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.

Top 4 Scariest Tourist Destinations in Vietnam

These destinations are associated with the historic wars in Vietnam and marks the magnanimous achievements of the former Vietnamese people. They are also considered as the most scariest tourist places in this country and perfect spots for those who want to learn about Vietnam History.

1. The War Remnant Museum


The War Remnant Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is recognized by Tripadvisor.com as one of the top global destination voted by tourists from all over the world.


Located at 28 Vo Van Tan Street - District 3 – HCMC, this museum is where visitors can feel the pain and crudity of the Vietnamese was via exhibition and images here. Besides, there are also exhibition room with topics : West-South Border War, War to protect Northern Border and the issue about Truong Sa Island.


2. Con Dao Prison


This prison system was built by the French to lock special prisoners which made remarkable influence on French Colonialism such as political prisoners and death row inmates. Nowadays, this place is listed as a special National Relic with the infamous “Tiger Cages” in the prison system.


Tiger Cages are a kind of special prison system designed by the French and American to lock and torture the Vietnamese soldiers during the war with many types of cruel torture infliction.


3. Hoa Lo Prison


Hoa Lo Prison was constructed in 1896 in the area which was the suburb of city at that time and used as a chief prison for the Central and North. Many kinds of prisoners were locked here, including political ones. At that time, the prison was named Maison Centrale.


The dark solitary confinement and the infamous guillotine, which was used to kill many revolutionary soldiers, is now still exhibited here for visitors to feel a painful history of Vietnam.


In the American – Vietnamese war, Hoa Lo Prison was used to detain American prisoners and it was called Hilton Hotel by them.

4. Phu Quoc Prison – Hell on Earth


Phu Quoc Prison is located in An Thoi Town in the Southern most of Phu Quoc Island. In the Indochina War, this prison was named Coconut-Tree Prison which used to detain about 32.000 prisoners (40.000 with the whole political ones in many periods)


According to annotations in Phu Quoc Prison, the French applied over 45 forms of torture (from Medieval to the Modern Age) in this “hell”. Their purpose was to find out the groups, leaders and jailbreak plan, etc…


Personal Comment: At one time I visited Hoa Lo Prison, I saw an American veteran (in Vietnam Struggle) in his tour visit this place. What made me notice is that he cried and said “I’m regret joining the disastrous war in Vietnam. If I had another chance, I would protect them from the struggle”. Although I don’t know who you are but I still want to say “Thank You”. 

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