Vietnam from North to South
Vietnam, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,145 (land only) - from €1,545 (land only) - from $1,915 (land only)
By: Daryl Cutts, Hertfordshire, UK
Our trip leader was very efficient and keen to share his local knowledge. He went out of his way to respond to our requests - letting us try particular food for example.
I most enjoyed staying in different places and having such a range of experiences. Different ways of travelling - overnight train was fab as was staying on the boats. Loved the home stay accommodation as well. Cycling and kayaking as well! Chances to try different foods.
By: Martin & Anthea Hebblethwaite, Hereford, UK
The itinerary and pace was very good. We saw a good cross section of the country in the time available. There was a nice balance between trekking, touring, boating and biking. We think this trip deserves to get more "takers". Our leader was excellent with good personality, knowledge, command of English and enthusiasm. They related very well to us over the 8 days. We most enjoyed seeing the village life i.e. the Mekong segment: the chance for Tai Chi in the Saigon Park with the local people.
By: John Sands, Sheffield, UK
Really good - we were really impressed with the homestays. The Saigon hotel was really comfortable and 50yds from a large park which was a relief from the frantic traffic. Our main leader Hoang Van Lan was exceptional.
I thought the people were fantastic, majority have little but they live with such a positive outlook and are so welcoming. I loved the kids as we walked through the villages shouting hello how are you? No suggestion of any demands on the tourists and hello and goodbye in Vietnamese brought huge smiles from parents and grandparents.(Maybe it was my accent). I enjoyed the cultural visits, particularly an unscheduled visit to a Taoist pagoda on the way to Halong bay which was stunning.
With regard to the trip preliminaries, we called in the office to sort out a couple of queries and as usual found this personal contact helpful although your documentation and help by email and phone is always good.
By: Caroline Furey, Dublin, Ireland
I throughly enjoyed the holiday. We had a great group of people who gelled together really well. KE was recomended to me by a collegue and I would have no heistation in recomending you to anyone.
Most enjoyed - The trecking in the North, the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Ming City- very hard to pick one!! Also discoverying limes is a cure for jelly fish attacks!!!