I had been to Vietnam during the Vietnam war in the late 60s and wanted to see and experience it in a different light.
Angkor Wat was also on our bucket list.
We found the Vietnamese people very warm and likable, but their tourism industry needs a little help finding better venues to see.
Cambodia was phenomenal as were there people and the ruins. Angkor Wat is a must see.
Bangkok was interesting but very busy, 10 million people with 6 million motor bikes. Canal boat trips were a treat and the off tour restaurants were very good.
The weather was exceptionally hot and the air conditioning on the River Boat was hit and miss in the dining room and hard to control in the cabin(too cold or to hot). Cabins are quite small. Cabin access is from the exterior passageway where the pubic could pass, so it was not comfortable to leave our curtains open to view the passing scenery.
The crew were exceptional, nice and very accommodating(primarily Cambodian).
Dining on the boat was also quite good.
Shore excursions were interesting and educational.
Our Vietnamese tour guides were exceptional, and very educational.
All the Hotels on this trip were luxurious, especially in Bangkok, where we were right on the river and could view the boat traffic which was educational on its own.
The Hotel in Siem Reap was the absolute best on the trip. The Buffet meals were exceptional with multi international choices.
The cuisine in all of Southeast Asia was delightful, and the markets a real treat.
Very small and questionable air conditioning control.
Well accented and comfortable bed.