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We have the following different versions of the Vietnam Explorer + Cambodia Extension tour available at present.
What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
"Whole holiday was memorable but new year in Hanoi was particularly fascinating. Also Mekong Delta very enjoyable"
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
"Great. Very easy to get along with, knowledgable and really helpful. Very considerate of groups views and particularly any problems which anyone was experiencing. Knew just where to take us for really good experiences."
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
More than happy to recommend to friends.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
Gosh there were so many - to pick one is quite hard - Bike ride in Hoi An -Hoi An itself - the Elephant ride at Lake Lak - wow- I've been on an Elephant before but this was different- especially when our 'driver' once we had crossed the very very deep Lake picked up a local toddler who then rode around the Village with us chatting away to the 'driver' and gigging. The two night stay on the boat at the Mekong River. In Cambodia what can one say about the beautiful Temples - the Sunrise at Angkor Wat!! Too many moments to choose one!
"Our tour leader in Viet Nam was Hoa Hoang - what a delightfull man he was. Any questions asked were answered - any minor injury was dealt with as if it was a major operation! Knew the cheapest places to find beer! Was so very very proud of his Country and loved telling us about it. We only knew our guide Som in Cambodia for 4days - but he was very good and also knew so much about the Siem Reap area we were in."
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Try not to take too many clothes - you can get laundry done for very reasonable prices and pick up next day. Do take insect spray.
Do you have anything else to add?
I loved this trip - maybe because we had a very small group - only 7 - and a very delightful tour guide - Hoa . Viet Nam wasn't like I thought it would be - whereas the other Countries I have visited have been. I enjoyed everyday - so a big Thank You to Explore.
Vietnam is definitely a country of two halves. The North, with its capital Hanoi, was utilitarian, crowded and obviously still unapologetically communist. Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, as even its inhabitants still call it, has designer shops, cocktail bars and grand hotels. Our group arrived in Hanoi in the middle of Tet, the Chinese New Year, which was rather unfortunate as most of the museums and tourist attractions were closed. Five of our group of 18 traipsed to the War Museum, which turned out to be one of the few things open, but it was well worth it. Despite the comparative paucity of exhibits, the display outside of captured US armoury was arresting, as was the central display of a dismembered B52 sculptured into an anti-war monument. We set off south on a trip which included a cruise round the magnificent Halong Bay, and a wander round the rain-lashed old citadel of Hué until we boarded the Reunification Express for our overnight trip to Danang. However, it being Tet, the train was packed and our guide was embarrassed as our purported first class carriage wasn’t available. Five of us crammed into a tiny 6 berth compartment, where we were joined by a further three smiling young Vietnamese. Patriotic music was piped in through a speaker on the ceiling. It was one of the most hilariously surreal nights I have ever spent! We were all relieved to eventually get to Hoi An, where the weather was much sunnier and we could relax. Some of us had suits made at a local tailors, others went cycling to the beach or meandered round the shops and temples. Then on to one of the highlights – a sail down the Mekong Delta with its fascinating floating markets to stay overnight in a beautiful traditional house. Then on to Saigon, we made the most of the sudden re-introduction to western life by going to the cocktail bars at the Sheraton and Hilton hotels. Here we said goodbye to some of our group as the rest of us were going on to Cambodia. Cambodia is more like Thailand than Vietnam with its ornate temples and architecture. It was surprisingly European in parts, with the best Tapas restaurant I have ever been in. Phnom Penh came alive at night, with families picnicking by the side of the river and partaking in what seemed to be mass line-dancing! More soberingly, the harrowing visit to the Killing Fields put into perspective what this beautiful country and been through comparatively recently. It is, by necessity, a young and thriving country as there are no old people left. We travelled on towards Siem Reap and revisited the Mekong again, sailing out past the houses built on stilts ready for the rainy season. Sunrise at Angkor Wat was amazing, as a huge crowd waited on the banks of the river to watch the first wisps of gold halo the distinctive fir-cone tower. It sparkled in the light of a thousand camera flashes. The complex itself is vast, comprising of many different sites. One of the most well-known is Angkor Thom, which was used in the film “Tomb Raider” with its bloated sponge trees engulfing the ruins. We ended our holiday and said our goodbyes, in what had become the tradition, in a cocktail bar in Siem Reap. (VEC - 13th February 2010)
We did this trip a few years ago but Vietnam proved to be my favourite place of all the countries we have visited so far with Explore (lots!). Three weeks rather than two in Vietnam enabled us to experience the country more. Unforgettable moments were sea-kayaking in Halong Bay in the early morning, being taken round a market by a local who would not let us leave until he had found something to suit us, a very special dinner for ten dollars in Hue (best food I have ever tasted), riding elephants in the water in the Central Highlands, and playing football with local lads outside the village long house. The top event, however, was riding pillion on motorbikes out in the countryside in the pouring rain wearing a pink polka-dot poncho and grinning from ear to ear – we were both in our late 60s! Cambodia was also amazing – one tip is to go back to Angkor Wat at lunchtime when all the ‘tourists’ have gone for lunch, you can have it to yourself. (VEC- 1st October 2004)