Vietnam to Thailand, small group holiday
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Description of Vietnam to Thailand, small group holiday
Travelling across Southeast Asia on a Vietnam and Thailand tour takes you from the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City and continues westwards to Bangkok via Cambodiaís most impressive sites, including Siem Reap, Battambang and, of course, the ruined citadel of Angkor Wat.
Travelling overland on a Vietnam and Thailand holiday really gives you a chance to understand how one countryís landscapes and cultural customs slip into the next with the sobering past of both Vietnam and Cambodia adding to the intrigue of exploring in Southeast Asia.
As this nine day Vietnam and Thailand holiday features numerous chances to meet local people and tuck into freshly cooked street food thereís every chance that youíll get a true taste of life in Indochina with one night in Bangkok to look forward to before you finally head for home.
Homestay visits and some local bus journeys make this small group Vietnam and Thailand tour ideal for budget-conscious travellers with plenty of optional activities to help you experience this corner of Indochina at a pace that suits your mind, body and bank balance.
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3 Reviews of Vietnam to Thailand, small group holiday
Reviewed on 16 Jan 2018 by Andrew HeggieThe most memorable was the temples in Angkor Wat. Spectacular. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2016 by Caroline HamiltonThis trip was packed full of adventure. Every day welcomed a memorable experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2013 by Terry BasilicoAll the tour has been exciting. Read full review
PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. For example on trips like this one through Cambodia where dress standards are conservative, particularly outside of the major cities, we recommend that our travellers (both male and female) wear loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly when visiting religious sites.
Travelling through remote areas of Vietnam, Cambodia and on into Thailand, the Cambodian Traveller itinerary has been designed to pass through these regions as considerately as possible, while maximising the experience of our group. We use local transport where ever possible, from the public bus that takes us from HCMC to Phnom Penh, to the cyclos we use to explore the city; thereís even the opportunity to leap on the famous bamboo train in Battambang. Throughout, we stay in small, locally owned hotels reflective of the local flavour.
PeopleAll produce used throughout the trip is sourced locally en route. We eat at local restaurants, encourage our travellers to only purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team (including the group leader) from the local communities that we travel through. All these elements combine to not only give a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but also put valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
As company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
Across the three countries visited on this holiday, our foundation actively supports 12 different projects and causes. These include The Blue Dragon Childrenís Foundation (Vietnam), working to some of the most vulnerable children in centre and north of the country to get them into vocational education and out of poverty; the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (Cambodia),a programme focussed on education and training to raise awareness of conservation issues, and Baan Unrak (Thailand). Translated as House of Happiness, this is an orphanage and community relief centre for children and destitute woman,