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Indochina Encounter + Good Morning Vietnam! QBV

Trip Duration 20 Days

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Indochina Encounter + Good Morning Vietnam!Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 17 reviews
(9 out of 10)


It was an unforgettable experience and a wonderful holiday. One of the strongest aspects of both tours (Indochina Encounter and Good Morning Vietnam) was the quality of our Explore Leaders. Sitar in Cambodia and Theo in Vietnam were extremely knowledgeable, solicitous, organised, efficient and fun! I learned so much about the customs, history and culture through them. Highlights for me were Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor Wat and the Bamboo Train in Batambong in Cambodia, Hoi An in Vietnam (especially the bike tour of the craft villages) and Ha Long Bay. I only wish that we could have spent longer on the boat cruise in Ha Long Bay as it is an indescribably beautiful place. Visiting both the Killing Fields memorial and S-21 in Cambodia and the Cu Chi tunnels and War Museum in Vietnam was harrowing but enlightening. I would thoroughly recommend those visits too. We booked a few days extra in Han Oi at the end of the tour; I would advise other travelers to do the same as although the tours are fantastic there is not a lot of time for relaxation!
Confirmed traveller: 15 August 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016
(3 out of 10)


I gave it such a low score because for many reasons.

My trip was amazing prior to getting to Vietnam. Tour guides (nicky and art) were friendly, knowledgeable with the city's and extremely helpful about our visa issues into Cambodia and Vietnam.

The score is so low because of the experience in Vietnam.

The first leader we had very briefly before transitioning. He wasn't around much and when he was he always joked/reminded the group at ever chance tour leader tips are not included.

The second felt like things were rushed or misleading with him when it came to some of the day trips. An example of a rushed trip was the cu chi tunnels. Left the hotel around 8-8:30? Had to be back by 12 for check out and its was an hour and half travel each way. It was disappointing to be rushed on something I will probably on see that one time.

Misleading in the sense that his description of them we not accurate to what we actually saw. One was described as seeming tombs but saw a single tomb. Had I know that I would have gone to a tour agency to book one that I had more interest in.

One of the biggest things that left me with a negative impression of your company was an issue about tipping. I read the tour notes prior but they didn't imply that tipping is mandatory, put aside money roughly 60 dollars and use as you go is what it said in the itinerary.
Tipping is always an optional thing but it was brought up to the "good morning Vietnam" group by the tour leader in a way that made it mandatory a thing. I was tipping for services I didn't receive or bad service on a few occasions.
When leader was asked about it they said to bring it up with the company.
Speaking to you now, if it was to be a mandatory thing then included in the package.
Confirmed traveller: 08 April 2016
Published on: 18 April 2016

Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear you had varied service from our Explore Leaders – we’ve addressed your points with them all so that our customers receive consistent service on this trip. I also understand your disappointment regarding only seeing a single tomb. The tomb trip is offered as a potential destination – of several involving visits to local tombs – during a free day in your itinerary. It’s a shame that you were not able to find another site locally, or we could have pointed you in the direction of a number of options. I’ve noted your comment about tipping, but I must clarify that it’s not mandatory. As a number of our customers find the issue very difficult or embarrassing, we offer a service called a tips kitty. Your leader will take the sum advised in the trip notes and distribute the tips on the group’s behalf. This is noted on a formal account and signed off with a member of the group at the end of the trip. I apologise if you felt this tied you in to tipping, that is not the case and you can chose to tip yourself out side of this arrangement. I am sorry this was fully not explained to you.

(8 out of 10)


A brilliant holiday, so many sites to see, places to visit. It was also a time to reflect and remember . There were poignant times, places to experience and times to relax.

All the guides were excellent, and the programme ran smoothly.
Confirmed traveller: 05 March 2016
Published on: 19 March 2016
(8 out of 10)


St Florence, Tenby
Explore trips suit me down to the ground as all the hard work of organising a holiday is done by a very experienced tour company. I do not have to worry about what flight to catch or what bus to get as it is all done for me and I can enjoy the ride.
Confirmed traveller: 21 August 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015
(10 out of 10)


I was apprehensive about doing this as it was my first ever time alone on holidays let alone a full 21 days exploring 3 countries but the group I was with were all fabulous people and it turned out to be the best time in my life.
Confirmed traveller: 08 August 2015
Published on: 29 September 2015
(10 out of 10)


Milton Lilbourne
I've travelled alot with explore and have some of the best travel experiences with them. They have excellent tour leaders. Sometimes there office administration let's them down.
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2015
Published on: 29 September 2015
(9 out of 10)


Forest Row
I have travelled with Explore 3 times now and find the tours to be good value for money with the option of extra things to do if you want to spend more.
The itineraries are good and the guides have good local knowledge of places to eat and are always available to help.
Occasionally the odd room isn't the same standard as the rest but I always rave about my trips to friends and family and recommend Explore to anyone who will listen.
Confirmed traveller: 09 May 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Be prepared for 3 or 4 really long (and overnight) 20 hour train rides in sleeper trains in bunk beds! It's a great experience ONCE but got a bit tedious after a few of them. Also be prepared that there are very few Western style toilets and 'hole's in the floor' are everywhere. Bring some toilet paper and some hand wash! EVERY hotel provided towels so you could save space by not bringing one!
Confirmed traveller: 26 November 2014
Published on: 07 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

There were so many! I think the day that will forever stand out for me was the day in Phnom Penh when we visited S21 and the Killing fields. I was so moved by the tragic history in what we heard and saw. On a lighter note the overnight stay on the sailing Junk was wonderful. Oh, and the overnight train rides, you either love them (me) or hate them(everyone else).Som was OK, he got us where we needed to be but wasn't terrible forthcoming with information or advice. The guide that took us around Phnom Penh was called Weng, he was outstanding! Hoan in Vietnam couldn't have done more to make out holiday better if he'd tried. He was wonderful.
Confirmed traveller: 31 August 2014
Published on: 11 December 2015