Your Indochina tour package begins in Hanoi with a city tour of Vietnam’s capital before you travel though the countryside eastwards to Halong Bay. The itinerary within Vietnam takes you from north to south before you fly first to Cambodia to enjoy the Angkor Complex and then Laos to Luang Prabang. Your fourth country on this Indochina holiday is Thailand, starting in Chiang Mai and finishing in Bangkok, 20 days in all and a memorable experience.
After you see all that Hanoi has to offer, your next highlight is cruising in Halong Bay, including a night on your boat. There are many limestone islands and villages with houses on stilts, the homes of fishermen. Later after a flight to Danang in Central Vietnam, you will learn more about the fishing and farming communities during your time in Hoi An, a trading port in the early Middle Ages in the Champa Kingdom.
The next leg of your Indochina tour is in the south, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) from where you have the chance to visit both the Mekong Delta and the Vietcong’s Cu Chi Tunnels which were used so effectively for shelter and communications in the Vietnam War.
You are now halfway through your holiday and your next destination is Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor, including Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat especially. Luang Prabang in Laos is another stunning location on your itinerary, known primarily for its temples and monks in orange robes. There is time to walk around in this city before heading off.
You enter Thailand at Chiang Mai in the north, a region known for its excellent trekking trails. The short flight to Bangkok, your final destination, allows you to see this bustling city, full of memorable landmarks and vibrant nightlife.
Destinations: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Chieng Mai – Bangkok
Highlights: Hanoi old streets, cyclo riding, water puppet show, Halong luxury cruise, Hoi An farming & fishing activities, Ho Chi Minh Bustling city, Mekong Delta with floating markets, Cu Chi tunnels, Siem Reap Angkor temples, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Best of Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Thai Land in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Cruise
Day 4: Halong Cruise - Hanoi & Flight to Danang (Hoi An)
Day 5: Hoi An farming & fishing tour
Day 6: Hoi An Free Day
Day 7: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Siem Reap
Day 11: Siem Reap (Angkor Temples)
Day 12: Siem Reap - Flight to Luang Prabang
Day 13: Luang Prabang
Day 14: Luang Prabang Free Day
Day 15: Luong Prabang – Flight to Chiang Mai
Day 16: Chiang Mai Trekking Tour
Day 17: Chiang Mai – Flight to Bangkok
Day 18: Bangkok Sightseeing Tour
Day 19: Bangkok Sightseeing Tour
Day 20: Bangkok Departure
No other Indochia tours to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand can be nicer than this one. Within 20 days, you will visit the main attractions of 4 different countries. If you are planning your trip to Southeast Asia, why don't you contact us now?
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Hanoi, the first stop for your Indochina tours. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tour guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday to Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi without a doubt is a beautiful stop for your Vietnam Travel. Today, we enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum (or Museum of Fine Arts, Army Museum, History Museum, Woman Museum, Hoa Lo Prison), the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Enjoy a glass of "Bia Hoi - draught beer - included" at Ta Hien Street before we enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
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.
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 on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check in. Free at leisure and overnight in Hoi An.
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.
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 Danang Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
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.
Around 08:00 Tour guide pick you up in your hotel lobby, then driving 90Km (2hrs) to Ben Tre. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces including a brick works, a salt refinery, a coconut processing workshop and a mat weaving house. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, boarding your Xe Loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stopping at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp.
After lunch, it’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. You will back to the river to board your boat. Then, we will head back to Saigon and arrive at your hotel at around 17:00.
An extremely complex tunnel system, the Cu Chi network covers a wide area of countryside near to Ho Chi Minh city and was an excellent way for the Viet Kong to move undetected by American forces underground. This evocative day tour explores the struggle of everyday life during the Vietnam War from a local perspective and takes you deep underground to explore the tunnels.
The Cu Chi tour starts with an introductory video detailing its long 25-year construction. Then it is time to go underground in the infamous 120-mile Cu Chi tunnel system which offered a safe haven for soldiers and thousands of Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War. It is virtually an underground city with dwelling houses, schools, hospitals and factories.
On display are booby traps, the remains of a US army tank and huge craters left by American B52 bombs. You will be able to admire lots of compelling photos and personal effects left behind.
There is also the chance to play real war games firing an authentic AK rifle used during the war.
After breakfast, our indochina tour guide in Ho Chi Minh will transfer you to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap, one of the most exciting Indochina tours, the home of the Temples of Angkor. Set off this afternoon for a tuk tuk ride to Angkor Thom. angkorDiscover an ancient city of incredible proportions- perfectly planned and filled with impressive temples. Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is no doubt a surprise for your Indochina tours. After breakfast, begin this morning with a tour of the 'small circuit' temples. Your guide will introduce you to the great Khmer ancient civilization as you visit ruins such as Ta Phrom and Preah Khan. This afternoon, be amazed at the grandeur and beauty of Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap
After breakfast, our Indochina tour guide in Siem Reap will transfer you to the airport for the short flight to flight to Luang Prabang. Pick you upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure. Overnight in Luong Prabang.
Luang Prabang is the perfect end for your Indochina tours. If you wish, get an early start (6:00am or so) and go watch or participate in the traditional Lao rite of Almsgiving to the monks. In the city, some 300+ monks file through silently collecting alms. This is an amazing sight and your guide will be on hand to demonstrate and explain this important ritual. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, begin a Mekong Riverboat trip with your guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Today many still pay respect with this old tradition. Walk through the caves before returning to your boat and to Luang Prabang town. Enjoy lunch en route.
Return to the hotel to relax or explore on your own. Luang Prabang is a wonderful walking town, and you can find dinner on your own at any number of fine international restaurants. Overnight in Luong Prabang.
Colour is the first of Luang Prabang’s virtues to greet travellers. Pearly frangipanis with their heady perfume, banks of overgrown trees peppered with scarlet flowers, the burnt sienna robes of hundreds of monks and their novices, and resplendent gold and claret wats. Day free at leisure for your own visit. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Indochina tours until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport for the short flight to Chiang Mai - a top destination of any Thailand holiday. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Discover Chiang Mai on your own then.
Breakfast at hotel. Catch your breath to Maetaman Elephant Camp, which gives you a joyous close-up with these talented animals - watch them perform little ‘tricks’, have an exciting elephant ride along the trails, followed by an ox-cart ride back to the camp.
In the afternoon, enjoy a brilliant white-water rafting along Mae Taeng River. On return to Chiang Mai, we’ll stop off at Orchid Nursery to learn how the locals grow orchids. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Doi Suthep with a stopover to visit Wat Umong, a 700-year-old Buddhist temple that is calm for meditation and finding life's purposes. Later, ride up the well paved, winding road till you reach the magical staircase leading to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai. Remember your wonderful time in this city because you’ll fly to Bangkok next.
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and then start to tour: at first, a visit to Wat Traimit famous for its 900-year-old, five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Next stop is Wat Arun, one of the best known landmarks and the most published images of Bangkok. After that, we’ll see Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok housing the largest Reclining Buddha.
Have lunch at a local restaurant before we continue to visit the most famous site in this city, Grand Palace, which adjoins Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Close this day with free leisure time on your own.
This morning, drive to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The first place you’ll visit is Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful Summer Palaces in Thailand. Followed by a tour to Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, in which you can observe one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Images as well as the ruins of the old Grand Palace & temples.
At noon, transfer to the pier for a cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok, during which you will be impressed by the Thai rural life along the river. Lunch is served on board. At around 4pm, you will be transferred to hotel for leisure time.
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* How to pay the deposit and the balance?
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Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.
When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.
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* Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.
* Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;
- Family with kids and children < 12 years old
- Disable people
- Old people (> 65 years old)
- Second trip with us
- Big group
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* Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.
* What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.
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* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.
General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.
- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 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.
* 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
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
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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.
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* 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.
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.
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.
We are on our way home from this 20 day trip in Vietnam, Siem Reap, Laos and Bangkok organized by Vi Vu travel. We had a nice holiday but were disappointed that although Luyen our organizer had assured us our tour guides would be fluent in English, this was definitely not so. Due to their very strong accents and limited vocabulary, it was EXTREMELY difficult to understand what they were saying. It was mentally exhausting to be constantly trying to decipher what they were trying to say. and when we asked questions trying to learn more about the places we saw and culture etc they often had no idea what we were asking. The 20 year old students from Saigon Hot Pot who conduct free tours in Ho Chi Minh City had a far better command of the English language than any of the Vi Vu guides we met. Early in the trip we realized there might be a tendency to omit some parts of our itinerary so we carefully reviewed planned activities with our guides the day before. For example We did not get to kayak in Halong Bay although other persons who were on the Grey Line cruise boat with us did that tour. We did not get to see Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city because Mr Do whisked us there on a Sunday, during mass, when no tourists are allowed in. Surely a tour guide should be aware of this fact and surely we could have switched days or times so our city tour was better planned. This type of thing regarding planning happened a couple times with public holidays and weekends. Although we had a full itinerary we felt that if we could have been provided with a bit more information in Advance. I.e. 1. The fact that Thailand is currently in mourning for their king and as a mark of respect clothes in dark or neutral colours are preferred 2. WHERE in the airports will the guides be waiting for us (we missed our guide in Bangkok because we turned right and later found out that only hotel reps wait on the right and tour guides are always on the left) 3. Name and local contact info for guides in each city in case you can't find your guide and don't speak the language 4. Have tissues and wipes with you at all times bathrooms often have neither toilet paper nor soap. It was interesting to note that on the way back to the airport in each city in Vietnam our guides English became a bit cleared as it came closer to tip time. The Vietnam guides did their job but Sarat in Cambodia and Nemo in Bangkok went the extra mile to make us feel welcome, to ensure our comfort at all times, provided information and advice about things we could enjoy on our own and seemed to really feel proud of and enjoyed showing us their country. Our last stop was Bangkok and Nemo exceeded all of our expectations. If you can, ask for her to be your guide. She was always prepared with water, tissues, rain coats, umbrella and information. thanks to her enthusiasm and initiative the itinerary for our last day was tweaked to ensure we had a lovely local adventure in Thailand. I would return to Cambodia and Thailand again!
My husband & I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. We worked with Kim. Overall the trip was outstanding, but we did have a few issues. On arrival to Bangkok their was no one to pick us up & take us to our hotel. We had 2 scheduled overnight train rides. We only did one. No way we could sleep on a moving train. We wish we would have had a better understanding of hotel accommodations. We would have spent a little more for better. Our guides & drivers were very good. We would not have been able to see so much on our own. We have traveled often in our life & the elephant camp in Thailand was definitely the best thing we have ever done in our travels. Absolutely fabulous. Angkor Wat is a must see. I will try to evaluate most of our trip on Trip Advisor under 25th Wedding Anniversary if you would like to read more.