Cambodia and Vietnam holiday
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Description of Cambodia and Vietnam holiday
This all-encompassing 18 day tour offers an excellent introduction to Indochina as you travel from Vietnam to Thailand by way of the ruined temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Travelling by private minibus, sleeper trains and even on the back of a motorbike really allows for an authentic and exciting trip, with a short domestic flight in Vietnam enabling more time on the ground.
Kicking things off with a night in the Vietnamese capital lets you find your feet and meet the rest of your group and tour leader. We recommend arriving early if you want to make the most of Hanoi's highlights as the next morning you'll be heading east to the limestone monoliths of Halong Bay.
An overnight train journey south from Hanoi invites a classic Southeast Asian experience as you get to ride side by side with local people and watch landscapes morph en route to the imperial heritage cities of Hue and Hoi An. A boat cruise on the Perfume River in Hue and optional cooking classes in Hoi An help this section of the holiday unveil the country's regional cultural heritage, prior to flying south to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
HCM is an incredible city, packed full of monuments to its French colonial past and epitaphs to the war with America. Ho Chi Minh also allows easy access to the waterways and working river banks situated along the Mekong Delta. It's fascinating, and quite humbling, to see the unique floating lifestyles of the people living on the water and also provides a pause in proceedings before a lengthy journey across the border to Phnom Penh, in Cambodia.
The streets and memorials of Phnom Penh provide no end of opportunities to learn about Cambodia's tragic history, nowhere more so than Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Killing Fields that are situated just outside the city.
With more French colonial architecture to come in Battambang and Siem Reap as well as the creeper draped temples of Angkor Wat, your time spent in Cambodia will no doubt leave an everlasting impression. And after wishing a fond adieu you'll be all ready for the long drive west for not one but two nights in Bangkok, Thailand's non-stop capital city.
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8 Reviews of Cambodia and Vietnam holiday
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2019 by Liz BehnkeThe most memorable part of the holiday was visiting My Son and Angkor Wat. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by David BrockA fascinating tour to a variety of interesting places. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2018 by Tim StapenhurstDifficult to say the most memorable... learning about the recent history of Vietnam and Cambodia (Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnam war, Cu Chi tunnels, Pol Pot etc) Ha long bay (despite the poor weather). Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2013 by Marian JenkinsI would definitely recommend this tour and intend to do another one with this company....As a single traveller I particularly appreciated the fact that all the other members of the tour were extremely friendly and easy to get on with. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2011 by Loretta AhmedLoved cycling in Hoi An and seeing the locals and water buffalo in the fields. The cookery class was hilarious and memorable for all the right reasons. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2011 by Jack KitchenerMost memorable part of the holiday was...everything. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2011 by Iwona Montel-KrasuckaMost memorable? The cruise on the tranquil Halong Bay, kayaking and swimming in it's waters, the motorbike trip through the backstreets and in the countryside of Hue City, overnight train journey by Reunification Express... and many more special moments captured by my camera. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2011 by Hilary SibleyFor me the whole holiday was memorable. We had a wonderful guide, Charlie, our guide in Vietnam, who so obviously loved his country and made us love it too. Read full review
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PeopleTraversing three countries and many different communities, it is important for travellers to learn as much as possible in advance about the many cultural differences so that we can travel respecting these differences and minimising any negative impacts. Your group leader and the local guides we use along the way will help to break down barriers in your interactions with local people.
The ruins of Angkor are protected under UNESCO World Heritage listing and as such, part of the money received from entrance tickets contributes to the amazing site’s conservation. Your local guide will also give you plenty of guidance on what is appropriate when visiting the ruins and you will have the chance to interact with many of the local kids.
This trip includes visits to Friends in Phnom Penh and KOTO in Hanoi – restaurants with training schools set up for less fortunate kids, helping them to gain some practical skills.
Travellers will have the option of visiting the land mine museum in Siem Reap and any donations are gratefully accepted. Also in Siem Reap, there is a local children’s hospital where the local kids put on a show on some nights. All money and blood donations are for the hospital and provide free services for children from the area. At the end of our journey, travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.