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Overview

  • 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

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- 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) – Arrival

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 Tour

Morning
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.

Visits:
– 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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCMC – Mekong Delta – Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Can Tho

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Can Tho – HCMC – Flight to to Da Nang/ Hoi An

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Hoi An – A Vietnamese Day

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hoi An – My Son Holy Land

Morning
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
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Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – City Tour – Flight to Hanoi

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Hanoi – City Tour – Night train to Sapa

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Sapa – Hill Tribe villages

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Sapa – Market tours – Train to Hanoi

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Morning
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.

Afternoon
From there you travel by boat down the river, and experience the magnificent sights surrounding the beautiful river banks.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Luang Prabang – City Tour – Khuang si Waterfall

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Luang Prabang – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Luang Prabang – Khmu Elephant Village

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham – Kayaking

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Vang vieng – Vientiane – City Tours

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Vientiane – Flight to Siem Reap

Morning
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
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Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temple tour

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake

Morning
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.

Afternoon
Finish the hotel around midday. The afternoon will be at your own leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh

Morning
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.

Afternoon
You will arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel and free to relax afterwards.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh – City Tour – Killing Fields

Morning
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.

Afternoon
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
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Phnom Penh – Departure

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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What’s Included?

  • 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)

  • Domestic flights within Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia 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

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"Family Fun in Thailand"

Amazing Vietnam private tour
We stayed in Bangkok (3 Nights), Chiang Rai (1 Night), Chiang Mai (3 Nights) and had a guide the entire trip from the airport for pick up in Bangkok to the airport on departure in Chiang Mai. The tour was very well put together and Lam with Indochina Pioneer was more than accommodating to our changes for what probably seemed like a million back and forth emails. Aurora (our guide in Bangkok) was absolutely amazing, not only for us, but also our children (3 and 7). everything we mentioned she made sure we did or at least knew how to do it when we were done for the day with our tour. Our guide in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai (Tree) was also amazing in showing us more than we could have imagined in Northern Thailand.

Apr 20, 2019
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Dave
United States

"The tour was excellent"

We asked Lam at Indochina Pioneer to arrange a tour for 2 couples that would include a week in Cambodia, a week in Laos and 2 weeks in the northern part of Vietnam. We had done the southern part of Vietnam 2 years ago. We were not disappointed.
The tour was excellent, we had a private mini bus with driver and an English speaking guide, that was from each area we visited. All flights, pickup / drop off at of each the airports within these countries was arranged by our tour representative, as well as hotels and any admission to tourist sites.
The tours were very impressive, we got to see the so many great attractions from amazing ancient heritage sites to country and mountain vistas.
There were no hiccups in our time touring these countries, everything flowed smoothly, and we were in control of our time. If we had seen enough temples for that day then we would cut it short and pick something else to see or just call it a day. The guide and drivers were very flexible to meet our needs.
We have passed on Lam’s name and Indochina Pioneer contact data to several friends, and 1 couple has used them recently to visit Thailand and Vietnam and after talking with them they were very impressed with the service.
I am sure we will be using Lam again in the future.

Apr 17, 2019
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Hermish Kumar
United Kingdom

"Wonderful stress free tour of Vietnam"

We had such a great holiday with Indochina Pioneer.The whole trip was so much fun and we saw and experienced so many beautiful things. Our guides were great Viet in Hanoi was superb – he spoke and understood English really well and took us to some different local places as we had discussed with him Yao in Sapa also spoke and understood good English and was really helpful on the trek
Banh in Hoi An / Hue had good English and was very informative
Sam in Ho Chi Minh had average English but he is so knowledgeable, helpful and easy to be with.
Pascal in Cambodia was really great and took us to some great locations for different photo opportunities

The hotels were also very good.

Boss Legend Hanoi – great
Sapa – rooms were a bit cold and we had to request a heater but much better the second night
Halong Bay – a fantastic trip would have loved to have stayed for longer!
Hoi An – lovely modern hotel – superb location
Hue – originally we declined a room on the 9th floor which we had been told would be noisy and were given a room on floor 6 – this was dark and we were moved the next day to a balcony room on floor 8 which was perfect.
Ho Chi Minh – lovely hotel and location
Siem Reap – lovely hotel and pool area

Overall everything Indochina Pioneer had booked for us went really smoothly and made our trip so enjoyable

We have already passed your details on to several friends back in the UK who are also contemplating a trip to Vietnam

I hope we will be able to use ICP services again on our future trips to Myanmar, Laos and China

May 22, 2019
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Gan
United States

"Amazing Vietnam private tour"

This is the 1st time we’ve been to Vietnam and we absolutely love it.
Big thanks to Kata (our tour organiser), who has been very accommodating to our requests. The tour was well organised and everything flowed smoothly.
We stayed in Hanoi (2 nights), Halong Bay (1 night) and Hoi an (2 nights), wished we could have stayed longer. Great hotels with delicious breakfast, excellent halong bay cruise and friendly tour guides (Tony from Hanoi and Snow from Danang) and drivers.
Big thumps up to Indochina Pioneer.

Jun 2, 2019
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Shangahi
Australia, Bellingen

"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.

Feb 23, 2016
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BrendaW
Florida, USA

"It truly was an amazing experience"

For my husband’ birthday he wanted a trip to Vietnam. From north to south, Indochina Pioneer took care of everything. We had wonderful tour guides, and the trip kept getting better, and better. Something we couldn’t imagine, as each destination was amazing. Our hotels were great, food was awesome, and the culture we received was something we will never forget. Our tour guides, Mr. Tony in Ha Noi, Ms. Lindh in Hoi An, and Mr. Som in Ho Chi Minh City, were the best! I cannot imagine seeing and doing all we did without their guidance. It truly was an amazing experience!

Apr 13, 2019
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Simon Teevan
Saudi Arabia

"10 out of 10!"

Just back from a fantastic 2 weeks in Cambodia & Vietnam, all organised by the fantastic Kata Tran in Indochina Pioneer. Cannot recommend them highly enough. They gave us great options from which to choose in terms of places to visit, hotels to stay in, tours to take, etc. And, they were very flexible regarding any changes we wanted to make. All guides were great – all locals with great English and very knowledgeable. 10 out of 10!

Jun 15, 2019
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Dannyboymillard
United Kingdom

"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.

Feb 23, 2016
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