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An authentic way to see Vietnam

Asian destinations are gearing up for cycling travellers

An authentic way to see Vietnam

January 09 2012
Sophy Roberts

Sofitel is adept at laying its hands on landmark hotels, among them the Metropole in Hanoi, which has to be one of the best hotels in Asia. Now new direct flights have taken off from London Gatwick to Vietnam (www.vietnamairlines.com), this destination is likely to see a rising influx of British visitors. A recommendation: Canadian biking-tour specialist Butterfield & Robinson (www.butterfield.com) can claim deep experience in this region, and its eight-night Vietnam to Cambodia biking tour (pictured, from £6,995) is a compelling trip that’s designed for 12-year-olds and up.

Biking, too, is what makes Phil Bowen’s new outfit stand out. This British-born adventurer, who cut his teeth driving a classic car from Beijing to Paris, has been living part-time in Bhutan for the past eight years. He now runs Guides of Bhutan (www.guidesofbhutan.com), offering wilderness trekking, white-water rafting and some challenging mountain-biking itineraries (from $250 per person per day).