Before My Trip Departs

FAQ - Before My Trip Departs

Do I need any vaccinations?

Because of liability restrictions, we cannot off medical advice.  You will need to check with your doctor or other health care provider about any vaccinations that you might need or want to get before visiting Vietnam.

For detailed Health Information for Travelers to Vietnam, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web site at this link: CDC

What Airlines do you use?

For our International Flights, we use EVA Airlines; for our Domestic Flights, in Vietnam, we use Vietnam Airlines.

How much luggage can I bring?

The short answer is: 1 piece of checked baggage per person, baggage shall not exceed 20kg (44 lb).

The more detailed answer involves your

  • Domestic Flight(s) in the U.S. getting to and from our departure city (Houston or Los Angeles)
  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam and
  • Finally your Domestic Flights in Vietnam.

Domestic Flights within the United States - getting to/from our departure city (Houston or Los Angeles).  You should check with your air carrier for baggage limits and fees.

International Flight to/from our departure city to Vietnam on EVA Airlines -

  • 2 pieces of checked baggage per person, each baggage shall not exceed 23kg (50 lb)
  • 1 carry on item (small suitcase or backpack). This should not exceed 7kg (15.4 lb) or be larger than (22 x 14 x 9 inches) in size.
  • 1 personnel item (lady's purse or briefcase).

Domestic Flight within Vietnam on Vietnam Airlines -

  • 1 piece of checked baggage per person, baggage shall not exceed 20kg (44 lb)
  • 1 carry on item (small suitcase or backpack). This should not exceed 7kg (15.4 lb) or be larger than (22 x 14 x 9 inches) in size.
  • 1 personnel item (lady's purse or briefcase).

For more detailed information check your US Domestic carrier's web site.
For more information contact EVA Airlines, or Vietnam Airlines.

Is baggage handling provided?

Yes.  Once we arrive in Vietnam and your bags are loaded onto the bus, the bus driver with handle your bags between the bus and the hotels.  The hotel bellmen will handle your bags between the hotel lobby and your room.  You are expected to "Sherpa" your own baggage to and from the airport in Los Angeles, and once in Vietnam, between the airport baggage terminal and our tour bus.

The hotels in Lao Bao and Tay Ninh in which we occasionally stay don't have bellmen.  In those hotels, you would have to take your own bags up to your room.

Are tips included?

Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but it is enormously appreciated.  You are responsible for nominal tips (usually one US dollar) to hotel bellhops or laundry personnel, if you choose to use them.  If you wish to tip the staff at the hotel or restaurant for their service, give the tip directly to that person.  If you have any questions about tipping while on tour, ask your American tour guide.

Vietnam Battlefield Tours will present all end-of-tour gratuities to our Vietnamese guides, our intrepid bus drivers, and our bulk-baggage handlers.  You will not be asked to contribute.  We choose to do this rather than annoy you with the awkward and confusing process of how much to give and to whom.

Please note that Vietnam Battlefield Tour guides are prohibited from accepting personal gratuities.

Can you recommend a hotel near George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH) for me?

Yes, we can!

We stay at the DoubleTree Hotel - Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Here is the contact information:

      The DoubleTree Houston IAH
      15747 John F Kennedy Blvd.,
      Los Houston, Texas 77032.
      Phone 281-848-4000.

DoubleTree Hotel offers our clients a corporate rate of $85.00 per night (Valid: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and $155.00 per night (Valid: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) (2016).  To get this rate, you must use our Corporate Account Number when making your reservations.

Vietnam Battlefield Tours' Corporate Account Number is: 0003069822.

Reservations can be made by calling either of the phone numbers above or on line from this link.
      DoubleTree Hotel.

Can you recommend a hotel near Los Angeles Internation Airport (LAX) for me?

Yes, we can!

We stay at the Four Points by Sheraton - Los Angeles International Airport Hotel.
Here is the contact information:

      The Four Points Sheraton
      9750 Airport Blvd,
      Los Angeles, CA 90045.
      Phone 310-645-4600 or Toll Free at 888-627-8640.

Reservations can be made by calling either of the phone numbers above or on line from this link.
      Four Points by Sheraton.

I am driving to Los Angeles, can you recommend a place to park my car while on the tour?

Here are a couple of options for you.

(1)   If you are staying at the Four Points Hotel you can arrange for your car to be parked there while you are on your tour to Vietnam.  Parking is around $12.00 per night.  If you are staying at the hotel for at least one night, the hotel sometimes offers specials that include some amount of free parking.  These offers are usually only available if you book online and they may or may not allow you to use our corporate rate discount.  To see if the Four Points Hotel has any special offers, CLICK the link above and then on the link More Promotions For this Hotel near the bottom of their page.

(2)   Another option is to reserve a parking space in one of the nearby parking lots around LAX.  All lots have shuttles to and from the airport.  Some parking lots are a little more convenuent and some are more secure than others.  Prices do vary so you might want to check out a few different ones.

When I park at LAX, I park at the Hilton LAX parking lot.  Parking is secure in the hotel's underground parking structure.  Elevators bring you from the parking garage right up into the hotel's lobby and you can catch the airport shuttle right outside the door.  Gene Miller

To find a parking lot near LAX, follow this link: Los Angeles Airport Parking.

The Hilton LAX Hotel is located 0.4 miles from the Four Points Hotel.

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