58 | Indochina
Traditional fisherman, Mekong River
Events & Festivals April: throughout Indochina Songkran Visit Southeast Asia on the cusp of the dry season (April) for the New Year celebrations that happen across the region. This week-long street party celebrates the end of the dry season and the start of the rainy season. Everyone has a water gun, and will take pride in soaking you! Destination Highlights • Bangkok blends historic temples with a lively nightlife scene. Visit Temple of the Reclining Buddha by day and Khao San Road by night. • Ho Chi Minh, the most popular leader of Vietnam, has his body preserved at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi and is now a top tourist attraction. • Learn the dark history of Cambodia with a visit to the Killing Fields, where Khmer Rouge practiced genocide in the 1970s.
Random Facts • Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world, was only discovered in Vietnam in 2009. It is so large that it has its own rainforest with trees up to 30m tall. • Cambodia’s ancient city of Angkor used a greater quantity of stones to build than the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and covered an area greater than modern- day Paris. • A national delicacy in Cambodia is fried tarantula.
Best time to travel We recommend taking an Indochina holiday from November to February. These months bring drier, less humid and slightly cooler weather conditions to the region. Daytime temperatures can reach the mid-30°C’s, but evenings are cooler with temperatures between 20°C - 25°C, so a light jacket may be required.
The Essentials • US dollars are widely accepted in the region, except in Thailand where you need Thai bhat. • Tuk-tuk drivers charge around $5 regardless of the journey length, so remember to barter for shorter journeys. • Do not show disrespect to a Buddha image; they are considered to be sacred. • Remember to dress appropriately when visiting religious sites - shoulders and knees need to be covered.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam
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