7 Must-Visit Places in Indochina
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It's easy to get bored when all you do today is a repeat of what you did yesterday. If this sounds familiar, perhaps all you need is to break free from all the monotony by packing your bags and going someplace to unwind. And where better to experience diversity than Indochina. Don’t forget to add these beautiful places to your itinerary!
1. Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
Experience emerald waters sprinkled with towering limestone islets topped by evergreen rainforests. This breathtaking site in Northeast Vietnam manifests ethereal beauty that has long attracted tourists from around the world. Hop on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat to explore everything it has to offer, from the beautiful islands to the majestic caves and floating villages.
2. Vang Vieng (Laos)
Thrill-seekers would love this Laotian town located in Vientiane Province. Offering a number of activities, such as river tubing, cycling tours, kayaking, rock climbing, ziplining, caving, and hiking, Vang Vieng is indeed an adventure paradise. When you get tired of all the outdoor fun, you can marvel at the scenic caves, villages, and blue lagoons.
3. Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Angkor Wat is a temple complex that presents the classical style of Khmer architecture. Spanning 162.6 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and is Cambodia’s main tourist attraction. Angkor Wat’s sheer grandeur, highlighted by the numerous intricate designs adorning its walls, is completely mesmerizing.
4. Hoi An (Vietnam)
Discover this charming old town in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province. Once the site of a major port, Hoi An takes you back to the 15th-19th century with its traditional architecture and captivating river setting. Best time to visit is from February to May, when the weather is mild and the sunshine is warm.
5. Luang Prabang (Laos)
The serene atmosphere, colorful culture, and a blend of rural and urban development make for a delightful stay for any tourist. Situated 700 meters above sea level, this small, ancient town boasts of French colonial structures, Buddhist temples, and cascading waterfalls, not to mention unbelievably delicious food.
6. Mui Ne (Vietnam)
Looking to bask in the sun and take a dip at pristine waters of a tropical paradise? The coastal town of Mui Ne is your perfect destination. But it doesn’t end there. This progressive town of approximately 25,000 residents also offers white sand dunes, calm lakes, and more. Best of all, it practically remains untouched by urban development.
7. Mondulkiri Sanctuary (Cambodia)
Get up close with retired and rescued elephants at this sanctuary surrounded by an abundant rainforest. Responsible tourism is at the core of Mondulkiri Sanctuary, and tourists can learn and even participate in their conservation projects. Here, you can feed, bathe, and groom these beautiful gentle giants.
Indochina is waiting! Add this region to your bucket list and discover how similar and different these countries in mainland Southeast Asia actually are. Choose from Larga’s Asian Trips for a vacation to remember!