Indochina is well-known for its superb tropical resorts and hotels, invigorating spas and delectable cuisine against the backdrop of colorful cultures and ancient historical remains. You will discover the beauty and the magic of archaeological treasures of Laos, rich culture of Vietnam and the amazing colors of Cambodia country.
Luang Prabang in Laos
Luang Prabang is a city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang. It is one of the most popular destinations in Laos has most travelers use it as the first or last stop in the country.
Owning special cultural features, temples with the special architecture, and delicious food, Laos is a destination that many people choose for their journey of discovery. Luang Prabang welcomes you to Indochina itinerary. It’s called the must-come place to visit in Laos that attracts millions of tourists per year. Firstly, coming to the Royal Palace Museum, you can see a range of interesting artifacts. Traditional Art & Ethnology Center are the places you shouldn’t miss. You learn about the Laos ethnic groups on the Nava Mekong for the cruise along the Mekong River… Coming here to be immersed in a land deeply tied to tradition and enchanted by the lovely Laos people. Visiting Night Market, you can see many types of handmade textiles and buy some souvenirs.
The next stop is the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong which represents the classical architecture of Laos. It is one of the most important pagodas of Lao and remains a significant monument to the spirit of royalty, religion, and traditional architecture.
You will admire a wonderful view before approaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves as its various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Ban Muang Keo village is well-known for its traditional Lao rice whiskey distilling. Next, you come to Ban Xang Khong village which is famous for silk weavings with natural dyes.
Vientiane in Laos
Vientiane is famous for the unique historical relic has a fascinating charm with visitors of the Indochina heritage travel. If you have come to Vientiane, you can not miss the spiritual beauty in the capital of elephant country. You shouldn’t miss thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. You can admire the featured beauty of Patuxay Monument, which is also called the Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Various goods are displayed for sale; such as gold, silver, souvenirs, fresh food, textiles, antiques, household goods… in Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin.
After you reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited, Hanoi City includes old and new, narrow streets in the Old City, colonial architecture, temples, and museums.
The first component of destinations is Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and his ancient house, One Pillar Pagoda. Then you can visit the Temple of Literature is the first University of Vietnam. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is also the most historical place in Hanoi capital. One suggestion for you is to get a cycle to move around the old quarter and experience the local life here. It showcases more than 1000 materials, photos and objects portraying the role that Vietnamese women played in the history of Vietnam, and in the arts and family life today.
You can move to the theater to enjoy the Water Puppet show – a traditional show of Vietnamese people which will bring for you a strange feeling. The legends like the golden turtle and the Emperor are traditional activities.
Halong Bay has many the beautiful landscapes created in a very natural way. You can experience some interesting activities. You have a sumptuous lunch on the boat while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands that are considered as the heaven on the Earth. You shouldn’t miss discovering Lom Bo area is an outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature in Halong Bay.
You cross the towns of Hon Gai, Thien Canh Son Cave and many others then get to Bai Tu Long. On a trip to Thien Canh Son Cave, you pass thousands of limestone islands, islets, and small sandy beaches. Of course, you have the sight of the wonderful beauty of stalagmites and stalactites. The ceiling of the cave is covered with numerous sparkling stalactites appear like “hanging lamps”.
Next, you have experienced a memorable dinner on the deck under the light of thousands of stars, savor delicious dishes. Then, you can join squid fishing.
The next stop place is Vung Vieng Village by bamboo sampan for an hour into the village. You can approach the life of local people on the water. You should join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming and so on.
The first place in Hue is the Imperial Citadel which was constructed on the ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices of the Old Imperial City in Hue, the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. The Imperial Citadel provides a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. The main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure is the imposing Ngo Mon Gate. Dien Tho Palace is the place of the Queen mother, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, and other historic sites.
Venture into the countryside around Hue to the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, who designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime. Afterward visit the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, dramatically located on a hillside and incorporating distinct European elements into traditional Vietnamese architecture.
You will have an opportunity to experience Hoian local life and visit a local ship repair yard. The tour offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the delicious Hoian rice crackers are produced. The Japanese Bridge is near the Buddhist temple and as a symbol of goodwill between Chinese and Japanese merchant communities. Hoian is covered by a lot of lush, green countryside. Hoian is famous for the night market. Thus, it is becoming more sparkling by a lot of lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors. You have many choices of the souvenirs, you should bargain with cheaper price. Continue into the countryside and experience first-hand the beauty of the rice paddies, monkey bridges.
Ho Chi Minh city
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, you will have an awesome feeling in the bustling city. Spending one day on many places Saigon Opera, Duc Ba church, and General Post Office, you completely get the best Indochina heritage travel. These destinations are famous for the special French style. Duc Ba church is considered the symbol of this dynamic city, is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh and reaches a height of up to 60 meters. Nearly, the Central Post Office is the busiest post office in Vietnam which offers all types of postal services such as selling postcards, stamps with cheaper prices and mailing. Plus, clients use the money exchange service in there.
You shouldn’t Ben Thanh market – the best place offering the local handicrafts, branded goods, and other souvenirs. Here, you can get a taste of traditional foods and drinks. Ben Thanh market offers a lot of delicious foods like spices, nuts, meat, and local fruits.
Coming to Mekong Delta, the island with lush tropical gardens are the most attractive thing, you know the stories of the area’s cottage industry, coconut candy. You should visit the catfish farm by motorboat after traveling downs the canals and backwaters of the main Mekong Channel. Coming to the traditional handicraft villages, you can enjoy the typical folk music in Southern Vietnam.
You should take a motorboat in order to transfer to Chau Doc. In the morning sunlight, Cham villages have a mosque superficial, majestic, sparkling. Houses are created unusual architecture with decorative patterns and decoration in houses. Beautiful young girls sit to spin or weave brocade under the floor. Cham women wear traditional clothes. You can try wearing them to take photographs.
Phnom Penh in Cambodia
The first destination in Cambodia is Phnom Penh. It takes us about 5 hours boat trip along Mekong River. Enjoy lunch at Friend Restaurant, run by Mith Samlanh, which has worked to build the futures of former street children and marginalized young people in Phnom Penh since 1994.
In the afternoon, let’s spend the time to visit Royal Palace, you will see the silver pagoda then continue to visit National Museum as well as to learn more about the pre-Angkor period, Angkor period and Post Angkor. And continue to follow it with a walk up to a small hill for an interesting visit to the legendary Wat Phnom and a spectacular view over the surrounding areas.
Silver Pagoda is located in Wat Preah Keo Morakot. The pagoda was formerly known as Wat Ubosot Rotannaram, where the King worshiped, prayed and practiced every Buddhist Silas Day. The National Museum of Arts is the largest archeological and cultural history museum in Cambodia as it helps you to have a sight on the cultural side of Cambodian history from the 4th century.
The national symbol and the highlight of Cambodia is Angkor Wat. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples are the largest ab, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, you enjoy many stones on the surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras. You will approach stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. The beautiful times in a day of Angkor Wat is sunrise and sunset to watch the play of light on the stones.
One of the most popular attractions of Angkor is Ta Prohm and the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Next, you shouldn’t miss Banteay Srei as it is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. The walls are covered by many sandstones. The temple is very interesting as it has a wondrous atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture.
Tonle Sap Lake
Coming here, you will enjoy the region’s floating villages and approach the local lifestyles on the Tonle Sap River. The Lake becomes to the important commercial resource. Chong Khneas is the name of the famous floating village at the edge of the lake. Thus, you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake, which is Cambodia’s largest. One of the awesome places in the Indochina heritage travel is exploring the different culture of Khmer, Muslim, and Vietnamese in the floating households and floating markets and something.