Regular Season 15-Day Tours

$3,300 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

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
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

What is not included :

  • Some excursions and activities
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flights (To Hanoi and from Phnom Penh)
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  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. Our trips are more like gatherings and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Most of our travelers are in their late-30s to late-60s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group.

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

  3. While most daily activities in the planned program are already included in the price, some activities are optional and will be at your own expense. Please see the itinerary tab for some possible optional activities and excursions. Most of them can be arranged with short to little notice and the local guide will be able to help you make necessary arrangements.

  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. We are very selective when choosing the accommodation for each tour and we are very proud of our hotel selection. Some of these hotels are boutique hotels and others are family-owned, just like ourselves.

    If you would like to arrive early or stay later in Vietnam or Cambodia, we can help you book extra nights outside of the tour in the tour-designated hotel. Otherwise, you’re welcome to book your own accommodation pre- or post-tour.

  6. The official currency of Vietnam is the Dong (VND) and 23 225 VND ≈ 1 USD. In Cambodia, the second currency is the US dollar and most transactions are done in US dollars. Therefore for those carrying US dollars, you will be able to pay with this currency in Cambodia using mostly small denomination bills ($1, $5, $10).

    • Exchanging money : You will need to carry some local currency with you during this trip as we will head off to small villages where cards are not be accepted. If you choose to exchange money, we recommend you to do so at authorized foreign exchange banks which offer better exchange rates.
    • Withdrawing money : ATMs are easily available in both countries and will accept most cards but you will be charged fees per each transaction. If using ATMs, we suggest pulling larger amounts to minimize fees on the transaction.
    • Paying in credit card : Major credit cards are accepted in some hotels and reputable shops (Visa and Mastercards only) but not in smaller merchants.
    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying in credit card so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.

    Pro Tip:  We highly recommend going to the bank before your trip and getting at least $20 to $40 in one dollar bills along with a few five and ten dollar bills. Anything over ten dollars is hard to break in Cambodia and hundreds are nearly impossible.

  7. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and 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.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 4 USD
    Dinner + drink 10 USD
    1 Pint of beer 1 – 2 USD
    Total Per Day 15 – 16 USD


    Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others.

  8. 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 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

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

    To read about obtaining your visa on arrival in Cambodia, please visit the link below :

    Cambodian Visa on Arrival

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

    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.

  9. 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 and Cambodia, 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.  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 you will be able to connect at least in the hotel lobby. On the island of Koh Rong (Cambodia), the internet is available at our resort, but is quite spotty.

  10. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    The outlets in Vietnam and Cambodia will work with two parallel flat prong plugs found in America. You’ll also see some outlets with the cylindrical two prongs commonly associated with Europe.

  11. Vietnam and Cambodia have different weather and temperatures while they observe relatively similar level of rain. You’ll find in both countries a hot low season from April to October; a warm shoulder season in November, February and March; and cooler temperatures during the peak season in December and January. July to September are the months where the rain is at its highest. However, rain gear is essential year-round as tropical weather can be unpredictable.

    Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

  12. Bring lightweight clothes in general and a light cardigan for cooler nights.

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

    • Flip flops and closed toed walking shoes/sneakers
    • Cardigan or light jacket/windbreaker for Halong Bay
    • Thin scarf and clothes to cover shoulders and knees (for the temple visits)
    • Bathing suit
    • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength)
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Umbrella and rain jacket
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Phone or flashlight/head torch
    • Face/surgical mask for dusty tuk tuk rides
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine

    Pro Tip: 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!

  13. Vietnam and Cambodia do not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and for 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 10% – 15% of the total cost of the tour. 

  14. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed.

  15. Vietnam and Cambodia are relatively safe countries. If you take the same general safety precautions as if you were traveling to any major city in the world, you’ll have a wonderful travel experience with lots of amazing stories to tell.

    Please also note that most thieves are not career criminals, but rather opportunists. It is a good idea not to wear flashy or expensive looking jewelry nor to leave your wallet on the table in order to prevent from being an easy target for a thief.

  16. Hotels throughout Vietnam and Cambodia offer a wide variety of foods. 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.

  17. The water in both countries 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, refillable glass water bottles that are placed in your room each day for your use. Another thing you can do to help alleviate the plastic problem is to turn down plastic bags when making a purchase and placing the items in your purse/daypack.

  18. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia 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 visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  19. Yes, we offer private tours to Vietnam and Cambodia 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 or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

  20. Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

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 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

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

To read about obtaining your visa on arrival in Cambodia, please visit the link below :

Cambodian Visa on Arrival

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

Flights

The group will officially meet for the first time after breakfast on Day 2 in the morning in the hotel lobby area. This will be discussed in detail in your pre-departure notes that you will receive approximately two weeks before your trip. If you arrive early on Day 1, you will have free time to do as you wish in Hanoi.

Your arrival city is Hanoi, Vietnam. Return flights should be for 14 days later, from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

It is important to note that flights to Hanoi will leave your home airport at least 1 day before the actual arrival date because of the time difference and distance.

After booking the trip, we will contact you regarding your arrival in Vietnam and departure from Cambodia. You will also have the option of purchasing extra nights pre-tour in Hanoi or post-tour in Phnom Penh.

*Please do not reserve any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be 1 to 2 business days at the most after booking the tour.

When to go to Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia have different weather and temperatures while they observe relatively similar level of rain. You’ll find in both countries a hot low season from April to October; a warm shoulder season in November, February and March; and cooler temperatures during the peak season in December and January. July to September are the months where the rain is at its highest. However, rain gear is essential year-round as tropical weather can be unpredictable.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Vietnam and Cambodia.

Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

On this trip, you will definitely remember the accommodation as it ranges from charming boutique hotels to junk-inspired luxury 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 beach bungalows on Koh Rong, please be aware that the resorts there rely on generators for power, though not always stable and 24/7, it will be available the majority of your stay there.

Hanoi

Ideally located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, this boutique hotel offers spacious guest rooms with the highest comfort and modern look. Their famous cosy indoor restaurant with balcony and attentive, friendly staff.

Halong Bay

Believing that “4-star” has various shapes, our Cruise boat is strived to perfect our luxury line for fresh experiences in Halong Bay, with an upgraded level of premium cruising services. They have brand new cruises with the highest level of customer service and an unbeatable relaxing environment that is sure to exceed the highest expectations of any and all Halong Bay cruises. And the best of it all, we will sleep in Deluxe rooms on this amazing cruise to enjoy the full luxury experience!

Hoi An

Nestled in the centre of this charming and rustic riverside settlement, this boutique hotel is not your typical boutique hotel. When you step through the doors, you step into a genuine ambience that withstands the passage of time. The team with tell you the long-forgotten story of Faifo while the inspirational beauty of this ancient town embrace you.

Each room is lovingly decorated with distinctly Hoi An décor and outfitted with full modern amenities for your comfort and convenience.

Siem Reap

Managed by a Myanmar hotelier with a young, enthusiastic and energetic Cambodian team. It offers very unique designed rooms, spacious, clean and very comfortable accommodations with quality standards and services in Siem Reap Angkor.

Each room is uniquely and ideally designed with Burmese & Khmer art and architecture. As situated in the centre of the old town and a 5 minute walk to the old central market. The bath and rain showers are especially unique and designed to offer you a spa-like experience refreshing you after exploring temples all day.

Koh Rong

For this part of the trip, our Resort will be located on the remote tropical island called Koh Rong Samloem. Tucked away on the tropical beach of Saracen Bay, the Resort offers the perfect combination of luxury and nature, allowing for a perfect break in one of Asia’s most idyllic locations.

The 24 charming self-contained bungalows are ideal for a relaxing holiday with breathtaking scenery of Koh Rong Samloem’s pristine white beaches, clear ocean waters and the wilderness of the rugged jungle.

Phnom Penh

Less than 1.6 km from Riverfront Park, this luxurious hotel offers a casino, a sunbathing terrace and an indoor swimming pool. The heritage venue is placed in a business area, a short walk from a museum and a palace, within a 20-minute walk from the center of Phnom Penh. Each room enjoys a view of the garden and the hotel has a private pool equipped with a poolside bar and a Jacuzzi.

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