Riddell, Murray & Lynn – Cambodia and Vietnam

September 22, 2017 | Lois Farley

On March 7th, 2017 my husband and I departed for a 3 week adventure tour to Cambodia and Vietnam.  Once again Martha from Great Canadian Travel did an amazing job of providing us with advice, ideas and reputable small group tour companies to consider.  She provided support on the flights we choose, visas and answered a whole host of other questions we had.

We chose a 2-week small group tour with GOWAY to explore Vietnam with an add on of 3 nights in Siem Reap to take in the incredible Angkor Wat temples. The Vietnam Discovery Delux Small Group Tour with GOWAY started in the south of Vietnam exploring Ho Chi Min (Saigon) with a side trip to the Mekong Delta (an overnight cruise).

Saigon, Vietnam’s commercial capital, was fascinating to explore and the Mekong Delta provided great insight into the rural life of the Vietnamese people.  The floating market we toured was fascinating.

The tour then had us flying to central Vietnam to explore the highlands in Dalat, where we enjoyed more moderate temperature.  Then we travelled to the coast to the ancient town of Hoi An, taking a guided walking tour followed by a wonderful evening where we learned to cook a few Vietnamese dishes.  Next up was the town of Hue, the former capital of Vietnam and once home of the Imperial City.  Learning more and more about their history and culture we visited the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors, the Citadel and the Imperial Palace as well as taking in the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s oldest religious monument.

Our final few days were spent in Hanoi with a side trip to Halong Bay (another overnight cruise) both which should not to be missed on any excursion. The foods was fresh and delicious, the people so welcoming and the accommodations 5 star.

We had a GOWAY guide accompany us throughout the trip handling our transfers, accommodation check ins and outs and providing ideas for eating at each stop.

I would highly recommend Vietnam & Cambodia as a travel destination and all the details were covered by our very experienced travel agent!  Thank you Great Canadian Travel for another amazing trip.