Vietnam and Cambodia activity holiday
Description of Vietnam and Cambodia activity holiday
On this tailor made Vietnam and Cambodia activity holiday you’ll dive straight into the action with plentiful opportunities to walk, hike, paddle and cycle through these beguiling Southeast Asian nations - and experienced local guides on hand to help you get the most out of your journey.
Walk the winding alleyways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and feel the centuries-old pulse of this vibrant city. Stroll the ancient lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, and join local farmers, fishermen and artisans for a hands-on experience in their daily work. Board a cruise where you’ll be able to swim, kayak and bask in views of the rugged majesty of karst island formations in Halong and Bai Tu Long Bay. Get your mountain fix with a short hike at the top of Ba Vi Mountain in a national park just outside Hanoi, and an exhilarating bicycling excursion over Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam, where the mountains meet the sea.
Bicycling will also be part of your experience in Hue where you’ll see iconic garden houses, cruise the Perfume River and visit the remains of the imperial citadel. In Cambodia your bike will take you around the incredible temples of the Angkor Complex, where the towers of Angkor Wat and the stone faces of Angkor Thom have stood for centuries.
1 Reviews of Vietnam and Cambodia activity holiday
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by Irina Klyueva
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cambodia was amazing!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Perhaps slightly more time for Cambodia. Mekong delta cruise was unfortunately not as exciting. It was still great but I was slightly disappointed with scenery and views, the small canals/floating markets/forms were not really explored.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
yes, I think the holiday was focusing on local content a lot
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Holiday was great! everything went really smoothly, very reliable drivers, guides and great selection of venues and hotels.
PlanetOur environmental commitments include working closely with suppliers to encourage and support strong policies on environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Our provider for the Halong / Bai Tu Long Bay cruise in this tour, Dragon Legend Cruise, has long been a proactive player in efforts to ensure that cruise tourism in the greater Halong area has a net positive effect on the environment and local community, in which environmental protection and efforts to prevent pollution and remove rubbish from the sea are a big part.
Whenever possible we work with accommodation providers whose policies reflect a priority on environmental sustainability – for this tour we are happy to be using a hotel in Siem Reap with a firm policy against single-use plastic bottles, using glass instead. We are currently working with our transport providers here in Vietnam to supply drinking water tanks in all vehicles to support our travellers using refillable bottles.
Both our offices in Vietnam are participating refill stations in the RefillMyBottle (https://refillmybottle.com) program, offering a feasible alternative to the ubiquitous plastic bottles which are such a big part of the litter problem in our region.
PeopleAs a local tour company in Vietnam, we well understand that tourism growth does not automatically translate into increased opportunity for local people.
As a result, we work hard to ensure that our tours play a part in putting tourism income into the hands of local people. In order to accomplish this, we place a strong emphasis on:
- Employing local guides, who have the best knowledge of and insight into the local communities we visit, and can best connect visitors with local people. On this tour, as on all our tours, you will have a different guide in each region, as all our guides specialize in the area of their expertise.
- Cooperating with other locally run suppliers, such as local artisan cooperatives which we rely on to provide authentic traditional gifts for travellers. We also use locally-run restaurants when quality options are available, as well as charity association restaurants, such as Hoa Sua or Koto in Hanoi, which provide invaluable vocational training for disadvantaged local youth.
We are an active member of The Responsible Travel Club of Vietnam (RTC) and adhere to the RTC programme and policy to support locals.