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Spending time in the land of dragons, temples, and tea is always an unforgettable experience. We'll begin our trip in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, known for its bustling side streets and world-class street food. From Hanoi, we'll travel to the Sapa region where we'll hike through rice fields, explore limestone mountains, and visit a few of the colorful ethnic minority communities along the way. We'll then head north to Ha Long Bay where we'll spend our last few days in Vietnam, cruising the bay's beautiful blue waters aboard our drive junk - an ancient Chinese sailing ship. Our journey ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we'll experience its rich creative culture and the extraordinary temples of nearby Angkor.
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What's not included: Travel to Vietnam and from Cambodia, airport transfer outside the trip dates, visa fees, alcoholic and other beverages at meals, snacks, guide gratuities, travel insurance.
This trip is a combination of touring, hiking, learning about the local history and culture, and optional kayaking and swimming. The hiking is in Vietnam’s Sapa region and on the last day in Cambodia. You’ll hike about 2.5-3.5 hours each day on dirt roads and paths that can be muddy with rocks and ruts with both downhill and uphill sections, but not any significant elevation gain. Some sections can be slippery, especially if there has been recent rain. You’ll also do a lot of walking to explore Angkor Wat, which can feel significant with the steps and the humidity! The trip is rated a 2 and is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes and there are typically 3 to 5 hours of daily activity. Patience, flexibility, and adaptability will be great to bring with you! Rating: 1  3 4 5
This is a hiking and sightseeing trip, where our emphasis is more on experiencing the area's rich history and diverse culture than on covering miles. There will also be opportunities to kayak, swim and snorkel in Ha Long Bay.
We will be staying in modern, tourist hotels in Hanoi and Siem Reap that are double occupancy and have en suite bathrooms. We'll spend 2 nights at the Topas Ecolodge in their executive bungalows with double occupancy rooms and en suite bathrooms. And one night will be spent aboard a private junk - a sailing ship with 8 double-occupancy cabins and en suite bathrooms. There are 4 single supplements available for this trip that they do not include the one night on the boat.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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