Southeast Asia is home to a remarkable number of UNESCO heritage sites. We all know about the centuries-old Angkor Wat, the lovely Hoi An ancient town, the wonderful Halong Bay or the peaceful Luang Prabang. However, not everyone knows how to explore these treasures in the most exotic way.
So let’s do something different when you’re visiting these landmarks, see them from a new perspective. and you’ll be rewarded with the priceless charm that may not be seen by many travellers!
Laos – Explore the corners of Luang Prabang on a bicycle
Luang Prabang, in Laos, famous for its 24 UNESCO World Heritage-designated temples, was praised as “phenomenal,” “incredibly spiritual,” and “tranquil” by Travel+Leisure readers. In this town, the mix of cultures is everywhere, from the mingling of freshly brewed coffee and Frangipani in the morning to the sight of saffron-robed monks floating past old European-style facades. The morning scene of almsgiving is mesmerizing, while the nature of Phousi mountain and Kuangsi Waterfall is just so beautiful and pristine. So if you want to see the real soul of the town, get off the tourist track and explore laidback Luang Prabang by bike. Visit the small temples, traditional markets and French villas with your guide, before wandering into the outskirt villages, taking in the serene backdrop of Luang Prabang’s landscape. It’s a fantastic way to get a sense of the slow and peaceful pace of life here and you’ll quickly get away from the congregations of travelers in the center of town.
Vietnam – Discover the charming Hoi An by Vespa
The Best City to Visit of 2020 – Hoi An ancient town of Vietnam is a destination that you may never forget. The town is a living museum. Here you easily come across old Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge – one of Hoi An’s icons, pagodas, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and narrow water canals. The picturesque town of Hoi An is a feast for the eyes and a nicer way to explore it from a different perspective is scooting through its many alleyways on a Vespa in the early evening. Head across to the serene Cam Nam Island for a seafood entrée then admire the sunset over the ancient town. After all that, you can go back downtown for a lovely cocktail and treat yourself with tasty and fresh “wrap ‘n roll” dishes as the street stalls come to life.
Watch over Halong Bay from a seaplane
There is nothing more exciting and thrilling than getting to a 25-minute ride in a seaplane to see the marvelous Halong Bay from the sky. This special service is operated by Hai Au Aviation, with the seaplane taking off and landing from Tuan Chau Island Marina. You will get a bird’s eye view of prominent limestone islands and be able to see the undulating body of a dragon, from which the bay is given the name ‘Halong’.
Cambodia – Wake up early to see Angkor Wat at daybreak
There’s a quote in Cambodia, saying: “If our people can build Angkor Wat, they are capable of doing anything”. And when you finally set a foot on the ground of Angkor, you know this is true. This historical complex is so gorgeous and charming in its own way, and words like these don’t even do its beauty justice. You may or may not be a fan of this, but if you can get up really early in the morning (5 AM), with a local tour guide, Angkor Wat will definitely not let you down. The heart of Angkor looks super-spectacular in the first lights of the day. Your early start will definitely pay off with one of the most magical sunrises you’ll ever experience in your travel journey.
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