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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE

Price from
US$2,009
(per person)
Duration
13
Days
Tour Type
Family

HIGHLIGHTS

Night on a junk boat in Halong Bay, Hanoi's Old Quarter, traditional cooking class, quaint riverside town of Hoi An, energetic old Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), exploring the cramped Cu Chi tunnels
COUNTRIES : Vietnam

Designed for families with children aged 6-14, this comprehensive tour of Vietnam combines active adventure with sightseeing and time to relax. This tours visits Hanoi and Halong Bay in the north, before a stopping in Hoi An en route south to the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south. The tour includes a cyclo ride, cooking class, junk boat cruise, swimming and much more!

Starting in Hanoi with a full day tour of the city, including Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and a evening at a traditional water puppet show. Next we try our hand at cooking local Vietnamese dishes on a comprehensive cooking course. We then head across to Halong Bay for a couple of days on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat, cruising the limestone islands and enjoying swimming and kayaking in the turquoise waters.

Leaving Hanoi behind we take the overnight train south to Hoi An, a long time trading port that has absorbed the culture and architecture of many different counties, both western and eastern. We enjoy a tour of the old town and also venture out into the surroundings to experience life as a farmer and fisherman. There is also a free day to relax on the nearby beach or explore the ancient ruins of My Son.

Continuing south we arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where we take a tour of the city as well as visiting the nearby Cu Chi tunnels to get a taste of the hardships the local Viet Cong suffered during the war with America.

Arrive Hanoi Airport. After customs and immigration formalities you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and recover after you flight, or start to explore the area around your hotel.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hanoi hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Hanoi - pre-tour, Single room supplement (VEFAFA)

Today you'll enjoy a full day guided tour around Hanoi. We start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Next we stop at the the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070, before take a break to try a local Vietnamese lunch.

In the afternoon we visit the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples. We also explore Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake - the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. Later in the afternoo we enjoy a one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi!

In the evening we take in a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hanoi hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

This morning starts with a visit to the Hanoi Cooking Centre to begin your day of Vietnamese cooking. You will enjoy a special 'La Han' Vietnamese welcome tea, followed by a brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, including highlighting the contents of a traditional Vietnamese meal. Then take a short walk to Chau Long Market, where you will be shown around by the Chef who will explain the interesting goods on sale. Anything from livestock to silk worms are available to buy.

Upon arriving back at the HCC the cooking class will begin and you will be able to sample some local goods, as well as getting all of the recipes printed for you to take home.

On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal you have prepared. This gives you a chance to chat to the chef in the comfort of the HCC dining area and enjoy a drink whilst you relax.

After the lesson receive a HCC 'Going Home' gift and you can also purchase some of the Vietnamese spices, tools and books that you have used during the day.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hanoi hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

Today we head east on a four hour drive to the coast and Halong Bay. We board the beautifully restore junk boat and start exploring the jade green waters of the bay. After lunch a secluded bay perfect for swimming and kayaking around the limestone cliffs. In the evening you can enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner and watch the sun set over the bay.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Halong Bay junk boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we board a smaller boat to explore Lan Ha, a remote corner of the bay. Here we visit the Leaning Tower, a popular rock climbing cliff, then off at some small floating fishing villages to see the farm pens that hold a variety of fish, shrimps and crabs that the locals farm in the bay. Later in the morning there is more time for swimming or to explore the area in a kayak. After lunch the boat cruises to Three Peaches beach, a beautiful white sandy beach, where there is plenty of time top up your tan, weather permitting!

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Halong Bay junk boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early morning swim followed by breakfast. The tour then visits the "Cave of Surprises" before cruising back to the main harbour for the return drive to Hanoi.

In the evening you are transferred to the train station for the overnight journey on the Reunification Express southwards to Danang. Accommodation aboard the train in four berth shared cabins, which are simple but comfortable.

Note: Day use room in Hanoi is not included.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    On board sleeper train
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

Upon arrival in Danang , transfer directly to your hotel in Hoi An. Early check-in is based on room availability.

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is now heritage-listed.

After lunch, enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hoi An hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

This exciting full day tour gives you an insight into the lives of the farming and fishing communities in this beautiful region of Vietnam.

Begin your adventure by cycling out into the countryside through emerald green rice paddies. After a short ride you will arrive at the village of Tra Que. This charming little settlement, on the edge of Hoi An, is famous for its sweet scented green vegetables that spice up Hoi An's famous delicacies such as Cao Lau and Mi Quang. On arrival you will be introduced to the history of the village and the cultivation of the vegetables they grow. Continue with a walk around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and planting some crops. Finish off your village experience with a fun cooking demonstration.

Later, return to Hoi An and board the Eco Tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fisherman. You are sure to enjoy the hands on experience of river net fishing with the locals. Next, you have the opportunity to paddle a unique bamboo basket boat, known as a coracle, as you explore the area’s coconut palmed waterways.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hoi An hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

As you stroll along the beautiful streets of the old town at night, you will no doubt have seen the flickering lights of the many beautiful lanterns.

Today we cycle from you hotel to the home of a local craftsman, where you will learn about the history, shape and colour of the lanterns and the many stages of their production. Next you get the chance to create your own lantern, which will be yours to keep as a souvenir.

At the end you'll enjoy the gentle cycle ride back to your hotel.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hoi An hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day at leisure on the beach or having clothes made by one of the famous, inexpensive tailors Hoi An is famous for.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hoi An hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Transfer to the airport in Danang. Take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the afternoon exploring Saigon's bustling city streets at your leisure! Places of interest include Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Or just relax at a street side cafe or noodle shop.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Ho Chi Minh City hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Early morning we depart from the hotel and take a speed boat ride along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi tunnels. After watching a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels, the next hour is spent exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers.

Next we take a short drive through the countryside to a cricket farm. Many locals consider crickets a real delicacy and folk lore says the hungry soldiers ate them to help their nutrient-poor diets. At the farm you'll explore the life cycle of these versatile insects and of course you'll get a chance to sample some wrapped up in a tasty spring roll!

After lunch we head back to Ho Chi Minh city where the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the city more.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Ho Chi Minh City hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

At leisure, until you are transferred from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Cambodia Extension, Extra day in Ho Chi Minh - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Admission fees, with instruction where necessary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Internal Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visas fees (Currently waived for GB nationals. We can arrange a pre-registration VISA letter for other nationalities - you will still need to pay for visa stamp fee upon arrival into the country, at customs check in counter, at a cost of $45 per person together with 2 passport photos. Please contact us for more information about the cost of this letter as prices vary depending on nationality.)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Authentic Hotel
Hanoi, Vietnam

Authentic Hanoi Hotel is located in Old Quarter, 200 yards from Hoan Kiem Lake. All rooms are soundproofed and come with free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a restaurant.


Authentic Hanoi Hotel is located in Old Quarter, 200 yards from Hoan Kiem Lake. All rooms are soundproofed and come with free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a restaurant.

Authentic Hanoi Hotel is a 12-minute walk from Dong Xuan Market and Temple of Literature. Hanoi Railway Station is 1.9 miles from the hotel. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda are 2.2 miles away. Noi Bai International Airport is 23 miles away.

Modern rooms come with tea/coffee-making facilities, a satellite TV and personal safe. Select rooms overlook Red River, Hoan Kiem Lake or the city. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided.

Guests can work out in the fitness centre or rent a car to explore the city. Currency exchange and ticketing services are available at the tour desk. The hotel has a cash machine for convenience.

Authentic Hanoi Restaurant serves breakfast while a selection of Vietnamese cuisines can be enjoyed at Authentic Panorama Restaurant.

Hoan Kiem is a great choice for travellers interested in street food, friendly people andmuseums.

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Aphrodite Cruise
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Aphrodite Cruise cruises around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Offering rooms with sea views, it also features free Tai Chi lessons, free movies and use of board games, and chargeable activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.


Aphrodite Cruise cruises around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Offering rooms with sea views, it also features free Tai Chi lessons, free movies and use of board games, and chargeable activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

From Ha Long Bay, the city of Hanoi and the Noi Bai International Airport are a 4-hour drive away.

Located either on the upper or lower deck, rooms and suites offer an en suite bathroom with hot shower facilities and toiletries. Select room types come with a spa bath and a terrace.

Open from 06:30 to 20:30, the restaurant serves Vietnamese and Western delights, while the bar offers up snacks and drinks.

The 24-hour reception staff can assist with luggage storage, laundry and ironing requests. Massage services are also available at a surcharge.

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Sleeper Train
Various, Vietnam

Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam. You might even meet some Vietnamese people.


Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are safe, comfortable and a genuine Vietnamese experience in themselves, an integral part of your visit to Vietnam. You might even meet some Vietnamese people.

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Ancient House Resort
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Ancient House Resort offers traditional-style rooms with private balconies overlooking the gardens or outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


Hoi An Ancient House Resort offers traditional-style rooms with private balconies overlooking the gardens or outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. There is a 24-hour reception.

All rooms at Ancient House Resort have fresh and light decor. Their private bathrooms come with bathrobes and toiletries.

Guests can cool off in the outdoor swimming pool, or relax with a professional massage. Ancient House Hoi An features a well-equipped gym.

The Ancient House restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Barbecue facilities and room service are available. Guests can also try and cooking class offered by the resort.

Cam Chau is a great choice for travellers interested in cycling, friendly people andbeach.

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Silverland Boutique Hotel
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Centrally located in central Saigon, Silverland Boutique Hotel is just opposite the tall Bitexco Financial Tower. A 5-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, it has free Wi-Fi, a spa and a sauna.


Centrally located in central Saigon, Silverland Boutique Hotel is just opposite the tall Bitexco Financial Tower. A 5-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, it has free Wi-Fi, a spa and a sauna.

Silverland Boutique Hotel is 750 yards from Independence Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Tan Son Nhat Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Air-conditioned rooms come with a cable TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms feature a spa bathtub. Free bottled water is provided.

The hotel has a business centre that provides free fax and photocopying services. Friendly staff can assist with sightseeing arrangements and ticketing services. Laundry and dry cleaning can be done by the hotel.

The hotel's restaurant serves both Asian and Western dishes all throughout the day. Room service is available 24-hour daily.

District 1 is a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, markets and shopping.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (VEFAFA)
Price from
US$559
per person



Single room supplement (VEFAFA)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. Extra beds are available for single children to share their parents room if required.


This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. Extra beds are available for single children to share their parents room if required. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding room allocations for your family.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Child discount (under 12)
Price from
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Request

per person



Child discount (under 12)
Min numbers: 1 person

This discount option may be added for all children aged under 12 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.


This discount option may be added for all children aged under 12 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.

Extra day in Hanoi - pre-tour
Price from
US$49
per person



Extra day in Hanoi - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Ho Chi Minh - post-tour
Price from
US$49
per person



Extra day in Ho Chi Minh - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

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Vietnam Family Adventure tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour.  With this in mind we use public transport where we think it offers a good local experience – this may include 2nd class overnight sleeper trains, local buses and local ferries. We also use private transportation including jeeps, rickshaws or pickup trucks, and mini buses for sightseeing tours where required.

Sleeper trains:
The sleeper trains in Vietnam are of a good standard and are popular with tourists. Each carriage has its own steward who ensures the train is kept clean and tidy. You will stay in a 4-berth cabin with 3 other passengers. Supplements can be paid to book a private cabin. Bedding is provided onboard the train. The berths are on two tiers and we cannot pre-book lower tier berths. A ladder is provided but you therefore need a reasonable degree of mobility to climb up to the top tier berths.

The tour includes a 24-hour arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers service in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Siem Reap if extension is booked) airport and all other transfers.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Our VIetnam tours start and finish in either Hanoi airport (HAN) or Ho Chi Minh airport (SGN).

If you are booking a tour that combines Vietnam and Cambodia we may not include the connecting flight between the two countries in the tour price (see the inclusions/exclusions or extension option sections for details). This flight can often be built into your main international flight ticket, or we are happy to book this flight for you separately if you prefer – please contact us and we will advise you on available airlines, times and prices.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

Tipping is not part of Vietnamese culture but has become customary but not compulsory in the tourist and service industry. Tipping is always optional, and any amounts paid should reflect excellent service. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. USD 5-10 per person per day would be appropriate for your guide(s).

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

British citizens (plus Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Russian, Sweden, Norway, Finland, , France, Germany, Italy, Spain) are currently subject to a visa exemption scheme, so no visa is required for stays in Vietnam of up to 15 days. Other nationalities and those staying longer in Vietnam will need to obtain a visa in advance. As this isn’t always convenient we offer the option of obtaining a visa on arrival approval letter which means that you can then purchase you visa on arrival in Hanoi, however if you try to board the flight without this letter or a visa you’ll be refused board. Please contact us regarding the cost of this as it does vary depending on your nationality.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Thailand: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Vietnam: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Cambodia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Laos: Additional vaccinations: Diptheria, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Sockets are two round or flat pronged and 220 volts (Type A, B, C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.
The time in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is GMT plus 7 hours. Daylight saving adjustments are not observed.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Know Before you Go' campaign

Vietnam Family Adventure dates & prices

If you would like to do this tour privately just for your family or together with some other families you like to travel with, we can certainly arrange this for you. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
22 Dec, 2016 03 Jan, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
11 Feb, 2017 23 Feb, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
18 Feb, 2017 02 Mar, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
25 Feb, 2017 09 Mar, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
25 Mar, 2017 06 Apr, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
01 Apr, 2017 13 Apr, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
08 Apr, 2017 20 Apr, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
20 May, 2017 01 Jun, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
27 May, 2017 08 Jun, 2017 US$2009 - - Book now
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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE Reviews
Service

Posted Jun 09, 2016
I haven't traveled yet, so it is a bit premature to be giving a rating. That being said, I have been exceedingly impressed with the service I have received to date. No pushy salesmanship just quick and complete answers to all my questions. It shouldn't be hard to give this sort of service, but I have found it lacking elsewhere. And the itinerary looks to be the best for the time we have, really allowing us to see the places we are visiting instead of seeing how many places we can cram in - but I will be able to comment better on that after the trip.
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