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.

Bagan and the Not – To – Be – Missed Temples

Discovering temples is the must do activities of every tours in Bagan. Apart from the most famous constructions like Ananda temple or Htilominlo temple, the ancient city still has so many secrets that have not yet been revealed. Here are some buildings you should not miss when in Bagan. 

1. Gawdawpalin Temple

Being one of the largest buildings in the temples plain of Bagan, Gawdawpalin Pahto is a not – to – be – missed building in the ancient city. The temple has 2 stories with the height of 180 feet (55m) containing 3 terraces in the lower part and 4 ones in the upper. Inside Gawdawpalin temple placed some notable Buddhist images and Nat spirit statues. 

 2. Pahtothamya Temple

Lies to the west of Thatbyinnyu and Nathlaung Kyaung temples, Pahtothamya temple is one of the oldest temple in Bagan. This structure only has 1 storey bearing the architecture of Pyu culture with the fairy dark interior. The light only goes through the small perforated windows. Pahtothamya temple is believed to build in the ruling of King Sawlu. It now contains some Buddha statues and valuable mural paintings. 

3. Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery

Unlike other brick temples, the monasteries in Myanmar are mainly built by wood. And one of the typical ones is the Nat Taung Kyaung monastery in Bagan. The construction is famous for its sophisticated wood – carvings which bears high artistic value. It was completed in 18th century composing 2 towers with multi tired roofs. The monastery is now the school and residence for novices and monks. Coming here, tourists will not only have a great opportunity to admire the elaborate wood designs but also find peace in your mind.

4. Shinbinthalyaung Temple 

The temple is the home of the gigantic reclining Buddha image of 18m long in Bagan which dated back to the 11th century. The construction bears the unusual design of a rectangular structure having only one narrow passageway around the statue. The Buddha image is lying on the massive pedestal with the right hand support the cheek which is said to be the dying and sleeping posture in the Buddhism.

5. Nanpaya Temple

The unique and interesting structure of Nanpaya temple is one of the must see monuments in your Bagan travel. It is a Hindu temple which has the different design and decorations from other constructions in the ancient city. Although this building is not the biggest or the most magnificent temples of Bagan, it features some of the most beautiful stone carvings with the interesting stories behind that artworks. 

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