Spending time in the land of dragons, temples, and tea is 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 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.
Maximum group size: 12
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. Two nights will be spent aboard a private sailing ship with 8 double-occupancy cabins and en suite bathrooms. The cabins on the sailing will be tighter accommodations than in hotels, but with your own private ensuite in each room. There are 4 single supplements available for this trip but they do not include the two nights on the boat due to limited capacity there.
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.
Experiencing a new culture, knowledgeable guides (AGC and local) that openly shared their lives and culture with us, great group of women, small group size, fabulous food, nice mix of city and country/nature activities, nice hotels.
Seeing Vietnam and Cambodia and learning about the culturesof both countries
The other travelers in the group were all tremendous people who got along well and were game for anything. Janie, our AGC guide, was so enthusiastic about the countries and their cultures and it was infectious.
I could not have asked for better guides. Janie made sure we were informed about everything we needed to know and helped me get a lot out of the experience with here enthusiasm and eagerness to discuss our impressions with each other. Everything went smoothly, allowing me to focus on enjoying myself.
This was a long time "bucket list" trip for me. I was so happy to share it with our great group, the excellent Janie, and Ploung, Sung, and Borin.
Our guides, the trip participants, the food, the interactions with the local people.
It helped me change my image ofVietnam and really see the people and country. AGC provides a unique perspective of ant country it visits and this trip absolutely lived up to that.