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.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook

If you are about to visit Laos, besides wonderful landscapes, I will advise you not to overlook Lao cuisine. Why did I say so? 

With tourists around the world, Lao cuisine might not be appreciated in the culinary map of Southeast Asia. But there are still some impressive foods which make you desire whenever it comes to "The land of a million elephants". Now let's discover the delicacy of 5 famous dishes of Lao cuisine with this article.

Sticky rice (Khao niaw)

Rice is a food highly valued in Lao cuisine, especially sticky rice, although rice (Khao chao) and vermicelli rice (Khao poon) are also very popular in here. Family members in Laos often eat from a common bowl or each one a bowl. The sticky rice, however, is traditionally eaten by using fingers. While eating, the Laotians will hold sticky rice into small cubes, and then use them as spoons to dredge and herded food on the plate into the mouth or put into the sauce.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Sticky rice - The popular dish of Lao cuisine
The Phu Doi restaurant's chef (Deinla) in Luang Prabang has shared the secret to create the perfect sticky rice dish: "Sticky rice should be soaked overnight before use and then rinsed several times before being steamed in a bamboo basket". Besides, coming here, you'll have the chance to enjoy fascinating Khao Lam sticky rice (glutinous rice will be put inside a bamboo tube and roasted over the fire).


In Lao cuisine, laap means luck, symbolizing wishes for peace. Raw materials to make laap are beef, pork, chicken ... mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chili, galangal. After being mixed, laap will be served with lettuce and cowpea...

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
The nutty flavor of Laap attracts all tourists
All spices blend together creating the extremely nutty flavor for this food. The sourness of lime juice, spicy chili, aroma of spices ... bring visitors an unforgettable feeling.

Tam Mak Houng

Papaya salad in Laotian is called Tam Mak Houng. Selected papayas are not too young and unripe. After being grated into fibers, papaya will be put into the mortar and hit gently. Spices include lemon juice, shrimp sauce, eggplant, pepper, chili.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Tam Mak Houng (The papaya salad) is totally different from that in other places.
When eating papaya salad of Lao cuisine, the aroma of spices mixed with the sour taste will bring a distinct flavor to diners unlike this food sold in any other places. Most restaurants and eateries in Laos have this dish.

Crusty French bread

Because Laos used to be a French colony in a long time, French dishes are also popular in Laos. They can be easily found everywhere, especially in restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Crusty French bread can be found everywhere in Laos
In particular, crusty French bread or baguette is the popular breakfast dish of Lao cuisine. Laotians often dip baguette into milk coffee to eat, eat with fried eggs or stuff pate like a sandwich.


Khausoy is a famous dish in Luang Prabang. Looked outside, it's similar to "pho" of Vietnam (a type of noodles) but simpler ingredients and delicious taste. Khausoy broth is only boiled water which is used for blanching noodles. Afterward, broth and noodles are poured into a bowl. Khausoy is above, served with kale, raw spinach, dry onion, pepper, chili. Khausoy is the most important ingredient of this dish, made of minced pork mixed with garlic, tomato and spices of all kinds.
5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Khausoy - The symbol of quintessence of Lao cuisine in Luang Prabang
Lao cuisine and nearby countries' cuisine, in a way, have some traits in common. However, all foods boast their distinct delicacy with unique cooking methods of Laotians. Therefore, don't miss the opportunity to taste at least 5 dishes above if you set foot on this nation.

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