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-visit Destinations in Mandalay, Myanmar

If you want to learn about the culture, art, traditional history of the local people while traveling in Myanmar, you can visit the city of Mandalay. With the age of over 142 years, this place is full of historical relics, monuments as well as many Buddhist temples. You can browse through the tourist attractions in Mandalay on the list below for more details.

1. Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

The Statue of Buddha Mahar Myat Muni

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, also known as Mahamuni, is a popular tourist attraction in Mandalay. This pagoda possesses the oldest statue of Buddha Mahar Myat Muni in Myanmar. The statue is 4 meters high, cast in bronze and weighs 6.5 tons. The crown of the Buddha is decorated with rubies and sparkling diamonds. Later, many religious devotees contributed to inlaying the 15 cm thick gold plate on the entire Buddha statue. Therefore, visitors will see the image of this Buddha statue is totally different from that when it was newly constructed.

2. Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill - A Prominent Landmark of Mandalay City

During your trip in Myanmar, if you see the Mandalay hill from distance, you are definitely getting close to Mandalay because this 230-meter-high hill is the most prominent landmark of the city. There are also many watchtowers for people to relax and enjoy the dawn in the early morning or romantic sunset when the sun is hidden behind the mountains. And visitors will see in the southwest of the foothills are two statues of lions standing guard very majestically and solemnly.

3. Mandalay Palace

Majestic View of Mandalay Palace

One of the most popular attractions in Mandalay for tourists to learn about the history of the city is the Mandalay Palace. The Palace was constructed under the order of King Mindon when he relocated the capital from Amarapura back here in 1861. The location of the palace was also very well calculated, based on prophecy and astronomy. Although destroyed in World War II, the government of Myanmar restored the Mandalay Palace, which is quite similar to the old architecture.

4. Mahar Aung Myay Market

A Jade Vendor in the Market

Since ancient times, Mandalay has been famous for its jade, temples and teak. Therefore, if you traveled to Myanmar without visiting the Mahar Aung Myay Market, it would be such a big regret. This is the largest jade market in the world, from bracelets, earrings, pendants to Buddha statues. Guests will have the chance to admire many incredibly beautiful jade blocks. And if you like, you can buy some small jade pieces or decorative statues as souvenirs on the trip.

5. Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda

Most Of The Area Is Covered In White

Situated at the foothills of Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda is renowned for being the largest preserve of Buddhist scriptures in the world. Built under the order of King Mingon in the late 1800's, the temple consists of over 729 white stupas containing stone carvings engraved on Buddhist scriptures. Therefore, visitors will see a white color that almost covers the whole area. Also around the pagoda are jasmine flowers and many old trees for people to rest.

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