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.

Explore the 1000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar

Among hundreds of temples, pagodas, stupas and monuments in Burma, the golden pagoda of Shwedagon is considered the most important and famous work. Most of the tourists around the world do not miss this historical relic located on Singuttara Hill.

Not only bringing religious sense, Shwedagon pagoda is also a political area. In this place, numerous important events took place such as protests against colonialism in 1920, strikes of workers in oil factory in 1938, the meeting of “Independence” under the control of Aung San leader in 1946, the meeting with the participation of 500000 Myanmar citizens to ask for democratic rights in the military field in 1988 or the most recently, the demonstrations throughout the country in 2007. Having been through many ups and downs as well as historic changes, Shwedagon Pagoda still remains its inherent beauty.

No one knows exactly when the pagoda was built. According to historians and archaeologists, the pagoda has the age of around 2500 years and built from the 6th century to the 10th century. However, according to traditional documents, Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most ancient Buddhist structures not only in Myanmar but also in the world.

Located on the top hill of Singuttara, Shwedagon Pagoda is a magnificent complex with more than 1000 single pagoda around. The central tower is a masterpiece of art with the height of around 110 meters, plated with thousands of gold leaves. There are 4531 sparkling diamonds decorated on its top.

In addition, there is total number of 1065 gold bells and 421 silver bells hang on the top of the tower. Under the sunlight or nightlight, the pagoda always generates twinkling light.

With a huge scale, Shwedagon is the center of religion as well as community activities in Myanmar. This magnificent architectural work is also an important tourist destination. It can be said that, it is not a complete trip if travelling to Myanmar without visiting Shwedagon.

• Yangon city still has many interesting things waiting for you to discover. Why not taking one of Yangon tours to explore this vibrant city? Or consider Yangon River Cruises to travel in this city in a special way.

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