What to Know
- The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites
- Sightseeing in Hanoi (including entrance fees where applicable) - One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s House and Temple of Literature
- Lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a project providing vocational hospitality training and experience to underprivileged young people
- Journey to the most untouched and remote part of Vietnam - Ha Giang, where we trek past terraced rice fields and forested mountains and stay in a traditional longhouse as guests of the White Thai people
- Visit Mrs Mai's amazing project, set up to aid victims of human trafficking
- Arrival transfer
- Accommodation: 3 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights homestay, 3 nights hotel, 1 night overnight train
- Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- (From 1st Jan 2015) Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Other meals
- Any optional tours and activities during free time
- (From 1st Jan 2015) Gratuities for non-essential services and for tour leader
- Items of a personal nature
- Departure transfer
It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure. Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.
BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.