26 March 2012
Where are you just back from?
Vietnam and Cambodia
What did you see and do while there?
Visited Hoi An on bicycles; travelled over the Hai Van Pass to Hue to visit the citadel and mausoleums; visited the ancient temples of Angkor; visited Cambodia's only private island resort, Song Saa; and paid a brief visit to Phnom Penh to see the Tuol Sleng Museum.
What was the highlight of your trip - any hidden gems?
The Highlight of my trip was most definitely the cycle trip to Hoi An. I loved how the town streets were full of colourful lamps, and the bustling market was full of lively sounds and smells.
What would be your top tip for this destination?
Take a good pair of shoes with you when visiting the temples. The ground is uneven and the more adventurous can climb for access to areas other tourists dare not. Also, drink plenty of water - the humidity can do funny things to you!
Why should a member travel there?
Both countries are full of history and culture and the temples are spectacular.
What is unique about this place?
Both countries are rich in both modern and ancient history. The food is some of the tastiest (and healthiest) I have eaten and the culture is one of the friendliest I know. To see two nations come through such destruction as the Vietnam war and Khmer Rouge regime is humbling.
What hotels did you visit?
The two standout hotels where Song Saa Island Resort in Cambodia and Fusion Maia in Vietnam.
What was the Fusion Maia like?
I really liked the feel of this hotel - the whole concept is focused on the idea of a square so all the rooms are in blocks of four. The décor is minimal and the colours are white with bold purple and pink scattered about. It's about 20mins north of Hoi An with easy access into the town.
Why choose this resort?
This hotel is aimed at one market - Spa. This hotel is great if you thoroughly enjoy spa treatments and being pampered. The beach at the resort is wide and clean and the facilities are excellent. The location to Hoi An is as good as any other in the ‘beach' area and the general staff make the whole experience really personal.
What is the service like - are there any special touches?
The hotel provides something called Fusionistas. These guys are allocated with clients based on their language. It allows the guests to have one person they can communicate with for the duration of their stay, which allows them to build a more personal relationship.