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The Great Indochina Quest - Family Adventure

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days PTFI

Minimum Passengers

8 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Start City

End City

Hanoi, Vietnam Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Great Indochina Quest - Family Adventure

Combine the excitement of Vietnam with the friendly warmth of Cambodia for an exotic South East Asian family adventure holiday. Travelling through Vietnam you enjoy a relaxing cruise on beautiful Halong Bay, take an overnight train journey, visit the ancient town in Hoi An and spend the day cooling off at a water park in Ho Chi Minh City. Onwards to Cambodia where you take a Mekong River boat trip and for the finale what better than the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

The Great Indochina Quest - Family Adventure


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Hanoi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 3: Halong Bay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 4: Da Nang

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 5-7: Hoi An

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

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Day 8-9: Ho Chi Minh

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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Day 10-11: Phnom Penh

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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Day 12-14: Siem Reap

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

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Day 15: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Your Trip

What's Included

• The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Ho Chi Minh City's Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market; Cu Chi Tunnels; Hoi An; China Beach; Marble Mountain; and Hanoi's Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison.

• Local flights: Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang and Danang to Hanoi.

• Mekong River boat trip with visits to a floating market and riverside villages.

• Overnight homestay with a local family on a Mekong River island including a traditional wooden sampan canal cruise.

• Full day boat cruise on the South China Sea off Nha Trang, with a seafood lunch.

• Lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a project providing vocational hospitality training to underprivileged young people.

• Performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets.

• Overnight cruise on a traditional boat on Halong Bay with a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available) and accommodation in twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning.

• Overnight train from Nha Trang to Danang, with accommodation in a 4-berth 'soft sleeper' class compartment (a pillow and sheets provided).

• Free time to explore Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hanoi.

• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Meals

Not Included

International airfares, visa costs, departure taxes, insurance (obligatory on all trips), departure transfer, other meals, drinks, snacks, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, spending of a personal nature such as gratuities, laundry, drinks, souvenirs.

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Cambodia
Visas can be organised on arrival, or in advance. If you wish to obtain you visa prior to departure please contact the embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for the visa to be processed.

If you are obtaining your visa on arrival at the airport or at a border crossing you can do so for approx US$30.00 (cost subject to change)- you will need a passport photo if you wish to do this.

Most countries can obtain their visa on arrival including, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. If your country is not listed above please contact your embassy.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavour to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Vietnam
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. VIETNAM: Australia: Yes - in advance Belgium: Yes - in advance Canada: Yes - in advance Germany Yes - in advance Ireland: Yes - in advance Netherlands: Yes - in advance New Zealand: Yes - in advance South Africa: Yes - in advance Switzerland: Yes - in advance United Kingdom: Yes - in advance USA: Yes - in advance When obtaining your visa you should allow 3 weeks for processing, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Check with your embassy or consulate for further details. Some nationalities are exempt from requiring a visa if their stay is less than 15 days, but if you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance. Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure. If your visa application asks for a point of contact, please write: Intrepid Vietnam 57A Nguyen Khac Hieu St, Hanoi, Vietnam Ph +84 4 3715 0996.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Cambodia

A History of Cambodia-David Chandler Brother Number One (A Political Biography of Pol Pot)-David Chandler Sihanouk (Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness-Milton Osbourne A Dragon Apparent-Norman Lewis Angkor (An Introduction to the Temples)-Dawn Rooney Angkor: An Introduction-George Coedes River of Time-Jon Swain Angkor Heart of Asian Empire-Sharon AuRick Cambodia-Lonely Planet

Vietnam

There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are: The Quiet American- Graham Greene The Sacred Willow-Duong Van Mai Elliot Paradise of the Blind-Duong Thu Huong Vietnam: Yesterday & Today -Ellen Hammer One Crowded Hour- Tim Bowden Catfish and Mandala-Andrew X Pham Hitchhiking Vietnam-Karin Muller Vietnam- Lonely Planet A Bright Shining Lie-Neil Sheehan (on the Vietnam-American War)


Important Information

Flight tickets: Saigon-Nha Trang and Danang-Hanoi
Flight tickets will be given to you by your tour leader before you board these flights.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Tipping
Tipping has become an accepted part of tourism in South East Asia. Your tour leader will be able to advise you in this area; however, as a guideline we would recommend tipping 10% of the total bill in restaurants and a small tip to hotel bellboys for carrying your bags.

At you pre-tour briefing your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then the tour leader pays the tips and keeps a record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing what is an appropriate amount to tip.

It is customary to tip your tour leader, at the end of the trip, if you are happy with the service. A minimum tip of US$2 per day, from each member of the group, is the usual amount expected.

Age limits and responsibility for minors
Our family trips are not recommended for children under the age of six. There must be at least one parent/adult guardian for three minors. Parent/adult guardian must be fully responsible for their minors throughout the entire trip. If you have a question regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further advice.

Infrastructure and Tet Holiday Period
Please note that Vietnam is a developing country whose infrastructure may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences due to such things as restaurants or tourist sites being closed and our regular transport services not always being available, especially so during the Tet holiday period (Vietnamese New Year).

During Tet (Vietnamese New Year), most businesses will be closed as Vietnamese people usually spend this period returning to their homes and celebrating with their families. This will involve a major burden on all forms of transport, and despite booking in advance, tickets for planes and trains especially are extremely difficult to obtain. Even if bookings are obtained, transport services during this period will be overcrowded and heavy delays are to be expected, so you will need to make sure that you pack your sense of humour. In order to facilitate your travels during the Tet period, we may need to substitute your train/plane journey with a private bus trip, if required.

This is an 'adventure' trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of Vietnamese culture. Please be open-minded.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

13 May 2014


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