Successively occupied by China, Russia, France, Japan, and the United States, Vietnam has had its share of foreign interference. But today, with war on the back burner, the Vietnamese are focused on rocketing into the future. In this new era of confident self-determination the atmosphere is one of palpable optimism, despite frequent reminders of Vietnam's war-torn history. Fortunately for the traveller, Vietnam's traditional charms have not yet been eclipsed. Although noisy motorbikes continue to replace bicycles at an alarming rate, the former Communist stronghold of Hanoi has maintains its narrow-laned charm, while the melting, limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay are as otherworldly as ever. From the ancient neighbourhoods of Hoi An to the vast Mekong Delta, the country offers an astonishing variety of scenery. Whether your fascination is wartime relics or beaches and rice paddies, see Vietnam now, because every year it seems Vietnam reinvents itself.
Indochina Cultural Journey (ATICD)
There’s a magic about South East Asia that casts a spell on many who visit this exotic region. Explore the cultural best of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. From the natural beauty of Halong Bay and Chiang Mai’s temples to khantoke dinners and Khmer lunches, our expert guides will share the natural, historical and cultural beauty that has persisted in this region. More than a tour—this is an adventure of discovery.
Highlights: Partaking in a cooking class and learning how to make your favourite Thai dishes, Visiting Buddhist temples and observing the daily life of monks, Learning about Cambodian history both ancient and recent, Experiencing the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City on a thrilling cyclo ride.
Cultural Treasures of Vietnam (AVDVD)
Treasured culture, stunning scenery, turbulent history—Vietnam has the perfect set of ingredients for adventure travel and this trip is the recipe that brings them together with more than a dash of comfort. Get off the beaten path and take a peek behind the scenes at the places and people that make this country so intriguing. Changing at a scorching rate, this is the perfect time to experience Vietnam at its most dynamic.
Highlights: Enjoying onsite history lessons with local experts at the Cu Chi tunnels and Hoa Lo Prison, Immersing yourself in local culture, Meeting local people in rural towns and floating villages, Tasting your way through local markets, Learning the basics of Vietnamese specialties in cooking classes