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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share our dream Adventures by Disney vacation.
So, what prompted this month’s topic? you ask. Well, just last week, our friend and fellow MB’er, Bryce from Journeys from a Follower, enjoyed the Southern California Adventures by Disney trip in celebration of his “cancer-free!” report. I’ve loved seeing his pictures come up in my Facebook feed and dreaming of the day when I might get to experience a vacation of a lifetime! It made me curious what my fellow Green loopers would choose as their dream destination.
Notice we are calling this month’s topic “our dream Adventures by Disney vacation.” That’s because a vacation like this exists only in my dreams! As much as I’d love to take a trip like this, I can’t see my family ever affording it. So, while I’m dreaming, I’m going to dream big!
My destination of choice is the one to Southeast Asia – Vietnam Cambodia, and Laos.
Because I have two children adopted from Vietnam and we’d love to take them back someday so they can see a bit of their heritage.
An Adventures by Disney trip would be a dream come true for us because, not only would we be going back to the country where we adopted our children, but we’d be accompanied by experienced, professional tour guides, and we’d be getting so much education along the way!
This is a 12 day trip. Days 1-7 are spent in various locations in Vietnam, starting in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), moving on to Da Nang and Hoi An, and winding up in Hanoi. Experiences include a Mekong River Delta Cruise, a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a private hands-on cooking class, an opportunity to make your own Chinese lantern, a tour of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, a water puppet show (we’ve done this!), a personal Tai Chi class, and much more!
Days 8 & 9 take place in Laos. Experiences include a guided tour of Luang Prabang, a sunrise alms offering and hike, a hands-on experience at a real rice farm, a visit to Kuang Si Falls, and more!
The remainder of the trip takes place in Cambodia. While here, you will visit the Angkor Archaeological Park (including a treasure hunt) and experience an elephant excursion (yes, ON an elephant!).
Many of the meals are included, while a few are “on your own” and allow you a chance to make some decisions on your own and try some local restaurants.
11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners are included in the itinerary.
For the Kids
The minimum age for this trip is 6. The recommended age is 8+.
Throughout the trip, there are some exclusive opportunities for the Junior Adventurers, including 2 Dinner & Disney Movie Night events.
You can view the full itinerary here:
These Adventures by Disney trips aren’t cheap. Prices vary, depending on time of travel, but this particular trip in 2015 would average $5,049 per adult and $4,799 per child.
These prices don’t include airfare.
Travel Requirements & Tips
A United States passport and Vietnam Visa are required. 2 passport sized photos per traveler are necessary so that AbD can option your Visa in Laos and Cambodia.
Each traveler may have one piece of luggage and one carry-on. A list of recommend clothing and miscellaneous items is included on the AbD website.
Vietnamese Dong is the currency in Vietnam. Some places will accept the US Dollar. Money can be exchanged in various locations. The US Dollar is widely accepted in Cambodia and Laos.
Meals included in the AbD trip includes tips. On-your-own meals and excursions do not require tips, but they are greatly appreciated. A tip of $7-9 per day per Adventures by Disney guide is recommended.
In-country transportation for on-your-own excursions can be obtained through your hotel or AbD guide (taxis are recommended). Personally, I suggest trying the Xichlo service at least once while in Vietnam.
Are YOU Ready?
This trip would definitely be a dream come true! Would YOU like to join me and my family in Southeast Asia? If not, which Adventures by Disney trip would you most like to experience?
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is My Dreams of Disney.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
(You are here!)
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Norway
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns – England & France