Cambodia and Vietnam 16 day tour

Description of Cambodia and Vietnam 16 day tour

Our tours have a maximum of 14 participants, the full time services of an experienced tour leader, local guides and airport meet and greet transfers included.

Cambodia and Vietnam are two of the most diverse, cultural and creative countries in Asia. On this 16 day tour we will traverse these astonishing destinations whilst getting beneath the surface and learning about local customs, industries and creative arts. From rice farming to traditional dance, from local fishing to lantern making, and from beautiful boutique hotels to rural homestays, this tour is filled with unforgettable experiences.

We'll begin our tour amongst the ancient temples of Angkor, once home to one of the most powerful empires on earth. Indulge in your creative side learning how to carve wood and stone with a local artisan and venture out into the rural countryside to uncover the secrets of rice farming or fishing.

Enjoy an unparalleled performance of Phare; the Cambodian circus before journeying to Cambodia's lively capital, walking its backstreets, discovering its hidden communities and taking part in traditional dance and music lessons from grand masters.

Our next destination is Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's bustling centre of commerce. As well as taking in the major sites of the city, enjoy learning traditional ceramic making and paper folding with a local social enterprise.

Leaving behind the modern metropolis, fly to the beautiful port town of Hoi An, with its ancient streets and shop houses. Venture into the surrounding countryside to explore serene villages on foot, visiting an organic farming project and meeting with locals over lunch. Also visit the impressive Lifestart organisation and under the tutelage of a local artist, uncover the secrets behind traditional painting and lantern making.

Journey north to picturesque Ky Son, staying overnight at the Moon Garden Homestay, a small boutique-style resort on the edge of the village that will give you the chance to engage in traditional rural activities. Surrounded by paddy fields and farms, this is the perfect setting to get stuck into some ploughing or tea harvesting, to take a leisurely cycle ride amongst villages and pagodas, and to try your hand at Vietnamese cooking.

The penultimate destination is Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital, with its labyrinth of small streets and vendors. Journey out to sample some of Asia's most renowned street food and take a 'behind the scenes' experience at the home of a passionate seventh-generation puppet maker and performer, before enjoying a home-cooked dinner with a local Hanoian family.

The trip ends cruising around Halong bay and its astonishing limestone karst mountains jutting out of the sea, a peaceful and serene way to end your hands on adventure

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We carefully choose suppliers in Southeast Asia who reflect our responsible and sustainable ethos. Our current supplier not only have a foundation that works with, supports and advises many different projects and NGO’s in Asia, they are also Travelife certified. Travelife is an internationally accredited certification scheme that helps organisations improve their social, economic and environmental impacts that they have as a business.

For this tour we have also partnered with a local organic farming social enterprise in Hoi An. This Vietnamese youth-led enterprise contributes to the success of a citizen movement to improve local’s lives through urban organic gardening. Their initiative is based on sustainable gardening and sustainability education, and from a tourist perspective, offers glimpses into traditional village lives and local unity with nature to those who visit it. Our guests that take this tour offer both a direct and indirect support to the residents of this area through. Our clients will learn about organic growing processes and they also have a chance to join volunteers and villagers in some gardening activities should they wish.

Flying between destinations, when not necessary, and taking bus transfers between country sites when there are more interesting ways of travelling not only detracts from clients’ experience and means missing out of seeing more of the destination that they are visiting, it also increases our overall carbon footprint. On this trip we aim to reduce this impact with a variety of walking tours and alternative ways of travelling between destinations. Travelling overland to include interesting stops rather than flying, taking walking tours of various cities, local boat transfers in Hoi An and cycling the islands of Phnom Penh and around the villages of Ky Son are not only fascinating experiences, it leaves engines turned off and clients’ eyes open, taking in much more than they could do from behind a window.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our company ethos is getting ‘beneath the surface’ of the destinations that we offer. And there is no better way than including culturally immersive experiences for our clients, the best of which are social enterprises, local NGO’s or charity led initiatives. For this tour we have a huge number of these included. In Siem Reap clients will have a hands on workshop led by a leading arts social enterprise that offers free vocational training in handicrafts for underprivileged 18-25 year olds. In Phnom Penh clients will enjoy a local performing arts workshop with an organisation helping to bring traditional arts back to Cambodia and provides professional development training programs to help artists and art managers nurture their visions and values.

In Ho Chi Minh City clients will visit an organization that trains people with disabilities to make various handicrafts to earn a living and under their tutelage, clients will enjoy a ceramics making class. In Hoi An, clients will visit a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient through education scholarships and vocational training schemes. Here, clients will enjoy a hands on traditional lantern making workshop with the artisans.

We feel that having clients meet with local people, to understand their culture and history, and taking part in immersive experiences is incredibly important, not only for guests to better understand the country and people that they are visiting, but also for the local inhabitants to have a positive view of international tourists and learn more about the life of people coming to visit them.

On this tour, clients will have an interactive and ‘hands on’ day out in the rural countryside around Siem Reap with a local farming family. Here they will learn about their livelihood, how to plough the land, plant, harvest and thresh rice before cooking a traditional rice based meal with the family.

In Hoi An clients will be taken away from the tourist dominated old town and into the local villages surrounding the region. Here they will enjoy a walk through a local village, visit some families’ homes to learn about traditional ways of life that have been well preserved up to today. They will also visit an organic farming project created by a group of volunteers to improve the standards of living of locals. This social enterprise works hand in hand with local villagers to educate and encourage the implementation of sustainable ‘green’ agricultural processes in order to benefit future generations as well as the present one.

And when visiting Ky Son, clients will walk around the village, stopping off at a rural home for a cup of tea and have the opportunity to chat with local people about their daily life and farming. Here they can also help with ploughing, transplanting seedlings or harvesting rice, tea, cassava, corn, or sweet potatoes depending on the harvest season.


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