This honeymoon tour to Thailand and Vietnam is built to let you and your partner enjoy the best of both countries. Experience the vibrant life in Bangkok to its most recognized landmarks and a day-trip to the old capital Ayutthaya. In Chiang Mai, explore the cultural town and enhance your trip with a visit to Patara Elephant Farm to share meaningful time with its giant inhabitants. Enjoy a change of scenery while sitting on a boat and touring the floating market on Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Before flying to Hanoi, you can experience the dynamic atmosphere in Ho Chi Minh City with a few following days spent on the beach of Phu Quoc Island. Discover the charm of Hanoi and later spend ample time caving and kayaking in Halong Bay with your partner to admire the beautiful landscape in a totally different way. A luxurious night on the cruise at the bay will be the best way to finish your honeymoon trip!
- Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
- Day 2: Bangkok Tour of Grand Palace and Wat Bo
- Day 3: Visit Ayutthaya & Fly to Chiang Mai
- Day 4: Elephant Owner For a Day (Group tour)
- Day 5: Chiang Mai Morning Tour – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
- Day 6: Full day of Mekong Delta – Ben Tre Coconut Town
- Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Fly to Phu Quoc Island
- Day 8: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Relaxation
- Day 9: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Relaxation
- Day 10: Fly to Hanoi & City Tour
- Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Caving and Kayaking in The Bay
- Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi
- Day 13: Hanoi – 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.
Arrive in BangkokDay 1
A warm greeting will wait for you at an International airport in Bangkok; our representative and driver will meet you in the arrival lounge and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Bangkok. While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time.
Overnight in Bangkok
Bangkok Tour of Grand Palace and Wat BoDay 2
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start to discover Bangkok with your private tour guide and driver. A ride through interesting parts of Bangkok will take you to your first stop at the Golden Buddha. The statue, which can be disassembled into nine pieces, was housed in a wat in Ayutthaya until the mid-19th century, and its provenance from Ayutthaya excludes the possibility of it having been made after about 1750. Your next visit will be to the Reclining Buddha.
The chapel and the reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas,} were built by Rama III in 1832. The image of the reclining Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. The posture of the image is referred to as Sihasaiyas, the posture of a sleeping or reclining lion.
After lunch, you will visit the Grand Palace. Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime. The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only. Explore the Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall, and the famous Emerald Buddha.
Your trip will continue with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life as well as a visit to the Temple of Dawn before ending your day.
Overnight in Bangkok
Visit Ayutthaya & Fly to Chiang MaiDay 3
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive north to Ayutthaya. Your first visit will be to Wat Phu Khao Thong, originally built in 1387 by the second king of the Ayutthaya kingdom, an impressive monument in North-western part of Ayutthaya. When the Burmese took over Ayutthaya in 1569, the Burmese king built a Mon-style chedi (or pyramid) on top of the former temple to celebrate his victory over Ayutthaya and the Siamese.
Continue to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and visit the ancient palace ground. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once a royal temple lying beside the Grand Palace, was once the most significant temple during Ayutthaya period. Adjacent to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha image. Its rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya.
After a delicious Thai lunch, you will move on to Wat Lokaya Sutha to see the largest reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya at 8 meters high and 42 meters long. The Buddha image was made of brick and covered with plaster.
You will continue to Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size, remaining prangs, and towers attest the significance during its time. Late in the afternoon, you will take your ride back to Bangkok. In the evening, you fly to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local guide and driver. They will send you to the hotel in downtown Chiang Mai. Dinner will be on your own arrangement.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Elephant Owner For a Day (Group tour)Day 4
Patara Elephant Farm invites you to hands-on experience on participating, sharing responsibilities and taking care of an elephant. “Elephant Owner for a Day” is a special program created for everyone to learn and interact with elephants as what an owner would do daily, during which time you are trained to approach your elephant correctly, know the elephant’s temperament, feed and check its health, learn about and take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands. You will get a chance to bare-back riding to visit forest, waterfalls or local temples. The program is a specialized and meaningful activity to create trust and relationship between you and your elephant
With conservation philosophy “Extinction is Forever”, Patara Elephant Farm honored to encourage people to try, at least once in their lives, to experience this very special and sacred animal that should be treasured. Give yourself an opportunity to share the once-in-a-lifetime experience with the elephants; you will be touched by their beautiful hearts and will be brought closer to their special world.
Duration: Morning Session 7:30 am.-3:30 pm. (Include traveling time)
Suggestion: T-shirt, long pants, extra clothes, sandals or slippers, sunblock lotion, insect spray, swimming suit
The trip “Elephant Owner for a Day” is a specialized and meaningful day trip with happy elephants and their babies.
It’s a great day out for visitors who want to be with, learn, take care for elephants and riding elephant bareback as what’s an elephant caretaker would do daily to keep elephants healthy.
The farm welcomes all including children and those with disabilities
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Morning Tour – Fly to Ho Chi Minh CityDay 5
The Chiang Mai temple tour will be the perfect chance to sample the most famous and beautiful of the city’s 36 Buddhist temples (Wats), both inside the city walls and in the nearby countryside.
Start your Chiang Mai temple tour with a pick-up from your hotel in the city before the start of the tour. From there you’ll visit Wat Chedi, an ancient structure in Central Chiang Mai first constructed in 1411. The temple once rose over 278 feet (84 meters) above the city before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. A glance inside the temple to observe statues of guardian spirits that some say protect the temple to this day.
The tour will also ascend the rolling hills surrounding the Chiang Mai to experience the immaculate Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, perched high above the urban center near the summit of the peak of Doi Suthep. The final staircase leading to the site is adorned with the impressive body of the mythical dragon-headed serpent, or Naga, snaking its way down 306 steps. Over the course of the tour, gain first-hand insight into habits of the temples’ Buddhist monks as they go about their daily routines, plus plenty of opportunities to photograph historic environs of Chiang Mai and the majestic views from the foothills surrounding the city.
After the morning tour, you will be transferred to Chiang Mai International Airport. In the early afternoon, you’ll fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
Flight lands in Tan Son Nhat International Airport. You will be welcomed by our local guide and driver. After greetings, you will be transferred to the hotel in downtown.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Full day of Mekong Delta – Ben Tre Coconut TownDay 6
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 observing 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 come back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Fly to Phu Quoc IslandDay 7
You will start the city tour to explore great architectures in one of our largest cities in Vietnam.
The architecture of Ho Chi Minh City is a splendid mix of Vietnam’s historical heritage, from French colonial villas to modern steel and glass monuments.
The top architectural sights for tourists date back to the time when Saigon, the “Pearl of Indochina” was the capital of French Indochina. More has been added to the cultural heritage since then and we see interesting times ahead in terms of modern architecture.
Based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris (Paris City Hall), Saigon’s City Hall was finished in 1908. It proudly sits at the beginning of Nguyen Hue Street, showing off a beautiful building style. Nowadays it harbors the main office of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and is closed to the public.
The Central Post Office is a popular tourist spot and THE place in HCMC to send postcards from. And of course, a famous monument among travelers for its beautiful paintings and architecture, finished 1891 by Gustave Eiffel, a splendid French engineer who also built the Eiffel Tower.
The Reunification Palace is an important historical landmark and a popular tourist attraction because the day the building’s main gate was broken in 1975 marks the end of the American War. The palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam’s former President.
The Saigon Opera House is also a famous landmark and popular site for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret and is open to visitors during events.
The architecture in Ho Chi Minh City evolved from the colonial time, over the period of South Vietnam and the reunification until today. More skyscrapers and other interesting, modern monuments are in the planning and in the making, so you will witness the development of an interesting skyline.
After lunch, you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport. In the afternoon, you fly to Phu Quoc Island.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a private driver. He will take you to your beach resort. After checking in, the rest of the day will be at leisure, perhaps relaxing at the stunning beach. Phu Quoc Island is an undiscovered paradise in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, about 50 km from the Vietnamese mainland. On Phu Quoc, you’ll find beautiful beaches, an untouched natural environment, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and fantastic scuba diving.
Overnight in Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island – Beach RelaxationDay 8
Today will be a free day. You can visit the local market, take a scuba diving class, bicycle around the island or just relax on the hotel beach.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island – Beach RelaxationDay 9
Another free day. You may want to enjoy some more beach time, or perhaps play a game of water polo.
Overnight in Phu Quoc Island
Fly to Hanoi & City TourDay 10
Our driver will see you in the lobby of the hotel. He will send you back Phu Quoc Domestic Terminal. Today, you will fly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our Vietnamese guide and driver. After greetings, they will send you to a local restaurant in downtown for a light lunch.
You will have Pho for lunch at Pho Huyen, a Vietnamese Noodle shop. Some of the local people call this world-famous Noodle soup “Mac-Noodles” since it is as popular here as MacDonalds is in other parts of the world! At the restaurant, your tour guide will explain the routine during Vietnamese meal times, and also tell you which special ingredients are needed for you.
After lunch, you will start the city tour with a visit to the Soviet-style Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of the nation’s independence in 1945. We will visit the museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh before passing through his Mausoleum; escorted by the soldiers in full regalia (you will be asked to remove hats if entering, and no shorts or vests are allowed either). As you leave, you will be able to walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace before seeing “Uncle Ho’s” house; the humble dwelling he built (based on a traditional Vietnamese stilt house) and where he lived for the last ten years of his life.
We will then continue to the One Pillar Pagoda and the 900-year old Temple of Literature, the principal Vietnamese Confucian sanctuary, and its historical center of learning. Made up of five courtyards, this is one of the few remnants of the original city.
Visit Ngoc Son Temple before attending a water puppet show, a typical art unique to North Vietnam, with traditions dating back over a thousand years.
We will finish the day with a cyclo (rickshaw) tour of the Old Quarter, where each street is named after the trade (or guild) that has carried on there for centuries such as Hang Bac (Silver Street) and Hang Trong (Drum Skin Street). The trade spills onto the street, mixing with the herbal scents for sale and the atmosphere is lively and sociable.
Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Light Lunch/_)
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Caving and Kayaking in The BayDay 11
After breakfast and check out, the luxury shuttle bus and driver from cruise company will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay (travel time approximately 3 hours).
You will arrive at the docks around midday, and you will board a traditional wooden junk boat for a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone mountain islands. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.
You will visit one of the famous caves of Halong Bay, and there will be a stop at Ti Top Mountain, where you will climb to the top for a stunning panoramic view of Halong Bay.
Take part in a cooking demonstration onboard. It will then be followed by a scrumptious dinner. For the night activities, you can try some squid fishing, unwind on the top deck and enjoy a glass of cocktail. Then return to your cabin for a good night sleep.
(Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)
Overnight on board
Halong Bay – HanoiDay 12
In the morning, enjoy breakfast on your junk boat as you take in the scenic treasures of the bay. There will be an opportunity for you to kayak on the bay’s placid waters to access some of the sites inaccessible by the larger boats, including a cave.
Lunch will be provided onboard before arriving back at the dock, where you will be picked up by a luxury van & driver from Cruise Company and taken back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Light breakfast/Brunch/_)
Hanoi – DepartureDay 13
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday as this will mark the end of your 13 day trip to Vietnam & Thailand. Your private driver will pick you up and take you back to Noi Bai International 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 Thailand and Vietnam
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Thailand and Vietnam
- Thailand and Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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I am visiting Vietnam in the first week of Jan 2020. I reached out to Indochina Pioneer for help planning my trip. Though I did not eventually engage them due to my shortened vacation plan, Indochina Pioneer was very helpful and professional in providing all the insights into the trip. Especially Ms. Phuong who has been very patient with all my questions. I even offered to pay them a token amount for all their help which Indochina Pioneer politely denied. I wish to engage them in my next trip to Vietnam.
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This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.
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"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"
We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.
We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.
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John MMelbourne, Australia
"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"
In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.
We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.
Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).
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"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"
We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.
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We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.
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Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
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Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!
This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.
On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful
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