Before coming to Vietnam, you need to prepare some things so that your adventure trip can be fun, safe and interesting. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Luggage and suitcases
Bring small bags, such as a backpacks and money belts so that you can take cameras, sunscreen, money, snacks and wet towels with you for daily cycling. Suitcases and backpacks are very cheap in Vietnam, wherever you go, so you can buy them easily. During the tour, all of your luggage will be carried by a support vehicle.
If you plan to rent a bicycle from us, to go on your own tour, we will provide a luggage rack, but you must provide your own panniers.
Cycling gear and clothes:
Bring your own cycling shoes or sneakers, shorts, pedals, cycling meters, camelback, cycling shirt and shorts. Also, many people prefer to bring their own seats (saddles) seat posts, pedals, and helmet, especially for long trips. If this is the case with you, be sure to bring these items. We advise you to bring your own water bottle, although Vietnam Backroads will provide one for you.
You are welcome to bring you own bicycle if you prefer. Of course, we will supply one as part of the tour.
Handlebar Camera Mounts & Water Bottles:
We suggest that you bring your own camera handlebar mounts and water bottles with you for long trips .
Things we supply for all tours:
Ice boxes, small wet towels, fruit, snacks, mineral water, soft drinks, paper napkins, bikes, spare parts and spare bike, helmets, bottles of water, first aid kits, tool kits, pumps.
Passport and Visa:
All nationalities require a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. You must carry a valid passport, permit, and certificates for the countries which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Vietnam Visa: All nationalities require a visa in advance, Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. Tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days. Tourist visas can only be obtained in Vietnamese Embassies, Consulates, or Online. Get visa online. Here are the Embassies and Consulates of Vietnam worldwide
You should send your application and photos to a Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad which is most convenient to you. On your requirement, the reply will be returned by post (you must provide stamped envelopes with your name and address).Vietnam-Embassy.
A 15-day visa on arrival can be obtained at all airports and all land border crossings. Fees vary depending on country – US$ 42 for Canada, US$ 35 for the USA, UK and most of Europe, and US$ 30 for Australia and other countries. You’ll need a passport photo, an application form (your guide will provide this to you in advance) and US dollars for the visa fee. At land borders you will be asked to pay nominal (US$1-3) overtime, weekend and other various fees, the amount of which varies at each border crossing.
A visa issued at a Laos consulate abroad is valid for 30 days. When entering Laos with a visa please, be sure to obtain an immigration entry stamp. Entering the country on only a visa, and not the proper immigration entry stamp, could subject you to fines and/or penalties.
All nationalities require a visa. A 30 day visa on arrival is available at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports and at some land border crossings, however, we strongly advise obtaining a visa in advance for land crossings due to unstable regulations. You can also obtain a visa online through e-Visa, but we don’t recommend using it for land border crossings. See all Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia aboard see this page
♦ E-visa can not be used at the Vietnamese and Cambodian border
♦ A tourist visa is valid for a single 30 day stay. You must specify your arrival date when applying for a visa and it will be calculated from this date.
Indochina cycling Tour strongly recommends that you get travel insurance before your departure. Here are the Insurance Companies that you can contact: Asia travel Insurance; World Escapade.