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  • Hotels: Standard Class

  • 07/14/2023 - 07/30/2023

  • Max Participants: 16

  • 17 Days / 16 Nights

Overview

This 17-day program offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches and ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day. Overnight on a traditional sailing junk in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia’s past at Angkor Wat and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure. Visit Vietnam and Cambodia with us, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

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Our first priority is our travelers’ safety, especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that on our group programs such as this one, we require all participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Please click here for more details regarding our health and safety policies.

What's Included:
  • Halong Bay caves entrance
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
  • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Huế)
  • Noodle-making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
  • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
  • Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
  • Local Khmer dinner in nearby village with a local family or at G Adventures-supported New Hope project (depends on departure)
  • Border crossing support
  • Internal flight
  • G Adventures Tour Leader, local guides
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners – allow USD $185-240 for meals not included
  • Hotels (14 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by train, bus, plane, tuk-tuk, boat
What's Not Included:
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive in bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. As passengers will be arriving at various times today, there are no planned activities. If you arrive early, you might consider taking a walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter and its maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Alternatively, you could visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum. The Mausoleum houses the remains of Ho Chi Minh, the founding father of the unified Vietnam. You will have a scheduled group meeting in the evening around 6:00 p.m. Please check at the reception desk or look for a G Adventures notice board with details of the actual meeting time. After your meeting, you may consider heading out for dinner to further get to know your tour leader and fellow group members. We overnight in the city center of Hanoi.

A 4-hour drive takes us to Bai Chay harbor, our entry point to Halong Bay. Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the serene waters of Halong Bay. The massive limestone karst formations contain intricate cave systems and make for spectacular scenery. We board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbor and cruise out among the isles. Swim, kayak, or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. We will also indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample before drifting to sleep in a cozy cabin on board. On rare occasions, Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by shared van

Today, we enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the junk boat before sailing back to the port. Back at port, we hop in a private vehicle for the drive back to Hanoi for a little more free time to enjoy the city. You will have enough time for shopping or further sightseeing before we catch our overnight train to Huế. Train travel in Vietnam is very basic, and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow, and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not traveling in your group. Simple food is available on the train, but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese, and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle (Halong Bay to Hanoi); 14 hrs by overnight sleeper train (Hanoi to Huế)

We arrive in Huế, once the imperial capital of Vietnam, in the early morning. We start they day with a tour of the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will see the walled fortress and former palace, which has many gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. Inside the citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, modeled on China's Forbidden City, was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War. Next, we visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda, one of the most elegant and tallest pagodas in Vietnam at seven stories high. Built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River, the pagoda has been the site of many political protests. We also visit the Royal Tombs along the Perfume River in Hue. Embracing the concept of Feng Shui, these tombs are extremely ornate and provide fantastic insight into the lives of the former rulers. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp).

This morning, we depart for Hoi An. We will cross through the Hai Van Pass, weather permitting, with fantastic views all around. We arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon for a 3-night stay. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. You can take a walking tour of this living museum, which includes the Museum of History and Culture, the Tan Ky house, the Japanese bridge, the Fujian Assembly Hall, and lunch at a riverside restaurant to sample some of the local delicacies. Hoi An is also a shopping mecca for tourists in the region. Tailors can produce virtually anything overnight. Clothing, silk lanterns, lacquerware, and many other crafts abound. For sun worshipers, Cua Dai Beach, 4 km from town, makes for a great, flat bike ride. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle

Today is the first of two full days for you to explore all that Hoi An has to offer. You can choose to immerse yourself in the culture, bike to the beach for some quality sun time, or get custom-made clothes by one of the many tailor shops around town. We get together as a group for an included cooking class and lunch, when you ca try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city. Run by a Planeterra Foundation partner, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. The program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. You may want to continue your culinary education in the evening and take an optional cooking class to learn even more about Vietnamese food and its distinct flavors. Tour the local market to buy fresh ingredients before preparing some popular regional dishes. You get to enjoy your creations when you're done!

Today, you spend a second free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer. You might consider a day trip visit to Mỹ Sơn. Travel approximately one hour from Hoi An to arrive at Mỹ Sơn, with its Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries. The site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that’s often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma. You can also opt for a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which plays an important part in Hoi An's history and culture.

This morning, we drive to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the sprawling metropolis that was once the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center. Start by exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls. Approximate travel time: 45 mins by private vehicle (Hoi An to Danang); 1 hr by plane (Danang to Ho Chi Minh City)

In the morning, we drive 1.5 hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where we will get a guided tour of a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels, if you’re not claustrophobic. These tunnels stored ammunition, contained underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces. Afterward, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free time in the afternoon, possibly to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Than Market. There is also the Reunification Palace, the residence of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975. Or, you can take in the busy rhythm of daily life in Cholon ("big market"), the Chinese quarter full of teahouses and pagodas. The War Remnants Museum is a gut-wrenching but worthwhile experience that includes three stories of exhibits. Learn about the devastation that occurred in Saigon during the Vietnam War, a period that greatly contrasts with the joy and liveliness of the Vietnamese people today. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle

Today, we travel to where the mighty Mekong River approaches and empties into the South China Sea. We board a small boat and navigate through the narrow canals, witnessing local lifestyle, floating vendors, and small industrial boats. You will notice that many of the Vietnamese boats have eyes painted on the front to ward off evil spirits and to help guide the boat and crew safely back to land. We disembark our boat to visit some cottage industries for which the area is famous, such as delicious and chewy coconut candy, rice cakes, Vietnamese popcorn, and pottery. Don't miss the chance to try the unique regional "elephant fish" at a local restaurant during our lunch break. After a day of touring this unique region, we return to Ho Chi Minh City in time for dinner. Approximate travel time: 4.5-5 hrs by private vehicle

Today, we cross into Cambodia by public bus. The drive to the Vietnam-Cambodia border takes around 2 hours. After completing the border formalities, we continue by private vehicle another 3 hours to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, arriving mid-afternoon. After years of civil strife and political turmoil, Cambodia is open to visitors. In the late afternoon, we each get in traditional cyclos and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van's restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by public bus, 3 hrs by private vehicle, 1 hr on cyclo tour

This morning, a local guide will teach us more about the dark side of Cambodian history. We will visit to Choeung Ek, the somber yet serene site of the infamous Killing Fields. The grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Afterward, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum, where we will learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred when the museum operated instead as Security Prison 21 (S-21) under the Khmer Rouge. We will take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the somber photos lining the museum walls. Afterward, you will have a free afternoon to explore the cities many sights: the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and/or the National Museum. You might choose to visit the Russian Market, packed with souvenirs and all the necessities of daily life. Late afternoon is a great time to visit Wat Phnom, the sanctuary where the city's namesake once stood. It is a Buddhist shrine, although a Taoist goddess and numerous monkeys also reside here. Wat Phnom is a popular hangout for residents of the city in the afternoon heat. For a fitting finale to the day, sip a drink in one of the many riverside café’s watching the sun set.

Today, we drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base from which we will explore the incredible Angkor Wat tomorrow. You can pre-book the Phase Circus with us for this day. For $18, enjoy a stellar performance by Phare, a unique and socially-conscious circus that injects Cambodian culture and history into its inspiring shows. See acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts melded with theatre, modern dance, and more. Take in stories of war, relationships, and discrimination, inspired by the real-life experiences of Phare's creators and performers. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs by private vehicle.

Today, we watch the sun rise over the massive Angkor temple complex during a guided tour. You might opt to visit the Tonlé Sap floating village, where you can see what life is like living on a lake; rice planting, pig farming, even attending churches and school are all done on top of water. If you choose to visit the interactive Angkor National Museum, you will learn about the story of Angkor and the Khmer empire. The museum's inspiring galleries and interactive technology bring Angkor's past to life. We will enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at a local home in a village outside the city or at a G Adventures-supported project, New Hope, depending on the day or the week.

Today, you have another free day to explore Siem Reap and Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the archaeological world. See some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like sunrise at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, also known as the "Tomb Raider" temple. You can also book at Siem Reap Quad Biking tour with us. After a safety briefing and test drive, hop on a quad bike and follow your guide through the scenic countryside surrounding Siem Reap. Pass rice fields, buffalo, temples, and small villages bathed in dusk light as you ride, and be sure to wave hello to friendly locals. Cap off your ride with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy a memorable Cambodian sunset.

It's a long travel day today as a private vehicle takes us from the countryside of Cambodia to the modern kingdom of Thailand. The drive from Siem Reap to the border is around 3 hours. Please be aware that the border crossing formalities can take up to an hour. Upon entering Thailand, we continue our journey to Bangkok. When we arrive in Bangkok, we will have time to check into our centrally-located hotel and head out for an evening meal to celebrate the end of a wonderful journey. Approximate travel time: 8 hrs by private vehicle, including border crossing

You are free to depart at any time today, or we can book you extra hotel nights so you can spend more time in Bangkok. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Vietnam and Cambodia
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. The heat and humidity are the biggest physical challenges. Make sure you stay hydrated!
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! When you arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you have a choice of an airport transfer, a taxi, or Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus to get you into the city. The airport is 35 km outside of the city, and the drive should take between 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic. The airport taxis are a safe and convenient way to arrive at your hotel. The cost is approximately $17 USD and is paid directly to your driver when you get to the hotel. The other option is to take the Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus, which drops everyone at the Vietnam Airlines office downtown. The cost of the tickets is 45,000 Dong (approx. $3 USD). From the Vietnam Airline office, there are taxis that can take you to your hotel with the meter on for about $2-4 USD. WARNING: Please be wary of illegal taxi drivers. They will try to coax you away from the main airport taxi services and then charge an exorbitant price, either in U.S. Dollars or by getting you to change money into Vietnamese Dong before you understand the exchange rate and thus charge you at least twice the going rate. Unfortunately, there have been cases in Vietnam of people misrepresenting themselves as G Adventures representatives at both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh airports. We recommend that you do not take advantage of any offers of “help” at the airport and rather just organize a meter taxi for yourself to our starting point hotel. If you have a pre-booked transfer, please look for the G Adventures representative, who will be holding a G Adventures sign at the arrival halls. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area. Please check that your driver knows your name and the hotel to which you are going. If in doubt, ask them to ring their manager to confirm your transfer. If you are unable to locate our G Adventures representative, please wait up to 30 minutes, call our local staff on our emergency number, or take a taxi to the starting point hotel.
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Representative (Vietnam) Ms. Thuan Emergency number: +84 88 844 9969 After office hours Emergencies: From outside Thailand +66 (0) 92 338 9222 From within Thailand (0) 92 338 9222 If you are unable for any reason to contact the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with the Sales team who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33 lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. Health & Safety (Required!)
  • N95/KN95 Face masks (At least three per week)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Tests (At least 5, and for longer trips, 3 per week of travel)
Suggested Checklist
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Sun hat
  • Personal clothing for hot weather (t-shirts, shorts, etc.)
  • Daypack – you will not bring your big luggage to Halong Bay, which instead will be kept at our Hanoi hotel; a normal book bag is fine for this
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals or flip-flops
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Clothes for religious sites – knees and shoulders must be covered
  • Small Flashlight
  • Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Lightweight silk sleep sheet
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Waterproof camera/phone bag (If you want to take pictures while kayaking in Halong Bay)
  • Water bottle
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
  • AirTags or Tile trackers
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags for wet clothing
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • 2 Passport-size photos for Cambodia – you will need another 2 for Vietnam, if you opt to get the visa on arrival
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. Vietnam You will need to get a tourist visa for Vietnam. U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and a visa to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry. The website that allows you to apply for a Vietnamese tourist visa directly with the Embassy seems to be down at this time (as of May 2022). While there is an option to apply via email, they request payment information to be sent over email, which we do not recommend since it's not secure. We suggest using Sherpa's services available here. You have until about 2 weeks before departure to complete your online application, but we suggest getting it done at your earliest convenience. Here is the information you will need for your application:
  • Date of arrival: the date that your flight lands in Vietnam
  • Point of entry: Noi Bai Int Airport (Ha Noi)
  • Date of departure: GEEO will provide this to registered participants
  • Point of departure: Moc Bai Landport
  • Hanoi hotel: GEEO will provide this to registered participants
  • a photo of the ID page of your passport
  • a passport-style photo of yourself against a light background
The Vietnamese Embassy provides a few different options for applying for your visa, which you may choose to navigate on your own if you wish. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information. If you are going on both our Bangkok to Hanoi and Vietnam/Cambodia programs you will most likely be ineligible for the e-visa, as you will be entering Vietnam twice and will exceed 30 days in the country from the start to end of the visa. In that case, you will need to get a visa on arrival pre-approval letter and then purchase the visa when you arrive in Hanoi at the airport. We recommend going to myvietnamvisa.com and purchasing their 3-month multiple entry approval letter ($43) with the private approval letter option clicked ($8). At the time of writing (8/7/19), the total fee for this should be $51. You then pay another $50 when you arrive at the airport. Cambodia Tourists and business travelers may obtain a Cambodian visa at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. You will need two passport-sized (4cm by 6cm) photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. You may also apply for an e-visa through Sherpa for Cambodia if you wish. Keep in mind that even if you get an e-visa in advance, you will have to wait for the rest of your group if anyone in the group chooses the visa on arrival option. Please be aware that you will require 3 clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least 6 months' validity for this trip. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Money Exchange
As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency, and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Travelers checks have security advantages, they can be difficult to change. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note that, if you are carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.
Tipping
It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a guideline, $20-$25 USD per person per week can be used.
Vaccinations
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!
Flights
We find the best prices for flights are often available 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins in Hanoi and ends in Bangkok. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Hanoi and for the earliest time you can depart Bangkok.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand use a combination of both American and European outlets, known as type A and type C plugs. In all three countries, the voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converter power packs at various vendors.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
  • We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Advice From Past Participants
“Don’t have any expectations about ANYTHING. It’s Vietnam – it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s crowded, it’s hot. It’s got good food, inexpensive gifts, great sites. Keep an open mind!” “You MUST be able to carry your own luggage on this trip.” “I would recommend a cooking lesson at the ‘Little Hanoi’ cooking school. It is amazing and the instructor ‘Tin’ is a culinary artist. Our guide recommended it to us… and it was phenomenal. One of the highlights of the trip and we stumbled into it on the last day. It’s run by a small family, and Tin is their head chef.” “Make it clear for the Vietnam trip that you should have two bags, one large bag and one backpack big enough for overnight trips. This was not clear to those in my group, and some people did not feel prepared. “ “There are plenty of opportunities to have your laundry done very inexpensively (about $1 USD per kilo), so only bring enough clothes for about a week to save space. “ “Looking back at the website, I do see that it says that there are tailors that can make anything overnight in Hoi An, but I didn’t see this and wasn’t as prepared as I could have been to have stuff made (knowing what I wanted, getting measurements from others for gifts, etc.) maybe this could be highlighted more…” “I think it is already in there, but emphasize the need for small bills ($1, $5, $10). I brought plenty with me, but many of my tour group members struggled to get change.” “When you get to Vietnam with your visa letter, you do not get in line like everyone else. There is a window (not well identified) where you go to actually get the Visa in your passport, then wait in line.”
Weather
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand’s wet season runs from around May to October. The wet season is characterized by a downpour for a few hours each day rather than all-day torrential downpours. The advantages of this season are lower temperatures, cleaner air, and smaller crowds. North Vietnam is typically dryer than South Vietnam during this time of the year.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$125 USD
International Airfare from the United States
Roughly $1,000-$2,000 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare we would be happy to help you.
Insurance
$67-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
$65 USD for your tour leader; another $35 USD for local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$200-$300 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Vaccines
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Visa
$45 or $70 for Vietnam; $20-$35 for Cambodia
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Donation
$100 USD (Suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum: Free –  Please note: The Mausoleum is only open in the mornings on Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday; it is closed Mondays and Fridays. Please check ahead as Mausoleum may be periodically closed at other times also. Museum of Ethnology: $2 USD Temple of Literature: $1 USD Fine Arts Museum: $1 USD Women’s Museum: $1 USD Army Museum: $1 USD Taxi (to each museum): approx. $3 USD
Halong Bay
Kayak Rental: $10 USD
Huế
Bicycle Hire: $1 USD
Hoi An
Cooking Class: $30 USD Mỹ Sơn Ruins, including transport: $30 USD Thu Bon River Boat Trip: $12 USD
Ho Chi Minh City
Cyclo Tour: $25 USD War Remnants Museum: $2 USD The Reunification Palace: $2 USD Saigon Water Park: $4 USD
Phenom Penh
National Museum: $10 USD The Silver Pagoda: $10 USD
Siem Reap
Phare Circus: $18 USD Tonle Sap Floating Vilage Tour: $22-26 USD Angkor Museum: $12 USD
Bangkok
Grand Palace: $15 USD Jim Thompson’s House: $4 USD National Museum: $1.50 USD Royal Barge Museum: $3.50 USD Wat Po: $3 USD Klong (Canal) Tour: Approx. $10-30 USD, depending on number of participants Thai massage: $15-30 USD