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Grand Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 Star Vietnam

Operated by TripADeal
Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City & more
Uncover Vietnam's hidden treasures on a luxury small-group tour
Explore Hanoi, Hoi An, Lan Ha Bay off Cat Ba Island & more
Dates: 5 Oct 2024 - 15 Dec 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
1-night luxury Lan Ha Bay cruise in a Junior Suite
9 nights 5-star hotel & 2 nights Eco Retreat accommodation
Enjoy 16 meals including all while cruising
Overview
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Overview

Discover Vietnam on a 5-star luxury journey taking you through an unforgettable discovery of beautiful landscapes, ancient wonders and modern marvels.

Begin your adventure with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you’ll find ancient temples, colonial architecture and vibrant markets with street food vendors who will tempt your taste buds with fresh Vietnamese flavours. Don’t miss out on Hanoi’s world-famous pho, crusty baguettes or a freshly-made banh mi. Travel into Pu Luong Nature Reserve to unveil the daily rhythms of Vietnam’s agricultural life among scenic terraced rice fields, discover Mai Chau’s traditional stilt villages and visit remote ethnic communities as you wander along age-old buffalo trails.

You'll then step onboard a luxury overnight cruise among the UNESCO World Heritage soaring limestone karsts and emerald-green islands of Ha Long Bay. Explore fascinating Cat Ba Island, relax in elegant cabins, enjoy delicious meals and unwind on the sundeck under the dazzling sunset colours of Halong Bay.

Afterwards, step back in time as you stroll through the ancient streetscapes of UNESCO-listed Hoi An where you can marvel at well-preserved ornate temples, visit the bustling central marketplace, and cross the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge! Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Hoi An further or participate in an optional activity, such as a cooking class in Tra Que Village or visiting My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed archaeological site. After breakfast, you will be transferred to your flight to Ho Chi Minh City for a fascinating blend of history, culture and modernity. Uncover Vietnam's turbulent past at Cu Chi Tunnels, sightsee among the city’s iconic landmarks, shop for souvenirs in designer malls and hawker markets, or explore the charming riverfront towns of the Mekong Delta and more.

Experience the wonders of Vietnam with return international full-service flights, two internal flights, an overnight cruise, 9 nights of 5-star hotel accommodation, 2 nights at an Eco Retreat, 16 meals and more.

Want more? Choose the 17-day itinerary with a Siem Reap and Angkor Wat extension.

Please Note: The 2024 $150pp Flash Sale discount is valid until midnight on Thursday 18th of July 2024, unless sold out prior.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy small group touring with no more 20 travellers per departure
  • Experience the welcoming hospitality and culture of Vietnam
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Hanoi’s beautiful Old Quarter
  • Visit a traditional stilt village in Mai Chau
  • Explore the stunning nature and quaint villages of Pu Luong Reserve
  • Visit the traditional Thai Village of Kho Muong and Dong Dieng
  • Sail among the tranquil waters and limestone islands of Lan Ha Bay
  • Enjoy a boat ride through Dark and Bright Grotto known for the stunning limestone structures and natural habitat
  • Visit the Trung Trang Cave, one of the most impressive caves in Cat Ba Island
  • Enjoy a bamboo rowboat ride through the beautiful wetland and towering limestone peaks of Van Long
  • Discover the quaint streets, ancient shrines and hospitable ambience of Hoi An on a guided walking tour
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
  • Two internal flights from Hanoi to Danang, and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
CRUISE
  • Overnight luxury cruise in Lan Ha Bay
ACCOMMODATION
  • 9 nights of 5-star hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights of accommodation in the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve
  • 1-night luxury Lan Ha Bay cruise
DINING
  • Enjoy 16 meals, including daily breakfast
ESSENTIAL
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers
17-DAY PACKAGE WITH SIEM REAP EXTENSION

All of the above, plus the following:

  • 3 nights of 5-star hotel accommodation
  • An international flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Full-day tour of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex
  • 4 additional meals including a traditional Cambodian dinner with an Apsara dance show
Itinerary 1
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Hanoi, Vietnam

Today you'll depart from Australia (or New Zealand) for Hanoi City, Vietnam.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.

The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. Much of the city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be available to depart the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks before departure.

Overnight: Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Hanoi Half-Day Walking Tour

Today after breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarters which is famous for its “36 guild streets”. Each guild street housed merchants specialized in a particular trade. The street names here still reflect these specializations, such as Hàng Bông (Cotton Street), Hàng Gai (Silk or Hemp Street) and so on.

Many of the buildings carry a great deal of French charm, with some of them closely resembling famous Parisian landmarks, like the Hanoi Opera House (resembling Palais Garnier) and St. Joseph Cathedral (resembling the Notre Dame de Paris). Trang Tien Plaza which is elaborated in elegant French style of architecture is an iconic landmark Hanoi set at the corner of Hoan Kiem Lake right in the heart of Hanoi.

You will also visit Hanoi train street, the single-track railway that runs through the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter has been there since the 20th century, during the French colonial period which has nowadays become so popular on social media.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure or alternatively take part in an optional activity.

Optional Activity: Bat Trang Ceramic Tour - $60 AUD per person

This afternoon enjoy a half-day tour which takes you to the most famous and long-established pottery village in Vietnam - Bat Trang. Not only renowned as a traditional pottery village, but Bat Trang has also become a well-known tourist attraction in Hanoi. Visitors will have the chance to take a leisure drive along the bank of the Red River, unveil natural sceneries, admire the old-age process of making pottery and make your own products on this half-day tour.

Overnight: Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong

This morning after breakfast, drive to Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around 3.5 hours. Along the way pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.

Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a traditional stilt house, then enjoy a walk around a local village. You will have a chance to see stilt houses - the dominant structure and home to many of the local people. These traditional stilt houses, “pure Thai” space with clean water, water construction which creates a comfortable and safe feeling. In Mai Chau visitors can’t help but enjoy the feel of the fresh air and peaceful life.

In the afternoon, continue onwards to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breathtaking mountain pass with views of the whole valley. Arrive at the accommodation in the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.

Please note: Due to the remote location of Pu Luong, 5 star accommodation is unavailable in this area so you will be staying at a boutique 3 star eco retreat situated in the heart of the nature reserve with sweeping views of the countryside.

Overnight: Bocbandi Retreat or similar

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 4 Kho Muong & Dong Dieng Village

After breakfast this morning, drive a short distance from the retreat to Dong Dieng village, enjoying beautiful valley views of terrace rice fields along the way. Here you will enjoy a leisurely hike to the neighboring Kho Muong village along the buffalo trails (approx 2 hour walk).

Kho Muong is a remote village nested in the wild valley in the core zone of Pu Luong nature reserve. The hamlet is surrounded by mountains of green primeval jungles and the home to 60 households with three hundred inhabitants of white Thai hill tribe.

Here you can enjoy lunch in a traditional stilt house (not included) before walking back to your hotel accommodation (approx 2 hour walk). Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Bocbandi Retreat or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Pu Luong – Ninh Binh

This morning, after breakfast, you'll travel to Ninh Binh Province and visit Van Long Nature Reserve. Stop en route at a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin a walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from the river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.

After lunch enjoy a bamboo rowboat ride and see the beautiful wetland of Van Long, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies, lotus pond and towering limestone mountain peaks.

Finish the day at your hotel in Ninh Binh where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ninh Binh Legend or similar

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Ninh Binh – Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then depart for Ha Long Bay, travelling through the scenic countryside along the way. Upon arrival you will be transferred by speedboat/tender to the 'Indochine' Cruise and enjoy a welcome drink, a cruise briefing and safety instructions followed by a delicious buffet lunch.

After lunch visit the Dark and Bright Grotto (also known as Bat Cave) known for the stunning limestone structures at every turn and interesting natural habitat. The best way to explore this cave is by Kayak or bamboo sampan driven by local people (this is included and the choice is yours) through the grotto so you will spend most of your time relaxing and enjoying the quiet and natural place. This is a UNESCO Heritage site and also part of the nature reserve area of Cat Ba National Park.

Anchor overnight this evening and enjoy a cooking demonstration led by the Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef will show you how to decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese foods. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and evening aboard the cruise.

Please note:
• Due to cruising conditions, itineraries may change without prior notice.
• Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

Overnight: Indochine Cruise or similar, Lan Ha Bay

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Lan Ha Bay – Ha Long - fly to Danang- Hoi An

Wake up early and see daylight filtering through the mist and towering rock formations, leaving you with a dream-like memory of your visit to Lan Ha Bay and perhaps take part in a Tai Chi class on the boat's deck. This morning, visit the Trung Trang Cave known locally as “gold treasure” with many unique things and one of the most impressive caves on Cat Ba island. Return to the cruise and enjoy breakfast before you head back to the mainland.

On arrival at Indochina Sails Pier at Tuan Chau Port, transfer to the Hanoi Airport for a flight to Da Nang International Airport. Upon arrival, be met by your local guide and drive onwards to the ancient coastal city of Hoi An (approximately 50 kilometers). Hoi An, a charming and elegant town with a rich history, is often considered Vietnam's most captivating destination. As a former bustling port, Hoi An's grand architecture and picturesque riverside setting are a testament to its cultural heritage, while its lack of traffic and pollution provides a serene and peaceful environment for visitors to immerse themselves in the town's unique charm.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Hoi An Half Day Walking Tour

Today, take the morning to relax at leisure or you may take part in one of the below optional activities (you may only choose one optional activity).

This afternoon, set off with your local guide on a walking tour to discover the quaint streets, ancient shrines and hospitable ambience of Hoi An, an old town that stretches along the Thu Bon River on the south-central coast of Vietnam. Visit Temple Kwan and Phuc Kien Temple, see Tan Ky Ancient House and Phung Hung House, one of the most famous architectural buildings in Hoi An. Gain an insight into the local heritage, and view several Cham artefacts and photographs before continuing on to the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link it with the Chinese quarters.

Finish the day back at the hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Optional Activity: Tra Que Village Cooking Class - $90 AUD per person

After breakfast, ride a bicycle to Hoi An’s colourful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients that will be used in the cooking lesson later, so make sure your camera is handy. Bike onwards to Tra Que vegetable village where you can enjoy a nice refreshing welcome drink then walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields, using the traditional methods they have been using for hundreds of years, no electrical machinery here.

Continue onwards to a nearby restaurant. Here a local chef will help you learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food like: Tra Que Vegetable Salad, Tam Huu (spring onion rolls), Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake) & Hoi An fresh spring rolls. Finish off with a delicious lunch of traditional dishes you have prepared yourself!

Please note: Passengers who are not comfortable on a bicycle, a complimentary vehicle transfer can be arranged for this day so you may still take part in included market visit and cooking class.

Optional Tour: My Son Holy Land Half Day Tour - $90 AUD per person

Depart early for the journey to My Son (approx 40 kilometres, 75 minutes), one of the most extensive collections of Cham remains and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom and is believed to be the longest-inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. Honourably recognised as a World Heritage in 1999, My Son Holy Land is captivating in various cultural values. Therefore, it is extremely useful and meaningful for those interested in Southeast Asian culture, which owes its core to ancient Cham culture, to drop off the land. Although time and the wars have destroyed some towers, the remaining sculptural and architectural remnants still reflect the style and history of the art of the Chăm people. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture of the Chăm, as well as of Southeast Asia.

This tour includes transfers to and from My Son Holy Land, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee and mineral water.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Hoi An Free Day

Today, enjoy a day free at leisure to explore this fascinating town. Alternatively, you can take part in another optional activity.

Optional Activity: Ba Na Hills, full Day Tour - $170 AUD per person

Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and travel to Ba Na Hill Station on the outskirts of Danang. Take a cable car to Ba Na Hills to enjoy amazing views. Here you will visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), a flower garden - Le Jardin D’amour, Linh Ung Pagoda, a wax statue museum and the iconic Golden Bridge.

Follow your guide to the natural Monkey garden and take the opportunity to conquer The God Mountain at 1487 meters of altitude over sea level, which is the highest peak in central Vietnam. Then, have a fun time at Fantasy Park – The Entertainment Paradise where you will discover many exciting games, a ghost house and 4D Theatre.

In the afternoon, return to Hoi An where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This tour includes transfers to and from your hotel to Ba Na Hills, English speaking tour guide, cable car ticket, lunch and mineral water.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Danang airport for your onwards flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) which is located in the south of the country.

Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a vibrant metropolis that embodies the essence of Vietnam - a fusion of fast-paced commerce and rich cultural heritage. This lively city is a whirlwind of chaos that captivates all who experience it, with its dynamic energy and vibrancy.

Wander through the city's winding alleys to discover ancient temples suffused with the scent of incense, before exploring modern designer malls that sit beneath towering skyscrapers. The city's turbulent history is evident in its architecture, which has borne witness to many significant events. However, the real beauty of this former Saigon lies in the seamless blending of the old and new, creating an exciting and diverse urban landscape.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Today head out approximately 60 kilometres outside the city to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the country’s long fight for independence. The hidden tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by foreign troops and was at one stage home to around 10,000 people.

View the remains of American tanks and numerous bomb craters before returning to Ho Chi Minh City where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Free Day

After breakfast today you are free to explore Ho Chi Minh City to discover some main attractions of the city on your own or take part in an optional tour (not included).


Optional Activity: Mekong Delta Day Tour - $70 AUD per person

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and travel approximately one and a half hours to the city of My Tho on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival, board a motor boat and cruise along the river to Xep Canal, where you will transfer to canoes in order to navigate the smaller canals. These canals are lovely places where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family’s home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers.


Afterwards, continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This tour includes transfers to and from your hotel, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, lunch, boat trip and mineral water.


Please note: This tour involves travel in smaller traditional river boats, which may be difficult for less mobile and/or elderly travellers to get in and out of.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for the flight back to Australia (or New Zealand).

Please note: Standard checkout time is 12:00 and for travellers with an afternoon or evening flight, luggage storage will be available at reception so you may explore Ho Chi Minh City at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Itinerary 2
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) - Hanoi, Vietnam

Today you'll depart from Australia (or New Zealand) for Hanoi City, Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.

The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. Much of the city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be available to depart the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents, issued 4-6 weeks before departure.

Overnight: Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Hanoi Half-Day Walking Tour

Today after breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarters which is famous for its “36 guild streets”. Each guild street housed merchants specialized in a particular trade. The street names here still reflect these specializations, such as Hàng Bông (Cotton Street), Hàng Gai (Silk or Hemp Street) and so on.

Many of the buildings carry a great deal of French charm, with some of them closely resembling famous Parisian landmarks, like the Hanoi Opera House (resembling Palais Garnier) and St. Joseph Cathedral (resembling the Notre Dame de Paris). Trang Tien Plaza which is elaborated in elegant French style of architecture is an iconic landmark Hanoi set at the corner of Hoan Kiem Lake right in the heart of Hanoi.

You will also visit Hanoi train street, the single-track railway that runs through the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter has been there since the 20th century, during the French colonial period which has nowadays become so popular on social media.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure or alternatively take part in an optional activity.

Optional Activity: Bat Trang Ceramic Tour - $60 AUD per person

This afternoon enjoy a half-day tour which takes you to the most famous and long-established pottery village in Vietnam - Bat Trang. Not only renowned as a traditional pottery village, but Bat Trang has also become a well-known tourist attraction in Hanoi. Visitors will have the chance to take a leisure drive along the bank of the Red River, unveil natural sceneries, admire the old-age process of making pottery and make your own products on this half-day tour.

Overnight: Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong

This morning after breakfast, drive to Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around 3.5 hours. Along the way pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.

Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a traditional stilt house, then enjoy a walk around a local village. You will have a chance to see stilt houses - the dominant structure and home to many of the local people. These traditional stilt houses, “pure Thai” space with clean water, water construction which creates a comfortable and safe feeling. In Mai Chau visitors can’t help but enjoy the feel of the fresh air and peaceful life.

In the afternoon, continue onwards to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breathtaking mountain pass with views of the whole valley. Arrive at the accommodation in the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.

Please note: Due to the remote location of Pu Luong, 5 star accommodation is unavailable in this area so you will be staying at a boutique 3 star eco retreat situated in the heart of the nature reserve with sweeping views of the countryside.

Overnight: Bocbandi Retreat or similar

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 4 Kho Muong & Dong Dieng Village

After breakfast this morning, drive a short distance from the retreat to Dong Dieng village, enjoying beautiful valley views of terrace rice fields along the way. Here you will enjoy a leisurely hike to the neighboring Kho Muong village along the buffalo trails (approx 2 hour walk).

Kho Muong is a remote village nested in the wild valley in the core zone of Pu Luong nature reserve. The hamlet is surrounded by mountains of green primeval jungles and the home to 60 households with three hundred inhabitants of white Thai hill tribe.

Here you can enjoy lunch in a traditional stilt house (not included) before walking back to your hotel accommodation (approx 2 hour walk). Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Bocbandi Retreat or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Pu Luong – Ninh Binh

This morning after breakfast travel to Ninh Binh Province and visit Van Long, Nature reserve. Stop en route at a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin a walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from the river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.

After lunch enjoy a bamboo rowboat ride and see the beautiful wetland of Van Long, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies, lotus pond and towering limestone mountain peaks.

Finish the day at your hotel in Ninh Binh where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ninh Binh Legend or similar

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 6 Ninh Binh – Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then depart for Ha Long Bay, travelling through the scenic countryside along the way. Upon arrival you will be transferred by speedboat/tender to the 'Indochine' Cruise and enjoy a welcome drink, a cruise briefing and safety instructions followed by a delicious buffet lunch.

After lunch visit the Dark and Bright Grotto (also known as Bat Cave) known for the stunning limestone structures at every turn and interesting natural habitat. The best way to explore this cave is by Kayak or bamboo sampan driven by local people (this is included and the choice is yours) through the grotto so you will spend most of your time relaxing and enjoying the quiet and natural place. This is a UNESCO Heritage site and also part of the nature reserve area of Cat Ba National Park.

Anchor overnight this evening and enjoy a cooking demonstration led by the Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef will show you how to decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese foods. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and evening aboard the cruise.

Please note:
• Due to cruising conditions, itineraries may change without prior notice.
• Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

Overnight: Indochine Cruise or similar, Lan Ha Bay

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Lan Ha Bay – Ha Long - Fly Danang - Hoi An

Wake up early and see daylight filtering through the mist and towering rock formations, leaving you with a dream-like memory of your visit to Lan Ha Bay and perhaps take part in a Tai Chi class on the boat's deck. This morning, visit the Trung Trang Cave known locally as “gold treasure” with many unique things and one of the most impressive caves on Cat Ba island. Return to the cruise and enjoy breakfast before you head back to the mainland.

On arrival at Indochina Sails Pier at Tuan Chau Port, transfer to the Hanoi Airport for a flight to Da Nang International Airport. Upon arrival, be met by your local guide and drive onwards to the ancient coastal city of Hoi An (approximately 50 kilometers). Hoi An, a charming and elegant town with a rich history, is often considered Vietnam's most captivating destination. As a former bustling port, Hoi An's grand architecture and picturesque riverside setting are a testament to its cultural heritage, while its lack of traffic and pollution provides a serene and peaceful environment for visitors to immerse themselves in the town's unique charm.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Hoi An Half-Day Walking Tour

Today, take the morning to relax at leisure or you may take part in one of the below optional activities (you may only choose one optional activity).

This afternoon, set off with your local guide on a walking tour to discover the quaint streets, ancient shrines and hospitable ambience of Hoi An, an old town that stretches along the Thu Bon River on the south-central coast of Vietnam. Visit Temple Kwan and Phuc Kien Temple, see Tan Ky Ancient House and Phung Hung House, one of the most famous architectural buildings in Hoi An. Gain an insight into the local heritage, and view several Cham artefacts and photographs before continuing on to the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link it with the Chinese quarters.

Finish the day back at the hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Optional Activity: Tra Que Village Cooking Class - $90 AUD per person

After breakfast, ride a bicycle to Hoi An’s colourful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients that will be used in the cooking lesson later, so make sure your camera is handy. Bike onwards to Tra Que vegetable village where you can enjoy a nice refreshing welcome drink then walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields, using the traditional methods they have been using for hundreds of years, no electrical machinery here.

Continue onwards to a nearby restaurant. Here a local chef will help you learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food like: Tra Que Vegetable Salad, Tam Huu (spring onion rolls), Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake) & Hoi An fresh spring rolls. Finish off with a delicious lunch of traditional dishes you have prepared yourself!

Please note: Passengers who are not comfortable on a bicycle, a complimentary vehicle transfer can be arranged for this day so you may still take part in included market visit and cooking class.

Optional Tour: My Son Holy Land Half Day Tour - $90 AUD per person

Depart early for the journey to My Son (approx 40 kilometres, 75 minutes), one of the most extensive collections of Cham remains and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom and is believed to be the longest-inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. Honourably recognised as a World Heritage in 1999, My Son Holy Land is captivating in various cultural values. Therefore, it is extremely useful and meaningful for those interested in Southeast Asian culture, which owes its core to ancient Cham culture, to drop off the land. Although time and the wars have destroyed some towers, the remaining sculptural and architectural remnants still reflect the style and history of the art of the Chăm people. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture of the Chăm, as well as of Southeast Asia.

This tour includes transfers to and from My Son Holy Land, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee and mineral water.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Hoi An Free Day

Today, enjoy a day free at leisure to explore this fascinating town. Alternatively, you can take part in another optional activity.

Optional Activity: Ba Na Hills, full Day Tour - $170 AUD per person

Early this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and travel to Ba Na Hill Station on the outskirts of Danang. Take a cable car to Ba Na Hills to enjoy amazing views. Here you will visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), a flower garden - Le Jardin D’amour, Linh Ung Pagoda, a wax statue museum and the iconic Golden Bridge.

Follow your guide to the natural Monkey garden and take the opportunity to conquer The God Mountain at 1487 meters of altitude over sea level, which is the highest peak in central Vietnam. Then, have a fun time at Fantasy Park – The Entertainment Paradise where you will discover many exciting games, a ghost house and 4D Theatre.

In the afternoon, return to Hoi An where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This tour includes transfers to and from your hotel to Ba Na Hills, English speaking tour guide, cable car ticket, lunch and mineral water.

Overnight: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Danang airport for your onwards flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) which is located in the south of the country.

Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a vibrant metropolis that embodies the essence of Vietnam - a fusion of fast-paced commerce and rich cultural heritage. This lively city is a whirlwind of chaos that captivates all who experience it, with its dynamic energy and vibrancy.

Wander through the city's winding alleys to discover ancient temples suffused with the scent of incense, before exploring modern designer malls that sit beneath towering skyscrapers. The city's turbulent history is evident in its architecture, which has borne witness to many significant events. However, the real beauty of this former Saigon lies in the seamless blending of the old and new, creating an exciting and diverse urban landscape.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Today head out approximately 60 kilometres outside the city to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the country’s long fight for independence. The hidden tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by foreign troops and was at one stage home to around 10,000 people.

View the remains of American tanks and numerous bomb craters before returning to Ho Chi Minh City where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Free Day

After breakfast today you are free to explore Ho Chi Minh City to discover some main attractions of the city on your own or take part in an optional tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Mekong Delta Day Tour - $60 AUD per person

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and travel approximately one and a half hours to the city of My Tho on the banks of the Mekong.

Upon arrival, board a motor boat and cruise along the river to Xep Canal, where you will transfer to canoes in order to navigate the smaller canals.

These canals are lovely places where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family’s home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers.

Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included).

In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This tour includes transfers to and from your hotel, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, lunch, boat trip and mineral water.

Please note: This tour involves travel in smaller traditional river boats, which may be difficult for less mobile and/or elderly travellers to get in and out of.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for the flight onwards to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Siem Reap, known as the gateway to the temples of Angkor, was always destined for greatness. While visitors come here primarily to witness the temples, there are numerous other activities to partake in around the city once you've had your fill. Siem Reap has transformed itself into the hub of fashionable Cambodia, offering a plethora of trendy hotels, top-tier dining featuring a variety of cuisines, luxurious spas, excellent shopping, local tours for foodies and adventurers alike.

Please note: Standard checkout time is 12:00 and for travellers with an afternoon or evening flight, luggage storage will be available at reception so you may explore Ho Chi Minh City at leisure before transferring to the airport for your onwards flight.

Overnight: Somadevi Angkor Boutique or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Angkor Wat Full-Day Tour

After breakfast at hotel, Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We will also visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.

Finish the day back in Siem Reap and tonight enjoy traditional Cambodian buffet with an Apsara dance performance.

Please Note: During the visit of the Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat Temple.

- Visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees (no short, miniskirt or short trousers).

- Visitors have to be in the queue and waiting to climb up the Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat.

- Children under twelve years old are not allowed to climb up this tower.

- It will be closed on the Buddhist Sabbath Days, the Buddhist religious days (four days a month). The tour will be swapped to the following day if this happens.

Overnight: Somadevi Angkor Boutique or similar

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 15 Siem Reap Free Day

Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore Siem Reap.

Overnight: Somadevi Angkor Boutique or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Siem Reap - Australia (or New Zealand)

Today transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for the flight back to Australia (or New Zealand).

Please note: Standard checkout time is 12:00 and for travellers with an afternoon or evening flight, luggage storage will be available at reception so you may explore Siem Reap at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Arrive Australia or (New Zealand)

Important Info

Booking information
 
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase. Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.

Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY 
Covid-19 Booking Policy  
TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website.
 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable directly to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 
 
Offer essentials
 
This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 15th December 2025.
 
This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement  
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
• 14-Day Package: $1,000
• 17-Day Package: $1,300
Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability. 
 
Departure Dates 
2024
September: 17, 26
October: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24
November: °7, °14, °*27
December: °^4, °^11, °^^12, °^^17, °^^18 
 
2025 
January: °^7, °^16
February: °6, °12, °13, °18, °20, °°26, °27
March: °6, °10, °13, °20, °24
April: °3, °10, °°15
May: 1, 5, 8, 13, 15, 19, 22, 27
June: 3, 5, 9, 12, *17, *19, *23, *26
July: ^7, ^21
August: 4, 12, 18, 26
September: 8, 16, *22
October: °*6, °*20, °28
November: °3, °11, °17
December: °^2, °^15
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability. 
 
Surcharges  
Please note: 
• Dates/months with a ° incur a high season surcharge of $100 per person.
• Dates/months with a °° incur a high season surcharge of $200 per person.
• Dates/months with a * incur a peak season surcharge of $300 per person.
• Dates/months with a ^ incur a peak season surcharge of $500 per person. 
• Dates/months with a ^^ incur a peak season surcharge of $850 per person.  
 
Flights

Departure Cities     
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, Perth or *Auckland. 
 
Departure City Surcharges  
• Brisbane or Adelaide: $250 per person
• Auckland: $550 per person 
 
International Full-Service Airline(s) Used  
• Cabin Class: Economy class.
• Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Eva Air and partners (subject to availability).
Please note: TripADeal cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Missed Flights   
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you will miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 
 
Preferred Airline Surcharge  
• Cabin Class: Economy class.
• Cathay Pacific: $500 per person.
• Singapore Airlines: $600 per person.
Please note:
• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased Preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the Preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners.  
 
Internal Flights (Vietnam & Cambodia)  
• Cabin Class: Economy class.
• Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor, Bamboo Airlines or VietJet. 
 
Arrive Early in Hanoi, Vietnam  
$300 per person, subject to availability. 
High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• Arrivals before your selected departure date can only be booked up to one month before check-in. Should you wish to arrive earlier, please contact TripADeal to request availability. *Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):
9th February 2024
18th March 2024 - 30th April 2024
1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024
23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024
6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025 
28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025
16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
15th September 2025 - 12th October. 2025
1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026 
 
Stay Behind Options 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Standard Package Only) - $300 per person, subject to availability. 
Siem Reap, Cambodia (Extension Package Only) - $300 per person, subject to availability (only available for purchases over the phone).
High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact TripADeal to request availability. *Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):
9th February 2024
18th March 2024 - 30th April 2024
1st June 2024 - 14th August 2024
23rd September 2024 - 20th October 2024
6th December 2024 - 31st January 2025
28th March 2025 - 27th April 2025
16th June 2025 - 20th July 2025
15th September 2025 - 12th October 2025
1st December 2025 - 31st January 2026 
 
Stopover Packages  
* Singapore
* Hong Kong
Twin share: $1,200 per person/one way.
Solo Traveller: $1,800 one way.
Includes:
• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation.
• Daily breakfast.
• Return airport transfers.
Please note: 
• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.
• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.
• Stopover packages are subject to availability.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased guaranteed airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the guaranteed airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
1st March 2024 - 10th March 2024
1st September 2024 - 30th September 2024 
 
Flight Class Upgrades  
Business Class or Premium Economy: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout. 
Please note:
• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration. 
 
Domestic Flight Information  
Baggage allowance per person:
• Hand carry-on luggage: 7 kilograms.
• Checked baggage allowance: 20 kilograms. 
 
Accommodation

Accommodation Used 
5-Star Hotels (Self-Rated) 
• Hanoi: Pan Pacific Hotel or similar.
• Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh Legend or similar.
• Hoi An: KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An or similar.
• Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel Saigon or similar.
• Extension - Siem Reap: Somadevi Angkor Boutique Executive Deluxe or similar. 
 
3-Star Hotels (Self-Rated) 
• Pu Luong Nature Reserve: Bocbandi Retreat or similar. 
 
No Star Rating 
• Lan Ha Bay Overnight Cruise: 'Indochine' Cruise - Junior Suite.
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel. 
 
Extra Nights  
Not available at check-out.  
 
Maximum Room Capacity  
2 people. 
 
Child Policy  
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed. 
 
Triple Share  
Not available. 
 
General information
 
Minimum group size 5, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
Please note: A small group tour is defined as a tour with no more than 20 travellers per vehicle. 
 
Optional Tours/Activities  
• Day 2 Hanoi: Private Tour Bat Trang Ceramic Half-Day tour - $60 Per Person.
• Day 8 Hoi An: Cooking Class at Tra Que Village - $90 Per Person.
• Day 8 Hoi An: Private Tour to My Son - $90 Per Person.
• Day 9 Hoi An: Private Tour to Ba Na Hill - $170 per person.
• Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Joined Tour Mekong Delta - $70 per person.
Please note:
• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
• The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone before submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability). 
 
Exclusions
 
• Visa fees and requirements.
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer.
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer.
• Highly recommended gratuities/tipping.
• Optional activities/tours.
• Personal expenses.
• Travel insurance. 
 
Other important information
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER 
Tour Guide 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES 
Hanoi  
Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, with 4 distinct seasons. Summer, from May until August, is characterised by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall usually falling in the afternoons. September to October is Autumn, characterised by a decrease in temperature and precipitation. Winter, from November to January, is dry and cool by national standards. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in winter, averaging only 1.5 hours of sunshine per day in February and March. 
 
Ho Chi Minh City  
The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with an average humidity of 78–82%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres annually (about 150 rainy days per year falling primarily in the afternoons), usually begins in May and ends in late October. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28°C, with little variation throughout the year.
 
FLIGHTS 
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points 
At TripADeal, we do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information. 
 
Passport Validity 
Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.
 
COACH TOUR 
Meals 
15 meals in total are included in the package. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to. 
 
Luggage 
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.
 
OTHER 
Mobility 
If you would love to travel with TripADeal and require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf. 
 
Fitness Level Required 
A leisurely level of fitness will be required. Leisurely is described as light walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility. 
Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 
 
Gratuities/Tipping 
Land 
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The highly recommended tip if you are happy with the services received is $10 AUD per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected whilst on tour.
Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment. There's no need to be intimidated by the request. 
 
Sightseeing 
Please note: If the entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability). 
 
Shopping 
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information. 
 
Visas

Vietnam 
Australian passport holders are eligible to apply online for a single entry electronic visa (e-visa), valid for up to a maximum of 30 days. Some private online visa services and travel agents have scammed travellers or have been involved in the public disclosure of the personal information of applicants for visas and visa issued on arrival approval letters. To avoid such scams, only use official Government of Vietnam services to arrange your visa. Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam for up-to-date information.
  
Cambodia (Itinerary 2 Only)
For Australian and New Zealand passport holders to enter Cambodia you'll need a visa. You can apply for an e-visa online through the Cambodian Government's official portal www.evisa.gov.kh (processing time is 3 - 5 days) or through an embassy or consulate of Cambodia. Alternatively you can get a tourist visa on arrival.
 
Important: 
• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Please note: 
• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required. 
 
Travel insurance
 
Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance 
 
Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes  
Includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
• Changes - $100.00 per booking + additional charges from the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers. 
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error  
• If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers. 
 
Supplier Fees  
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are unavailable from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. If TripADeal cannot obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.