FAQs: Crown Jewels of Indochina

Halong Bay - Vietnam; Luang Prabang - Laos and Angkor Wat - Cambodia


Why are these places the ‘crown jewels’ of SE Asia?

Each of them is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – all of them stunning and awe-inspiring and the pride of their respective countries. From Halong Bay, where thousands of limestone islets rise vertically from jade waters to form an otherworldly landscape, to the ancient royal city of Luang Prabang with its gleaming temples and atmospheric French colonial architecture, and finally to the splendor and mystery of the Angkor temples around Siem Reap, this is a journey to the heart of Southeast Asia and the very best it has to offer.


What are the ‘surprises’ you mention in the trip description?

It would defeat the purpose if we told you! This is part of our modus operandi: to create those “wow” moments that you’d never expect. Rest assured that you will be delighted on every day of the trip, and we will do everything in our power to make this your journey of a lifetime.


Where does the trip start and end?

We start in Hanoi, a bustling city with a unique atmosphere, history and charm. From there we travel by road to Halong Bay, where we board our luxurious, traditionally styled sailing vessel. After returing to Hanoi we take a short flight to Luang Prabang. And from there we fly to our final destination of Siem Reap, Cambodia.


How do I get to Hanoi and home from Siem Reap?

The most direct flights to Hanoi are with Korean Air via Seoul , with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, or with China Airlines or Eva via Taipei. From Siem Reap you can fly direct to Seoul or to Hong Kong or Taipei via Bangkok.


What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

A general level of fitness is required. In Halong Bay, we have the options of some gentle kayaking and, of course, swimming. In Luang Prabang and in Siem Reap we will be on a number of walking tours, which are always paced to the needs of the group.


I’m a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on what you can’t eat.


Do I need a visa?

In Laos and Cambodia you will be issued with a visa on arrival at the airport. For Vietnam, you will require a visa in advance, and it’s advisable to apply for it as soon as possible. You can apply directly through a Vietnamese Consulate, or use a visa agency.


Do I need any special insurance?

Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.


Do I need vaccinations?

Your routine vaccinations (tetanus/diphtheria, polio, etc.) must be up to date. Another general precaution for travellers anywhere in the world is a hepatitis A and possibly a typhoid vaccination. Please consult your local travel clinic or physician.


What about malarial medication?

Hanoi and Halong Bay are malaria free; Luang Prabang and the Angkor temple complexes around Siem Reap are regarded as a low-risk area for malaria transmission (especially during the dry season when we offer scheduled trips). If you do decide to opt for preventative malarial medication Docxycline is most recommended, however please consult your physician about this.


What does the trip price cover?

Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip, all cultural tour guiding and entrance fees, all accommodation and meals.


What does the trip price not cover?

International and domestic flights, alcoholic drinks, personal insurance and gratuities.


How can I access cash when I’m on the trip?

ATMs are readily available in Hanoi, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap. In Halong Bay, however, you will not be able to access cash. On our mothership you can pay for drinks and souvenirs by credit card. You should bring enough cash with you to Halong Bay to cover tips for the local guide and mothership crew.


What clothes and equipment will I need?

When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.


I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups , and usually go home with new-found friends.


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Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 4Y9
Phone: 1 250 589 9844 / 580 3480
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