When in Southeast Asia: Discovering the Beauty of Indochina

Indochina is a good choice for travellers who want to make the most of their trip to Southeast Asia. Indochina is a peninsula usually recognised as consisting of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Many holiday experts advise travellers to make side trips to Cambodia and Laos as well when going on tours to Vietnam. This way, travellers can experience three distinct cultures and make their journey more exciting. Here are some of the must-visit places in Indochina:

Bayon templeTemples of Angkor (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Other than the world’s biggest religious structure, Angkor Wat, many other temples in Siem Reap are worth visiting. The Bayonconsists of 54 towers with 216 big smiling faces, which resembles King Jayavarman VII. Along with Ta Prohm, these are among the temples you should visit when in Cambodia. For an intimate experience, there are temple safaris that allow you to set up a tent and camp for a night or two.

Reunification Palace (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)

Also known as the Independence Palace, this was the home of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. During the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, it was also the landmark of the end of the war after North Vietnamese army tanks crashed through its gates. Many tourists visit this site because of its modern architecture and history.

Vat Phou (Champasak, Laos)

The ruins of Wat Phou are located at the base of Phu Kao Mountain near the Mekong River. In 2001, UNESCO made it a World Heritage Site. This is where you can find the remnants of the temple, which dates back to Angkorian Chenla Kingdom of the sixth century. It’s the heart of Theravada Buddhist worship, which leads you to a shrine with linga and water from a mountain spring.

If you’re planning to get tour holidays in Vietnam, you should visit the neighbouring countries as well. Look for holiday experts to help plan your trip according to your interests and duration of travel.

 

Sources:
http://www.travelindependent.info/asia-indochina.htm
http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/none/indochinas-top-10-hot-destinations-064669
http://www.pettitts.co.uk/destinations/vcl/index.html