- 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.
Hanoi – ArrivalDay 1
On arrival your local guide and driver will greet you and transfer you in a private vehicle to Hanoi Pearl Hotel, helping with your luggage and the check-in process. Free time for your own leisure.
Lunch and Dinner is on your own arrangement.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Evening Foodie tour and Golden Bell showDay 2
Enjoy your morning and afternoon at leisure. Site suggestions for your free time;
– Hanoi’s Old Quarter
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
– Temple of Literature
– Hanoi Women’s Museum
– Hoa Lo Museum
– Ngoc Son Temple & Hoan Kiem Lake
Included evening activities:
18:00 You will be picked up from your hotel by your private tour guide and taken to enjoy a Cyclo ride through the famed Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter of Hanoi.
18:30 Stop at Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge for you to take photos.
18:30 Commence a leisure walk through the old streets of Hanoi, displaying architecture influenced by the French and Chinese. You can observe the night life here while mingling with the locals. During the walk we will have a chance to enjoy various delicious local foods such as Pho Cuon “rolled Pho”, Banh Cuon “Rice cake” and Mixed dried beef with Papaya …etc.
21:00 You end your fabulous evening tour by attending a cultural show at the Chuong Vang Theater, which takes place on Saturdays. Alternatively, you can go to Thang Long Theater (on Tues/Thu/Sat) to see an original folklore art performance, which has been preserved for the past 10 centuries.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi - Halong Bay - On-board traditional Junk CruiseDay 3
08:00 Pick up at the hotel and transfer by bus for 4 hours through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Stop to have some coffee and take some photos en route.
12:00 – 12:30 Check in Pelican & Image café (Tuan Chau Island).
12:30 – 13:00 Transfer to Image boat by tender.
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome on boat enjoy welcome drink and follow Operation Manager briefing safety on boat as Image Ha Long Cruise heads to Hoa Cuong, Ngon Tay, Duoi Ca.
13:30 – 14:30 Seafood lunch will be served on board.
15:00 – 15:45 Transfer to small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave
Option: Kayaking service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly. Rate is USD 10 per person (unless pre – booked).
15:45 – 17:00 Visit Titov Island.
17:00 – 18:00 Back to the boat continues cruises to find safety place for overnight (near 587 islet or Luon cave). Free time afterwards.
18:00 – 19:00 Happy hour (buy two drink, get one free).
18:30 – 19:00 Cooking demonstration on board.
19:30 Enjoy dinner.
21:30 – 23:00 Join squid fishing. Overnight on boat
Overnight on board
Halong Bay – Transfer back to HanoiDay 4
06:15 – 06:45 Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the Sundeck.
07:00 Have breakfast on boat.
07:45 – 08:45 Explorer the Limestone Cave (about 60 minute by walk).
09:00 – 09:30 Check out, payment in reception area.
10: 30 Have lunch on boat.
11:30 Back to Tuan Chau pier. Transfer by tender to Pelican & Image cafe. From here we are picked up again bu bus and driven back to Hanoi.
15:30 Arrive back in town and free to relax afterwards.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – DepartureDay 5
The whole day is free and depending on your departure time, a private driver will collect you at your hotel and transfer you back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for your outbound flight home or to your next destination. End of our service.
This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!
Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.
- 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)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam 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
We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.
"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.
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!
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.
"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.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!