Vietnam/Cambodia Tour – November 2019
Xin Chao (Greetings)
On 5 November an enthusiastic group of U3A members set off for an adventurous trip to Vietnam and Cambodia ….. and what an adventure that turned out to be!
From the bustling, chaotic, steamy atmosphere of Hanoi to the cool, French built hill stations of Sapa and Dalat, this beautiful country grabs you by the hand and pulls you along with it.
From the first day we were thrown into a flurry of activities which both challenged and delighted us.
- At 1600 metres at Sapa (overlooked by Mount Fansipan) we slipped and slid down a muddy hillside to walk 5 kms to a local village.
- At Ha Long Bay we swam at a man made beach and followed this up with a seafood lunch on our six hour cruise, a delightful rest after our Mount Fansipan experience.
- In Dalat we rode cable cars through pine forests and vegetable and flower gardens with a dry luge slide thrown in at the end for a thrill.
- We viewed the Datania waterfall, visited the Crazy House, enjoyed the city flower garden and visited the Long Phuoc Pagoda, made of beer bottles and ceramics.
- At My Tho we saw orchards and immense rice fields – a cruise on the Mekong and a ride in a sampan were only enhanced by the most incredible downpour of rain of the whole trip – no one escaped a complete soaking.
I have touched so briefly on the sights and experiences we enjoyed, and haven’t even mentioned the food, the people, the vibrancy and prosperity of this wonderful country.
If you want to know more, find someone who went on the tour, they will talk your ear off!
All praise to Rosemary for organising us, our fabulous travel agent and our Vietnamese guide who inspired our hearts and minds with the love of his country. I hope to return!
On a personal note I wish to acknowledge this diverse, fun loving and undaunted group of travellers. I am very privileged to have made many friends within the group.