If you are thinking of a relaxing getaway that has the ability to fulfil your dreams of travelling – whether it is seascape, cityscape or landscape – Indochina is a perfect destination.
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have witnessed a tourism boom in recent times. Absorb the fascinating natural landscape in Halong Bay, chill out on stunning beaches, indulge in mouth-watering local dishes, or experience the majestic beauty of Angkor Wat, there is endless things to see and do in the Indochina countries.
Here are several of the best places to visit in Indochina to savour the local culture, cuisine and landscape:
Hanoi – Vietnam
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and an amazing place to visit for the snap-happy tourist travel through the region. It is more of a classic city and filled with tree lined boulevards and dotted with lakes. Hanoi has plenty of popular attractions like the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
In the evening, the central parts of Hanoi like the Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake are great for lively nightlife celebrations and to really appreciate the local Vietnamese fun.
Halong Bay Cruise – Vietnam
Halong Bay is a natural site recognized by UNESCO and one of the must-see places to visit in Indochina. Halong bay is a vision of stunning beauty with its emerald waters blessed with a jungle-clad islands and wave and wind eroded grottoes. An Halong bay cruise is easily organized from Hanoi and booking through a local Vietnam travel agency. A well-planned cruise includes a variety of actives such as visiting fishing villages, kayaking, swimming, exploring caves, and rock climbing.
Ha Giang – Vietnam
Ha Giang is located in Northern Vietnam and is appreciated for its forested limestone landscape. It is located relatively close to the border with China and one of the most popular places to visit on the in Indochina for the travellers interested in a motorbike tour of the country.
Hue – Vietnam
Hue is one of the country’s historical bases and located in central Vietnam. Visiting Hue city and the Imperial Citadel on the Vietnam customized tour is very popular and a must-see destination on a tour of the region. The imperial citadel is certain to make a pleasant place to experience a cultural tour with its fascinating royal tombs, palaces and fortifications. Also, while in Hue there is a perfect opportunity to get away from the city and enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside on a bike tour. Other great attractions include the local cooking schools that teach a few of the popular local dishes.
Nha Trang Beach – Vietnam
Nha Trang Beach is among the finest beach resorts in Vietnam. It is located along the south-central coastline and a prefect place to stay on a tour of the region. This region has long stretches of pristine beach sand, boat trips, beach activities and luxury resorts to make Nha Trang Beach a perfect holiday. It is easy to organize a stay at Nha Trang with a well planned tour by a local travel agent.
The Mekong is a crossing between Cambodia, Laos and Southern Vietnam and is seen as the rice bowl of Vietnam. A visit to the Mekong Delta on the gives plenty of sights and sounds to experience, such as the small villages for an authentic homestay, coconut waterways, the floating markets, breathtaking scenery, Cai Be and Ben Tre. A river cruise on the Mekong is easily organized through a local Vietnam travel agent and can include the long tours that travel from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Luang Prabang – Laos
Luang Prabang is a relaxed, laid-back town that is perfect for the travellers interesting in exploring its cultural sites. This UNESCO heritage town is great for trips to see its royal palace, French colonial buildings, exquisite temples and markets. Also, while in the local area of Luang Prabang there is the option to embark on day-trips to visit the ethnic minorities in and around the Mekong Delta, the Pak Ou cave and Kuang Si waterfall.
Luang NamTha - Laos
Luang NamTha is a region of northern Laos and nestled in a mountainous region. It is one of the first places seen after entering the country from the China/Laos border. Luang NamTha is a truly great place to visit on the Indochina holiday to explore the natural beauty. While visiting the local region, it is also possible to get to meet and appreciate the daily life of the local ethnic minorities. It is a great destination for the active traveller who wants to get involved with outdoor activities like trekking.
Vientiane – Laos
A visit to the capital city of Laos, Vientiane is certain to be a great highlight of the Indochina travel packages. This laid-back city has plenty to offer, from its reasonable spas, café society and tuk-tuk drivers. The sunny and warm weather in the autumn is perfect to discover the old French villas, Buddhist temples and sit back to watch the sunset over the Mekong. The unique characteristics of Vientiane with its small-town charm make it a worthwhile place to stay for a day or two on the Indochina tour.
Angkor Temples – Cambodia
The Angkor Wat Temples in Siem Reap must be one of the most popular tourist sites and attractions to visit on the Indochina tour. It is appreciated for its incredible architecture and grand scale. At nearly 162.6 hectares, this is the largest religions site in the world. A 2 or 3 day stop in the local area is usually enough to explore the wide-ranging temples that are nestled in the jungle. Other ancient temples worth seeing include Banteay Srei, Bayon and Angkor Thom.
The ancient temples are best explored with an English-speaking guide who has a proper understanding of the region's history. Plus, hot air balloon and helicopter rides are also available in the local area.
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