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.

Two Days Exploring An Giang in Flooding Season

An Giang, the southwest province bordering Cambodia, has many landscapes and unique cuisine.

Vehicles

Car : From Ho Chi Minh city, you can buy tickets at Mien Tay (Western) bus station or of the private carmakers on Le Hong Phong street, a ticket costs about 170,000 VND -200,000 VND.

Motorcycle : Chau Doc - An Giang is about 250 km from Ho Chi Minh city, so tourists can travel by motorbike for convenience. You move along Highway 1 to An Thai Trung T- jnuction (An Huu market), turn right and then cross Cao Lanh Ferry, go along Tien river bank to Moi (New) Market. After that, you past Thuan Giang ferry (Hau river) to Nang Gu ferry, then drive about another 30 km along Highway 91 to reach Sam Mountain.

Accommodation

Hotels and guest houses in An Giang are mainly located on Sam Mountain, Chau Doc market area and Long Xuyen. Hotels, motels in Sam Mountain area have rather high price, so they are generally chosen by pilgrims. If you're travelling, you should stay in Chau Doc market area so that it is convenient to visit the sights during the day and entertain and dine in the evening.

Tourist attractions

Tra Su indigo forest: you should visit this place early in the morning to watch the water- fern. If you go to late, the water- fern will be pushed into two sides by the previous groups, so it is not beautiful anymore. You should depart at around 6 am - 7 am to see flocks of birds flying away. On the way, you can see pretty much more scenic sights, the ripen rice fields, clear water lake.
The green water- fern in Tra Su indigo forest
Ta Pa Lake: is the lake formed by the quarrying. The lake’s water is clear; also, beneath the lake is a layer of moss so it always has blue color. Visiting Ta Pa lake, you'll have opportunity to see the ripen rice paddies at the foothills, each plot is like a large carpet.
Ta Pa lake
Cam (Forbidden) Mountain : the entrance ticket to Cam mountain costs 20,000 VND per person, after a path, you have to leave your vehicles with the car keeper and catch motorbike taxis to get to attractions of the mountain with a price of 80,000 VND per person (both going up and down). In Cam mountain, there are many waterfalls, lakes, big old trees… which are worth being spent money and time to visit.
Cam area is like a giant hollow
Bung Binh Thien Lake: is about 30km from Chau Doc. This is a freshwater lake, close to the border with Cambodia. If you come here in October, you can see beautiful lotus pond and water with 2 distinct colors. There is a family providing the boat rental service to visit the lake and take to the lotus pond. The price is 50,000 VND including a life jacket. Boat rental area is located near a temple, you can ask the locals, they'll show you the way carefully.
The wharf on Bung Binh Thien lake
Eating and drinking

An Giang is famous for bún mắm (a fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup) which you should try to not miss the specialties of this region. You can find and enjoy this specialty in Chau Doc market or around Bo De Dao Trang (Bodhgaya). You can also try fish noodle in the old theater area.
Bún mắm- the specialty of An Giang
A lot of snacks are sold that you should try as the cakes, tea, beef soups, “beef climbing”, palmyra at Chau Doc market... The prices range from 20,000 VND to 35,000 VND each. The cakes are usually cheaper.

Schedule for Reference

You can visit all the tourist attractions in An Giang just in 2 days.

Day 1: You get on the car to Chau Doc, An Giang in the previous evening and you will arrive in about 5 am. You can have breakfast in Chau Doc market, then ask to rent motorcycles at the hotel (the rent is around 100,000 VND a day). You can start by visiting Tra Su forest, Ta Pa Lake. On the way back to Chau Doc, you can visit Forbidden Mountain, overnight in Chau Doc town and enjoy the night by pedicab.

Day 2: Departing early in the morning to Sam Mountain, then to Bung Binh Thien lake. When return to the hotel at noon, you carry out the check- out procedure and have lunch. After that, you wait for the transit car to pick you up and take you to the station returning to HCMC.

Two Days Exploring An Giang in Flooding Season

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