- 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
- 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
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 TourDay 2
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
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on boardDay 3
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 HueDay 4
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
Hue City TourDay 5
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
Hue – Day train to Da Nang – Hoi AnDay 6
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
Hoi An – Walking tour of the Old QuarterDay 7
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
Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to BangkokDay 8
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
Bangkok – Full-day City tour – Cruise dinner on Chao Phraya RiverDay 9
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
Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak Floating MarketDay 10
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
Bangkok – Flight to Chiang MaiDay 11
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
Chiang Mai – Day trip to Elephant Natural ParkDay 12
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
Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon Natural ParkDay 13
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
Chiang Mai – Bangkok – DepartureDay 14
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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- 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
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- 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
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I took a trip to Vietnam with 3 girlfriends in September and we had an absolute blast. Although we only went for 10 days we filled every moment with adventures and experiences across 5 different destinations in Vietnam. Where this could have been an exhausting nightmare, it wasn’t due to the expert travel arrangements done for us my Kata at Indochina Pioneer.
Our English speaking guides were incredible, the arrangements flawless and the hotels chosen and experiences suggested by Kata were spot on. Thank you Indochina Pioneer
"Wonderful family holiday – exceptional customer service"
Our family of four (myself, husband and two boys) just returned to Australia from a wonderful 16 day trip to Vietnam. Kata organised and tailored a trip in line with the places we wanted to see and organised transport, private tour guides, drivers and excellent accommodation for each place. It was our great pleasure to see beautiful Vietnam from the north to the south and we came back with many fond memories of the sights and the people, including our wonderful, knowledgeable, English speaking tour guides. Kata was always available to help and assist with any queries before and during our trip. Her fantastic organising, advice and outstanding service helped ensure we had an amazing trip. We highly recommend Indochina Pioneer. Highlights were the enchanting Halong Bay, Sapa and Mekong Delta (Can Tho). Thank you, Kata!
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I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan for the last few weeks to get an itinerary down for a trip to Vietnam. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to postpone the trip, but I was extremely impressed with the amount of time and detail Ryan put into making our itinerary. Fingers crossed we are able to make a trip work in the future!
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We had a great experience with Indochina Pioneer. Elly was our travel consultant and helped us plan a family-friendly trip. She tailored our itinerary and made numerous modifications based on our questions and suggestions. Our family of six, with kids ages 5-13 all enjoyed activities that included basket boat, foot massages, lantern making in Hoi An; Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Riverboat ride near Saigon; elephant riding, waterfall, bear sanctuary in Laos; Angkor Wat, waterfall and floating houses in Cambodia. Hotels were great. The guides all spoke English well and were accommodating for any itinerary changes based on kids preferences. And the price was very reasonable for what we received. I highly recommend them.
"Great Experience in Vietnam and Cambodia"
Our family of five just got back from a wonderful experience exploring Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and the Angkor temples. Kata Tran customized a tour based on our interests (and not only kept in touch with us via WhatsApp during our visit but also took the time to meet us in Hanoi), the local guides were knowledgeable and spoke excellent English, and the drivers delivered us safely to our destinations (no small feat given the often challenging traffic patterns) and kept us hydrated. Highlights were the Hanoi street food tour with Trang, visiting the Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge with Snow, biking through rice fields with Toan and a cooking class at the Kumquat Hoi An restaurant, crawling through Cu Chi tunnels and exploring Saigon and the Can Tho floating markets with Hiep, and ascending to the “Heaven” level of Angkor Wat with the assistance of Mister Pasquale.
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.
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"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.
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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!
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