The secret is out! Travelling solo is no longer a taboo
CHOOSING not to travel because you are yourself is a thing of the past with several tour companies offering exciting destination tours designed to cater for independent women.
The Classic Safari Company has developed the Secret Women's Series of small group, escorted tours that take women to inspirational, exotic and adventurous destinations.
There are 16 tours on offer including the Classic Vietnam and Classic Cambodia, which can be booked as separate or adjoining experiences.
The tour takes in Vietnam's capital Hanoi and all its old-world charm blended with the dynamic bustle of new Asia, before you head to Halong Bay to board a restored junk boat which will take you to the furthest reaches of this tranquil waterway, visiting floating villages, impressive cave systems and learning how the region's pearls are harvested and processed.
Next stop is Hue with its flat green land which is perfect for cycling and experiencing Vietnam culinary delights. Hoi An is where you will see traditional ochre buildings line the streets, little traffic, lanterns float on a languid river, quality clothing can be tailored in a matter of hours, pagodas, bridges and historic private homes are yours to explore and bustling markets provide all the fresh produce you'll need for a cooking class.
Moving South you'll end your journey in buzzing Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) where crowded streets pulse with energy and scooters rule the roads! A day spent in the Mekong Delta will offer a contrasting peacefulness with an excursion to the delta town of Ben Tre, known for its picturesque, French era waterfront.
The 12-day tour runs from June 11 to June 22, 2018. A maximum of 10 guests will be escorted by Jemma Wilson. The cost is $4914 per person twin share. The single supplement is $1183. There is a Willing to Share option for this tour.
In Phnom Penh you will get to enjoy an evening of gastronomic exploration before arriving at the The Foreign Correspondents Club, ride cyclops to discover the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, shop your way through colourful streets and visit the moving Killing Fields + S21 Prison before heading to Battambang.
Here you'll pass through rural villages and countryside, stop at a ceramic village to learn more about traditional Angkorian pottery and take a cycling tour of local artisan industries.
Your final stop will be Siem Reap, known for its beautiful temples but fast becoming the epicentre of chic Cambodia with hip hotels, world-class dining, sumptuous spas, great shopping and a thriving cultural scene. You will visit the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, enjoy a night food tour by Vespa, shop for unique homewares and textiles in hidden pockets of the city, be awed by the famous Cambodian Circus, take a cooking class, learn about silk production wandering the mulberry trees of the Golden Silk Pheach Farm NGO and escape to the surrounding countryside to wander idyllic rice paddies.
No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to the mesmerising Angkor Wat temple - the largest religious complex in the world.
The nine-day tour runs from June 22 to June 30, 2018. A maximum of 12 guests will be escorted by Jemma Wilson. The cost is $4368 per person twin share. The single supplement is $819.
For more information, go to www.classicsafaricompany.com.au