Vietnam 15-Day Tour

TBD – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

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

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $???. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying a single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay for the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Ground transportation
  • Local guide throughout
  • Halong Bay overnight cruise (5-star boat)
  • Activities as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Some optional excursions and activities
  • 3 lunches and most dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Airport-drop-off
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations.  Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were some of the highlights of the trip.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense.

  4. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

    We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and to be well-rested for the first few days of your tour if your schedule/budget allows for this.

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

  5. The official currency of Vietnam is the Dong (VND).

    We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in Vietnam as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip.  It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most large supermarkets, petrol stations, shopping malls, airports, and convenience stores.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Vietnam. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

    Upon arrival, your guide can take you to the nearest ATM or money exchange office which is only a few steps away from our hotel to help you exchange or withdraw money if needed.

    USD is accepted at most large shops, restaurants, and many other services and can be used as tips as well.  Therefore, we highly recommend going to the bank before your trip, and getting some USD that are small denominations ($1, $5).

  6. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    We suggest having access to $400 – $600 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card.

  7. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States must obtain a visa in order to travel to Vietnam. It is the responsibility of each traveler to obtain this visa. We recommend the visa on arrival as it is the most convenient and time-efficient method. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to allow for the processing of all visa-related documents.

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

    To obtain your visa on arrival in Vietnam, please consult the link below:

    Vietnamese Visa on Arrival

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  8. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Vietnam, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls, and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Vietnam! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

  9. You do not need a power plug adapter if coming from the United States, Canada, or the UK. You will need one if coming from Australia.

    See below the pictures of the plugs that will work in Vietnam.

  10. In Vietnam really anything goes.  When you visit temples women need to make sure to have their knees and shoulders covered and to make things easy you can just bring a scarf to cover your shoulders.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Rain jacket
    • Flip flops and comfortable walking shoes
    • Water shoes with good tread (for caves and muddy rice fields)
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Flashlight/head torch
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Sunscreen
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Travel hairdryer (some hotels will have but some will not)

    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!

  11. Vietnam does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis, and personal services, all tips are at your discretion, and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is appreciated.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $15 a day.  

  12. Vietnam is a very safe country and most people who get their things stolen or had something bad happen to them is because they acted irresponsibly (usually drugs and alcohol were involved). Your biggest worry is sunburn!  Make sure to lather up each day.

  13. Yes, we can. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the tour although options might be limited.

  14. The water in Vietnam is safe for brushing your teeth, but it is not recommended for drinking. The bottled water in Thailand is very affordably priced at around $0.10 USD per bottle, but please remember to recycle!

    Vietnam has a very serious plastic waste problem, but unfortunately, there are not many water refill stations. Most of the hotels at which we stay have two free glass water bottles that are placed in your room each day. These can be used to refill your personal water bottles, so you can bring a water bottle and refill it with water from the glass bottles in your room. This is a small role we can play in the solution to the plastic epidemic that plagues Thailand.

    Another thing you can do to help the environment is to put purchased items in your day pack/backpack rather than using the plastic bag that the store provides you. Small things can add up to make a big difference!

  15. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Vietnam to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you check to visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  16. Yes, we offer private tours to Vietnam for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visas

Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States must obtain a visa in order to travel to Vietnam. It is the responsibility of each traveler to obtain this visa. We recommend the visa on arrival as the most convenient and time-efficient method. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to allow for the processing of all visa-related documents.

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

To obtain your visa on arrival in Vietnam, please consult the link below :

Vietnamese Visa on Arrival

*After booking the tour, you will receive an email with specific instructions on how to obtain the visa needed for travel to Vietnam.

Flights

Your arrival city is Hanoi, Vietnam and your departure city is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

 

 

On this trip, you will definitely remember the accommodation as it ranges from charming boutique hotels to a luxury cruise ship to secluded bungalows. All of the places you will stay at have been hand-selected by us for their uniqueness and quality.

Hanoi

Set in the busy Hanoi Old Quarter Area, this hotel provides an on-site Vietnamese restaurant, coffee shop, and spa.  At the spa, you can choose from a Vietnamese rice scrub or a traditional herbal massage with most massages, facials, and scrubs costing on average $15 for an hour treatment which will be nice to have after your long flight!

 

Halong Bay

This cruise offers an itinerary to untouched areas in Ha Long Bay.  This is a 5-star cruise ship and is rated as the number one cruise ship in Halong Bay on both Trip Advisor and Booking.com.

 

Ninh Binh

Discover an oasis of calm in the first imperial capital of Vietnam, Ninh Binh; perhaps the most historic province in northern Vietnam. Nestled in the Van Long Nature Reserve – a primeval tropical forest – and surrounded by spectacular mountains, our resort has been built and furnished in the style of traditional Tonkin Vietnamese villages, but with modern comforts and environmental commitment. Wake up to a mountain view or to garden views with spacious bathrooms and a private terrace where you can stretch out on a comfortable armchair and sip a cup of tea among nature. Choose from mouthwatering Vietnamese specialties or healthy international favorites in the three restaurants and bar.

Pu Loung

Our bungalow-style hotel lies in the pristine Pu Luong forest, surrounded by exquisite scenery of amazing terraced rice fields and endless mountainous landscapes. It boasts a unique infinity swimming pool overlooking the breathtaking view of the valleys, terraced fields, and mountains.  All rooms are upgraded to feature views overlooking the mountains and rice terraces.

Hoi An

The location, the cozy atmosphere, and the fantastic service provided make this the best find in Hoi An.  The staff is incredibly guest orientated and all will know your name which makes this small boutique hotel so very special.

Wonderful breakfast in a tastefully decorated restaurant. Comfortable room with balcony overlooking the river. Within walking distance to many restaurants and shops and very centrally located.

There is a spa available at very reasonable prices as we as complimentary bikes on the property.

We 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.

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Vaccinations

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

CDC Vietnam

CDC Cambodia