Cambodia and Vietnam small group tour
Description of Cambodia and Vietnam small group tour
This Cambodia and Vietnam small group tour is a thirteen day trip to discover both countriesí cultural and natural highlights. Travelling with an expert guide, and using a mix of local and private transport, your experiences vary greatly, with each day bringing new adventures.
The trip starts in Cambodiaís capital city of Phnom Penh where we have a couple of days to acclimatise, take in the cityís markets and street life as well as its location at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers. You also visit Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, introducing you to the infamous history that this region survived.
Moving even further back in time, the ancient temples of Angkor is your next stop, where we take two days to explore the extraordinary citadel ruins.
On day six of the itinerary we take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, considered by many to be the cultural capital city of Vietnam. Formerly known as Saigon, we take a day here to explore its magical mix of markets, temples and artisan workshops as well as visiting the important sites of the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels.
Travelling further north again by air, the contrasting cities of Hoi An and Hanoi will give you great insight into Vietnamese life. We also spend a day and night on Halong Bay, sleeping on a traditional houseboat and cruising through the waters of this unique marine karst landscape, with its massive limestone boulders scattered across the Bay. This is a wonderful finale to our travels around both these countries, where it is hard to pick a favourite experience or place, because Cambodia and Vietnam are countries that inspire at every turn. And that is before we even start talking about the amazing food, of course. You wonít go hungry on this trip, for sure!
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PlanetOn this trip you are joined by a leader throughout and local guides along the way who are always eager to share information about their country and culture, and help you 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 siteís 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.
Each traveller on this trip will receive a gift of a Responsible Traveller cloth bag made by the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, in Central Vietnam, helping those with special needs and disabilities. This bag is designed to combat the increasingly prevalent problem of plastic bag pollution disrupting the various marine and land habitats of Vietnam.
PeopleOn this trip we stop by the Sala Bai Hotel School for an included lunch, where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. In Vietnam you will also visit the KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi, which is part of the KOTO Training Centre providing training in hospitality to former street children. The restaurant is staffed by those the project has worked with, and the food is great too!
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$5 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. One of these projects is the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a organisation that rehabilitates animals that have fallen victim to wildlife trafficking and provides a breeding facility for highly endangered animal species. On this trip you will get the opportunity to stop at this project and learn more about the wonderful work that is happening at this centre.