A two day tuk tuk tour around the huge temple complex of Angkor – the largest religious monument in the world and site of the largest preindustrial city.
Cambodia’s contemporary capital, Phnom Phen, surprises us, while the remaining traces of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge absolutely terrify us.
Our final stop in Vietnam takes us to the southern city of Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City), where we dodge more traffic and visit many interesting sights related to the war.
We depart the beach and head for the hills, stopping at the Dalat hill station constructed by the French to beat Vietnam’s heat and humidity.
In the resort city of Nha Trang, we are less than impressed by the dirty beach, but have a great time at the nearby Vinpearl amusement park.
We chill out in the quaint Chinese-influenced Hoi An, Vietnam – where traditional culture and heritage that is thousands of years old has been beautifully preserved.
Traversing what’s been called one of the best coastal roads in the world – the Hai Van Pass in Central Vietnam.
After a hellacious train journey, we arrive in the pleasant city of Hue, the former capital of imperial power.
We visit the 2,000 limestone rocks jutting out of the sea in Halong Bay, but are disappointed by the heavy crowds and pollution.
We leave lazy Laos and dive head in to the craziness of Vietnam, starting in Hanoi where we check out Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, and more.