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Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on board
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
  • Day 5: Hue City Tour
  • Day 6: Hue – Day train to Da Nang – Hoi An
  • Day 7: Hoi An – Walking tour of the Old Quarter
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Bangkok
  • Day 9: Bangkok – Full-day City tour – Cruise dinner on Chao Phraya River
  • Day 10: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Day 11: Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai
  • Day 12: Chiang Mai – Day trip to Elephant Natural Park
  • Day 13: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon Natural Park
  • Day 14: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – 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.

Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a welcome signboard. They will then transfer you to the hotel downtown to check in. The remainder of the day will be free to rest from the long journey.

Overnight in Hanoi


Hanoi – Full-day City Tour

After breakfast, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour to see Hanoi’s major attractions. Start your day with a visit to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, (closed Monday and Friday from 20 September to 10 December). Move on to Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the Pagoda of a Pillar, located in the same enclosure. You will also be able to visit the Quan Tran Quoc pagoda, B52 Lake and the Temple of Literature, after which you will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll continue to visit the fascinating Women Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during the American War. Afterward, you’ll take a walking tour strolling through the small alley streets of Hanoi Old Quarter. At the end of the afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional puppet show at the Bong Sen Theater.

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



Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on board

After breakfast and check out, you will travel by road (approx. 4 hours) to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On board a traditional wooden junk, admire the sublime beauty of the limestone karsts rising out of the water like giants. A scrumptious seafood lunch will be served on board while sailing. During the cruise, you will have a chance to enjoy a swim or go kayaking to discover sea caves.

Wrap up your evening with a Vietnamese cooking demonstration from the onboard chefs! Enjoy dinner, some squid fishing and then retire for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals:(Breakfast/ lunch/ Dinner)



Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Early morning you can enjoy a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck and then followed by a light breakfast. You will have free time to relax and then check out of the cruise cabin at mid-morning. Then brunch will be served on board. Around midday, you will return to the docks. From here you are picked up by your private driver and transferred directly to Noi Bai Airport to take a short flight to Hue. Arrive at Hue Airport, your private local guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel to check in.

Overnight in Hue
Meals:(Breakfast/ lunch/_)



Hue City Tour

After breakfast, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hue. Embark on the dragon boat trip to cruise the Perfume River visiting the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of the Emperor Tu Duc. Then you will enjoy lunch at a Buddhist Temple.

In the afternoon, you will continue to visit the Imperial Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty. Finally, we will visit the Dong Ba market sited on the bank of the Perfume River. Walk across the historic Trang Tien Bridge while watching the sunset. The day tour will end at the hotel. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals:(Breakfast/ lunch/_)



Hue – Day train to Da Nang – Hoi An

After breakfast, your guide and driver will collect you and transfer you to the train station to take a four-hour scenic train ride to Da Nang. Along the way, you will get to see the beautiful coastal line and pass the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival at Da Nang station, you will be picked up by your private driver and transferred to the nearby Hoi An Ancient Town. En route, you will stop to visit the beautiful beach of Non Nuoc and the Cham Museum. You will also have a chance to climb the Marble Mountains, a set of sacred hills with Buddhist shrines. Arrive in Hoi An and check in to your hotel room. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – Walking tour of the Old Quarter

Following breakfast, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. Venture through its alley streets, visiting the traditional houses and some of its most famous places, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Ceramic Museum and the central market. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, then return to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free to discover Hoi An on your own.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Bangkok

The morning will be free to relax in Hoi An.

In the afternoon, transfer to Da Nang airport to take a short flight to Bangkok. Arrival Bangkok you will be picked up and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel in downtown to check in. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Overnight in Bangkok
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Bangkok – Full-day City tour – Cruise dinner on Chao Phraya River

Following breakfast, with the help of your private guide and driver, you will embark on a guided tour of this Metropolitan City. The sightseeing today includes the visit to the Grand Palace (the official residence of the kings of Siam), the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), the Temple of Wat Pho and the Wat Traimit. You’ll also have some time in the afternoon to enjoy massage and some fun shopping. Tonight, you will enjoy a cruise dinner on the spectacular Chao Phraya River.

Overnight in Bangkok
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Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

After breakfast, depart southward to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, situated in Ratchaburi province.

Arrive at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where you can see numerous vendors selling local foods, fruits, and products on the rowing boats. Take a paddling boat along the canal to breathe the once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere of this legendary market. Then you will be free to explore the market and shoot photographs/videos.

Leaving the floating market, you will take a thrilling long-tailed boat ride, wind your way through the winding canals to see remote villages, gardens, and plantations. Arrive at the docks where you meet your private driver again and transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure. Relax at the hotel or enjoy some fun shopping again.

Overnight in Bangkok
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Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai

After breakfast and hotel checkout, transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Chiang Mai. Arrival in Chiang Mai, your private guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the downtown for the sightseeing tour. You will start to visit the temple “Wat Phra That Doi Suthep”, located more than one thousand meters above sea level, with magnificent views of the city. Then lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will continue to tour the most important temples in the city and visit the local market, where you can enjoy your shopping spree.

Overnight in Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai – Day trip to Elephant Natural Park

Today, you will enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals.

Your visit will start with a picturesque drive through the rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives.

Many find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary.

Your visit will help supporting our regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation.

Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meals:(Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon Natural Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Doi Inthanon Natural Park, the highest mountain in the country, at the top of which there are two twin pagodas: Phra Maha That Naphamethanidol and Naphapholphumsiri. During the tour, you will walk through the natural landscape of Angka Luang, to continue later with a visit to the base of a research project for the development of fruits and flowers. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will pass by the village of the Karen tribe, best known for the neck rings worn by their women. Stop at the waterfalls of Vachirathan, after which you will return to the hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Departure

After breakfast, a private driver will take you to the Airport for a short flight back to Bangkok. Then transfer via your international flight home. End of our tour.

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Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

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 Thailand and Vietnam
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Thailand and Vietnam
  • Thailand and 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

Client reviews

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.

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ICP customer review
Candace
USA

"Amazing Trip!"

We wanted a trip for 2 of us, somewhat last minute, and didn’t feel like putting in all the effort to plan it. Hien skyped with us and put together a trip that was AMAZING. We loved Cambodia, but suggest 2 half-day tours of the temples instead of one or two all-day tours. You will get templed-out. Everything will blur together. Definitely try The Bug Cafe. It’s definitely something to talk about later. Our favorite city in Vietnam was Hoi An and we wouldn’t have thought of it if it wasn’t for Hien. Bring your favorite dress and they will remake it for you in 48 hours, buy leather, and try all the delicious food. We highly suggest adding on a cooking class or a lantern class. Hien even came and met up with us at the end of our trip to meet with us personally.

Aug 11, 2019
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David Oliver
Spain

"All excellent"

All excellent. Fantastic travel agent. Elena was fantastic and very kind. A great professional. No doubt highly recommended.

Aug 10, 2019
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Elizabeth
New Zealand

"Very enjoyable tour by Indochina Pioneer!"

Used agent Lizzie who looked after us very well from start to finish. We wanted boutique hotels with pools as like to steer clear of large multinationals and each one selected was superb. We had done our research prior so knew where we wanted to stay so Indochina Pioneer was flexible. Coming from NZ, we found Halong Bay disappointing – polluted water and too many boats. But loved Luang Prabang, Laos just a 45 min flight from Hanoi. It was the highlight for us. No large tour groups & lovely colonial French architecture. Quieter than Viet’s hot spots. Buddhist culture, elephant conservation, serene waterfalls.
Lizzie kept in touch the whole way & adapted our itinerary as requested. Our guides in Hanoi and Laos were excellent. Use a Vietnam based agent like Indochina Pioneer to plan your land content. Nothing beats the local knowledge and back up if things go wrong. Thanks Lizzie & Indochina Pioneer for a great trip.

  

Aug 9, 2019
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Kyle
USA

"Fulfilled Promises – Use Indochina Pioneer when traveling to Asia"

For about a month, I solo traveled through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and enjoyed the most beautiful trips of my life. Although nervous about doing this trip alone, Mr. Lam Duong promised my safety came first. Each guide in each city took care of me like I was family. Everywhere I went throughout SE Asia, the guides and the locals make you feel at home. The sights are one thing, but the culture is true beauty. I had a blast every single day knowing I was safe, and knowing that I had a full itinerary every day. Each guide was flexible to the itinerary as well. If you are ever planning on traveling to Asia, I 100% recommend using Indochina Pioneer. My itinerary was fantastic, my guides took care of me, and the hotels were beautiful. Thank you again for all of your help Lam!

Must See Destinations: Hoi An, Sapa, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang.

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Jul 23, 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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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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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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Judy Garvey
Canada

"Enjoy the Indochina Pioneer Experience"

I have used this company twice to book a trip to Viet Nam and a 2nd trip to Viet Nam and Cambodia.
I have also recommended this company to many local friends. I was so happy and pleased with meeting my agent Kata Tran. She is wonderful person, extremely organized and so trustworthy. All of the recommendations that I made to friends were also thrilled with Kata’s service and the professionalism of Indochina Pioneer.
Not only do they provide competitive prices but they have private drivers and guides who are locals. As a result, tourists get a local perspective from very well trained professional guides. The accommodations, food and cars were top notch. Please don’t miss the Indochina Pioneer experience you will not be disappointed.

May 22, 2019
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Tbalinger
Krakow, Poland

"Our fantastic Vietnam trip with Indochina Pioneer"

A couple of our close friends, my wife and I were planning to visit Vietnam for a while, but were not sure if we should do this on our own, or to use one of the travel agencies in Vietnam. A month or two later, a friend of my wife mentioned that she has just come back from Vietnam, used Indochina Pioneer to advise her on the itinerary and get trip organized. She told us she was totally impressed with them. Before contacting Nam Duong, we did some research and were fully impressed, as Indochina Pioneer’s reviews were outstanding. To make long story short, we asked Nam to prepare the itinerary for a two weeks tour of Vietnam. The response was prompt, we loved Nam’s proposal and two weeks later we were on our way.
Everything from the pickup at the airport, hotel choice, vehicles and especially the team of local guides were superb! We spent two weeks sightseeing and learning the history of Vietnam while visiting Saigon and Mekong delta, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. We took millions of pictures and left with unforgettable memories of wonderful people we met during our trip and are grateful to Nam Duong and his team for getting this organized. We strongly recommend Indochina Pioneer. They did absolutely superb job. Thank you, Nam and your team!

May 2, 2019
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Chris C
Las Vegas, United States

"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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