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.

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)

Pha That Luang - the symbol of Laos

Wat That Luang (Pha That Luang), also known as the Golden Temple in Vientiane ,was built in the sixteenth century on the ruins of a Khmer-style temple. By the nineteenth century, the Thai’s temple was devastated, but it was restored right after that. The temple also was regarded as a stupa, a monument or a sacred relic tower.

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
Pha That Luang - the symbol of Laos
The pagoda is 30 meters high, and is located on a hill about 3 kilometers from the center of Vientiane to the north. The temple combines Buddhism and kingship, a royal symbol of the city of Vientiane, a structural construction and a national symbol of Laos printed on banknotes and emblem. The temple is the convergence of many cultural features in Laotian style. Each floor of the temple contains many different unique architectural elements designed to illustrate the Buddhist religion.

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
The main stupa of Pha That Luang
That Luang is the center architecture of Pha That Luang temple and is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Laos. Pha That Luang includes the 45 meter high main tower surrounded by sub-towers, and is painted and gilded. According to legend, the tower has preserved relics of the Buddha which are a hairpiece and many jewels. The base of the central block is a square shaped lotus with yellow petals blooming in four sides.

Other Tour : Highlights Of Vietnam Cambodia

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
Monks in Pha That Luang
Wat Si Saket - The temple having the highest number of old Buddha statues in Laos

Wat Si Saket, one of the oldest temple in Vientiane, was built in 1818 by king Chao Anouvong. The temple has many ancient Buddhist statues with high artistic value, dating from the sixteenth century to nineteenth century. The temple is located on Sethathirath street, at the corner of Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane. Apart from the values of culture, landscape, the temple also attracts visitors with 6,840 statues casted from valuable bronze, some of them were gilded copper. With this number of statue, this is the temple owning the most Buddha statues in Laos.

A block in Si Saket temple
Coming to Si Saket, visitors can not forget the feeling when visiting the Buddha statues located left edge of the temple, which contains hundreds of big and small Buddha statues. Some statues have only the body , some lose hands or legs, some only have the base, but all have a common point is that the loses their head. The statues which are not intact hide a message of loving peace of this kingdom. That is, unlike the statues at My Son Sanctuary, when leaving this land, Cham people decapitated the statues and took with them, the lost head statues in Si Saket were mostly due to the war and the enemy considered them the valuable booty. After the peace was gained, although temple is built, new statues were sculpted, the demolished statues have been kept intact and exhibited in the temple with the implicature to remind descendants of the unjust war. For Laos, Buddhism is the national religion. Si Saket is one of the symbols of Buddhism in this peaceful country.

The old demolished Buddha statues in Wat Si Saket
And new statues
Experience Vientiane, we are like to get lost in the world of temples and a peaceful capital of the country of elephants. The sacred and majestic temples seems to want to remind us of inclining to the good, of the spirit of harmony and build. That is also the identity of the beautiful Laos, a country on the road of innovation.

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