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.

Plan for A 24h Trip to Vientiane Capital, Laos (Part 1)

In the cold weather, when spring is coming, nothing is more wonderful than performing a spring trip to Vientiane, the capital city which is famous for being a peaceful land in the country of elephants with your family and friends.


Vientiane is famous for being a peaceful land
There are many ways to explore the capital of Laos. Here is the suggested schedule for a day to help you not to miss the precious moments.

6am: Arrive at Vientiane bus station

There are many tuk tuk waiting for you in the bus station, and the drivers warmly invite the visitors. Vientiane is 15 km from the central bus station in the capital, (located along the Mekong River) and it costs 20,000 kip/ person (VND 60,000).

7am: Find room and leave luggage for receptionists

The central area of the county of Chanthabouly has countless hotels, motels which all lead to the main road next to Mekong River. If you stay at the hotel overlooking the waterfront, the price will be high. To save costs, you can choose the hotels on Frangcois Ngin street.

8am: Have breakfast at the rustic diner with typical cuisine of Laos.

9am – 12am: Visit the Buddha park (Xiengkuane Buddha Park)

You can rent a tuk tuk for 220,000 kip (576,000 dong) to visit the famous places in Vientiane like the park of Buddha statues, Pha That Luang, Ho Phra Keo Temple and Patuxay Triomphe in the corner of the intersection. A tuk tuk vehicle can carry 6 passengers. Remember to bring cakes for lunch because the places are quite far from the center.

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, located on the village of  Tha Deua, about 25 km from the center of Vientiane to the east, was built in a 4-hectare campus in 1958 by monk Bounleua. The park is considered a monumental sculpture with more than 200 large and small Buddha statues with different shapes made of cement with the moss and mark of the time. There is a statue of strange shape like a giant pumpkin which is opening its mouth, inside, there are three floors representing the hell, the earth and the heaven. You can walk on the stone steps beside the narrow aisle to go to the heaven and enjoy panoramic view of Buddha statues park. Fares of visiting the statue park is 5,000 kip (15,000 dong).
Xieng Khuan Buddha Park with ancient statues of different shapes
1pm – 2pm: Visit Pha That Luang Tower

Pha That Luang or That Luang, situated at the end of Lan Xang road, is the world's cultural heritage, the national symbol of Buddhist country of elephants. This is the largest tower and most beautiful relic in Laos, built in 1566 on the ruins of an Indian temple from the 13th century, the outside is covered in gold. The main tower of That Luang is surrounded by three massive layers of wall, decorated with lotus petals gilded and splendid small towers. Surrounding the tower is a green lawn and the covered corridors. In the campus, there are two small temples named Wat That Luang Neua to the north and Wat That Luang Tai to the south.
Pha That Luang- the symbol of Laos
Entrance tickets for the Laos people is 2,000 kip, for foreign tourists is 5,000 kip (about $0.8). It is opened from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 to 12:00 in the morning, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Before visiting and worshipping in the temple, if tourists dress shorts or short skirts, they will be lent sarong to wrap around the lower body.
Laotian families pray in Pha That Luang festival

Plan for A 24h Trip to Vientiane Capital, Laos (Part 2)

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