Asia is the largest continent in the world, both by land area and population. It’s home to nearly 4.5 billion people, more than half of the world’s population. The continent is too wide and diverse to conceptualize as a single digestible travel "destination", and we want to see it all. So we want to invite you to start with our hand-picked choices of where to go in Southeast Asia in 2020, which is overflowing with ancient cultures that would take a lifetime to fully explore.
Like other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is witnessing a massive migration in recent years to its major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). These invigorating and chaotic cities are where the delightful melding of different cultures is at its most evident, in everything from street food to fashion and architecture. Our selection of meticulously crafted Vietnam’s itineraries encourage interaction with local people to gain a deeper appreciation for the Vietnamese culture. As the country continues to develop its infrastructure, travel in the region is becoming an even greater pleasure, allowing journeys to the remote mountains of Sapa to become much more comfortable than ever before.
Laos is one of the most charming countries in Southeast Asia, it has an infectiously relaxed and laid back atmosphere. The vast Mekong River runs through the length of the country, including the old royal capital of Luang Prabang – an undiscovered gem and the capital Vientiane with delightful riverside boulevard. Laos shared five international borders, so it perfectly suited to multi country itineraries. Tourism has become one of Laos most important industries in recent years, related hospitality and travel businesses are on the rise in this land-lock country, leading to the increase in flights to and from its two major cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane. The development and connection within the region help make passage easier.
One of the first things you may think of when mentioning Cambodia is probably Angkor Temples, which is the country’s magical allure. But Cambodia has much more to offer, and Incense Travel can take you to unspoiled sites where you can fully experience the local life beside visiting the temples.
Perfectly positioned at the crossroads of the Tonle Sap, Bassac and Mekong rivers, Phnom Penh is providing a stunning riverfront for travelers to relax next to. This beautiful city is dispersed with stunning colonial heritage, a glittering palace, captivating national museum and a great selection of restaurants serving traditional and contemporary delicacies.
Located some 3 kilometers south of the temple complex, Siem Reap is now the fastest growing site in Cambodia. It has an abundance of international hotel chains, many superb dining options, and three PGA-rated golf courses. For more leisurely pursuits, Sihanoukville has a range of luxury hotels, unspoiled hidden beaches, a fun but low-key nightlife, and a great collection of mid-range accommodation.