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18-Day Family Trip to Vietnam

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Overview

This family-orientated adventure takes you from north to south, from countryside escapes to city explorations to get a feel for Vietnam.

Starting in Hanoi, you quickly escaped to the limestone karsts and endless rice paddies to explore stunning quiet places like Ninh Binh and Mai Chau. Not forgetting, an unmissable 1-night stay on Halong Bay where you'll explore the most iconic caves on the bay.

Venturing down to Hue, you are in the Royal country, where you'll be taken around the remains of the Royal citadel and explore the most beautiful tomb of all the former rulers. Travelling down to Hoi An, you are in another unmissable location of your Vietnam tour, were quaint yellow houses are matched by rural countryside, which you will get to know a little more while on the back of a motorbike.

Your Vietnam family holiday ends in the South, where you'll see a very different landscape of flat plains and mangroves, but first the humble chaos of Ho Chi Minh City! Leaving the city behind, you'll learn about life on the Mekong in Cai Be and Chau Doc before you leave Vietnam by boat.
Culture & Arts
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Cycling
Food & Drink
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Hanoi

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Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre to check-in. Walk to the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo ride around the Old Streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about the legend of the lake. Stop at art galleries, handicraft shops for shopping, followed by a Water Puppet Show, a typical art performance of people in Red River Delta.

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    Accommodation

    Adamas Hanoi Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Old Quarter Exploring By Cyclo

    Water Puppet Show

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    Private Driver from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

Day 2

Hanoi City Tour

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Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast, visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum before exploring his house on stilts and the lush garden. Close to the mausoleum is one of the great symbols of Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century wooden temple designed to resemble a blooming lotus. Continue to the venerable Temple of Literature built in 1077 – Vietnam’s first university. Lunch will be on your own expense. In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology where there are artefacts of 54 minority groups in Vietnam.

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    Accommodation

    Adamas Hanoi Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

    One Pillar Pagoda

    Temple of Literature

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Hanoi

Day 3

Journey to Mai Chau

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Journey to Mai Chau

Leave Ha Noi for Mai Chau, through a beautiful mountainous province, Hoa Binh, southwest of the capital of Vietnam. You’ll see gorgeous scenery dotted with limestone and rice paddies while passing several small villages of Thai, H’Mong, and Dao minority people before reaching the stunning valley of Mai Chau, where your lunch will be prepared. Late afternoon, walk around the village, enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature including houses-on-stilt, fish ponds, low terrace paddy fields.

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    Accommodation

    Minh Tho Homestay

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    Trek in the Mai Chau Valley

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Hanoi to Mai Châu

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Hanoi

    Hòa Bình

Day 4

Cycling in Mai Chau Valley

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Cycling in Mai Chau Valley

After breakfast, take a 2-hour bicycle ride, the kids can sit behind parents. Along the biking route, you will stop to visit a primary school, local families and learn about their daily life. You'll then ride your bicycles to villages of Thai people such as Ban Denh, Ngoa, Sun, and Muoi. From Mai Hich to Buoc Village, your route ends back at your homestay. The afternoon is free at leisure!

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    Accommodation

    Minh Tho Homestay

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    Cycling in Mai Châu

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Hòa Bình

Day 5

Travel from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh

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Travel from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh

After breakfast, you'll hop in the car to transfer from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, through beautiful rice paddies and limestone karsts, you'll watch the scenery change as your travel through the countryside. When you arrive, you'll check-in and relax, the day is free for you to enjoy as you wish, you may want to hire some bicycles to explore or spend you day by the poolside.

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    Accommodation

    Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort3 star

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    Ninh BìnhOptional Activity

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Mai Châu District to Tam Coc Ninh Binh

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    Breakfast

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    Hòa Bình

    Ninh Bình Province

Day 6

Explore Tam Coc

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Explore Tam Coc

After breakfast, visit Hoa Lu - Vietnam’s first capital in 10th century, to explore the remains of Dinh & Le Kings’ Temples. Then get on a small rowing boat to travel amidst local villages and green fields. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc; Ha Long Bay on Land. Ride a cow cart to Bich Dong temple, named by a King, “Vietnam’s second most beautiful grotto”. Climb up the Ngu Nhac Son and be charmed by the marvellous scenery of the mountains, rivers and pagodas.

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    Accommodation

    Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort3 star

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    Activities

    Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

    Temple of King Dinh Tien Hoang

    Temple of King Le Dai Hanh

    Tam Coc Boat Ride

    Bich Dong Pagoda

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    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Ninh Bình Province

Day 7

Land to Sea: Halong Bay

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Land to Sea: Halong Bay

After breakfast, depart to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, the landscape of rice fields, water buffalo, and Vietnamese villages. Arrive in Ha Long Bay and board your cruise in time for lunch on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. It may stop for a while to visit one of the best caves on the bay. Later on, the boat moves to the docking area for the night.

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    Accommodation

    Oriental Sails Cruise3 star

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    Activities

    Vung Vieng Fishing Village

    Bai Tu Long Bay

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Tam Coc Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Ninh Bình Province

    Quảng Ninh Province

    Hạ Long

Day 8

Halong Bay Cruise and Hue

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hue

Greeting the morning with the sunrise from the sea horizon, you can join a Tai Chi lesson for some morning exercise and watch the sunrise over the bay before breakfast. You will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, then head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Disembarking at 11:00, the transfer back to Hanoi and go straight to the airport for a flight to Hue. You'll be welcomed by our experienced guide and transferred into the city.

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    Accommodation

    Rosaleen Boutique Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Tai Chi Class

    Thien Canh Son Cave

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Halong Bay to Noi Bai International Airport

    Plane from Hanoi to HueOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Phu Bai Airport to Hue

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    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Quảng Ninh Province

    Hạ Long

    Thua Thien Hue

Day 9

Hue Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda

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Hue Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda

After breakfast, you will explore Vietnamese ancient architecture in the Imperial Citadel. Visit the Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. Lunch will be served at a garden house with Hue cuisine. In the afternoon, take a boat up the Perfume River to admire the beauty of Hue and its peaceful atmosphere. Disembark at Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601 between a river and a pine forest, this is one of the oldest and prettiest pagodas in the country.

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    Accommodation

    Rosaleen Boutique Hotel3 star

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    Activities

    Hue Imperial City

    Boat Trip on Perfume River

    Thien Mu Pagoda

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    Breakfast and lunch

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    Destinations

    Thua Thien Hue

Day 10

Travel the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An

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Travel the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An

After breakfast, visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh, the twelfth Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb is a mixture of the Western and Eastern architecture. Then return to your hotel to check-out and have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will drive along the most beautiful coast of Vietnam that takes you to Hoi An. Stop at Hai Van pass for a panoramic view of white sand beach, blue sea and green mountains. Arrive in Hoi An and check into your hotel.

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    Accommodation

    Hoi An Venus Hotel & Spa3 star

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    Activities

    Tomb of Khai Dinh

    Hai Van Pass

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    Private Driver from Hue to Hội An

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    Breakfast and lunch

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    Thua Thien Hue

    Hương Thủy

    Quang Nam Province

Day 11

Hoi An and Cooking Class

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Hoi An and Cooking Class

After breakfast, gather in Hoi An’s old streets to meet the chef. Visit a local market to buy ingredients then board a boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School. The cooking lesson lasts about 2 hours, after the lesson, we eat what we have cooked. Take the boat back to Hoi An in time for a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and the local market. There are numerous tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes!

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    Accommodation

    Hoi An Venus Hotel & Spa3 star

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    Activities

    Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School

    Hoi An Ancient Town

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    Breakfast and lunch

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    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

Day 12

Motorbike Trip to Cam Kim Island

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Motorbike Trip to Cam Kim Island

Meet your motorbike drivers and set off to Cam Kim Island. We ride along the riverbank into beautiful rural countryside. The first stop is the Ancestral House of Mr Huynh Ri. After meeting some families, we will learn the art of sleeping mat weaving, farming, Banh Dap and coffee roasting. The next stop is Noi Rang and Duy Hai fish markets. Before returning, we will cross Cua Dai Bridge where there is a spectacular panorama of Hoi An and Cam Thanh. The remainder of the day is free!

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    Accommodation

    Hoi An Venus Hotel & Spa3 star

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    Activities

    Motorbike Tour to Villages of Cẩm Kim

    Cua Dai BeachOptional Activity

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    Breakfast

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    Quang Nam Province

    Hội An

Day 13

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

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Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

Have breakfast at your hotel and be free at leisure for the morning, if you ordered clothes yesterday, you will want to use this time to pick up your new garments. Then you will meet our driver and transferred to the airport in Danang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you’re met by our guide and check-in your hotel in the city. At night, head out to try some of the food in Ho Chi Minh City - there's so much to choose from!

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    Accommodation

    Ha Hien Signature Hotel 3 star

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    Activities

    Ho Chi Minh CityOptional Activity

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Hội An to Da Nang International Airport

    Plane from Da Nang International Airport to Ho Chi Minh CityOptional Activity

    Private Driver from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to HA HIEN SIGNATURE HOTEL

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    Breakfast

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    Quang Nam Province

    Ho Chi Minh

Day 14

Cu Chi and a City Tour

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Cu Chi and a City Tour

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels outside the city, created to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, field hospitals, and command centres. During the American-Vietnam War, all of Cu Chi was designated a fire-free zone and was heavily bombarded. Two sections of the tunnels are open for visitors. In the afternoon, you will explore Ho Chi Minh City including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Centre Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.

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    Accommodation

    Ha Hien Signature Hotel 3 star

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    Activities

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Independence Palace

    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

    Saigon Central Post Office

    Ben Thanh Market

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Ho Chi Minh City to Củ Chi

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    Breakfast

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    Ho Chi Minh

Day 15

Travel to Cai Be

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Travel to Cai Be

Depart to Mekong Delta to Cai Be, where you'll take a boat cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. Here the Tien River forms the border between Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre provinces. Every day hundreds of boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor on the banks of the river, waiting for traders and customers. The place is picturesque, and the trade is hot and fun. Visit orchards,
and local houses before arriving for lunch at the Rustic Lodge.

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    Accommodation

    Mekong Rustic Homestay Cai Be

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    Cai Be Floating Market

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    Private Driver from Ho Chi Minh City to tt. Cái Bè

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Ho Chi Minh

    Tien Giang

Day 16

Exploring Cai Be and Cycling

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Exploring Cai Be and Cycling

Cycle around the peaceful Tan Phong Isles. Stop at local kindergarten if it is a school day (optional) to make friend with the kids in a village school and at a local farmer’s house to savour a cup of tea and local banana candies specialties. Enjoy your self-picked tropical fruits at one of the most abundant orchards on Mekong river while listen to Don Ca Tai Tu - an Intangible Cultural Heritage recognized by UNESCO. We keep on cycling to the bang conical hat workshop before back to your lodge

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    Accommodation

    Mekong Rustic Homestay Cai Be

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    Cai Lay Bridge Cycling Experience

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    Destinations

    Tien Giang

Day 17

Travel to Chau Doc

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Travel to Chau Doc

After breakfast, you will check out of your lodge and take the 4-hour drive to Chau Doc. Along the way, stop at Sa Dec town, Sa Dec riverside market and the Ancient House of Huynh Thuy Le. Arrive in Chau Doc and visit the Chau Doc Market to learn about trade on this border town before checking into your hilltop resort. Admire amazing sunset over Nui Sam Mountain.

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    Accommodation

    Hung Cuong Hotel3 star

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    Sa Dec Market

    Chau Doc Market

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    Private Driver from tt. Cái Bè to Châu Đốc

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    Breakfast

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    Tien Giang

    Thành phố Sa Đéc

    An Giang Province

    Thành phố Châu Đốc

Day 18

Travel to Phnom Penh

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Travel to Phnom Penh

After breakfast, you board your speedboat to Phnom Penh, this is where your Vietnam family holiday comes to an end and you continue your travels in Southeast Asia.

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    Boat from Châu Đốc to Phnom Penh

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    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    An Giang Province

Included in Price

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 35 activities
  • 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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