- 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 in downtown to check in. The remainder of the day is 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 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. Afterwards, you 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 ends at the hotel. The rest of the day is 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 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 is free to discover Hoi An on your own.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to BangkokDay 8
Morning is 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 is 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 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 are free to explore the market, 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 is 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 of 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 starts 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 helps support 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 transfer 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 services.
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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
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
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.
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!
"12 days in Myanmar"
Kata Tran has organised many holidays for me – in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. All excellent. She organised a 12 day trip to Myanmar in January 2016 with a few days each in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Great guides and drivers. Lovely hotels. Terrific boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Day trip to old colonial Maymyo. Highly recommended. Kata always listens carefully to what you want and is very flexible.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
"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.
"Indochina Pioneer – Great Tour Organizer"
I arranged a 28 day customized tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand in January, 2016 the assistance of Indochina Pioneer. Lam, the principal of the company, was fabulous to deal with. He made many suggestions, booked all of our drivers and local tour guides, hotels, admission tickets, and even some restaurants. All of his choices were excellent, and when there was a need to make a last minute change, he was readily available. His tour included many extras that other tour organizers did not include, and he made sure that we visited off the beaten track places, took local tours that the big groups do not see, and that our hotels were carefully chosen to be very central and more of a local boutique nature. Lam never hesitated to make sure that our trip was going well as we travelled, and even made a point of meeting us at our stop in Hanoi and sent flowers to me on my birthday. The tour was priced very favorably compared to 3 others I contacted, and all of our guides were excellent. I would highly recommend this company and Lam in particular to anyone wanting to arrange a local tour or a detailed itinerary of Indochina.
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.
"Fantastic trip amazing service"
Fantastic trip from start to finish. All our expectations were met and exceeded from the moment we booked the trip with Mr Lam to our last day.
We had one minor problem during our stay and it was sorted immediately with profession
And made our trip the most memorable holiday ever.
Mr Lam customised our trip to suit us and we loved all of our guides and drivers.
We were even lucky enough to be invited to the companies end of year party and got to meet everyone who made our holiday so special. I can’t recommend this company enough and that’s something coming from someone in the tourist industry. Well done indoctrination pioneer.
"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.
"2nd Time….just as great"
This is the second time I have used Indochina Pioneer. They excelled again. This time, we had 5 Rotarians who had completed a project in Cambodia, and needed some holiday time afterwards. We booked an 8 night Hanoi/Sapa/Halong Bay tour.
Again, the Indochina Pioneer Team performed beyond my expectations. On time, knowledgeable and flexible at all times.
We had a small problem with our van after the 5 hour drive to Sapa. By breakfast the next day, we had a new van and driver to look after us for the rest of our journey.
We got a great upgrade on the Halong Bay cruise.
I can’t commend Indochina Pioneer highly enough. If you want further details, please PM me directly, if I go again in Indochina, it will only be with Indochina Pioneer.
goodtravelfort lee, nj
"Fantastic 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia"
The best thing about Duong Dai Lam (Lam) from Indochina Pioneer is that he listens. We are interested in history, architecture and food, and really appreciate good views.
Our trip provided these things and more:
– In every city we had gorgeous hotels with fabulous views, with a number of upgrades. Hotels appreciated Indochina Pioneer business.
– Halong Bay cruise was one of the highlights – small, comfortable boat with great food and most incredible landscapes. How did they get such a good chef for a 10 cabin boat?
– Lam suggested many off the beaten track attractions that helped us to understand and appreciate the country.
– Our tour guides in every place were knowledgeable about history and architecture, forthcoming with cultural and lifestyle information
– They were very flexible both in planning, and trip changes when the weather did not cooperate. For example – we don’t ride bicycles, so we ended up doing one day tour on the back of 2 scooters. Fun!!!
– Street food tour with Luu in Hanoi was fun, delicious and educational. We kept eating on the street throughout the trip. No food poisoning, just delicious food.
– Private cars were medium size SUVs immaculately maintained and drivers were safe.
I infrequently gush – see my other reviews. But this was one of our best trips, and the private tour ended up costing less than a comparable group tour booked from US.