THAILAND F.A.Qs

 Welcome to VIETLONG TRAVEL. We hope this page will be of service to you answering the most frequent questions our guests have raised.

1. How do I create a custom itinerary ?
In our web site we provide over hundred tour samples but if  you do not find a suitable trip,  and want VIETLONG TRAVEL to do all the work for you, just  click on customized trip and fill up the form to tell us what you have in mind. Our travel expert will create a trip and provide your with invaluable information!

2. How do I book the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields  for information. Once completed filling the form , you just click Submit to send us your enquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.

3. How do I pay for the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our standard payment policy is to ask for a  30% deposit of the package value at the time we send you the final confirmation and the booking code  for your trip. The balance of the total package tour price should be paid at least 21 days ( twenty one days) before starting date of the trip.

4. Are there any hidden cost you do not mention ? What about tipping ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form. No, all inclusions and exclusions are mentioned at our final confirmation for your trip. Generally, tipping is not compulsory. If you are satisfied with your guides, drivers, a small gratuity is an appropriate way in which to show appreciation to them.

5. Who is my guide ?
We have a strong and multilingual guide team coming from all regions of the country. They are chosen for their professionalism, rich knowledge, commitment, personal ties with the country and region and ability to inspire and communicate with you. They will be your dedicated friends during and after your trip. Many of our customers still exchange email with them long after their trip.

6. What about transportation ?
We try our best to provide you safe and comfortable means of transportation. You can find information on meals, transportation, etc. in the “How we travel” section following the detail itinerary of each tour.

7. What is the best time to travel in Thailand?
The best climate is between November and March since Thailand is not quite so hot as the rest of the year. In April, May and June, it  can get very hot. The raining season lasts from July to October  but the most rainy time of the year is  September and October. There are significant variations in the weather in different parts of Thailand. In high tourist season from November to March,  flights and accommodation are more expensive, and popular places are likely to be booked out quickly. Peak times are at Christmas, New Year and the Thai new year (mid-April).

8. What is the time difference ?
Thailand is twelve hours ahead of New York and seven hours ahead of London, one hour behind Perth and three hours behind Sydney.

9. How much time should I plan to visit Thailand ?
Depending on what you intend to see. The suggested time for visiting major sights of Bangkok is a couple of days, but seeing everything in Bangkok and nearby may take a week or more. To visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai and also a beach resort in southern Thailand you need to plan two weeks.

10. What's it like the rainy season ?
The downpours are not continuous throughout the day, but normally come in the late afternoon and early evening. They are heavy but relatively brief, lasting only an hour or so. The heavy rain for days on end is rare in Thailand. In the early part of the rainy season (July - August), the rains are hardly a problem but it's more so later on (September and October). The weather is still hot during this reason so don't bother with any raincoat since it will just make you feel sticky. If you need something, a small umbrella is a better option - either take it with you or buy it over there.
During the rainy season , the scenery is green rather than brown, and the waterfalls, rice fields and plants are much more impressive. At this time , there are less tourist so you can get  cheaper prices for hotel and transport.

11. Do I need to bring  mosquito net and sleeping bag ?
Definitely, a sleeping bag is necessary for adventure trips like walking, rafting and biking in the north during the cool season.  Elsewhere, the weather is much warmer and so you don't need one. In addition, a mosquito net may be worthwhile if you plan to stay in a lot of budget accommodation in remote areas, but many places will provide their own. Both of sleeping bag and mosquito can be bought in Thailand as they are available cheaply there. You should bring some mosquito repellent though, which is much better bought abroad than in Thailand.

12. How I can get visa to enter Thailand ?
The immigration regulation  of Thailand allows the citizen of below countries to obtain a 30 day visa on arrival at entry gate.

Algeria France Morocco South Korea

Argentina Germany Myanmar Spain

Australia Greece Netherlands Sweden

Austria Iceland New Zealand Switzerland

Bahrain Indonesia Norway Tunisia

Belgium Ireland Oman Turkey

Brazil Israel Papua New Guinea United ArabEmirates

Brunei Italy Philippines United Kingdom

Canada Japan Portugal U.S.A

Denmark Kenya Saudi Arabia Vanuatu

Djibouti Kuwait Senegal Western Samoa

Egypt Luxembourg Singapore Yemen

Finland Malaysia Slovenia Brunei

Fiji Mexico South Africa  

Citizens of countries which are not mentioned on the above  list will receive a 15 day visa on entry or will have to apply for visa before entering Thailand.

13. How can I extend my visa?
The visas extension  can be done at any Immigration office. In Bangkok this is on Soi Suan Phlu, off Sathorn road. The on-arrival visa can be extended for 10 days, the tourist visa by up to a month. It normally takes under an hour, and costs 500B. Extensions are given at the discretion of the immigration officer and there's no guarantee you'll get one - Dress smartly, smile a lot and be polite while you are there to get the best results.
Alternatively, just cross a border out of Thailand and re-enter to get another on-arrival visa. There is no limit to the number of times this can be done, it is free and will give you another 30 days. The most common places for doing this are Penang in Malaysia, Mae Sai on the Burmese border, Vientiane in Laos and Poipet in Cambodia. Malaysia is furthest from Bangkok but is the only one that does not require a visa to enter.

14. How can I get into Laos from Thailand?
There are three entry points to Laos from Thailand, first one at Chiang Khong, second at Nong Khai and last one at Chong Mek. The most frequent border crossing Nong Khai since it is quite easy to travel by either overnight trains and buses from Bangkok to this point. You then have to get a bus to the Friendship bridge spanning the Mekong River which is also served as border between Thailand and Laos. At entry point to Laos you can get a visa at  cost of US$30.

15. Can I travel overland between Thailand and Myanmar?
There is possible to enter into Burma for day trips or slightly longer overland from Thailand, but not yet to continue on to Yangon, Mandalay etc...Day trips are possible at the Mae Sai / Tachilek border (north of Chiang Rai), Ranong and the Three Pagodas Pass (west of Kanchanaburi). These may be shut during periods of diplomatic unrest between Thailand and Myanmar, but are often reopened fairly quickly. You don't need to obtain a visa in advance for these, but have to pay US$5 at Mae Sai and US$10 at the Three Pagodas Pass.

16. Can I travel overland between Thailand and Cambodia ?
The main border crossing points between Thailand and Cambodia are at Aranya Pathet / Poipet, and at Trat / Koh Kong. There are frequent buses to the Thai border, and Cambodian buses then take you from the border to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap etc...The roads in Cambodia are in a very poor condition, and can be impassable during the rainy season (August - November). Visas can be got at the Poipet and Koh Kong border crossings for US$20, and are valid for 30 days.

17. How should I bring money to Thailand ?
The most popular way of bringing money to Thailand nowadays seems to be with traveller's cheques and credit cards. ATM's are everywhere in Bangkok, and widespread throughout Thailand. Cirrus/Maestro seems to be the most prevalent and is the best one to bring though Plus cards would also be fine. You may want to notify your bank before coming to Thailand, as some will automatically cancel your card after withdrawals from Bangkok as a fraud prevention method. Exchange rates are favorable if you get money out this way, but there seems to be a 10000B a day limit (this may vary depending on your bank / card - you may not be able to get this much out).

18. What beaches and islands are the best ones to go to?
The most developed beach resorts in Thailand are Pattaya and Phuket, which  both receive millions of tourists every year. Phuket has some very nice beaches, but every year it is getting more and more crowded and is very expensive compared to almost anywhere else in Thailand. Pattaya is much cheaper, but has a mediocre beach and dirty water. Most visitors here come for the bars, discos and prostitutes for which Pattaya is internationally famous/infamous. Phuket's Patong beach seems to be rapidly developing into a mini Pattaya. Due to the amount of tourists there, both have developed into very good areas for all kind of watersports.
Ko Samui is another international beach resort, but is still quieter than Phuket - this is probably the best place for a family beach holiday. Chaweng is the best and most developed beach, and there is plenty of nightlife though not on the scale of Patong beach on Phuket. North of here is the backpacker dominated Ko Pha-Ngan, which is mostly pretty quiet and with only cheap bungalows for accommodation. Hat Rin beach is the exception, with plenty of bars and restaurants and the monthly Full Moon party. Further north still is Ko Tao, which is popular with tourists but still remains quite quiet. This is a very scuba diving orientated island, and it's not really worth going if you're not planning on diving or snorkeling.
Ko Phi Phi - where 'The Beach' movie was filmed - is also noisy and very developed. Though it is a beautiful island, a lot of people seem to come away disappointed with the high prices and the pollution that there is. It is another very good place for scuba diving and snorkeling, though.
The beaches in Krabi province (Rai Leh and Ao Phra Nang) are very nice and are becoming almost as developed as Ko Phi Phi - a lot of backpackers stop here and at Ko Lanta 30km to the south.

MYANMAR F.A.Qs

Welcome to VIETLONG TRAVEL’s F.A.Q. Page. We hope this page will be of service to you answering the most frequent questions our guests have raised.


1. How do I create a custom itinerary ?
In our web site we provide over hundred tour samples but if  you do not find a suitable trip,  and want VIETLONG  TRAVEL to do all the work for you, just  click on customized trip and fill up the form to tell us what you have in mind. Our travel expert will create a trip and provide your with invaluable information!

2. How do I book the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields  for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your enquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.

3. How do I pay for the trip?

To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on "Book this trip" on web page. Our standard payment policy is to ask for a  30% deposit of the package value at the time we send you the final confirmation and the booking code  for your trip. The balance of the total package tour price should be paid at least 21 days ( twenty one days) before starting date of the trip.

4. Are there any hidden cost you do not mention ? What about tipping ?

To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on "Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form. No, all inclusions and exclusions are mentioned at our final confirmation for your trip. Generally, tipping is not compulsory. If you are satisfied with your guides, drivers, a small gratuity is an appropriate way in which to show appreciation to them.

5. Who is my guide ?
We have a strong and multilingual guide team coming from all regions of the country. They are chosen for their professionalism, rich knowledge, commitment, personal ties with the country and region and ability to inspire and communicate with you. They will be your dedicated friends during and after your trip. Many of our customers still exchange email with them long after their trip.

6. What about transportation ?

We try our best to provide you safe and comfortable means of transportation. You can find information on meals, transportation, etc. in the “How we travel” section following the detail itinerary of each tour.

7. What is the best time to travel in Myanmar ?
Myanmar has the effects of the Monsoon in different parts of the country. Temperature varies from 38°C to 19°C; humidity from 82.8% to 66%. The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low, even in the rainy season.

8. What is the time difference ?

Myanmar time is 6 1/2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Government Offices & private and foreign company: 09:30-16:30 hrs. Banks: 10:00-14:00 hrs.

9. What do I need to know regarding Myanmar visa ?

Visitors must have a valid passport with an EVT [Entry Visa for Tourist] to enter Myanmar. EVT can be obtained at any Myanmar Embassy/ Consulate offices with validity for 28 days.  Application forms in duplicate with three-passport size photos are to be submitted with a fee of US $ 25 in their respective currency.  There are two type of tourist visa available.  Inclusive Package Visa - valid three months from the date of issue.

10. Can I get Myanmar visa on arrival ?
Visa-on-arrival can be arranged for those countries where Myanmar Embassy/Consulate office does not exists. In which case, Asian Venture will organize a pre-arranged via-on-arrival service. You can also get visa online through visa service provided by www.myanmarvisa.com

11. Can I bring my mobile phone into Myanmar?
At present the local GSM network does not support global network. Therefore using your global mobile phone is not possible in Myanmar. If you brought your mobile phone into Myanmar then you just have to leave with the custom department upon your arrival and reclaim before departure.

12. Can I use credit card in Myanmar?
All major credit card service in Myanmar has been suspended due to American Government's sanction over Myanmar.

13. What medical precautions I need to take ?

It is better to bring your own required medicine that you use daily basis. We have AEA and SOS International standard medical service provider which is dependable. There are several foreign trained local medical doctors and 24 hour Clinic around big cities like Yangon and Mandalay however treatment can be rather limited in other remote region.

LAOS F.A.Qs

Welcome to VIETLONG TRAVEL’ s F.A.Q. We hope this page will be of service to you answering the most frequent questions our guests have raised.

1. How do I create a custom itinerary ?
In our web site we provide over hundred tour samples but if you do not find a suitable trip,  and want VIETLONG TRAVEL to do all the work for you, just click on customized trip and fill up the form to tell us what you have in mind. Our travel expert will create a trip and provide your with invaluable information!

2. How do I book the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields  for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your enquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term

3. How do I pay for the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our standard payment policy is to ask for a  30% deposit of the package value at the time we send you the final confirmation and the booking code  for your trip. The balance of the total package tour price should be paid at least 21 days ( twenty one days) before starting date of the trip.

4. Are there any hidden cost you do not mention ? What about tipping ?

To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form No, all inclusions and exclusions are mentioned at our final confirmation for your trip. Generally, tipping is not compulsory. If you are satisfied with your guides, drivers, a small gratuity is an appropriate way in which to show appreciation to them.

5. Who is my guide ?
We have a strong and multilingual guide team coming from all regions of the country. They are chosen for their professionalism, rich knowledge, commitment, personal ties with the country and region and ability to inspire and communicate with you. They will be your dedicated friends during and after your trip. Many of our customers still exchange email with them long after their trip.

6. What about  transportation ?
We try our best to provide you safe and comfortable means of transportation. You can find information on meals, transportation, etc. in the “How we travel” section following the detail itinerary of each tour.

7. When is the best time to travel Laos ?
The coolest months are December through February. Air conditioning is then unnecessary. Luang Prabang and Northern Laos will have temperatures approaching freezing at night during this time, but daytime can be like spring in Europe, North America and Japan. March through May are the hottest months, sometimes exceeding 40C for a few days at a stretch. June through August are the wettest months, and high temperatures seldom exceed 28C or 29C due to extensive cloud cover. It is lush & very green then, and the sun does shine much of the day, making it excellent for photography. September through November the rains taper off and the dry season starts to dominate rural and city life. Every season in Laos has something special to offer, so there is no reason to procrastinate.

8. What is the time difference ?
Laos is twelve hours ahead of New York and seven hours ahead of London, one hour behind Perth and three hours behind Sydney.

9. Is is safe to travel ? Are there places to avoid ?
You will be welcome everywhere in Laos; the personal security issue would be far more worrisome in USA or Europe. Backpackers and families are equally secure in moving around. Travel insurance is easily purchased and the premiums are reasonable. Embassies and local travel personnel are in perfect positions to know the ins and outs what's hot and what's not. New destinations constantly open up throughout the year. It is always advisable to ask what's going on when you get there.

10. Do's and Don'ts ?
Lao culture is generally conservative, so watch the locals and try to act like them. Trying to speak a few words of Lao will always be appreciated, and will earn you big smiles and friendly interaction. If you encounter a problem, maintaining patience and poise. Unlike western countries, raising your voice will be completely counter productive. Laos is a very personal place and smiles are returned more quickly than you might expect, even when you don't speak the local dialect.

11. What money should I take ?

Travelers checks are accepted, and just about all credit cards too. US dollars and Thai baht are equally welcome. It is unnecessary to carry around wads of the local currency the "kip". Cash advances can be taken on major credit cards in most Vientiane banks but there are no ATM machines yet. International transfers can also be arranged-funds can be available within 48-72 hours if you are in Vientiane.

12. What are the visa requirements?
Most passport holders require a visa to enter Laos. Visas are available upon arrival at Wattay International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport, Pakxe International Airport, and the Friendship Bridge. The price is US$30 and they are vaild for 15 days. 15-day extensions are easily granted in Vientiane at the Immigration office. Expect to spend 10-20 minutes at any of the above visa points. Also, you can get Laos visas at the Laos Embassy in your country.

13. What language will they understand ?
English is the language of tourism in Laos. Guides are available who speak European languages. English appears more and more on road and building signs. The phonebook is printed in Lao and English. You will meet many English speakers in large cities (Vientiane & Luang Prabang). Cyber cafes are sprouting up everywhere, and these are always staffed by English speakers.

14. How about my health ?
Any food that is not peeled, boiled, fried, or otherwise guaranteed to be clean should best be avoided. While sidewalk foodstalls often have clean food, that is not guaranteed. Hotel & restaurant food is however acceptable. Drink only bottled water. Hotels have doctors on call and there is an International Medical Clinic in Vientiane. If you are going on a daytrip, it is advisable to take a box lunch prepared by your hotel or guesthouse. Your guide can also provide good advice about clean eating establishments along the way. Use insect repellant liberally, as when traveling overland, sleeping or eating outdoors, there is a risk of mosquitos. This is especially important in remote areas.

15. What food will I find ?
You will find excellent international cuisine of every description, including Indian, Japanese, Italian, French, Thai, Chinese and Korean. Hotel restaurants are a good place to start and are not necessarily expensive. Then try restaurants, like Kua Lao in Vientiane that specialize in Lao dishes known to be popular with foreigners. Fish and vegetables are local and excellent. Lao beer is excellent. Locals prefer spicy food but chefs know that foreigners prefer mild spices to strong ones. Still, it is smart to remind your waitress to go light on the sauce!

CAMBODIA F.A.Qs

Welcome to VIETLONG TRAVEL’ s F.A.Q. Page. We hope this page will be of service to you answering the most frequent questions our guests have raised.


1. How do I create a custom itinerary ?
In our web site we provide over hundred tour samples but if  you do not find a suitable trip,  and want VIETLONG TRAVEL to do all the work for you, just  click on customized trip and fill up the form to tell us what you have in mind. Our travel expert will create a trip and provide your with invaluable information!


2. How do I book the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields  for information. Once completed filling the form , you just click Submit to send us your enquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.


3. How do I pay for the trip ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our standard payment policy is to ask for a  30% deposit of the package value at the time we send you the final confirmation and the booking code  for your trip. The balance of the total package tour price should be paid at least 21 days ( twenty one days) before starting date of the trip.


4. Are there any hidden cost you do not mention ? What about tipping ?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on " Book this trip" on web page. Our booking form. No, all inclusions and exclusions are mentioned at our final confirmation for your trip. Generally, tipping is not compulsory. If you are satisfied with your guides, drivers, a small gratuity is an appropriate way in which to show appreciation to them.


5. Who is my guide ?
We have a strong and multilingual guide team coming from all regions of the country. They are chosen for their professionalism, rich knowledge, commitment, personal ties with the country and region and ability to inspire and communicate with you. They will be your dedicated friends during and after your trip. Many of our customers still exchange email with them long after their trip.


6. What about transportation ?
We try our best to provide you safe and comfortable means of transportation. You can find information on meals, transportation, etc. in the “How we travel” section following the detail itinerary of each tour.


7. What are temperature and climate in Cambodia?
Cambodia has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons – Hot/Dry from March to May, Rainy/Monsoon from June to October and small Winter/Cool from November through February. The average annual temperature is 280C – 320C, this ranges in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The temperature during the small winter is 140C - 160C at provinces throughout the country but in Phnom Penh is about 160C – 200C. In the early April, it is found that there are some rain showers through the beginning of May. The end of May and the beginning of June the full monsoon starts till the end of October.


8. What is the time difference ?
Cambodia is twelve hours ahead of New York and seven hours ahead of London, one hour behind Perth and three hours behind Sydney.


9. How I can get a visa to Cambodia?
There is very easy now-a-day as you can obtain Cambodia visa upon your arrival at the airport in Phnompenh and Siem Reap. The visa fee is just USD 20 per person to be paid directly to the immigration officer upon arrival but remember to bring along  2 passport photos and a photocopy of your passport. Beside the Pochentong Airport International and Siem Reap Airport, there are additionally few of border gateways where travellers can apply for an entry-visa upon their arrival such as Poi Pet and Cham Yeam Cambodian-Thai Border-(gateways and Bavet and Phnom Den Cambodian-Vietnamese Border ).


10. What attire should I bring on my vacation to Cambodia ?
The climate of Cambodia is hot and humid almost all year round, it is ideal to have light clothing to be worn throughout the year. But during the small winter from December till March, you are advised to wear thick clothing. It is also advisable for ladies and gentlemen, when entering any Buddhist pagoda, in tradition, ladies are inappropriately found to wear shorts, trousers or any sexy attire. Men and women are cultured for a dignitary image? is not to wear shorts and cap when you are in the complex of a Buddhist pagoda. The flip-flops, boots or shoes must specially be taken off before entering into any Buddhist temple. At ancient temples, you are free to wear any as you wish but not bras and under-pan.


11. Do I need any vaccinations ?

Medical services are available in all towns at government run hospitals and private clinics. Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centres. International class hotels also have their individual in-house medical Doctor to service their guests.


12. How safe is it?

Tourist areas in Cambodia are safe by world standards, but the usual commonsense safety precautions should be adhered to. Tourists should stick to set travel arrangements and avoid unknown areas. It is not safe to walk the streets of Phnom Penh at night where street lighting is poor. We recommend you keep jewelry to a minimum, and leave items of value in your hotel’s safety deposit box. Always keep a photocopy of your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers, and a detailed record of your en-cashed travelers checks.


13. Do I require medical insurance before travelling to Cambodia ?
It is a good idea for you to take have medical insurance before you travel to Cambodia as Cambodia does not have reciprocal health service agreements with other nations.If you do fall ill, pharmacies in Hanoi and HCMC stock a decent range of imported medicines (check they are not past their “use-by” date). Both these cities also now have good, international-class medical facilities. Elsewhere, local hospitals will be able to treat minor ailments, but for anything more serious head back to Hanoi or HCMC.


14. What money should I take ?
Travelers checks are accepted, and just about all credit cards too. US dollars and Thai baht are equally welcome. It is unnecessary to carry around wads of the local currency the "Riels". Cash advances can be taken on major credit cards in most Phnom penh and Siem Reap banks but there are no ATM machines yet. International transfers can also be arranged-funds can be available within 48-72 hours if you are in capital city.

Testimonials

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