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24-year-old Male living in Perth, WA Australia

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11 countries

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Vietnam Experience 1 country \ 12 days

16 Aug 2014 - 27 Aug 2014 \ Vietnam is a genuinely beautiful and relatively untouched country that few people in the West (especially Australia) have truly seen. The good thing about this tour is that you get to see it from top to bottom. Central Vietnam (Nha Trang, Hue and Hoi-An) is one of the most beautiful regions of the world I have ever been. Try ALL THE FOOD AND DRINK on the tour, the rat is good, the snake isn't the best and the snake and banana whisky will literally take your breath away. Get ready for a variety of delicious dishes that will be your staple diet for two weeks, and the spring rolls (wow)...the ones back at home will never be quite as good as they are in Vietnam. The local people are generally friendly and helpful if you decide to go off the beaten track a bit. In the north they are ruder and less helpful but certainly not as harrassing or annoying as the locals in places like Bali. Be prepared to BARGAIN HARD, that means acting disinterested, walking away, and coming back 30 minutes later. The Vietnamese give no quarter but respect assertiveness. Contiki get a 10% discount at the Yali (tailor-made) clothing outlet in Hoi-An so take full advantage of this and leave a little space in your luggage for a suit, shoes, dress or whatever you decide to get - there is alot of choice and the quality is top notch for a fraction of what you pay in the West. Both boat cruises off Nha Trang and Halong Bay are definitely worth it and are alot of fun. The Cu-Chi tunnels visited as part of the Vietnam Experience that aren't included in the Highlights tour are also great, make sure you physically get into the tunnels (they are tiny), open your mind to the Vietnamese perspective (while keeping in mind there is alot of blantant Communist propaganda) and shoot an AK-47, M16, Garand or M-60 at the end for good measure. In Hanoi, ask your tour manager to take you to the Water Puppets show, this is a weird and wacky cultural experience that is definitely worth the small entrance fee. Being a slightly smaller contiki in terms of group size, your experience on this tour is impacted heavily by the quality of the group and tour manager, luckily both for me were good, especially the tour manager Alex Palma. Alex is very knowledgable and helpful, he also is good for a laugh to. Make sure you book some time before and after your tour in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi (respectively) at a backpackers, as the backpacking culture is awesome and the pub crawls are definitely worth checking out. Don't get stuck partying with the same people, go and join in with the hundreds of backpackers who are keen to party! Central Backpackers in Hanoi is great for this due to the free beer they serve during happy hour, and the large pub crawls with Hanoi Original Backpackers are legendary.

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Delicious food Fascinating culture Beautiful scenery

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European Experience

10 countries \ 21 days \ from US$2899 per person

Favorite Tours

Grand Southern (Start Los Angeles)

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1 country \ 26 days \ from US$3844 per person

Southern delicacies include chicken and ribs, biscuits and gravy, and more curiously, Elvis' favorite Graceland snack, a peanut butter and banana concoction. But here's food for thought: Our equally eclectic travel menu of mouth-watering southern destinations, nicely sandwiched between prime left- and right-coast stop-overs. Get a taste of Texas, full servings of Memphis and New Orleans, and a ...

European Experience

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10 countries \ 21 days \ from US$2899 per person

Experience Europe, Contiki style! A great tour itinerary for those wanting quality time in Italy without skipping anything important on the way there. The second half of the tour is all about beautiful scenery with stops in the Austrian Tyrol as well as the Swiss Alps. Of course, with the beautiful scenery comes some amazing opportunities to raft, ride and climb your way to must have memories.

The Expedition

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10 countries \ 22 days \ from n/a per person

As a rule, camping is a relaxing holiday, but the 21 day Expedition tour takes relaxation to another level. All the big cities are covered with two night stops, giving you time to get there and have a full free day in the actual city rather than just driving past it. There really is something for everyone on this tour; swim in the Mediterranean on the French Riviera, visit the gorgeous mediev...

Places I've Been (?)

  • Austria
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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