small group tour of Vietnam

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
Guys & Gals
Small Group Tour: Max 12

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Danang – Saigon – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

15 nights/16 days: Jan 27 – Feb 11, 2021
$4,590 per person, double occupancy
$5,510 solo traveler (includes single supplement of $920)
Roundtrip airfare is not included.

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Registration deadline October 26, 2020

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“Vietnam among the hottest destinations for US travelers.”
~ PricewaterhouseCoopers survey conducted for US Tour Operators Association

“Vietnam is trending as the #3 destination to travel to in 2019.”
~ travel search engine Kayak Association

Luxury Tour Price Comparison – Vietnam

Tour Monkey Abercrombie & Kent Tauck Tours
Cost – Double Occupancy $4,590 $7,995 $8,390
Single Supplement $920 $2,895 $2,102
Airfare Included No No No
Airport Transfers Yes Yes Yes
Number of Days 16 13 13
Maximum Group Size 12 18 24
Included Meals 32 25 29
4- and 5-Star Hotels Yes Yes Yes
Escorted by American Tour Manager Yes No No
All Tips Included Yes No No
  • Maximum 12 travelers + Tour Manager, Liz Moran
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Airport transfers, with an English-speaking guide. If you are staying extra nights in Siem Reap, transportation to the airport is on your own.
  • 15 nights accommodation at hand-chosen authentic hotels:
    • 3 nights in Hanoi at the Hanoi Pearl (4-star)
    • 1 night in Ninh Binh at the Emeralda (5-star)
    • 1 night in Halong Bay aboard Orchid Cruise (5-star)
    • 3 nights in Hoi An at the Hoi An Historic Hotel (4-star)
    • 3 nights in Saigon at The Myst (5-star)
    • 4 nights in Siem Reap at the Sokha Angkor Resort (5-star)
  • Luggage porterage
  • Daily breakfast (B) at hotel + 10 lunches (L) + 8 dinners (D)

Included meals are shared, with set menus. Lunches include a choice between a bottle of water, soda, or juice. Alcoholic beverages are at travelers’ expense. Dinners include a choice between a bottle of water, soda, juice, one glass of house wine or one bottle of local beer. Coffee and tea will also be served.

  • Intra-Vietnam flights via Business Class (pending availability)
  • Economy Class flight from Saigon to Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • In Vietnam: Transportation via air-conditioned, 16-seat mini coach (6 travelers) or deluxe 30-seat motor coach (7 to 12 travelers), with cooled bottled water on board
  • In Cambodia: Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle, with cool bottled water on board as follows:

6 – 7 travelers: 12-seat van

8 – 11 travelers: 25-seat coach

12 travelers: 35-seat coach

  • Walking foodie tour of Hanoi
  • Motorcycle foodie tour of Saigon
  • Private cyclo tour of the Old Quarter in Hanoi
  • Sampan ride in Ninh Binh
  • First-class seating at the Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
  • Evening performance at the beautiful Saigon Opera House* (dependent on schedule, performance night may be switched to Hoi An)
  • Roundtrip cable car ride at Bana Hills in Danang
  • All entry fees within the tour
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and restaurant waitstaff
    • Gratuities aboard Orchid Cruise on Halong Bay is voluntary and at your discretion.
  • Airfare to/from destination. Please do not book your flight until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the tour is a go!
  • Vietnam visa (http://vietnamembassy-usa.org/consular/visa-application-process). Traveler must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your planned stay, and must have at least one blank visa page.
  • Cambodian Visa https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Cambodia.html . If you are not a resident of the United States, please consult your embassy if a visa to Cambodia is required. Tourist visas are valid for one month from the date of entry into Cambodia. Cambodia offers on-line visa processing at http://evisa.gov.kh/. Tourists may also obtain a Cambodian visa at the airport in Siem Reap. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. You will need two passport-sized photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia.
  • Airfare from Saigon to Siem Reap (flight time is 1 hour, 10 minutes). At the time of this writing, one-way airfare from Saigon to Siem Reap is as follows: Economy Class: $225. Airfare is subject to change. Tour Monkey will purchase and bill you for the one-way flight.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended. See FAQ for more information.
  • Pre- or post-nights at hotels in Hanoi and Siem Reap. Please advise Tour Monkey if you would like extra nights in Hanoi or Siem Reap.
  • Beverages and spa services on Orchid Cruise, Halong Bay.
  • Fee-based activities, spa services and hotel incidentals (like laundry, telephone, etc.)

MAIN TOUR

DAY 1 – Wed Jan 27  – ARRIVAL HANOI (D)

Tour Monkey’s tour of Amazing Vietnam officially begins at our WELCOME DINNER! We’ll meet in the hotel lobby for our roundtrip transfer to GRANDMA’S RESTAURANT at an appointed time for a sumptuous feast of Northern Vietnamese cuisine.

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 4-star Hanoi Pearl Hotel

DAY 2 – Thu Jan 28  – HANOI (B L D)

After breakfast, we have a fabulous full day of exploring Hanoi’s historic sites, including the MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY, TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, HOA LO PRISON (Hanoi Hilton), HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM PLAZA, HO CHI MINH’S HOUSE, and the ONE PILLAR PAGODA. Lunch is at KOTO RESTAURANT. They train and employ disadvantaged Vietnamese youth to work as chefs, bartenders, and waitstaff. Koto stands for “know one, teach one.” With our bellies full, we’ll take in the sites of the OLD QUARTER VIA a 45-MINUTE CYCLO RIDE! Our peddlers will conclude the tour at the renowned THANG LONG WATER PUPPET THEATER, where we have first-class seating for an art form that originated in Northern Vietnam. Dinner is at the always-packed local noodle joint, BUN CHA HUONG LIEN. In May 2016, chef Anthony Bourdain taped an episode of CNN’s foodie travel show Parts Unknown here. President Obama tagged along to partake in the working-class specialty: bun cha, served with a delicious fried crab roll and washed down with a cold Hanoi beer. It’s now called the Obama Combo, and that’s what we’re having, gals! The dynamic duo’s table is forever memorialized on the restaurant’s second floor, with empty beer bottles, plates, bowls, and cutlery under protective glass.

DAY 3 – Fri Jan 29  – HANOI (B L)

Optional early-morning pre-breakfast walk around LAKE HOAN KIEM to watch or join the locals doing tai chi, calisthenics, and dancing. After breakfast, we’ll visit the THU HUONG HANOI LACQUER WORKSHOP to learn how lacquerware is created. It’s a complicated process, y’all, and can take months to complete one piece. Then, our guide will take us on a WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD QUARTER, so named because the area of “36 streets” was once located outside the Imperial Citadel that dates back to 1010 CE. Along the way, we’ll SAMPLE DELECTABLE VIETNAMESE STREET FOOD! The rest of the day is free. Explore, shop, nap, eat. Repeat.

DAY 4 – Sat Jan 30 – HANOI to NINH BINH (B L)

After breakfast, we travel off the beaten path to the countryside province of NINH BINH, one of Vietnam’s hidden gems! We’ll tour the ancient remnants of HOA LU, the capital of Vietnam’s first two imperial dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries. After a delicious lunch at SPICE GARDEN TAM COC (they do not have a website), reviewed by many as the best restaurant in the area, we’ll walk to the dock and board small rowboats called sampans. No, we are not rowing, but part of the experience is watching the rowers steer the oars with their feet! Our CRUISE takes us through the most majestic landscape of karst limestone cliffs and caverns. The movie King Kong Skull Island (2017) was filmed here. Our hotel is a short ride away. Dinner is on your own at the hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: 1 night at the 5-star Emeralda Resort

DAY 5 – Sun Jan 31 – NINH BINH to HALONG BAY (B L D)

Having just experienced Ninh Binh, called the Halong Bay on Land, we can compare it to the seascape of towering limestone islands of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, HALONG BAY. Just before lunch, we’ll board our 5-star junk, ORCHID CRUISE, which will take us on a route less traveled by other vessels. Try your hand at kayaking, take a swim in the bay’s emerald waters, join a cooking class, book a massage, or simply relax and watch the world go by from the privacy of your own balcony. Later, enjoy happy hour on the sundeck to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Tonkin. After a sumptuous dinner, there’s night squid fishing!

DAY 6 – Mon Feb 1 – HALONG BAY to HANOI AIRPORT to DANANG to HOI AN (B L)

Rise early and learn tai chi on the sundeck! After a light breakfast, you have the option to paddle a canoe to explore the bay and nearby caves. Fill your belly at lunch before disembarking the vessel for our transfer to Hanoi and flight to Danang. Dinner is on your own.

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 4-star Hoi An Historical Hotel, located 1 block away from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ancient Town

DAY 7 – Tue Feb 2 – HOI AN (B L)

After breakfast, a morning walking tour of Ancient Town includes visits to the JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE, the FUKIENESE ASSEMBLY HALL, and the TAN KY ANCIENT HOUSE. The tour concludes at the SILKWORM FACTORY. So interesting! Where there’s silkworms, there’s silk! Hoi An has long been a hub for Vietnam’s silk industry. You’ll have an opportunity to browse bolts of fine fabric, and even have a dress or skirt tailor-made. Lunch is at TAM TAM CAFÉ. On their menu is a dish Hoi An is famous for – white rose dumplings! The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

DAY 8 – Wed Feb 3 – HOI AN (B L D)

In the morning, we venture to MY SON for a guided tour of the partially intact complex of Hindu temples constructed by the Cham peoples. From the 4th to 14th centuries CE, My Son was used by Cham royalty. It’s regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s foremost temple complexes, on a par with Borobudur in Indonesia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Ayutthaya in Thailand. My Son is quite impressive, and gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999. For lunch, we’ll introduce you to BANH XEO (sizzling pancakes)! The afternoon is free to relax by the pool, book a spa treatment, or walk around Ancient Town. In the evening, we’ll stroll over to HAI CAFÉ, known for its BBQ.

DAY 9 – Thu Feb 4 – HOI AN to DANANG AIRPORT to SAIGON (B L)

On our way to Danang Airport, we’ll squeeze every last ounce of goodness out of Central Vietnam with a visit to BANA HILLS for a ride on the CABLE CAR. Opened in 2013, the network of cable cars holds several Guinness World Records, including the heaviest cable, and the longest and highest nonstop cable car in the world. If you aren’t completely awestruck by the 15-minute ride and 360-degree views, wait until you see the GOLDEN BRIDGE footbridge at the top. Soaring 3,280 feet above sea level, the 500-foot-long expanse is cradled by two massive hands! We’ll lunch at the MERCURE HOTEL before riding the cable car down the hill. Then, we’ll visit the DANANG MUSEUM OF CHAM SCULPTURE for a deeper understanding of this minority culture. Our evening flight takes us to the last leg of our adventure—Saigon, known as the Paris of the Orient.

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 5-star The Myst on the 5th Avenue of Saigon, Dong Khoi Street

Golden Bridge at Bana Hills in Danang, Vietnam

DAY 10 – Fri Feb 5 – SAIGON (B L D)

After breakfast, we embark on a HALF DAY DRIVING TOUR of Saigon’s (also called Ho Chi Minh City) landmark sites. We’ll stroll through the shopper’s paradise BEN THANH MARKET and take a guided tour of INDEPENDENCE PALACE, the home and office of the U.S.-backed president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Lunch is at PHO HOA PASTEUR, the best pho place in Saigon, if not the whole wide world! The afternoon is at your leisure. Something truly special is in store for you this evening. We have tickets to a multi-award-winning cultural show* (Vietnam’s version of Cirque du Soleil) at the SAIGON OPERA HOUSE. The building itself is a “show” inside and out, with its exquisite French Colonial architecture. We can recall our favorite moments over dinner at VIETNAM HOUSE, founded by Australian-born Vietnamese celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen.

*At the time of this writing, the theater has not released it’s 2021 schedule. Based on their 2020 schedule, a show was scheduled on our date. In the event the theater is ‘dark’, we may move the performance to their sister venues in Hanoi or Hoi An.

DAY 11 – Sat Feb 6 – SAIGON (B D)

Saigon is so fabulous that you have a full day at leisure to explore its sites, like the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, or the observation deck at Bitexco Tower. Eat lightly, because tonight we have another rip-roaring fun activity—a FOODIE MOTORCYCLE TOUR of Saigon! Riding behind your driver, you’ll experience firsthand the adrenaline rush of being at one with the kaleidoscope of the city’s nine million motorcycles. So. Much. Fun!

DAY 12 – Sun Feb 7 – SAIGON to SIEM REAP (B D)

Depart Saigon for Siem Reap, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. We will be met by our guide and transferred to our gorgeous resort. Relax before our included dinner at PALATE ANGKOR RESTAURANT.

DAY 13 – Mon Feb 8 – ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK (B L)

We begin our day watching the SUN RISE OVER ANGKOR WAT, the single largest religious complex in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. As the sun rises from behind the iconic towers, a silhouette is cast on the still waters of the reflecting pond in front of the temple. Simply stunning! After breakfast at our hotel, we begin our guided tour of the ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK with a visit to the former capital city of Cambodia, ANGKOR THOM (“Great City”). In its heyday during the late 12th century, the Khmer Empire was protected by a moat that surrounded a fortified 26-foot-high wall that spanned 8 miles around. Five gates lead into this magnificent city. Four gates face each of the cardinal directions, with an extra one on the east side. The four cardinal gates are adorned with giant smiling stone faces. We will enter through the best-preserved and impressive, SOUTH GATE, to explore the ruins within, including the BAYON TEMPLE, the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING and TERRACE OF ELEPHANTS. The artistic sophistication of the intricate carvings and bas-reliefs are beyond extraordinary. We’ll continue on to explore the ruins of a former Buddhist monastery, TA PROHM (“Ancestor of Brahma”). Be prepared to wait in line to take photographs of the giant banyan trees that cover the structure. You might recognize the site from Angelina Jolie’s 2001 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. After an included LUNCH, we’ll return to ANGKOR WAT (“Temple City”). The temple was designed to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, a mythical place where ancient gods live beyond the Himalayas. The evening and dinner are at your leisure.

DAY 14 – Tue Feb 9 – ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK (B D)

This morning we’ll visit the three pre-Angkorian temples of PREAH KO, BAKONG, and LOLEI that are located in the small town of Roluos. Collectively, the temples are known as the ROLUOS GROUP. The temples are all that remain of the ancient first capital of Khmer, Hariharalaya. Lunch is on your own at SREY KULEN RESTAURANT (they do not have a website) before touring BANTEAY SREI (“Citadel of Women”), a 10th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva. Constructed mostly of red sandstone, the temple is known for its exquisite intricate carvings depicting scenes from the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Like watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat, watching the sun set over PRE RUP temple is a must! Meaning, “Turn the Body,” it is believed funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body rotated during the cremation ceremony. Our dinner-show at ASPARA THEATRE AND RESTAURANT features Aspara dancers. Aspara are female spirits of clouds and water in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

DAY 15 – Wed Feb 10 – SIEM REAP (B)

The day is completely yours. Lounge by the pool, book a massage, visit a local market …

DAY 16 – Thu Feb 11 – SIEM REAP and DEPARTURES (B)

We’ll spend our last day in Cambodia at the prestigious ANGKOR NATIONAL MUSEUM, dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of Angkorian and Khmer artifacts. The museum also houses one of the most immense collections of Buddha Statues and Relics assembled in one gallery. Before heading to the airport, we’ll visit ARTISANS ANGKOR. Since 1992, the organization has been providing job opportunities for young people in rural areas by reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. We’ll watch these artisans carve wood and stone, paint, weave silk, and lacquer. Artisans Angkor also produces some of the finest silk in Cambodia! The organization has earned Awards of Excellence for Handicrafts in South and Southeast Asia, including by UNESCO.

FAQ

WHEN DOES THE TOUR BEGIN AND END EXACTLY?

The 15 night/16 day tour begins on Wednesday, January 27, in Hanoi (Vietnam). We suggest you arrive a day early to ease jet lag. The tour ends on departure day, Thursday, February 11, in Siem Reap (Cambodia). Please let us know if you require extra pre- or post-tour night hotel rooms.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP?

Please click the Book Now button! You will need to fill out a registration page before securing your spot with a deposit (see below).

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WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY TRIP?

You will need to secure your spot with a deposit, with the balance due 90 days before the trip begins as follows:

A $750 deposit of the total payment $4,590 per person, double occupancy ($5,510 for solo travelers includes the single supplement fee of $920) is needed to secure your spot on the tour. $250 is non-refundable. The balance of $3,840 ($4,760 for solo travelers) is due on October 26, 90 days before the start of the trip. If you book within 90 days of the trip, full payment is due at the time you reserve your spot.

Please be advised that a 2.9% (3.9% for American Express) credit card processing fee is included in the price of your tour. If you choose to pay via a free bank transfer, Tour Monkey will donate the credit card fee amount ($134 per person double occupancy, $160 single occupancy) to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Tour Monkey will match the collective donation up to $500. Please see our website www.tour-monkey.com for more information about this worthwhile organization.

WILL TOUR MONKEY BOOK MY FLIGHTS?

No. You are responsible for purchasing roundtrip airfare to Vietnam and from Cambodia. Group tickets can be purchased upon request. Please DO NOT book your flights until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the trip is a go!

The price of this trip does NOT include a one-way ticket from Saigon to Siem Reap, Cambodia. At the time of this writing, one-way economy airfare is $225. Tour Monkey will purchase and bill you for the ticket so that we can fly together as a group. The ticket will be added to your balance due. We will notify you if a price increase has been imposed by the airline.

WHY IS THERE A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS?

The single supplement fee has been imposed by the hotel industry and cannot be waived.

WILL I GET A REFUND IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?

In the event that it is necessary for you to cancel, here is the refund table. Please see the Terms & Conditions clause Tour Monkey sent you for a more detailed explanation.

120 days: 100% refunded, less $250 administration fee
119 – 60 days: 50% refunded, less $250 administration fee
Less than 60 days: No refund

I RESERVED MY SPOT, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You will also be sent via email a MEDICAL FORM that must be completed and returned. We know this information is personal; however, please be assured that it is only for Tour Monkey and will not be shared with anyone else. In the unlikely event that you are injured during the trip, your medical information may be needed by medical professionals.

Tour Monkey highly recommends that you purchase TRAVEL INSURANCE. We recommend you consult with a travel insurance broker at Travel Insurance Center. They can compare over 100 plans from more than 20 companies, finding a policy that best suits your needs.

DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER VIETNAM?

Americans are required to obtain a visa to Vietnam. Please copy and paste this link http://vietnamembassy-usa.org/consular/visa-application-process into your browser and follow the directions accordingly. You can also obtain a visa to Vietnam upon arrival in Hanoi:  https://govietnamvisa.com/page/vietnam-visa-on-arrival. You will need two passport-sized photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Vietnam. Please do not wait until the last minute to secure a visa! If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please check with your embassy if a visa to enter Vietnam is needed.

DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER CAMBODIA?

Americans are required to obtain a visa to Cambodia. Cambodia offers on-line visa processing at http://evisa.gov.kh/. Tourists may also obtain a Cambodian visa at the airport in Siem Reap. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. You will need two passport-sized photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please check with your embassy if a visa is required.

DO YOU PROVIDE AIRPORT TRANSFERS?

Airport transfers, with an English-speaking guide, are included in the price of your tour. If you stay extra days in Siem Reap, transport to the airport is on your own.

CAN A SOLO TRAVELER BE MATCHED WITH A ROOMMATE?

If solo travelers wish to be matched, Tour Monkey will provide traveler contact information. Tour Monkey suggests you meet in person or video chat to determine if you are compatible.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN VIETNAM?

There is no perfect time to visit Vietnam. This is because weather conditions are vastly different in the northern, central, and southern parts of the country. The trick is to pick the sweet spot!

Generally in February, the temperature in the north will be cool with plenty of sunshine. Rainfall is at its lowest in February although a misty haze is not unusual, especially in coastal areas and around Halong Bay. The average high is 68F. The average low is 59F.

Central (Danang and Hoi An) Vietnam is hot and dry from March until September, and wet from October to February. In February, the average high is 79F. The average low is 67F.

The best months to visit Southern Vietnam (Saigon) is November to April. In February, the average high is 91F. The average low is 72F.

Note: Although these represent historical averages, with climate change affecting worldwide weather patterns, be prepared for any type of weather conditions!

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN CAMBODIA?

Hot and humid!

WHAT IS THE MONEY SITUATION IN VIETNAM? CAN I USE U.S. DOLLARS?

The simple answer is yes! But there will be instances where local currency is needed; for example, buying postage stamps at the post office or a beverage at a restaurant.

Several days before you leave, visit your local bank. I always have on hand $100 in $1 bills, $50 in $5 dollar bills, and a few $10 bills. At the teller, check the front and back sides of every bill. Vietnamese vendors will not accept bills that are worn, faded, torn, or taped, or bills that have any markings. Find bills that are new or are less than 5 years old. The bank may have to order more bills, so going to the bank several days before your departure will allow you time to sort this out! Know, too, that if you purchase something for, say, $8 and you pay with a $20 bill, you will receive change in local currency.

You can also visit a currency exchange service to obtain the official currency of Vietnam, the Dong. Other than buying euros in advance, for countries in Southeast Asia, I use my ATM to obtain local currency. Remember to notify your bank of your travel plans!

Credit cards are widely accepted in Vietnam. However, only use credit cards at reputable places (hotels, restaurants, shops)—NEVER at small market vendors! If your credit card has a chip, you no longer need to notify the credit card provider about your travel plans. If you are unsure, give them a call.

It fluctuates, but here’s an idea of the exchange rate:

DONG USD

20000 .90

50000 $2.20

100000 $4.30

200000 $8.65

500000 $21.60

WHAT IS THE MONEY SITUATION IN CAMBODIA? CAN I USE U.S. DOLLARS?

United States dollars (banknotes) are the unofficial official currency of Cambodia! ATMs dispense USD as well. There is no need to obtain the country’s official currency, the Riel. Credit cards are widely accepted in Cambodia. However, only use credit cards at reputable places (hotels, restaurants, shops)—NEVER at small market vendors! If your credit card has a chip, you no longer need to notify the credit card provider about your travel plans. If you are unsure, give them a call. The Vietnamese Dong is not accepted in Cambodia.

CAN I DRINK THE WATER IN VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA?

Drinking tap water (including drinks that have ice cubes) in Vietnam and Cambodia is not advisable. On our tour days, Tour Monkey will provide one bottle of water per person per day. The hotels usually have complimentary bottled water in the rooms, and you can purchase bottled water just about anywhere!

CAN I EAT UNCOOKED FOOD IN VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA?

The cuisine in Vietnam and Cambodia is very fragrant, with a lot of fresh herbs and raw vegetables. In all the years I have been traveling—and eating—in Southeast Asia, I have never had an issue. That said, you know your own constitution! Eating in moderation is the best bet.

WHAT IS THE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

Please call or visit the website of the airline you booked with.

WHAT KIND OF AMENITIES DO OUR HOTELS HAVE?

Generally, hotel rooms have a hair dryer, coffee maker, snacks (for purchase), safe, and TV.

WHAT ELECTRICAL PLUGS ARE USED IN VIETNAM?

Plug type A, type C, and type F fit most electrical outlets in Vietnam. The electricity supply in Vietnam is 220V at 50Hz. To compare, the U.S. uses plug types A and B, with 220V at 60Hz. For a better understanding of the plugs you’ll need in Vietnam, see this webpage: https://whatplug.info/from/usa/to/vietnam. You can purchase any country-appropriate plugs on amazon.com or at travel stores.

I always carry a travel power strip with outlets and USB plugs to charge my devices.

WHAT ELECTRICAL PLUGS ARE USED IN CAMBODIA?

Plug type A, type C, and type G fit most electrical outlets in Cambodia. The electricity supply in Cambodia is 230V at 50Hz. To compare, the U.S. uses plug types A and B, with 220V at 60Hz. For a better understanding of the plugs you’ll need in Vietnam, see this webpage: https://whatplug.info/from/cambodia. You can purchase any country-appropriate plugs on amazon.com or at travel stores.

I always carry a travel power strip with outlets and USB plugs to charge my devices.

DO THE HOTELS IN VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA HAVE WI-FI?

Yes! Wi-Fi is free all over the hotels. The exception is aboard Orchid Cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

Dress in layers and don’t over pack! It ain’t free, but take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service. Please refer to the Tour Monkey Packing List and Travel Tips that you received upon registration.

Please know on Day 10 we have tickets to the award-winning cultural show at the fabulous Saigon Opera House, followed by dinner at the swanky Vietnam House. The restaurant asks guests to dress in business casual attire.

For Angkor Wat, please know it is respectful to wear a calf- or full-length skirt, dress or pants, along with tops with a short or long sleeve. Shorts and leggings are not permitted, nor are sleeveless tops, spaghetti-strap tops, and tops showing cleavage. Any type of footwear is acceptable. You are not required to remove your shoes upon entering temples.

WHAT KIND OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS REQUIRED?

The tour is designed for active travelers, who can easily walk a minimum of 3 to 5 miles per day.

WHAT IS THE TOILET SITUATION?

Western-style toilets are the norm in Vietnam and Cambodia.

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION!

Please email liz@tour-monkey.com.