Let’s continue our list of the world’s heritages in Indochina that we paused in Part 1!
4. Luang Prabang, Laos
If Angkor Wat is the symbol of Cambodia, then Luang Prabang is the symbol of Laos. This destination has been recognized by UNESCO in 1995 for its well preserved unique blend of traditional Lao architecture with European colonial architecture. Not to mention about the beauty of its own, the surrounding scenery of Luang Prabang is also something that no one can resist, because it was built on a peninsula jutting out into the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers, the surrounding scenery here is a perfect painting with lush green of mountains and trees dominate.
The ancient Luang Prabang of Laos
Besides the unique houses, temples, pagodas,…the tropical atmosphere here is also an attractive element of this land to foreign tourists.
And that’s why not just tourist’s favorite place in Laos, Luang Prabang is one of tourist’s favorite places in all of Southeast Asia.
5. Hoi An, Vietnam
The next name on the list is nothing strange but the ancient trading port of Vietnam, Hoi An. This beautiful town in central Vietnam became a UNESCO-listed site in 1999 for its Chinese-Japanese colorful ancient styles of buildings, most of which survive from the 15th-19th centuries and exhibit influences from all over Asia and beyond.
The stunning Hoi An at night
A small notice while visiting Hoi An is that be sure to escape the tourist crowds during the daytime by exploring the quiet suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside – then head back into town as it comes alive for the night markets, when you can contemplate the river and streets lightened up by the beautiful lanterns made by skillful hands of locals.
6. My Son, Vietnam
In the same year that Hoi An received recognition from UNESCO, the ruins of My Son – located just a short distance outside the town – were also inscribed on the World Heritage list.
The mysterious My Son
The ruins of My Son, whilst nowhere near the size and scope of Angkor in Cambodia, are one of the last vestiges of the Hindu Cham culture that dominated the region from the 2nd until the 15th century, and the remaining ruins represent over 10 centuries of continuous development.
7. Vat Phou, Laos
Another remnant of Indochina’s ancient Hindu heritage is Vat Phou, a temple complex in the Champasak Province of Laos. A geometric complex of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over 10 kilometers, it is not as well-preserved or extensive as the monuments of Angkor, but is very much worth a visit.
Vat Phou of Laos
8. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
No doubt that in Vietnam, one of the most wonderful places for tourists to satisfy their adventurous passion is the cave, and no doubt that Vietnam can possess the world’s largest cave, together with other accompanying titles like the world’s longest underground river, and the world’s largest cave pearls. And Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park is the name for those titles, with the limestone cave systems in the national park which are so extensive that explorers are still discovering them today.
The attraction of Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park
The largest, Son Doong, was only discovered in 2009, while the famous “Paradise Cave” was discovered in 2005.
And that’s the second part of the list of World heritages that Southeast Asia possesses. To find out the last names of the list, let’s follow me to the LAST part of this article, ok!