Those interested in travelling to Southeast Asia might find themselves with many questions. For our clients’ peace of mind, we have collected some of the most frequently-asked questions to Discovery Indochina.
From food to weather, transportation and accommodation, click on the drop-down sections below to find answers to your questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question here, feel free to visit our interactive Questions & Answers forum or contact us!
The climate in Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere in the south is hottest and most humid in March and April. The dry season runs from November to April and the rainy season from May to October. In the north, the wet season is from May to September; December to March are the driest months.
The climate is tropical with three seasons. The most pleasant being the dry season from November to February when temperatures are cooler. The hot season lasts from March to May with average temperatures in the high 90s. The monsoon season, which is both hot and humid, is from June to October. The wettest months are August to September.
The rainy season lasts from May through October with hot and humid weather. The dry season begins in November with cool temperatures giving way to hot and dry weather from April through May when the temperature is very hot.
No vaccinations are officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, however immunization against cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis is advised. Please consult your doctors for further medical advice. Plan to bring mosquito repellent. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and slacks from dusk onward and avoiding perfume is also recommended. In addition to an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking (and a prescription which can be filled in case your pills go missing), bring medicines for: Headaches, diarrhoea, constipation, insect bites, sore throats, eye drops, cuts, etc. Medical standards outside Hanoi and Saigon, Siem Riep and Luang Prabang are lower that those found in western countries.
Your health is a top priority on all our trips. We are therefore fully aware of the healthy appetites that build up when trekking, kayaking or touring and provide tasty and varied meals with plenty of fresh ingredients. All our food is prepared by talented cooks who ensure high standards of hygiene and who serve a sensible combination of local and Western dishes. We also cater to vegetarians, and non-seafood diets.
For the times when you have to choose your own meals (dependent on the itinerary) make sure to eat only thoroughly-cooked food at decent hotels and restaurants. While snacks may be offered for sale elsewhere, one never knows the condition under which they were prepared, nor the health of the food handlers. You may want to bring along dried fruits and other “comfort” for the bus ride ( there is a ” dining car” on the train which serves drinks and light meals).
Vietnam – Dong
Laos – Kip
Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, as well as upscale restaurants and most shops in Viet Nam. In Cambodia and Laos, credit cards are accepted in major hotels.
ATMS are available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in Haiphong, Halong, Hue, Hoi An, Nhatrang, Vungtau, and Dalat in Viet Nam. They are less accessible in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.
(2) We then go ahead and submits these details to the Vietnamese Immigration Department.
(3) The Immigration Department will confirm us of visa approval and send it by fax/telex approval to the Embassy or Consulate in the country of visitors’ residence.
(4) We send you the approval document via email.
(5) You bring your passports & 2 passport sized photos to Vietnamese embassy to get the visa stamped ( stamp fee will be paid by yourselves).
* More than 45 days prior to trip departure. No charge, however 100$US deposit is non-refundable.
* 30-45 days before arrival: 10% charge
* 15-29 days before arrival: 40% charge
* 3-14 days before arrival: 60% charge
* Within 2 days before arrival: 100% charge