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.

Visit Myanmar's Largest Teak Woodworks - Shwenandaw Monastery

About 40km away from the heart of Mandalay, the teak wood Monastery of Shwenandaw is a popular destination of Myanmar thanks to its ancient architecture, exquisite carvings, and tranquil beauty.

The History of Shwenandaw

The historic monastery locates in the territory of Maha Aung Mye, Dawna of the former Mandalay Capital. It lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built in the 19th century under the reign of King Mindon, considered a royal monastery, Shwenandaw is well known both internally and externally as a representative of traditional architecture and unique carving art on teak wood of the country of the temples.

The monastery is regarded as a glorious trace of the past. Formerly part of the Amarapura Palace, it was later moved to Mandalay and became the northern part of the Glass Palace, with the name Mya Nan San Kyaw, which was a part of the palace of King Mindon and his Queen.

After the death of King Mindon, the monastery - or old palace was assigned to King Thibaw and became the mediating place of this king. However, King Thibaw soon moved the monastery away from the Mandalay palace to the present site, close to Atumashi Monastery because of the image of King Mindon always haunted the teak house.

Later, the teak house was rebuilt into a monastery, also the memorial of King Mindon. And so far, Shwenandaw has been the only remaining monolithic wooden work of the Royal palace of Mandalay.

The distinctive architecture of Shwenandaw

The palace is a masterpiece of Burmese wood sculpture. It includes a wooden house with 4 separate roofs that are both majestic and magnificent. Sophisticated images of Buddhist myths and elaborate patterns are carved all over the monastery from the roof, balustrade to the walls.

With its extremely unique structure, the floor of the monastery rests on a teak pillar system, 54 mythical Nayar models adorn the exterior columns of the building, displaying majesty and are also mascots defending the monastery from the attack of the evil forces.

Mythical Nayar Model

All the details, carvings, and patterns of Shwenandaw are highly appreciated in terms of art and craftsmanship, all evoking a glorious golden age of Myanmar teak architecture.

Inside the monastery, there are many items gilded or encrusted with crystals, the mural, interior in the main are decorated carefully and detailedly. The main corridor of the main palace with its marble panels, marble sculptures, gives the viewer an extremely convincing view of sophistication and meticulosity in each line.

For you trip to Myanmar, you may consider a Luxury Cruise Trip on Irrawaddy Princess II or Rv Pandaw II

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