Although wheelchair-accessible vans are not readily available in Vietnam and Cambodia, one Ho Chi Minh City-based tour operator has made some modifications to their tour vehicles to make them usable for manual wheelchair-users. Smile Tours uses 16 passenger lowered floor vans with wide doors for better access, and they board manual wheelchair-users by portable ramps or by physically lifting them on board. And since the availability of accessible hotels is limited in the area, they choose properties that have large rooms with low beds and wide doors. They also provide a plastic shower chair for use in the bathroom. And although this all sounds a bit restrictive, they have taken manual wheelchair-users to places in these countries that were previously not even an option for anybody with a mobility disability. It is hoped that the presence of wheelchair-users in these areas will increase awareness of the need for accessible facilities. Although these tours are not for everybody, if you can make do with less than perfect access in order to see this beautiful region, Smile Tours may be a good match for you. It should be noted that people who cannot self-propel or need assistance with personal care must travel with an attendant. For more information about their modified tours, check out the photos on their Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/Accessible-Vietnam/405590586258192) or visit their website at www.smiletoursvietnam.com.