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Vietnam at a Glance & Bustling Bangkok

Vietnam & Thailand in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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Perfect for those seeking a combination of exciting cities, historic towns, and relaxing days in nature, this itinerary blends a week in Vietnam including Hanoi and the Ha Long Bay with the essential sites of Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Halong Bay
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    Hanoi
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    Hoi An
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    Hue
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    Bangkok

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Accommodation: 10 Nights

Itinerary

Explore the natural wonders and national treasures of Vietnam and Thailand. Experience the bustling city of Hanoi, immerse yourself in the historic town of Hoi An, and relax on a cruise through the Ha Long Bay. Be amazed by colorful Bangkok and see the legendary Buddist temples and floating markets of the Thai capital.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board
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Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport* ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Hanoi. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Hanoi
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Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, meet your local English-speaking guide and transfer to your hotel in the city to check-in. Take the evening to relax after a long journey, or take a stroll to see your new surroundings.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a bustling city with a unique blend of ancient and modern attractions. Its main highlights include the historic Old Quarter and the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi is also renowhhned for its delicious street food, with dishes such as pho (noodle soup) and banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwich) being popular choices. The city's French colonial architecture is reflected in the grandeur of landmarks like the Hanoi Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hanoi offers visitors a captivating blend of history, culture, and culinary delights that are sure to leave a lasting impression! Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation

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Chalcedony Hotel or similar
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353 Reviews

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3rd Day: Hanoi
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Breakfast at the hotel. Meet at 08:30 AM to begin your tour of Hanoi. The first stop of the day will be Lake Huu Tiep and the downed B-52, a vestige of the Vietnam war. Afterwards, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (entrance not included), also known as Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. Continue to the Governor's Palace (exterior only), followed by the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Move to the Temple of Literature, the first Vietnamese university that was founded in 1070. Stroll through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, also known as the neighborhood of the 36 streets, each of which was once known for artisans and workshops of a particular specialty. Finally, visit a local market, stopping at a local coffee shop for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. For a local experience, why not join an optional home-cooked dinner with a local family?* Return to the hotel and spend the night in Hanoi.

*Optional home visit & family dinner: Visit a local family, enjoying the atmosphere of a Vietnamese home, sampling traditional foods and getting to know Hanoi's culture. This excursion is designed to give you an authentic experience that could not be found on one's own!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chalcedony Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

353 Reviews

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Activities

included
Hanoi City Tour

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Local Home Visit with Dinner in Hanoi

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4th Day: Hanoi
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a a free day to explore the city on your own, fitting in as little or as much as you'd like. If you're interested in escaping the big city, consider joining our optional excursion* to Ninh Binh, a smaller town on the Red River. Overnight in Hanoi.

*Optional excursion to Ninh BinhDiscover the beauty of a hidden gem just two hours outside Hanoi. Take a rowboat through stunning scenery, seeing small villages, caves, temples and an array of incredible views before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, return to Hanoi with an expected arrival around 5PM.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chalcedony Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

353 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion

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5th Day: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay
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After breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel lobby. Depart by shuttle bus (without guide) to Ha Long Bay or nearby Lan Ha Bay, both part of the same UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site where spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rise from the emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, savor a welcome drink on board and check in to your cabin. Lunch will be served as you cruise by secluded beaches. Visit a floating fishing village and relax on the sundeck. Enjoy dinner as the boat docks in a quiet spot for the night. Overnight on board.

Important note: Each cruise has different itineraries to Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administrative regulations.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hera Cruise or similar
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Activities

included
Ha Long Bay Cruise

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6th Day: Ha Long Bay / Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi – Hue
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Rise with the sun to participate in a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper bridge. Afterwards, enjoy a light breakfast will be served and later, a heartier brunch as the boat cruises through the bay's stunning scenery, stopping to admire the most beautiful views. Around 10:30-11AM, we will disembark and head back to Hanoi by shuttle bus. Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Hue.

Arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital with its magnificent citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temple. Built under the Nguyen dynasty on the banks of the Perfume River, today Hue welcomes over 4 million visitors per year. Overnight stay in Hue.

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Thanh Lich Royal Boutique... or similar
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7th Day: Hue - Hoi An
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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a tour of the Imperial Citadel, found at the center of the Hue Monuments Complex (itself a UNESCO World Heritage site). Enter through the towering main gate to see the magnificent architecture and gardens, while your guide explains the events and the intrigue surrounding the former royal court. Some sections suffered extensive damage during the Vietnam War, but most of them are incredibly well-preserved to this day.

Wind your way to the Royal Tu Duc Tomb, a peaceful enclosed resting place featuring pine trees and a lakeside pavilion with lotus blossoms. The emperor used this space as a second residence for fishing, listening to music, writing poetry, and indulging in extravagant 50-course meals. After exploring the tomb, drive back to downtown Hue with a stop at a family-run workshop to learn how incense is made.

Next, make the drive from Hue to Hoi An along one of the most famous coastal roads in Vietnam. The journey is 3.5 hours, including plenty of time for sightseeing. Stop at Lang Co Lagoon to see traditional Vietnamese fishing methods being carried out. Expect amazing views as you travel through the Hai Van Pass. In the evening, arrive in Hoi An and check-in your hotel. Overnight stay in Hoi An.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Royal Riverside or similar
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2567 Reviews

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Activities

included
Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Hue

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8th Day: Hoi An
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the morning on your own and be ready to set off on a guided walking tour around Hoi An during the afternoon. You have the option of adding a Fish and Chips Tour* to the morning, where you will have lunch at the local villages and then, after lunch, you will be transferred to the ancient town to join the rest of the group in the walking tour. For those who don’t take the Fish & Chips tour, the tour guide will pick you up at the hotel’s lobby at 14:00.

In the afternoon, set off on a guided walking tour around Hoi An's Ancient Town, which is recognized for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and delicious cuisine. During your leisurely exploration on foot, observe some of the historic merchant and community houses, ancient pagodas, and traditional places of worship with influences from Chinese and Japanese architecture. Make a stop at the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, first built by the Japanese community in 1590s as a way to reach the Chinese quarter just across the water. Next, visit the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation. Note the gorgeous carvings on the beams, walls, and altar while hearing stories about the Chinese community in Hoi An.

Continue strolling around Hoi An’s narrow streets and hear the soft, clattering hum of sewing machines. This charming town is home to hundreds of tailor shops and nobody can explain exactly when, how, or why it became so common. Visit a tailor, where you can get made-to-order clothes extremely fast.

Known as a key part of Hoi An culture, the silk lantern is a simple yet practical handicraft. Follow the narrow street to reach a local craftsman, nestled away in a small corner of the quarter. After a brief introduction to the history of the lanterns as well as the stages of production, decorate your own lantern and bring it home as a souvenir.

Important note: The Hoi An entrance ticket is valid for entry to 5 sightseeing spots, including the merchant houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge, museums, pagodas and assembly halls for 24 hours. It also provides entry into Hoi An Ancient Town for as long as you are in Hoi An. Please keep the entrance ticket with you at all times in case you independently visit Hoi An later in the evening or on another day.

*Optional Half-Day Fish & Chips Tour: Get a closer look at the ancient way of life that pervades the rural outskirts of Hoi An. Hop on your bicycle and set off for an easy bike ride through picturesque villages, passing by rice paddies and vegetable farms on your ride. Then, learn how to paddle unique Vietnamese round basket-boats while hearing about how the area was crucial during wartime. Board a local riverboat for a leisurely cruise. Meet a local fisherman and learn about his simple way of life. Arrive in the Tra Que village, where the local farmers use traditional methods that date back hundreds of years. Join your local host to prepare a tasty Vietnamese lunch before cycling back to downtown Hoi An.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Royal Riverside or similar
tripadvisor rating

2567 Reviews

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Activities

included
Half-Day Hoi An Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Hoi An: Fish & Chips half-day tour

Light

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9th Day: Hoi An - Bangkok
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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart the hotel this morning ready to take a flight to Bangkok. Touch down in the buzzing capital of Thailand and transfer to the hotel. Bangkok is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, located in the heart of the country. It offers a variety of unique experiences, from its impressive temples and lively culture, to its exciting night markets and world-renowned cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure and discover this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Bangkok.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Royal Bangkok or similar
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839 Reviews

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10th Day: Bangkok
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, get ready to discover the city and its temples on an exciting guided tour! Begin along the main avenues of Bangkok to reach the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. Our first stop will be at Wat Traimit Temple, better known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha. It houses a 5-ton solid gold Buddha loaded with history as it remained hidden for centuries after being covered in plaster to prevent its destruction during war. Our next stop will be the Wat Pho Temple or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world at over 150 feet-long, where you’ll find a spectacular engraving of 108 images representing positive actions of Buddhism. To finish the tour, head to a local precious stone factory where you will see a demonstration of how local craftspeople make their products. We recommend an optional excursion to the Grand Palace* to learn more about the culture of this country. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Bangkok.

*Optional excursion to the Grand Palace: Discover the impressive Grand Palace complex, symbol of the city and former official residence of the King of Thailand between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful in the world for its exquisite decoration, it mixes traditional Thai style with Renaissance influences. During the visit to the Grand Palace we will also visit Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most important in Thailand.

Important note: For the Grand Palace visit, you should wear long pants that cover the ankles and a long-sleeved shirt.

Included and optional tours will be operated on the days mentioned in the itinerary. However, unforeseen events such as issues related to group size, weather conditions, or holidays, could cause changes that will be confirmed on arrival.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Royal Bangkok or similar
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839 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Bangkok temples

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Visit to Bangkok's Royal Palace

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11th Day: Bangkok
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the day at leisure to continue exploring the capital. Why not discover some of its many markets, where you can sample some of the famous street food dishes. We recommend an exciting and entertaining optional excursion to visit the train market and floating market* or an optional trip to Ayutthaya.** Overnight stay in Bangkok.

*Optional Excursion to the Train Market and Floating Market: Travel by road to the town of Mae Klong where you’ll see a curious market installed on the train tracks. If time and luck permits, we will be able to see how the train crosses through the market and, in record time, the merchants collect all the products they have on display on the train tracks. From there, head to the Klong Damnersaduak floating market in Ratchaburi province, considered the most important in the country. Arrive at a pier in the vicinity of the floating market. Take a motor boat ride through the canal area to reach the market itself, disembark, and enjoy free time to walk around, explore their products and enjoy the lively atmosphere. After the market visit, return to Bangkok and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bangkok.

**Optional Ayutthaya excursion (outward journey by bus and return by boat): Departure by bus to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Siam, the name given for over 400 years to the lands that now form Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and part of Myanmar. Discover Ayutthaya and its archaeological site, which is of great historical interest and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the end of the visit,  continue to Bang Pa-In, where the official summer residence of Thai royalty is located. Visit the complex and then embark on a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River to the city of Bangkok. During the trip, a buffet lunch will be served on board (drinks not included), arriving in Bangkok in the afternoon.

Important note: The optional excursions on this day happen simultaneously, you will only be able to choose one of them.

Included and optional tours will be operated on the days mentioned in the itinerary. However, unforeseen events such as issues related to group size, weather conditions, or holidays, could cause changes that will be confirmed on arrival.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Royal Bangkok or similar
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839 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Floating market and Train market visit

Light

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Ayutthaya excursion on bus & boat

Light

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12th Day: Bangkok - UK/Ireland
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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to UK/Ireland.*

*If your return flight departs early in the morning, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

Included activities

Included

Hanoi City Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Hanoi

Enjoy an action-packed city tour of Hanoi. See Huu Tiep Lake, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (exterior only on Mondays & Fridays due to opening hours), the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Old Quarter and much more!

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Depending on weather conditions and local administrative regulations, this cruise might be rerouted to Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay which offer similar views and activities.

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Included activity for day 5 in Halong Bay

Board a traditional junk and begin an overnight cruise on magical Ha Long Bay! Discover the islets, caves and fishing villages of this legendary bay and relax onboard with included welcome drink, lunch, dinner and brunch the following morning.

Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Hue

Included activity for day 7 in Hue

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hue. Start with the Imperial City and the Royal Citadel. Next, explore the Royal Tomb and Mausoleum before learning how incense sticks are traditionally made at a family-run workshop.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Half-Day Hoi An Tour

Included activity for day 8 in Hoi An

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow streets of Hoi An. This UNESCO World Heritage site is full of architectural gems that show a range of influences. Admire Tran Phu Street, visit the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and board a river boat.

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Local Home Visit with Dinner in Hanoi

Suggested activity for day 3 in Hanoi

Get to know a local family personally as you spend an evening enjoying warm Vietnamese hospitality. Understand more about Vietnamese culture and traditions as you feast on tasty traditional homemade food.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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This is a full-day activity that can not be combined with other tours on the same day

Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion

Suggested activity for day 4

Discover the beauty of this hidden gem, where you will embark via rowboat through stunning scenery including villages, caves, temples and other incredible panoramas before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

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Moderate

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Hoi An: Fish & Chips half-day tour

Suggested activity for day 8 in Hoi An

Embark on a bike ride through picturesque villages, learning about the agricultural practices of the region. Learn to paddle along the river in a circular rowboat, then enjoy a delicious local lunch in Tra Que village.

Duration 05:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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For the visit to the Grand Palace you must wear ankle-length pants, a long-sleeved or elbow-length shirt/shirt.

Visit to Bangkok's Royal Palace

Suggested activity for day 10 in Bangkok

A symbol of the city and former official residence of the King of Thailand, The Grand Palace is considered one of the most beautiful in the world for its exquisite decoration. Includes a visit to the well-known Wat Phra Kaew.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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Light

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Hanoi, Bangkok - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Hanoi - Hue, Hoi An - Bangkok.*
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  • 10 nights: 9 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels and 1 night on board a Ha Long Bay Cruise.
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  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.**
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide for part of the trip
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Vietnam E-visa (online before traveling needed for Irish passport holders), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Obtain your VISA for Vietnam:

Irish Passport holders require require en entry visa for Vietnam that must be arranged in advance through the following website. UK passport holders are exempt of this requirement. 

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt

You MUST select ‘Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi’ as the point of entry in order to be allowed to enter Vietnam.

Tipping in Vietnam is up to your personal discretion but it is commonplace for service providers to ask for it. In these cases, please keep in mind that the usual tipping standard is around 4$/person/day for guides, and half of that for drivers and hotel staff.

* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Vietnam & Cambodia internal flights luggage restrictions:

  • Vietnam Airline baggage policy: 1 checked bag of 23kg and 1 hand baggage of 12kg per person.
  • Cambodian Angkor Air policy: 1 checked bag of 23kg and 1 hand baggage of 7kg per person.
  • Bamboo Aiways: 1 checked bag of 20kg and 01 hand baggage of 7kg per person.

** Transfers without English speaking guide.

Halong Bay Cruise: Each cruise is only allowed to choose ONE itinerary to either Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.

Thailand: The included and optional tours in Bangkok will usually take place on the days marked in the itinerary. However, due to operational factors related to the group size, weather conditions, local festivals, etc., these days could be changed, in which case it will be notified upon arrival.

  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country for stays of up to 15 days.

    • Currency

      Vietnamese Dong.

    • Language

      Vietnamese.

    • Electricity

      220 V in the majority of the country. Adapter required.

    • Health

      Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

    • Time zone

      GMT + 07:00.

    • Other useful information

      There is free wi-fi in the most popular tourist spots of the country.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.vietnamtourism.com

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

    Children: 2 - 11 years.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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