*Travel advisories and recommended immunizations schedules may represent a worst-case scenario. For example, Japanese Encephalitis occurs during the monsoon season. Keep this in mind as you research what is recommended for the places you will be traveling in.
**Important: Check flight status on the day of your departure.
For your trip, you must have:
* Ticketed in-country or e-tickets if issued by Indochina Travel
Items to provide to us pre-departure120 days before departure:
90 days before departure:
* Names submitted exactly per passport
Three months before departure, you will receive a pre-tour packet that contains information about health, visas, practicalities, hotel and contact information as well as background materials.
ITC requires you be covered for medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip cancellation. Please obtain a quote for insurance through us.
Verify your passport is valid for six months after the last your date of your travel. Visas may require one full, blank page in passport. Please carry a photocopy separately — invaluable for quickly replacing a lost passport.
Visas or visa-on-arrival authorization required for Vietnam, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, and Myanmar, in advance of arrival.Entry is not permitted to these countries without a valid visa or authorization for your dates of travel (visa or visa forms and instructions are enclosed with your pre-tour packet and also emailed to you).
If you will be entering Vietnam or Myanmar more than one time, a multiple-entry visa is required. Cambodia and Laos visas are issued upon arrival (please have passport-sized photos). Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong require no visa. See country sheets for specific information.
While no immunizations are required for entry into any Southeast Asian country, you should ensure your vaccinations are up to date. Your doctor may also suggest Hepatitis A vaccine and to bring along anti-malarial medication. Refer to Centers for Disease Control Site for information: www.cdc.gov.
Reconfirm all airlines, especially if connecting from a domestic to international flight: Domestic flights are often changed, delayed and cancelled without advance notice. Note: all regional and domestic flights are e-tickets (electronic tickets), and you will not have nor require paper tickets. Simply check-in using your passport.
Only newer issue, mint-condition US Dollars are accepted in the region. In Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia bring a mix of new condition currency in ones, tens and twenties, and hundreds for this purpose. You may also exchange US cash or receive cash advances on credit cards. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in the region. ATMs are found in larger cities, but can be unreliable. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are not accepted in Myanmar, only new US currency in one hundred dollar bills.
You will be met for all airport transfers except Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore (by arrangement). Escort staff will be holding sign with your name. If you are missed at the airport, please call our local offices
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."