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Overview

The ultimate Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia which will give you a deep insight into the life, culture and history of each country! Starting from southern Vietnam, you’ll explore Ho Chi Minh City and later the Mekong Delta on a boat. Travel to Hoi An, where you will experience the fun basket boat ride on Thu Bon river. You will later travel to Hue to find the glorious past of the former capital behind the walls of the Imperial Palace. In Hanoi, set off on a city tour and then head to Sapa, where you will learn a lot about the life of the ethnic tribes. After spending time cruising around the scenic Halong Bay, you will venture to the old capital Luang Prabang, known for its tranquil life, the morning almsgiving and the pristine nature. Drive to Vientiane to see its recommended sites, en route visit Vang Vieng. In Siem Reap, discover its grand temples with remarkable architectural structures and then go on a city tour in Phnom Penh to learn about life in the city. Phnom Penh will be the last destination on your trip.

  • 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 the 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 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
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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 factories where you will have an interesting visit.

Afternoon
After lunch, you’ll get back on board then continue to cruise towards Sa Dec. On both sides of the river, locals are revolting 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 the 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
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Hoi An – My Son Holy Land

Morning
After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take 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 visiting the temple complex and taking plenty of photos, you’ll be taken back to Hoi An at around mid-day. The remainder of the day will be 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 ones.

In Danang, a stop will be made at Cham Museum which has an open-air collection of Cham sculptures. Many of the sandstone carvings 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 will 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’ll embark on a boat cruise along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and admire the sunset on the boat.

Overnight in Hue
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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 will be 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 will be at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Hanoi – City Tour – Night train to Sapa

Morning
You will 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 that have gone by!

You will 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 am, you will visit 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 were 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 the 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 will be transferred to Hanoi Railway station 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 breakfast and then take a leisure walk to visit Sapa town, Sapa market.

After that, you’ll proceed to Muong Hoa Valley visiting Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages.

Afternoon
After a light picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village, you will 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 will be at your 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 will drive back to Lao Cai station. Have dinner at a restaurant near 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’ll 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’ll 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 the 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 will be 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 will be 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 is served, we’ll 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 onshore, you will be 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 the 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 will give 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’ll 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 will be the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. You will 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 the late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave

Morning
Today we will start heading north on 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 will say goodbye 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 will 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 will then be 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 will travel back to Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng

Morning
After breakfast, you will start your day with a visit to The National Museum (closed on Tuesday) and the Central Market. Then you travel by roads to the 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
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Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham – Kayaking

Morning
After breakfast, you will 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 a 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 will then make our way returning Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, you’ll 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 will enjoy kayaking down the Song River for 3 hours to visit 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’ll 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 the 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 will be at your leisure.

Overnight in Vientiane
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Vientiane – Flight to Siem Reap

Morning
The morning will be at your own leisure. Check out of the hotel room at midday.

In the evening, you will be 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 will transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Enjoy walking at a busy pub street where you can find many bars for a 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 will start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less traveled. 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 Avalokitesvara
– 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 will continue 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 will end the day with a visit to Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sunset view form Bakheng hill.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake

Morning
Early morning at around 5:30 am, we will start our day with a sunrise watch over Angkor Wat temple and listening to singing birds over the ancient land of Angkor area. We will walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. Spend your time talking to the monk and nuns to exchange the culture or relieve. We will return to the 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 will 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’ll 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 afterward.

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 will never happen 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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  • 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

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  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
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Lam did an amazing job putting together an itinerary based on phone/text conversations. We told him the where and what and he did the rest. The accommodations were beyond expectation, the guides were unbelievably friendly, and the places we were taken were spectacular. Having guides and drivers is worth every penny. So much time and money would have been wasted had we tried to accomplish this ourselves.

We got to experience so much more because of our guides local knowledge. Lastly, how great it was not to worry about how we were getting to the next adventure. Had we not used Indochina Pioneer I truly believe I wouldn’t have as many astonishing memories.

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Mar 29, 2020
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David G

"Amazing 30 Day Journey with Indochina Pioneer"

If you are looking for a private tour of SE Asia, look no further than Indochina Pioneer. I recently returned from a 30-day private tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all arranged by Indochina Pioneer and could not have been happier with everything they arranged for me. They are top-notch from working directly with you on planning your trip, arranging visas, having individuals at the airports to meet and walk you through everything when entering the countries, having amazing tour guides and drivers as well as organizing everything for you on the ground and being there to help you all along the way if you have any questions or problems. My tour was amazing with not only the normal tourist sights, but many off the beaten track sights and with your own guides, you learn so much more from these individuals who actually live in the places you will visit. I can’t recommend this tour agency enough. If you are looking to travel to any of the locations Indochina Pioneer has tours, you must book through them, you will not be disappointed.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Lidia

"Excellent from the very beginning"

We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
I recommend this travel agency!

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Mar 19, 2020
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Panos
Athens, Greece

"Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia"

We are three friends who booked a private 26-day tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with Indochina Pioneer and had an amazing time. Our travel agent, Sally, was not only a great professional, but also an amazing person, personable, sweet and eager to do anything possible to turn our trip into a unique travel experience. She was in daily contact with us, making sure that everything would be perfect for us and she was available 24/7. Everything was beyond our expectations: hotels, activities, guides, transportation, meals, etc. The itinerary itself was set to meet our needs as historians, combining visits to archaeological sites and museums, with leisure activities and cultural events.

There are no words strong enough to recommend Indochina Pioneer and, especially, Sally. Special thanks to Cong, our guide in Hoi An, Lao, our guide in Sapa, Mon, our guide in Vientiane and Vuthi, our guide in Siem Reap. We learned so many things from these amazing, always smiling, intelligent people, not only about the history of their countries, but also about their culture and modern life in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Overall, we feel like we booked a tour and in the end, we got ourselves one-in-a-lifetime- experience.

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Mar 18, 2020
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Ruth Achterhoff-Aust
USA

"Vietnam /Thailand Trip"

Mr. Lam….

Here we are already a week back home in the US from three weeks in Asia.  The continued changes/challenges that are occurring all around our world right now are such a strange and unique phenomenon.  I hope everything is going alright on your end, both professionally and personally, in regarding the CoVid-19 issues.  WOW!

Since we’ve been home….and even while Mary and I were in Asia….we both remarked on repeated occasions about how fortunate we felt to be able to experience the parts of Asia that we did….and do it the way we did!  It was only by way of the assistance that you put into place through the guide services and drivers that we could’ve come away with having such a truly FANTASTIC journey!!

I cannot adequately put into words what a benefit it was to have employed your service for this trip.  We are tremendously thankful to you for your flexibility in working with us using our itinerary and blending what we had in mind with what additional experiences might complement our plans.  Thank you for working on our behalf to get us into the wonderful hotel accommodations in the various areas.  To expound on that a bit…. In Can Tho, we stayed at the Lighthouse B & B.  Not knowing what to expect about ANYTHING prior to our arrival….then,….becoming aware of the modest way of life…the poverty that exists in that area….we were STUNNED to be treated to such a fabulous place to stay in the LightHouse!!!  Beyond all dreams/expectations! MARVELOUS in every single way!!   People make such a big difference…and that was so true at the Lighthouse.  Despite our inabilities for fluent communication in Vietnamese, the staff at the hotel were so accommodating, friendly and made us feel so welcome.  We had the opportunity to meet the owner just prior to leaving…..such a privilege to meet her and express to her our gratitude.

The second place we stayed at was the Riverside Resort in HoiAn.  Such a unique, paradise-like place!  Again…the PEOPLE!  I hate to used the same words again and again, but, so WONDERFUL was that whole experience!!  I could easily see coming back to Hoi An and spending a week or more just at that Resort and in browsing around the Old City and surrounding areas of DaNang.

The Liberty Central Hotel in Saigan felt special too.  We couldn’t get over at so many of these hotels…..each one of these hotels….the FOOD was beyond remarkable!  Such an array of choices and taste sensations!  An apparent tradition in Asia is the welcome drink….what a great thing!  It is such a nice gesture…not at all expected, and so revitalizing to a traveler/tourist.   The people who worked at every single hotel in which we stayed were so warm and accommodating…such easy people with whom to engage.

The Lapis Hotel in Hanoi …..again….more of the same ….just great!

Inasmuch as every Hotel was wonderful…if there was one that was not quite as great as we’d come to expect, it would be the Siam Hotel in Thailand.  The room was darker…older, a tad bit less appealing…overlooked less ‘scenic’ things….BUT….once again, the people are what can really make a difference.  A gentleman that sits at the door made a recommendation to us for massages….and with the location being some distance from us…he made arrangements for someone from the hotel to take us there!!  Unbelievably nice!!

I need to point out also how great the guides were that accompanied us in our travels.  Each one was refreshing, energized, informed and all were delightful.  We probably connected most with our guide in DaNang though.  “Toan” was our guide throughout the area of DaNang.   He was SO fun…and connected with us so easily…amazing.  We had such a great time with him that we felt like we’d known him for a long long time.  He was kind of like a little ‘Mother Hen’ the way he watched out over us…and he had such a terrific sense of humor that we were laughing so much of the time.

It wasn’t my intent in writing to you …to write so much.  It’s just flooding from me; all the memories of such an unforgettable time that I will carry in my soul for the rest of my life.

Thank you for taking my texts/calls when we were in the midst of the vacation and seemed to bump into temporary glitches….they all fixed themselves quickly, but I reached out just to create some awareness in case there was a problem of which early awareness could make a difference.  Thank you also for encouraging us to maintain the plan to participate in the motorcycle tour with Vietnam Backstreets.  Our tour guide was “Boo”….and there was another driver….think his name was “Hue”….”Boo” caused me to forget my worries and trust that I’d be alright riding on the back of his cycle.  Both Mary and I had our reservations about doing that part of the tour….and both of us have said to each other how thankful we are that we DID it!  LOVED it!!

The recommendation has been made to every person I know who may be traveling to Asia to get in touch with INDOCHINA PIONEERS to help them with planning their trip.  This trip is like no other I’ve ever taken before, and I’m sure such a trip could never be repeated in future trip that could even begin to compare with this one.  Strangely enough, Co-V issues worked in our favor…and the timing was spot on!  (GULP!)   We arrived in Asia before things had festered up all over the world like they did in the weeks we were IN Asia…and then, we got back to the US just in the ‘nick of time’ before all the stringent restrictions were put into place all over!    Who KNEW?!!!!

Just wanted to let you know what a great job you and everyone associated with you did….and how much we appreciated it all.

Thank-you, thank-you, THANK-YOU!!

Sincerely,

Ruth Achterhoff-Aust…on behalf of both myself, and Mary Young.

Mar 18, 2020
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Sven Clausen
Germany

"Great Experience during Corona Virus"

We had a tour in March 2020 which was provided by Ryan Mac. He was very helpful in creating a tour according to our interests and wishes. Hung, our tour guide, was excellent he told us a lot of information about Vietnam, cultural and historical wise. During the tour he also changed plans in consolation with us. Unfortunately, the Corona Virus had made us changed several destinations we have planned to go to.

But he always had an alternative option for us so that we continued our trip but with another great alternative.

All and all we were in very good hands. We can only recommend Ryan, Hung and Indochina Pioneer. We will definitely book a tour by Indochina Pioneer on our next trip in Vietnam. Many thanks!

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Mar 15, 2020
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Jonathan Tambio
California, USA

"Multi-Country Tour – UNESCO World Heritage Sites"

An amazing adventure. Mr. Ryan Mac assisted with customizing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour for our needs. We weren’t interested in certain tours listed on their brochure, and he suggested different activities for us. 3 different countries, 6 different guides – Soukon in Siem Reap; Oun in Luang Prabang; Vito in Hanoi; Huong in Nha Phong; Trang in Hue/Hoi An; and Kim Sa in Ho Chi Minh City – all different personalities, all professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Even though there were a lot of sites to see, activities to do – traveling with an elderly mother, they showed patience and understanding, taking care to assist my mom with large, uneven steps, stairs, and other obstacles that would hinder most mobility-challenged individuals. Our drivers took care to keep us safe on the road as we traveled to and fro, maneuvering through the traffic to get us to our destinations. This was a stress-free, relaxing vacation!. I highly recommend Indochina Pioneer, as well as Mr. Ryan Mac!!!

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Mar 14, 2020
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Kevin
Toronto, Canada

"Very accommodating, excellent guides"

Kata worked with us to create a tour that went where we wanted to go. We started planning with one of their itineraries, and then asked for a lot of changes to make it own our tour. Kata accommodated every request without a problem. All of the guides were good, some were excellent (Trang in Dalat, Cong in Hue/Hoi An, Vito in Hanoi). The hotels and private cars were all very good. The restaurants they include in the tour are usually higher-end restaurants that make Vietnamese food for tourists. If we were to do it over, we would ask them to take us to more restaurants where Vietnamese people eat, and I’m sure they would have no problem doing that. I have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer.

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Mar 13, 2020
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Alan Turner
Belfast, United Kingdom

"Top class company"

Booked a 15 tour of Cambodia & Vietnam with these guys. And what a tour it was.
On arrival, they were there at the airport to greet us. And for the following 15 days, the looked after us wonderfully. Every day they were at our hotel with guide and driver in great air con, cars with cold water bottles. We used 5 different guides in various city’s
And each one was great. Well dressed, great local knowledge and very helpful. All on time and happy to change things to suit us. They booked all our hotels and internal flights and paid for all entrances to temples boat trips etc.
They brought us to the airports and helped with check-ins. Nothing was a problem.
I can honestly say it the best tour company we have used in 35 years traveling.
A special thanks to Phuong Nguyen who organised the entire trip for us she was amazing. I changed my mind lots of times and she just adjusted things to suit us.
She even called our hotel in Hanoi to check on us.
What an asset for her company.
Indochina Pioneer is a great company. I would strongly recommend them. 5 stars.

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Mar 10, 2020
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