- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) – Arrival
- Day 2: HCM City – Walking Tour
- Day 3: HCM City– Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) – Chau Doc
- Day 4: Chau Doc – Speed boat to Phnom Penh – City Tour
- Day 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
- Day 6: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple Tour
- Day 7: Siem Reap – Free Day
- Day 8: Siem Reap – 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.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCM City. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your Vietnam Cambodia tour package, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore this Metropolitan City. Lunch and 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 HCM City
HCM City – Walking TourDay 2
After breakfast, your holiday starts when your private tour guide picks you up for a City 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.
– The War Remnants Museum- which was originally opened in September 1975 displaying old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War.
– The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace – the sight of South Vietnam’s surrender in April 1975.
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– General Post Office
– The Opera House
Lunch will be served at “Pho 2000” Restaurant near Ben Thanh Market. This is where former US president Bill Clinton stopped by for a bowl. After lunch you will be back to the hotel.
The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City– Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) – Chau DocDay 3
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. The fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, you will board your private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Hop on motor-cart to an out of the way village where you might have a chance to peek inside local homes for an insight into rural life seldom seen by the outside world and try some regional specialties for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will return to the docks. From here you will wind to Chau Doc- the border town to Cambodia, stopping en route for photos opportunities.
Your private tour guide will take you to the hotel room In Chau Doc. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Chau Doc
Chau Doc – Speed boat to Phnom Penh – City TourDay 4
In the early morning, you will be picked up and transferred to the docks for a 05 hour speed boat journey from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. Boat leaves at 07:30 and arrive in Phnom Penh around mid-day.
Upon arrival you will be met by your private tour guide and driver and transferred to the hotel in downtown for checking in and relax. After a short relax you will head out to Phnom Penh City Tour, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, with many pre & post Angkor artifacts. The tour also includes the Museum of Genocidal and Cheung Ek Killing field.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Siem ReapDay 5
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Siem Reap by express coach. After arriving and checking into your hotel room, you could spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can visit the Night Market or join the local Apsara dance and dinner or the Circus show (optional).
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Temple TourDay 6
After breakfast and check out, you will spend the whole day to explore Angkor Temples.
First start will be Angkor Thom. Enter this last capital of the Khmer empire through the Southern Gate where giant carvings of gods and demons flank ach side of the entrance. Inside this great city, explore the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of Leper King. Feel the serenity that exudes from the stone face carvings of the Bayon and temple walls covered in emerald green moss intertwined with roots which many deem the most charming of all, Ta Prohm (where the Tomb Raiders was filmed).
You will return to the hotel to relax during mid-day. In the afternoon you will continue to discover Angkor Wat, an architectural and artistic masterpiece of the mighty Khmer Empire. After spending the entire afternoon here, you will go to Bakheng Hill to see the sunset.
The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Free DayDay 7
Spend the day however you wish in Siem Reap. The whole day is free to relax and chill out.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – DepartureDay 8
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 Siem Reap airport for your departure flight home.
- 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)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia
- Vietnam 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
We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.