Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure

Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure
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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
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  • Dates
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With so many incredible coastal sights to experience in Cambodia and Vietnam, we take to the water on this 19-day river experience. Stay overnight on a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour, visit floating markets in Cai Be, and see old colonial houses along the Mekong Delta. We've saved one of the most memorable bucket list destinations on Southeast Asia for last — a guided tour through the incredible, ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat at sunrise.

Highlights
  • Watch the sun rise over the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex.
  • Visit a coconut product manufacturer on Thoi Son Island.
  • Dine on local specialties in Hu?.
  • Explore the Vietnam War-era Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Experience sunset at Sam Mountain.
Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Private vehicle, junk boat, overnight train (beds), plane, Toum Tiou II Riverboat.
Accommodation
Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
Accommodation
Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
Destinations
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Cruise
  • Sailing
  • Small Group
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Canoeing-Kayaking
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • History
  • Music

Location: Hanoi

Arrive at any time.<p>There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Bonne Nuit Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.<p>Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Skim across the water aboard this iconic traditional Asian sailboat.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.</p>

Accommodation: ,Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Hạ Long, Hanoi, Hue

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.<p>Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Spend a few hours exploring this beautiful capital city. Visit some shops, have a bia hoi on a street corner or grab a coffee in a lakeside café.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.</p>

Accommodation: ,Basic Overnight Train (beds)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Hue

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. Experience the city from the back of a motorbike - like the locals do - when you pre-book the optional Hue Motorbike Tour on the checkout page.<p>Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit Tien Mu, one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam, at seven storeys high. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River, it has been the site of many political protests.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Tour this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modelled on China's Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the Royal Tombs along the Perfume River in Hue. Embracing the concept of Feng Shui, these tombs are extremely ornate and provide fantastic insight into the lives of the former rulers.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Asia Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hue, Hội An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.<p>Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Hội An, The world cultural heritage My Son, Hội An

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by our G for Good partners, STREETS International, this class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Explore this charming city.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Hội An, The world cultural heritage My Son, Hội An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy free time in this charming town.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Hội An, Ho Chi Minh City

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.<p>Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Lotus Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Củ Chi, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.<p>With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces. </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore this frenetic city.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Lotus Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Mỹ Tho

Transfer to the pier for the start of the riverboat journey. Embark, settle in, and get to know the crew as the adventure begins. Sail towards My Tho.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Meet in the lobby of our accommodation at 12:00pm for the transfer to the starting point of the riverboat journey.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Welcome aboard! It's time to meet the crew and get some information about the cruise.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Toum Tiou II Riverboat Cruise

Meals: ,Dinner,

Location: Mỹ Tho, Cái Bè District, Thới Sơn, Vĩnh Long, Sa Đéc

Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Continue on to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to wander the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry. Continue by local boat to Vinh Long to meet the vessel. Embark for the evening sail to Sa Dec.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON</strong> Local boats will pull up alongside the Toum Tiou II to pick up the group and whisk everyone off to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. Navigating the narrow Island canals is a unique experience, as the bustling market surrounds the boats. </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Explore the buddhist temple of Vĩnh Tràng. Known for its enormous buddha statues and peaceful surroundings. The monks here maintain an an ornate, gilded wood sanctuary, and tend to the impressive gardens. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: , Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Sa Đéc, Châu Đốc, Văn Phòng Luật Sư Châu Đốc, Vĩnh Xương

Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise the Mekong. Arrive at Chau Doc and visit Sam Mountain for sunset. Gaze out over the rice paddies or relax in a hammock. Visit some temples and pagodas along the way. Opt for dinner in town.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: EVENING</strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Travel to Sam Mountain by private vehicle and enjoy views of the surrounding landscape from the summit.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Stroll around the Sa Dec river bank and through the Sa Dec market. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating due to its unspoiled authenticity and the fact it remains relatively undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of traditional life on the Mekong, complete with tree lined streets and fading colonial villas. </p>

Accommodation: ,Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Vĩnh Xương, Phnom Penh

Cross the border into Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy an evening in the capital city starting with a cyclo tour to see the city from a new perspective. Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: EVENING</strong> Explore Cambodia's charming capital city.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Settle in a traditional cyclo and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van's restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.</p>

Accommodation: ,Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Phnom Penh

Visit the sobering S21 Museum and the Killing Fields with a local guide. After lunch, use free time to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market.<p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Discover more of this dynamic city.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the killing fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.</p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Phnom Penh, Krong Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach

Continue to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON</strong> Arrive at Kampong Tralach and visit its wonderful Vihara (Buddhist Monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Travel through Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing beautiful stretches of emerald rice paddies. The Vihara dates back to early last century and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. Standing isolated in the middle of the rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few international visitors, enjoy this truly unique experience.</p>

Accommodation: ,Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Kampong Tralach, Krong Kampong Chhnang, Chnok Tru, Krong Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen

Sail on to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap RIver. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. Enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain's farewell dinner.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Located around 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is a very large fishing port on the Tonlé Sap. A lot of locals make a living from fish farming, a popular occupation in this area. Kampong Chhnang is also famous for its pottery ware, the style of which has not changed much for centuries and is distributed to the rest of the country. Wander through the local market, and head out to explore a family run brick factory to watch the process. Continue to visit the locals and observe the process of hand making pottery. Before heading back to the riverboat, explore a sugar palm farm where the Thnot tree (sugar palm) that abounds in the area is used to create a mellow tasting, caramel coloured sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the small town of Koh Chen. Wander through the streets and visit family run silver and copper workshops. Watch the craftsmen and learn about the process. If possible, meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to share his story.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Koh Chen, Krong Siem Reap

Enjoy last breakfast before traveling to Siem Reap. Dinner at New Hope project.<p>Enjoy one last breakfast on board the riverboat, then say goodbye to the crew of the Toum Tiou II. Hop into a private vehicle for an included transfer to Siem Reap. Visit the G Adventures-supported New Hope project for dinner and learn more about the important work being done here.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community. </p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Royal Angkor Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap

Sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Explore Angkor Wat for the morning before return to the hotel where the tour ends.<p>Rise early to catch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Explore for a couple of hours before returning to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. Head back to the complex and continue exploring. Return to the hotel at midday where the tour ends.</p><p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> All onward travel must be booked after 3pm.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a tour of the impressive ancient ruins with a local guide. Explore magnificent Angkor Wat temple--Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the "Tomb Raider" temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  • - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
  • Transportation
    -Private vehicle, junk boat, overnight train (beds), plane, Toum Tiou II Riverboat.
  • - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison)
  • - Sa Dec Visit
  • -Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • All internal flights and transportation
  • Accommodation
    -Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
  • -Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap
  • - Cyclo Tour in Phnom Penh
  • Meals
    -15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.
  • -Your Discover Moment: Hoi An. Halong Bay Overnight Cruise.
  • - Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • - Visit to Cai Be Floating Market and Coconut Product Maker
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
  • - Visit to Koh Chen and Kampong Chhnang fishing port

Not Included
  • International Travel
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  • Tipping and Gratuities
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Cabins on board the Toum Tiou II all have exterior view windows and private bathrooms. Length: 38m (125 ft) riverboat Built: 2008 Flag: Cambodian Draft: 1.8m Engine power: 450 HP Speed: 11 Knots Capacity: 28 Passengers Cabins: 14 – 6 upper, 8 main Boat Layout: Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. Library with classic literature, Wifi in public areas, outdoor dining and lounge areas with comfortable seating
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Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
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Dine on local specialties in Huế, Explore the Vietnam War-era Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Visit a coconut product manufacturer on Thoi Son Island, Experience sunset at Sam Mountain, Watch the sun rise over the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex
1. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the CEO and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been travelling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes. 2. ACCOMMODATION In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows. 3. LUGGAGE There may be a weight restriction on luggage for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. 4. LOW WATER ITINERARY While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed to reach Siem Reap while water levels are very low (March - August). The Toum Tiou II was built with a steel hull and sleek low draft, so occasions like this are rare. If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before Siem Reap and using overland transportation to reach the final destination. 5. RIVERBOAT PAYMENT METHOD Only cash is accepted for payment aboard the riverboat. There are several locations along the riverboat route with ATMs that dispense USD or VND. 6. PROOF OF EXITING VIETNAM Important thing to note for our travellers arriving into Vietnam, and travelling onwards with G Adventures to neighbouring counties (i.e. Cambodia & Laos). When you are checking onto your international flight heading to Vietnam, you will often be asked by airline ticket counter personnel to provide a proof of exit from Vietnam. In respect to this requirement, we encourage our travellers to print out a copy of their tour vouchers, along with a PDF copy of their Tour Details from the webpage. These references, along with entry and exit details on travellers Vietnam visa should be sufficient information. ********** On Day 10 of the tour please meet in the lobby of our accommodation at 12:00pm. At this time we will be transferring you to where our riverboat journey will begin.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
When arriving at Noi Bai Intl Airport in Hanoi you have a choice of pre paid taxi or Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus to get you into the city. The airport is 35 km outside of the city and the drive should take between 40-50 minutes depending on traffic. The airport taxis are a safe and convenient way to arrive at your hotel. The cost is 16 USD and is paid directly to your driver upon arrival at the hotel. The other option is to take the Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus which drops everyone at the Vietnam Airlines office downtown, The cost of the tickets is 45000 Dong (approx 3 USD). From the Vietnam Airline office there are taxis that can take you to your hotel with the meter on about 2-4 USD. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. Please note there is a common scam at the airport for non-G Adventures' drivers to pretend they are working for the company. It is very important to confirm your name and booking number with your airport transfer representative.If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
On-board laundry service is offered for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
During this tour the local currency you will use is the Vietnamese Dong and the Cambodian Riel. As currency exchange rates in Southeast Asia do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each of the above mentioned currencies. The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are found throughout South East Asia and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals. USD Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix. Travellers cheques can be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers' cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange. Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.Credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants, and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops
Night 2 (overnight boat); Night 3 (overnight train)
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Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit - Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit - Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance (6USD per person) Ha Long Bay - Kayaking (10USD per person) Huế - Hue Motorbike Tour Hoi An - Bike Rental - Tailor Shops - Thu Bon River Boat Trip (12USD per person) - Hoi An Cooking Class (30USD per person) Mỹ Sơn - Mỹ Sơn Excursion (30USD per person) Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Thanh Market - Cholon Visit - War Remnants Museum Visit (2USD per person) - Reunification Palace Visit (2USD per person) - Dam Sen Water Park Visit (4USD per person) - Thien Hau Pagoda Visit - Giac Vien Pagoda Visit Phnom Penh - Royal Palace - Russian Market
Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
In Asia, it is customary to tip service providers, such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and expresses satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. If you have a local guide or a driver on your tour, tipping $2-5 USD (in local currency) per person, per service is recommended. If someone helps you carry a bag, you can offer to tip a few USD (in local currency) if you feel it is deserved. Ask your CEO for specific advice if you are unsure. 
If at the end of the riverboat sailing you find the staff on board were exceptional, a tip of $5-10 USD per day is recommended. You can leave this tip at the end of the riverboat portion of your tour.
 At the end of each tour if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however, as a guideline $20-30 USD per person, per week can be used.
Private vehicle, junk boat, overnight train (beds), plane, Toum Tiou II Riverboat.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Be aware that petty theft can be an issue in some Vietnamese towns and cities especially late at night. A common tactic is opportunists on motorbikes that drive by and snatch bags. Please always leave valuables and passports etc in your hotel,in safety boxes if available, and only carry with you enough cash to spend for the day. Bags should always be carried over the neck and not left to sit on your shoulder.
Please note that visas for Vietnam and Cambodia are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travellers there will probably be an Embassy or Consulate in the country that you live in. CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Embassy. You can also obtain your visa at the Cambodian border or Siem Reap Airport for approx. $30 USD very easily. You will need two passport sized photos. Please note that an E-visa can not be processed if entering Cambodia at a land border. *Please have extra USD on hand in case the customs officials charge more at the border crossing. VIETNAM - If you require a visa for Vietnam, they need to be arranged ahead of time (BEFORE your trip) as the processing time varies and they are not available upon arrival. As of March 2017, a select 40 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-Visa. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible. Please note that you should ONLY apply for a Vietnam E-Visa if you are entering Vietnam by international airport - either Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City). If you are entering Vietnam by land border, please apply for a regular visa for Vietnam. Many of the land borders we travel through do not accept the Vietnam E-Visa. Please note that while MOST countries require a Visa ahead of time for Vietnam, certain countries may be allowed entrance for 15 days with proof of exit. As of July 1st, 2015 this will include citizens of Scandinavian countries, Japan, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. However, we STRONGLY recommend checking with your Embassy on the requirements as these change often. Please contact your Foreign Ministry for up to date entry/exit requirements. Your sales agent can assist with departure documentation from Vietnam once we are within 30 days from departure.
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you. Dress on board the Toum Tiou II is informal. Plan to bring comfortable, casual clothing for all activities. When packing, we suggest that you do not weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire that can be worn in layers.
Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Hoi An. Halong Bay Overnight Cruise. Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda in Huế. Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels. Visit to Cai Be Floating Market and Coconut Product Maker. Visit to Vĩnh Trang Pagoda in Mỹ Tho. Visit to Sam Mountain in Châu Đốc. Sa Dec Visit. Cyclo Tour in Phnom Penh. Guided Tour of Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison). Visit to Koh Chen and Kampong Chhnang fishing port. Guided tour of Angkor Wat. All internal flights and transportation.

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Start:Hanoi
Finish:Siem Reap
Group size:12 - 16
Suitable for: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Accommodation:Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
Physical rating:2 - Light
Meals:15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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