Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar
There is a lot to see in Vietnam. From lofty mountains to green rice fields, plus its long history of independence struggle, a trip to Vietnam is to see and experience the fusion of nature and history. A must-see when travelling to Vietnam is to sail out to Halong Bay, a UNSECO World Heritage Site comprising over 1600 islands and islets in the clean green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. You will for sure be indulged in this wonderful natural gallery. Don’t forget to capture all the perfect moments with your camera.
Population: 92.5 million
Currency: Dong (VND)
Local Time: GMT + 7
Telephone Code: + 84
Electricity: 220/127 volts at 50 Hz AC. Round (and very rarely flat) two-pin plugs
Baggage Clearance: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Vietnam
Modern Cambodia is a small and little-developed country, but was once the seat of an advanced and wealthy empire that stretched over much of mainland Southeast Asia. Today, tourists marvel at a sprawling collection of huge stone temples near the town of Siem Reap. They might not realise that between the 11th and 13th centuries Angkor was the largest urban centre in the world. During this period, a Chinese diplomat wrote that the temples of Angkor were covered with gold, and that the city rivalled the glories of imperial China. Discover the past and present, the crafts and culture, and the proud people of this unique and fascinating country.
Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 15 Million
Local Time: GMT+7
Telephone Code: +855
Electricity: 230V at 50Hz. Most sockets are two prong, either flat or round
Baggage Clearance: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Cambodia. Passengers connecting with domestic flights must clear their baggage and then recheck-in the baggage to the final destination.
Laos is an increasingly popular destination due to its Buddhist heritage, colonial architecture, and natural scenery. The lack of modern development compared to neighbouring tourist hot-spots Thailand and Vietnam is a big part of the attraction, allowing visitors to enjoy the local wildlife, traditional lifestyles including those of ethnic minorities, and a taste of the bygone French colonial atmosphere. Hand-woven silk is a craft highlight, and Lao cuisine shares similarities with that of Northeatern Thailand, being based on sticky rice, fish paste, and fragrant herbs, but it also benefits from the French legacy of locally-grown coffee and fresh baguettes – a great way to start your day exploring the temples and markets of Laos, from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
Population: 6.5 million
Local Time: GMT+7
Telephone Code: +0856
Electricity: 230V at 50Hz. Usually two prong, either flat or round. Sometimes with a third round prong, which may be either ‘male’ or ‘female’.
Baggage Clearance: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Laos. Passengers connecting with domestic flights must clear their baggage and then recheck-in the baggage to the final destination.
Myanmar: One of the mightiest powers of Southeast Asia in historical times, the country then known as Burma (renamed Myanmar in 1989) fell under British control in 1886. A major battleground between the Allies and Japan during World War 2, Burma gained independence in 1948.
From 1962 until 2011 the country was under harsh military rule, and remained all but closed to outsiders until 1992, when the government started to promote inbound tourism.
Increasing liberalisation during the present decade has seen an explosion of tourism to this fascinating and relatively untouched country. Known for a myriad of awe-inspiring temples, monasteries, and other religious sites, tourists are also attracted to the colonial architecture of the cities, and the everyday lifestyle of the people.
Population: 52 million
Local Time: GMT+6.5
Telephone Code: +95
Electricity: 230V at 50Hz. Usually two prong, accepting either flat or round. Sometimes three prongs, including round, rectangular, and flat.
Baggage Clearance: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Myanmar.