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.
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia (AVEV)
A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures. This 17-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches and ruins, urban culture and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat and contemplate its lows walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.
Highlights: Exploring thriving Hanoi and Bangkok, sailing on a junk boat through Halong Bay, discovering ancient citadels and pagodas, shopping in colonial Hoi An, sipping coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, floating through the Mekong Delta, enjoying sunrise over amazing Angkor Wat.
From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, explore a traditional Hmong village and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. With hotels, transport and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.
Highlights: Exploring the canals of Bangkok, floating down the mighty Mekong, visiting majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts, sailing a junk through Halong Bay, shopping in Hoi An, squeezing through the Cu Chi tunnels.