Our three country tip - Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam could not have gone better. We were provided with 3 excellent guides who were most informed and attentive. Our hotels were excellent and we were listened to when we said we were not interested in huge "western style" hotels.
We were very well cared for by our guides and all the staff at the hotels. The planning of our days provided just the right amount of touring and down time for four travelers nearing 70. We had about a month of tweaking the final itinerary and our changes were always right what we were seeking.
In Viet Nam we were scheduled to take an excursion to an outlying town from Hanoi, but when we heard that it was a "touristy" town, we asked if our guide could find an alternative place a little more intimate. We ended up in one of the highlights of our trip - a town where we toured for four hours and did not see another Westerner. We saw how rice paper was made and got invited into a local's house for tea and had a most interesting conversation. I was concerned where we would eat in this small town and we were taken to one of our best meals of the trip.
One of my traveling companions was interested in photography and he made arrangements with another guide to be picked up at 5:30AM to get the right light for photos of Angkor Wat. He said the ride on the back of the motor scooter thru Siem Reap in the dark was most memorable.
We also stopped at a Buddhist temple where there was a festival taking place and once again we were the only Westerners. Seeing the ceremony, which involved throwing bolts of cloth to be blessed by draping over the Buddha, was a sight we will all remember. The accuracy of the bolt throwing to a high platform was astonishing.
One of our flights between countries was an early 7:00AM time which meant getting up at 4:00AM. This early flight gave us more time in the next country, but we were so tired that it wasn't worth it.
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