Vietnam Laos Cambodia Tours

Indochina Discovery

Number of days: 20

Price from: 2,030$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Phnom Penh or any other city

Highlights: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Temples, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Danang, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta

Embark on a wide-ranging tour that immerses you in all the tradition, scenery, and astonishing sights of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquillity of Luang Prabang, and all that’s in between on this one remarkable trip.

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas 
    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  
    * Luang Prabang - Entry point into Laos and UNESCO World Heritage listed town which retains original character
    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 

    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin

    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  

    * Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city 

    * Mekong Delta - ‘Rice basket of Vietnam’ and home to many living, working and travelling along the river 

    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Caves / Music / Shopping / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing


    BRIEF ITINERARY: 

    Day 01: Arrive Phnom Penh, City tour 

    Day 02: Phnom Penh City tour - Killing Fields – Fly to Siem Reap 


    Day 03: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Temples Tour 

    Day 04: Siem Reap – Biking in Siem Reap town  

    Day 05: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Fly to Luang Prabang


    Day 06: Visit Luang Prabang town 


    Day 07: Luang Prabang – Visit Pak Ou Caves & Khoangsi Waterfall

    Day 08: Luang Prabang - Hanoi 


    Day 09: Hanoi City Tour 


    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise 


    Day 11: Halong – Hai Phong – Fly to Danang – Visit Hoian ancient town

    Day 12: Visit Myson sanctuary & Biking to the villages 

    Day 13: Hoian Cooking Class tour

    Day 14: Free day in Hoian 

    Day 15: Hoian – Drive to Hue, visit Hue Old Citadel

    Day 16: Hue Tour – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City 

    Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Visit Cuchi Tunnels


    Day 18: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta tour 

    Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Free day 

    Day 20: Ho Chi Minh – Departure 

    Tour includes:

    -Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double sharing rooms

    -Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)

    -Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    -3 domestic flights: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Hai Phong - Danang, Hue - Ho Chi Minh (Y Class)

    -2 international flights: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang – Hanoi (Y Class)

    -Boat trips as in itinerary   

    -Local English speaking tour guides

    -All entrance fees and permits for the sightseeing places as mentioned in the program

    Tour excludes:

    -Meals that not mentioned in the program

    -Travel insurance

    -Visa fees

    -International flight and departure tax

    -Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses 


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    We had a wonderful trip: fun, diverse and the right pace.  Thanks to PAT we were always met on time at the promised location.  The guides were all knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.  Each one of them was happy to go out of their way to meet our specific needs (such as sim cards).

    We loved most of the hotels, but especially loved the Victoria Hotel in Siem Reap and the Essence D’Oriental Hotel in Hanoi. In both of these hotels the food, service and spas were fantastic. The Halong Bay Phoenix Luxury cruise was great (kayaking as well) and the boat was only one year old with hard working fun staff.

    Thanks,

    Sandy, et al from US & Costa Rica


    *****
    Dear Ms Huyen, we have returned safely to New Zealand.  It was lovely to meet with you in Hanoi at our hotel.  I just wanted to take a minute to thankyou (on behalf of our group) and your organisation for a very enjoyable and successful tour of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.  To have a guide and driver meeting us at every airport in a new city on our 21 day adventure, with identifying welcome name signs, air conditioned van and cold bottles of water, took all the stress out of travelling for us.  The tour was very well organised and we appreciated being able to customise it to suit us.  All the guides were very helpful and pleasant people.  I am very happy to promote the tour company to my travel agent and others.  I hope this information is helpful to you.  Thankyou once again for your prompt replies and efficient organisation.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Juanita Thompson from New Zealand

  • Day 01: Arrive Phnom Penh, City tour

    Upon on your arrival in Phnom Penh, you are welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and take the transfer to the hotel in city center. Drop off your luggage in the hotel and rest for a while then we start our discovery of Phnom Penh which is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

    Meal: None

     


    Day 02: Phnom Penh City tour - Killing Fields – Fly to Siem Reap  

    After breakfast, we take a 'walk back' into the brutal, (modern) history that Cambodia shockingly suffered under Pol Pot's reign during the 1970's, visiting 'The Killing Fields' & S-21 - The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Visit the thriving old market areas and then zip around the modernising parts of the city, visiting the exotic Central Markets where gems, silks and statues entice. Afternoon, transfer you to airport for 50 minute flight to Siem Reap. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 03: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Temples Tour

    Early morning, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm temple that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. 
    At 09am come back to hotel for breakfast and rest by the hotel pool until 15:00 continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & BayonIts 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lapper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. 

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 04: Siem Reap – Biking in Siem Reap town

    A half day tour cycling along Siem Reap riverside and the down of Siem Reap will provide you a peace and exciting soft adventure on bicycle. Visit to the local main shrine of Preah Ang Chek, Preah Ang Chhom as much as the Kind Residence and the fruit bats in the public garden. Continue cycling to visit to local pagodas such as Wat Phour Leu and cycling further to road 60-meter to visit the food market where you can try some of local food such as roasted cow, chicken, fish, cricket and so on…. Return to your hotel early afternoon then leisure time on your own.

    Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. 

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 05: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Fly to Luang Prabang

    Morning, Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Then come back to the town and visit the "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap.

    Early afternoon, transfer to the Siem Reap airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival in Luang Prabang, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 06: Visit Luang Prabang town

    Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Visit the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. Visit The National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages. 
    We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 07: Luang Prabang – Visit Pak Ou Caves & Khoangsi Waterfall

    An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. 
    Later in the morning, we then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced.

    Afternoon, we then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Phanom, another well-known weaving village, and return to the city by late afternoon.  Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 08: Luang Prabang - Hanoi

    Free morning to explore Luang Prabang town and local markets, etc on your own.

    Afternoon, transfer to the airport for the one hour flight to Hanoi QV313 @17:10-18:10. On arrival in Hanoi, you are met and transferred to the hotel in city center. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 09: Hanoi City Tour

    Today, we will take the sightseeing of the most city's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes:
    - The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
    - One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
    - Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art). 
    - Enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.

    - End the day with a cyclo tour to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi. 
    Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

    After breakfast in hotel, leave your hotel from 8h00 for 3.5 hours car ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Water buffalos, paddy fields (rice transplanting time: February and June) and daily Vietnamese farmer life are on both sides of the way.

    Arrive in Halong City around noon, we board a traditional wooden junk and start the cruising trip to the center of the bay. Fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) is served while the boat is gliding out. Get ready for exotic photos and absorbing the most magnificent natural splendors, limestone bedrocks and sheer cliffs of tiny islands highlighted with fanciful names: Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Duck (quick swim is an optional choice), Finger, Incense Burner, and Stone Dogs. Then keep cruising to the most beautiful cave named Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Grotto) and explore huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise on the way back to Ha Long harbor, our waiting vehicle transfer you to the hotel in Halong City. Overnight at hotel in Halong City

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

     


    Day 11: Halong – Hai Phong – Fly to Danang – Visit Hoian ancient town

    After breakfast in hotel, transfer 2 hours to the airport in Hai Phong City for the mid-morning flight to Danang VN1671 @09:20-10:55. On arrival in Danang, you are met and transfer to Hoian town, 35km away.

    Afternoon, you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city. Some hundreds years ago, this town thrived o­n trading with the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory.

    Overnight in Hoian.

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    Day 12: Visit Myson sanctuary & biking to the villages

    Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage. Return to Hoi An in the morning.
    Afternoon, take a soft bike trip through the countryside takes you through picturesque trails to an old pottery village, Tra Que vegetable village and a stop at a traditional lantern making shop. We see how pottery and lanterns have been made for generations.

    Overnight in Hoian.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 13: Hoian Cooking Class tour

    08:00 welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town – our meeting point.

    Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

    We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours - the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked. Return to the hotel after the cooking tour at 1pm and leisure time in the rest of the day. Overnight at hotel in Hoian

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

     


    Day 14: Free day in Hoian

    Leisure day on your own to explore the town, villages, beaches nearby or doing your own things in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.

    Meal: Breakfast. 

    Day 15: Hoian – Drive to Hue, visit Hue Old Citadel

    After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a four hour drive over the scenic Hai Van pass along the coast to the old citadel of Hue. Visit the Marble Mountain in Danang and you will have a short stop in spectacular Lang Co beach for refreshment before continue on our drive to Hue.  
    Afternoon, take the sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage and visit the Imperial museum.

    Late afternoon, enjoy the leisure boat trip on the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and admire sunset. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 16: Hue Tour – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

    Morning, you will embark on a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes. Then transfer direct to Hue airport for the noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City VN 1373 at 11:15-12:35. On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you are met and transferred to the hotel in city center and leisure time to rest or explore the city on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal: Breakfast.

     


    Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Visit Cuchi Tunnels

    Morning, pick up from your hotel and drive from your hotel to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Be back at your hotel after 4 hours travel & visit. 
    Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, War Remnant Museum, Municipal Theater and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal: Breakfast.

     


    Day 18: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta tour

    Leaving the busy city early in the morning, you will visit the typical country side of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. On arrival in Cai Be, of course, the only way for you to observe the local lifestyle is getting on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region. You will see the Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Roaming around and observe how the people make the living from fruit trees such as coconut, corn and other local products. Return to Ho Chi Minh for overnight. 

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

     


    Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Free day

    Leisure day to unwind and rest before returning home. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal: Breakfast. 

    Day 20: Ho Chi Minh – Departure

    Breakfast in hotel.

    Our guide and driver pick you up at the hotel and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your international departure flight. Say goodbye to Vietnam and end of the trip. 

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

  • VIETNAM:

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.

    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). The cost charged by the Vietnamese embassy is $65 for a single entry visa and $130 for a double entry visa. Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.

    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Airport Departure Taxes
    Domestic Departure Taxes are included in the price of the airline ticket. International Airport Departure taxes are $14 (Hanoi) and $12 (Ho Chi Minh City). First check-in for your flight and then obtain the receipt for the payment of your departure tax to present upon clearing customs.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt. Note : some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.


    Climate
    Vietnam is an elongated country which reaches from the sub-tropics in the north to the tropics in the south. The weather differs greatly in Vietnam from the north to the south, from four-mild seasons in northern Vietnam to sub-equatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta. 
    Geography also plays a role in Vietnam's weather: approximately one-third of the country is above 500-meters in elevation and those areas enjoy a sub-tropical climate; the areas above 2,000 enjoy a temperate climate. 
    Vietnam's climate is moderated by two-monsoons which create a lower than average temperature compared to other countries located in the equatorial regions: 

    Northeast Monsoon 
    The Northeast-Asian Monsoon, from late October and March, brings wet and chilly weather from the northeast to all areas from Nha Trang north, and dry and warm temperatures to all areas south of Nha Trang (Saigon and the Mekong Delta). 

    Southwest Monsoon 
    The South-Western Monsoon, from April/May through October, laden with moisture from its northeast movement across the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Siam, brings warm and humid weather to the entire country except for the Red River Delta (the greater Hanoi area) and Vietnam's Central Coastal Littoral. 

    The Northern Climate 
    The areas from Hue north experience a two-season a year: the winter and the summer. August through November is the rainy season in the north. Winter is usually from November through April and is cool during the day and crisp, and sometimes quite chilly, during the evenings. February and March are noticeable for their persistent drizzling rain ("crachin") while hot summers dominate months May through October. 

    The Central Climate 
    The Central Coastal Littoral does not receive the rainfall from the Southwest Monsoon rains which are stopped by the Central Highlands which are affected by these seasonal rains. Most of the rainfall received along the Central Coastal Littoral is during the Northeast Monsoon, from October and March, but especially in the months of October-December; overland travel during October-December can be interrupted by flooding. 

     
    The sub-equatorial climate of the south has two-seasons: the wet and dry seasons. The wet season lasts from May to November with June and August being the wettest months which bring heavy, albeit short lasting, downpours usually in the mid-afternoons. The dry season begins in November and ends in April with late February to May being hot and humid. The average temperatures in the south are relatively constant year-around: 25-35 Celsius (76-95 Fahrenheit). 

    Travel Tips: 

    TET Travel (Vietnamese New Year) Considerations
    TET (the Vietnamese New Year) is not a good period to visit Vietnam for several reasons: the streets are near empty on the first day of TET and remain so for up to 4-days; Vietnamese want to be with their families, not working; airline tickets to and from Vietnam during the TET period are difficult to obtain and are offered at a premium price.
    While the days leading up to TET are joyous days, at midnight on the commencement of TET, the country goes silent. Only very gradually over the next week does it return to normal.
    Also taking into account the below tips before traveling to Vietnam

    Clothing
    One rarely needs a coat in Ho Chi Minh City but one nearly always needs a coat in Sapa in the winter. Vietnam reaches nearly from the Tropic of Cancer to the Equator and its climates range from tropical to temperate. Winter gets chilly in Hanoi and even moreso in the mountainous regions in the north and especially in the northern highlands. The Central Highlands in the center, as far down as Dalat, also get cold in the winter and chilly on summer evenings. The best strategy is "layering": a T-shirt, a long sleeved shirt along with a light coat will often suffice for chilly evenings. For colder climates and times of the year appropriate gloves, hats and even scarves are desirable. Hats, umbrellas and sunscreen work well to protect the skin.

    Tipping
    Tipping, until Vietnam opened its doors to the outside world, was never expected in Vietnam. With the advent of tourism the times have changed but still tipping is not nearly as routine as it is in some Western countries. For services, a 10% tip is gracious. For guides (for one or two people) for extraordinary service, $10 per day (or more depending on the service) tip is good; for adequate service $5; for so-so service: nothing. Driver's do not expect tips but welcome them.

    CAMBODIA:

    Passports
    Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals.

    Visas
    Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before traveling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.
    Visa Note
    Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognized visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy). 
    Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia. 

    Validity
    All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.

    Climate: 
    Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April. In the north, winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant. There is often seasonal flooding in Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia in late July and early August, and travel may be disrupted at these times.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rainwear is essential during the monsoon season.

    Travel Tips: 
    Most visits to Cambodia are trouble-free, however public order is fragile. Travelers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The greatest risks to travelers are from road traffic accidents, armed robbery after dark, landmines and unexploded ordnance in rural areas.

    Travelers should be aware of the risk of robbery and other crime (including sexual offences) in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, particularly after dark, and take sensible precautions. Travelers should be on their guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially when traveling around the cities.

    Outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in Cambodia have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, travelers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.


    LAOS: 

    Passports
    Passport with at least six months remaining validity required by all nationals.

    Visas
    (a) A 15-day visa on arrival is now available for nationals arriving at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport or Friendship Bridge; visas are not extendable. 
    (b) A one-month visit visa is available from the Laos embassy provided the applicant has a guarantor in Laos; visas can be extended by up to a further two months. 
    (c) A one-month business visa is available from the Laos embassy; applicants require authorization from the organization they will be visiting in Laos before applying for a visa; visas can be extended until the completion of business. 
    (d) A five-day transit visa is available for nationals transiting through Vientiane International Airport; nationals require proof of onward journey within five days. 
    (e) Multiple-entry visas are only available from the ministry of foreign affairs in Laos.

    Climate: 
    Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweights and rainwear, with warmer layers from October to March and upland areas.

    Travel Tips: 
    Most visits are trouble free.
    The threat from terrorism in Laos is low. However, travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including places frequented by foreigners.
    Travellers should be aware of and respect local conventions at all times.
    Unexploded ordnance in rural areas is an ongoing danger.
    Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Laos have resulted in human fatalities, the last one of which was in 2007. As a precaution, travellers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds is likely; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. 
    The Lao government prohibits sexual relationships between foreign citizens and Lao nationals except when the two parties have been married in accordance with Lao family law. Penalties for breaking these regulations can range from fines to imprisonment.
    Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty.
    It is illegal not to carry an ID document, and fines for not having one for presentation are high.


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