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Guide to Indochina
Guide to Indochina
One of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Asia, Indochina is a region of paddy fields, ancient monuments, mountainous jungle, stunning coasts and vibrant cities. Take in the slow pace of Vietnam with its French colonial cities, the amazing temple complexes of Angkor Wat, or the laid-back atmosphere of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Getting there
Vietnam Airlines fly directly to Hanoi and Saigon from London Heathrow. Other popular routes include flights via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Flying time to the region is around 12-13 hours.

Guide to the country
Vietnam offers two outstanding cities in Saigon and Hanoi. The capital Hanoi in particular has retained much of its character and history and is the gateway to one of the region’s most amazing sights; Halong Bay. The beaches of Vietnam are becoming more and more popular, with resorts such as Hoi An, Phan Thiet and Nha Trang, but there is so much more to these areas, with impressive historical temples and busy, photogenic ports. The World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is famous for its beauty and splendour and a must-see on any Indochina itinerary. Luang Prabang, in the north of neighbouring Laos, is a tranquil town on the banks of the Mekong River, providing visitors with a taste of authentic Asia.

When to go
For Hanoi the summer months from May to October can be quite hot with regular downpours. Winter from November to April is cooler and drier and a better time to visit. Saigon is particularly hot during March to May, with the wet season from May to November. December to March is considered the best time to visit Saigon and the beaches of Central Vietnam. For Angkor Wat and Cambodia, November to February is ideal with cooler and drier weather. May to October sees brief showers and high humidity. October to March is the best time to visit Luang Prabang in Laos, when the weather is cooler and drier than at other times.

Important to note
As of 1 July 2017, British passport holders are able to enter Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa. You’ll still need a visa to enter Vietnam for periods of 15 days and longer and if you wish to re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of your departure. If you plan to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country make sure you get a multiple visit visa. For Cambodia and Laos you can get a visa on arrival for $30 and $35 respectively. You must have 2 passport sized photographs and your passport must be valid for at least a further six months. For visa information please call The Visa Travel Company on 01270 250590 or visit Please note that visa requirements can change. Please check for the latest information. For vaccination requirements for Indochina, please contact your doctor.

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INDOCHINA AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL (Temperatures in °Centigrade, Rainfall in millimetres)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R
Saigon 26 4 27 14 28 16 29 27 30 230 30 293 29 290 29 271 29 341 28 262 27 109 25 8
Hanoi 20 18 21 28 23 38 28 81 32 196 33 239 33 323 32 343 31 254 29 99 26 43 22 20
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