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Wonders of Vietnam with Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh & a Mekong River Cruise add-on
18 days from £2848
Jan 2014 - May 2015 departures
Vietnam holidays are an invigorating experience that will leave you charmed by the mountain scenery, the patchwork of the vibrant green rice paddies, sandy beaches, lush rainforests and lagoons all nestled around a 2,000-year-old civilisation. On Vietnam tours you will see it all – from hectic and exciting metropolises to peaceful, other-worldly, rural retreats.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, is teeming with exotic ancient treasures all seamlessly existing alongside the dynamic, modern lifestyle of the 21st Century. For a real change of pace, Hoi An will not disappoint. It is a city bursting with hundreds of boutiques that specialise in making bespoke clothing, doing it exceptionally well and at a remarkable price. Get measured in the morning and collect your made-to-measure outfit in the evening: it’s absolute heaven for anyone who is excited by fashion.
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it’s more commonly known, is a city which conjures up many images due to its traumatic past. The ramshackle stalls selling silks, spices and trinkets can still be found in each and every alleyway. Amble along the winding streets and you will discover pagodas and temples on every corner - yet Saigon is moving forward as one of the most important cities in Vietnam and south- east Asia. On holidays to Vietnam you will see that the economy is booming and skyscrapers and shopping malls are springing up all over.
Outside of the hectic towns and away from the buzz of the motorbikes you will find a slower pace and a more tranquil way of life. The Mekong Delta is a wonderful watery retreat away from the bustle and a cruise along this wild river will be an inspiring experience.
Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong Delta region, is known for its floating markets, which offer visitors an experience like no other. Hundreds of boats pack on to the river from sunrise to sell their colourful and unusual produce. From large vessels selling everything and anything to modest, family-run stalls on smaller boats, the river is a sight to behold and a great experience – you won’t see anything like this anywhere else.