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What does a Global Spectrum tour consist of?
The majority of our trips consists of all-inclusive
land packages which include accommodations, transportation and transfers;
english-speaking guides (local or national), sightseeing and entrance
fees, meals as indicated in the itinerary.
You will be advised if any of these items are not included in your tour
Usually not included are tips, drinks, travel or health insurance, and
items of a personal nature such as laundry.
What can I expect from a Global Spectrum itinerary?
Our carefully planned itinerary maximizes each day,
starting early and finishing well after sunset. You will have a well-balanced
mix of cultural immersion, sightseeing, and physical activities for
each day. There is also free time allotted for your own exploring, shopping,
Our programs fall into three ability/activity levels:
Easy: Few physical demands, with light walking
and optional cycling. Private transportation. Comfortable accommodations
range from five-star (including resorts) to first-class hotels with
private facilities. See Leisure programs.
Moderate: More active trip involving hiking over moderate terrain,
motor biking, and cycling, and traveling to more remote areas. Accommodations
range from comfortable to basic. See Veteran programs.
Challenging: Hiking over steeper or more rugged terrain, kayaking,
boating, camping, traveling by public transportation, and more time
for independent travel. Accommodations range from mini-hotels to traditional
village stays. See our Adventure programs.
The quality of the guide can make or break a trip!
Our "in-country" guides are personally selected based on
their experience, command of English, knowledge of the local culture
and history, communication skills, interpersonal and leadership abilities,
problem solving skills, and an understanding of the needs of the North
In addition to a local guide, a western escort with particular expertise
will accompany the group to further enhance the experience of the
trip on many of our special interest, adventure, and veteran group
Is it safe to travel in Southeast Asia?
One of our foremost considerations is your safety,
which is taken into account from the creation of the itinerary to
the conclusion of the tour.
Just as in any other part of the world, precaution and common sense
are in order when traveling, to prevent personal misfortunes such as petty crime
Modern-day Southeast Asia has
hotels ranging from budget to five-star. Deluxe properties are located
only in the major cities. Throughout the rest of the counties, traditional
style accommodations with varying levels of private facilities exist.
Global Spectrum constantly stays abreast of hotel developments in
order to offer our clients the best available and most appropriate
accommodations. This might mean a five-star resort or a traditional
house. Our programs often dictate what type of accommodation
is used. When available, our leisure tours allow the customer
a selection from standard to deluxe.
How will I get around in-country?
The Southeast Asian countries included in our tours
have national airlines that we use within the individual countries.
International and regional carriers fly Inter-Asia.
Non air transportation ranges from a fleet of modern vehicles such
as car sedan, land rover, mini-van or 52-passenger busses to the traditional
riverboats, private sampans, or ox-carts! The means of transportation
used during a tour will depend on the size of the group and the areas
Can Global Spectrum arrange air transportation for
Our experienced in-house air-ticketing
department is capable of handling all domestic and international flights.
What type of travel documents will I need?
Passport: Valid up to at least 6 months beyond
your travel date.
Visas: For US Citizens, a tourist visa is required for entry
into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. For US Citizens, no visa
is required for travel to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand.
For more updated information, please call the individual
country consulates or the Global Spectrum office.
Please allow ample time for visa processing, especially when traveling
to multiple countries on a single journey.
What is the local money called? Can I use credit
cards? Travelers Check? ATM Machines?
Cambodian Riel, Hong Kong Dollar, Indonesian Rupiah, Laos New
Kip, Myanmar Kyat, Singapore Dollars, Thai Baht, Vietnamese Dong.
In Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand all major credit
cards are widely accepted. In Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos credit cards are accepted at
most hotels and better restaurants and shops. In Myanmar credit
cards are rarely accepted even in major hotels.
In Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, travelers
checks are normally accepted as payment. In Viet Nam, Cambodia and
Laos, travelers checks are accepted on a limited basis and may
be difficult to change. In Myanmar, they are generally not accepted.
Available in Viet Name, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. In Cambodia and
Laos, less so. In Myanmar not at all. US dollars, preferably
crisp clean bills, are accepted almost everywhere in all of the countries
When is the best time to travel?
The climate is tropical with three seasons. The most pleasant being
the dry season from November to February when temperatures are cooler.
The hot season lasts from March to May with average temperatures in
the high 90s. The monsoon season, which is both hot and humid, is from
June to October. The wettest months are August to September.
Has a subtropical climate. The temperatures range from the 50s in
the winter months (Dec-Mar) to the 90s in the summer months (Jun-Sep).
here are two main seasons in Bali. The dry season extends from April
to October and the wet season from November to March. Temperatures average
around 80 degrees all year round in the lowlands and can get quite cool
in the highlands.
The rainy season lasts from May through October with hot and humid
weather. The dry season begins in November with cool temperatures giving
way to hot and dry weather from April through May when the temperature
is very hot.
The climate is tropical with three seasons. The southwest monsoon
starts at the end of May and lasts through October. The dry weather
starts in November. A second monsoon passes the southeast of the country
in December and January. Temperatures between March and May can be very
The climate in Singapore is usually either hot or very hot, since
it is located 80 miles north of the equator. The temperatures vary between
70s at night to 90s in the day. The months from November through January,
during the northeast monsoon, are generally the coolest.
The climate is tropical with three seasons. The average temperature
for the dry season (Dec-Feb) is in the 80s, the hot season (Mar-Jun)
is in the 90s, and the wet season (Jun-Nov) is in the 80s.
The climate in Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere in the south is hottest
and most humid in March and April. The dry season runs from November
to April and the rainy season from May to October. In the north, the
wet season is from May to September; December to March are the driest
What type of vaccinations do I need to travel to Southeast Asia?
No vaccinations are officially required.
Please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) web site
www.cdc.gov for current information.
We recommend the purchase of travel insurance.