8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

If you think that Laos does not have many attractive beauty spots like other Asian countries, you are totally wrong. This country strongly impresses visitors from all over the world by its outstanding natural and historical characteristics. It will be the best choice for you to have a Laos travel and experience stunning landscapes in this great country.

Vang Vieng

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Located approximately 150km from Lao capital-Vientiane, Vang Vieng is a small town lying in the beauty of green enormous mountains. It is well-known as a peaceful countryside with fresh air and a famous tourist attraction of this beautiful country. Although it does not have beautiful buildings, modern resorts or wide stone streets, every year, Vang Vieng attracts a huge number of tourists which definitely outnumber the population of the town having only 50,000 local people. With the advantage of ideal landscapes, the mountain back against the river, Vang Vieng town is reputable for a peaceful countryside beside Nam Song River

Khoun Kong Leng Lake

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

The lake is about 30 km away from Thakhaek town, Khammouane Province. It is outstanding with the crystal blue watercolor. The lake water comes from an underground river which has been filtered through the limestone layer located around the mountain. Near the bridge, visitors are allowed to swim and bath. Alternatively, you can take a relaxing trip on the road around the stunning forest

Pha That Luang

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Pha That Luang is a large gold-covered Buddhist stupa in the center of Vientiane, Laos. It is an important monument and becomes a great pride of Lao people. Built on an old Khmer temple in the 16th century, these great temple towers have experienced may ups and downs moments of Lao history and still kept their diverse architectural beauty. The architecture of the building includes many references to Lao culture and identity. Therefore, it has become a symbol of Lao nationalism. The stupa today consists of three levels, each conveying a reflection of part of the Buddhist doctrine

Kuang Si Waterfall

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Kuang Si is a complex of three waterfalls. The height of the main waterfall is 60m with the water pouring down from the top creating white foams and a dramatic scene. It is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the country. Here, visitors not only can visit the mountains but also climb and swim in the waterfall. Immersed in the fresh air of Kuang Si, visitors also hear a lot of lovely birdsongs with the noise of the waterfall which brings about the feeling of harmony and excitement

Plain of Jars

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Located about 30km from Phon Sa Vanh town which is the administrative center of Xieng Khouang province, the jars’field is located on a vast ten-hectare plateau. However, due to be affected by landmines left over after the end of Indochina war, there is only a part of the plan revealed to visitors and researchers. Discovered by scientists more than one century ago, until now, the appearance and purpose of these jars still remains a mystery.

Tham Khoun Xe cave

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Tham Khoun Xe, which is also known under the name “Xe Bang Fai”, is a vast river cave located in Khammouane province in Central Laos. The cave was discovered by a group of French explorers in 1905. According to the expedition’s report, it is said that Tham Khoun Xe cave is an underground section of the Xe Bang Fai River, one of the largest river caves in the world with a variety of giant caves which are about 120 meters high, 200 meters wide and has many impressive geological features. In the cave, there is a beautiful green forest at the entrance with other unique colors creating a unique array of colors on the limestone walls

Si Phan Don

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

Si Phan Don in Laos language means 4,000 islands. Si Phan Don is characterized by numerous islands, half of which are submerged when the Mekong River is in the flood. The principal islands of Si Phan Don are Don Khong (the largest), and Don Det and Don Khon. It is a destination that every visitor always wants to look at when coming to this country. Here, you will definitely want to spend 24 hours exploring on four-wheeled cars or boats down the stream and watching rare pink dolphins

Wat Phu

8 beautiful tourism destinations in Laos

The most typical cultural work of Champasak province is Wat Phu shrine – the World Cultural Heritage. It is 40km away from the south of Pakse, along the banks of the Mekong River. Wat Phu is a complex of stone monuments built from the 9th to 13th century. Especially, it is considered one of the most sacred temples in this ancient kingdom. Wat Phu consists of the style of Hinduism architecture praising the Shiva God. This architecture is evaluated closely to the World Cultural Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in the neighbor country- Cambodia.

All these stunning views will create a wonderful impression on travelers. Not only can this country bring about the best moments ever, it also attracts you by the mysterious history of each landscape and interesting stories about them. Obviously, Laos is an ideal destination for tourists from all over the world.

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Da Nang travel guides

Da Nang is Vietnam's third largest city which is located on the Eastern Sea coast, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The city itself has neither the atmosphere of Hanoi nor the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, but has its own beauty and breathtaking tourist attractions. Especially, Da Nang is an ancient land, closely related with the Sa Huynh cultural traditions. Danang has other various interesting attractions such as Ba Na Tourist Resort, Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) as well as the Linh Ung Pagoda, Han River, and My An, Non Nuoc beaches and so on

1. Non Nuoc Beach

Non Nuoc Beach in Da Nang takes up five kilometres of Hoa Hai Ward’s coastline, featuring soft white sands, a gentle slope, unpolluted water and beautiful waves all year long. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not only can visitors do plenty of sightseeing and leisure activities, they also can enjoy delicious local seafood dishes at many beachfront restaurants. If you’re looking to surf during your holiday in Da Nang, the best time to visit Non Nuoc Beach is between the months of April and September, when the wave angles are optimum and average water temperatures are between 25°C and 28°C. Noticeably, there are many lessons for inexperienced visitors to learn surfing. In addition, offering breath-taking views of the Son Tra Peninsula and Marble Mountains, Non Nuoc Beach is a good destination for those who are looking to soak up the sun and escape the busy streets.

2. Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain

Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain is a breath-taking national park in Da Nang that stands 693 metres above sea level. It’s a 35-minute drive from Da Nang. It is a popular tourist attraction among local and overseas visitors who are looking to escape the annoying heat and busy traffic of the city. Locally known as the Son Tra Peninsula, the verdant mountain is also surrounded by pristine beaches such as Bai Bac, Bai Nam, Bai But, and Tien Sa Beach. The winding and inclining roads surrounding the mountain are a popular place for motorcycling. It takes about four hours of moderate hiking from Bai Bac Beach to the mountain summit. Meanwhile, hiking enthusiasts can enjoy the verdant jungle trails and also see many rare species. Son Tra is an ideal site of yellow beaches, historical remains, original forests, rare birds and animal species. It is home to around 1000 different plants, 287 animals and 15 rare species which need to be preserved.

3. Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang is the longest bridge in Vietnam, offering a dazzling display of lights, fire, and water. Measuring at 666 metres in length, it is located in Da Nang City and constructed in the shape of a golden dragon. The six-lane bridge crosses the Han River, serving as direct routes to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Dragon Bridge was officially opened in 2013 after a two-year construction, commemorating the 38th anniversary of Da Nang City’s liberation. According to local beliefs, which date back to the Ly Dynasty, the dragon is a significant symbol of power, nobility and good fortunes. While it is a magnificent sight at any time of the day, Dragon Bridge is particularly outstanding in the evening because it is illuminated with colorful LED lights. Moreover, there are also plenty of riverfront bars, restaurants, and cafes offering terrace seats that overlook this Vietnam’s longest bridge. Da Nang is a beautiful place and the bridge adds identity to the city which also develops the economy and tourism

Known as one of the twenty cleanest cities in the world and the most livable city in Vietnam, Da Nang is a destination that every visitor simply cannot afford to miss. Danang is one of the most interesting places that attracts a huge number of travelers to Vietnam and creates a great image of a peaceful, romantic and incredible city in the visitors ‘mind.

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Places to visit in Luang Prabang, Laos

1. Beautiful ancient city of Luang Prabang

The best way to visit interesting heritage buildings in traditional Lao architecture is on foot or bicycle. Most hotels, restaurants, cafes are concentrated around the city so you do not need any knotty vehicle. There’s absolutely no modern building or any 2-storey house.

This is a must-see in Luang Prabang - the Pak Ou Caves, also known as Buddha caves. To reach the cave, you have to take a long journey of about 25 km along the Mekong River. Thousands of Buddha statues placed inside the caves is a really amazing sight.

3. Shopping in Luang Prabang

There are 2-3 markets around Luang Prabang but the most famous is the night market, located on the center road. Unlike any other market, Luang Prabang Night Market is flooded with silver souvenirs, traditional toys ... This is also the ideal place for you to buy gifts for relatives and friends. Additionally, you can also find other interesting gifts at Hmong market. The market opens during the day and sells a lot of paintings of the city's local artists.

4. Lao Cuisine

The food in Luang Prabang is considered clean, cheap and tasty. The local specialty cakes sold everywhere in the city are quite tasty and also at affordable price. Besides, famous Lao coffee is a world’s famous premium drink. If coming here, you should try a nice little bar to enjoy a cup of coffee. Along the banks of the Mekong River, there are also many restaurants combined Laotian and French cuisine.

5. Whisky Village

The village is nestled on the bank of Mekong river and on the way to the Pak Ou caves, where the boats choose as a stopover for about 30 minutes before continuing the journey. Famous specialty of the village is the local whiskey or other types which soaked with snakes, insects and sold in unique shapebottles. The handmade Lao silk and other fabrics are popular commodities sold for tourists here.

Mount Phousi is also known as Chomsy hills. You can easily climb to the top (about 300 steps) for panoramic views of the city. On top of the mountain there is a very beautiful temple. There are two ways to climb: from the main streets in the city orthe trails behind Ethnic Museum. The most wonderful time to climb the mountain is late afternoon before sunset.

7. The temples and pagodas

There are more than 30 temples and pagodas located around the city of Luang Prabang. The most famous is Wat Mai which is located on the main road of the city. In Luang Prabang there are also a lot of schools for young monks. They learn about furniture, lacquer and English.

Kuang Si Waterfall (also called Tat Kuangsi or Kuang Xi) is a complex of 3 falls, 30 km from the center of Luang Prabang. This is a favourite destination of lot of tourists to Laos. The main waterfall is about 60 meters high, falling down forming small lakes, like natural greenpools. You can enjoy swimming. Previously, this place is free but then a fare is collected to fund maintenance and conservation. There is also a bear sanctuary with rare alivebears.

As one of the ancient temples and the most important in Luang Prabang, Xieng Thong was built in 1560. Entrance fee is 5,000 kip ($ 0.5). The courtyard of the temple is where we can enjoy interesting architecture. Besides, the frescoes of Xieng Thong are also special attractions.

10. Riding elephants

Elephant park is located about 15 km from the city, surrounded between the mountains. It takes about 3-4 hours of climbing to reach the Elephant Khammu village. Here you can both riding elephants and learn about daily living, unique culture of ethnic minorities.

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Experiences for Travelling to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle in Myanmar

In Myanmar, there are 3 destinations that most of the tourists wish to visit including Bagan, Mandalay and Inle.

Yangon and Bagan

  • Remember to bring along USD and convert into Kyat or you could use small USD. In Myanmar, Australian dollars, Euro or pound are mostly unaccepted. This country even has no ATM and does not accept credit card.
  • Eating in Myanmar is very easy; there is no fast food but the local food is great. In big cities, there are Chinese, Thai and Italian restaurants.
  • Taxi at Yangon airport has the same price. It takes around 8000 kyat to get to the city, equal to 6000 kyat per hour.
  • Bus from Yangon to Bagan is very clean and offers drinks and teeth brush for free.
  • Travelling by horse drawn cart in Bagan is also cheap with just 10000 kyat for all day going around. For bike, it takes 3000 kyat per day.
  • Guesthouses in Bagan are around 13-16 USD per two people. You could refer Winner Guest House with reasonable price.
  • Must-see Attractions in Bagan: Dhammayangyi temple, Thatbyinnyu temple, Ananda temple

Taxi rental per day in Mandalay is 25 000 kyat. You should not visit too many pagodas in Mandalay, instead pay a visit to Mandalay Hill, monastery, palace in the morning and continue onto Sagaing Hill, Inwa and U Bein in the afternoon. The rental for such itinerary will be 45000 kyat.

  • You should transfer from Bagan to Mandalay by overnight bus to save time and cost for an overnight in guesthouse.
  • It is enough to stay 2 days in Mandalay. In the next day, you should go to the train station for a ticket to Mingun with the price of 5000 kyat per person. It will depart at 9 am and turn back at 1 pm.
  • For lunch in Mingun, you could eat fried fish or shrimp with rice which is both cheap and good.
  • For dinner, you could eat at Mann or Golden Duck restaurant with reasonable price and good food.
  • Do not forget to stroll around the Palace at night
  • If you visit at weekend, you could visit night market opening from 6 pm.  

Inle Lake

  • There are many ways to reach Inle. You could travel by car or plane from Mandalay, Yangon or Bagan.
  • You could stay at guesthouses in Nyangshwe village with cheap price of around 10 USD and rent a boat to head out the lake for sightseeing.
  • Villages in Inle Lake own distinctive features, so try to visit as many as possible.
  • Do not miss the chance to enjoy sunset over the lake
  • It’s very hot when floating on the lake, you should apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn. 
  • Resorts also do not accept credit card, so remember to prepare cash
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Explore the 1000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar

Among hundreds of temples, pagodas, stupas and monuments in Burma, the golden pagoda of Shwedagon is considered the most important and famous work. Most of the tourists around the world do not miss this historical relic located on Singuttara Hill.

Not only bringing religious sense, Shwedagon pagoda is also a political area. In this place, numerous important events took place such as protests against colonialism in 1920, strikes of workers in oil factory in 1938, the meeting of “Independence” under the control of Aung San leader in 1946, the meeting with the participation of 500000 Myanmar citizens to ask for democratic rights in the military field in 1988 or the most recently, the demonstrations throughout the country in 2007. Having been through many ups and downs as well as historic changes, Shwedagon Pagoda still remains its inherent beauty.

No one knows exactly when the pagoda was built. According to historians and archaeologists, the pagoda has the age of around 2500 years and built from the 6th century to the 10th century. However, according to traditional documents, Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most ancient Buddhist structures not only in Myanmar but also in the world.

Located on the top hill of Singuttara, Shwedagon Pagoda is a magnificent complex with more than 1000 single pagoda around. The central tower is a masterpiece of art with the height of around 110 meters, plated with thousands of gold leaves. There are 4531 sparkling diamonds decorated on its top.

In addition, there is total number of 1065 gold bells and 421 silver bells hang on the top of the tower. Under the sunlight or nightlight, the pagoda always generates twinkling light.

With a huge scale, Shwedagon is the center of religion as well as community activities in Myanmar. This magnificent architectural work is also an important tourist destination. It can be said that, it is not a complete trip if travelling to Myanmar without visiting Shwedagon.

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Have a memorable visit to Ayutthaya – the former capital of Thailand

Ayutthaya - the former capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, is an impregnable fortress and the place where imprints of an eventful past are kept. With over 300 temples, gold-plated stupas and splendid sculptures, Ayutthaya is known as the land of Buddhism in Thailand. Take a look at some must-see destinations in this ancient city with our suggestions below.

1. Bang Pa In Summer Palace

60km north of Bangkok, Bang Pa In Summer Palace is the famous Royal Palace of the former capital Ayutthaya. This complex used to serve as the retreat of Thai Royal family in the summer.
The overview of Bang Pa In Summer Palace
The surrounding scenery is as pretty as a picture. The whole palace is surrounded by a poetic vast lake. Stepping into this place, tourists will feel all tension is completely dispelled.

With the mixed architecture of Western and Eastern style, Bang Pa In Summer Palace comprises outstanding buildings like a Thai style castle called Phra Thinang Aisawan Thippa-at, a two-floor building with Western design called Phra Thinang Warophat Phiman. Besides, there is a structure with Chinese architecture (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun) and a bridge in Greek architecture.

2. Wat Mahathat

This is not the most beautiful temple but the most sacred religious site in Thailand. Wat Mahathat is a big temple of Ayutthaya, built in 1374 and completed under the reign of Ramesuan King. In front of the entrance, there are a lot of tuk-tuks – the characterized vehicle of Ayutthaya.

The stone Buddha head embraced by the cluster of tree roots in Wat Mahathat
Inside the campus, the main temple is large with numerous stupas near red brick walls in ruins. Along the walls are stone pedestals with damaged Buddha statues above. Especially, the most attractive thing in Wat Mahathat is a stone Buddha head embraced by the cluster of roots of an old tree, which creates a vivid and weird scene.

3. Wat Phanangchoeng Worawihan

This temple is really a fascinating destination in Thailand. It was constructed before Ayutthaya became the capital of the country, being the most sacred temple in this province.

There is a flower garden with a gorgeous water fountain in front of the main gate. Visitors coming here often take some photo in this place.

The big Buddha statue in Wat Phanangchoeng Worawihan
In the temple, the Buddha statue called “Phrachao Phanangchoeng” boasts the magnificent beauty. It is a giant statue, 19m in height and gold-plated.

4. Ayothaya Floating Market

Coming to Ayutthaya, you should spend time in Ayothaya Floating Market. It opens from 12.00 am to 8.00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. With over 50 boats and 200 stores, this is an ideal shopping area for tourists. Clothes, food, crafts… All are available.
A part of Ayothaya Floating Market
Don’t forget to experience traditions, customs and habits of Thailand through games, performances and the life of locals.

5. Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

This two-floor museum possesses almost all artifacts excavated from Wat Ratchaburana and other temples in Ayutthaya. On the first floor, Buddha statues in various shapes, porcelain objects and antique bullets are displayed. The second floor is the exhibit place of golf ornaments, the coffin containing Buddha’s relics…

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum - Home of religious artifacts and art works in Ayutthaya
Besides, there are also religious artifacts, art works under the reign of many kings, the traditional house of Thais in the central region and some daily supplies of Rattanakosin Period.

The peaceful nature and a variety of religious architectures in Ayutthaya explain why this former capital is a tourist attraction in Thailand. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, travelers probably look for the sense of tranquility in this Buddhism land. Come here and experience!

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The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos

Being a large province in southwest Laos, Champasak has abundant resources of forest, delta and plateau. The soil is fertile, which is favorable for agricultural development. Therefore, this place is considered one of the biggest garners of Laos. Besides, this province also has the potential to develop tourism with many famous landscapes like Wat Phou, Khone Phapheng Waterfall…Follow me now to know what makes Champasak attractive in tourists’ eyes.

1. Wat Phou – the World Cultural Heritage

Wat Phou is the most ancient temple in Laos, recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011. It is estimated to be built in the 5th century, having served as a center of Hinduism and worshipping Shiva. This temple is also called “Mountain Temple” since it is located at the foot of Phou Kao Mountain, 670km south of Vientiane.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Wat Phou – a famous World Cultural Heritage in Champasak
The remnants indicate that Wat Pho has been an important religious architectural complex over a period of 1000 years of history. This is where Lao cultural and historical values are kept. The main gate and the front of the temple are in ruins now, but it’s still possible for us to observe the imprint of bas-reliefs carved with the image of Hindu Gods.

Wat Pho is the top tourist attraction in the country of a million elephants. Many visitors come here to go sightseeing and pray. This old temple brings not only the magnificence of a unique architectural structure but also sacred spiritual values.

2. Khone Phapheng Waterfall – the most beautiful waterfall in Laos

Dubbed “Niagara Waterfall of Asia”, Khone Phapheng is really a destination that cannot be missed in your trip to Champasak. With the length of 12km, it is known as the largest waterfall of Southeast Asia, having an enormous amount of water full of alluvium.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
The magnificence of Khone Phapheng Waterfall - Niagara of Asia
In the rainy season, the waterfall flows swiftly and the water rises, which makes Khone Phapheng extend by 10km. If tourists visit this waterfall in the dry season, they must feel overwhelmed by the spectacular beauty of landscapes around. Torrents, whirlpools and craggy rapids – if you see all of them, you will understand why this waterfall is compared with Niagara Waterfall – the masterpiece of nature.

3. Paksong – The peaceful town

Like Da Lat City of Vietnam, Paksong Town has cool climate all year round, being an ideal place for those are seeking the sense of tranquility. Paksong is well-known for many nice waterfalls of which Tad Yueng and Tad Fane are the most famous.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Paksong with the tranquility and romantic beauty
Since Paksong is surrounded by immense forests, there is no other sound here but the sound of waterfall pouring down. Lovely houses, quiet, poetic and romantic beauty of Paksong are enough to make people absolutely relaxed.

4. Bolaven Plateau

Cool climate, fertile soil, Bolaven Plateau in Paske Town is the land of tea, coffee, rubber farms in Laos. Traveling around villages of this plateau, tourists will be happy due to friendliness and hospitability of Lao people.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Waterfalls on Bolaven Plateau are irresistible
Bolaven Plateau possesses the picturesque landscapes created by gorgeous waterfalls. The pristine and charming scenery here is the reason why it attracts a large number of visitors every year.

So if you intend to visit only Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Savannakhet…in Laos, please spend more time coming to Champasak to have a perfect trip in the country of a million elephants. Trust me! You won’t regret of your decision because Champasak is really a place deserved to discover.

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The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Located in the west of Cambodia, Mondulkiri Province is endowed with the exotic beauty of primeval jungles, green hills and majestic waterfalls. It is considered as a new paradise of adventure tourism in Cambodia with a variety of interesting experiences. Now let’s discover top destinations and things to do in Mondulkiri with this article!

1. Boo Sra Waterfall

Lying in the Pich Chinda District, 43km from the town, Boo Sra is the most beautiful waterfall in Mondulkiri. It is divided into 3 main segments of which the third one is the most dangerous because of the torrent, forest and wild animals.
The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Boo Sra Waterfall - a masterpiece of Cambodian nature
However, the other segments are always crowded with tourists owing to its magnificent beauty. Many visitors praise it as a masterpiece of nature due to its charm blending with surrounding landscapes.

2. Sen Monorum Waterfall

5km from Sen Monorum Town, this waterfall is really a tourist attraction of Mondulkiri Province. To come here, travelers must pass a road lined with vast forests of rubber, coffee, cashew… In contrast with the peace and quiet of Sen Monorum Town, the waterfall brings tourists totally different feelings with the majestic beauty.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Sen Monorum Waterfall - The paradise of adventure tourism in Mondulkiri
Surroundings are the immense and open space where tourists can relax, admire the view and enjoy the fresh air. Furthermore, climbing the mountains, conquering the waterfall, bathing in streams and relaxing are available activities for visitors.

If backpackers visit Sen Monorum on the occasion of festivals, they will have the opportunity to join unique cultural rituals.

3. Rum Near Waterfall

This is a new destination of Mondulkiri in Cambodia, 12km from the central area of the town. The waterfall possessing both the poetic beauty and a little mysteriousness attracts a lot of tourists to explore.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Rum Near Waterfall boasts its majesty amidst nature
Surrounded by green jungles and stacked huge stones, Rum Near Waterfall pouring down creates a beautiful lake with emerald green water.

Just come to Rum Near Waterfall and enjoy the majesty of natural landscapes, you will escape from your daily life with hectic schedules.

4. Mondulkiri pine forest

Another destination chosen by many tourists in Mondulkiri is the poetic pine forest. Despite being a wilderness (6km from Sen Monorum Town), this place still leaves unforgettable impressions on tourists. This pine forest lies on a hill covered by a green color of pine trees, especially old trees.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
The charming beauty of Mondulkiri pine forest
Visiting Mondulkiri pine forest, travelers can rest under the shadow of trees, listen to the melodious tunes, enjoy cool air and taste famous specialties of locals. Mondulkiri pine forest is also a source of inspiration of photographers when they come and immerse in the beauty of nature here.

5. Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary

Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary is a quite famous tourist spot in Mondulkiri with the area of 225,000 hectares. It is regarded as a conservation area of wild animals including endangered species. Among them, Asian elephant is the kind of animals carefully protected with the largest number of elephants in the east of Cambodia.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Asian elephants are protected in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides animals, this place is also a colorful forest with winding rivers, impressive moments of the sunrise and sunset. I believe that you will be so surprised at the vividness and authenticity of the natural picture in Phnom Prich Sanctuary.

Gorgeous, quiet but full of interesting things, Mondulkiri should be a must-see place in your journey to the country of temples. Let’s go now and have fun!

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Must-try experiences when travelling to Bagan, Myanmar

With the number of temples, monasteries and many cultural values, and unique Buddhist beliefs, the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar always know how to conquer visitors.

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in the center of Myanmar, Bagan is the most flourishing ancient capital of Pagan Kingdom in 11th -13th centuries. This is the site preserving almost all Buddhism cultural values such as temples, stupas and monasteries.

The former capital of Myanmar consists of three towns: Nyaung U, Old Bagan and New Bagan as well as an area with many temples. Nyuang U is a large town with stations, trains, ports and airports. New Bagan is a new village built in 1990 for former residents living in Old Bagan. Old Bagan is a scenic area with a huge number of ancient heritages and temples which are preserved very carefully.

Discover Old Bagan by bicycle, horse-drawn cart or on foot.

One of the interesting things in Bagan is to learn and explore remote lands unseen by tourists. It is hard to access but in return there will be a lot of things to experience and visit by your own way. For example, walking, biking or taking a horse cart riding in Old Bagan, strolling leisurely on trails, watching the temples, pagodas and monasteries amid the immense space.

The temples in Old Bagan are quite close together and it's easy to make a tour exploring the whole region. If walking tour allows you to stop anywhere you want, a biking tour helps you roam further lands and vast temples without losing much power. You could also combine with a horse-drawn cart ride to get more enjoyable experiences.

Along the way, you can stop at temples and remember to take off your shoes, sandasl and socks outside, walk barefoot to visit the Buddha with your respect. The temples here are made of bricks with yard stretches hundreds of meters; when it is sunny, the ground is very hot. You should visit in the morning or in the afternoon to be more pleasant.

Feel free to ask locals if you have any question or do not know the way, because many people here can speak English. You should also take the chance to buy paintings and lacquer crafts as gifts with reasonable prices.

Explore each temple in Bagan

Visit Manuha pagoda to learn about the customs of making offerings of the people of Myanmar. They have a huge golden bell placed on a cement base in the center of the temple’s large chamber. For centuries, making offerings has become a unique cultural feature, happiness in people’s life in Bagan.

Any visitor travelling to Bagan must visit the most sacred and important temple - Ananda Temple, built in 1105 BC. It was badly damaged in the earthquake in 1975 but was later restored and gilded in 1990, serving visitors. The impressive thing when visiting Ananda is the giant Buddha statues overlooking the four directions.

You should also make a stop at the largest temple in Bagan with a pyramid-liked shape called Dhammayangyi, built by King Narathu.

Thatbyinnyu Phaya is the highest temple in Bagan with 61 meters high and built in the mid 12th century. Standing on the summit of the temple, you can get a panoramic view of the whole Old Bagan.

Known as the "sunset temple", Shwesandaw features a perfect position to admire the red sky at sunset. According to legend, the temple was built in 1057 BC by King Anawratha to keep one out of eight hairpieces of the Buddha. During a half to one hour, the scenery here changes quickly from bright red to purple and gradually disappears in the darkness.

In addition, there are other temples in Bagan you can visit such as Shwezigon, Shweguyi, Sulamani, Gubyaukgyi, Gawdawpalin, Bupayastupa, ...

Conquer the revered Mount Popa and explore villages

Located about 50 km from the south of Bagan, Mount Popa is a famous pilgrimage site of Myanmar. The mount is known for its Taung Kalat monastery located 737 meters high on the top of the volcano which stopped working. Visitors must past 777 steps and cross a crowd of monkey to reach the monastery. Mount Popa is over 1,520 meters high and considered a legendary home of the god "NAT".

Leaving Mount Popa, you could pay a visit to the villages on the footmount or on bumpy roads in Bagan. The people here are very hospitable. You could also ask to stay overnight and enjoy a Myanmar dinner.

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Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam

In this part, we will continue the journey to look for the most impressive waterfalls in Vietnam, so keep reading if you are curious about them.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam

1. Datanla Waterfall

7km from Da Lat City centre (Lam Dong Province), Datanla Waterfall is considered an attractive destination of this dreamy city because of beautiful nature.

There are many legends explaining the origin of the name Datanla. Those are the love of a young couple, fairies descending to earth or the fight to keep land of indigenous tribes…Besides legends, Datanla also evokes visitors’ eagerness owing to its charming beauty.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
The poetic and romantic beauty of Datanla Waterfall
Unlike other majestic waterfalls in Vietnam, Datanla can make you feel completely relaxed with its romance and serenity. From above, the water flow pours down, creeps through bumpy rocks before drifting downstream, which creates the spectacular scenery.

2. Prenn Waterfall

10km south of Da Lat City, Prenn Waterfall is a gorgeous natural landscape of Lam Dong Province. This waterfall boasts its grace and charm with the water pouring down into a small lake surrounded by flowers and a pine hill from the height of 10m.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Prenn Waterfall - a famous tourist spot in Lam Dong Province
Tourists will have the chance to admire the view of Prenn Waterfall by taking the cable car or walking along stone steps leading to the waterfall to discover the zoo, orchid garden or lovely huts on the trees…

3. Yang Bay Waterfall

This is a system of waterfalls deriving from Cau River with a lot of majestic waterfalls and lakes. Yang Bay Waterfall is located 100m above the sea level, in a valley with the area of 570 hectares, 45km from Nha Trang City.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Yang Bay Waterfall is well-known with 2 special cascades
Yang Bay is one of the most special waterfalls in Vietnam because it is divided into 2 cascades: a hot one and a cold one. That makes numerous travelers feel excited to come here and witness this spectacle.

Huge rocks in weird shapes are surrounded by green primeval forests creating a marvelous natural setting.

4. Thuy Tien Waterfall (three-storey waterfall)

Lying in the territory of Dak Lak Province, Thuy Tien Waterfall is famous for its picturesque landscapes. The way leading to the waterfall is beautiful with winding passes, green coffee and rubber fields.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Thuy Tien Waterfall with distinctive beauty of 3 tiers of waterfall
Thuy Tien Waterfall has 3 tiers, each of which owns the distinctive beauty. Amidst nature, this waterfall is like a hiding fairy. Hearing the sound of water pouring down or birds singing will make tourists immerse in the beauty of surrounding landscapes.

10. Dambri Waterfall

It is no exaggeration to say that Lam Dong Province is the land of natural masterpieces. 100km from Da Lat city, Dambri is the highest waterfall in Lam Dong (over 40m) with 2 majestic flows. There are 3 ways to conquer this waterfall: climbing 138 steps, taking the elevator or experiencing strong feelings with the waterslide 1,650m in length.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Dambri Waterfall boasts its charming beauty amidst nature
On sunny days, tourists can explore the beauty of primeval jungles, participate in games or light the campfire…But if you come here on rainy days, there is no need to worry what to do. Sipping a cup of hot coffee, admiring the blanket of fog or listening to lyrical songs are all wonderful experiences.

5 above waterfalls are not enough to say to you about a nice country like Vietnam. But they surely make them imagine about well-known tourist spots of Vietnam with many interesting things waiting for you. So let’s hit the road to discover them now!

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