|Vietnam||Start at the busy city of Ho Chi Minh City taking in the excellent museums and cuisine before heading sharply to the coast for some beachside action in Nha Trang. After some fun in the sun, it’s a bus, train or flight up the coast to the city of Da Nang or the more pleasant and historical town of Hoi An. Spend some time wandering the decorated cobbled streets before travelling a couple of hours further north to the ancient imperial city of Hue. You’ll want to explore the many tombs that circle the city before flying north to Haiphong for a quick entrance to Cat Ba and its beautiful archipelago. After some picture postcard moments press east, stopping at Hanoi before training all the way to Sapa and the mountains and tribes that colour that region. Though it will be hard to leave, it’s a long journey to Dien Bien Phu and the border at Tay Trang, but if you’re eager to head to Laos then that’s the way to go.|
|Laos||A few hours after the border crossing and you’ll be in Muang Khua, and what a quiet entrance into the country! Take the early morning boat down the Nam Ou to Muang Ngoi Neua and then later to Nong Khiaw and then there’ll really be no doubting you’ve left the frenetic pace of Vietnam far behind. Luang Prabang is next, where you’ll no doubt be lulled into staying longer than expected by the culture and history on offer. For a detour inland and to UXO country, it’s off to Phonsavan and the mysterious jars you’ll find there, and then further south to the once party and tubing capital Vang Vieng. While the scene has certainly calmed there nowadays, it’s still not as sedate as the Laotian capital Vientiane, which is the final stop of this two-month journey.|
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