- Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
- Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Discovery
- Day 3: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen – Beng Mealea
- Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Flight to Vientiane
- Day 5: Vientiane – Full-day City Tour
- Day 6: Vientiane – Flight to Luang Prabang
- Day 7: Luang Prabang – Boat Trip
- Day 8: Luang Prabang – Textile Village – Jewel and Elephant Camp
- Day 9: Luang Prabang – Flight to Hanoi
- Day 10: Hanoi – Full day City tour
- Day 11: Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa
- Day 12: Sapa – Explore Hill Villages
- Day 13: Sapa –Train back to Hanoi
- Day 14: Hanoi – Ha Long – On board a junk boat
- Day 15: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
- Day 16: Hue – Motorbike Tour
- Day 17: Hue – Hoi An
- Day 18: Hoi An – Biking Excursion
- Day 19: Hoi An – Free day
- Day 20: Hoi An – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
- Day 21: HCM City – Cao Dai Temples – Cu Chi Tunnels
- Day 22: HCMC – Vinh Long
- Day 23: Vinh Long – Cai Be Floating Market – HCM City
- Day 24: HCMC – 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.
Siem Reap – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at Siem Reap airport when you arrive for your holiday to Indochina, and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your itinerary for your Indochina vacation along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
In the evening you will enjoy with the buffet dinner followed by the Apsara performance to describe of Khmer myths.
Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 5 cm x 5 cm photos and $30 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor DiscoveryDay 2
After breakfast will take a cycle ride (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local villages and local shops. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples.
The walking tour begins at West Gate of Angkor Thom Complex – undiscovered by mass tourist. The sites at the Complex we will visit including the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Leaving Angkor Thom complex we proceed to the Tah Prohm, famous for the temples that are overgrown and covered by trees. Ta Prohm has been left as it was found, showing exactly what the jungle can do when it takes over control.
Continue your tour to explore Angkor Wat, an architectural and artistic masterpiece of the mighty Khmer Empire before witnessing dusk at Phnom Bakheng or Pre Rup casting the temple in an orange hue.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen – Beng MealeaDay 3
After breakfast at hotel transfer for 2 hours to Phnom Kulen which is believed to be the birthplace of the Khmer Empire where King Jayavarman II was crowned as ‘God-king’. At present, Kulen Mountain is a favorite spot among Cambodian families for weekend getaways and special holidays. This is where families usually gather together and the place where visitors go for outdoor activities.
After one hour driving up hill we arrive at Kulen Mountain. Here we will visit the River of 1000 Lingas, a reclining Buddha and cascading waterfall. You can swim at waterfall so please make sure you bring your swim gears.
On the way back, you will visit another of the lesser visited temples – Beng Mealea, similar in size to the better known Angkor Wat (both were built by Jayavaram VII). Utterly swallowed by jungle, and with minimal restoration work, it is easy to imagine what it must have been like for early explorers discovering these temples for the first time.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Flight to VientianeDay 4
After breakfast, you will move in tune with the rhythm of the great annual flood of Tonle Sap. Take a boat ride to the village of Kompong Phluk. Explore this great ecosystem by way of canoeing and hear the calls of the macaque monkeys while observing the forest beneath the lake’s surface.
In the afternoon, you will take a short flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, you will meet up with your tour guide and driver then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Vientiane
Vientiane – Full-day City TourDay 5
After breakfast your private tour guide will pick you up and take you for a sigh-seeing of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Hor Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
You will continue to take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred status of Hindu divinities and Buddha.
You will pass villages on the bank of Mekong through beautiful views of vegetable garden, tobacco plantation etc. You will also have a nice view of the Mekong Friendship Bridge as the border between Laos and Thailand.
Return to Vientiane town and continue to visit Ban Nongbuathong the hand weaving Village. Take a walk on Mekong Riverside before transfer back to Hotel.
Overnight in Vientiane
Vientiane – Flight to Luang PrabangDay 6
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to Wattay Airport to take a short flight to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival you will be met by your private tour guide and embark on a guided tour of Luang Prabang.
– National museum
– The impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai
– Wat Xieng Thong
– Climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
From there, you will explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Boat TripDay 7
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives you a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.
Along the way, you will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, you will take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Textile Village – Jewel and Elephant CampDay 8
After breakfast drive out of town to visit the Jewel land Elephant camp at Ban Ann. En route stop at famous and well-known village, Ban Phom Nom, almost of those villagers are weavers. They used to be servants and made handicraft souvenirs for the last king of Laos.
You also visit Henrimouhot monument at Kang Noon, a French man, who founded Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, but he died at Kang Noon when he moved to Laos for his discovery as Mararia.
Then continue to the Elephant camp.
On arrival your guide brief about those elephants, where they come from and their daily living condition. You can take some vegetables to feed those elephant. If you wish you can take elephant ride for one hour.
Returning to Luang Prabang, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Flight to HanoiDay 9
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to Luang Prabang airport for a short flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, your guide will take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Full day City tourDay 10
After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi with the assistance of your private guide.
Start your day with a cyclo tour of the fascinating Old Quarter – 36 streets in old-schooled French colonial style would present you the past days. Cycling ends in the Old Citadel, from where you will walk along the beautiful tree-lined boulevards until you get to Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you will start the walking tour.
You will visit:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
– The Presidential Palace
– The humble House on Stilts, in which Uncle Ho lived and painted a brighter day for Vietnam.
– One Pillar Pagoda
Continue your morning tour to visit the Temple of Literature and then the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ – Hanoi’s former central prison made famous first for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam’s national liberation movement and later US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnamese airspace.
You will enjoy a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake visiting Ngoc Son Temple. Then you will attend a performance of the traditional water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnam art form at the nearby Theater.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Transfer to SapaDay 11
After breakfast and checkout, you will depart Hanoi and take a 5,5 hour road journey to Sapa, a lovely charming town established as a hill station by the French in early nineteen century. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic.
Freshen, relax and take a walking visit to Sapa town, Sapa market then take a drive to Lao Chai – Ta Van villages, short trek to Lao Chai, Ta van villages to meet and talk with Giay people and to explore their daily life and beautiful landscape. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner at the local family and return to town.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa – Explore Hill VillagesDay 12
After breakfast and checkout, you will start your day with a 02 hour drive to the lowest valley of Sapa. Along the way you will have many chances to see the breathtaking views of the largest terraced paddy fields and cornfields of the Sapa District.
Passing Ban Ho village you will ascend to My Son Village then Nam Cang Village. Here minorities live, such as Xa Pho, Red Dao and White H’mong. Stopping at Nam Thang Village you will visit a minority home, and then cross a suspension bridge. Along the way you will see many waterfalls, together with stunning views of the lowest valley, paddy terraces and Buffalo houses on stilts, while listening to the birds singing in nearby forests. This wonderful 2 hour trek ends with lunch at a minority stilt house in Thanh Phu Village.
You will return to Sapa while viewing the sun setting over the mountains. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa –Train back to HanoiDay 13
The whole morning is yours to explore at your leisure. You can visit town market or climb the Ham Rong “Dragon’s Jaw Mountain”. You will then check out of the hotel room at midday.
You will be picked up by a private guide and driver and transferred to Lao Cai station to board the overnight train to Hanoi (20:12pm – 05:00am).
Overnight on A/C train
Hanoi – Ha Long – On board a junk boatDay 14
Morning arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up and transfer to a mini hotel nearby the station for shower and relax.
After breakfast will be transferred through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board our authentic traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Seafood lunch will be served on board while you cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
Take a short visit to Titop Island for kayaking, swimming and relaxation. Enjoy the sunset before you drop anchor for a delicious meal and a peaceful overnight stay.
Overnight on boat
Halong – Hanoi – Flight to HueDay 15
Morning rising to the sound of Halong Bay you will take part in a Tai Chi class on sundeck. It is followed by breakfast and then you will explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms.
You will return to the boat for check-out and brunch as you continue cruising amongst the islands and islets.
At mid-day you will get back to the pier for dismemberment. From here you will be picked up again and driven back to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Hue.
Upon arrival in Hue you will be picked up and driven to the hotel to check-in. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Motorbike TourDay 16
After breakfast and check out, you will see your private motorbike driver waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Today you will enjoy fun bike rides through the lush rice fields and local villages visiting the major attractions of Hue. After a short tour briefing you will be picked up (01 person per bike) and driven to Thanh Toan Village where you can see the lively morning market. This is where the locals come to buy their daily food. Nearby place is the 300 year old Thanh Toan bridge and a Cultural Museum where you can visit and talk to the locals.
Note: if you are not keen on the motorbike tour, it can be replaced by private car.
Continue your visit to the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc King, the final resting place. Then you will head to the nearby Vong Canh Hill to watch the stunning panorama view of the Perfume River below.
Return to our bikes and drive to a local Buddhist Monastery for a delicious vegetarian lunch, prepared and served by the nuns.
Following lunch, you will return to town to visit the Forbidden Purple City, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 – 1945. End up your day by visiting the central Dong Ba Market sited on the bank of the Perfume River. Walk across the historic Trang Tien Bridge to return to our hotel.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Hoi AnDay 17
After breakfast and check-out, you will be picked up by our private tour guide and driver then transferred to the Ancient Town of Hoi An via Da Nang. It will be a 4 hour scenic journey hugging the coastline with some photo stops en‐route at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass and the Marble Mountain.
Around mid-day you will arrive and check in to your hotel in Hoi An.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town. Hoi An is a great place for tailor-made clothes so you may visit the tailor shops to get a whole new wardrobe.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Biking ExcursionDay 18
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to a cycling/bike trip to visit Hoi An’s hottest attractions: Japanese Bridge, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and some other interesting shops. You will ride by bicycle to the home of a craftsman in the old street in Hoi An Town, where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. You will have a chance to enjoy making the lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Later, you will walk deep into a narrow alley in search for a special lunch in a secret garden-like restaurant.
Note: If you don’t want the bike ride, it will be replaced by private car.
In the afternoon, a fisherman will greet you at the shore and help you step on Hoi An’s special boat: Basket Boat. The basket-shaped transportation is widely used in Southern Vietnam; sitting in one would be one of the precious fun moments in your Vietnam holiday. Just as other fishermen, you will be back to shore with a boat-load of fish when sunset. What a harvest!
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Free dayDay 19
The whole day is free to relax. Perhaps choose to join an optional Vietnamese cooking class or learn more about the ancient Champa civilization with a trip to My Son Cham Towers.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)Day 20
Your private driver will pick you up at the hotel and transferred to Da Nang International airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formally called Saigon.
On arrival you will be picked up by your private tour guide and transferred to downtown for a guided tour of this Metropolitan City. The tour begins with a visit to Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern time. You will pass the historic Ben Thanh market – where all kind of goods are offered.
After that, free time for you to hang out at the local coffee shop or local market.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Cao Dai Temples – Cu Chi TunnelsDay 21
After breakfast and check out, you will take a 02 hour drive to the ornate temple of Cao Dai in Tay Ninh Province which is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Then, attend the fantastic mid-day service together with the followers.
After lunch, you will be transferred back and stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnel system, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
After that you will be back to HCM City. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCMC – Vinh LongDay 22
At 08:00 AM, you will depart HCM City to drive to Vinh Long, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. A three-hour journey through the lush fields and farms will take you to the southernmost region of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta. This is the end of a 4,500 km journey the Mekong River makes after traveling through six countries towards the China Sea.
Upon arrival, you will embark on a boat trip to visit local cottage industries such as the production of floor tiles, pottery, soya bean and tofu. You will also visit one of many local orchards where you can enjoy some of the exotic fruit and have a taste of Mekong cuisine.
You will arrive at your homestay in the late afternoon, where you can check into your bedding and explore the island to get a feeling of the area. Delicious dinner will be prepared and served by your host family.
Overnight in Vinh Long
Vinh Long – Cai Be Floating Market – HCM CityDay 23
At 08:00 AM, bidding a farewell to the local the host family, you will continue our boat trip to visit the Cai Be Floating Market. This is a local retail market where you can witness hundreds of boats loaded with fruit, vegetables and other produce for trade. Afterwards, you will visit a family business where they make popular sweets such as coconut candy, pop rice cakes and rice paper. You will return to the dock and drive back to HCM City, stopping en route to have lunch at a local restaurant.
You will arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, where you can spend the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCMC
HCMC – DepartureDay 24
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own as your tour package in Indochina draws to an end, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
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- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic flights within Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
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"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.
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!
"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.
"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.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!