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Grand Tour of Thailand & Vietnam 2019 2020

Cities: Bangkok (4), Ayutthaya (1), Sukhothai (1), Chiang Rai (2), Chiang Mai (3), Hanoi (3), Halong Bay (1), Hoian (2), Hue (2), Sai Gon (3)
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Introduction

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.

Physical Requirements

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.

Tour Pacing

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.

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: 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 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: Do I need to bring adapters to access electricity in Thailand?
Power in Thailand is generally between 220 and 240-Volts, matching with a 2-prong plug. We recommend you bring 3-prong plug adapters as they may not always be available at the hotel's reception.
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: Does your tour have any shopping stops?
Our trips are not shopping-based tours and do not include any compulsory shopping stops. We do visit local industries, such as the renowned factory of traditional umbrellas in the handicraft area of Chiang Mai, but these visits are focused on culture-understanding and craft-making observation. We do allow leisure time when travelers can go shopping, as Thailand is full of nice souvenirs and handicrafts to purchase, but do not forget to bargain!
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.
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 are the meals like in Thailand?
Burst of flavors and colors! Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture. This is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed. Sweet, sour, spicy, you name it; all of the dishes have just the right mix of flavors and herbs and local ingredients: pungent lemongrass, searing chilis and plump seafood. Every dish will surely excite your palette, but make sure to order it not too spicy (�mai phet�)!
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: 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: 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: 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.

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 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.