Tam Coc, often described as the inland version of Halong Bay, is best appreciated on a languorous row-boat ride with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars. With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies, Tam Coc is at its best from late May to late June when the crops turn yellow against the emerald river water. The tour also introduces Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam and Mua Cave where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and the wonderful Ngo Dong river and Tam Coc from the top
Summer getaway on Mekong River touring the orchards, paddy fields and swampland of the delta, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the pages of a geography textbook.
With ALO Travel Asia, your journey will start from Siem Reap – Cambodia, exploring Angkor Wat – the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and incredible details, cruising along the flow to Phnom Penh witnessing the lives and cultures of local people living by the riverbank.
From the mysterious Cambodia, flying to Vietnam to the hustle and bustle Saigon – a chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride. Exploring Cu Chi tunnels – the network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960’s when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre – a picturesque little province not far away from the energetic Saigon.
Isolated Mai Chau and the nearby villages are in a valley around 139km from Hanoi and only 150 metres above sea level. Nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, it is an enchanting sight as you approach down the windy cliff side road and the villages and surrounding countryside present an idyllic rural scene that could easily charm you into staying longer than intended.
Laos isn’t a huge country, but getting around it can take time – especially if you veer away from the usual tourist trail. The classic route, “Between Two Capitals”, is deservedly popular with visitors wanting a quick introduction to Laos, with a good mix of cities and natural beauty, plus plenty of tourist comforts along the way. The other two itineraries suggested here require more time, but reward handsomely with sleepy temples, plunging waterfalls, hill-tribe treks and mysterious ruins.
Laos has a rich history stretching back 10,000 years. At its height, it ruled over present day Laos and much of neighbouring northern Thailand. Landlocked and laid-back, it’s a unique spin on the Southeast Asia experience.
Vientiane is a city steeped in legend and history. The city is the home of the massive gilded stupa, Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Laos.
Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is unique and rich in history and natural beauty, a trek, mountain bike ride or some gentle kayaking gives you the chance to really discover the landscape and warm friendly people that live in and around this celebrated UNESCO world heritage site.
Lose yourself in the timelessness of Luang Prabang. Stroll narrow lanes that wind between beautifully-restored Buddhist temples, traditional timber homes, and French colonial structures. Like its iconic rivers, Luang Prabang is filled with life, dynamic and timeless.