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Located in the North-East of Cambodia, the Kratie province is a lesser-known area in terms of tourism and yet has much to offer. With a small population and off-the-beaten-track feel, Kratie provides sightings of dolphins, riverside scenery, delightful villages, and boat trips.
Mui Ne is a beautiful town in Vietnam, set on the coast in the southeastern Binh Thuan Province. The resorts along the picturesque beach make for a relaxing stay, and are surrounded by breathtaking sand dunes. For a taste of local life, the delightful fishing village at the east end of the beach is perfect for a cultural experience.
Nong Khiaw in Laos is a market village, located in the northern province of Luang Prabang. Ideal to get off-the-beaten-track and to experience the gently-paced life of the locals in rural Laos, Nong Khiaw offers stunning landscapes and activities to help you get under the skin of ‘real’ Laos.
Located approximately 172 kilometres from Phnom Penh, Kep sur Mer as it was known in the colonial days, is a charming seaside town reasonably close to the Vietnamese border. Kep’s charm, it is fair to say, lies in the town itself rather than the beaches. The beaches here are not white sand, therefore give a more rugged appearance.
Many who visit comment that Laos seems to be one of the most relaxed countries on earth, and many of those may have only been to northern Laos. Just when you think Laos couldn’t get any more relaxed, head south, and as if the locals are entranced by the vast plains surrounding the lower Mekong, everything moves at a snail’s pace.
Situated about 60 kilometres from the Thai border, Battambang is overlooked by most visitors to Cambodia, who whether travelling overland or flying in, often head straight for the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. Battambang however is well worth a visit; a charming town with a river promenade, full of crumbling French architecture and quaint streets, and relatively few tourists.
This lush forested mountainous province in Northern Laos is home to many ethnic tribes still largely un-spoilt by mass tourism. Activities such as trekking, overnight tribal village stays, mountain biking and kayaking make this an ideal place in Laos for the adventurous.
The Mekong River is the lifeline of the country and situated on its banks is the capital of Vientiane. This intriguing city is full of little surprises; French colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples amidst a spread of lush green paddy fields and tree-lined avenues.
After the doldrums of the communist era, Ho Chi Minh City – the former colonial capital of Saigon – has reclaimed its rightful place at the forefront of Vietnamese life, becoming the country’s commercial hub and its most dynamic, outward-looking metropolis.