This tour is built to let you experience the best of Bali and Lombok island. Ubud – the cultural centre of Bali is where your journey will begin. You will explore Bali’s local villages and its wonderful nature – the iconic rice terraces, Lake Batur, Mount Abang. From Ubud, travel to Gili Trawagan – a little tropical paradise with striking white sandy beaches. You will spend time relaxing on Gili Trawagan, en route taking boat trips to discover the nearby islands. As you snorkel in the crystal clear water, you may even make friends with the gentle giant manta rays. After Gili Trawagan, you will stay a few more days at Senggigi beach, a lesser-known destination which offers spectacular beaches.
- Day 1: ARRIVE IN BALI - UBUD
- DAY 2: UBUD
- Day 3: UBUD
- Day 4: UBUD - GILI TRAWAGAN
- Day 5: GILI TRAWAGAN - ISLAND HOPPING
- Day 6: GILI TRAWAGAN - SENGGIGI
- Day 7: SENGGIGI
- Day 8: SENGGIGI
- Day 9: LOMBOK - BALI
- Day 10: BALI - DEPARTURE
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
ARRIVE IN BALI - UBUDDay 1
A warm greeting awaits at Bali International Airport; your private guide and driver will meet you at the arrival lounge and take you directly to your hotel. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
After a short rest, we will drive from the south of Bali to Ubud. The Balinese kings, benevolent to the arts, transformed their court seat into a true global village. Ubud shops, galleries and craft shops blend traditional arts and crafts with modern design. Visiting European artists, attracted by the lure of an untouched tropical paradise, were encouraged to stay. They gave new impetus to the existing local arts while creating some exciting new forms in the process. This atmosphere reverbs to this day. A visit to Ubud means indulging in the local arts, visiting the ancient temples and enjoying the archetypical Balinese surroundings of steep gorges and sculpted rice fields.
Cycling is the best way to see the famous Ubud rice fields and village life. Your trip will start from Baung Village and lead all the way to Nyuh Kuning Village. It’s a very safe ride with little traffic on the road, perfect with those without any cycling experience, it is recommended as an addition to an afternoon tour. All guides are locals who come from the surrounding regions and are trained to share their broad knowledge of Balinese culture and lifestyle with travelers.
If you only have time to do one tour whilst staying in Bali, this is the one! It will be a day packed with interest, education and fun!
UBUD - BEST OF CULTURE AND NATUREDay 3
Today you will have the best of culture and nature in a day. First, you will attend a playful introduction to the Balinese philosophy. The gracious Barong dance in Batubulan, performed by professional actors and dancers. Proceed to the rightfully famous woodcarving center of Mas. Young artisans with amazing skills emblaze tropical woods with life.
Then we will drive further to the east and enjoy the breathtaking view over the volcano and the Lake Batur, while having lunch in Penelokan, Kintamani. This is the largest lake in Bali and can be found in the smaller, secondary caldera of the Batur volcano, right at the foot of Mount Abang.
We will make the final stop at Tegalalang rice terraces for you to enjoy its stunning view before heading back to your hotel in Ubud.
UBUD - GILI TRAWAGANDay 4
After breakfast, we will drive to the harbor of Serangan for check-in on a high-speed boat to nearby Lombok. During the first part of the trip, don’t miss out on the stunning sight of Gunung Agung.
You will soon arrive on Gili Trawangan, a little tropical paradise with superb white sandy beaches, turquoise water, colourful fish and beautiful coral reefs. For the rest of the day you will be free to explore these magnificent surroundings.
* No motorized vehicles on the island, you can hire a cidomo (horse cart) if you wish to explore the island
* Speedboat transfer is not suitable for pregnant women, people with heart or back problems or other physical impediments and children under 5 years old.
GILI TRAWAGAN - ISLAND HOPPINGDay 5
We will start the day with a snorkeling excursion. After fitting on a snorkeling mask and flippers, you will depart by boat for a discovery trip to the rich underwater world around the Gili islands. The boat will stop at the best snorkeling locations. This is the best way to marvel at the impressive variety of fish and the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the small islands off the northwest coast of Lombok. Depending on the season, you might even spot sea turtles. Later you will return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
GILI TRAWAGAN - SENGGIGIDay 6
We will leave Gili Trawagan in the morning and transfer on a traditional boat to the mainland and then depart to the northern part of Lombok. Today you will explore the traditional Sasak dwellings and drive up to Senaru village to enjoy the fascinating panorama of the majestic Rinjani volcano.
After lunch, we will depart to the central west coast following a scenic route through a mountain pass and a rainforest. You can also catch the sight of the local people producing sugar from the sugar palm tree.
Spend the day at your leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities or doing some self-exploration of the beautiful surrounding.
Today will also be another free day so you can enjoy the resort’s facilities and the beautiful natural surroundings.
LOMBOK - BALIDay 9
Spend the morning at your leisure and later your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby and transfer you to Lombok airport for your flight back to Bali.
Upon arrival in Bali, you will stay at a hotel in Jimbaran before leaving Bali the next day. Jimbaran has changed from a charming fishing village into a pleasant and peaceful little resort. It is also where you can find one of the best beaches on the island. And the fresh-fish barbeques served up by the little stalls lining the beach as far as you can see are the very best seafood on the island.
BALI - DEPARTUREDay 10
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departure flight.
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- Domestic flight Lombok LOP to DPS Bali on economy class by Garuda Indonesia
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Speedboat from Bali to Gili
- Snorkeling during island hopping trip on the traditional glass-bottom boat
- Cycling Trip
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Bali
- Indonesia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Other services not mentioned in the program
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I am visiting Vietnam in the first week of Jan 2020. I reached out to Indochina Pioneer for help planning my trip. Though I did not eventually engage them due to my shortened vacation plan, Indochina Pioneer was very helpful and professional in providing all the insights into the trip. Especially Ms. Phuong who has been very patient with all my questions. I even offered to pay them a token amount for all their help which Indochina Pioneer politely denied. I wish to engage them in my next trip to Vietnam.
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This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.
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"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"
We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.
We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.
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John MMelbourne, Australia
"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"
In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.
We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.
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"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"
We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.
"Best Myanmar trip"
We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.
"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"
Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
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Jerry Ray BowlingUSA
"Worry-free Vietnam travel!"
Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!
This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.
On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful
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