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Vietnam - Cam - Laos - Thailand on shoestring- 16 days/15 nights




Tour: Indochina Classic Holidays
Duration: 16 Days
Descriptions: Ho Chi Minh city - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Houi Xay - Pakbeng - Pak Ou...

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From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. Then, travel to Hanoi- capital of Vietnam by a short light. Experienced tour guides from Holidaytoindochina will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

This tour will give you a highlight of Indochina Holiday tour. From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. Then, travel to Hanoi- capital of Vietnam by a short light. Experienced tour guides from Holidaytoindochina will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

Prices Quoted Are In USD Per Person 
Private tour based on 02 Clients

Tour Class
High Season
(Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)
Low Season 
           (May 1 - Sep 30)           
3 - star Hotel $2,560 $2,540
4 - star Hotel $2,702 $2,662
5 - star Hotel $2,910 $2,870

• This tour is just a suggested itinerary and we can always customize it to suit your travel date, type of travel, length of stay, budget, activities, etc.
• Your tour is an individual tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide (other language on request) and a private air-conditioned vehicle at each destination.
• The price could be lower if you travel in group.
• Tour prices may vary by your travel date, departure city, accommodation, exchange rate and other special requests.
• We also provide online application for Vietnam visa on arrival. Please click Vietnam visa for more information.  
Payment Method:
• If you decide to book, we will require deposit which is 30% of the total tour cost by credit cards or wire transfer. The balance (outstanding) will be paid on your arrival in cash, credit cards or combination.
Cancellation Policy:
• Before 30 days: Refund 50% of deposit 
• Between 20 – 29 days prior to departure: Refund 30% of deposit 
• Between 10 – 19 days prior to departure: Refund 10% of deposit  
• Between 01 – 9 days prior to departure: Full charge 100% of deposit 
Our cancellation policy is various based on real situation. In case of cancellation, we will try our best to discuss with our suppliers to get a best refund for you. However, refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced. 

Day 1
Ho Chi Minh arrival (G)
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)(G)
Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi tunnels - Flight to Phnom Penh (B, ...
Day 4
Phnom Penh tour - Flight to Siem Reap (B, L)(G)
Day 5
Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap (B, L)(G)
Day 6
Siem Reap - Petit Circuit - Rolous Group - Flight to Bangkok (B, L)(G)
Day 7
Bangkok tour - Flight to Chiang Mai (B,L)(G)
Day 8
Chiang Mai tour (B, D)(G)
Day 9
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B, L)(G)
Day 10
Chiang Rai - Houi Xay - Pakbeng (B, L)(G)
Day 11
Pakbeng – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B, L)(G)
Day 12
Tak Bat City Tours – Khuang Sy Waterfall (B, L)(G)
Day 13
Luang Prabang City Tour - Flight to Hanoi (B, L)(G)
Day 14
Hanoi - Halong bay - Overnigh ton board (B, L, D)(G)
Day 15
Halong bay - Hanoi (B, L)(G)
Day 16
Hanoi departure (G)


Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (G)
indochina tour in vietnamHo Chi Minh City, the first stop for your Luxury Indochina Tour. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in Vietnam.
Free time at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)(G)
mekong tour in vietnamToday, we continue our Vietnam travel with the interesting visit to Cai Be floating market. 6am: Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for Cai Be by private car, stop to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long. Return to HCMC. Arrive back at your hotel at around 5pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi tunnels - Flight to Phnom Penh (B, L)(G)
vietnam tour packageAlmost everyone when traveling to Vietnam has the special interest in Cu Chi tunnels. This is the living place to learn about Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Morning pick up from the hotel for Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we visit the incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days. 
Free at leisure until we pick you up and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Phnom Penh (Operated by Vietnam Airlines). Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 4: Phnom Penh tour - Flight to Siem Reap (B, L)(G)
cambodia tour in phnom penhAfter breakfast at hotel, you will visit Royal Palace, the sacred Silver Pagoda, which is well known for its 5000 silver tiled floor. Heading out of this area, you will follow your trip to National Museum of Fine Arts, Independence monument, Central Market and Wat Phnom which is the symbol of Phnom Penh. Then, you will transfer you to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap, one of the most exciting Indochina tours, the home of the Temples of Angkor. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap (B, L)(G)
cambodia tour in siem reapSiem Reap is no doubt a surprise for your Indochina tours. Morning visit to the South Gate of Angkor  Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Pimean Akas. Then, visit an amazing view of Ta Promh temple.  
Afternoon visit the famous temple of Cambodia, Angkor Wat then continue to visit the Bakheng Hill temple with Sun Set included from the top of this hill. Overnight in Siem Reap 

Day 6: Siem Reap - Petit Circuit - Rolous Group - Flight to Bangkok (B, L)(G)
cambodia tour packageAfter breakfast at the hotel we will drive to visit Roluos Group temple, a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. The Angkor period was inaugurating in 802 with the establishment of the first capital on Phnom Kulen by king Jayavarman II. Nearly 50 years after, he moved the capital to Hariharalaya, probably for defensive reasons. Four successive kings reigned at this site for over 70 years before Yasovarman built Phnom Bakheng and moved the capital to the Angkor area in 905. We will visit the three main temples of this site, Prasat Bakong, the oldest temple mountain of the Angkor-era, Prasat Preah Ko, with beautiful preserved carvings and Prasat Lolei, 4 tours built in the middle of a now dry baray. In the afternoon we visit to Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. Pre Rup is a temple-mountain symbolising the Mount Meru, close in style to the East Mebon but higher and artistically superior than its predecessor. Late afternoon flight to BangKok. Overnight in Bangkok 

Day 7: Bangkok tour - Flight to Chiang Mai (B,L)(G)
thailand tour in bangkokWe'll take you through the hustle and bustle Bangkok to visit Wat Traimit a visually stunning temple at China Town, see one of the largest solid gold Buddha (5.5 tons of precious metal). 
Continue to visit Wat Po the home of famous 45 meter reclining Buddha as well as being the original school of traditional Thai massage. 
Visit The Royal Grand Palace, the nation's landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that were used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow), the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. 
After lunch we are prepare to transfer to airport for fight to Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 8: Chiang Mai tour (B, L)(G)
indochina tour in thailandA.M. H/D DOI SUTHEP
Visit the most sacred temple upon the hill with its enormous mythological Nagas staircase of 306 steps and inside the cloister is an intriguing copper-placed chedi topped by five tier gold parasol, which contains relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiangmai from the temple grounds.
Visit the workshops of the local craftsmen in Sankampaeng area, to see how paper parasols and lacquer ware are made, also to see Thai Silk and cotton being woven on handlooms. Other factories such as bronze ware, silver ware, jade factory as well as wood and rattan furniture will also be seen on this tour.
EVE. Khantoke Dinner
Rap up the evening with the traditional Khantoke dinner LANNA STYLE, the authentic northern Thai delicacies dinner. While having the meals, several performances of local folk dances and music by different hilltribe groups are shown. Over night in Chiang Mai

Day 9: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B, L)(G)
chiang rai thailandLeave Chiangmai for Chiang Dao to visit Meo Hilltribe Village, and continue to Thaton, visit Long Neck Hilltribe Village.   Lunch at local restaurant; continue by road to Chiang Rai. Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 10: Chiang Rai - Houi Xay - Pakbeng (B, L)(G)
After passing the immigration between Thailand and Laos, you will cross the Mekong River to Houay Xai in Laos where our local guide is waiting for you at the domestic immigration point. After the border formalities are completed, a traditional boat is waiting to serve you the trip down the Mekong River. 
Laos used to be one of unvisited and unchanged countries in Asia and the powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang, which was founded in the 14th century with Khmers’ help. After that, Lane Xang became once of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until being collapsed in the late 19th century. Additionally, Laos today is easily recognized to be influenced in culture: Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. In the visitors’ eyes, Laos is the land of tranquility, the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of Lao people. 
During your cruise, you have chance to stop and visit some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu. Arriving Pakbeng, check in your lodge and have free time to visit a local market, experience the daily lifestyle of hill tribe traders exchanging their goods. Overnight in Pakbeng

Day 11: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B, L)(G)
indochina tour in laosAfter breakfast, we get onboard for a cruise downstream on the Mekong River for Pak Ou Caves exploration. From the far distance, limestone cliffs appear impressively among the intersection flow of Nam Ou River into the Mekong. That is where the “hiding” of the sacred Pak Ou Caves, associated with beliefs of Lao people for over 600 years. The cave is the home of more than 4000 Buddha statues which were brought to here reverently by the Lao to hide, throughout the centuries. Pak Ou is actually the common name for the two arch caves sheltered in the mountains: Tam Ting and Tam Phum.
At the first time entering the Tam Ting, visitors are extremely overwhelmed by countless Buddha statues with numerous genres, materials and dimensions. The system of statues here is evaluated to be diversified of many different forms of Buddhism. This is indeed a treasure of shaping art of Lao people with Buddha statues are made upon the style of “four spirit majesty”, that 4 postures are walking, standing, lying and sitting but their details were transformed to create 40 positions called Mudra. 
Finishing 200 stairs located right outside the entrance of Tam Ting, you will find the Tam Phum situated at the top of mountain. The cave is deep into dark but closer inside, the space suddenly become spiritual by the magical light from the candles on the Buddhist altar. Thousands Buddha faces were manipulated by the sophisticated hands of Lao artisans, now appear more vividly and majestically than ever. It is hard to imagine the 300-year-ago scene in the chaos of invading, the people transferred by boat to hide the statues here every night. Pak Ou Caves, for long in the Lao belief, have been the sacred accommodation of Protective Gods. Arrive at the pier, welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel to check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Tak Bat City Tours – Khuang Sy Waterfall (B, L)(G)
laos tour packageAn optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. We then enjoy a leisure walk to a local market to see the local daily life. 
After breakfast, explore the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. In 1975, communist government overthrew the monarchy and the palace was then converted into a national museum. The museum is an ideal place for visitors to learn more about Lao history and culture. 
We then get in the car and follow the call of Khuang Sy Waterfall. Drive through a beautiful road with some stops to visit ethnic villages. 
Khuang Sy is located in a fauna and flora conversation area of Laos, surrounded by lush jungle with many large and small falls. The roaring stream flows down from above, making spectacular scenery of brilliant rainbow among the sparkling sunshine. The waterfall attracts visitors due to not only the turquoise water but also its layer shape of terraces alike. Enjoy a picnic lunch in natural picturesque setting of the falls. 
Return to Luang Prabang city, we visit some famous ancient temples including Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang and Vat Senna - literally means "Temple of a 100 000 treasures" also one of the most beautiful temples in the town.
Let’s climb Mount Phousi to contemplate the fantastic picture of sunset. It’s ideal time to take some nice photos. We will visit the H’mong Night Market for exploration and buy some lovely sourvenirs. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 13: Luang Prabang City Tour - Flight to Hanoi (B, L)(G)
indochina travel in laosToday we will explore Vat Xieng Thong (means “The Golden City”) or Temple of the Royal city, the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. It was built under the reign of the King Setthathirat (1559-1560). The temple is splendidly decorated with carving and mosaics within a picturesque scenery surrounding. Afterwards, we will come to Vat Mai Temple. Erected at the end of the 18th century, the temple is a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols.
Pay a short visit to Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a private non-profit making museum devoted to the different ethnical groups in Laos. Enjoy your free time before transferring to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi - Halong bay - Overnigh ton board (B, L, D)(G)
halong bay tourHalong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any visitors. This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. You will have ppportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood. Overnight on board.

Day 15: Halong bay - Hanoi (B, L)(G)
vietnam tour packageIt is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a trip to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong city at around noon where our private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 
Optional Tour: Street Food Tour with dinner included in street food tour + Guide ($45/pax)
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If you arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon, it’s worth trying a fascinating street food tour which is one of the best ways to experience an authentic Hanoi. You will have unique opportunity to try some Hanoi's specialties, get closer to Hanoian's everyday life, and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, history.

Day 16: Hanoi departure (G)
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Indochina tours until our private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with us. We hope that you have enjoyed your Indochina tours with us and look forward to your next Indochina tours. Holidaytoindochina says goodbye and see you again!


• All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation as indicated
Economy Flight (HCMC – Phnom Penh; Phnom Penh – Siem; Siem – Bangkok; Bangkok – Chiang Mai; Luang Prabang - Hanoi)
• English speaking guide (Other languages on request)
• Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as indicated
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Bottled mineral water during touring days

•    Drinks
•    Other meals
•    Insurance
•    Personal expenses
•    Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time

If you do not know how to plan your Vietnam tour and Indochina holiday, please read our FAQ's below to get some information or send us an email at and one of our experienced travel consultants will be ready and happy to answer your questions as well as organise your amazing holiday in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and combination.

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How to plan my Vietnam tour/Indochina holiday with you?
1. Send us an inquiry by submiting one of our online forms (Click). Tell us as much information as possible. For example;

  • Please tell us how many people will be traveling with you, date of birth, if you have children, please tell us how old is/are the kid(s).
  • Please tell us your preferred hotels, level of hotel (3, 4 or 5 stars), type of hotel, type of room...
  • Please tell us your type of travel, length of travel and activities that you are interested in. For example; Family with kids, Couple's vacation, Honeymoon, Friends, Shopping, Sightseeing, Leisure and Relaxing, Cuisine & Cooking, Kayaking, Caves & Grottoes, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Minority, Adventure & Discovery...
  • Please tell us where and what you want to visit, if you do not know much about Vietnam, just give us your travel plan and ideas.
  • Most of our tour guide are English speaking tour guides, but if you want another language like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese... we can always arrange. Please tell us what you do you expect from your guides, for example; you want a guide with sense of humor? Good knowledge in history & culture? Male/Female guide? Talkative/Untalkative? Young/Old guide?
  • Please advise if you want breakfast included only or also Lunch and Dinner, and please let us know if you are a Vegetarian, the food you can eat or cant not, if you want local food in local restautants or western food in tourist restantant...?
  • Actually, you do not have to send us all information, but the more we know, the better we plan your Vietnam tour.

2. After we receive your enquiry, one of our professional Vietnam travel consultants reply and send you the suggested tour itinerary as soon as possible.

3. If you accept the suggested tour itinerary (you may modify it till you are satisfied with), we will calculate the tour cost and send you the tour price. If you accept it, please confirm that you would like to book it.

How to proceed to book Vietnam tour/Indochina holiday with you?

  • When you decide to book your Vietnam tour/Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full name (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details (in and out) for airport transfers.

How to pay the deposit and the balance?

  • Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher. Then you are required to send the deposit which is about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), wire/bank transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.
  • Balance: You can pay the outstanding balance 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)
  • More about credit card payment via OnePay: ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)
    Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

    OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

    OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

Note: Before coming, please make sure you have all travel documents such as; confirmed tour, invoice, flight tickets..., especially the visa to Vietnam and Indochina is done.

What about tipping?

  • The tour guides and drivers expect tips, but it is not mandatory. You can tip more or less, or nothing that depends on the serviced provided. We recommend that you trip the tour guides; US$ 10 - 15  per day anddrivers: US$ 7-10 per day. Tipping at restaurants, tuk tuk, cyclo, taxi..., our tour guides will give you the advice.

Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;

  •  Family with kids and children < 12 years old
  •  Disable people
  •  People of old ages (> 65 years old)
  •  Repeated clients who have the second trip with us
  •  Travel in big group of friends, families (the more people, the cheaper the price is)
  •  We offer big discounts in low season (May - September)

Is there any charge if i change my travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels...?

  • We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money for all extra work. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may charge you some money, in this case we will let you know.

What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?

  • We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam/Indochina from October to April which is peak season, we recommend that you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc. However, we can accept urgent booking, just 1-2 days before arrival. Things are possible at Holiday to Indochina.

What about Cancellation policy?

  • In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

  • Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
  • 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
  • 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
  • 5 stars hotels, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

Can we get refund?

  • For the unused services, Holiday to Indochina will refund you.

How do I get a visa?

  • Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of  Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

  • 1) Full name on passport (male/female)
  • 2) Passport number
  • 3) Date of birth
  • 4) Nationality
  • 5) Date of arrival
  • 6) Date of issue
  • 7) Date of expire
  • 8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

b) How long does it take?

  • It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp

  • Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $45 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?

  • The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?

  • We advise you to stop in any Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can exchange money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is a bit lower than the bank's exchange rate.

Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?

  • Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

Do I need to bring my medical record with me?

  • Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?

  • Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

Private Guide & Transfer
Holidaytoindochina offers private tour packages across Vietnam and Indochina; During the tour, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Indochina. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

Tour Guide:
Holidaytoindochina does understand that a good tour guide will make your Indochina holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All of our tour guides in Vietnam and other Indochina area are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos. If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits...

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Holidaytoindochina's requirements for a good tour guide:

  •  5 years of experience working as a tour guide
  •  Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.
  •  Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.
  • Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.
  •  Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Clear speech and good hearing.
  • Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.
  • Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer
  • Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.
  • Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.
  • Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.
  • If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Holidaytoindochina guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

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Holidaytoindochina's requirements for a driver:

  • Our drivers must have good driving skills with at least 5 years of experience
  • Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,
  • Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.
  • Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.
  • Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.
  • Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.