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Kingdom of Thailand

The only Southeast Asian Country never to have been colonized by a European country, Siam changed its name to Thailand - meaning the Land of the Free. The emergence of Thailand as a unified kingdom probably dates back to the 13th century, at which time, the Lanna Kingdom (in the area which is now called Chiang Mai) and the Sukhothai Kingdom, under King Ramkamhaeng, were united in their constant campaigns against the Burmese and Cambodian Kingdoms. It was not until the middle of the 14th century that Ayuthaya came into prominence, the beginning of a golden era.

Following the total destruction of Ayuthaya by the Burmese in 1767, King Taksin the Great moved the capital to Thonburi, opposite the village of Bangkok, at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. In 1782, King Ramathibodi, better known as King Rama 1, moved across the river to Bangkok and thus started the Chakri Dynasty. The present monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyadej is King Rama IX of that dynasty. Actually, the culture of the area presently known as Thailand, goes back more than 5000 years. It is known that the working of copper and bronze were part of the culture of this area at least that long ago. This has been determined by the findings of archeological "digs" in the northeastern part of the Kingdom at Ban Chiang and Ban Prasat. It is postulated by some of the archeologists that this culture pre-dates any similar culture in China.
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Kingdom of Cambodia

Cambodia is the successor state of the once mighty Khmer Empire, which ruled much of what is now Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Among the achievements of Khmer civilisation are the magisterial temples of Angkor.

The most spectacular sights are the awesome remains of the once mighty Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, temples of unbelievable majesty and scale, which have been described as man's greatest expression of religious faith.
There is no other historical site in South-East Asia that matches the grandeur of this ancient complex.

Apart from the wonders of Angkor, Cambodia has a rich and proud culture, a charming French-era capital (albeit a little weathered) and impressive natural scenery. In addition, the open-air markets, museum and tropical-colonial atmosphere of the capital, Phnom Penh, are delightful and unusual.
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Lao People's Democratic Republic

Luang Prabang is the oldest city in Lao PDR, it is ideally located in a basis surrounded by mountains and hills which are populated by several ethnic groups speaking their own dialect, wearing their own style of custume, and practicing different traditions and lifestyles. In 1995 Luang Prabang was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, confirming the fact that Luang Prabang its exceptional value as a cultural site deserving protection.
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Union of Myanmar

Myanmar is truly the land that time forgot. After three decades of self-imposed isolation, the unspoiled beauty of Myanmar is a rare treasure to behold. Here is a place where Buddhist traditions have been preserved and where close family ties, respect for elders, reverence for Buddhism and simple native dress are the order of the day. Here is a place where one can walk safely down the street at night, where laughter of children is drowned out only by the strumming of the guitar and the accompaniment of rich Myanmar song. And here is a place destined for change.
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Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Vietnam a country ravaged by war for independence fighting against the French colonism and then intruders from the USA. This is a land of proud people and natural beauty, a country that will excite your senses by all the sights, sounds, tates and smells of an ancient civilisation mixed with westerin influences. Discover the countryside, a patchwork of rice paddies tended by women in conical hats, 3260 km of coastline, mountains, rainforests, and more hilltribes than any other country in Asia. You will also be amazed by the different cultures and heritage of this country.
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