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Overview

This tour will take you to see the best of Vietnam and Cambodia. Starting with a nice city tour in Hanoi, you will then travel to Halong Bay to marvel at the otherworldly beauty of this natural site. En route, you’ll visit a traditional village before flying to Hue. Explore Hue’s historic landmarks and spend a few days experiencing the tranquil life in Hoi An – another UNESCO Heritage Site of Vietnam aside from Halong Bay. Next, do something different by navigating the tunnels in Cu Chi and later enjoy the dynamic vibe of Ho Chi Minh City. From Ho Chi Minh City, you will travel to Siem Reap – home of the world-famous Angkor Wat. You will have the chance to marvel at the majestic beauty of Angkor Wat at sunrise and also time to discover other important sites such as Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. These historic sites offer a more tranquil vibe compared to Angkor Wat but have just as many stories to be told as the well-known structure does.

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
  • Day 5: Hue – Full-Day Tour
  • Day 6: Hue – Drive to Hoi An
  • Day 7: Hoi An – Sightseeing and food tour
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Free Day
  • Day 9: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 10: HCM City – Half-Day City Tour
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Flight to Siem Reap
  • Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (Day 1)
  • Day 13: Siem Reap – Sunrise over Angkor Wat – Koh Ker – Beng Mealea (Day 2)
  • Day 14: Siem Reap – 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.

Hanoi – Arrival

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 about your Vietnam Cambodia tour package 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 a walking tour through the alleys of the bustling Hanoi Old Quarter or the “36 Streets”. This is a great way to watch the local daily life.

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 Hanoi
Meals: none


Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your Vietnam Cambodia 2-week holiday will start when your private tour guide picks you up for 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

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

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay, one of the highlights of your vacation package in Indochina (travel time approximately 4 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.

Afternoon
As you cruise among hundreds of islets and discover unspoiled pockets of the bay, you will also visit a limestone cave to see its many unique rock formations. You may choose to swim in the emerald waters of the bay or take a kayak to explore the bay.

You will return to your junk boat to watch the sunset, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner. You will spend the night on the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.

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 – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Morning
In the morning, enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay; if you are an early riser, be sure to take advantage and watch the sunrise over the sea. Engage in an early morning Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast as you continue to cruise around this natural wonder.

Afternoon
Upon returning to the dock, you will be taken back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours). En route, you will stop at Yen Duc, a beautiful and typical village of Northern Vietnam, where you can stroll around the village, meet the locals, and learn about their daily life. You will also watch a traditional water puppet show.

After the show, you will continue onwards to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and take the short flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hue to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – Full-Day Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, the centre of Buddhism in central Vietnam since the early 1600s. Following the cruise, you will visit 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.

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
In the afternoon, you will visit King Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, which took almost 4 years to build. Finally, you will visit the central Dong Ba Market situated on the banks of the Perfume River and walk along the historic Trang Tien Bridge to return to your hotel.

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

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Hue – Drive to Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Hoi An (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. There will be ample stops en route to take photos and there will be a visit to the Marble Mountains.

After checking in to your hotel in Hoi An, you will be served lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will take a short walking tour through Hoi An’s Old Quarter. From the 16th to 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.

Visits:
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Phung Hung house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge

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

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


Hoi An – Sightseeing and food tour

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for a leisurely bike ride to Tra Que vegetable village, a little charming village on the edge of Hoi An (travel time approximately 3 hours). At Tra Que, you will see the traditional way of cultivating vegetable crops.

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

Afterward, you will visit the nearby Thanh Ha Pottery villages, the only source of identical bricks, tiles and floor slabs as those in the by-gone era, for restoring the old buildings in the Old Town.

Returning to Hoi An. Enjoy some swim at your hotel swimming pool and avoid the midday heat.

Afternoon
Your private guide will collect you from the hotel to commence a 4-hour walking and food tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting the Tan Ky house, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation and the markets.

The walking tour combines with food tasting and off-the-beaten sightseeing. This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own when you visit a heaven of street food as Vietnam. You will also discover a different Hoi An – not beautiful decorating restaurants. This tour is a delicious and fun way to explore Hoi An just like a local.

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



Hoi An – Free Day

Spend the day however you wish in Hoi An. Sunbathe on the beach, go shopping, take a cooking class or become familiar with the quaint streets of Hoi An. There’s something for everyone in the family to do on vacation in Hoi An!

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



Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning
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 to the infamous 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 HCM City. 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 the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City. Lunch will be at a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon
After checking in to your hotel, 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


HCM City – Half-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a tour around HCM City to visit the city’s historical landmarks. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), where the war officially ended on April 30th, 1975 when tank 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of the home of the President of the Republic of Vietnam
– the War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased
– the Notre Dame Cathedral, considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Vietnam. It was built in the period 1877 – 1880 by the French architect Bourad.
– the General Post Office (GPO), noted for its neoclassical architecture, designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel

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

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Flight to Siem Reap

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a 2-hour drive 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. 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 also take a walk along the village lanes, visiting local homes to try dry fruits and sip on honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show.

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 HCMC.

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

Afternoon
Mid-afternoon, you will be driven to HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, as your travel itinerary takes you from Vietnam to Cambodia. 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 private driver will pick you up at the Siem Reap airport 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (Day 1)

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure discovery tour of the remains of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of Southeast Asia, the Angkor Temples. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preference.

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.
– Ta Prohm Temple, a temple half overrun by the Cambodian jungle and famous as the film location for “Tomb Raider”

Afternoon
After lunch, you will explore Preah Khan, in Preah Khan Baray. This was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII and was originally designed for medical purposes (ancient wise-men believed that soaking in these pools balanced the elements of a person’s body, thus curing ailments and diseases). It is one of the many hospitals that King Jayavarman VII built. The site was built in the second half of the 12th century and is supposedly the spot where the King fought a crucial battle against the Cham.

Evening
Following your visit to Preah Khan, you will visit Pre Rup, where you can enjoy the view of the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple. Later, your guide will take you back to Siem Reap, and the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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


Siem Reap – Sunrise over Angkor Wat – Koh Ker – Beng Mealea (Day 2)

Morning (pick up at 5:00 am)
This morning, you will watch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat Temple. Your private tour guide will take you to Angkor Wat, where you will have your breakfast whilst enjoying the view. After breakfast, you will spend the morning exploring Angkor Wat, considered by many as an architectural masterpiece of the Cambodian Ancients.

Options:
– if you wish to sleep in and avoid waking up at 5:00 am, you can start your day later in the morning
– you can have your breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the sunrise if you prefer

Leaving Angkor Wat, you will visit the 10th century capital of Koh Ker (travel time approximately 2 hours). While there are known to be over 200 temples within the boundaries of this ancient city, only 96 have been discovered thus far. You will spend the morning at Prasat Thom, much of which is partially buried. Although the number of visitors varies daily, they are always low, and it will be very likely that you will have the entire site to yourself. At the far end of Prasat Thom, there is a towering pyramid, somewhat reminiscent of Mayan or Incan architecture.

Afternoon
On the way back to Siem Reap, you will stop to explore Beng Mealea, similar in size to the better-known Angkor Wat (both were built by Jayavaram VII), though not nearly as frequently visited. Completely swallowed by the jungle, and with minimal restoration work, it is easy to imagine the difficulties early explorers must have faced when discovering these temples for the first time.

Back at Siem Reap, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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



Siem Reap – Departure

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.

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Walk through hidden alleyways & the maze of bustling streets of Hanoi Old Town
  • Take a relaxing Cyclo (rickshaw) ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter
  • Sail the Emerald waters of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise
  • See Forbidden City in Hue, Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist monastery.
  • Take a walking and food tour of Hoi An Ancient town
  • Enjoy a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City seeing the City’s major sites
  • Discover the Immense Network of the Legendary Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Take the relaxing boat trip down the Mekong River, Discover it’s tributaries
  • Experience the Ancient temples of Angkor
  • See the enigmatic Bayon Temple, Explore the ruins of Ta Prohm
  • Explore the less-touristy temple of Beng Mealea, a hidden gem in the middle of the jungle


Dining Experience

  • 13 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 8 lunches, 2 dinners and  at well-selected restaurants (vegetarian food is upon request)
  • 1 street food tour


Travel Highlights

  • Private guide in each City of visit
  • Private driver with air-conditioned vehicle for daily tours
  • Hand-picked Restaurants and hotels
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C train, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax and service charge.


What’s Not Included?

Your international flights to Vietnam and from Cambodia, entry visa to Vietnam, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.

 

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Marion
Tokyo, Japan

"Awesome service"

We had a wonderful 7-day trip last July; Kata was awesome to work with. So professional, reliable and helpful!

Mar 31, 2020
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Mary
Wisconsin, USA

"Lifetime of Memories"

Lam did an amazing job putting together an itinerary based on phone/text conversations. We told him the where and what and he did the rest. The accommodations were beyond expectation, the guides were unbelievably friendly, and the places we were taken were spectacular. Having guides and drivers is worth every penny. So much time and money would have been wasted had we tried to accomplish this ourselves.

We got to experience so much more because of our guides local knowledge. Lastly, how great it was not to worry about how we were getting to the next adventure. Had we not used Indochina Pioneer I truly believe I wouldn’t have as many astonishing memories.

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Mar 29, 2020
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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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Mar 20, 2020
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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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