- We visited so many places it's hard to pick out a favourite but I loved the cruise in Halong Bay, including my first ever attempt at sea kayaking, and the trip to Lak Lake. Hoi An was delightful and a welcome opportunity to wander along some traffic free streets and so vibrant and pretty in the evening. The sleeper train was an 'experience' but we didn't need the sleeping bag liner as detailed in the Explore details. The boat on the Mekong Delta was described as 'simple' but far better than we expected with towels provided so I needn't have packed that either! The food on both this boat and the one in Halong Bay was out of this world. Most of the hotels were excellent although the air conditioning in the Silver River Hotel was far from adequate and we had to ask for a fan. We also became aware that most of the other guests were single middle aged men who were accompanied by young Cambodian girls and there was a man who appeared regularly who we deduced was a 'pimp'! Otherwise this hotel was fine, the staff helpful and the food good. I didn't need half the clothes I took and they stayed in the suitcase for the entire trip - laundry was easy and cheap. The weather was very very hot in our final week in Cambodia which made visited all the temples a bit of an effort and some were far better than others - did we really need to visit them all? The only place I didn't enjoy was Na Trang - a bit like a hot version of Blackpool with a lot of Russian tourists! Although our guide did take us to an excellent Barbecue Restaurant here which I wouldn't have wanted to have missed. Both our guides in Vietnam and Cambodia were excellent and knowledgeable but I have to give special thanks to Chinh, our guide in Vietnam, who put up with us for 3 weeks!
Published on: 21 April 2016