$10,990pp | single supplement $1700
During my travelling career over the past 35 years as a tour guide and travel designer, I have been collecting memories. I have stayed in wonderful hotels, crossed remote borders, marvelled at breathtaking scenery, made many friends, and explored many cultures. Now I want to share my favourite travel experiences with you on a Ross Goddard Signature Journey.
In Thailand we have chartered the fabulous RV River Kwai, just ten cabins, finely crafted in teak wood, and reminiscent of the colonial boats that were once common on the inland rivers of Southeast Asia. For three days, from our base on the River Kwai, we will visit vestiges of the Thai-Burma railway, including Hellfire Pass.
In Vietnam we arrive in the central city of Danang for a two night stay at the spectacular InterContinental Sun Peninsula Resort, designed by renowned landscape architect Bill Bensley. The hotel sits on the Son Tra peninsular with stunning vistas to the South China Sea.
The Vietage train takes us in luxury from Danang to the seaside town of Quy Nhon. Superbly appointed, elegant in every way, the Vietage train is a great way to enjoy the Vietnamese countryside. Our private villas at the Anantara Quy Nhon Villas are waiting by the sea, tranquil and peaceful.
It would not be a Ross Goddard Signature Journey without an overland drive, this time from Quy Nhon on the coast, to Buon Ma Thuot in the central highlands. Here we lodge at the Lak Tented camp, an environmentally sustainable tourism venture working with the local indigenous community.
We fly south to Can Tho in the heart of the Mekong Delta, the rice bowl of Vietnam. We stay by the river for two nights at the stunning Azerai Resort. Nearby is the former home of French author, Marguerite Dumas - her childhood memories of French colonial Vietnam were captured in her bestselling book, and later movie, The Lover.
Our Signature Journey concludes with transfers to Tan Son Nhut International airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
*Superb accommodation - 13 nights
*Private vehicles and transfers
*All entrance fees
*Journey host - Ross Goddard
Our favourite things on this journey
A three night cruise on the River Kwai in Thailand on our chartered vessel the RV River Kwai; Two nights in central Vietnam at the fabulous InterContinental Sun Peninsula Resort, looking lazy at the South China Sea; A morning train ride from Danang to Quy Nhon in a private carriage hosted by Vietage; Delicious food; The rice fields and mountains of central Vietnam; Meeting the Ede and Tay people at Lak Tented camp; In the Mekong Delta, staying by the great river, a million stars for company.