ID07: Exploring Indochina Tour - 24 days from Phnom Penh

exploring indochina tour

If you have the time, Indochina deserves it. This Indochina travel package lasts 24 daysduring which you can expect to get a real appreciation of the region and its people. You will find the local people in all three countries you will visit as naturally hospitable. Beginning in Cambodia, you have a few days to really appreciate places like the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor before you fly north to Luang Prabang which was the ancient capital of Laos and thence into Vietnam.

This Indochina holiday begins in Phnom Penh where you will see some of the reminders of the terrible years of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. A short flight down to Siem Reap takes you to the site of Angkor with time to really explore. Luang Prabang in Laos is renowned for its temples and orange-robed monks yet it has major natural attractions as well; the Mekong, caves and waterfalls.

It is now time to head east to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi with plenty of time to really get to know Vietnam. While the traffic might be hectic, Hanoi retains a ‘’small town’’ feel as well. There is plenty to see and do before you start to explore the rest of the North. First it is the Northern Highlands with the highlight the SaPa Terraces and Market. It is then east to the Red River Delta and Halong Bay. A cruise in the Bay is a real delight.

You then fly south to the Central Coast and Danang. Proceeding to the ancient trading port of Hoi An, learn more about the region’s farmers and fishermen before onwards to Ho Chi Minh City. As well as getting an appreciation of this national commercial centre, you will see the Vietcong’s Cu Chi Tunnels as well as the Mekong Delta.

The time will fly by with so much to remember from this Indochina tour.

Destinations: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Sapa - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hoi An - My Son - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels - Mekong Delta - Phu Quoc Island 

Highlights: Phnom Penh with killing field, Siem Reap Angkor temples, Hanoi Capital City with Old Quarters, Sapa trekking tours, Ninh Binh with Halong Bay on land, overnight cruise in Halong Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town, 

Exploring Indochina Tour in brief:

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour
Day 3: Phnom Penh - Flight to Siem Reap
Day 4: Siem Reap Angkor Tour
Day 5: Siem Reap Angkor Tour
Day 6: Siem Reap - Flight to Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang Tour
Day 8: Luang Prabang Tour - Flight to Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour
Day 10: Hanoi - Drive to Sapa
Day 11: Sapa Tour
Day 12: Sapa Market - Drive back to Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
Day 14: Ninh Binh - Halong Crusie
Day 15: Halong Cruise - Hanoi - Flight to Danang (Hoi An)
Day 16: Hoi An farming & fishing tour
Day 17: Hoi An Free Day
Day 18: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Day 19: Cu Chi tunnels tour
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho (Mekong)
Day 21: Can Tho - Flight to Phu Quoc Island
Day 22 & 23: Phu Quoc Island
Day 24: Phu Quoc Island - Flight to Ho Chi Minh

Exploring Indochina Tour brings full experience in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. This 24 day Indochina tour provides you greater opportunities to discover all highlights of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam such as mysterious temples of Ankor Thom & Angkor wat, golden temples in Luang Prabang, beautiful places to visit in Hanoi, Sapa, Tam Coc,Halong Bay, Hoi An, Mekong delta of Vietnam. The tour is perfectly finished in Phu Quoc at one of the best beach resorts.

If you have time, choose "Exploring Indochina Tour" as it is the best option to explore Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia.

 

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Phnom Penh Arrival (None)

Phnom Penh, the first stop for your Indochina tours, once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But that’s history, and Phnom Penh has risen from the ashes to take its place among the cool capitals of the region. After touching down in Cambodia's capital, take a city tour by cyclo to learn about the country's history and culture. Visit the historic displays at the National Museum and the glittering buildings of the Royal Palace before heading to Wat Phnom for sunset views of the city.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 01

Phnom Penh City Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. You will visit Royal Palace, the sacred Silver Pagoda, which is well known for its 5000 silver tiled floor. Heading out of this area, you will follow your trip to Independence monument and Wat Phnom which is the symbol of Phnom Penh.

Afternoon, visit Toul Sleng genocide musuem and Cheung Ek killing field which provides a deep insight into the painful rule of the Khmer Rouge. Then, explore Psar Toul Tompong or Russian market where everything is sale.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 02

Phnom Penh – Flight to Siem Reap (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Indochina tour guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 03

Siem Reap Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

Siem Reap is no doubt a surprise for your Indochina tours. This morning, Tuk Tuk Tour to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King, Phimean Akas. Afternoon continue your Tuk Tuk tour to visit Angkor Wat Temple complex and evening sunset from the Bakheng Hill.. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 04

Siem Reap Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

Early morning get up to view the magnificent and wonderful sunrise from the Angkor Wat temple. And then back to hotel for breakfast. Temple tour with our driver and guide to visit Banteay Srey Temple which known as Pink Temple and on way back visit Banteay Samre. Afternoon visit Petit Circuit: Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, Ta Promh, Banteay Kdei & Sras Srang. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 05

Siem Reap – Flight to Luang Prabang (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Indochina tour guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang with Laos airlines. Meet upon your arrival by our guide and driver who will transfer you to the hotel, after check-in free time at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 06

Luang Prabang – City tour – Kuang Xi Waterfall (Breakfast, Lunch)

Luang Prabang is the beautiful break during your Indochina holiday. This morning,we will visit the temple of Wat Xieng Thong which is considered as the most magnificent temple of Luang Prabang. It was built in 1560 by Setthathirat King in the classical Lao architecture style, Wat Wisunalat (also called Wat Visoun), one of the city’s oldest temples. And continue the exploration of the city with the visit of the Royal Palace Museum. And have lunch in one of many good restaurants.

In the afternoon, we drive to visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall on the other side of Luang Prabang .You can do some bathing and relaxing in the turquoise natural pools below. Make sure you visit the Bear Rescue Center just near the entrance. Back to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 07

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave - Flight to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we will do one of the most interesting Luang Prabang tours,  embark a boat for a cruise up the Mekong past scenes of rural riverside life until reaching the famous Pak Ou Caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers. The two caves in a limestone face are filled with hundreds of Buddha images, brought here over centuries by worshippers including former kings. “Pak Ou” remains a popular pilgrimage site for local people. During Lao New Year in April, the caves are crowded with devotees who gain merits by ceremonially washing the Buddha statues. The upper and lower caves are explored.

Return to Luang Prabang for lunch. Afternoon is free time on your leisure.

Then continue transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport, pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 08

Hanoi special tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with a long background of history and culture. Besides historical destinations, Hanoi is well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, funny street vendors & special street food cuisine.

05:30 Wake up early and be ready for an amazing morning trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter - the symbols of Hanoi city and Hanoian. You will be surprised by seeing local Hanoians doing morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake as they are so natural practicing such strange Tai Chi in their own ways. Let’s see the way they do and join with them! From Hoan Kiem Lake, take a look at the Old Quarter as it is the only time in day you can enjoy quiet atmosphere.

07:00 Have breakfast with Pho - the most famous and popular dish in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.

08:00 Transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a large memorial to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification. The Mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence on 02nd Sep 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace & House on Stilt. Near from Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda – symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower is a must-see destination for all Vietnam tours. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature which is the first university in Vietnam. It was constructed in 1070, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.

After lunch time, we continue our Hanoi city tour to the Museum of Ethnology offering an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. It introduces Vietnamese traditional ways of life from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as displays a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.

End the day with a short cyclo ride around the old streets observing daily life of Hanoian, take exotic photos of Hanoi traffic and enjoy a fantastic water puppet show.

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Day 09

Hanoi - Drive to Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

08:30 Pick up at your hotel and take a smooth drive on new national highway to Sapa, passing beautiful sceneries on both sides of the road including countryside areas, rice fields and mountains.

14:30 Arrive at your hotel in Sapa, check-in your hotel and take a short rest.

16:00 Take a glimpse of Sapa town and you will have chance to see Sapa Stone Church and old streets.

Have dinner at a local restaurant (on your own) and overnight in Sapa.

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Day 10

Sapa trekking tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

From Sapa, we trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’mong Village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village. We enjoy our picnic lunch in Lao Chai or at an appropriate spot.After lunch, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van. This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.

Then, countinue trek to the meeting point where our driver is waiting for us for driving back to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

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Day 11

Sapa Market – Drive back to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;

Market days:
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays

In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi for overnight.

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Day 12

Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (Breakfast, Lunch)

This morning, we will drive to visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc which are two most beautiful sceneries of Ninh Binh province, just 100 km southeast of Ha Noi. Hoa Lu is the Ancient Royal Capital under Dinh Dynasty and pre-Le Dynasty, which lasted 41 years (968-1009). In comparison with Hoa Lu, Tam Coc is considered Ha Long Bay on land because of its beauty and charm. Sitting on boat en route Tam Coc, you have a good chance of viewing the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along river and scattered green rice fields, which are all combined to form a poetic painting of the countryside. Overnight in Tam Coc.

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Day 13

Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam Holidays. We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

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Day 14

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da nang - Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunch)

It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up.

After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi. Stop in Hai Duong to visit the famous Con Son pagoda. Transfer back to Hanoi Airport for your afternoon flight with Vietnam airlines to Danang. Pick up and transfer to your hotel, evening free at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 15

Hoi An Farming & Fishing tour (Breakfast)

Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities - coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless.

Tour guide meets you at your hotel and cycle to a local farming village traveling along picturesque country roads.

Share in the daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty.

Board and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.

Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides

Back on-board our Hoi An boat, enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink

Return to hotel by car and overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 16

Hoi An Free Day (Breakfast)

Hoi An Ancient Town - highlight of any tour to Vietnam - is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous China Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 17

Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in Vietnam.

Pick up nad transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 18

Ho Chi Minh city tour & Cu Chi tunnels (Breakfast)

On this full-day program, you’ll depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 for a pleasant drive through the countryside to Cu Chi.

Before entering the tunnels you’ll see a short introductory video about their construction. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnel maze. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 13:00.

In the afternoon your Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, fine examples of classical French colonial architecture.

See the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most important buildings. Here on 30 April 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum features poignant displays of the futility of war. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.

Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk ao dais, the traditional costume for women.

The tour ends at approximately 18:00 and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Note that you have the option of staying on at Ben Thanh Market and making your own way back to the hotel.

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Day 19

Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be Floating Market – Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no double one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival,we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, free at leisure and overnight in Can Tho.

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Day 20

Cantho (Cai Rang Floating Market) – Phu Quoc Island (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon, transfer to Can Tho airport for the short flight to Phu Quoc. Met on arrival and transfer to your resort. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Day 21

Phu Quoc island Free Day (Breakfast)

Phu Quoc - One of Vietnam’s star attractions, mountainous and forested Phu Quoc is a splendid tropical getaway set with soft secluded beaches, the water a thousand different shades of turquoise. Stunning sunsets, thunderclouds heaped on the horizon. Palm trees protruding perpendicular over the gentle waves. That's Phu Quoc island and paradise for Vietnam beach lovers and great place to end your amazing Indochina Holiday. Days free at leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Day 22

Phu Quoc island Free Day (Breakfast)

Free day at leisure and overnight in Phu Quoc.

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Day 23

Phu Quoc Island – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City & Departure (Breakfast)

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Indochina Holiday until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh and connect with your international flight home with the sincere thanks for traveling with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Indochina Tours with us and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Indochina Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!

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Day 24

Inclusion:

  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Flight tickets: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Hanoi - Hue, Danang - Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho - Phu Quoc & Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh 
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • Visa on arrival to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Other meals
  • Insurance

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- 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotelS, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

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* How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

b) How long does it take?
It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp
Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

Download the form that you will need to fill your personal information at airport/border here

* Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

* Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?
We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can change money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

* Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

* Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

* When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

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* Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

Note:
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

* Shopping
Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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Tour Guide:
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Transportation:
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

vietnam hotel

We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinner
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

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This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

Planning the tour:
Prompt response in 0.5-10 hours
Supported by private travel consultant
Unlimited changes, no charge

Our guarantee:
Quality service and affordable price with added value
Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected hotels
Use of comfortable vehicles
Worry-free & one-stop service
Excellent customer care

Methods of payment:
Deposit 30% in advance after the tour is confirmed
Balance paid on arrival in cash, credit cards, traveler's cheque
Online and secure payment by bank transfer or credit cards