A group of 27 travelers went on the tour Fascinating Vietnam & Cambodia from February 18 to March 6, 2017. This 17-day tour was escorted from Winnipeg by Evelyn Sinclair, one of Canada One Travel Specialists.
These two south-eastern Asian countries are far from Winnipeg, but when the chosen carrier was Cathay Pacific Airways, everyone travels with relative comfort.
Our sincere thanks to Wanda Burns for agreeing for an interview after they returned from the tour and sharing these memorable photos. She and her husband, Mike Burns also provided some valuable feedback on their impression of the tour.
What was your overall impression of the tour?
The tour provided a wonderful introduction to the countries we visited and included a perfect blend of historical and cultural sights as well as an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the local people.
What did you like most about this tour?
The locations we enjoyed most (Hoian, Halong Bay and Siem Reap) tended to be smaller cities or rural areas. We felt more relaxed and “at home” in these locations even though they were each completely different from any place we have ever been.
Name three things about the destinations that are most memorable?
The most memorable things are usually the unexpected. Sung Sot Cave was remarkable. We have been on cave tours in North America but even the largest of these cannot compare to Sung Sot which apparently means Cave of Surprises.
On the return drive from Halong Bay to Hanoi, our guide stopped at the rice fields. Many in the group wanted to take pictures of the fields and the workers (which is hard to do from a moving bus). Our guide, Nam, explained the process of seeding, replanting and harvesting rice. After watching this process and meeting some of the farmers, I will never question the price of rice again!
Outside Siem Reap, we visited the “floating” fishing village of Kampong Phluk. It was absolutely fascinating to observe a completely different way of life including floating gardens and pens for livestock. I took hundreds of photos that day and could not pick my favourite one if I tried!
And, I didn’t even mention Angkor Wat or the insect market…
What will be your next dream trip experience?
The wonderful thing about a group tour is talking to other travelers about great experiences they have had. After this tour, India has been added to my wish list. However, I heard a rumor that Canada One is planning a trip to Borneo next year.
Near Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Some of the tour group enjoyed a boat ride on the Mekong Delta
Wanda demonstrated how Vietnamese soldiers entered the Cu Chi Tunnels
Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a popular spot for wedding photos, or shopping.
How can a woman be this beautiful? What is she thinking about? Would she be called Mona Lisa of Vietnam?
There were many opportunities for great photos on the Hai Van Pass to Hanoi.
The guards at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum took their job very seriously. If someone crosses the painted line, one literally runs over to have them move back.
Wanda's favourite picture of the Sung Sot Cave. Wow!
After visiting the cave, we hiked to the top of Ti Top Island. Those who were not interested in the climb relaxed on the beach.
By the Roadside
We were quite fascinated by our stop at the insect market (but not hungry).
The sticky rice vendor was very appreciated when our group stopped to try this treat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
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