- 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 continues.
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius templeconsidered 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 home stay 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. Afterwards, 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 board 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 continues 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 hand crafted 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 practise 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 is the Bayon, sets itself apart with its almost 200 smiling faces, sure to 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 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 are 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 sun rise watch over the Angkor Wat Temple (watching the sun rise 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 are taken back to Angkor Wat for the discovery tour. Enter Angkor Wat and to view its amazing architecture and history. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carving. 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 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 foreign – – 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 visitthe mysterious Pak Ou Caves carved into the side of a lime stone 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
- 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 Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
- Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
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.