Vietnam/Cambodia

Tomb Raider for Realz!

Venture into the heart of Indochina as you make your way to Vietnam and Cambodia. From the bustling and chaotic city capitals of Hanoi and Phnom Phen to deserted islands…so deserted that the show Survivor has a permanent base for filming here.
No trip to Cambodia and Vietnam would be complete without exploring the ancient city of Angkor that is slowly being devoured by the jungle or sailing through Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a traditional ‘junk’ boat. This trip truly is a once in a lifetime experience with breathtaking scenery, secluded beaches, a tragic yet captivating history and so much more!

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Vietnam! The immense population of Hanoi is immediately visible in its crowded streets, which are packed with bicycles, tuk tuks, motorbikes, cars and pedestrians. It is absolute transit madness and is really an attraction in itself. Most tourists perch atop lamp posts to get a bird’s eye view of the spectacle below as motorbikes whiz by with 6 people piled on. Navigating through small mazes of alleys is how most people prefer to spend their time in Hanoi, which is just as fun as any purpose-built tourist attraction.

Today is arrival day and as many of you will have had long plane rides, you will have the day to settle in and get adjusted to the new time zone. If you’re not too jet lagged, you can explore your new surroundings as the hotel is very centrally located.

Included :

  • Activities : Arrival (At your own expense); Free time
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 2 : Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, you‘ll meet your tour guide for a Hanoi city tour during which you’ll stop at some of Hanoi’s most well-known sites; most notably Hoa Lo Prison, which housed POWs during the Vietnam War. After the tour, you’ll have some free time to grab a bite to eat and explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, which is where your hotel is situated. Your guide will be able to suggest activities for you to do in your free time based on your interests.

The street food scene is thriving in Hanoi and is a fun way to explore the city. Your guide will meet you in the evening for a street food tour. On the tour you’ll sample some amazing specialties in the never ending small alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our favorite is a mainstay in Vietnamese cuisine : a piping hot bowl of pho! If you’re more adventurous, then how about some fried grasshoppers? After getting your fill of food let’s head to the small local watering holes on the street called “Bia Hoi” (meaning “fresh beer”). Bia hoi is a small batch of homemade beer that is brewed fresh every day. It’s light, refreshing and perfect after a hot and steamy day in Hanoi. It is delivered every day and sold for around 15-25 cents per glass. Even if you are not a beer drinker, it is still fun to experience this very typical Hanoi scene and get a feel for the local life as the workers come here after a hard day’s work to get some cheap drinks!

Included :

  • Activities : Hanoi city tour; Free time; Street food tour
  • Meals : Breakfast, Dinner (Street food tour)
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 3 : Halong Bay (by private van & boat)

Halong Bay is a beautiful turquoise bay with an archipelago composed of more than 3,000 islands of all shapes and sizes, with characteristic limestone cliffs covered in green vegetation, protruding from the ocean’s surface. One of the best things about Halong Bay is that at every turn there is a surprise thanks to the numerous islands and rock pillars. An astounding sculpture here, a perfect archway through the mountains there, or a peaceful lagoon where you can kayak.

Your guide will be in the hotel lobby to pick you up with your luggage today and then you’ll be on your way to Halong Bay, which is an approximately 3 hour transit by private van and offers a much more tranquil setting than the clamor of Hanoi. You’ll board a private junk boat to start cruising along Halong Bay, a UNESCO World heritage site located in the Gulf of Tonkin in the north shores of Vietnam. Halong means “descending dragon”, a suitable metaphor to describe the thousands of islands with bizarre rock formations found within this bay.

Later in the afternoon, you will have the option to visit Hang Doi (Bat Cave). As you enter the cave, you’ll see and hear the creatures that gave this cave its nickname. If you’re not up for Bat Cave, you can go for a swim or just hang out on the deck of the boat. You’ll have free time on the boat after your excursion to go to the beach or you can book a massage on board the boat. Before dinner, there will be a cooking demonstration on the sundeck as well as happy hour before you dine. After dinner, you’ll have the option to do some nighttime fishing for squid with some locals.

Included :

  • Activities : Halong Bay transfer; Halong Bay cruise; Bat Cave visit; Free time; Cooking demonstration; Squid fishing
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Luxury cruise boat

Day 4 : Hoi An (by plane)

For the early risers, you can enjoy a Tai Chi session as the sun comes up on the ship’s sundeck followed by a light breakfast. After breakfast, you’ll explore Sung Sot Cave, also known as Surprise Cave, but you’ll just have to check it out to see what is so surprising about it! There are about 100 stone steps leading up to the cave entrance and the tour of the cave will be about 45 minutes, but not much physical exertion is required, so we highly recommend a visit to this cave. You won’t be disappointed! Upon return to the boat, you’ll freshen up and pack up your bags before lunch after which you’ll say goodbye to Halong Bay.

Next up is Hoi An and you’ll fly approximately 1.5 hours from Hanoi to get there. Arrival to Hoi An will be in the evening where you’ll get settled into your hotel rooms and have some free time to relax after the full day’s events. Otherwise, you can walk around Hoi An to familiarize yourself with this quaint town.

Included :

  • Activities : Tai Chi session (Optional); Sung Sot Cave visit; Hoi An transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 5 : Hoi An

The maritime importance of Hoi An dates back to as early as the 2nd century BC. The town rose to prominence in the 16th century, and for the next two hundred years was one of Vietnam’s most important trading ports. It has seen occupation by the Chinese, Japanese and Europeans, and their influences are visible throughout the old town, especially in the temples and houses built by merchants who came to trade but instead set down roots. Towards the end of the 18th century the river slowly silted up; although this eventually led to the end of trade, it helped preserve the town, so that in 1999 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the morning, you’ll head off for a guided tour of Hoi An on foot and by bicycle as well as a visit to a nearby ancient village. Once the tour has finished, you’ll have the rest of the day to roam around this charming city.

The best way to discover Hoi An is to simply wander. Streets, temples, museums and preserved houses are plentiful in this maze that winds throughout the town. There are 850 heritage-protected buildings and the best way to get a feel for the town comes from visiting these well-preserved heritage buildings lining the alleys.

As with everywhere in this country, the ‘real’ Vietnam is to be found in unexpected places, such as a hidden back street or turning down an unexpected alley, or talking in broken English to the old lady who sells Chinese scrolls. In hidden nooks and crannies are art galleries, cafes, gastronomic gems, ceramics for sale; shops filled with lanterns and of course, the silk for which the town is famed. There are many woodworkers and carvers, artists at work and craft shops.

Included :

  • Activities : Ancient village visit; Hoi An guided tour; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 6 : Siem Reap (by plane)

You’ll have some time in the morning to do some last minute sightseeing and shopping in Hoi An and you’ll then head toward the airport to catch an approximately two hour flight to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap, you’ll get settled into your hotel and have the rest of the evening to relax by the pool or explore the city’s nightlife which is within walking distance from your hotel.

Included :

  • Activities : Siem Reap transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 7 : Siem Reap

Siem Reap, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is one of the most visited regions in Cambodia and this is due to one thing…Angkor! Angkor is what remains of the once powerful Khmer empire and is one of the world’s largest sacred temples. It is perhaps one of the most impressive sights in the world.

After an early breakfast, put on your Indiana Jones attire as you get ready to spend the day walking through the hundreds of temples that the jungle is slowly devouring. Climb up a temple at sunset and get a bird’s eye view of this amazing wonder which words and pictures can’t describe.

Included :

  • Activities : Angkor visit (Guide and tuk-tuk included, but ticket at your own expense); Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 8 : Siem Reap 

Today you can have a leisurely breakfast and then you’ll head to an adjacent village by tuk-tuk to get a taste of local life. You’ll be able to have a chat with the people in the village to learn about their daily lives and perhaps get an idea of some of the hardships that the resilient Khmer people have had to endure and overcome in the recent past. Afterwards you will have free time and your choice of activity.

Included :

  • Activities : Local village visit; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 9 : Siem Reap

Once a quaint village, Siem Reap sprung to life in the 1990s, when aspirations for off-the-beaten track travel surged. The ripples of the great tourist boom has continued spreading and there are no longer any remnants of the quaint village. The influx of tourism has transformed this once quiet, little town’s city center into an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that rival any college town along with a night market that stays open well past midnight.

Today you will head to Angkor once again as it is nearly impossible and completely exhausting to try to squeeze Angkor into one day. After visiting some of the lesser known (and less crowded) Angkor temples, you will probably need some time to unwind and luckily the hotel has a nice pool just for that. Afterwards, you will have choice in activity. We recommend the Landmine Museum which was established by the former child soldier, Aki Ra who returned to his home and began clearing the landmines surrounding his house by hand after the war. Today, a museum has been established in his home to recount his story and is also a home for under-privileged children. There’s also a honeybee farm not far from Siem Reap where you can take a tour and learn how they have turned this hobby into a sustainable livelihood for many as well as their promotion of beekeeping of indigenous bees to the locals. If you’re looking for something else to do, your local guide will be able to point you in the right direction!

At night, if you’re up for it, you can head to Pub Street to check out some of Siem Reap’s nightlife. Have a drink and enjoy the people watching on this busy street. If you want, head to the Night Market to pick up some souvenirs or if you would rather relax; check out the many massage parlors offering 1 hour massages costing anywhere between $5 for a basic foot massage to $18 for a luxury spa massage.

Included :

  • Activities : Angkor visit (Guide and tuk-tuk included, but ticket at your own expense); Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 10 : Koh Rong Sanloem (by plane & boat)

Today you’ll check out of your hotel and be on your way to paradise : Koh Rong Sanloem. This island is quite possibly that cliché island paradise you’ve been looking for, boasting pristine white beaches, turquoise water and limited development on most of the island. For years the island was almost completely undeveloped except for a diving outfit and a few bungalows, though that has changed in the past decade or so. After arrival, you’ll have the evening to relax in your room or go for a dip in the beautiful waters just a few steps from your bungalow!

Included :

  • Activities : Koh Rong Sanloem transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Beach bungalow resort

Day 11 : Koh Rong Sanloem

Koh Rong Sanloem is the perfect place to kick back and relax after several days of moving around Vietnam and Cambodia. It is a truly gorgeous island, so gorgeous, that a production company has set up a permanent base here, making the most of the deserted beaches and exceedingly beautiful waters. All sorts of movies and programs have been filmed here, including reality TV show Survivor. The island consists of seven bays, all-teeming with marine life, making for great snorkeling and diving. Please be aware that the island does not have electricity and resorts rely on generators for power. Although the power is not 24/7, you won’t have it as rough as the Survivor contestants! So why not take the day to relax and spend the day reading a book at the beach? The beach is also relatively small, so if you’d like, you can take a stroll from end to end to admire the beautiful views of the clear blue sea.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Beach day
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Beach bungalow resort

Day 12 : Koh Rong Sanloem 

Today you’ll have the day at your leisure and take part in some of the activities offered on the island. We love a nice massage on the beach to work out all the kinks. You can also go snorkeling, kayaking, jungle trekking, or hiking to the waterfall nestled in the jungle. It’s your choice!

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Optional activities (At your own expense)
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Beach bungalow resort

Day 13 : Phnom Penh (by boat and van)

Today you’ll bid farewell to the exquisite island of Koh Rong Sanloem. After packing your bags, you’ll hop on the ferry to the mainland and proceed to catch a van to go to Phnom Penh, the tireless capital of Cambodia. You’ll arrive in the evening where you will settle into your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.

Included :

  • Activities : Phnom Penh transfer; Free time
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 14 : Phnom Penh

Welcome to the capital of Cambodia. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh was once one of the better-preserved French colonial towns in Southeast Asia. However, the last 20 years have seen considerable financial investment from China and South Korea and an onslaught of new construction projects have resulted in many of Phnom Penh’s French relics as well as its unique 1950s and 1960s architecture falling to the wrecking ball, only to be replaced by characterless glass and brass affairs. The result is a hodge-podge of stunning French colonial buildings, quirky modernist buildings and concrete egg carton eyesores.

The most visited attraction here will leave you in tears, but will give you insight to what life was like during the Khmer Rouge’s reign. The killing fields and S21 genocide museum, which are synonymous with torture and mass murder, are must-see attractions. Though this might not be the most pleasant day, it is an integral part of Khmer history and something that should be visited in order to understand the current state of the Khmer politics and society. There is not one family that was not affected by the Khmer Rouge in some way. One quarter of the population, or 1 and 4 people died at the hands of this horrific regime.

Other activities to check out in Phnom Penh are an Apsara (Khmer traditional dance) show at the National Museum or the Grand Palace. Phnom Penh has quite a lively restaurant and bar scene with many non-profit shops and restaurants to visit so you can feel good as you eat, drink and shop your way through the city. You can also take a 45 minutes journey outside of the city to the countryside to see the workers making silk scarves and cotton clothing that is sold in free-trade shops around the city.

Cambodian cities are not going to win any awards for being the most lovely, but it is important to step back and imagine what these people and their country have been through : one of the largest mass genocides known in history. This was only 50 years ago and the country is still being ruled by a former commander of the Khmer Rouge. Foreign investment is plundering the country to keep the dirty politicians’ pockets lined. Sadly, corruption and bribery run rampant and even with all of these horrific things happening, the Khmer people are some of the friendliest in Southeast Asia. To have such optimism with so many setbacks and misfortunes shows that the Khmer people are some of the most resilient and resourceful in the world!

Included :

  • Activities : S21 genocide museum visit; Killing fields visit; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 15 : Phnom Penh Departure

Depending on your flight time, you will have free time on your own in Phnom Penh before catching your flight.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Departure (At your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast

 

* Itinerary is subject to change.

15-Day Tour

$2,900 – Trip cost (See below for what is included and not included.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like to be paired up with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is nobody with whom to pair you up, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. After you reserve your spot, we will send you a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please return it to us immediately, so that we can try our best to accommodate your needs.

If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement“. The single supplement fee for this trip is $600. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 2 domestic flights and 1 international flight (Vietnam to Cambodia)
  • Ground transportation
  • Ferry/Speed boat transfers
  • Local guides throughout
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

What is not included :

  • Some excursions and activities
  • Some meals
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flights (To Hanoi and from Phnom Penh)
  • Insurance
  • Visas

 

*If you would like to learn more about flights and visas, please refer to the “Flights & Visa” tab.

Currency

The most convenient way to deal with money is to withdraw US dollars from an ATM with a debit card to exchange in Vietnam and to spend in Cambodia.

  • Many of the hotels and finer restaurants will take major credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only). Be prepared to have to pay a foreign transaction fee every time you use your credit/debit card.
  • ATM machines are plentiful, so you can easily pull out money.
  • There are many banks and money changers that offer a fair exchange rate for the US dollar.

Once you arrive in Hanoi, you will need to either exchange some money at the airport or go to an ATM at the airport to withdraw some Vietnamese dong (VND). We recommend only exchanging or withdrawing a small amount of money at the airport (around $25-$50) as the exchange rates at the airport are not very good. The next day, you can go to a bank and exchange a larger amount of money at a much better rate. Taking out money from an ATM is always very easy and for each transaction, we recommend pulling the maximum amount allowed to avoid fees and hassle. We recommend calling your bank before you arrive to let them know you will be traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia and so that they do not put a hold on your card.

In Cambodia, the de facto currency is the US dollar and most transactions are done in US dollars, so you will not need to exchange money in Cambodia. If your change from a transaction is small, it is given back in the local currency (Cambodian riel). All ATMs give you choice of US dollar or Cambodian riel.

Donations and Volunteering

In Cambodia there are many NGOs, but it is important to be very careful when donating money to any cause or organization. Although an organization may appear as good-intentioned, many are hindering more than helping and scams are quite common.

As an example, a public school might ask for money to buy books from an NGO or tour group, but unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for the school’s teacher to sell the books for for his or her own profit. In the end, the teacher pockets the money and the children are still without the books that they need. This scam is commonplace in both countries. Please be aware that if you visit a school during school hours, you are taking time that the children would usually spend learning. We suggest considering this alone as a red flag as well because we feel that tourists should not interrupt classes to take pictures of children.

It is our position that orphanages are also not a tourist attraction and we will not be visiting any on the trip. Often times, there are also scams in the orphanages, especially those in Cambodia. Unfortunately, many orphanage directors have realized that tourists willingly donate money and as a result, children are taken and placed there to make the orphanage look over-crowded and its conditions sub-standard to pull on tourists’ heart strings. Many of these children actually have parents, but are being taken away from their homes and exploited for money. We strongly advise not to visit an orphanage in Cambodia for any reason. There are many public awareness campaigns against the ‘fake orphanages’ and while some have been shut down, there are still many in operation today.

It is Globe Drifters’ opinion that children are NOT a tourist attraction. We understand that many want to help as Cambodia is a very poor nation that is still recovering from a mass genocide that killed 1 and 4 people. However, it is hard to avoid scams and corruption is rampant, which limits your ability to help.

That is not to say that we won’t be doing anything to try to help. In order to aid in the growth of the economy and society, we will go to many restaurants, shops and villages that work with NGOs that help the disabled, polio victims, street kids and former sex workers. These NGOs train and educate the the workers toward a more sustainable lifestyle, so that they can find reliable work and are not reliant on handouts for the rest of their lives. One place we will visit is a restaurant called Genevieve’s, which hires disabled Cambodians as employees. It is a profit-sharing enterprise that pays their employees a decent wage and gives many disabled people a chance to learn a trade such as cooking while giving them a steady job rather than having to ask for handouts on the street.

If you would like to know more about the potential harm of volunteering in Cambodia and traveling in general, you can please refer to the links below :

Why you Should Not Volunteer while Traveling

Orphanages in Cambodia

What to Bring

The weather will be hot in both countries, so bring lightweight, cool clothes that dry fast. When visiting a temple, shoulders and knees need to be covered, so please consider this when packing. A thin scarf is a perfect item to pack for temple visits as it can be folded up and fit into a small space.

In North Vietnam, during the months of January and February, it can get a bit chilly, so we suggest bringing a jacket or windbreaker for these months.

Laundry service is offered at most of our accommodation and is very cheap. This way you can bring less clothing which will allow more room in your luggage for souvenirs!

Recommended items for this trip are :

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Sea/Car sickness medicine
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip flops and closed toed walking shoes/sneakers
  • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day
  • Phone or flashlight/head torch
Group Size

The groups on our tours have a maximum of 12 travelers plus local guides. We try to price our trips very reasonably while taking into consideration the small group sizes as well as the inclusions.

When tour group sizes increase to 15-30 travelers, the general ambiance of the trip is less authentic and travelers tend to be less able to integrate into a society. Large tour groups also generally have less authentic contact with the locals. The more people in a tour group, the more the group experiences their own culture rather than the one of the country they are visiting.

Small group sizes are beneficial because they tend to allow for easier transport and communication. They are more mobile and can be more easily integrated into a social scene in Vietnam and Cambodia. A small group traveler is also less likely to be treated as a tourist ready to be exploited for his/her money. Additionally, small groups are more flexible as travel plans can be more easily changed or altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival in either country that they would like to attend, and this is not covered by the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary. A small group size also means that travelers will receive more individual attention from their tour guide. As a small group, it is easier to come to an agreement and for the tour guide to alter the reservations.

Small groups are low impact in the two countries because they don’t introduce a large number of foreigners to a local scene where they can have adverse impacts on the local society and other travelers. For example, a large tour group can take up all the seats on a local bus or book out an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.

Wifi

Wifi is available at every hotel at which we will be staying. The connection in some hotels may not be as strong as you are used to and Internet may not be available in your room, but only in the hotel lobby/reception area. On the island of Koh Rong Sanloem (Cambodia) the internet is only available in the restaurant/reception area and is very spotty.

Safety

Vietnam and Cambodia are relatively safe countries and for those who get something stolen from them or have something bad happen to them; it is almost always because they acted irresponsibly and drugs and alcohol were very likely involved. If you take the same general safety precautions as if you were traveling to any major city in the world or even in the U.S., you’ll have a wonderful travel experience with lots of amazing stories to tell.

Please note also that most thieves are not career criminals, but rather opportunists. If you leave your wallet on the table unattended, it will likely be taken just like in any other travel destination. It is also a good idea not to wear flashy and expensive looking jewelry as well as not to flaunt your wealth in order to prevent yourself from being an easy target for a thief.

Water

The water is safe to brush your teeth with, but it is not recommended for drinking.

The bottled water is very cheap, but please make sure to recycle. Vietnam and Cambodia have a very serious plastic waste problem, but unfortunately, there are not many water refill stations. Most of the hotels we go to have two free glass water bottles that are placed in your room each day for your use. You can fill a cup or your own water bottle from those that the hotels provide. Also, instead of buying many small water bottles, opt to buy a bigger jug of water and just refill your water bottle when needed. The small things can add up to make a big difference! This slightly helps to alleviate the problem. Another thing you can do to help is to turn down plastic bags when making a purchase and placing the items in your purse/daypack.

Medical facilities

Cambodia is not known for having the best medical facilities, but if necessary, we we can direct you to the best-trained doctors if something were to happen. In Vietnam, you will have no problem finding proper medical facilities and treatment. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy in each country can point you to satisfactory health care/treatment provider.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but for many western travelers it is customary. If you receive exceptional service from anyone, tipping is appreciated. You can follow the same guidelines as in the U.S. : 10-20% of the cost, depending on how quality of the service. Most who will be helping you make very little money and any tip is highly appreciated. Services and food are cheap, so the tip will usually only cost you a dollar or two. If you do not receive good service, do not feel obligated to tip.

Outlets

The outlets in Vietnam and Cambodia will work with American-style plugs. The electrical outlets are 220-230 volts, 50 cycles and fit with the two parallel flat prong plugs found in America. You’ll also see some outlets with the cylindrical two prongs commonly associated with Europe.

Arrival

In your pre-departure notes, you will receive the name and address of the hotel in both Vietnamese and English as well as pertinent phone numbers. It will be the responsibility of each traveler to make their way from the airport to the hotel on their own upon arrival.

Visas :

Americans must obtain a visa in advance in order to travel to Vietnam. It is the responsibility of each traveler to get his or her own visa. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to allow for the processing of your visa. (At least 5 to 6 months prior to the trip start date.)

To see how to apply for a visa, please read the link below :

Vietnamese Visa for Americans

Alternatively, you can also obtain your visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam. If you would like to do this, please contact us : info@globe-drifters.com.

If you are from a country other than America, please check with your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate about your visa requirements.

In Cambodia, you will get a visa upon arrival. The visa costs $30 USD and can be paid for in cash only at the airport. Almost all western nations, including the United States, can get a ‘visa on arrival’ in Cambodia. If you are not sure of your country’s visa requirements, please email us.

 

Flights :

The group will officially meet for the first time on Day 2 in the morning after breakfast in the hotel lobby area. This will be discussed more in your pre-departure notes that you will receive approximately two weeks before your trip. If you arrive early on Sunday, you will have free time to do whatever you wish in Hanoi.

Your arrival city is Hanoi, Vietnam. Return flights should be for 14 days later, from Phnom Phen, Cambodia.
*Please note that flights to Hanoi will leave your home airport 1 day before the actual arrival due to the time difference and distance to be flown.

Once you reserve your spot on the trip, we will send you a questionnaire regarding your arrival in and departure from Vietnam/Cambodia and also whether or not you would like to book extra nights in either city.

 

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you 24 hours after paying your deposit. 

PEAK Season:  December and January – Peak season is a bit cooler than the other months and there is not as much humidity. Monsoon has ended sothere is typically little to no rain.

SHOULDER Season: November, February and March – Shoulder season is right before and after peak season and is a great time to experience Vietnam/Cambodia. The weather is not as hot as low season and has less crowds. Monsoon has ended, so there is usually little to no rain.

LOW Season: April to October – At this time, it is hot both day and night and occasional, short, intense showers occur usually in the late afternoon or evening. The upside to traveling in this period is that it is far less crowded than in the other seasons.

On this trip, you will definitely remember the accommodation as it ranges from charming boutique hotels to junk-inspired cruise ships to secluded island bungalows. All of the places you will stay at have been hand-selected by us for their uniqueness and quality. In the itinerary, we mention that the island of Koh Rong Sanloem is deserted and we are not exaggerating! When you stay at the beach bungalows of Koh Rong, be aware that the island does not have electricity and resorts rely on generators for power, though not 24/7. While you won’t have it as rough as the Survivor contestants, it will also not be like a stay at the Four Seasons.


Hanoi


Halong Bay

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Hoi An

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Siem Reap

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 Koh Rong

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Phnom Penh

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*All hotels are subject to change.

Insurance :

We strongly recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

 

Vaccinations :

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia :

CDC Vietnam

CDC Cambodia

 

Ho Chi Minh City Extension

We offer a 4-day / 3-night pre-tour extension in Ho Chi Minh City.

Trip dates : February 15 – 18, 2018

Price : $600

Single Supplement : $175

What is included :

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 1 domestic flight (HCMC to Hanoi)
  • Ground transportation
  • Local guide throughout
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

What is not included :

  • Optional activities
  • Some meals
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  • Visa

*If you would like to learn more about flights and visas, please refer to the “Flights & Visa” tab.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City

Today is arrival day and you will have the day at your leisure.

Included :

  • Activities : Arrival (At your own expense); Free time
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC, formerly known as Saigon, is a fast-paced, high-energy city that will take you for a whirlwind of a ride. There’s everything from luxury hotels to dirt cheap guesthouses, Michelin-star restaurants to street stalls offering the most delicious local delicacies, classy boutiques to cheap souvenir stands, traditional temples to modern skyscrapers and everything in between. This city is one of old-school and contemporary contrasts as well as home to some of the best food in the country…a foodie’s paradise!

This morning you’ll have a leisurely breakfast and some pool time if you wish. Later in the morning, a private vehicle will pick you up and you’ll be on your way to lunch at an amazing local restaurant to see why Vietnamese food is always ranked among top cuisines of the world with a peaceful view of Saigon River as you dine. After lunch, you’ll head to the Cu Chi tunnels, which are a portion of the vast network of tunnels running underground throughout most of the country. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong to hide out and played an important role in the Viet Cong’s efforts against the American military during the Vietnam War. As you tour these tunnels, you’ll learn in more detail about their part and importance for the Viet Cong as well as the way the people of Vietnam lived, worked and fought underground with such an extraordinary determination.

Included :

  • Activities : Cu Chi tunnels transfer & tour; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh City

Today you’ll have a sightseeing tour of the some of the most iconic and impressive landmarks of HCMC, including : the Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Saigon Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, and much more! You will certainly understand the appeal of this city as you explore its charming traditions combined with its modern beauty. After the city tour, you’ll stop back at the hotel for a short break before this evening’s activities. During the tour of the city, prepare yourself for the gourmet ride of your life as you tour five districts and at least 26 locally famous streets, where the locals eat, shop and party! You’ll indulge yourself with more than 12 mouth-watering local foods on this tour. Having eaten your way through the city, we suggest a calm night back at the hotel to sleep off all the foods you enjoyed on the food tour. For those who are still feeling energized, head out for a night out on the town at one of HCMC’s many nightlife hot spots!

Included :

  • Activities : Ho Chi Minh City guided tour; Motorbike food tour
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 4 : Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi (To start general tour)

Today is your last day in Ho Chi Minh City and you’ll have the morning to yourself to see some last sites or get some last minute souvenir shopping in. You’ll then be picked up by a private vehicle and transferred to the airport to catch your approximately 2 hour flight to Hanoi to start the tour and meet up with the rest of the group!

Included :

  • Activities : Airport transfer
  • Meals : Breakfast

 

Trip Date

FEBRUARY 18
MARCH 4, 2018 - 6 SPOTS LEFT
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USD $2900

Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $600.


    2 REVIEWS

  1. My wife, 22 year old son and I went to Vietnam and Cambodia with Globe Drifters in January, 2017. We really had a great time and have no complaints about the trip, the locations, the accomodations or the experience – it was really terrific. Because Vietnam is pretty big, we did spend a fair amount of time traveling from place to place, but the logistics worked beautifully and were just part of the experience. This is a great trip for people who want to see Southeast Asia but may be reluctant to try it on their own. The food experience alone is worth it but the sights and sounds are so exotic, the culture is so different, it is just really awesome. All of our accomodations were great. Jodi and team did a great job. I had been on a Cuba trip too with Globe Drifters. That one also was very well done. I personally preferred Vietnam/Cambodia but both trips were reasonably priced and well done.

  2. My boyfriend and I had a great time in Vietnam with Jodi. There was a good balance of free time and organized outings. We stayed in nice places and explored sights we wouldn’t have otherwise thought to get to. Globe Drifter’s would definitely get my recommendation as a convenient and cost-effective way to see the world!

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