Indochina Highlight

Travel Indochina to explore the most beautiful landscapes, meet the most friendly locals and try the most special food in each place where you land. Indochina is included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and with a lot of the wonderful natural and cultural heritages sites in these three countries, your tour to Cambodia is sure very fun and worth.

Nowadays, it is also easy and convenient for the tourist to combine to travel Indochina, and to get a suitable trip, then you should start the trip in Vietnam, then forward to Cambodia, finally travel Laos because it is very convenient for you to take a bus, a short flight or even by hydrofoil from Ho Chi Minh City the most bustling city in Vietnam to enter to Cambodia, and from Cambodia you should catch a short flight to Laos. Depending on your long period permits to cover full highlights of Indochina, but normally at least you also need around 7-15 days to encompass all main highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. And, travel to each country in Indochina, then you should miss to travel main sights such as with Vietnam you must see Hanoi the capital of Vietnam, then Halong Bay where was accepted as one of the natural heritages sites in the world by UNESCO, Hue and Hoi An these are the main two sites belong to the central of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City or still called Saigon the most bustling and busy city of Vietnam, the Mekong River delta (if you have more time and prefer to meet the ethnic locals in the mountainous areas of Vietnam, then you must travel Sapa where is available the most mighty landscapes in the northern Vietnam).

From Ho Chi Minh City, you should catch a short flight to Cambodia (Siem Reap or Phnom Penh), if you have around 3 days, then you should catch a hydrofoil from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh to cover the main sites of Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, then catch a short flight (or the local bus) from Phnom Penh to go to Siem Reap where is available the great cultural structure of Angkor Wat Temple as well Angkor Temple Complex (please note that it takes around 8 hours by the local bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, but it is just around 50 minutes by a flight for this way).

From Siem Reap, you should catch a short flight to Laos (Luang Prabang or Vientiane), if you have around 3-4 days, then you should visit both of Luang Prabang and Vientiane), if you have a short time, then please choose Luang Prabang because this place was accepted by UNESCO as one of the cultural heritages sites in the world, this destination is very special and different from any other site in the world, it is very peaceful and tranquil, travel Luang Prabang you will have a chance to meet the most honest and friendly locals as well as explore the special historical structures which were preserved very very carefully by the government as well as people at here.

The Bandana and Áo Bà Ba (Vietnamese Silk Ensemble)

Despite having gone through many changes, the bandana and áo bà ba have not lost because they are the symbols characteristic of people in Mekong Delta region, especially women. They are also symbols of cultural identity that need preserving.

A woman in  bandanna and Áo Bà Ba
Since Nguyen Hoang defended Thuan Hoa, the costume of people in this area has not been different from that of Southern people. However, moving nearer to the South, the costume of Dang Trong residents presented more differences with the Dang Ngoai people’s costume.

Until the time of Lord Nguyen Phuoc Khoat, a significant change occurred in the reform in dress. The Court assigned that Dang Trong residents had to dress like the Chinese, women wore pants but not skirts as people in Dang Ngoai in order to create the difference in clothes between the two regions.

Until now, basically, the way of dressing of the residents in Mekong Delta has had the unity with other regions in the country. But due to the terrain, the weather, the climate, residents in Mekong Delta has chosen for them the suitable characteristic outfits.

The traditional Bandanna and Áo Bà Ba of people in Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta Residents live mainly based on agriculture. Agriculture forces people to toil and moil in the fields all year round; additionally, the weather conditions with two distinct seasons, rainy and sunny, affect deeply in the costumes of people in the Mekong Delta, that is, the main colors are black, brown, people rarely wear white clothes unless in feasts and festivals. In the old days, to dye the fabric, people used almond leaves, Combretum quadrangulare bark, mac leua fruits... as ingredients. Áo bà ba and bandanna used to be the popular clothes of inhabitants. So far, there have not been any documents which clearly identify the origin of áo bà ba. People only know that, in the early twentieth century, this shirt was worn quite popularly in the southern region.

In the past, farmers in the Mekong Delta usually wore black áo bà ba. The reason for this was that it was both clean and easy to wash. Cloth used to make áo bà ba is cotton or linoleum... which dries very quickly after being washed. Besides, áo bà ba has many practical uses such as the shirt is splited on two sides to make the wearer feel comfortable, there are two big pockets which are very useful for carrying small things such as rolling tobacco, matches, money... near the tail.

In the past, both men and women in Mekong Delta wore áo bà ba
Because of this usability and comfort, áo bà ba is wore by both men and women in Mekong Delta even while they are working in the fields, going to the market/ shopping, going out ... However, when they are out, they often choose lighter colors, like white, ashy colour. As for the girls, the women, they choose the green, bright blue áo bà ba... which is made from more expensive fabrics ...

Áo bà ba has been the favorite clothes of both the old and the young
Life goes by hurriedly. Although time can make a lot of value to change, on the paths in everywhere, the mothers, the girls still choose áo bà ba as a choice of the beauty of Vietnam countryside’s soul. Over a long period of time, while the other beauties seemed to be unable to keep, the image of áo bà ba lived forever in the traditional values of the women in South in particular and the beauty of Vietnamese people in general.

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Part 2 : The Bandana (Black and White Scarf) and Áo Bà Ba (Vietnamese Silk Ensemble)

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