Explore the most attractive sites of Vietnam and Thailand with this tour. Learn the stories of Hanoi on a full-day city tour and then enjoy your cruise trip in Halong Bay, which lets you admire the fascinating sight of this natural wonder. In Hue, embark on a unique dragon boat trip along Perfume River. Discover the lovely alleys of Hoi An ancient town and admire its tranquil lifestyle before taking the flight to Thailand’s capital Bangkok. You will visit its most important places such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho Temple and tale a long-tailed boat ride at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. In Chiang Mai, enjoy your time discovering its ancient temples and day trips to the Elephant Nature Park and Inthanon National Park. You will have the chance to interact with the gentle giants at the Elephant Park and then see some of the most scenic landscapes in Thailand – a perfect closure for your trip in this wonderful country.
- 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
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.
We had a wonderful 7-day trip last July; Kata was awesome to work with. So professional, reliable and helpful!
"Lifetime of Memories"
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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"Vietnam /Thailand Trip"
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!!
Ruth Achterhoff-Aust…on behalf of both myself, and Mary Young.
"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!
Jonathan TambioCalifornia, 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!!!
"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.
Alan TurnerBelfast, 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.