Have you ever heard the word “Indochina”?
Well, this word was born in the French colonial period, it means the area included 3 countries: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and it’s still used to call this group of 3 countries until now.
Indochina is definitely a great source of mysterious things that can stir curiosity of any travelers, with a collection of 12 World Heritage Sites, ranging from Khmer Empire masterpieces to colossal caves, from imperial cities to vast national parks.
1. Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, a symbol of culture, religion and tourism of Cambodia, was built over a period of 30 years in the early 12th century, is the Hindu-turned-Buddhist temple, and also the largest religious monument in the world. It is covered in miles of some of the world’s wonderful carvings. That’s why people think it’s a pretty cool place to visit and even take some awesome pictures rather than just a boring religious place.
Angkor Wat of Cambodia
Though Angkor Wat is the undisputed centerpiece of this archaeological treasure trove, the Angkor World Heritage Site extends over 400 square kilometers and encompasses hundreds of temples dating from the 9th until the 15th century – including the giant faces of The Bayon, the overgrown ruins of Beng Mealea, and the “Tomb Raider Temple”, Ta Prohm.
2. Hue, Vietnam
Located in central Vietnam, Hue was the seat of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, is where the feudal regime of Vietnam finished. It used to serve as the political, cultural and religious capital of Vietnam. And thanks to the Nguyen Emperors, who built this palace, we now can admire a beautiful complex of palaces along the banks of the Perfume River.
Ancient Hue’s imperial citadel
Though many of Hue’s monuments were damaged or destroyed during the Vietnam War, those that survived remain as a superb example of imperial Vietnamese architecture.
3. Halong Bay, Vietnam
One of the reasons why French wanted to occupy Vietnam in the past is because of the beauty of Halong Bay, an endless beauty, a masterpiece of Nature, a fairy land on Earth. Even until now, the position of Halong Bay in Vietnam’s tourism is still unchangeable.
Pristine beauty of Halong Bay
And Halong Bay was named a natural World Heritage Site for its “outstanding natural scenic beauty” and “great biological interest”. The bay lies in the Gulf of Tonkin and is renowned for its plethora of over 1,600 limestone islands and islets, many towering hundreds of meters out of the water below.
The best way to experience the scenery of Halong Bay is on a cruise – and there are lots of options out there.
Those are just the first part of this subject, so if you want to find more about this fancy list, let’s move to my NEXT article!