Not a place you should be fearful to visit, reached by either a short hop from Bangkok, or via the new non-stop services from the UK to Vietnam, alternating with Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi in the north. Vietnam has some fascinating cities, some are well known from the time of the Vietnam War; others much older, lots of classical architecture from the country’s cultural past and finally the vast markets with extravagant shopping on offer. There are also some wonderful beaches, with plenty of top quality luxurious resorts to rival those of Thailand. An important side trip from Hanoi is Halong Bay, a Word Heritage site with over a 1600 limestone islands, many people stay a night on a sailing junk to enjoy this magical place.
Strongly recommended is to combine this with a trip to Cambodia and the number one attraction should be the city of Angkor which was hacked out of the jungle in the 50’s. This is a vast city complex, with Angkor Wat the most famous section. It is like a cross between King Louis’s ruins in the cartoon Jungle Book and an Indiana Jones movie, with huge banyan trees that are growing through and intertwined in the temple’s exotic stonework. It is usual to fly into and stay at the modern city of Siem Reap nearby. One option is staying in a charming Buddha bungalow and at the other extreme the 50’s modernist style former guesthouse of King Sihanouk .
We would be delight to chat you over your options.