Frequently Asked Questions
Is there sightseeing during the cruise?
Yes. Tours are escorted by English speaking guides, or you may prefer to do your own thing.
What currency do I need on board Le Cochinchine?
The local currency in Vietnam is Dong (VND). US Dollar bills are widely used in Vietnam and accepted almost everywhere. We recommend that passengers carry US dollars in small denominations for miscellaneous spending. Credit cards are accepted in Vietnam. Vendors who do accept cards usually add a handling commission and also currency exchange charges. On Le Cochinchine, major international credit cards are accepted for on board costs including MasterCard, Visa, and Amex (10% commission on cash withdrawals).
Will I require visas for my journey?
Advice on up to date requirements should be sought from the consulate office in your country of residence, or from your local travel agent. At present, a Visa is required for both US and Canadian travelers. A single entry visa must be obtained before entering Vietnam and can be acquired easily online. For general guidance: Your passport must be valid for ten years and have at least six months remaining at the time of entry into your country of residence.
What do I take to wear on board Le Cochinchine?
The atmosphere on board is very relaxed and the dress code is casual and comfortable. Formal wear is not required. Between September and February it is advisable to pack a light sweater for the evenings.
How many people are on board?
The cruise ship is intimate and holds only 10 cabins
Are there Single Cabins?
Do I need to be concerned about Malaria?
Clients should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel in Vietnam. On a cruise, the risk of malaria will be very low if you remain on the ship between dusk and dawn.
Do I have to leave tips?
Many cruise passengers do leave tips to show appreciation for a job well done and this is certainly acceptable. Such gestures are voluntary and at your sole discretion. If you really enjoyed your cruise and liked the service onboard we recommend leaving a tip.
How far in advance should we book?
This is a popular cruise, with limited cabins, so the earlier the better!
Do we need a pre and post night?
It is recommended that your book a pre and post night in Ho Chi Minh City to coordinate with your international flight.
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