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Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos tour, 21 days

Vietnam is one of our most popular destinations. Beautiful landscapes, great food, warm people...what more could you want? 

Via mountainous area we arrive in the quiet and green Laos with its variety of landscapes and temples in Luang Prabang. In Cambodia, there is ample time to explore the temples of Angkor Wat and the capital Phnom Penh. In Vietnam, you visit Hanoi which is surprising and charming city with modern cultural buildings, manicured parks, beautiful French architecture, mixed with chaotic winding roads with countless pedicabs (cyclos), and colorful shops. Take an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay with its dramatic, towering rock formations. In Sa Pa you can hike the green tiered slopes and meet the Hill Tribes. 

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.

There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.

Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!

Itinerary

  1. Hanoi . (Land Begins early afternoon)
  2. Hanoi - Halong Bay
  3. Halong Bay - Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai
  4. Arrival Lao Cai - Sa Pa
  5. Sa Pa
  6. Sa Pa - Muong Lay
  7. Muong Lay - Dien Bien Phu
  8. Dien Bien Phu - Tay Trang/Pang Hok (border) - Muang Khua
  9. Muang Khua - boat to Ban Muang Ngoi
  10. Ban Muang Ngoi - Luang Prabang
  11. Luang Prabang
  12. Luang Prabang - Vientiane
  13. Vientiane
  14. Vientiane - flight to Siem Reap
  15. Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
  16. Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
  17. Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
  18. Phnom Penh
  19. Phnom Penh - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon
  20. Saigon
  21. Saigon (Land ends in evening)

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Hanoi
Day 1 Travel day for most participants
Day 2 arrival Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai

Our tour to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos begins in Hanoi.Traditionally Hanoi has been the political and historical capital of the united Vietnam, but it seems in comparison to Saigon, a provincial town. In the center, little has changed since the fifties, and the character has been well-preserved. You can spend the day strolling and getting the feeling of the atmosphere of the cozy city. In the center is the Hoan Kiem Lake across the Ville Française, the modern center, with department stores, embassies and hotels.

The streets in the old Chinese district are a paradise for souvenir hunters: hand-painted cards, Chinese embroidered flags, paint and wood carvings, antiques, silk products and a hundred and one more great gadgets can be found. Dong Xuan Market is located in the old quarter: here you can find many local food stalls and for a song, all kinds of stocking stuffers, and items that have been out of fashion for us for many years. In the east of the city is the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One-pillar pagoda from the 11th century, the rustic Literature Temple and Ngoc Son Temple.

By bus we drive from Hanoi to the unique natural sight, Halong Bay. A thousand vegetated rocky limestone islands rise from the Gulf of Tonkin. Here we take a beautiful, overnight boat cruise on a modern, wooden cruise boat, where you have your own cabin with bathroom. From the deck enjoy the unprecedented natural beauty of this picturesque water. We dock at a beach to visit one of the numerous caves.

The next day we drive back to Hanoi, where we spend an evening on the night train to Lao Cai, located in the mountainous region on the Chinese border. You stay in a four-sleeper compartment. It is a good idea to bring your own sleep sack. You can pick up a silk sleep sack in the market in Hanoi for about $5.

Lai Chau
Day 5 arrival Lao Cai - Sa Pa
Day 6 Sa Pa
Day 7 Sa Pa - Lai Chau
Day 8 Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu

After arrival in the early morning, we drive by bus to the beautiful green mountains in Sa Pa. The road winds upwards through the mountains while you enjoy lovely views.
Sa Pa has numerous villages of the Hmong, Thailand and Dao minorities in the neighborhood, and serves as a a good base for a hike in the forests surrounding the mountain. Formerly a popular holiday resort for the French, beautiful villas were built here. In the center you see Hmong, Dao and Thai at the market in Sa Pa coming to do their shopping. You come across these mountain tribes, recognizable by their colorful costumes. The next day you can take a hike or jeep tour with a local guide to visit the villages in the vicinity, the May-bridge or the Bac Falls. Via Lao Chau it is a bumpy ride to Dien Bien Phu, where a bloody battle for the independence of Vietnam was fought. The adventurous ride on muddy mountain roads leads through a beautiful area that makes up for the rough ride.

Ban Muang Ngoi

Day 9 Dien Bien Phu - Tay Trang / Pang Hok (border) - Muang Kha
Day 10 Muang Khua, boat to Ban Muang Ngoi
Day 11 Ban Muang Ngoi - Luang Prabang

From the border between Vietnam and Laos at Tay Trang / Pang Hok we drive to Muang Khua, peacefully located on the banks of the Nam Ou River between majestic mountains, where we can wash off the dust from the ride and savor the moment. The next day we sail through the breathtaking scenery of the Nam Ou valleys past waterfalls and we have exceptional views downstream to Ban Muang Ngoi. This idyllic village is situated between limestone cliffs and is a wonderful place for nature lovers and for tranquility. The next day we travel by boat and bus to Luang Prabang in Laos.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Day 12 Luang Prabang
Day 13 Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Day 14 Vientiane

Luang Prabang is an idyllic town on the Mekong, right in the mountainous, rainforest-covered interior of Laos. This peaceful, almost sleepy atmosphere is for many travelers, a soothing oasis. From the Phu Si hill, in the center, you have a magnificent view. In the city you can visit many historical temples. There is so much to see in the area such as the sacred caves of Pak Ou and the Kuang Si waterfall. The many temples are characterized by the roofs hanging nearly to the ground, with lots of detail, such as carvings and mosaics. The former royal palace is now a museum.

After a long day of travel we arrive in Vientiane, situated on the Mekong. It is the smallest capital of Southeast Asia. The old colonial buildings and lively atmosphere of many day trippers from Thailand Vientiane give a nice atmosphere tot his place . You can take all the time to walk around the streets, temples and along the Mekong. The That Luang Stupa, is the main temple complex in the country.

Besides the various temples you will find here include also the Patuxai, the Laotian version of the Arc de Triomphe. The French influences are mainly seen in historic buildings. You can also enjoy a lovely fresh baguette for breakfast. Nice restaurants can be found around the Nam Phou Fountain. A visit to the Nam Ngum dam, 56 miles from Vientiane, is one possibility. Located in a beautiful setting, you can make a nice trip by boat and picnic on one of the islands in the lake.

Siem Reap
Day 15 Vientiane flight to Siem Reap
Day 16 Siem Reap (Angkor)
Day 17 Siem Reap (Angkor)

We fly from Vientiane to Siem Reap. At this cozy place we stay in a centrally located hotel, from where we visit one of the highlights of this trip: the world famous temples of Angkor Wat built in classic Khmer style from the 9th to 12th centuries. You have enough time to explore the many temples and the surrounding area.

A driver with a motorized tuk tuk brings you if you like but you can also rent a bike to explore this magnificent temple complex. The remains of the walled capital of Angkor Thom with the royal palace and the mystical Bayon temple, should not be missed. In the immediate vicinity are also beautiful shrines as Preah Kahn and mysterious overgrown Ta Prohm. Banteay Srei further north has the most beautiful relief work, but the absolute highlight in terms of decoration and architecture is Angkor Wat. This temple was built in the 12th century as a mausoleum for King Suryavarman II and now used as a Buddhist temple. The complex is surrounded by a moat 656 ft wide and is dominated by a 164 fthigh temple tower. Both a visit at sunrise and sunset are a must.

Not only the temples, rural markets and farm villages will keep you engaged. In the evenings you can try one of the many restaurants with delicious food. Have a drink or attend a performance of classical Cambodian dance. 

Phnom Penh
Day 18 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Day 19 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh offers many possibilities, such as a visit to the Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum with many valuable archaeological finds from the Khmer period. This district also contains ancient Buddhist monasteries and other buildings with distinct Khmer features. North of this is, the former “French” part of town, built around a hilltop temple Wat Phnom.

You can enjoy the most charming part of the city on the promenade along the Tonle Sap River, where in the evenings people parade by on foot or on mopeds. Take a seat on a balcony of one of the former societies to enjoy a lovely sunset. Furthermore, a walk around the central market will give you a good impression of the Chinese district with all its hustle and bustle.

Impressive and simultaneously horrifying, are the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the “Killing Fields”, which many visitors, despite the shocking reminder of this horrific past, do not want to skip.

Saigon
Day 20 Phnom Penh - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Saigon
Day 21 Saigon
Day 22 Saigon – land ends
Day 23 Travel day for most participants.

The journey ends in the south of Vietnam, in the overwhelming Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City. On the way here we stop at Tay Ninh, the center of the Cao Dai, one of the most intriguing sects in Vietnam. The Cathedral is a striking building, an extravagant rococo church. Then we drive to a museum reconstructed portion of the Cu Chi tunnels, which in the sixties was a vast opposition stronghold of the Vietcong.

Saigon, is a metropolis with an important port and is the center of industry, trade and international communication. After the division of the country in 1954 Saigon was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam.
The city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the invasion of the northern armies in April 1975, but most tourists still know it as Saigon. To view the city you can walk or take a cyclo. Fine examples of French architecture are the post office, the Hotel de Ville or town hall and the cathedral. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, the historical museum or the Ho Chi Minh Museum. In Chinatown’s Cho Lon, literally "big market" there is a lot of activity and a great place to pick up your last souvenirs!

At the fascinating Ben Thanh market, you can buy everything the average Vietnamese eats, wears or uses. The green, tree-lined streets are filled with an endless stream of motorbikes. The French and later the Americans introduced Western culture and architecture, which is balanced with pagodas and temples. After many new impressions our journey comes to an end.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-19-18Jan-08-19$2,9900 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-16-19
Guaranteed leave
Feb-05-19$2,9907 seatsbook now >
Feb-06-19
Guaranteed leave
Feb-26-19$3,1206 seatsbook now >
Feb-20-19Mar-12-19$3,1200 seats
Mar-13-19Apr-02-19$3,12012 seatsbook now >
Jul-24-19Aug-13-19$3,12020 seatsbook now >
Oct-16-19Nov-05-19$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Nov-06-19Nov-26-19$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Nov-20-19Dec-10-19$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Dec-18-19Jan-07-20$3,05520 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-15-20Feb-04-20$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Feb-05-20Feb-25-20$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Feb-19-20Mar-10-20$3,05520 seatsbook now >
Mar-11-20Mar-31-20$2,99020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Indochina tour package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings, tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program, domestic flights, breakfast.
 

Price excludes

Excluded from our Indochina tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Vietnam tourist visa, Cambodia tourist visa, Laos tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G"  (Most Likely to GO)

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" are MOST LIKELY TO GO based on this trip's past booking history, for a similar date. Before booking your flights it is important that you check with us to see if the group has enough participants for the trip to GO. However, Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, which might include a booking cancellation after the trip has been deemed to have sufficient bookings for a "GO". 

Cost Overview

Costs are listed in U.S. Dollars

Single room from:  $390

Estimated Out of Pocket Costs Weekly (for meals, excursions and extra not listed as included)   $190

   
Extension hotel city  HANOI
Double room total from  $85
Single room from  $70

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - In our Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos tour rooms have been reserved at central, comfortable hotels. Several places are simple hotels and guesthouses. The double rooms have a private shower and toilet and are usually air conditioned, sometimes with a fan or blower. It is not necessary to bring a mosquito net. In many hotels there is the possibility to wash clothes.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Ban Muang Ngoi Lattanavongsa Guesthouse
Luang Prabang  River Lodge
Siem Reap  Neak Pean Hotel
Phnom Penh  Dara Reang Sey Hotel
Saigon  Saigon Star Hotel

 
Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals - During our Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos tour breakfast is included in the trip cost, with the exception of the breakfast in China. In Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, you can expect baguettes served with butter, jam, eggs or spreadable cheese. Food lovers will have a good selection for breakfast. Furthermore you yourself can decide what, where and with whom you will eat. The tour leader can offer suggestions. Please note: one must get used to eating with chopsticks in these areas. The basic ingredient of local meals is rice. There is a large variety of tasty beef, fish and vegetables dishes, heavily spiced, often with fresh coriander and ginger.

Vietnamese cuisine has almost 500 traditional dishes. The food is fantastic.  Some of the favorites include small egg-rolls with a variety of fillings. For the main course, you can choose from dishes with rice, meat or fish. Pho is a popular soup with noodles, vegetables, fish and usually meat. It is served throughout the day, even in the morning. There are also Chinese restaurants and some European dishes on the menus. Vietnamese restaurant are quite plain and appear to be messy, but the food is excellent and trustworthy. Tea is the favored beverage. Coffee is available most places, as are bottled water and soft drinks.

A traditional menu item in Cambodia is amok fish (fish served in a coconut in coconut sauce). The baguettes are remarkable and a reminder of the earlier French colonies. In larger towns, you can find many places with Western cuisine.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Singapore airlines
NL participants arrive: Hanoi 11:40 AM
NL participants depart: HCM 19:50 PM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - Throughout our Indochina tour we use own (mini) bus. which has the advantage that we can stop regularly in the villages and places that we pass, for example, to visit a local market or to take a photo. Throughout the year buses include air conditioning.The route from Vientiane - Phnomh Penh we make with the plane, with a stopover in Pakse. We travel by night train from Hanoi to Sa Pa, where berths are reserved in quad coupes. A beautiful boat journey takes us from Muang Khua to Ban Muang Ngoi.Most hotels are centrally located distances in cities easily overcome by bike or walking. Sa Pa is ideal for walks.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Indochina tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English)
  • City-to-city transport by private bus, sometimes internal flights, trains or boats
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Excursions according to program
  • Time-saving flight from Vientiane to Phnom Penh
  • Local guide
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Boat trip to Ban Muang Ngoi
  • International group - all ages 

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date.

While you are traveling

Vietnam

Local Currency:  Vietnam=Dong
ATM Machines:  Widely available
Cash accepted: Dollars. Smaller denominations. Newer bills 
Credit cards :  Not accepted

Cambodia

Local Currency:  Cambodian Riel 
ATM Machines:  Widely available
Cash accepted:  Dollars. Smaller denominations. Newer bills 
Credit cards : Not accepted

Laos

Local Currency: KIP
ATM Machines:  In most cities
Cash accepted:  Dollars. Smaller denominations. Newer bills 
Credit cards :  Not accepted


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Indochina tour the following excursions are included in the program:

  • Boat trip with overnight stay by Halong Bay. See the curious rock formations that protrude above the water surface.Enjoy floating on the water or from the deck of the beautiful views. The meals are included.

On the way on our Indochina tour, our bus stops at a number of places where you will need to pay entry fees:

  • Tay Ninh, center of the Cao Dai, one of the most intriguing sects in Vietnam
  • Cu Chi tunnels from the Vietnam War, a vast opposition stronghold of the Vietcong.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Vietnam tourist visa needed?  YES Consulate link Visa form
Cambodia tourist visa needed?  YES Consulate link Visa form
Laos tourist visa needed? YES Consulate link Visa form 


Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • DTP vaccinations, typhoid and hepatitis A
  • Malaria tablets

Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when you travel to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Vietnam tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Vietnam tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our tour to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training. On this trip a local Vietnam tour guide will also assist us in and will explain about the customs, religious influences and cultural aspects of the area.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

The expansiveness and various terrains in Vietnam are distinguished by different climates. South and Central Vietnam have a warm tropical climate with temperatures between 65° and 90°F. The North enjoys a subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The temperature in Hanoi, for example, fall between 60° and 90°F. In Sa Pa it is, on average, several degrees cooler. In the winter months it can even get cold. There are two different rainy periods. Between October and April is a relatively wet period in the northern part of Vietnam stretching to the central area near Da Nang. From May to October, in the South, you will find warm, wet weather. In the rainy period there are regular downpours at the end of the afternoon and at night. The quantity ranges, however, from region to region. China is one of the largest countries in the world and has very diverse geographical and climate characteristics. Because of the vastness of the country, you can encounter various climate changes.  Rain frequently falls at the end of the day and at night. The downpours are generally short and hard and the cloud cover is in this period frequently dense. Laos and Cambodia have a tropical climate. The rainy season runs from June to September. There is then no long-term rainfall, but possibly one or two spectacular rain bursts per day, generally at the end of the day or at night. Rain makes nature in this period a splendid, lush green. Afterward it is clear and cool. After February it becomes hotter. In the jungle in these months it can be quite misty.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

 

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Highlights

  • Travel in Indochina with unique combination of countries 
  • Includes tour leader (speaks Dutch & English) 
  • Service of a local Vietnam tour guide
  • Travel through the unspoilled north of Vietnam and Laos
  • Boat trip to Ban Muang Ngoi
  • Breakfast included
  • International group - all ages