Vietnam and Cambodia tour, wellness & relaxation
Description of Vietnam and Cambodia tour, wellness & relaxation
This absorbing tailormade tour of Vietnam and Cambodia is packed with ancient culture, stunning natural landscapes, and also a generous dose of self-care. Between sailing around Bai Tu Long Bay, a more peaceful but equally beautiful section of Halong Bay, aboard a deluxe traditional Chinese junk, and taking a stylish Vespa tour of Ho Chi Minh City, you can practise your tai chi, indulge in morning yoga sessions, and relax at a fully equipped spa in a coastal eco resort.
Travel the length of Vietnam, with ample opportunities to soak up the tranquillity in less busy locations while still enjoying plenty of time to take in the key sights. You’ll tour Hanoi’s Old Quarter with a guide, drinking in the heady atmosphere and hopefully also picking up a little of the local lingo to help you get by; have the chance to visit the Ho Chi Minh night market by rickshaw, and of course the sleepy, serene ambience of the Mekong Delta is a joy to explore both by boat and by bicycle along waterside paths.
Using Ho Chi Minh as a base makes sense not only for the Mekong Delta, but also a few days in Mui Ne, a sublime coastal resort that you’ll reach by train. This is a gorgeous spot to unwind for a time after some full-on sightseeing, where you can sip fruit shakes on the soft sand, plump for some treatments in the spa, and stretch out the kinks with some yoga.
Perhaps the most exciting element of your trip falls right at the end, as you fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap over the border in Cambodia. This bustling city is the gateway to the legendary Angkor Wat where, now fully revitalised after your beach excursion, you’ll be able to roam this astonishing archaeological site, its temples, statues and historic reliefs, with a guide at sunrise – the perfect time of day for photography.
There are no end of tailormade tours of Vietnam and Cambodia available to you, but with so many of them proceeding at a fast pace to cram everything in, why not opt for one that allows you to relax, reflect and recharge your batteries at the same time?
PlanetWe are advocates for leaving a positive, rather than negative, impact in the destinations we offer. Vietnam is home to some outstanding natural wonders and we want to help keep it that way.
In Northern Vietnam, we have chosen to only offer trips to Bai Tu Long Bay, to take the pressure off neighbouring Halong Bay where pollution and over-tourism have become a concern in recent years.
During this itinerary, you will also stay in some great eco-conscious hotels who try to alleviate their impact on the environment. Our resort in Mui Ne was designed and built based on eco-friendly principles to integrate and harmonise perfectly with its surrounding natural environment.
They use biodegradable cleaning products, recycle their waste and have installed a water recycle filter in their pool to reduce wasted water. We include a walking tour in Hanoi, exploring under your own steam rather than using a private car to see the sights.
PeopleWe believe in the concept of 'meaningful travel', of you and the country you are visiting benefiting in some way from your trip. We try to ensure our trips have a positive impact on the community and local people.
In Hanoi, you will learn about city life from a local guide - getting an insight into their way of life can really give you a deeper understanding of a culture as well as sharing your own experiences. In Siem Reap, the resort we use has a program which educated underprivileged teenagers and gave them opportunities to work in the resort and they offer free wellness awareness classes and yoga to local people to promote the benefits of healthy living.
We support local projects in both Vietnam and Cambodia. These include supporting local schools in rural areas, reaching out to people in crisis and improving access to medical treatments.
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