Discover the beauty and magic of Southeast Asia through the splendor of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Filled with history and tradition, these countries offer their own natural beauty, artistic elegance and philosophies of living that permeate everything from their martial arts and religious practices to their delicious regional cuisine.
- Required Travel DocumentationExpanded
If you are a U. S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter and depart Vietnam. It must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay and have 3 or more blank visa pages remaining.
You must also have a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival in Vietnam. You may obtain a visa from a Vietnamese embassy prior to traveling to Vietnam. A one-month, single-entry visa is $100 per Guest and can be obtained through the Vietnam Embassy in Washington, DC.
If you prefer to obtain a Vietnamese visa electronically, this option became available in February 2017.
In addition, you must provide evidence of return or onward travel. Visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.
Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Vietnam Embassy for information on documentation requirements.
Adventures by Disney will arrange your Laotian and Cambodian visas during the course of the trip at no additional cost. However, you must bring 2 passport-size photos for each member of your travel party.
You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
PLEASE NOTE: Additional charges will apply for telephone calls made to access CIBT specialists.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.
• 1 checked bag not to exceed 20kg/44lbs. Total dimension not to exceed 79 linear inches (203 cm).
• 1 carry-on bag not to exceed 7kg/15lbs and not to exceed dimensions 22x14x9". Total dimension not to exceed 45 linear inches (115 cm), so that it can fit under the seat or in overhead compartment.
• 1 small item may also be carry-on, i.e. purse, coat, umbrella.
Since a majority of your adventure will take place outdoors, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring: Although toiletries like shampoo, razors and deodorant are available, they are usually priced at a premium. Hairdryers are available at all hotels.
Note: When entering temples, it is required to have shoulders and upper legs (to the knees) covered. If you are not wearing sleeved shirts you may want to bring a light jacket.
• T-shirts (both short- and long-sleeved)
• Collared shirts (optional)
• Light weight jacket or cover-up for visiting temples
• Light weight long pants
• Casual dress/skirt (optional)
• Lightweight rain jacket
• Close-toed shoes
• Sturdy-soled walking shoes
• School supplies for donation (optional)*
• Camera/video camera
• Extra batteries or charger for camera
• Memory card
• Lip balm
• Insect repellant
Average temperatures are as follows in these regions:
Vietnam: This region has a tropical climate. Monsoon season is October through April. In Hoi Chi Minh City, April is the hottest month, with temperatures averaging around 79 - 95°F (27 - 35°C). December is the coolest with an average of 71 - 89°F (21 - 31°C). The temperature in Hoi An is consistently warm at 84°F (29°C). It rains almost constantly from September to January, with the driest months in May and June. The warmest months in Hanoi are June and July, with an average of 80 - 92°F (27 - 33°C). January is the coolest with an average of 59 - 68°F (15 - 20°C).
Laos: Laos is consistently warm at an average of 82°F (28°C), with rains increasing dramatically between April and October. The driest months are November through February.
Cambodia: This region has a tropical climate. Monsoon season is May through November with the heaviest rainfall in September and October. The temperature is consistently hot throughout the year, ranging from 73 to 90°F (23 - 32°C) in the winter months and 78 to 93°F (25 - 34°C) in the summer months, with April being the hottest time of year.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), follow airport signage to the Passport Control and Immigration area. Once you've gone through Passport Control, follow additional airport signage directing you to Baggage Claim. Claim your luggage, exit Baggage Claim and enter into the arrival lobby. Look for a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign. This representative is available to assist you with your baggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation to your hotel. At the conclusion of your adventure, you will be escorted to Siem Reap International Airport for your return flight home.
Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time Arrival 1 SGN Anytime Departure 12 REP Anytime
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The official Vietnamese currency is the đồng, but U.S. dollars are often accepted throughout the country. In Laos and Cambodia, U.S. dollars are actually preferred to the local currency. Using your debit card in local ATMs—widely available throughout the trip—is the most efficient way to obtain cash. Banks charge at least 3% commission for the service. Credit cards or debit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and department stores but many merchants charge 3% or more per transaction. Cash is still the medium for local shops and small markets.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, per Adventure Guide, per day.
Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day—$8 - $11 USD
• For a 12-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $96 - $132 USD.
• A family of 4 for a 12-day adventure: $384 - $528 USD per Adventure Guide.
For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $768 - $1,056 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S. dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.
Taxi cabs are the best way to get around the cities and they are easy to flag down. You can even book one for a half- or full-day hire. Your Adventure Guide or hotel can help you write down destinations, pick-up times and prices to give to the driver.
The official languages you will encounter on your trip are Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian.
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
You will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and depart Cambodia from Siem Reap International Airport (REP).
- Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded
If you are traveling from the U.S., you are advised to consult the Center for Disease Control. Your doctor or health care provider will determine what you will need based on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting and planned activities. If you are not coming from the U.S., please check your local requirements for vaccinations for travel to Southeast Asia.
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes, you may extend your stay beyond our itinerary— before in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon or after in Siem Reap. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels.
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
Your group will travel by luxury motor coach for all daily excursions and by commercial airplane flights between cities. Note that in Laos large motor coaches aren't available and the group will be divided up among several smaller multi-passenger vans.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
While this adventure is not considered physically strenuous, most days will include up to 1 hour of walking. The 12-day itinerary is filled with fun, low-impact activities, including Tai Chi lessons and strolls through city streets, historic sites, parks and gardens. Moreover, the itinerary includes visiting 5 different cities in 3 distinct countries that are linked by 4 commercial flights. Flight times range in length from 1 to 2.5 hours. As noted, nearly all of the trip's featured activities are not demanding if examined separately; however, the full range of activities and the length of the journey, combined with warm tropical temperatures and humidity require a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
While we welcome children ages 6 and up at the time of travel to discover the stories of the world with us, we recommend that children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel on our Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia trip. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, duration of the vacation, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months, and amount of physical activity (e.g., walking) involved. Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served buffet style and offers a wide variety of both American-style and Asian options. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and noodles or rice entrées, vegetables along with desserts and fruit. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical cuisine that is characteristic to southeast Asia, they are always balanced with limited American fare (for example, there are some really great hamburgers available at various restaurants on this itinerary). Some meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Child-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to offer you and your family a bit of time to enjoy meals among yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in towns or cities where you will have plenty of options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested, including a guarantee that food is prepared in a nut-free environment. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group's maximum size, if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) We will attempt to rebook you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline rebooking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
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