Cruising in Halong Bay, cooking in Hoi An plus incredible Angkor
Vietnam is constantly surprising. The landscapes of vibrant green rice paddies, limestone sea cliffs and great rivers provide a backdrop to a culture that is as tenacious as it is fascinating.
Much of life in Vietnam is lived out in the streets, and in the great cities of Saigon and Hanoi we are able to feel part of this endless spectacle of daily life. But we also have time in places where the pace is slower, such as magnificently scenic Halong Bay.
In and around Saigon we come across reminders of Vietnam's most recent history whilst Hoi An preserves remnants of a rich heritage spanning the centuries.
Finally in Cambodia we visit one of the world's great surviving archaeological wonders, the temple complex of Angkor.
What makes this trip responsible?
Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company.
On the drive from Hanoi to Halong bay we stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre, an NGO where disabled children and adults are taught simple skills such as embroidery and woodcarving. This is an incredible success story where people who were once considered burdens are able to support and sustain both their families and themselves. There will be the opportunity to eat for a good cause at either Sala Bai or Green Gecko restaurants in Siem Reap, both of which train under-privileged young Cambodians and provide street children with vocational training and general education to allow them to find a job in the tourism industry.
Please see our Responsible Tourism Policy page for more details
Cambodia in Angkor Ta Prohm Temple