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Sunday October 22nd, 2017

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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River Delta: FAQ PDF

Documentation
You’ll need a passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your exit date from Vietnam and Cambodia with at least one blank page for each visa.

Visas will be required for Vietnam and Cambodia

Cost will be $100 per person to obtain visas for both countries

Flights
There are a number of carriers that will get you to southeast Asia for this tour. Asiana, Korean, JAL, Eva Air, or United will all get you there with one stop each way. I like EVA option a little more than the others in that you arrive in Hanoi mid-morning instead of the late evening arrivals offered by the other carriers.

The main tour begins in Hanoi on January 15 th . Flights will depart from Seattle on January 14 th because you will lose a day crossing the dateline.

If you are planning to join the pre-tour option the Ha Long Bay, you’ll schedule your departure from the US on January 12 th to arrive there on the 13 th .

Returning home, your flight will depart from Saigon on January 29 th .

Flights range from about $800-$1200 for coach seats, depending on when you purchase them. Since airline seat inventory is available 330 days from date of flights, you should be able to start pricing schedules toward the end of February 2018.

Business class will be priced at about $4000. Premium economy, the happy medium, should be in the $1400-$1600 range.

Flights won’t be available to book until the end of February 2018. The estimates I’ve provided here are historical fares. Actual fares at the time of booking may be a little higher or lower.

Insurance details for this cruise/tour
Because cancellation penalties apply, travel insurance is suggested. Both of the companies listed below have a policy rate calculator online. Enter the cost of your tour and personal data to receive a no-obligation cost estimate. Two recommended companies are: CSA Travel Protection and Travelex Insurance

Cancellation insurance will range in price based on the cost of your travel and the age of the applicant. Get a quote at the websites above before making a purchase.

Please note that there are exclusions that are not covered by these policies. job scheduling, jury duty and simply changing your mind are not reimbursable reasons to cancel your cruise.

Weather in Vietnam and Cambodia
Hanoi
Located much farther north than the tropical south, Hanoi will be cooler with temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to mid-60s. January is among the driest months, with about 1⁄2 inch falling during the month.
Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Very similar to the weather we’ll experience in Saigon, temperatures will typically range from 72-88 degrees. Monthly rainfall is negligible.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
January in one of the driest and coolest months of the year. Expect and average less than 1/2 inch of rain for the month versus almost 8 inches in June or July. Temperatures will be warm with an average of 81 with highs in the 90s and lows in the lower 70s.
Dress
Casual! Daytimes will be warm. With the exception of dinner time aboard ship, warm, tropical attire is expected. Dinners aren’t formal, but they’d like to have men wear long pants and collared shirts in the evening.

You’ll be doing a lot of walking through the ancient ruins. Closed toes sandals, like Keens, are great for that. Whatever shoes you bring, be sure to wear them in before you go.

Take a sunhat. Sunscreen is good to bring as well. Bugs weren’t a problem when I was there. That’s an issue mostly during the rainy season. If mosquitos usually search you out, I suggest bringing some spray from home.

Shots/Innoculations
Various websites will tell you different things about traveling to this part of the world. The consensus seems to be the following:
  • Get current on Tetanus
  • We won’t travel to malarial areas, but some sites do suggest malaria vaccine
  • Hepatitis A and Typhoid are suggested due the possibility of food contamination. This is a pretty low risk since most of your meals are prepared, but may be a good precaution.
Check with your doctor to see how current you are on vaccines.
Food
You can go native or eat western. It’s up to you. I had excellent meals aboard the ship and in hotels and restaurants along the way. I’m not an adventurous eater, but spicy options are plentiful if you’re into that.

Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017

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