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.

Must-know tips for traveling to Laos

Laos is commonly known as the country of Champa flower or the country of millions of elephants. These names reflect Lao wealthy culture and tradition. This poetic country is embellished by the Mekong as a precious jewelry attracting many visitors. 

Magnificent landscapes, ancient temples, vibrant festivals, unique cuisine, humorous and hospitable people… are advantages for Laos to be chosen as an ideal destination. Below are some tips for traveling to Laos that must be included in your list.

Traveling to Laos - an ideal choice for the journey in Southeast Asia

Climate

Lao climate has 2 distinct seasons: the rainy season is from June to September followed by a dry season from October to May. The ideal time for traveling to Laos is the dry season, however, the wet season is not a bad choice. The rain will appear in the afternoon and the remaining time will be full of sunshine. In addition, this is the time when motels and hotels will have attractive deals so that you can save some money when traveling to Laos.

Transport

The most popular means of transport in Laos is tuk-tuk and pickup truck. The schedules are available at the stop stations or on the website of travel companies. The charge is fixed for each journey. Please notice that the more passengers there are, the cheaper the cost is.

Tuk-tuk - a popular mode of transport in Laos
On joining transportation, do not honk noisily. The action is not forbidden, but it is considered impolite. Lao people think that the horn is the most redundant detail on a vehicle. They are self-conscious in traffic and hardly use the horn. A special feature of Lao traffic is that it only has a green light in one direction and the opposite direction is the red light. Therefore, if you notice that the opposite is on the move and you still keep running, you will be punished

Traveling to Laos in the festive season

Traveling to Laos during the Water festival is wonderful. The festival takes place from 13th to 15th April every year. It is the most vibrant in 2 cities Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Water festival attracts the participation of the whole community and expresses Laotians spiritual belief as well as hope for luck.

It's wonderful to travel to Laos at the time of Water Festival

Some customs and habits of Laotian


  • Laotians have Baci – a national custom of blessing. When they tie a thread of silk or cotton on your wrist, you should be happy about this because the purpose of the custom is to express the respect, the love and hospitality of the host and they want to keep good memories with you as well as pray for the development, progress in life. However, if you love those people here, you can also tie the threads on their wrist. According to their conception, during the ceremony, who were tied a lot of threads will receive much love and luck.
  • Traveling to Laos, you ought to remember that Laotians worship Buddhism. When visiting temples, you mustn't make noise, dress indecently or behave inappropriately. Don't turn your back on the Buddha statue or call each other in the temple.
  • Touching or rubbing other people's head (especially men) is considered not only a taboo but insult. In some cases, it can even lead to the affray.
  • Sleeping in natives' home, you mustn't turn your head toward the door. At night, barbering or shaving are also taboos. Don't barber your hair on Wednesday as well as shampoo on Thursday.

These above things are some useful tips for traveling to Laos. Note them down, follow and have a good journey to this country.

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