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A tour of Vietnam offers explorers exciting opportunities to dive into the culture, history, and beautiful landscapes of this mysterious country. Discover the 1000-year-old city of Hanoi, including the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century and still preserved today. As you trek & bike through the verdant mountains by Sapa, admire the terraced rice paddies and traditional villages characteristic of Vietnam. Then head into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to witness how modern skyscrapers are integrated seamlessly into the Chinese style pagoda architecture. Underneath the city you'll find the Cu Chi tunnels that were a strategic part of the war of independence. If you want to see the country in comfort & style, a Mekong River cruise will show you some of the more hidden parts of the culture.

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Mekong Explorer - Upriver$51405RelaxedExperience the captivating landscapes of Cambodia and Vietnam on this 5-day Mekong River cruise. Board the Aqua Mekong in My Tho and travel back in time as you sail upriver through the thriving Mekong Delta past floating villages, colonial vestiges, and gilded pagodas.
Mekong Discovery - Downriver$38554RelaxedEmbark in Phnom Pehn on this 4-day discovery cruise and sail down the Mekong River on your way towards Ho Chi Minh City. Peruse vibrant markets and visit typical Mekong Delta villages from the luxury river vessel Aqua Mekong.
Charms of the Mekong$449816RelaxedJoin the MS Amadara on this magical 16-day Cambodia and Vietnam adventure. Starting with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, take a 7-night Mekong River cruise. Spend two nights in Siem Reap, two nights in Hanoi, overnight in Ha Long Bay, and end your journey with a one-night stay in Hanoi.
Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong$449816RelaxedBegin in Vietnam exploring the highlights of Hanoi and cruising Ha Long Bay on a junk boat. Board the MS Amadara in Cambodia and cruise down the Tonle Sap River, visiting local villages, markets, and pagodas along the way. Disembark in Ho Chi Minh City for the opportunity to explore the city at your leisure.
Mekong Expedition- Upriver$89958RelaxedSail up the Mekong River on this cultural 8-day cruise. Begin in Saigon and sail past magnificent floating villages, interact with local monks, and admire the pristine beauty of this colorful region.
Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$22998RelaxedEmbark on your 8-day Mekong cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Pehn, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in lively Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon$1098012RelaxedExplore Vietnam & Cambodia along the Mekong River on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxurious small ship Jahan. Meet proud, welcoming people in lands whose history has touched us all. Discover soul-stirring sites of antiquity, including the expansive and visionary 12th-century Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat.
Mekong Expedition- Downriver$89958RelaxedSail down the Mekong River on this cultural 8-day cruise. Begin in Cambodia and sail past magnificent floating villages, interact with local monks, and admire the pristine beauty of this colorful region.

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Perhaps best known for its bloody decades-long war between 1955-1975, in recent years Vietnam has overcome this dark part of its history and become a popular tourist destination. The rolling mountains shelter traditional villages, while the big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh continue to grow and prosper. Adventurous travelers enjoy sites including:
  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - You'll be left in awe as you see the mix of old French and Chinese style architecture that mix into the modern towers that form the skyline.
  • Hanoi The city of Hanoi stands as a historic tribute to this nation's rich history, with buildings dating back close to a thousand years.
  • Hoi An - This small town hosts charming historic houses and pagodas.
  • Ha Long Bay - Here, you will see traditional native villages and even a floating fishing village that will give you insight into Vietnam's rich culture.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels - These were successfully used by the North Vietnamese army during the War of Independence to secretly gain access to South Vietnam territory.
  • Thanh Chuong Viet Palace - Here, in the former residence & studio of renowned artist Thanh Chuong, you will see art and sculptures from throughout Vietnam's history, including the Dinh, Ly, and Tran dynasties.
  • Cai Be Floating Market - Here you will see an exciting market that you can explore by boat, in which artisans make candy and rice paper, among other products.
  • Snorkeling - The idyllic beaches at Cham Island & Nha Trang Bay are home to a colorful array of tropical fish that have made this coral reef their home.

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Fast Facts about Vietnam

  1. The Vietmanese language spelling of Vietnam is two with words: Việt Nam
  2. The Mekong River is not only home to many of our most popular southeast Asia cruises, but also serves as one of the most important waterways throughout the country, helping keep the plains fertile and connecting much of the population to the sea.
  3. Vietnamese cuisine is a burst of flavors, from sweet to salty to even bitter and sour. 
  4. Home to some 16% of the world's species, it is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
  5. With about 7.5 million residents, Ho Chi Minh City houses just under 10 percent of Vietnam's 92 million-person population.
  6. Both soccer and table tennis are popular sports throughout Vietnam.
  7. Thanks to the natural irrigation and swamplands of provided by the Mekong and Red Rivers, Vietnam is ideal for the harvest of rice.
  8. Vietnam has a surprisingly high literacy rate of around 94%.
  9. The five golden stars on the Vietnamese flag symbolize farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. 
  10. Hoi An has been a functioning trading port for over 500 years.

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Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
US citizens do need a visa to visit Vietnam. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements for more specific information.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?
In Vietnam, a 10 percent tip for waiters is appreciated, guides expect around $15-20 per day, and drivers will thank you for anything around $5-10 per day.

What is internet access like in Vietnam?
Internet access in Vietnam is improving, but it is heavily censored, which could prevent access to some of the main social media websites. In the more rural areas, you will not have internet access. There are some cyber cafes throughout the bigger cities which provide reliable access.

Can I use my cell phone while in Vietnam?
In the bigger cities in Vietnam, you will find cell access if your service provider unlocks your GSM-enabled phone and you buy a SIM chip once you arrive. You can also connect to WiFi networks or ask your provider if there are international plans. There will probably be several days of your cruise or vacation when you will not have access to internet or cell service.

Do I need power adapters?
Power is 220v but most 110v devices can handle this as well. Outlets are either A (two-flat prongs), C (two round prongs) or G (three flat prongs in a triangle). Make sure to have a plug adapter for these types just in case.

What are the toilets like in Vietnam?
While the facilities in your hotel or ship will probably be nicer Western style bowl toilets, you can't count on that on daily excursions. The most common type of toilet throughout Asia is the squat toilet, which is precisely what its name indicates. You should always have toilet paper on hand and you should never flush the toilet paper - rather, toss it in the waste basket in the bathroom.

Can I drink the water in Vietnam?
You should not drink the tap water in Vietnam, but you can use it to take showers or wash clothes. Don't worry, though, bottled water will always be provided for you to drink.

Are credit cards accepted in Vietnam? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Bigger cities in Vietnam tend to have a fair amount of ATMs, but many of our tours only spend several days of the itinerary in these cities, and many of the vendors off the beaten path will not accept cards or have any ATMs at convenient access, so it is important to withdraw cash before leaving the big cities.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Absolutely! If you go to the Once You're Booked page, you'll find more details about deals and promotions we have with TravelGuard insurance to make sure that you are taken care of just in case.

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