Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam vacations
Fun, unusual and very comprehensive, this overview of three entire countries takes away the stress of decision-making leaving you free to indulge your interests at a steady pace.
Phnom Penh Kampong Thom Beng Melea Siem Reap Angkor Wat Ride the ‘Bamboo Train’ at Battambang Luang Prabang Nam Ou River Cruise Vang Vieng Vientiane Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight train to Hue Cookery class in Hoi An Saigon Cu Chi Tunnels Mekong Delta
US $5000ToUS $6000 excluding flights
Description of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam vacations
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Take more than enough memory for your camera – this entire trip is swathed in spectacular scenery.
Tailor made. Choose the departure date and activities to suit you.
Hotels and homestays – dependent on preference.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available.
Prearranged by recommendation or left for you to organise.
Accommodation, tour leader if requested, domestic flights and transfers.
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
As stated above, all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited hearing.
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travelers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveler with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
1 Reviews of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam vacations
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 24 Mar 2018 by Joan Day
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
This is a difficult one, as everyday was different and full of interest. Five of us went on this vacation and the best part for me was the morning view from our homestay balcony in Vietnam. Oh, and the cruise on Halong Bay, eating street food in Hanoi & having a delicious lunch prepared for us in a local home in Battambang.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared to get down with the locals and feel you really get an insight into their lives.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I felt quite smug, knowing that lots of tourists were staying in large impersonal hotels and traveling around in large coaches, while we were getting to see the real people & their lives.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Perfect. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetAll of our tours in South East Asia are run in conjunction with local partners that have been chosen partly because they provide a fantastic service but also because they share our environmental and social goals.
As an example, the more demanding (and longer) treks that we arrange in the north of Vietnam operate with strict environmental guidelines, for example we take all plastic water bottles away from the areas that we pass through rather than leaving them behind to litter host communities. Our trekking guides also ensure that travelers behave in an environmentally responsible manner, for example ensuring that no soap or detergent products are used in local water courses when travelers are refreshing themselves.
In Cambodia, many of our groups visit a site called Sambor Prei Kuk. This is in an area where landmines have been a problem and our guides use the opportunity to educate visitors about the problems that landmines can cause. There is also a landmine museum in Siem Reap that we encourage those with older children to visit and it provides an excellent insight into this environmental issue.
Throughout the region we try to use small locally owned hotels that have been built and furnished using local materials.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. Wwe operate a primarily paper free environment and do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.
PeopleOur programmes in South East Asia are run together with partners that are owned and run by local people and who share our belief in the importance of operating in a socially responsible way.
In Phnom Penh and Hanoi we always encourage families to visit one of the excellent restaurants that are run in conjunction with street children. These provide older street children with a way of earning a living through tourism whilst also providing visitors with information about some of the issues facing in the area.
We also provide the opportunity for our guests to visit other social projects if this is something that they are interested in. In particular there is an excellent museum in Siem Reap that gives details about the use of landmines in Cambodia, something which is a significant problem.
One of the main issues facing tourism in both Laos and Vietnam involves the exploitation of some hilltribe communities. We have been working closely with our partners to ensure that all of our visits are carefully controlled to ensure that they bring about a positive rather than negative impact on host communities. As an example we try to 'share out' the hosting experience amongst different families where possible, to ensure that tourist revenue is spread evenly within a village and not just concentrated with one family.
Most of our groups will use local guides throughout their visit. The guides are from the local area and will give an excellent insight into the way of life in the region.