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Vietnam

Happy 40th anniversary
Happy 40th anniversary
loved their trip to Vietnam

City stay in bustling Hanoi Mountain stay in Sapa Homestay in Mu Can Chai Cruise in Halong bay City stay in beautiful Hue City stay in fascinating Hoi An Wonderful beach break on the peaceful paradise of Whale Island Culture and art in Dalat Culture and history in historic Ho Chi Min City Exploration of Mekong delta History and culture in Phnom Penh Luxurious beach break chilling in Sihanoukville Wonder of the world Angkor Wat and temples in Siem Reap Fabulous end to the trip in beautiful Luang Prabang
Trip Details
Traveled
As a couple
Travel dates
September 6, 2017
Trip type
Classic

Trip customized with a local travel agent in the destination

Happy 40th anniversary
Happy 40th anniversary
October 25, 2017
Best parts:
We loved absolutely everything! I'm in serious danger of superlative overload here but the truth is, Tuan of Hainam Travel created an outstanding trip. Our brief was to spend 7 weeks exploring Indochina, focussing on culture, history, food, geography, ecology and meeting and getting to know local people. Tuan phoned us several times to discuss our ideas (which were really quite vague!) and then put together a programme that went above and beyond all our expectations. We had so many wonderful adventures, met so many wonderful people and had so many memorable experiences, I could write a book! Tuan got it absolutely right; the content, pace, variety, accommodation and all for a price that makes our friends and family gasp in disbelief. Our guides were all exceptional; incredibly knowledgeable, intelligent, enthusiastic people who are passionate about their countries and keen to share their intimate knowledge honestly and objectively. They were a joy to be with. The trip was our gift to each other to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. And we celebrated in some style! Tuan had briefed our hotels and excursion leaders and we were thoroughly feted and pampered. Our actual anniversary date was truly magical! We were rowed at sunset in a bamboo basket boat up a river, between banks of jungle. We alighted and were escorted down a path lined with flickering torches to our very own bamboo pavilion, floating like a boat in the rice paddy. Our very own chef and waitress were waiting for us and served us a fabulous feast while the darkness deepened and the crickets sang. Impossibly romantic!! During the 7 weeks, we travelled overnight by train, had 6 domestic flights, 3 international flights, stayed in 14 different hotels, enjoyed 1 homestay, and 1 cruise in the stunning Halong Bay. We cycled, we trekked, we snorkled, we kayaked, had numerous boat trips and many sightseeing tours. We have travelled through mountains, emerald with rice terraces, through jungles, and the mighty Mekong delta. We have lazed on white sand beaches and swam in turquoise waters. We have explored coral reefs and floating villages. We have stayed in exotic, bustling, chaotic cities and peaceful villages. We have been awed by natural beauty and by the incredible grandeur of Angkor Wat and princely palaces. We have eaten wonderful street food and had sumptuous fine dining in the Garden House in Hue. We have shopped in the most colourful, exciting street markets. And everywhere there have been lovely smiling, happy people, only a generation away from the unimaginable horrors of the Vietnam War and the Killing Fields of the Kh'mer Rouge - a distressing but necessary part of our experience. Tuan's organisation has been so good that it has all flowed seamlessly and everything happened as planned and with immaculate timing. Just fabulous!
Worst parts:
Absolutely nothing!
Tuan
Agency's response
Tuan
Dear Cheryl and Roger, Thank you so much for taking time to send us your feedback after 7-week holiday to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. I am delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your your h...Dear Cheryl and Roger, Thank you so much for taking time to send us your feedback after 7-week holiday to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. I am delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your your holiday, especially the 40th wedding anniversary day: “Our actual anniversary date was truly magical! We were rowed at sunset in a bamboo basket boat up a river, between banks of jungle. We alighted and were escorted down a path lined with flickering torches to our very own bamboo pavilion, floating like a boat in the rice paddy. Our very own chef and waitress were waiting for us and served us a fabulous feast while the darkness deepened and the crickets sang. Impossibly romantic!!” As a local travel company we know well all corners of these countries and we put a lot of love and passion in our work. I am thankful for your appreciation of our work and you cheered us up with a great feedback. We will continue keeping up our good work and hope to welcome you again to Vietnam, perhaps at your 50th wedding anniversary. By the way, thank you for sharing your holiday pictures with us! All the best from Vietnam! TuanSee more