Everyone has their own impression about Indochina after visiting Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos. In today’s blog, let the smile of Indochina locals tell you their own stories about this amazing region.

Angkor Thom – Cambodia

The smile of Buddha statues at Angkor Thom, Cambodia
The smile of Buddha statues at Angkor Thom, Cambodia

These smiling ancient statues are situated at the Victory gate which is on eastern wall of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Khmer emprise. Travellers entering and leaving Angkor Thom through the second most used gate will get a chance to visit various monuments inside Angkor Thom such as Ta Prohm, Ta Keo and Banteay Kdei.


The smiles of two lovely children in Myanmar
The smiles of two lovely children in Myanmar

Have you ever wonder what is that yellow powder on faces of Burmese women? This traditional “makeup” called thanaka has been used in Myanmar for centuries. Thanaka is made from the bark, wood and roots of a tree, which is only planted in Myanmar. Every day, after taking a shower, women, children and some men will apply this special power on their faces. Be surprised why their skins could look so glowing – this is their secret!

Wat Bo pagoda – Cambodia

The smile of the monk in Wat Bo pagoda, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The smile of a monk in Wat Bo pagoda, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Guest where? This smiling monk is living in Wat Bo, considered one of the oldest pagodas in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Unlike any Buddhist pagodas or temples in Cambodia, Wat Bo owns some wall paintings that describe the daily life of Cambodians as well as the traditional love tale of Rama and Shita.

Can Tho floating market – Mekong Delta – Vietnam

The smile of a vendor in Can Tho floating market
The smile of a vendor in Can Tho floating market

There is no doubt that your journey coming to Vietnam would be incomplete if you don’t spend some days discovering the Mekong Delta. Can Tho – the main town in the Mekong Delta is well-known for being one the most friendly destinations in Vietnam. This riverside town wins travellers’ hearts with its floating market where local residents buy and sell their products on the riverside. Being on a boat and buy some tropical fruit from the floating market will become your once in a lifetime experience and the best way to escape your busy life.

Chiang Mai – Thailand

A lovely elephant in Chiang Mai
A lovely elephant in Chiang Mai

This lovely friend come from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where the natural home of elephants is. Have you ever tried to ride an elephant, to feed or even bathe with him? If you can’t wait to do all of those things, let’s visit Chiang Mai, Thailand in this mahout experience. The guide will give you the basic introduction to become a friend with one of the most majestic creatures in the world, how to feed them, prepare their daily medicine and wash them.


Wat Sisaket – Laos

Wat Sisaket temple - Laos (source image: fotopedia.com)
Wat Sisaket temple – Laos (source image: fotopedia.com)

 Wat Sisaket is home to around 6480 Buddha statues in various sizes, which is made mostly from bronze as well as other materials such as ceramics, precious wood and even gold or silver. Thanks to the talent of ancient artists, all of Buddha statues were crafted carefully and every statue was created with a unique look. The oldest temple still exists in Vientiane with the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture (compare with the traditional Lao style) will make you feel like you are travelling back in time.


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