Friday, 20 January 2012

Pho Hien

About 70 km southeast of Hanoi, Pho Hien is a historical site in Hung Yen Province. In the 15th to 18th centuries it was a famous merchant port in Vietnam and is a small historic town on the banks of the Red River. Like the ancient town of Hoi An, Pho Hien has over 100 historical and cultural relics, 18 of which are recongised as national cultural items.
Why not include a visit to Pho Hien on your next visit to Vietnam.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Tuk Tuks - a fun way to explore Angkor

If you are looking for an authentic way of touring the numerous temple complexes of Angkor, there is no better option than a local tuk tuk. The vehicle is a two-wheeled wagon with a canopy to protect you from the sun and rain connected to a small motorbike. Tuk tuks are omnipresent in Cambodia and they are an ideal form of transportation in and around the temple complexes, including Angkor Wat. Riding in a tuk tuk through the Cambodian countryside allows you to truely appreciate the beauty of the area.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

New direct route between Vietnam and the UK

From the 8th of December 2011 you will, for the first time ever, be able to fly non-stop from the UK to Vietnam. The national carrier Vietnam Airlines plans to use Boeing 777 aircraft to run seven flights a week by 2014. The flights will link Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to London’s Gatwick Airport.

Thursday, 15 September 2011


Gain a deeper understanding of why Hue was chosen as the spiritual capital, a place worthy for the tombs of Emperors. Explore the ruins of the middle age dynasties and traverse pine forests along the majestic banks of the Perfume River. Visit the Citadel and Imperial museum then relax at the An Hien garden and finally the Heavenly Lady Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in the place. An enjoyable and active way to see the captivating ways of Hue.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


It has been talked about for years and has had more stop-start scenarios than your average travel industry development. But, at long last this winter, the UK will be connected to Vietnam for the first time by a new non-stop service operated by Vietnam Airlines.

Previously, visitors to the country had to route through a South-East Asian hub such as Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur or fly to Paris and pick up a connecting flight in the French capital.

The news means tour operators such as Silk Steps will be able to offer clients a more convenient route in and out of Vietnam, saving time and avoiding transiting in airports outside of the country to be visited.

At Silk Steps, we will be using the new service – where appropriate and competitive – to ensure we continue to create the most original and enticing itineraries for clients, whether it’s soaking up the atmosphere in Saigon, visiting the tunnels of Cu Chi, sailing around Halong Bay or savouring the delights of Hoi An – still one of the most enchanting corners of the Far East.

Outbound flights will depart Gatwick on Mondays and Thursdays to Hanoi and on Wednesdays and Saturdays to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the service begins on December 8.

And, in other airline industry developments, Thai Airways International has announced that it is undertaking a complete – and long overdue - upgrade of its Boeing 747 fleet on the Bangkok- London route.

It will come as welcome news for travelers who have a long-held affection for the airline’s tradition of fine service but who have become disenchanted by aircraft that fail to meet the expectations of today’s air traveller. The first of the upgraded planes – complete with in-seat video on demand - will come into service this October with the rest to follow in 2012.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mekong boat trips - Cambodia

One of the most intriguing ways to explore the beauty of Cambodia is by taking a private traditional river boat on the Mekong or Tonle Sap.
Day trips will take you to interesting and rarely visited places along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers including Koh Chen, an island where silverware is produced, the beaches of Preak Bang Kang and several floating villages. Boats can be chartered for trips anywhere, offering a personalised and tranquil way to explore Cambodia's lifelines, its mighty estuaries.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Celebrates its Grand Opening

The Hilton Worldwide formally opened the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund on 18 Apr 2011.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund opened the Waldorf Astoria Club, comprising 20 luxurious suites in the hotel’s century-old heritage building in August last year. Today, the new Waldorf Astoria Tower building, comprising an additional 252 well-appointed rooms and suites, was formally inaugurated thereby completing the timeless luxury and legendary heritage of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.