Once known as French Indochina, this corner of the world is home to a fascinating history, a tantalising cuisine and plenty of natural beauty. Here we’ve gathered some of the most magical places to explore throughout Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
The untouched beaches of Cambodia are said to mirror those of Thailand, only without the crowds. They’re just perfect for getting off the grid and getting back in touch with the quieter parts of yourself and the world around. The beaches aren’t the only appeal of Cambodia, with centuries of history to be found at the ancient temples of Angkor, Cambodia’s most stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.
A country drenched in history, Vietnam is not to be missed. Start with a boat ride along the magical Mekong Delta, before heading towards the bright lights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City. For Chinese architecture and bespoke tailoring, Hoi An is a proverbial dream whilst the northern city of Hanoi is a beautiful relic to its French colonial past. Be sure to set your eyes on Halong Bay, a stunning sight of limestone cliffs and turquoise blue waters.
Perhaps the most underrated country of all Indochina, Laos features ornate temples, untouched land and beautiful rivers—there’s no end to its charm. Laos is largely undeveloped, so for those travelling from busy Australian cities, the quiet of Laos will be welcome as you unwind and nature lovers will delight in the rainforests filled with wildlife. Food has a certain French twist, with meat and vegetables stuffed in fresh baguettes served in stalls on the side of the road.
The currencies of Indochina are the Vietnamese dong, the Cambodian riel and the Laotian kip in each of their respective countries. As of November 2015, 1 Australian dollar is worth around 16,000 Vietnamese dong, 2,900 Cambodian riel and 5,800 Laotian kip.
Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Cambodia and Laos, whilst Vietnamese prices can be found on our Vietnam travel guide. Prices are in Australian dollars.
|Inexpensive meal for one – $3.50||Bottle of water – $0.55||0.5 litre beer – $1.40|
|Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $12||Cappuccino – $2.70||Local bus ticket – $1.40|
|Inexpensive meal for one – $2.80||Bottle of water – $0.50||0.5 litre beer – $1.70|
|Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $17||Cappuccino – $3||Local bus ticket – $1|
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