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.

Travelling to Phnom Penh at Vietnamese Tet Holiday with 70 USD

About 240 km from Ho Chi Minh City , Phnom Penh is one of the ideal abroad tourist destinations that is easiest to go and most economical if you're looking for a new place than the too familiar cities whose rooms are fully booked at Tet in Vietnam.

How to travel to Phnom Penh

From Hanoi, you can take a flight directly to Phnom Penh to save time. However, this airline is quite expensive, from 150 to 250 USD. To save money, you can book plane, train or bus tickets to HCMC then catch a bus to Phnom Penh. However, this route is more time- consuming than direct flights.

From Ho Chi Minh City: The most economical way to go to Phnom Penh is to catch the bus on Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien streets. The earliest flight departs at 4h20 and the last one at 0h20. Average ticket price is 10$-12$/ person. The prestige car makers are Kumho, Sapaco, The Sinh Tourist, Mekong Express ...

Note: you should purchase round-trip tickets to save costs. For example, the one- way airline ticket is 10$/person, but the round-trip ticket is only 15$/person.

Additionally, you can drive motorbike from HCMC to Phnom Penh, via Moc Bai border gate. Remember to bring all the papers. You should translate documents into English to facilitate the entry.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Two ideal places to book a room are Westerner Street near Sisowath Quay and the area near Independent Monument. The two areas are most visited and have many famous tourist attractions.

Hotel’s prices in the Sisowath Quay is very cheap, from 10 USD or more, guesthouses (hostel) with internet access with only 5 USD and service in Phnom Penh will not cause you to fret.

What to eat in Phnom Penh

Insect is the dish that makes Cambodian cuisine famous around the world. Pupa, spiders, frog, belostomatid,... are both fascinating and a bit creepy with visitors who are afraid of insects. Additionally, you should try Khmer rice, Phnom Penh noodles, sidewalks barbecue, spaghetti ... all dishes has characteristic flavor of the Khmer. You can easily find them on the sidewalk or in a market near Sisowath Quay.

Schedule for a 2 day trip to Phnom Penh

Day 1

You catch the car from Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City going to Phnom Penh, the most appropriate time is at 3pm or at 9pm in Friday evening so that you are able to go back in Sunday night. If departing from 3pm, you will be in Phnom Penh at 9pm, rent a room and stay overnight to wait for the morning’s trip.

Day 2

In the first day in Phnom Penh, you should walk or bicycle to visit the places in the center firstly. These points are not far apart, tuk tuk is a great choice for large groups and families. Note that there are very few taxi in Cambodia (almost none).

Wat Phnom is the first destination you should look at Phnom Penh. This is the place to tell you about the birth of the city and the name "Phnom Penh". You should spend 2 hours here to visit and learn, listen to the stories.
Wat Phnom
Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda is the most visited tourist attraction in downtown. This is the place where you learn about life in the palace and, most especially, the famous Silver Pagoda with the floor paved with more than 2,000 silver tiles, statues of Buddha made of gold studded more than 2,000 diamonds and the Buddha statues carved from gem.
Silver Pagoda
National Museum of Cambodia is the last destination of the day. You can spend 2 hours in the Royal Palace, then spend another 1.5 hours walking to visit the museum. This is a place keeping the artifacts from the former kingdom of Chenla (the first kingdom of the Khmer) until the heyday and decline of the Angkor empire.

Central Market, also called new markets, is not only a shopping mall with all kinds of items, from jewelry, electronics, clothing, souvenirs, food ... but also the architecture built in Western style. Standing in the market, you will feel like you are at a certain station of Europe. Central Market is an appropriate place for you to buy a Krama scarves as a souvenir. 2 hours is a reasonable amount of time to explore the Central Market.
Central market in Phnom Penh

Traveling to Phnom Penh at Vietnamese Tet Holiday with 70 USD

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