. If you need convincing, check out what the international media have said about us under In The Press.
Cambodia is a wonderful destination for a short break. Fly into Siem Reap for a few days and discover the fabled temples of Angkor, one of the most impressive architectural sites on earth. Try an adventurous Temple Safari deep into the Cambodian jungle and camp under the stars by the walls of an ancient temple with not a tourist in sight.
Or head to the resurgent capital of Phnom Penh, an intoxicating blend of Asia’s past and present. Learn about contrasting histories with a visit to the Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Prison. Enjoy a lively dining and drinking scene. If you want to venture further afield, you could try the emerging South Coast with a trip to atmospheric beach destination of Kep. Or opt for adventure and head to the northeast to see rare river dolphins near Kratie and walk with elephants in Mondulkiri as part of the Elephant Valley Project.
Laos has immense potential for a little escape. Lovely and languid Luang Prabang is the perfect place for a long weekend, with a wonderful combination of culture and nature. Stroll around the pretty town and browse the night market or venture into the striking countryside and enjoy cycling and kayaking adventure in the jungle. Or try one of our responsible tourism initiatives such as a ‘mahout for the day’ or a book party with literacy NGO Big Brother Mouse. Or extend your Luang Prabang experience with a river cruise on the Mekong to Huay Say before flying out of Chiang Rai or a trip south to the sleepy Lao capital of Vientiane. Pakse International Airport opens up the possibility of short breaks in Southern Laos. See the Khmer mountain temple of Wat Phu and relax on the laid-back islands of Si Phan Don or experience a three-day river cruise aboard a converted rice barge. For more adventure, travel to one of the ecotourism destinations on the Bolaven Plateau, such as Tat Fan or Tat Lo.
Vietnam is a big country and this means a whole lot of variety when it comes to a short break. Starting in the north, Hanoi is a charming capital to explore in more depth with a wealth of museums, galleries, restaurants and bars, not to mention the atmospheric Old Quarter. Combine the capital with Halong Bay for an escape to remember. We know all the junk companies operating on the bay, so can recommend the right experience for you. We can also recommend longer visits with smaller junks that take you off the tourist trail and into the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay. Or travel north to Sapa, queen of the mountains, and try some trekking or cycling through hilltribe country. The scenery is stunning and it is even possible to climb Mt Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam.
Central Vietnam is home to Hue and Hoi An, two of the most popular destinations in all Vietnam and the perfect combination for a weekend away. The old imperial capital of Hue has some important cultural relics and is famed for its delectable imperial cuisine, the recipes evolving from the old royal court. Hoi An is one of the most charming towns in Vietnam and a rewarding place to explore on foot. Get a new wardrobe sewn up by local tailors, browse the galleries or feast on gourmet cuisine, Hoi An has everything you need for a great escape. Nearby Cua Dai Beach runs all the way north to Danang where it becomes the legendary China Beach and is dotted with stunning resorts and beach hideaways. Culture enthusiasts can visit the Cham Museum of Sculpture in Danang or the ancient Cham capital of My Son, while nature lovers can venture to the mountainous landscapes of Bach Ma National Park. Golfers can test their swing against the designs of Colin Montgomery or Greg Norman at two world class courses near Danang. Central Vietnam really does have everything.
South Central Vietnam offers some of the best beaches in the country, including ever-popular Nha Trang and charming Mui Ne. Combine these beaches with a trip to the verdant hill station of Dalat and dynamic Saigon for a diverse mix of experiences and attractions. The Mekong Delta is a popular place to explore in more depth and it is possible to venture off-the-beaten-path on a cycling trip or take to the waters on a range of luxury cruises to connect Saigon and Phnom Penh. Finish off your southern adventures with some time to wind down on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc or venture to uncharted territory to the pristine islands of Con Dao National Park. Vietnam has so much to offer that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.
As Myanmar opens up to the world, it is emerging as a popular destination for a short break or long weekend. Fly into the former capital of Yangon to explore the shimmering spires of the Shwedagon Paya. Or venture up-country to the beguiling temples of Bagan, scattered across the Ayeyarwady plain. Further east lies the natural beauty of the Inle Lake region, which some have likened to the Swiss Alps. Explore this region for a relaxed escape from a more bustling Asia or escape the crowds with a trek to Kalaw.