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Experience Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Discover the southern Capital of Vietnam
  • cook Southern Vietnamese cuisine
  • Explore Historic vietnam war Sites
  • Angkor Wat - The 8th Wonder of the world
  • Exclusive Cultural Exchanges
Stunning scenery, combined with charming local culture make Vietnam & Cambodia ideal Southeast Asian destinations. Venture into bustling Ho Chi Minh City and travel the beautiful Mekong Delta. Adventure in the jungles, explore rustic villages, lush rice fields, and the famous Angkorian temples.

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How do I obtain my visa for Vietnam and Cambodia?

US Citizens can apply for the Vietnam Visa in the following ways:

1) Apply for E-visa via the official Vietnamese Immigration website (Recommended)
- Travelers can apply and obtain the E-visa in advance and the application can be processed through the official Vietnam Immigration website.
- The E-Visa is valid for up to 30 consecutive days. It’s the equivalent of a visa, but no stamps or labels are placed in the passport. The travelers with e-Visa can touch down at any of Vietnam’s international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh city, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Danang in the central region.
- The online application could be done 1-6 months before entering Vietnam. The processing time takes 2–3 working days. We recommend applying at least 30 days in advance to avoid unexpected problems.
- The E-visa fee for a single entry is $25 USD

2) In person, at the Vietnamese Embassy in the United States
- The standard tourist visa is valid for a 1-month stay. You can apply for a Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in the US. The length of the process can vary.  
- To apply for a visa, you must fill out a form that can be downloaded from the Embassy website, present 2 recent photos, and your passport.

US Citizens, can apply for the Cambodian Visa in the following ways:

1) Apply for E-visa via the official Cambodian Government’s website. (Recommended)
- Travelers can apply and obtain the E-visa in advance and the application can be processed through the official Cambodian Government's website.
- The online application could be done 3 months in advance. The processing time takes approximately 3 days. We recommend applying at least 30 days in advance to avoid unexpected problems.
- The Cambodia Visa stamping fee is $36 USD.

2) On arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh Airports
- The visa can be obtained directly at the international airports of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. You must provide 2 recent passport size photos and 1 visa request form available at the airport and distributed by airlines.

Can I bargain for lower prices at the markets?

Yes, however please be respectful and not overly aggressive. Bargaining for lower prices with the shop vendors can be exhilarating and lots of fun, plus a whole new style of shopping for many of us.

If I'm uncomfortable riding a bike what are my options during the included group bike rides?

During the included bike rides there will always be a backup vehicle. Either a van or tuk tuk will be available if travelers don’t want to bike or get tired of biking.

It should be noted that all the bike rides on the trip will be on mostly flat roads and are not designed to be challenging.

What is the flight like from Vietnam to Cambodia?

The flight duration is a little more than 1 hour on a scheduled flight.  Seating will be randomly assigned by the airline.

I understand that water is not potable, but is the ice safe in Vietnam & Cambodia?

The ice is safe at restaurants, hotels and coffee shops.  The majority of street vendors purchase their ice from the same suppliers as the hotels do, however, their sanitation practices are not as strict.  

Your Trip Leaders will help you assess whether you can trust the ice from the street vendor or not. Water is not potable at the hotels but it is safe to brush your teeth with.

What is the luggage allowance on the included flight from Vietnam to Cambodia?

The luggage allowance is one 20 kg (44 lbs) check bag and one 7 kg (15 lbs) carry-on bag, plus a personal item.

Will I be able to shower before the international flight between Vietnam and Cambodia?

You will have a chance to shower at the accommodation before driving to the airport (~4-hour drive). There will be a short stop along the drive for a meal and a drink, otherwise not much activity to get you sweaty.

Will there be options for international cuisine or only Vietnamese & Cambodian cuisine?

A majority of the included meals will be local style, set menus. This is considered family style and is a common way that Vietnamese and Cambodians eat when dining out. Occasionally we will have an included meal that offers international cuisine.

For non-included meals, you will be able to find multiple international cuisines to select from. Both Vietnam and Cambodia were once colonized by the French and these cuisines still have an influence on the restaurant scene.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

We recommend $300 USD in cash.  

You will have to exchange USD into Vietnamese Dong but in Cambodia, USD is used in most places. If you are eating local cuisine expect meals to range from $2-4 per individual dish: noodle soups, fried rice, spicy salads. If you choose to eat international cuisine the price will increase with some meals costing as much as $10 for pasta or steaks.

Travelers are responsible for 8 lunches and 3 dinners during the duration of the trip. Optional activities range from a cost of $40 (Evening Scooter Tour in Saigon) to $10 (Rehash Trash workshop).

What is the standard for tipping in Vietnam and Cambodia?

Tipping is not necessary but it is appreciated.  For group meals, you are not expected to tip as Under30Experiences will cover this.  When dining on your own, 10% is a reasonable tip.

Of course, if you want to give more it will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to tip the housekeeping or hotel staff when checking out, we recommend that you offer the money to the reception staff.  

Most hotels have a common share box for tips and this will ensure it is spread among the hotel’s team. f you feel a guide or activity supplier has gone above their expectations then a tip of $5 is normal for a multiple hour activity to the guide.

What is the nightlife like in Vietnam & Cambodia?

Both Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap are modern cities with multiple options for nightlife from dance clubs to music venues and of course night markets all around.

In Ho Chi Minh City, most locals will hang out at the local green areas in the city and along the river.  Here you will find small vendors selling cold drinks and grilled seafood and meats.

Siem Reap has a street called Pub Street that is dedicated to bars and dance clubs.  This area can get pretty wild.  However, there are smaller venues to simply relax and listen to music or take a walk through night markets for shopping.

When our itinerary brings us to the quieter countryside of the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) and Battambang town (Cambodia), embrace the simple side of the country and relax at night with conversations with your new friends.

Will I be able to use my credit card or are transactions mostly cash?

Yes. Credit Cards are accepted in both Vietnam and Cambodia. However, there is usually a limit of $10-15 USD along with a transaction fee applied. Small markets and street food vendors will only accept cash.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam & Cambodia?

The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October). The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter.

In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.

Most travelers visit Cambodia from November to March. If you prefer to dodge the crowds and go when prices are lower, the best time to visit Cambodia is from May to early October. Cambodia is warm year-round with temperatures rarely dipping below 68°F (20°C), wherever you go. Seasons are broken into wet and dry season.

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better.

We take all forms of transportation and the pavement on the roads can be covered with potholes. You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.

What is a tuk-tuk?

An auto rickshaw is a motorized development of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. Most have three wheels and do not tilt.

An exception is in Cambodia, where two different types of vehicles are called tuk tuks, one of which has four wheels and is composed of a motorcycle and trailer.

I have a peanut allergy?  Is that a problem for this trip?

Yes, especially if you have a severe allergy.  

Peanuts are everywhere in SE Asia. Cross contamination is an issue as restaurants may only have one or two main woks, particularly street food vendors, so multiple dishes are usually cooked on the same frying pan without a proper wash in between.

Do you have last-minute deals?

Yes! When travelers take advantage of our “Switch Your Trip” program last minute slots open up on sold out trips. Visit our Trips On Sale page for the latest last-minute deals.

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Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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