Vietnam and Laos Highlights 15 Days 14 Nights

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh icon-16 Mekong Delta icon-16 Hoi An icon-16 Hue icon-16 Hanoi icon-16 Ha Long icon-16 Luang Prabang (Laos)

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An authentic grasp of 2 countries within 2 weeks is completely possible with TSA – in this tour. This package is a selective combination of signatures in Vietnam and Laos, from the pride of Vietnam – Ha Long to the famous Luang Prabang of Laos. By discovering the places that make the country’s name, you can get an insight into the landscape as well as the culture of these 2 charming nations…

Highlights of Vietnam & Laos Highlights tour trip:

Spectacular natural beauty:

  • The most magnificent and mysterious cave of Asia – Pak Ou Cave
  • One of the world’s 7 natural wonders – Ha Long Bay
  • The tranquility of Mekong Delta with endless paddy fields

Culture-oriented experience:

  • Accompanied by our tour guide who is an expert in history and culture.
  • Participation in local traditional customs.
  • Experience the culture of Mekong floating market.

Sufficient time for self-exploration.

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The mark of Vietnam and Laos on worldwide tourism map:

  • “Vietnam is simply beautiful. It almost has every kind of natural landscape all within one country” – Tripzilla.
  • “From pho to banh mi, and spring rolls to steamboat, Vietnam’s cuisine is fascinating. Mark C O’Flaherty recently visited a market in Hanoi for Telegraph Travel: “We watched tofu being made and shaped into pliable white girders, ready to be cooked with tomato sauce. There were stalls heaving with tiny clams; baskets of colourful chillies and limes; delicious and sweet jackfruit (best fried in flour with coconut milk); plumes of banana flower; sacks of lotus seeds to make puddings, and giant live catfish that periodically made a bid for freedom from their giant bowls.” – Telegraph UK
  • “With its dark and brooding jungle, glowing emerald rice fields, and the glistening tea leaves that blanket the mountains, the landscape in Laos changes shades of green like a chameleon.” – Lonelyplanet

Brief and Route map

Brief

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival  

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong (Ben Tre)

Day 4: Cai Rang floating market – fly to Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An

Day 5: Tra Que Village

Day 6: Hoi An – Hue – Sightseeing on the way

Day 7: Hue city tour – Local village

Day 8: Hue – Fly to Hanoi – City tour

Day 9: Hanoi – Local village

Day 10: Hanoi – Ha Long

Day 11: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 12: Hanoi – Fly to Luang Prabang

Day 13: Luang Prabang waterfall

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave

Day 15: Luang Prabang

 

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL – DINNER ON CRUISE: AN ILLUMINATED CITY BY NIGHT

Vietnam welcomes: after a long time on the airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited. You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Ho Chi Minh.

Free on your own afterward.

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In the evening

  • At around 17:30, you will be picked up and transferred to Saigon pier, where you will embark the cruise to enjoy a tasty dinner while enjoying sunset on the river.

Meals included: __/__/D

Parameter: Driving: 20 km/30 minutes

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR: THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

In the morning 

  • At 08:30, you will be met up with our guide at the lobby of the hotel after you have breakfast, then transferred to Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Cu Chi tunnels are famed for its 200-kilometre-long tunnels, an incredible underground network built by Vietcong during the Vietnam war. By visiting this site, you will have a chance to look back to the War time of Vietnam and see how we fight the invaders.
  • After spending time visiting these long tunnels, you will go to the local restaurant for lunch.

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In the afternoon

  • After saving with lunch of local foods, you will get back to Ho Chi Minh and visit the highlights of the city.
  • Firstly, you will visit The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’.
  • Next, you will walk a short distance to The Central Post Office, which is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.
  • Then, the last attraction is Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is considered the symbol of this dynamic city, is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh and reaches a height of up to 60 meters.
  • If time allows, you can pay a visit to Ben Thanh market, which is one of the biggest wholesale market of the city.
  • At around 17:00, you will be transferred back to your hotel and have your own free time afterward.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi: 90km/Driving: 1.5 hour

­­Overnight in Ho Chi Minh 

DAY 3: HO CHI MINH – BEN TRE – CAN THO: TASTE OF MEKONG RIVER

In the morning

  • At 08:30, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will be met up by our guide and river then depart from Saigon for Ben Tre.
  • On arriving board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
  • Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to witness local life and hop on a xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) to reach a nice riverside restaurant for a local lunch.
  • At noon time, you will have lunch with delicious and unique local food.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals.
  • Come back to the port and continue to visit Ben Tre Local Market before heading back to Saigon and move to Can Tho to check in your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre: 90 km/Driving: 2 hours

Overnight in Can Tho

DAY 4: CAN THO – CAI RANG MARKET – HO CHI MINH CITY: “FLOATING” CULTURE EXPLORATION

In the morning

  • At 06:30: In the early morning, you will start from Ninh Kieu boat quay, where you cruise along the small and picturesque canals and stop to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
  • You then make a stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. You continue walking through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice/noodle shop, where we observe how it is made.
  • At noon time, you will have lunch with local food.

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In the afternoon

  • After having lunch, you will have some free time before leaving back to Ho Chi Minh at 15:00.
  • You will be transferred directly to the airport for your connecting flight to Danang.
  • On your arrival in Danang, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide and driver then move to your hotel in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh: 170 km/Driving: 3.5 hours

Overnight in Hoi An  

DAY 5: HOI AN – TRA QUE VILLAGE – WALKING TOUR: LOCAL CUSTOMS PRACTICE

In the morning

  • At 08:30, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you start riding your bicycle to Tra Que village (private car will be used if you cannot ride a bike).
  • You firstly will be introduced about the history of the village, the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
  • Then you will take a trip around the vegetable garden and will join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
  • Continue doing activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities before spending the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way.
  • After finishing all the activities, you will take a break and prepare lunch with a local family.
  • You will have lunch in a local house with many local delicacies including Tam Huu spring roll, Banh xeo or the local pancake of the people from the middle region.

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In the afternoon

  • At around 15:00, riding back to Hoi An town and you will start discovering this World Heritage site.
  • You will be introduced about many delights of Hoi An. From expert dressmakers and tailors, who will craft a complete outfit for you in a couple of days, to a dawn photo trip along the river or from a fun visit to Hoi An Local Market then following small alleys to see the Chinese Assembly Hall, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Ancient House and the China Town in the other side of the canal, you’ll find yourself miss that one-of-a-kind port town in every single road of your ahead travel.
  • At around 17:00, the tour will come to the end ad you have free time on your own later.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 6: HOI AN – HUE: INCREDIBLE COASTAL LINE

In the morning

  • At 08:30 after breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you up again and start your journey to Hue.
  • On the way, you firstly make a stop at Marble Mountain, visit Non Nuoc stone carving village, one of the four ancient villages in Quang Nam – Da Nang.
  • To be continued, you will climb up to mountain, visit Thuy Son – the biggest and the most beautiful mountain in Da Nang.
  • Keep moving to Danang city and you will visit the Cham Museum, which features a fine collection of open air sandstone carvings.
  • At noon time, you will have time for lunch in a local restaurant with special local food.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will depart for Son Tra Peninsula, named as Monkey Mountain – the screen of Da Nang City.
  • Here you will visit Linh Ung Pagoda, where exists the highest Goddess of Mercy Statue of Viet Nam. The pagoda offers stunning views of Danang beach and Cham Islands in the distance.
  • Continue your way, you will pass the Hai Van Pass and Lang Co, over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South-East Sea, with spectacular views along the way.
  • At around 16:00, you will reach your hotel in Hue, check in hotel and have free time on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hue 

DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR – LOCAL VILLAGE: HISTORY AND PRESENT

In the morning

  • At 08:30 after breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel to start the exciting day tour by exploring Hue’s beauties.
  • You will walk or cycle to Toa Kham pier and experience on board along Huong river to watch Bao Vinh old town from the board, reaching Sinh Village.
  • In Sinh Village, you have a chance to study the painting material and techniques of Sinh Village where existed for over 300 years of this traditional handicraft.
  • After that, you can take a bicycle to see the peaceful landscape of Sing village, meeting and having conversations with local people.
  •  During the tour, you will stop at local house in Thanh Tien village to know about the way to do paper flowers in Thanh Tien village.
  • By this route, you also have a real look on local people’s lives, their houses architecture, visit some pagodas and small garden.
  • At noon time, you will have time for lunch with local food.

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In the afternoon

  • At 14:00, you will understand apart of Vietnam history by visiting Tu Duc tomb, which is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs.
  • The next activity is visiting Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
  • You can’t skip a romantic experience is having the boat trip on Huong river to Thien Mu pagoda.
  • Around 17:00, tour comes to an end and you have your own free time later.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hue 

DAY 8: HUE – FLY TO HANOI – CITY TOUR: THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

In the morning

  • After having breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for Hue airport for your connecting flight to Hanoi.
  • On your arrival in the Noi Bai airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver.

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon:

  • You will firstly leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the Old Quarter and visit Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Finally, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the Old Quarter and experience the local life in 45 minutes before coming back to your hotel.

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Airport – hotel: 30 km/Driving: 45 minutes

Overnight in Hanoi 

DAY 9: LOCAL VILLAGES IN BA VI: FARMING AS THE LOCALS

In the morning

  • At 08:00, after breakfast time, you will start your trip to Ri village in Ba Vi. After 1.5 – 2 hours’ driving, you will arrive on Mr Duoc’s house with a welcome drink.
  • Then you will visit the 30-year-old tea plantation in Ri Village. This is a green and peaceful place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the village. This Tea Plantation plays an important role for providing tea products for the whole north of Vietnam. You will have a chance to help local family to harvest tea leaves, you will know how to pick the best part of the tea tree to make the most wonderful beverage as Vietnam traditional tea.
  • You will have a great time listening to the host’s stories and his life in Vietnam war, besides, you can enjoy great tea with green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family.
  • Later you will drive about 20 minutes to visit another host family in Moc Village to join a cooking class by Mrs. Chin – a host family. She will show you how to cook Vietnamese food, and you will have a great time to enjoy lunch with food you have made.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you have time to walk (or ride a bike) around the village to explore local culture and you will visit the local workshops. You will learn how to make tofu, unshell the rice and may see the workshop of local hammerers who have been working there for 70 years making and fixing all the farming tools in the village.
  • At around 15:00, you will have a cycling tour for 1 hour through beautiful rice fields and villages. You can find out about the daily life of local people and interact with them.
  • Then you will get on a small boat to join fishing on Da River with local fishermen. They will show you how to catch fish.
  • Your afternoon will end with a boat trip down the Da River on which you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and explore the local life along the riverside.
  • After this great time, you will say goodbye to the host family and drive back to Ha Noi center and you will reach your hotel at around 18:30.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Hanoi – Bavi: 60 km/Driving: 1.5 hour

Overnight in Hanoi 

DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG BAY: A NIGHT ON A PEACEFUL BAY

In the morning

  • Around 08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay.

In the afternoon

  • 12:30 – 13:00: Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
  • 13:30: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
  • 17:00 – 17:30:  Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascapes on the way.
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
  • 19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

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Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Parameter: Hanoi – Halong: 180 km/Driving: 4 hours

Overnight on cruise  

DAY 11: HA LONG – HANOI: THE FLAVOURS OF THE BAY

In the morning

  • 06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07:00 – 07:30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
  • 08:30 – 09:30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Drum Cave.
  •  09:45: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10:00 – 10:30 : Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
  • 10:30 – 11:30: While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
  • At 10:30, you will have lunch on cruise.

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In the afternoon

  • 11:45 – 12:00: Disembark V’Spirit Classic.
  • 12:30: You will be transferred to Hanoi for your own free time later.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Halong – Hanoi airport: 180 km/Driving: 4 hours

Overnight in Hanoi  

DAY 12: HANOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG: FIRST GLANCE OF LAOS

In the afternoon

  • You will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight to Luang Prabang.
  • On your arrival in Luang Prabang, our local guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check in.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Note: You may take a flight at 12:50 or 19:10 upon the availability

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 13: ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE: A COMBINATION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL VALUES

In the morning

  • Wake up as the sun rises, you will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
  • From there, you will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetables, fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the flavor of local life.
  • After breakfast, you will be directly on the way to Ban Xang Hai, which is famous for the traditional rice whiskey distilled.
  • From there, you will enjoy the 30-minute elephant ride exploring the Mekong river at the nearby elephant camp.
  • Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you continue visiting Ban Pak Ou, and take the boat crossing the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
  • You will then take the boat downstream the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.
  • Upon arrival, you will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos
  • You will have time to Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures.
  • Next, you will transfer back to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Luang Prabang  

DAY 14: RICE EXPERIENCE – KUANG SI WATERFALL: PURE TRADITIONS AMONG MARVELLOUS SCENERIES

In the morning

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will begin a close-up look at daily Laotian life by heading out for a morning at a community-based living rice farm in the idyllic countryside outside Luang Prabang.
  • Surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, you will have an opportunity to experience rural life as a Laotian farmer would, trying your hand at various farm activities – or observing them from a traditional Lao rice house balcony, set amidst rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm.
  • After that, you will also have time to check out nearby workshops where local bamboo weavers, blacksmiths and sugar cane processors practice their crafts. Then take a tour of the organic garden to learn how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.
  • Lunch will be served at the terrace overlooking the rice field.

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will go to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals.
  • You will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
  • On the way back to the town, you will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This place is also the perfect spot to admire the sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 15: LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE

In the morning

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be free to stroll around the town before taking the departure flight for the next destination.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

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What's Included & Excluded

Included:

  • The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
  • Service charges and government tax
  • 03 Domestic Flights: Hanoi – Hue; Danang – Ho Chi Minh; Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver)
  • Bank fee
  • Any surcharge for holiday

Notes:

  • Check in is 14.00 and check out is 12.00. Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.
  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at airport on arrival
  • Itinerary can be run in reserve
  • The detailed itinerary of Halong Cruises might be different depends on your junk choice.

If, at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavour to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list.

Price

Price: Price is different in different period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time

Children Policy: 

AGE RANGE ROOM SHARING  BED REQUEST CHARGE
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Existing bed FOC
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Extra bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Existing bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Extra bed 75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old 1 adult Existing bed 95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old Any Existing bed 100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines

*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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                     Rianstorres (Singapore) Visited January 2018 –  From Tripadvisor said:

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam and Cambodia

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam and Cambodia. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam and Cambodia in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). Cambodia visa can be issued upon arrival at the airport or border gate. You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam or Cambodia.

Currency Exchange

Vietnam – The Vietnamese Dong is the local currency.

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Cambodia – The Cambodian Riel is the local currency.

In tourist areas U.S. currency in widely accepted in cities. It is best to carry both Cambodian and U.S. currency in small denominations. Credit cards can generally be used at hotels, but smaller business may not accept them or may charge a service fee for their use. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations in local currency or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier. It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. In Cambodia – The voltage used is 230 volts. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.

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Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

  •  Vietnam – Southern Vietnam has two seasons, the wet season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Northern regions also have two seasons with cool and damp conditions from November to April and generally hot, dry conditions from May through October. Bring appropriate clothing depending on the season during which you are traveling. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
  • Cambodia – Cambodia has three seasons. The dry season is from November to March. The hot season is from March to June. The wet season is from July to October. Comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket are recommended. A hat and sunscreen lotion are especially recommended during the hot season. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

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