A Junk is an ancient Chinese sailing vessel still in use today in Southeast Asia. We stay overnight onboard a Junk boat on most group tours at Halong Bay in Vietnam. The simply rigged sea going vessels where designed by the Chinese boat builders of the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). The flat bottomed wooden boats, like the Sampan have no keel instead they rely upon a large rudder to prevent sideway slip in the water. The interiors traditionally panelled in soft wood or teak are equipped with a dining room, lounge, 5 – 12 fully equipped cabins and a number of bathrooms. Many junks have an alfresco dining area and all have deck space kitted with comfy loungers for sunning, relaxing and taking in the views.
The number of travellers on each tour is typically between 12 - 20. Sometimes more, to a maximum of 24 in Thailand and 22 in Vietnam & Cambodia, or sometimes less.
On our Thailand Temples and Tribes tour, days 10 -12 are spent walking in the foothills of the tribal areas north of Chiang Rai to visit the villages of Huai Khum, Mae Kampong and Maerim. The route requires us to walk for approximately 3 - 4 hours per day stopping at points of interest along the way. The terrain is typically undulating and the pace of the walk is leisurely, certainly not strenuous. Good, comfortable walking shoes would be advantageous.
Our Southeast Asia holidays are arranged and operated exclusively for you, on a departure date of your choice. When travelling between cities and villages you (and your private party of relatives or friends) will be escorted by a representative/driver. Then upon arrival to your destination you will meet with our local English speaking tour guide who will conduct your sightseeing of the region. Our holidays are suitable for solo travellers, couples or small private groups; accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and local guides are fully arranged.
We welcome children of any age, accompanied by a parent or guardian on our tailor-made holidays to the region. In Santubong Peninsula the boutique village house we use is for over 16 year olds only.
Vietnam sits within tropical and sub tropical climate zones. The South (Saigon to Phan Thiet)is hot year round. The wet season lasts from May till October and you can expect a heavy shower once a day. The dry season comes in November where you'll be blessed with sunshine (and some humidity) right the way through to April the following year. The centre (Nhe Trang to Hue) for most of the year is bathed in beautiful sunshine. Expect heavy showers in November and December and some typhoon activity from mid October to mid December The north (Hanoi to Sapa) has less or wet/dry season extreme. Summer lasts from May till October where temperatures range between 30 - 35, humidity is high and an afternoon shower is common. In the winter temperatures range between 10 - 15 degrees with the odd afternoon drizzle.