One of our most popular tours, take a voyage of discovery from the breath-taking majesty of the temples of Angkor, through to the spectacular natural grandeur of Halong Bay, experiencing all manner of delights en route.
Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.
Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Saigon in the south up to Hanoi in the north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this two-week tour of discovery.
The Japanese Bridge was built in the early 1600s
The person who built the bridge has remained anonymous for centuries
Each end of the bridge is guarded by symbolic animals, a dog one end and a monkey the other, and nobody is sure what they represent and why they are there
The French flattened the bridge bed out so that they could travel across it by motor vehicle – the original curve was replaced in the 1980s
In 1990 the bridge was identified as Vietnam’s most cultural and historic relic
When the bridge was opened by Nguyen Lord Phuc Chu, he carved three Chinese symbols above the door to commemorate the moment
Just 40 years after the bridge was constructed, all Japanese citizens were called home by the shogun and the country was shut to the world
The bridge has had a number of names over the centuries, including “Japanese Covered Bridge”, “Bridge for Travellers from Afar” and “Lai Vien Kieu” (Pagoda in Japan)
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