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.

Enchanting Sunset in Van Long Natural Reserve, Ninh Binh

About 80km from Hanoi, Van Long lagoon located on the territory of 7 communes of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. It is the ideal tourist destination on the weekends for young people and families.

Not a natural lagoon, it is formed in 1960 after dikes on the left bank of Day River are covered.

Being exploited for tourism since 1998, Van Long lagoon, however, are not as famous as Trang An or Tam Coc - Bich Dong. Therefore, it remains an unspoiled and tranquil beauty.

There are many beautiful caves exploited for tourism such as fish cave, Turtle cave ... However, during the rainy season, some caves are unable to visit due to high water level.

Known as "bay without waves", traveling to Van Long, tourists have chance to enjoy smooth feelings as the ferry woman gently moves the small boat across the water.

Egeria densa (Vietnamese: Rong duoi cho) is a variety of aquatics which grows most in the lagoon. This seaweed is very bitter, which is unable to be used as food for both human and fish. However, it has a great ability of filtering water, keeping water in Van Long lagoon always clear.

Van Long is a zone with a great area of biodiversity. Limestone mountains isolated in the center of the lagoon become a refuge for rare species of animals, avoiding the hands of human. In particular, it should be mentioned the population of white langurs with the numbers of more than 40 individuals - the largest in Vietnam recently. This is a species in danger of extinction, included in the World Red Book. Previously, they could only be found in Cuc Phuong National Park.

Reeds in the middle of the lagoon are where many birds nest. The best time of day to visit Van Long is in the late afternoon. At this time, the sun sets on the lagoon, creating dreaming and peaceful feelings. Van Long has many other rare species of plants and animals such as broadleaf tue, ma tien, iguana... The limestone mountains in the middle of the lagoon is home to many rare animal species.
Visiting Van Long at sunset, you may have chance to meet langurs swinging on branches or on limestone cliffs. But the most special thing is the sight of thousands of white storks flying to the shelter for night.

Before saying goodbye to Van Long, remember to return to the pier to thank gentle ferrywomen, and once again, feel the simplicity and sincerity of human and nature of the region

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