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The most amazing Thailand & Cambodia tour 18 days

TAC02: The most amazing Thailand & Cambodia tour 18 days

18 days
Bangkok - Phuket - Phang Nga - Chiang Mai - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Bangkok, Phuket island or Phang Nga Bay, Siem Reap are the most amazing destinations in Indochina tour. For this amazing tour, the travellers will start from Bangkok with visiting Bangkok city and Temple tour. Continue the trip to Phuket island with some activities on this beautiful island by get a cruise to Phang Nga Bay. Do not miss Chiang Mai because it is also very nice place to visit and go ahead to Siem Reap where famous with Angkor Complex and Phnom Penh charming city. Pass to Battambang before end of your sweet holiday and flight back home.

The most amazing Thailand and Cambodia tour in brief: 

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok - city tour
Day 3: Bangkok - Flight to Phu Ket island
Day 4: Phu Ket - Phang Nga bay
Day 5: Phu Ket - Free day
Day 6: Phi Phi island tour
Day 7: PHu Ket - Flight to Bangkok connect to Chiang Mai
Day 8: Chiang Mai tour
Day 9: Elephant tour
Day 10: Chiang Mai - Flight to Siem Reap
Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex
Day 12: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake
Day 13: Siem Reap tour - Local Community village
Day 14: Siem Reap - Flight to Phnom Penh
Day 15: Phnom Penh tour
Day 16: Phnom Penh - Battambang
Day 17: Battambang tour - Phnom Penh
Day 18: Phnom Penh - Departure


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Day 01

Bangkok arrival (D) (G)

Today, our private Indochina tour guide will welcome you to Thailand and enjoy the Thailand tour with Indochina Value. Transfer you to hotel for check in and relax until get the evening with Thai Dinner and Thai Traditional Dance, Experience a variety of typical Thai foods and the warm hospitality of waitresses dressed in national costumes. After dinner sit back, relax and enjoy a spectacular performance of Thai classical dances. Entertain with The Ultimate Cabaret Show, Experience Bangkok's exciting nightlife with the Cabaret Show Thailand's newest wave of entertainment .You can't leave Bangkok without seeing The Mambo Cabaret Show.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 02

Bangkok city and Temple tour (B, L, D) (G)

Breakfast at hotel. We invite you to visit Bangkok City, Temples Tour and Grand Palace, This is a "must" for every visitor to Bangkok, for the Grand Place Complex, which includes the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow) is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand Travel. Lunch at Thai Restaurant.
In the evening take you to a dinner cruise, A beautiful night dinner cruise on The Choa phaya River. A luxury Thai-Style boat restaurant with Thai Food & Seafood and beverage delight accompanies by Thai Classical Music. You will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere with our charming and friendly hospitable services. Come a long and explore the Siam culinary experience on water. After an exciting day of travel keep the rest of your time for relaxation with our fine tradition service. Welcome to our luxury boat restaurant with all kinds of attraction ranging from ancient relics to modern comforts.
Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 03

Bangkok – flight to Phuket island (B) (G)

After breakfast at hotel, we transfer you to Bangkok Airportfor your short flight to Phuket island. Arrive at Phuket airport then transfer you to hotel.
Relax at hotel.

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Day 04

Phuket - Phang Nga Bay (B, L) (G)

Today you will have a big chance to visit Phang Nga Bay, this tour takes you across Phuket Island to the mainland where we board the boat to the unique sheer sided limestone islands in the famous Phang Nga Bay. One of places you cannot miss in your Thailand Holiday. Enroute we visit the James Bond Island, Nail Island, Grotto Caves and a Sea Gypsy Village before continuing on to Phang Nga Valley for lunch. Enjoy lunch on the island. Evening return to hotel.
Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 05

Phuket day free (B)

Free and easy on the Phuket beach. Evening with international buffet dinner and after dinner entertain with The Phuket Fantasea Show (Fantasy of a Kingdom is the ultimate in Las Vegas-styled show that infuses Thai culture with magical illusions, 4-Dimensional effects, aerial ballet, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, special effects, elephant circus (featuring over 30 elephants) are all stunt into one unique and unforgettable theatrical masterpiece guaranteed to thrill and delight visitors of all ages and nationalities).
Return to hotel. Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 06

Phi Phi Island tour (B, L) (G)

After breakfast at hotel, we will take a tour to Phi Phi Island tour by cruise, Phi Phi island is located just 48 km to the east of Phuket, off the western coastline of Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It is renowned worldwide for its natural scenic beauty with silver sand beaches fringed with palm trees, towering limestone cliffs and hills full of lush greenery. Offshore, a bank of coral reefs provide an unequal glimpse of marine life whilst spots such as the historic "Viking cave" add a fascinating dimension to exploration. Lunch is provided. Evening return to hotel.

Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 07

Phuket – flight to Bangkok connect to Chiang Mai (B, D) (G)

Free time at leisure until we transfer from hotel to Phuket airport. Fly back to Bangkok and connecting flight to Chiang Mai. Arrive Chiang Mai and transfer to hotel. Free and easy day and in the evening we will take you to a Thai traditional northern style dinner called " Khan-Toke dinner" Relaxation and pleasure with a typical dinner. See Northern Thai Dances, Hill Tribe Dances & listen to traditional Thai Music.
Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 08

Chiang Mai tour (B, L) (G)

After breakfast, we will visit Doi Suthep and White Meo, Visit the most sacred Wat Phathat Doi Suthep, 15 kms. from the city, 3,500 ft. above sea level and built in 1383. See the marvelous golden pagoda which is contain the relics of the Lord Buddha. Enjoy the panoramic view of Chiang Mai City and for 4 kms to the King's Winter Palace and then continue to white Meo hilltribe villages, see the scenic route pass the beautiful Northern mountain and the forest. Lunch at Thai Restaurant. Evening return to hotel.
Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 09

Elephant tour (B, L) (G)

Today we have a chance to visit the famous Mae-Sa elephant camp in Thailand Vacation, 30 kms. from the city. This tour you will know everything about elephant. See nice show of elephant bathing, mahouts teach elephants to drag logs, response to commands and work in the jungle. Excursion will continue to visit the beautiful Orchid Nursery, containing more than 50 different types of colorful orchids which are exotic year round blooms and the Butterfly farm. Transfer back to the hotel.
Relax and overnight at hotel.

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Day 10

Chiang Mai – flight to Siem Reap (B) (G)

After breakfast at hotel, our private tour guide and driver will transfer you to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Siem Reap ( transit in Bangkok). Upon arrival, our Cambodia tour guide will welcome you to the country of temples.
Check in and overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 11

Siem Reap – Angkor Complex (B, L) (G)

This morning explore Angkor Thom ancient city. Enter through the south gate and before arriving at the Bayon, the centerpiece of this late 12th century complex. The structure encompasses 54 towers that are decorated with more 200 smiling stone faces. You will also visit the Royal Enclosure a walled-off area which housed the wooden palace complex of the Angkor kings, followed by the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of Leper Kings. A final highlight is the tree entwined Ta Prohm Temple, featured in the popular 2001 film Tomb Raider.
After lunch explore explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This visually spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65 metres from the ground and crowned by five lotus towers. It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag. The day ends with a jungle sunset from Pre Rup Temple.

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Day 12

Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (B, L) (G)

Today, drive to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake where you will board a longtail boat. Motor out toward Kompong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on stilts above the lake. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants and the stilt houses range in height from from six to eight metres, enabling the homes to withstand the massive lake’s annual flood pulse. Cruise through a submerged mangrove forest that plays host to many species of birds, fish and mammals, and you’ll see why Cambodia’s swampy deltas are internationally recognized havens of biodiversity.
After lunch, receive a blessing from a monk in saffron robes at one of Siem Reap’s best-known pagodas. The 30-minute ceremony includes prayers, flowers, offerings and the gifting of a red thread that is meant to bring good luck and prosperity. The experience is a wonderful glimpse of Cambodia’s rich Buddhist heritage.

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Day 13

Siem Reap – Local Community Village (B) (G)

oday, visit a rural village and immerse yourself in the traditional practices of rural Khmer farmers. The proceeds from your visit go towards the employment of the villagers and to a community fund to improve conditions such as health and sanitation. Take the opportunity to interact with the villagers and join them in fishing, farming or animal husbandry, depending on the season. You might like to help prepare a traditional meal or learn how to produce handicrafts.

Not only will you have an amazing day out but a great way to experience authentic Khmer traditions first-hand!

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Day 14

Siem Reap – Flight to Phnom Penh (B) (G)

Free time at leisure until our tour guide and driver transfer you to airport for flight to Phnom Penh – the charming city.

Free time to discover city by your own and overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 15

Phnom Penh tour (B, L) (G)

In this Morning, you will visit to Khmer traditional culture at National fine-art Museum and continue to visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple). Continue to visit Wat Phnom: the birthplace of the capital. Then we continue to visit Toulsleng S21, the witness of Pol Pot genocidal regime and Cheuong Ek Killing fields. Then visit to Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.

Overnight at hotel

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Day 16

Phnom Penh – Battambang (B, L) (G)

Today we check out at hotel and then drive to Battambang with distant 291 km through the villages and countryside. Several visits are planned along the way: first the provincial town of Pursat with ateliers of sculpture on mabre of art and very Boudda objects known in the country, we will drive through Kampong Chhnang and upon arrival in Battambang, check in hotel @ 14:00pn, then attend a visit to the Battambang Museum, which house some interesting lintels and artifacts from the region, then visit Wat Ek Phnom was an 11th century temple and remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight at Battambang

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Day 17

Battambang tour – Phnom Penh (B, L) (G)

This morning, visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau. This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves with some containing unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history. Walk around the premises with your guide and continue to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River, which is home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes and tropical fruit farms. This is a great opportunity to taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruits available in the region. Afternoon we drive back to Phnom Penh.

Check in again and overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 18

Phnom Penh departures (B) (G)

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Indochina Holiday until our private guide will see you off at the airport. We hope that you have enjoyed your Thailand & Cambodia Tours with us and look forward to organizing your coming Indochina Tours. Indochinavalue says goodbye and see you again!!! END OF SERVICES!

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Inclusion:

• Domestic flights as indicated (Economy class)
• All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels
• Accommodations as indicated
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional licensed English-speaking guide (other languages on request)
• Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as stated
• Train tickets as indicated
• Boat trips as indicated
• Bottled mineral water during touring days

Exclusion:

• Vietnam visa on arrival
• International FLIGHTS
• Drinks
• Other meals
• Insurance
• Personal expenses
• Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time

Tour guide

Tour guides who worK with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.

Vietnam tour guide

Tour guide is one of the most inportant factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:

1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

Transport

Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements.To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.

1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.

2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.

4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

Vietnam hotel

2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40

The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80

The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130

Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining andentertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300

Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on siteand a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.

Breakfast:

Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch:

Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

Vietnam restaurant

Dinner:

Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise inHalong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If allergic to some food

We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?

The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join themeal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.

Street food tour:

Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at info@indochinavalue.com for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.

How to request a tour package?

To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at info@indochinavalue.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.

How to book a tour package?

As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flightinformation (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.

Payment

- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, creditcards, western union, onepay (online)

- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.

Changes

Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you willhave to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)

Cancellation

In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third partiessuch as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.

Tipping

Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected inThanks youTipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.

Suggested tips:

- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide

- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver

- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress

- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours

Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.

What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?

1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually,or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.

2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.

3. Start the tour on any date you want.

4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.

5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.

6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.

7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.

How do I get a visa?

Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the VietnameseImmigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:

apply vietnam visa1) Full name on passport

2) Passport number

3) Date of birth

4) Nationality

5) Date of arrival

6) Date of issue

7) Date of expire

8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.

Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can beused to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note:

- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.

- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

Do I need to bring my medical record with me?

Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.Money exchange in Vietnam

When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?

Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?

It is best to travel light in Vietnam. Onemedium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.

There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:

- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer  clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.

- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).

- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.

- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.

- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).

- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.

- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.

Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.

What is the best type of clothing we should bring?

Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:

- Shorts and comfortable pants;

- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);

- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);

- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.

Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.

Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in VietnamMany tourists can’t help but throw themselvesShopping in Vietnam head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.

The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.

How to bargain?

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining isalways worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.

Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.

Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.

Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.

Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).

Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)

Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.

Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.

Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.

Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.

Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.

Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes

Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie

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