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Best of Vietnam with Cambodia Option

Solo Travellers 45 Years & Over
Saturday 7 - Monday 23 October 2017 ex Australia

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  As a small group tour, space is limited space. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance.  To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 18 travellers. 

TRANSPORT
Touring is by private coach and also include: 

  • a one way overnight (sleeper) train journey
  • two domestic flights within Vietnam to reduce travel time
  • an overnight boat cruise on Halong Bay.

The cost of the domestic flights in Vietnam are covered in your tour package price.  

THE PACE [3 out of 5]
There is a mix of days; between more leisurely days and other days that require long periods on foot, standing, walking and climbing stairs. This tour is not suitable for anyone not able to stand and walk for long periods and/or unable to climb stairs without assistance. You need an average level of fitness (or above) to be suited to this tour.

ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone has the enjoyment of dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.  

We also like to include some evenings when dining is at your leisure. It’s an opportunity to make your own local discoveries.   

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned, please check with us before you book.

LUGGAGE 

Checked Luggage-Touring
Maximum allowance is 20kg 

Checked Luggage – Domestic Flights
Maximum allowance is 20kg for internal flights in Vietnam 

Overnight Train Journey
Whilst travelling in Vietnam, there will be an overnight train journey to Sapa, where you will be required to pack a small bag for two nights. Your main luggage will be kept in the hotel in Hanoi. This is due to the limited space on board the train and for the comfort of the passengers.  

Overnight Cruise
The same will also apply to the overnight Halong Bay Cruise. 

GROUP GUIDE
This tour is escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese National, professional tour guide. Your guide is there to ensure the smooth operation of your tour, liaise with the coach driver, hotel and all other service providers connected with our tour. You will find your guide to be passionate about their history and culture and good company.

TRAVEL QUICK GUIDE FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights.  

These pages contain helpful details including the currency and weather information. 

STAYING IN TOUCH
Email and SMS are the most convenient ways to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away. In most destinations and certainly in major cities you can expect access to internet services and also local telecommunication companies for SMS.

Be sure to have an email account that you can access from any internet service while travelling. e.g gmail, hotmail etc.

To be able to send SMS messages while away you need to check with your mobile phone provider that international roaming services are turned on.  You need to check with your provider the cost for sending and/or receiving SMS while you are outside of your home destination as usually this service is not included in mobile plan packages.   

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday. 

Also, travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our active holidays or holidays outside of Australia.  

Please send your travel insurance policy details before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must receive your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number. 

We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability. 

You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. Before you travel you must contact your bank to request the details of their insurer and the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy.  You must also request the contact information for the insurer while travelling.  For all credit card policies be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses.

DISCLAIMER
We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly.  

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries. 

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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