- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) – Arrival
- Day 2: HCM City – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 3: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple
- Day 4: HCMC – Mekong Delta – Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Can Tho
- Day 5: Can Tho – HCMC – Flight to to Da Nang/ Hoi An
- Day 6: Hoi An – A Vietnamese Day
- Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Holy Land
- Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue
- Day 9: Hue – City Tour – Flight to Hanoi
- Day 10: Hanoi – City Tour – Night train to Sapa
- Day 11: Sapa – Hill Tribe villages
- Day 12: Sapa – Market tours – Train to Hanoi
- Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 14: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang
- Day 15: Luang Prabang – City Tour – Khuang si Waterfall
- Day 16: Luang Prabang – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave
- Day 17: Luang Prabang – Khmu Village
- Day 18: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng
- Day 19: Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham – Kayaking
- Day 20: Vang vieng – Vientiane – City Tours
- Day 21: Vientiane – Flight to Siem Reap
- Day 22: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temple tour
- Day 23: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake
- Day 24: Siem Reap – Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh
- Day 25: Phnom Penh – City Tour – Killing Fields
- Day 26: Phnom Penh – 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.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCM City (travel time approximately 1 hour). Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your Indochina holiday itinerary along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
Dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.
Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City– Full-Day City TourDay 2
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of HCM City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– War Remnants Museum
– Reunification Palace
– Notre Dame Cathedral with its French colonial architecture
– Dong Khoi, one of the city’s main shopping boulevards
Lunch will be at a local restaurant where you will be served delicious local HCM City cuisine.
After lunch, your full-day city tour continues with a cyclo tour, winding through HCM City’s vibrant streets to Cho Lon and its bustling markets, also make a stop at Thien Hau Pagoda- the most important pagoda in the city.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai TempleDay 3
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Temple and watch most of the Cao Dai service. This will tell you of a strangest religion in the world. Lunch will be served in a simple local restaurant with lovely southern Vietnam cuisine.
You will be transferred 1,5 hours to Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels were mainly constructed in the American war and used by the Viet Cong. Upon arrival at the historical relics of Cu Chi, you will be shown a brief introductory documentary and then enjoy a sightseeing consisting of 2 walking on uneven mud paths through the bush. You also have a chance to crawl through some of the tunnels.
Finish the tunnel tour, wind your way back to HCM City (travel time approximately 02 hours). The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HC City
HCMC – Mekong Delta – Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Can ThoDay 4
This morning you will be driven through the lush gardens and green fields to Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Vinh Long Town, you will embark on a private boat trip on the Co Chien River, some of the largest Mekong’s arm. You will cruise under the spectacular My Thuan Cable-stayed Bridge. A stop will be made at Dinh Tan Hoa, an ancient provincial house built some hundred fifty years ago.
You will proceed the cruise up-stream on the Tien river, another large arm of the Mekong. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead you to one of the biggest bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.
After lunch you get back on board then continue to cruise towards Sa Dec. On both sides of the river, locals are recolting water water-hyacinth, another famous Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets.
Sa Dec town is appearing like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals, with various kind of activities on the banks. We will disembark at Sa Dec local market, one of the biggest ones of the delta. Walk along its narrow streets and beautiful old houses dating from the last century, some old Chinese temples, including the primary school of Marguerite Duras famous writer. (See Marguerite Duras novel turned into a famous movie, “The Lover”).
Depart Sa Dec you wind your way to Can Tho. Arrive and check into your hotel.
Overnight in Can Tho
Can Tho – HCMC – Flight to to Da Nang/ Hoi AnDay 5
After breakfast, you will take a two-hour boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating markets. Wander into the villages to visit the rice paper mill and the rice noodle making factory. Learn how to cross the “Monkey Bridge” which is made from a single bamboo.
From Can Tho you will take a drive straight back to Tan Son Nhat airport to catch a short afternoon flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival in Da Nang airport, you will be met and welcomed by your local tour guide and driver. Transfer to hotel in Hoi An. Free at leisure after hotel check in.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – A Vietnamese DayDay 6
After breakfast at hotel, you will start the day with an interesting bike (pushbike) ride to visit Hoi An’s major attractions: The Japanese Bridge, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and some other interesting shops.
Hoi An was once a flourishing port under the Nguyen lords. Today, the charming town retains the spirit of a bygone era, with tile-roofed wooden buildings and ancient winding streets. Riding through this pedestrianized town, losing ourselves in the potpourri of vendors selling colorful handmade lanterns (a Hoi An specialty), tailor shops with local fashions on display and the intoxicating aroma of Vietnam’s undeniable cuisine.
After lunch a fisherman will greet us at the shore and help us to step on Hoi An’s special boat: Basket Boat. The basket-shaped transportation is widely used in Southern Vietnam; sitting in one would be one of the precious fun moments in your Vietnam holiday. Just as other fishermen, you will be back to shore with a boatload of fish when sunset. What a harvest!
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – My Son Holy LandDay 7
After breakfast your private guide and driver takes you to My Son Holy Land (about one hour), considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. My Son is a former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century.
After visit the temple complex and take plenty photos, you’ll be taken back to Hoi An at around mid-day. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town, visit the local markets or simply enjoy your shopping.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Da Nang – HueDay 8
Depart Hoi An, you will be driven towards Hue which is about 120km from Hoi An town. Today the journey over Hai Van Pass will be one of the most scenic one.
In Danang, a stop will be made at Cham Museum which has an open air collection of Cham sculptures. Many of the sandstone carving are breathtaking. Visit the marble mountain. You also stop at the famous My Khe Beach (Known as China Beach by American GIs) for some quick photos.
You also stop for a short coffee break at Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam.
Arrive in Hue and check into your hotel.
After a local lunch you will visit the Imperial Citadel, a 19th-century walled fortress taken by North Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. Later you embark on a boat cruise along Perfume River to vist Thien Mu Pagoda and admire sunset on boat.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – City Tour – Flight to HanoiDay 9
After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and continue your exploration of Hue. Visit Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, a complex of terraces and pagodas. Then set off to discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum — though smaller than Tu Duc’s, it is far more elaborate. Stop at Vong Canh – Bird’s eyed view point to admire the wonderful scenery of the perfume River. Stop at the local workshop to see people making joss sticks and conical hats.
Today you will have an opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet in a local Buddhist monastery.
After lunch you are transferred to Hue airport for a short flight to Hanoi. You will be met on arrivals by your private guide and driven to your hotel on down town to check in. The evening is yours at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – City Tour – Night train to SapaDay 10
You are set out at 6:00 am and head off to the Hoan Kiem Lake where you will catch a glimpse of Hanoi residents performing their morning exercise routines, perhaps you can join in a random Tai Chi or Aerobics class to stretch your tired limbs.
Leaving the lake you will go to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, frequented by the “locals” for breakfast. Here you will enjoy a bowl of our famous “Pho” noodles. At the restaurant your tour guide will explain the routine during Vietnamese meal times, and also tell you which special ingredients are needed for you to make an excellent Pho back home.
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to one of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi to enjoy a cup of coffee and learn about Hanoi’s coffee culture. This coffee shop is where many Hanoi residents come to relax, slowly sipping coffee and chatting for hours with old friends about times gone by!
You continue this wonderful tour through the Hom market. Here we stroll up ‘food alley’ to see the mouth-watering foods they have on display! We also visit the vegetable stalls, which have an array of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and where you will see the most common herbs used in daily Vietnamese cooking.
8:00 you will visit to the Soviet-style Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of the nation’s independence in 1945. You will visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; escorted by the soldiers in full regalia (you will be asked to remove hats if entering, and no shorts or vests are allowed either). As you leave, you will be able to walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace before seeing “Uncle Ho’s” house; the humble dwelling he built (based on a traditional Vietnamese stilt house) and where he lived for the last ten years of his life.
You will then continue to the One Pillar Pagoda and the 900-year old Temple of Literature, the principal Vietnamese Confucian sanctuary, and its historical centre of learning. Made up of five courtyards, this is one of the few remnants of the original city. Lunch will be at a local Hanoi restaurant, where you will be served a delicious Vietnamese style lunch.
You visit the Hoa Lo Prison, the highest security prison of Indochina during the French colony. It was where the Vietnamese patriotic soldiers were detained by the colonialists and was later known as the “Hanoi Hilton” for American pilots during the American War.
You will wind through the narrow alleyways of the Old Quarter and discover many other streets selling Hanoi specialties, and sample some of the local Vietnamese treats such as Omai, Nom, Banh Cuon….etc.
This tour will also include visiting some of very special historical sites such as the beautifully faded St Josephs, the Old Well at Nha Tho Street and the Bach Ma Temple!
The food tour will conclude once you return to your hotel.
Tonight you are transferred to Hanoi Railway station for to catch the night train to the Lao Cai a border town to China.
Overnight on A/C train
Sapa – Hill Tribe villagesDay 11
Arrive at Lao Cai, you will take a short transfer on a private van ascending to the former hill-station town of Sapa. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic.
Freshen up and enjoy a breakfast and then take a leisure walk to visit to Sapa town, Sapa market.
After that you proceed to Muong Hoa Valley visiting Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages.
After a light picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village, you continue your walk through the dirt trails and rice terraces to Ta Van village, meet and talk with the hill tribe people and explore their daily life and beautiful landscape. Return to Sapa in the afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa – Market tours – Train to HanoiDay 12
After breakfast and check out. you will depart Sapa with your entire luggage, transfer for 2 hours to Can Cau market. Your journey will take us through the mountainous border area between Vietnam and China. Situated 20 kilometers from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Nung and Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the morning exploring the market, we will leave for Bac Ha town where we will have lunch.
After the market tour you drive back to Lao Cai station. Have dinner at a restaurant nearby the station before catching the overnight train again to get back Hanoi. Stay overnight on train – 4 berth cabin – Soft sleeper with A/C.
Other market options:
Option 1: Bac Ha – Sunday Market
Leaving Sapa you take your drive to Bac Ha market (approximately 3 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, visit the big market and the colorful ethnic people of the Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen minorities, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After spending the morning exploring the market your lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After lunch you drive downhill to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which is home to the Tay minority. Here you can visit a traditional Tay house. You will then travel by boat through amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village.
Option 2: Coc Ly Market – Tuesday market
Drive from Sapa (3hrs) to Coc Ly market situated between the stunning mountains by the Chay River. Every Tuesday morning, the people from the surrounding ethnic villages such as Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gather to sell and buy their products. Having explored the market, you will have a boat trip to Flower H’mong village of Na Nen then trek to Trung Do village of Tay minority people. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a local house with the Tay people.
From there you travel by boat down the river, and experience the magnificent sights surrounding the beautiful river banks.
Overnight on A/C train
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boatDay 13
Upon early morning arrival at the station, your private local guide in Hanoi will pick you up and take you to the mini hotel for rest and shower. After that you are taken to a local restaurant for breakfast.
Depart Hanoi with a small backpack with all necessity for the overnight trip (the main luggage is stored in the hotel and you collect upon our return). The drive about 3 hours through rustic Vietnamese countryside to Halong Bay, one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites. With hundreds of giant limestone peaks jutting out of the water at the Bay of Tonkins – it is indeed an impressive sight.
Board our cruise and after a delicious seafood lunch was served, we take a short trek to a nearby summit to enjoy the panorama view of the bay. As the day wanes, slip into a swim in the cool water before enjoying a sumptuous dinner under the moonlit sky.
(Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships).
Overnight on board
Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Luang PrabangDay 14
Rising to the sound of the bay, enjoy an elegant breakfast before visiting a beautiful limestone grotto to admire its many unique rock formations. Then you’ll get back to the boat to form your final lasting impression of Halong Bay’s awe-inspiring beauty while cruising back to the dock, at the same time enjoy your lunch/ brunch.
Getting back on shore you are transferred directly to the airport which takes about 4 hours, then take a short flight to Luang Prabang.
On arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be met at the airport by your private guide and driver then transferred to hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – City Tour – Khuang si WaterfallDay 15
An optional early start gives us the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market, where we will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
After that, back to the hotel for breakfast. You then continue touring the ancient town of Luang Prabang with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. Next stop is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. You also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.
Continue to visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes you to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang in late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou CaveDay 16
The day starts head north by a private car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. You then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids. You also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.
After lunch you say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin. The road will take you through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin you board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang. Arrive back into town in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Khmu Elephant VillageDay 17
After breakfast you take a short drive to the Spirit Resort where you will experience the protected Elephants at the “Elephant Park Project” along the Nam Khan riverbanks. From here you can enjoy the 1 hr. Elephant ride on the back of a protected Asian Elephant.
It is then followed by a short and easy hiking tour will lead us out into the Fair Trek project area where villages profit directly from our visit. A small Khmu community lives below a high rising mountain range.
After your Lao style lunch at Ban Houay Fai, you will return to Tad Sae waterfall, taking a boat ride back to Lao Spirit Resort, from there you travel back to Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang ViengDay 18
After breakfast you star your day with a visit to The National Museum (close Tuesday) and the Central market. Then you travel by roads to mountainous town of Vang Vieng. Today your intrepid journey will be strenuous as this drive is along one of the most scenic but also one of the roughest routes in Asia.
Arrive in Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. After check into the hotel room, you will embark on a boat for a well-paced trip along the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham – KayakingDay 19
After breakfast, you start your ride on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you will have chance to explore the local cultures by mingling with the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh ourselves from the hot climate or explore the nearby area.
You then make our way returning Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, you visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam villages meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes.
You enjoy kayaking down Song River for 3 hours visiting temples and local caves. Return to your hotel after an exciting day.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
Vang vieng – Vientiane – City ToursDay 20
You drive out of Vang Vieng in the early morning for Vientiane. Along the way you make a stop to visit Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back 11th century. After about 2 hours drive you will get to Vientiane, the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.
You will explore the town’s major sites including Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. Continue to visit Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. Then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph before proceeding to the famous That Luang Stupa. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Vientiane
Vientiane – Flight to Siem ReapDay 21
Morning is at your own leisure. Check out of the hotel room at midday.
In the evening you are transferred to Vientiane airport for your short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be met and warmly welcomed by our local guide. Then we transfer to the hotel for check in.
Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temple tourDay 22
You start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist;
– The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
– See the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
– Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru
– The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas
– The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. After that you will have lunch at a local restaurant.
The tour continues with the major visit to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
You end up our day with a visit to Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Tonle Sap LakeDay 23
Early morning at around 5:30 am, we start our day with a sunrise watch over Angkor Wat temple and listening singing birds over the ancient land of Angkor area. We walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. Spend your own time talk to the monk and nuns to exchange the culture or relieve. We return to hotel for breakfast.
Moving in tune with the rhythm of the great annual flood of Tonle Sap, take a boat ride to the floating villages.
Finish the hotel around midday. The afternoon will be at your own leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Kampong Thom – Phnom PenhDay 24
After breakfast you drive to Phnom Penh around 5 – 6 hours via Kampong Thom, travel just outside Kampong Thom to see key archeological sites, starting with Sambor Prei Kuk, perhaps the most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia. Before the rise of the Angkor, this was the capital of Chenla during the sixth century, known as Isanapura. Today over 100 small temple ruins sit peacefully in a forest setting. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia. On the way you visit archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei.
You will arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel and free to relax afterwards.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – City Tour – Killing FieldsDay 25
After breakfast your tour guide will take you on a guided tour visiting the National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, Russian Market, & Wat Phnom. Then lunch at a local Cambodian Restaurant.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – DepartureDay 26
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight home.
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"Fantastic trip amazing service"
Fantastic trip from start to finish. All our expectations were met and exceeded from the moment we booked the trip with Mr Lam to our last day.
We had one minor problem during our stay and it was sorted immediately with profession
And made our trip the most memorable holiday ever.
Mr Lam customised our trip to suit us and we loved all of our guides and drivers.
We were even lucky enough to be invited to the companies end of year party and got to meet everyone who made our holiday so special. I can’t recommend this company enough and that’s something coming from someone in the tourist industry. Well done indoctrination pioneer.
"Indochina Pioneer – Great Tour Organizer"
I arranged a 28 day customized tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand in January, 2016 the assistance of Indochina Pioneer. Lam, the principal of the company, was fabulous to deal with. He made many suggestions, booked all of our drivers and local tour guides, hotels, admission tickets, and even some restaurants. All of his choices were excellent, and when there was a need to make a last minute change, he was readily available. His tour included many extras that other tour organizers did not include, and he made sure that we visited off the beaten track places, took local tours that the big groups do not see, and that our hotels were carefully chosen to be very central and more of a local boutique nature. Lam never hesitated to make sure that our trip was going well as we travelled, and even made a point of meeting us at our stop in Hanoi and sent flowers to me on my birthday. The tour was priced very favorably compared to 3 others I contacted, and all of our guides were excellent. I would highly recommend this company and Lam in particular to anyone wanting to arrange a local tour or a detailed itinerary of Indochina.
Roger CAustralia, Adelaide
"Excellent 20 day tour of Myanmar with Indochina Pioneer"
This was our first trip to Myanmar . We have traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with Lam Duong from Indochina Pioneer in the past and having had such a great trip chose Lam to organise our Myanmar trip.
Lam chose and booked great hotels in Yangon, Kyaing Tong, Kalaw, Inle Lake , Bagan and Mandalay as well as organise excellent tour guides and drivers at those places. We wanted to do a short cruise on the Irrawaddy from Bagan to Mandalay and Lam selected Amara River Cruises which operate small extremely well founded wooden vessels. Our boat Amara 1 was excellent, comfortable and with friendly attentive staff who took us on excursions and provided us with superb food and service.
We also did a memorable balloon flight in Bagan with Balloons over Bagan which Lam organised.
Our tour organised by Lam in Myanmar was superb, we could not fault the guides and the overall balance of the itinerary.
Full marks Indochina Pioneer!
"12 days in Myanmar"
Kata Tran has organised many holidays for me – in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. All excellent. She organised a 12 day trip to Myanmar in January 2016 with a few days each in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Great guides and drivers. Lovely hotels. Terrific boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Day trip to old colonial Maymyo. Highly recommended. Kata always listens carefully to what you want and is very flexible.
"First trip to Vietnam"
As this was our first trip to Vietnam we decided to us Indochina Pioneer-and Mr Lam provided us with a 17 day itinerary. Thank you for arranging a most relaxing holiday, and we enjoyed every minute with our guides, Mr Dong (Hanoi), Mr Thoung and driver Mr Hai (Hoi An-Hue) Mrs Yen from Ho Chi Minh City and Mr Tom from the Dragon Peal No 1. Their warmth, friendliness and good humour has made our trip most memorable. The guides all did an excellent job with their knowledge on places visited as well as the history of Vietnam. Our visit to Halong Bay was unfortunately very cold, but was still made enjoyable, and guests still participated in canoeing and visiting the floating fishing village. Although there were many highlights with the sounds, smells and overall busy day to day life especially in the markets, my favourite highlight was in Ho Chi Minh City with a park becoming one enormous flower market and the boats on the river covered in flowers ready to sell, all for the Tet festival. We wished we stayed a few extra nights to enjoy the Tet festivities. Yes I would definitely recommend Indochina Pioneer to anyone wishing to travel to Vietnam, and will use this company again.
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Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
"2nd Time….just as great"
This is the second time I have used Indochina Pioneer. They excelled again. This time, we had 5 Rotarians who had completed a project in Cambodia, and needed some holiday time afterwards. We booked an 8 night Hanoi/Sapa/Halong Bay tour.
Again, the Indochina Pioneer Team performed beyond my expectations. On time, knowledgeable and flexible at all times.
We had a small problem with our van after the 5 hour drive to Sapa. By breakfast the next day, we had a new van and driver to look after us for the rest of our journey.
We got a great upgrade on the Halong Bay cruise.
I can’t commend Indochina Pioneer highly enough. If you want further details, please PM me directly, if I go again in Indochina, it will only be with Indochina Pioneer.
"An amazing trip"
In my younger years I spent months backpacking on the cheap around Asia. I now have more money, less time and a family. I found Indochina Pioneer on-line and contacted Mr Lam for our recent trip to Cambodia. He was full of information, answered all of my many questions, suggested great ideas, incorporated my changes and organised all smoothly.
I wanted airport transfers and to organise hotels before we left. Mr Lam suggested a range of hotels to choose from all of which were good. Internal transfers and flights were also organised. We only wanted tours for Angkor Wat and The Killing Fields which Mr Lam arranged. Our other days were left free for us to choose what we wanted. The tour consisted of myself, my husband and twin sons which was perfect. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful, as were the drivers.
Mr Lam suggested we get a speed boat from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh up the Mekong River which was a great way to travel. The crocodile farm on the way was well worth the lunch stop.
I would recommend Indochina Pioneer as a great tour company for families. My in-laws are travelling with them later in the year. I am currently planning another trip to Laos using Indochina Pioneer again.
For someone who doesn’t like or do package tours having a private tour for my family was just perfect.
goodtravelfort lee, nj
"Fantastic 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia"
The best thing about Duong Dai Lam (Lam) from Indochina Pioneer is that he listens. We are interested in history, architecture and food, and really appreciate good views.
Our trip provided these things and more:
– In every city we had gorgeous hotels with fabulous views, with a number of upgrades. Hotels appreciated Indochina Pioneer business.
– Halong Bay cruise was one of the highlights – small, comfortable boat with great food and most incredible landscapes. How did they get such a good chef for a 10 cabin boat?
– Lam suggested many off the beaten track attractions that helped us to understand and appreciate the country.
– Our tour guides in every place were knowledgeable about history and architecture, forthcoming with cultural and lifestyle information
– They were very flexible both in planning, and trip changes when the weather did not cooperate. For example – we don’t ride bicycles, so we ended up doing one day tour on the back of 2 scooters. Fun!!!
– Street food tour with Luu in Hanoi was fun, delicious and educational. We kept eating on the street throughout the trip. No food poisoning, just delicious food.
– Private cars were medium size SUVs immaculately maintained and drivers were safe.
I infrequently gush – see my other reviews. But this was one of our best trips, and the private tour ended up costing less than a comparable group tour booked from US.
keith mUnited Kingdom
"Cycling Mekong Delta and sight seeing in Saigon"
Perhaps the best way to explore the Mekong Delta area. Can Tho is a lively overnight stop with well situated lovely hotel. All hotels selected by Indo China Pioneer are well situated but don’t expect western standards in hotels beyond Can Tho. Good combination of cycling and site seeing including boat and ferry trips, workshop visits with good choice of restaurant and roadside stops for fresh fruit.
However the route rarely left normal roads and didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Some quiet rural roads followed but others were quite busy, particularly in the vicinity of the small towns we cycled through.
We were concerned that we were not measured for our bikes on the first day which just arrived in the back of the minibus that collected us from our hotel. The frame size for my partner’s bike was much too large for her and it was fitted with a male shaped saddle which caused her considerable discomfort on the first day. The saddle was changed on Day 2 after she refused to continue the holiday with that particular bike at the end of day 1.
The guide did not appear to be completely clear of the route at times and we needed to complete an ‘about turn’ 3 times during the trek which may be why our route didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Indo China guides are very knowledgeable and helpful and know many local secret gems to visit but their spoken english can be difficult to follow at times even for me as a native English speaker. Indo China Pioneer specialise in providing tailor made tours for small groups down to 2 in number and flexibility in preparing a holiday programe to suit individual customers requests including the selection of the most suitable hotel using their wealth of local knowledge. Moderately priced boutique hotels are typically chosen.