Thailand and Vietnam has been the popular tourist destinations and a great destination for most visitors. However, World Spree wants to ensure you have all the resources to correctly plan your dream vacation. Please read the following information regarding the level of activity you can expect, physical requirements, trip destination information, tour pacing and meal arrangements specific to this Thailand and Vietnam tour.
This is a moderately active tour. You should be able to negotiate climbing 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. While the tour does not go to high-altitude terrain, it does include a reasonable amount of walking or hiking, and is suitable for an average level of physical fitness. The tour itinerary involves sightseeing on foot, walking on uneven surfaces, and climbing of stairs without handrails or assistance. It is not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.
We conduct our tours at a busy but comfortable pace. Be prepared for some long journeys. Road conditions in Thailand and Vietnam are generally good but do not meet North American standards and the quality of driving can leave a lot to be desired.
Climate & Terrain
Thailand's climate is tropical, so expect high temperatures and humidity. The best time to visit is from October to March, when temperatures are generally cooler and there are less rains. However, the country can be visited year round as conditions are rarely extreme. April and May are the hottest months of the year and the humidity can be high. June sees the beginning of the rainy season, which continues intermittently until October. However, rains are generally short and heavy in the afternoon, rather than constant. Temperatures in the north are generally a little cooler than Bangkok and the south.
The best season for this Vietnam tour is November to March, when the climate in most part of Vietnam is mild. June-August is typhoon season, which could extend to September and early October. April and May are hot and humid.
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 each country. Your tour guide will also act as your local guide in each city. We need a minimum of 10 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 15 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.
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.
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 - China
China's visa policy allows transit passengers with Canada/USA passport holders a visa exemption up to 72 hours in Beijing. You may visit the China Embassy for complete details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.