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Are there any age restrictions for this tour?

We have a minimum age requirement of 18 years old to join the tour. Group members aged 16-17 years old are welcome to join the tour but only with a family member that will act as their guardian whilst on tour. Aside from that, no age requirements at all! While our target age is 18-35, we have had many 35+ year old group members join us on tour. It is more about mindset than anything else so if you are looking for a backpacking experience, with backpacker style accommodation and expectations for transportation and evening activities (always optional), then we invite you to join us for an adventure.

Should I bring cash to exchange or are there ATMs?

Both! There are ATM machines throughout the tour in nearly every location we visit. There is usually a currency exchange fee and most banks will charge a processing fee. For this reason, we suggest withdrawing however much you feel you will need on tour (explained above) when using the machines. The more you use the ATMs the more fees you will pay. Vietnam has a cap on most withdrawals so we suggest using ANZ Bank Machines as they allow withdrawals of up to 5M VND per transaction. For currency exchange, there are kiosks throughout the airport when you land and also opportunities in Hanoi once you arrive at the hotel. These kiosks accept all major currencies from Western countries. You can also exchange at home before you arrive but the exchange fee is usually higher. The cheaper option is to use an ATM card but currency exchange is also readily available. Just make sure to let your bank know you plan to travel abroad so they do not lock your account when they see a sudden overseas withdrawal.

How much spending money should I bring?

Not much is needed! We suggest at least £10 GBP / $15 USD (or equivalent) for spending money each day. The non-included meals are very cheap in Vietnam and all of your excursions, transport, and accommodation is included in the cost of the tour. If you plan to bring home a lot of gifts for friends or family (or yourself) or like a big night out then we suggest budgeting a bit more than the amounts listed above. You can get away with spending even less than this if you are on a tight budget but this average seems to work best for most group members.

Can I contact other people who have booked onto the same tour as me?

Of course! We encourage everyone to talk over our social networks. You can find a list of them at the bottom of this page. If you’ve joined a tour, we will send you an invite to a dedicated Facebook group made for your tour a few weeks before it starts. Your tour guide and a tour manager will also be in the group to answer any questions you may have.

Can I wash my clothes during the tour?

Yes, please! All accommodation aside from the homestay offers the chance to do your washing at very reasonable prices. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go for the bucket wash - the price is right.

Do many people travel to Vietnam alone?

Yes, many travellers—both male and female—travel alone throughout Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Upon arrival, we will pick you up from the airport, you will meet your travel mates and the adventure begins.

Do I need travel insurance for the tour?

Yes! We ask that you get travel insurance for your time with us on tour. Things happen and it is always best to err on the side of caution. There are dozens of websites to use but one we suggest is www.insureandgo.com. Many banks also provide travel insurance and you should contact your bank to check if this is available with your account.

This tour includes food, transport and trips yet the price is still cheap! Why?

We have spent more than two years travelling Vietnam in order to find you the best possible experience at the absolute lowest price! We also sell our tour directly to you through our website, not through a travel agency, which cuts out a major expense incurred by other tour companies.

Will I have access to the internet?

Yes, all of the accommodation on our tour offers wi-fi as well as most cafes and restaurants. You also have the option to purchase a 3G sim card for about £7 ($10USD) upon arrival.

Is there a dress code for entering the temples and other religious sites?

Yes, the dress code is seen as a show of respect to the culture, temple and monks that often live in the temples. Men should wear long pants and no cut-off sleeves. Women should wear trousers, a long skirt, or dress that extends fully below the knees and covers their shoulders - the knees should be fully covered. Tank tops and low cut shirts should also be avoided by both genders.

Do I need any vaccinations?

Yes, please arrange an appointment with your local physician and explain your travel plans. Most hospitals have travel clinics with helpful information and vaccinations on site. We suggest doing this well before your trip is to begin to ensure there are no unexpected waiting periods during this process! Please visit here for more information: CDC