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Indochina's Ever-changing Faces 2019

Cities: Hanoi (3), Halong Bay Cruise (1), Hoi An (2), Hue (2), Saigon (3), Siem Reap (3), Luang Prabang (3), Chiang Mai (3), Bangkok (3)
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Introduction

Most westerners travel to Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) only once in their lifetime. World Spree wants to ensure you have all the resources in planning your dream vacation. Please read the following information regarding the level of activity you can expect, your physical requirements, trip destination information, tour pacing and meal arrangements specific to this Indochina tour.

Physical Requirements

This multi-city package tour is moderately paced and includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking. It is suitable for an average level of physical fitness, but is not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. The tour itinerary does involve sightseeing on foot, walking on uneven surfaces, and climbing of stairs without handrail or assistance. This is an active tour. You should be able to EASILY negotiate climbing many stairs and walking for 30 minutes in 90-degree heat. To fully participate in this tour, you must be able to complete some long days of touring with minimal breaks.

Tour Pacing

9 cities for 22 nights (or 23 nights-depend on the flight schedule) :2(or3)-nights in Hanoi; 1-night Halong Bay Cruise; 2-nights in Hoi An; 2-nights in Hue; and 3-nights in Saigon; 3-nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia; 3-nights in Luang Prabang - Laos; 3-nights at Chiang Mai and 3-nights in Bangkok of Thailand; We have six intra-Asia flights of one to two hours each.

Climate & Terrain

Different locations and climates mean the best times to visit varies. The best season for this Indochina tour is November to March, when the climate in most parts of Indochina is mild. June-August is typhoon season in Vietnam, which could extend to September and early October. April and May maybe hot and humid in this entire region.

Group Size & Tour Guides

World Spree tour guides are hand-picked, well-trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the feedback from every single World Spree customer. We know the success of your trip largely depends on the quality of our tour guides; therefore, we strive to hire only the best.

For groups of 10 travelers or more a tour guide will be assigned to travel with your group throughout your trip in Vietnam. Your tour guide will also act as your local guide in each city. We need a minimum of 8 travelers to guarantee the tour departure. Group size varies depending on the trip, seasonality, airline availability, and special departure dates and events.

The quietvox headphone is provided to this specific tour program when the group size is 10 or more. This means that each tour participant will receive a lightweight, portable receiver that can be worn around the neck or slipped into a pocket to aid in hearing the tour guides. The quietvox headphone is designed for comfort and quality; allowing you and your fellow travelers the ability to easily hear your tour guide's instructions and stories.

Document Delivery

Your final travel documents will be sent to you via email about two weeks prior to departure. This email will include a copy of your electronic air ticket receipt (e-ticket), the final tour itinerary, hotel and emergency contacts, and other important information for your trip.

FAQ

Q: What kind of clothing should I bring?
Due to the different weather at each city in Vietnam, we recommend that you bring appropriate clothing that depends on your traveling season. You may pack light as the laundry cost in Vietnam is quite cheap.
Q: What are the hotels like in Vietnam?
The hotels are all 5-star standard and&or boutique style with character and in great locations. Though we want you to travel with an open mind and be adventurous in the daytime, at night we want you to have all the comforts of home: Comfortable beds, good lighting, air conditioning, cable TV, power showers and delicious American buffet breakfasts to look forward to. The truth is that if we do not enjoy staying in a hotel, we don't put our clients there. Your beachfront resort in Hoi An will especially bring you to a totally relaxing moment during your stay.
Q: What are the meals like in Vietnam?
All included meals are served with local dishes and based on the restaurant's designed buffet or set menu. The Vietnamese set menu often comes with rice.
Q: Do I need to bring adapters to access electricity in Vietnam?
The general voltage of electricity is 220v, using a round-shaped plug. We suggest that you bring along with you the volt converters as well as the plug adapters.
Q: Can I use my credit card in Vietnam?
Yes.
Q: Can I drink the water in Vietnam?
The tap water is not drinkable in Vietnam, and you must also be careful with ice cubes as it may be made with tap water. You can only drink bottled water.
Q: What are the meals like in Cambodia?
All included meals are served with local dishes in a family style. Cambodian cuisine has much in common with Vietnamese and Thai food.
Q: Can I use my credit card in Cambodia?
Yes.
Q: What kind of clothing should I bring?
Although there are dry and rainy seasons in Cambodia, it remains hot around the year. Bring lightweight clothes that are easy to layer; especially a hat and sunscreen. <br><br> Dress and act modestly, so when in or near temples such as Angkor Wat, keep signs of affection to a minimum and dress as modestly as possible. Both men and women must wear clothing that covers the shoulders, part of the upper arms and legs in order to be granted entrance into temples.
Q: What are the hotels like in Cambodia?
The hotels are all 5-star standard and&or boutique style with character and in great locations. Though we want you to travel with an open mind and be adventurous in the daytime, at night we want you to have all the comforts of home: Comfortable beds, good lighting, air conditioning, cable TV, power showers and delicious American buffet breakfasts to look forward to. The truth is that if we do not enjoy staying in a hotel, we don't put our clients there.
Q: Do I need to bring adapters to access electricity in Cambodia?
The general voltage of electricity is 220v, using a round-shaped plug. We suggest that you bring along with you the volt converters as well as the plug adapters.
Q: Does your tour have any shopping stops?
Absolutely NOT. Shopping stops are traps incorporated by the tour organizer, solely for the purpose of generating commission from their patrons' purchases at these stores, to subsidize their low pricing and underpaid service staff. This is considered sinful for trips to the land of purity and Buddhism.
Q: What kind of clothing should I bring?
Laos is a very traditional, buddhist country. You are not allowed to enter most of the temples wearing shorts, a tank top or any kind of revealing clothes. We therefore recommend you to dress in long pants and a shirt with sleeves.
Q: Do I need to have vaccination before the trip?
Please contact the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by visiting www.cdc.gov/travel or by calling toll-free 1-800-232-4636.
Q: What are the hotels like in Laos?
The hotels are all 5* standard and/or boutique style with character and in great locations. Though we want you to travel with an open mind and be adventurous in the daytime, at night we want you to have all the comforts of home: comfortable beds, good lighting, air conditioning, cable TV, power showers and delicious American buffet breakfasts to look forward to. The truth is that if we do not enjoy staying in a hotel, we don't put our clients there.
Q: What are the meals like in Laos?
All included meals are served with local dishes in family style. In Laos, the chopstick has not been used popularly, but with a fork and spoon instead. Laos cuisine is quite spicy.
Q: Do I need to bring adaptors to access electricty in Laos?
The general voltage of electricity is 220v, using a round shaped plug. We suggest that you bring along with you the volts converters as well as the plug adaptors.
Q: Does your tour have any shopping stops?
Absolutely NOT. Shopping stops are traps incorporated by the tour organizer, solely for the purpose of generating commission from their patrons' purchases at these stores, to subsidize their low pricing and underpaid service staff. This is considered sinful for trips to the land of purity and Buddhism.
Q: Can I use my credit card in Laos?
Yes.
Q: Can I drink the water in Laos?
The tap water is not drinkable, and you must also be careful with ice cubes as it may be made with tap water. You can only drink bottled water.
Q: Will I have internet access in Laos?
Internet/wifi is available in the hotels. However, it is often payable. We recommend that you check with the hotel before accessing.
Q: Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip?
Please contact the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by visiting www.cdc.gov/travel or by calling toll-free 1-800-232-4636.
Q: What kind of clothing should I bring?
Pack light, as it will be the easiest to move around! Summer clothing is the way to go as Thailand is most of the time hot and humid. But make sure you bring a jacket because it can get much cooler in indoor places or public transportation using AC. Also remember to bring a modest outfit because many heritage sites and temples require visitors to dress respectfully (e.g. long pants&skirt and a shoulder-covering top). Your guide will always be happy to recommend what to wear according to the visits of the day.
Q: What are the hotels like in Thailand?
The hotels range from luxury 5-star to more basic ones. We have strong partnerships with excellent hotels around Thailand where the facilities and services have been highly marked by both our customers and teams of local experts. Our selected hotels, such as Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa in Chiang Mai or Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok, reflect both the traditional Thai culture and architecture while offering the best of Western comfort standards.
Q: What is your tipping policy?
Tipping can confuse group travelers to Indochina. They serve as a prime motivator for tour guides and other service providers as they compromise the main source of their income; therefore, they commonly expect tips in their booming tourism industry. Nevertheless, if you find the service lacking, DON'T TIP. You can report any service and behavioral matters that you think do not match our World Spree standards to our office at your earliest convenience, and we can then make corrections promptly as it is our top priority. <&p><p>For your convenience, you will be provided with a gratuity guideline in your final documents.<&p>
Q: Can I use my credit card in Thailand?
Yes. Major credit cards are widely accepted in Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand. However, certain establishments may add a surcharge when paying a transaction by credit card. A surcharge also applies when withdrawing cash from an ATM.
Q: Can I drink the water in Thailand?
Please note that tap water is not drinkable. However, it is safe to brush your teeth. Most hotels provide guests with two complimentary bottles of water per day.
Q: Can I drink the water in Cambodia?
The tap water is not drinkable, and you must also be careful with ice cubes as it may be made with tap water. You can only drink bottled water.
Q: Can we have non-smoking room?
Yes, we always book non-smoking rooms unless a smoking room is requested by the client.
Q: Will I have Internet access in Cambodia?
Internet&Wi-Fi is available in the hotels; however, there is often a fee for connection and use. We recommend that you check with the hotel before accessing.
Q: Will I have Internet access in Thailand?
Yes. All the hotels we include in our itineraries provide free Wi-Fi in all public areas, and most of the time, in the guest rooms. There are also lots of Wi-Fi points around towns and shops where you can easily get a connection. Otherwise, you can also get a sim-card with a 3G&4G deal.
Q: When is the best season to travel to Thailand?
Thailand has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons which differ according to the destinations. In most places, it is really nice to travel from November to April because it is usually dry. The climate will be slightly cooler from November to February, which makes this time of the year the best to travel around the country. It gets really warm from March to May, and travelers during that time will have to make sure to keep well hydrated. The period remains however particularly good for an extension to the beautiful beaches in Southern Thailand as the water is generally still and clear. June-October is the monsoon season.
Q: How much money should I bring to Thailand?
It is possible and very easy to change foreign currency into Thai Baht at your hotel's lobby as well as at several money exchange counters in town, so you can always get cash if you are running out during your stay. Most of the local restaurants and shops do not take credit cards so we recommend you always carry some local currency with you. You can enjoy a nice local meal for about THB 250 or buy nice souvenirs from approximately THB 100.

Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid passport is required for all World Spree travelers (U.S. and Canadian Citizens) traveling abroad. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your trip return date. Your passport should have sufficient blank pages for visa stamp(s), per country you are visiting, amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa stamping.

The following visa requirements are specific to U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of other countries must check with the respective embassies and visa agencies to determine what travel visa and personal identifications are required. Travelers who enter, leave and re-enter the same country on their itinerary must check if they require a double-entry or multiple-entry visa.

It is the responsibility of every traveler to obtain and pay for all entry documents (visas, etc.) as required by the laws for each country on your itinerary.


Visa Information - Laos

LaosVisa On Arrival (VOA)

Travelers from U.S. and Canada can apply for tourist Visa On Arrival (VOA) upon arrival at Laos international entry port (Luang Prabang or Vientiane).

You are required to have:

a) A passport valid for at least six (6) months from expiry date;

b) One (01) recent passport-sized photo (2x2);

c) Visa stamping fee of USD$30-$50 per person, cash only, depending on your nationality (USA: $35, Canada: $42). Fee is subject to change without prior notice. 

d) At least one entire page on your passport for the visa sticker.


For citizens from other countries, please contact the Embassy directly.

Embassy link

Please visit the following link for updated information.

http://www.laoembassy.com/

Visa Requirement – Thailand

No visa application is required for entry to Thailand for citizens of U.S., Canada, UK and Australia, for touristic stays of up to 30 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Immigration officers may want to check your return flight details and/or tour booking. Please print out your e-ticket receipt and tour itinerary for your record and carry it with you.

If you hold a passport from another country please contact the Embassy directly.

Visa Requirement – Vietnam

Travelers to Vietnam must obtain a tourist visa prior to departure. U.S. citizens can apply for tourist E-Visa, or a conditioned Visa On Arrival (VOA) upon arrival at Vietnam's international airports. Neither of these two visa options requires you to physically present your passport for visa processing prior to arrival in Vietnam. 

Vietnam E-Visa Application

Please visit here for more information to apply the Vietnam E-Visa. 

Vietnam Visa On Arrival (VOA) is different from the VOA processing of other countries, it requires the passenger to obtain a "VOA Approval Letter" via a travel agency prior to boarding flight to Vietnam.

The Vietnam E-Visa is a straightforward procedure. The only concern is that even with E-Visa pre-arranged by yourself, you may still encounter the hassles of the Custom clearance procedure and possible long waiting lines at Vietnam Customs. For the convenience of our travelers, World Spree offers a VOA Assistance Service in Hanoi

Visa On Arrival (VOA) Assistance Service in Hanoi 

This service is exclusively for World Spree travelers who participate in our tour programs to Vietnam. 

USD$70 per person charged by World Spree at time of tour booking (covering both Vietnam and Cambodia)

USD$25 per person (all nationalities) stamping fee payable at Vietnam Customs (applicable for tours to Vietnam)

USD$30 per person (all nationalities) stamping fee payable at Cambodia Customs (applicable for tours to Vietnam + Cambodia)

Please ensure you do have one full blank passport page for every country that you will visit.

World Spree charges $70 per person to process: 

  • Your Vietnam “Visa On Arrival Approval Letter”, which you present to the related airline for your flight to Vietnam as well as to Vietnam Customs upon arrival, and
  • Additional visa assistance service that helps you to expedite the visa and Customs clearance process upon your arrival in both Vietnam and Cambodia, where applicable. All you need to do is to look for an airport staff holding World Spree sign, who will greet you at the entrance of the Arrival Hall, then collect your visa stamp fees and visa photo, and direct you to a resting area while he/she is processing your VOA documents. Afterwards, he/she will walk you through the procedure of visa stamping and Customs clearance. The gratuities to the greeting staffs in both Vietnam and Cambodia, where applicable, is prepaid. 

This assistance service is provided to address the hassles of e-visa holders when they clear the Vietnam Customs, as well as dealing with the complications of the VOA procedure. With the VOA Assistance Service, you will receive the Vietnam VOA Approval Letter along with other travel documents from World Spree prior to departure. You will be greeted and walked through the entire visa and Customs clearance process for both Vietnam and Cambodia (where applicable) arrival, and most importantly, you don't need to queue for long time, and fill in additional forms for visa and Customs clearance.  

How to reserve and follow “Vietnam VOA Assistance Service” 

  • Choose “Vietnam VOA Assistance Service” among other optional tours and features when you book the related Vietnam tours.
  • Send your passport copy by email to docs@worldspree.com, or upload it at your World Spree Member Area.
  • You do not need to send us your physical passport to process your Visa On Arrival
  • Bring a valid passport and one photo (2x2) along with the cash payment ($25 visa stamping fee for single-entry or $50 for multiple-entry), payable at Vietnam Customs, and a printed VOA Approval Letter, which will be issued to you with other World Spree travel document.
  • A repersentative with World Spree sign will greet you at Vietnam and/or Cambodia arrival airport and walk you through the Visa On Arrival and Customs clearance procedure. 

Visa On Arrival for Vietnam cannot be granted at any land border crossing. If entering via a land crossing to Vietnam you must already be in possession of a valid visa. 

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For passengers obtaining Vietnam visa on your own, please follow the regular line upon arrival to clear the customs. 

For citizens from other countries, please contact the Embassy directly if in case our VOA Assistance Service is not applicable.

Visa Requirement – Cambodia


U.S. and Canadian citizens can apply for e-visa (https://www.evisa.gov.kh), which takes at least 3 business days to process. 

Alternatively, World Spree can assist you with Visa On Arrival (VOA) upon arrival at Cambodia’s international entry ports (Phnom Penh or Siem Reap). You are required to have:

  • A passport valid for at least six (6) months after your trip return date.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized photo (2x2).
  • Visa stamping fee of USD$30 per person, cash only. Fee is subject to change without prior noticed.
  • At least one entire blank page on your passport for visa sticker.

For citizens from other countries, please contact the embassy directly.