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Overview

See the highlight attractions in the Indochina region (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) with this tour. Enjoy the vibrant life in Ho Chi Minh City and a boat trip to Ben Tre to explore the Mekong Delta. Travel to central Vietnam and explore Hoi An Ancient Town on a bike. Before heading to the capital Hanoi, visit the historic landmarks of Hue. You will engage in a day-tour in Hanoi and then travel to Sapa and afterward, hop on a cruise to catch the magnificent view of Halong Bay. Discover Luang Prabang’s most recognized sites together with its unbeatable pristine landscapes. Hop on a long-tail boat to see the unique Si Phan Don (4000 islands). In Siem Reap, venture to the most sacred sites in the city – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and more. Learn more about the history of the country in Phnom Penh with trips to its important sites, marking the end of your adventure.

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) – Arrival
  • Day 2: HCM City – Discovery Tour
  • Day 3: HCM City - Day trip to Ben Tre (Mekong Delta)
  • Day 4: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple
  • Day 5: HCM City – Flight to Da Nang / Hoi An
  • Day 6: Hoi An – Biking Excursion – Walking Tour
  • Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Hue
  • Day 9: Hue – City Tour – Flight to Hanoi
  • Day 10: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour – Night train to Sapa
  • Day 11: Arrival Sapa
  • Day 12: Sapa – Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages – Hanoi
  • Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Onboard a junk/ boat
  • Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang
  • Day 15: Luang Prabang – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 16: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall – Pak Ou Caves
  • Day 17: Luang Prabang – Flight to Pakse – Champasak – Khong Island
  • Day 18: Khong Island
  • Day 19: Pakse – Flight to Siem Reap
  • Day 20: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temple tour
  • Day 21: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Tonle Sap Lake
  • Day 22: Siem Reap – Flight to Phnom Penh
  • Day 23: Phnom Penh – City Tour – Killing Fields
  • Day 24: Phnom Penh – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- 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.

Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCM City) Tan Son Nhat airport when you arrive for your holiday to Vietnam and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCM City (travel time approximately 45 minutes). 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.

Dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Vietnamese 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 HCM City


HCM City – Discovery Tour

Morning (pick up at 7:00 am)
After breakfast, your holiday trip in Indochina will start with a visit to HCM City’s highlights. Your private tour guide will pick you up and 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.

Visits:
– Tao Dan Park, where locals practice their morning exercises in the form of Tai Chi, aerobics or badminton, and where Buddhists perform their daily prayers at a small pagoda in the park.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), which was once headquarters for the Saigon government during the War
– General Post Office (GPO), considered as the best example of classical French colonial architecture in HCM City
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– The Opera House (now the Municipal Theatre), built in 1880, was used in the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American”.
– Thich Quang Duc monument – a tribute to a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death on June 11, 1963, in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by then South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration
– The colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– War Remnants Museum, a poignant display of the futility of war
– Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang) – this is one of the most impressive temples in HCMC, filled with statues of deities and heroes
– Ben Thanh Market, a large marketplace in central HCM City. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in the former Saigon and an important symbol of HCM City.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City - Day trip to Ben Tre, the untouched town in Mekong Delta

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre town, the heart of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, is famous for its vast rice fields, orchard farms, coconut trees, numerous waterways, and beautiful landscapes.

At Ben Tre town, you will embark on a motorized boat trip on the scenic Ben Tre River exploring the coconut villages and observe various local industries along the way, enjoying a relaxing day vacationing in Vietnam. You will see how bricks & sleeping mats are made, as well as visit a coconut workshop to see where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced, and a range skillful crafts made of coconut husk and fiber products.

You will then switch out the motorized boat for a small sampan to cruise through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by an immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of HCM City.

Back on land, you will sit in the back of a motor cart (xe loi), passing by rice and vegetable orchard farms and meet locals on the way.

Afternoon
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant back in Ben Tre town, after which you will be driven back to HCM City (travel time approximately 2 hours).

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
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HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to visit the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCMC. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years! Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war.

At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. 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. There will also be a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GI’s.

After visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will visit the Tay Ninh Cao Dai Holy See temple to watch a Cao Dai service. One of the most striking temples of Southeast Asia, the Cao Dai Holy See temple has a unique architectural style that reflects the blended religious elements of Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism.

Afternoon
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before returning to HCM City (travel time approximately 2 hours).

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
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HCM City – Flight to Da Nang / Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Da Nang (travel time approximately 1 hour). Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, your guide will take you to your hotel in Hoi An to check in. En route to Hoi An, you will visit the Cham Museum, China Beach, and the Marble Mountains.

After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – Biking Excursion – Walking Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a leisurely bike ride around the agrarian communities in Hoi An. You will start off by biking along the Thu Bon River and visit a local fishing village. En route, you will paddle through palm forests, across bridges, along fields of water buffalo, and you will get to see farmers working in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices.

You will have a short break and visit a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying a 1.5-hour ride on traditional basket boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. If you wish, you can learn how to sail the basket boat and try catching fishes and “purple crabs” in the canal.

Continue your bike ride to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village, where a large variety of vegetables are produced for the local community, at the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today. At the Tra Que village, you will get to enjoy a foot massage and the traditional herbal foot dips. Following the massage, you will visit a local family restaurant, and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, a delicious lunch will be served.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will then ride back to Hoi An for a brief rest before being picked up again by your guide for a 2-hour walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter.

Visits on this tour will include:
– The Tan Ky house
– The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge
– Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation
– Local markets

Note: If you prefer to skip the bike ride, you can always request a replacement mode of transportation by motorbike or private car.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to My Son Sanctuary, a breathtaking cluster of abandoned and partially decayed Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th centuries in the name of Shiva, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Discover the majestic ancient ruins of the 70+ architectural works in the complex, situated between two mountain ranges.

After exploring the ancient towers of My Son, you will visit the historic town of Tra Kieu nearby, the former administration center of the Champa ruling dynasties.

On the way back to Hoi An, you will stop to visit some fascinating locals and learn how they breed silkworms and weave silk beside the Thu Bon River.

Afternoon
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – Hue

Morning
After breakfast and check out, next on your Vietnam travel itinerary, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the Old Imperial City of Hue (travel time approximately 4 hours). During this scenic drive, you will get to see the stunning Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass which offers spectacular scenery and views of the coastline below.

After checking into your hotel in Hue, you will have lunch on your own and a short rest.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a dragon boat to cruise the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, the oldest monastery in Hue.

Returning to Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
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Hue – City Tour – Flight to Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day tour of Hue.

Visits:
– Dong Ba Market, where locals purchase their fresh produce
– The Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.
– The Purple Forbidden City located in the very centre of the Imperial Enclosure used to be reserved solely for the personal use of the emperors
– Cat Tuong Quan Zen House, where you will learn about Hue culture, experience Qigong and practice meditation

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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your drive through stunning rural scenery continues, and you will stop by an incense stick village. You will also visit the impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.

In the late afternoon, you will be driven to Hue airport for the flight to Hanoi (flight duration approximately 1 hour). 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
Breakfast: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour – Night train to Sapa

Morning
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.

Visits:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– The One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for Hanoians
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– History Museum, formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême Orient in Vietnam

Lunch will be served at one of many breathtaking restored colonial villas.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– 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
– A cycle rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter, characterized by wide tree-lined streets, majestic French buildings and side-walk cafes

Evening
In the evening, you will board an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai station (travel time approximately 8 hours).

Overnight on A/C train
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Arrival Sapa

Morning (arrival at 5:30 am)
Arriving at Lao Cai station, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Sapa, where you will have a quick breakfast at your hotel in Sapa before heading out for a tour (travel time approximately 45 minutes).

You will embark on a 3-hour walk through Sapa to visit the Cat Cat cultural village and meet some of the H’mong hill tribes. Near midday, you will return to Sapa for lunch.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will visit Tram Ton Pass, 2047 meters above sea level, the highest pass in Vietnam. The views of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park you will see at this point will be sure to amaze you. After the pass, you will take a short 30-minute walk through a tropical rain forest and take a break at the Love Waterfall.

Returning to Sapa, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Sapa
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Sapa – Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages – Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast and checkout, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to visit two more villages in Sapa. At the Lao Chai H’mong Village, you will find excellent panoramas of the valley, paddy terraced fields and traditional H’mong houses. You will take a small local path leading to the bottom of the valley, where some local stalls are situated that serve tea and fruits. This is a perfect spot to rest and where you will enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will proceed further through the local villages and eventually arrive at the charming village of Ta Van. You will visit the hill tribe group of Zay people, stroll around the village, meet the local people and visit a local home before catching a shuttle bus to return to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi in the late evening, your guide will take you to check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Picnic lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay – Onboard a junk/ boat

Morning
After breakfast and checkout, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (travel time approximately 4 hours), passing through several Northern Vietnamese towns and villages. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; designed in the same style as those that have sailed the bay for hundreds of years. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Afternoon
Leaving the mainland far behind, your junk boat will navigate amongst the jagged limestone islands and hundreds of karsts emerging from the emerald waters. Whilst some of these islands are no more than large rocks, others are far more substantial in size and offer breath-taking beauty.

During your cruise, there will be opportunities to disembark, often using smaller boats, or possibly kayaks, to venture into hidden grottos and caves. You will also make stops to explore points of interest such as floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points.

The cuisine throughout your cruise will be both plentiful and of a very high standard. Lovers of fresh seafood will be particularly happy. The dining cabin and bar create a very social atmosphere for those that wish to mix with other guests; whilst cabins, many with a private balcony, are beautifully appointed, and include ensuite bathrooms.

(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it!)

Overnight on board
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang

Morning
In the morning, enjoy the tranquil beauty of the bay, and perhaps an early morning Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Your cruise around the bay will continue throughout the morning. Shortly before returning to shore, brunch will be served on board.

Afternoon
At around noon, you will return to the main harbor and be transported back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport (travel time approximately 4 hours). At the airport, you will take the evening flight to Luang Prabang.

Note: For the Laotian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 3 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $45 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. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, on the 15-day mark of your travel in Indochina, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a bike tour (or private car) of Luang Prabang.

Visits:
– 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 Xiengthong, its defining roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture
– 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

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour will continue:

Visits:
– UXO Laos Information Centre, a popular Landmine Museum displays a representative sample of the UXO contamination in Laos.
– Arts and Ethnology Centre, where you will learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures
– A climb to the top of Mount Phousi, to explore the sacred gilded sputa and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River
– Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Laotians and the hill tribe people living in the outskirts of Luang Prabang

The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall – Pak Ou Caves

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to visit the Kuang Si Waterfall, a three-tier waterfall about 29 km south of Luang Prabang. En route, you will visit the Phousi Market, where Luang Prabang locals do their daily shopping for dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit.

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. You can also choose to walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary. A picnic lunch will be served at the waterfalls.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will board a boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images that have been left there over hundreds of years.

Upon returning to Luang Prabang, if you are interested, you can opt to take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving.

The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meals: (Breakfast/Picnic lunch/_)



Luang Prabang – Flight to Pakse – Champasak – Khong Island

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your guide will pick you up and take you to Luang Prabang airport for the flight to Pakse. Upon arrival at Pakse airport, your guide will take you to Champasak to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated mountain-top temples. You will explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao.

Afternoon
Following lunch, you will board a long tail boat to Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) where you will check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Khong Island
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Khong Island

Morning
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you to explore Khong Island. You will retrace its French colonial past at Ban Khon, where some old colonial houses and the first Lao railway with its own locomotive still stands.

You will continue your exploration of the archipelago by boat and visit the beautiful Liphi waterfall, also known as the Somphamit, which forms a natural border between Laos and Cambodia.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will continue on to Ban Nakasang to see Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, also known as the ‘Niagara of the East’.

Return to Khong Island, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Khong Island
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Pakse – Flight to Siem Reap

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to back to Pakse to catch your flight to Siem Reap. At Siem Reap airport, 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. After going through customs, your guide will take you to your hotel in Siem Reap to check in.

Afternoon
After lunch, your private tour guide will pick you up to visit the Roluos Temple Complex. This complex displays the remains of the first major capital of the Khmer empire and contains several significant monuments including Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temple tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of the Angkor temples, sure to be a memorable event for every family adventure, starting at the south gate of Angkor Thom City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your

Visits:
– Bayon – the incredible maze of corridors, gothic style towers and magical central temples with 1200 meters of the finest bas relief, depicting scenes of everyday life in 12th Century Cambodia is sure to impress
– Royal Palace
– Terrace of the Leper King
– The temples of King Jayavarman VII, reputedly Angkor’s greatest king. The fortified city of Angkor Thom which he built at the end of the 12th century is enclosed by a square wall 8 meters high, with five 20 meter long monumental gates decorated with stone elephant trunks.
– Baphuon

Afternoon
After lunch, you will explore Angkor Wat, the most famous and best-preserved of the temples in the complex. Later in the afternoon, you will go to Pre Rup to watch the sunset. Return to Siem Reap, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Tonle Sap Lake

Morning (pick up at 5:00 am)
Your private tour guide will pick you up before dawn to watch the sun rise over the Angkor Wat Temple. You will return to the hotel afterward for breakfast before heading out again to visit Banteay Srei (“Citadel of the women”), a temple exhibiting lovely examples of classical Khmer art.

Afternoon
After Banteay Srei, you will continue on to visit Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, for a boat trip on the lake.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Siem Reap – Flight to Phnom Penh

Morning
After breakfast transfer to Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Phnom Penh (travel time approximately 1½ hours). Phnom Penh still retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas dotting the tree-lined boulevards remind visitors that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia.

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, your guide will take you to your hotel in Phnom Penh to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh – City Tour – Killing Fields

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of Phnom Penh.

Visits:
– The Royal Palace situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966. The Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters
– The Silver Pagoda named for its floor made of 5,000 silver tiles
– National Museum of Khmer Art, featuring the world’s leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture
– Wat Phnom, the founding site of the city

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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your guide will take you on a 1-hour walking tour to see the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, and then back into the town centre for a 1-hour visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum. Both sites commemorate the atrocities that occurred during the regime of Pol Pot and the experience can be quite emotional.

Late in the afternoon, you will visit the Russian Market, named because of the predominantly Russian expat population who shopped here in the 1980s. This market is the place to shop for souvenirs and discounted name-brand clothing.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh – Departure

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 Phnom Penh 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, Laos and Cambodia
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
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  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos
  • Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
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David G

"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.

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Lidia

"Excellent from the very beginning"

We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
I recommend this travel agency!

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Mar 19, 2020
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Panos
Athens, Greece

"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.

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Mar 18, 2020
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Ruth Achterhoff-Aust
USA

"Vietnam /Thailand Trip"

Mr. Lam….

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!!

Sincerely,

Ruth Achterhoff-Aust…on behalf of both myself, and Mary Young.

Mar 18, 2020
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Sven Clausen
Germany

"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!

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Mar 15, 2020
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Jonathan Tambio
California, 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!!!

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Mar 14, 2020
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Kevin
Toronto, Canada

"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.

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Mar 13, 2020
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Alan Turner
Belfast, 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.

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Mar 10, 2020
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Victor
Tampa, Florida

"Vietnam and Cambodia Vacation"

We booked our Itinerary with Hien Pham. She was great to work with and made our trip stress free. Pretty much everything we did was as described. We toured Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Siem Reap.

The tour guides were great with the kids and flexible with good English skills, I highly recommend using Sea Life Cruises in Halong Bay and the only thing that I would have done differently would have been to add one more night on the cruise in Halong Bay.

Vietnam is a beautiful country and the people were very friendly, We enjoyed Cambodia as well, particularly our temples excursion to Angkor Wat,

Indochina Pioneers is the way to go if visiting this area and you want someone else to do all the legwork I’m planning for you. I can’t say enough good things about them and Hien Pham!

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Mar 3, 2020
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Mark & Sara
Norwich, UK

"Thank you Indochina Pioneer for helping us make our memories!"

I cannot thank this company, and specifically the wonderful Sally Thai, enough for making our trip through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia so special and memorable. From the moment we sent a general enquiry of what we were thinking about doing to being dropped off at our final destination the communication and organisation has been exceptional. All of the arrangements (flights, hotels, guides, drivers, sites etc.) were in place and all of the various teams and people who supported us on our journey were welcoming, engaging, informed and flexible. Although Sally stayed in regular contact it was out of courtesy rather than necessity and we never had any occasion to seek her help or assistance to fix anything. Accepting we weren’t restricted to a low budget I don’t know how this would compare from a cost perspective, to us it doesn’t matter now as we have had the most amazing time and memories that will last forever thanks to this company and their people. Finally we need to mention the virus, we took the right precautions and didn’t let what we considered to be an acceptable risk take over what we did so we carried on. We had the advantage of seeing the major sites without the crowds although clearly the vibrancy and experience of the nightlife and markets were somewhat diminished. The countries are “open for business” and with visible signs of the recommended precautions, e.g hand cleaner, readily available at sites and restaurants we were able to continue almost as if we were anywhere else in the world.

   

    

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Mar 3, 2020
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