If you find packing for your Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019 difficult, check out our Vietnam and Cambodia packing list about all the things you should bring along to these beautiful countries.
Vietnam and Cambodia visa
Before getting to any country, it is necessary that you will need your visa. Firstly, check your passport if it is valid for at least 6 months counting from your arrival date.
For both countries, there are 3 main ways to obtain it; which are via Embassy in your home town, E-Visa and visa on arrival. The first option as well as Vietnam E-visa and Cambodia E-visa have to be prepared in prior to your departure to our countries; and apart from the visa itself and your passport which is a must for your travel, you do not need to bring any other documents. Meanwhile, for visa on arrival, remember to bring the approval letter for visa on arrival to Vietnam, 02 passport-sized photos and cash for visa stamping fee.
Cambodia visa stamping fee is US$30 per person, Vietnam visa stamping fee is US$25 per person.
Vietnam and Cambodia packing list
The weather in Vietnam and Cambodia is quite the same, despite the fact that temperature in Cambodia is higher than Vietnam. So the packing list is expected to be just one.
Basically, you will need cash or some planned amount on your credit card for your vacation. Most of it will be for main meals, drinking water, sightseeing tickets, laundry, tips, taxi/transportation fee, etc.
Once arriving at the airport, you will need a cab taking you to your hotel. This fee is from US$10-20 and will be less in some places such as Ho Chi Minh City where the airport is closed to the city center. For the other excursions, you can also use taxi; but there’re quite a lot of scam for tourist taxi in big cities and Grab – the most convenient and cost-saving for private car/taxi services using the base of internet. However this will only easily apply for ones who plan meticulously of all the spots they want to go, the fee can be from US$1.5 – 3/excursion
Food and drink
Street food is incredibly cheap like US$1-2 for a “banh mi”, US$2-2.5 for a bowl of Pho noodle or Bun Bo Hue or Hu Tieu, US$2.5-3 for a plate of chicken rice etc. A bottle of beer costs US$2 and for a dinning out with a set menu, the price is around US$10-15 per person.
Tipping isn’t a norm while traveling, but expected in many countries especially in Vietnam and Cambodia while their tourism is developing. We have an useful guideline for tipping in Vietnam here, you might want to take a look: https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/tipping-in-vietnam
If you already book the package holidays to Vietnam and Cambodia from your home which most tours include lunches and the tickets for your touring days so that you do not have to bring much cash in your pocket. You can use US$ notes for restaurants, tipping or souvenirs but it is more cost-effective if you convert the majority of the cash in Vietnamese Dong and Cambodia Riel. You can easily do it at the airport in the arriving country.
- For the safe Vietnam and Cambodia holidays 2019, pack a first-aid kit with bandages, disinfectant, tweezers and an anti-diarrhea medicine, you can quickly treat cuts and scratches and stop them from getting infected. To avoid some problems occurred with foreign pharmacies like some medicines that are unavailable, poor in quality or unclear origin, make sure to bring prescripted medications in quantities large enough to use during your trip.
- Sun cream to avoid the extreme heat and the long day time during summer in Vietnam and Cambodia
- Insect repellent especially for the countryside area
Clothes made by cotton are highly recommended which will absorb much of your sweat; as Vietnam and Cambodia can be hot and humid all the time. For visiting temples and religious places, choose pants that cover your knees, long skirts or t-shirt with sleeves and modest neckline. Shoes, long pants and water-proof light jacket are suitable for rainy season.
You do not have to bring a lot of clothes when coming to Vietnam and Cambodia tours as things here are quite cheap and the laundry services are everywhere with fair price and good quality.
Water resist phone bag
There are a lot of interesting water activities throughout your Vietnam and Cambodia holidays; not only beach time or snorkeling, but also river boating in Ninh Binh, Quang Binh, Tonle Sap Lake, etc. So make sure to have a water-resist phone bag with you to protect your phone from downpours of rain and to have some good shot under water.
Flight tickets, hotel vouchers
You should keep them handy with theirs phone number and address in details; so that you will never get lost on the streets and always can find your way back to your hotel.
Sunglasses and hat
Travel money belt body wallet
Extra memory card
You will take tons of pictures during Vietnam and Cambodia trip because the sceneries are all beautiful and not repetitive.
Together with a lot of things to prepare before the trip, looking for the best tour companies for Vietnam and Cambodia package tour is essential. I believe it will be much easier if you go with Indochina Voyages, including 2 typical types of Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019 such as Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 15 days and Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 13 days. Not only assist the travelers with reasonable itinerary that matches the guests’ interests but also as an expert in the area; we bring out the very helpful advice to save a lot of your time and budget. Let’s have a look then choose the one that suits you the most or simply send us an email, we will get back to you shortly. Happy traveling!
Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist