PHOTO: Phuket, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Southeast Asia covers a lot of territory, so for those who want to fashion a trip there and hit some of the best locales, the Telegraph has some tips for travelers.
“Tempting as it may be to blitz the cities, tick off temples and sign up for every tour, cooking class and sunset cruise going, you’ll be richly rewarded by adding some breathing space to your itinerary,” wrote Lee Cobaj.
Thailand is hard to beat, noted Cobaj. Those who want to tackle the country in one fell swoop can do a tour with On the Go, Cobaj suggested.
“On The Go Tours’ 14-day Best of Thailand itinerary hits all the sweet spots — beginning with a bright lights big city jaunt in Bangkok, followed by jungle walks in Erawan National Park,” Cobaj noted.
The tour also includes a visit to a hill tribe community site in Chiang Rai and a few days exploring Phuket.
To do Indo-China, Cobaj suggested a 13-day tour with Insider Journeys.
“Take early morning walks to see saffron-robed monks receiving alms in Luang Prabang, wonder at the captivating Mona Lisa-like smiles of the stone faces of Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, and get caught up in the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City. Sealing the deal is an overnight cruise on a traditional wooden boat in Halong Bay,” writes Cobaj.
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For those looking to visit Vietnam with the family, try Family Adventure Company’s 15-day Vietnam Family Holiday.
“Adventurous clans can swim off from their boat in island-studded Halong Bay, cycle through Hoi An’s rice paddies and shrimp ponds to Cua Dai beach, take an overnight train to Da Nang and ride a sampan (rowing boat) in the Mekong Delta,” wrote Cobaj.
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