Gain a deep insight into the past and present of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – the three countries which made up the Indochina region. You will start with a tour in Hanoi, which then followed by an excursion to Mai Chau to explore the mountainous villages. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise at Halong Bay before you head to central Vietnam and discover the charming towns of Hue and Hoi An. Travel further to the south where you will visit Ho Chi Minh City and experience the lively vibe of life on the Mekong Delta on a boat. In Phnom Penh, you will learn about the country’s dark years when visiting the Killing Field. Find the time gateway as you explore the ground of Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei in Siem reap. Make a memorable closure for your holiday in Luang Prabang with trips to its famous attractions – the National Museum, UXO Centre, Pak Ou Caves, and Kuang Si waterfalls.
- Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi - Full-day City tour
- Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau
- Day 4: Mai Chau – Buoc Village - Hanoi
- Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight On-board
- Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
- Day 7: Hue - Full-day tour
- Day 8: Hue – Hoi An
- Day 9: Hoi An - Walking tour of the Ancient town
- Day 10: Hoi An - Free day
- Day 11: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
- Day 12: HCM City – Ben Tre – Can Tho / Mekong Delta
- Day 13: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc
- Day 14: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boat
- Day 15: Phnom Penh – Killing Field Visit - Flight to Siem Reap
- Day 16: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom, the Ancient Capital
- Day 17: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei: Citadel of Women
- Day 18: Siem Reap – Afternoon flight to Luang Prabang
- Day 19: Luang Prabang City tour – Boat trip to Pak Ou Caves
- Day 20: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall
- Day 21: Luang Prabang – 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
Your private tour guide will meet you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Hanoi. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way regarding your 3 week adventure in Indochina, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
After checking in, if you are interested, your guide will take you on an hour orientation tour around the Old Quarter by a cycle rickshaw, where the bustling area of narrow streets and alley ways houses thousands of small family businesses and shops. Traveling by cycle rickshaw is the best way to get a real feeling for the town as well as capture great photographs on your first day in Hanoi!
Dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.
Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi - Full-day City tourDay 2
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Museum of Ethnology showcasing the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam
Lunch will be at a local restaurant where you will be served delicious local Hanoi cuisine.
After lunch, your full-day city tour will continue.
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
– Hoa Lo prison (known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war)
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– Ngoc Son Temple
– And attending a performance at the Water Puppet Theatre, a folk tradition from the villages in the rice fields dating back almost 1000 years
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Mai ChauDay 3
Morning (pick up at 7:30am)
After an early breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Mai Chau (travel time approximately 4 hours). Mai Chau is an authentic hill tribe region and a fantastic base for treks and homestay adventures. Most Mai Chau houses are elevated 10–12 feet off the ground to avoid water damage and to shelter the residents’ livestock from the elements.
On the way to Mai Chau, there will be a few brief stops to visit the local markets in Hoa Binh and to take photos of the scenic mountain range.
You will arrive at Mai Chau around noon and check into your selected accommodation. Lunch will be on your own at the hotel, after which you can get some rest.
Later in the afternoon, your private tour guide will take you on a walk or bicycle ride (if you prefer) to explore the surrounding Lac and Pom Cong villages. On the way, you will have a chance to meet the locals and learn about their lives raising crops and livestock.
At night, you will enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner prepared by a White Thai family. You will have a chance to interact with them, learn about their lifestyle, customs, and practices.
Overnight in Mai Chau
Mai Chau – Buoc Village - HanoiDay 4
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the authentic Buoc village (travel time approximately 1 hour). On the way to Buoc village, you will pass by rice paddies and villages dotted with stilt houses. If you prefer, a bicycle ride can be arranged instead of the drive. Upon arriving at Buoc village, you will enjoy a leisurely stroll visiting and interacting with the local families. A tribal family will warmly welcome you into their stilt house, where you will learn about their lifestyle, culture and customs. Afterward, the family will prepare a delicious, homemade lunch for you.
After lunch, your private tour guide will take you back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours); you will arrive at your hotel around 5pm. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight On-boardDay 5
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farm lands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay (travel time approximately 4 hours). There will be a stop en route for photos and refreshments. On arrival, you will board your junk boat where you will be served a seafood lunch.
You will spend the afternoon cruising among hundreds of islets, discovering unspoiled pockets of Halong Bay. You will visit “Sung Sot” Cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the area. You will also have a chance to kayak and/or swim in the cool waters. Tonight your dinner will be served on the junk boat.
(Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)
Overnight on board.
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to HueDay 6
In the morning, enjoy the tranquil beauty of the bay, and perhaps an early morning Tai Chi session on sundeck, followed by breakfast. Your cruise around the bay will continue throughout the morning.
At around noon, you will return to the main harbor for a quick lunch before being transported back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport (travel time approximately 4 hours). There will be a stop en route to visit the Ancient Pottery Village of Phu Lang.
At the airport, you will take the evening flight to Hue (travel time approximately 1 hour). Upon arrival, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in downtown Hue to check in (travel time approximately 30 minutes).
Overnight in Hue
Hue - Full-day tourDay 7
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day tour of Hue.
– Dong Ba Market, where locals purchase theirfresh produce
– The ancient walled Citadel to see the former Imperial Palace, closely modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial City is one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Imperial Enclosure was a former capital of Vietnam and home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last monarchy in Vietnam.
– The surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors, visiting one of Vietnam’s most impressive Royal Tomb of Tu Duc
A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.
After lunch, you will cruise the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda before heading back to your hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Hoi AnDay 8
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the riverside town of Hoi An (travel time approximately 4 hours). The drive will hug the coastline along the Eastern Sea, providing breathtaking view after another as you wind your way up Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass.
There will be stops en route to visit the Marble Mountains where you will see lovely pagodas and temples where monks actually live, and amazing statues carved from a single piece of marble.
After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An - Walking tour of the Ancient townDay 9
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter.
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– The Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
Continue your morning tour by taking a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit the villages of Kim Bong and Thanh Ha to see handcrafted ceramics and the construction of boats by local artisans.
Return to the Old Town around midday. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you join a local cooking class and try to learn some of Hoi An’s best dishes.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An - Free dayDay 10
Have fun on the beach in Hoi An with your friends, your family, or simply by yourself – you are on holiday! Or have a quality custom-made suit in less than 24 hours at a cheaper price than you can find back home. The options are endless!
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon – Cu Chi TunnelsDay 11
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City), previously known as Saigon.
Upon arrival in HCM City your private tour guide will take you on a 2 hour tour of the legendary Cu Chi Tunnelsas (travel time approximately 1 hour). This vast network of tunnels, stretching over 150 km, was built by the Viet Cong during the battles that took placein the south. You will take a walk through the reserve and get to see:
– the Secret Entrance to the tunnels
– workshops for the handmade weapons
– the clinic, commander, meeting and kitchen bunkers
If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels. After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City. Lunch will be at a local restaurant en route.
After checking in to your hotel, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of HCM City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), which was once headquarters for the Saigon government during the War
– War Remnants Museum, which displays relics from the War
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– General Post Office (GPO), considered as the best example of classical French colonial architecture in HCM City
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you visit the Ben Thanh night market and do some fun shopping.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
HCM City – Ben Tre – Can Tho / Mekong DeltaDay 12
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the heart of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, is famous for its vast rice fields, numerous waterways and beautiful landscapes.
On the way, about 1.5 hours into the drive, you will stop at Ben Tre town where you will embark on a boat trip on the Ben Tre river exploring the coconut villages and observe various local industries along the way. You will see how bricks & sleeping mats are made, as well as visit a coconut workshop. You will also take a trip through rice and vegetable fields by motor cart (xe loi), and return to the docks for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, your journey will continue through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho City, known as the capital city of the Mekong Delta.
After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you explore the town by foot or pedicab or find a quiet place for dinner and a cocktail beside the river.
Overnight in Can Tho
Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau DocDay 13
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market, situated close to the city’s main jetty. This wholesale market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares and there is plenty of time to explore the market and practice your bartering.
Leaving the market, you will return to the docks to get off the boat. Then stroll through the villages visiting the rice paper mill and the rice noodle making factory. If you are feeling brave, you can learn how to cross the “Monkey Bridge” which is made from a single bamboo! If you are interested, you can also take a bike ride through the villages to enjoy the beautiful rural scenery. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will continue towards Chau Doc. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Chau Doc
Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boatDay 14
Morning (pick up at 7:30 am)
After an early breakfast and check out, a member of the staff from the speed boat company will pick you up and take you to the docks for a 5-hour boat ride crossing the border into Cambodia as you travel to the next country in Indochina. The speed boat crew will assist you with the Cambodia entry visa process at the border (this usually takes about 30minutes).
Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 3 cm x 4 cm photo and $30 for the stamping fee.
You will be driven to Phnom Penh, arriving around noon, where your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel to check in (travel time approximately 20 minutes). Lunch will be served at Friends the Restaurant, a ‘kindness restaurant’ where children who used to live on the street are trained in hospitality and restaurant skills, giving them a chance to break away from life on the streets.
After lunch, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of Phnom Penh.
– National Museum of Khmer Art, featuring sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history
– Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom
– Silver Pagoda, named for its floor made of 5,000 silver tiles
– The Russian Market. This sweltering bazaar is the one market all visitors should come to at least once during a trip to Phnom Penh.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Killing Field Visit - Flight to Siem ReapDay 15
You will have the opportunity to learn more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again
Your private driver will pick you up and take you to Phnom Penh airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. At the Siem Reap airport, your private guide and driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Thom, the Ancient CapitalDay 16
After breakfast, begin your explorations of the remains of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of Southeast Asia. Today, your guide will take you to visit the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. On your way, you’ll catch a glimpse of Angkor Wat as you pass by. However, we’ll save the best for last as you continue today to see some other equally impressive ruins of Bayon Temple, Banteay Kdei, Baphoun, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, and the Royal Palace.
The highlight of your morning will be the Bayon, setting itself apart with its almost 200 smiling faces, will surely make you feel welcomed on your second day to the Kingdom of Wonders. With its winding tunnels, chambers, and daring climbs, Bayon offers many picturesque moments to keep your camera busy.
We will continue to visit the beautiful Ta Prohm Temple, overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. Worn by time, rain, and overpowered by the jungle, this immaculate structure hidden under a canopy will leave you feeling as if you’d stepped into an adventure movie set.
As the sun approaches the horizon, enjoy a sunset view from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. After you will be taken back to Siem Reap, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei: Citadel of WomenDay 17
At Dawn (pick up at 5:30 am)
Your private tour guide will pick you up for the sunrise watch over the Angkor Wat Temple (watching the sunrise is optional. You can skip this activity if you prefer to sleep in).
After the sunrise tour, your guide and driver will bring you back to the hotel for breakfast. Then be prepared today for one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Angkor Wat.
After breakfast, you will be taken back to Angkor Wat for the discovery tour. Enter Angkor Wat and view its amazing architecture and history. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carvings. This complex is four times the size of the Vatican City making it the largest religious site in the world. You will spend your morning exploring through the many passages, levels, and chambers that once housed many treasures of the ancient world.
You’ll continue on to the remote temple of Banteay Srei: set deep in the jungle. The Citadel of Women, Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to elaborate decorative wall carvings, which are well preserved to this day. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale in comparison to the other colossal temples around Siem Reap, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. This temple is considered the jewel of Khmer art.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Afternoon flight to Luang PrabangDay 18
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday.
Your private driver will pick you up in the afternoon and take you to the Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of the Lane Xang kingdom. It is the centre of religious life in Laos and a World Heritage City.
At the Luang Prabang airport, for the Laotian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $40 for the stamping fee. After you have gone through customs, your private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel to check in (travel time approximately 30 minutes).
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang City tour – Boat trip to Pak Ou CavesDay 19
Watch the early Morning Giving of Alms, then get back to the hotel for breakfast. After that, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of Luang Prabang.
– The National Museum (the former Royal Palace of Laos), houses a collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, and gifts from foreig dignitaries
– Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China – in the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit for which it is named
– Wat Aham,home of the altar of Luang Prabang
– Wat That, where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept
– UXO Laos Information Centre, a popular Landmine Museum displays a representative sample of the UXO contamination in Laos.
After lunch, you will board a long-tailed boat on the Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves carved into the side of a limestone cliff opposite the mouths of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. On the way, you will also visit Ban Xanghai, well-known for its production of Laotian traditional rice.
On your return to Luang Prabang, you will visit Ban Xangkhong, a village known for making paper from the bark of the Saa tree, as well as creating products from silk weavings.
Return to town you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy the stunning view below and to watch the sunset. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Kuang Si WaterfallDay 20
Your private tour guide will pick you up early in the morning to visit a local market, after which you will return to the hotel for breakfast (this is optional if you prefer to sleep in).
After breakfast, you will leave the Old Town behind and head to the outskirts to visit the Kuang Si Waterfall, a three-tier waterfall about 29 km south of Luang Prabang. The visit to Kuang Si Waterfall is a highlight of all vacations to Indochina. You can swim in the pool of the waterfall, but please remember to bring your swim gear with you for this activity.
After a picnic lunch near the waterfall, you will wind your way back to town. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – DepartureDay 21
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 the Luang Prabang 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)
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"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.
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"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.