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Arrange a trip to Vietnam, which was where Audley first began creating tailor-made adventures nearly 20 years ago. Highlights include a journey from Hanoi to Saigon, the limestone islands of Halong Bay, hill tribes of the Tonkinese Alps, a boat trip on the Mekong Delta and the Vietnamese themselves, who are charming and friendly.
Bach Ma National Park
Located between Hue and Hoi An and set up as a hill resort in 1932 by the French to escape the heat of the coast. The bird life is considered to be of particular interest.
The peaceful village of Bho Hoong is superbly located in the foothills of the Truong Son mountains. It is home to the forgotten Co Tu minority who have made use of the fertile soils and surrounding jungle to make this beautiful location their home.
Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot is the largest town in the western highlands. Activities include visiting one of the area’s coffee plantations as well as the Ethnology Museum.
Cai Be is a small town on the northern side of My Thuan Bridge, located two hours from Saigon, and the gateway to Vinh Long province and the whole of the Mekong Delta.
Can Tho is a bustling town on the banks of the Mekong, the river is a mass of boats ferrying produce and people to all corners of the Delta and upriver towards the Cambodian border.
Cat Tien National Park
Nam Cat Tien National Park was heavily sprayed with defoliants during the Vietnam War but the large older trees survived, smaller plants recovered and the wildlife made a comeback.
Vietnam’s mountainous midriff provide an enjoyable temperate alternative after a hot and humid stint in the south or on the coast. During the Vietnam War, considerable fighting took place around this area.
Chau Doc is a bustling Delta town on the banks of the Mekong River close to the Cambodian border. The town also has an interesting little square where you can try the superb local noodle soup day and night.
Con Dao Islands
Located off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam, the Con Dao archipelago has stunning natural beauty with more than 80% of the islands forming part of a marine and national park.
Dalat sprung up as a cool respite for the French from the stifling tropical heat of Saigon, and there are still hundreds of colonial villas dotted throughout the town. Dalat Palace is another highlight to see.
Dien Bien Phu
Dien Bien Phu, and the battle there in 1954, marked the end of French involvement in Indochina. Legend states that the most significant battle sites in the area were nicknamed after the French Colonels' mistresses.
Ha Giang offers visitors a glimpse of Vietnam from a bygone era. The lively local markets form the lifeblood of the province and villagers in traditional dress gather from miles around to trade, eat and gossip.
Whether shrouded in mist or bathed in sunshine, the sheer island mountains of Halong Bay are one of Asia’s finest landscapes. You can explore the bay by traditional junk or colonial-style cruiser.
There is plenty to see in Hanoi, including the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Museum of Ethnology, the Fine Art Museum, plus a host of temples and pagodas.
Hoi An is an ideal spot to stop for a few days, shopping in the market or having a silk dress or suit fitted. There are many restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries.
This romantic city is the best place to experience the country’s imperial past. Other highlights include the atmospheric tunnels at Vinh Moc and the battle site of Khe Sanh.
Kon Tum is a region inhabited primarily by Montagnards, with 650 villages in the province including the Bahnar and Jarai communities. It is also an ideal base for trekking and canoeing.
Ky Son Village is a hamlet of the historic Duong Lam Village, home to many traditional houses of which some are over 200 years old.
This is a peaceful spot, surrounded by mountains and as yet little visited by tourists. The lake varies in size depending on the season.
Located just over 40 kilometres away from Danang and Hue Airports Lang Co is ideally placed to explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Most people arrive at the thriving transport hub of Lao Cai after the overnight train from Hanoi. One of the many cafes right next to the bridge over to China is a smashing place for a bit of people watching!
The stunning scenery and engaging White Thai inhabitants, make a stop in Mai Chau a truly memorable experience. You will not have to stray far to encounter both Mong and H’mong people.
Perhaps the most scenic river in Asia, the Mekong is also the most vibrant. There is so much to see along the river, including floating markets and villages as well as countless temples.
Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai is the perfect alternative to using the night train to or from Sapa. Surrounded by luscious green rice terraces that dominate the landscape, it is a great chance to take in the breathtaking scenery and rest en route.
Only four hours from Saigon is the glorious unspoiled stretch of sand at Mui Ne. It is one of the driest places in Vietnam, as illustrated by its famous sand dunes, baking hot in the midday sun.
Best known to the Vietnamese as one of the country’s biggest fishing ports, it is however, the pristine waters and long sandy beaches that attract visitors from outside.
Likened to an inland Halong Bay, Ninh Binh's attraction is in its limestone karst topography. The town itself is fairly unremarkable, but as you head further out into the countryside, there is a chance to see rural Vietnam at its best.
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in Indochina, northwest Vietnam offers the more adventurous traveller an authentic taste of traditional hill tribe life. Visiting a weekly market is highlight here.
Phan Thiet is a small town on the South Central coast of Vietnam traditionally renowned for the production of fish sauce used in local cuisine.
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located close to the border with Laos and was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2003. An impressive system of 300 caves is in existence here with many now accessible to visitors.
Situated close to the Cambodian border, the island of Phu Quoc offers an alternative beach option for those wishing to get off the beaten track.
Qui Nhon is one of Vietnam’s quietest coastal regions with secluded bays and beaches on an unspoilt coastline.
Known by the Vietnamese as Ho Chi Minh City, this astonishing city, full of vitality, was the original "Pearl of the Orient". Nearby are the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong during the war.
Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps
The small French hill station of Sapa nestles amongst the stunning scenery of the Tonkinese Alps. The location make it a great base for exploring remote villages, as well as taking in the superb vistas.