Vietnam & Cambodia
Vietnam is a long, thin country in Southeast Asia. Its neighbouring countries are China to the north, Laos and
Cambodia to the west. Once a lesser-known destination, Vietnam has become widely popular in recent years. With Hanoi consistently
ranked among the world's top 10 destinations by TripAdvisor, one can now find European tourists as far as in Ha Giang, one of the
most remote mountainous provinces. Due to its long history as a tributary state of China, as well as several periods of Chinese
occupations, Vietnamese culture is heavily influenced by that of Southern China, with Confucianism forming the basis of
Vietnamese society. The Vietnamese language also contains many loan words from Chinese, though the two languages are unrelated.
Buddhism remains the single largest religion in Vietnam, though like in China but unlike in the rest of northern Southeast Asia,
the dominant school of Buddhism in Vietnam is the Mahayana School.
Motorbiking is popular with locals and tourists alike. Given that motorbikes are the
main mode of transport in Vietnam, they can give a particularly authentic view of travelling through the country. Renting or
buying a bike is possible in many cities. Also consider Motorbike adventure tours, which involve being guided on multi-day
drives to remote regions of the country. Most tours include accommodation, petrol, helmets, drivers and entry tickets to
local places of interest. Guides usually speak good English or French and offer customised tours if desired. Motorbike
Sightseeing Tours are similar but have a more local range specific to one city or area and can focus on food, shopping