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Overview

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Can Tho – Mekong Delta
  • Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh city
  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour – Shopping time
  • Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – 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 – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCM City) Tan Son Nhat airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCM City. Your tour guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying HCM City cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Some recommended sights in HCM City on your own:
– The famous Ben Thanh night market to enjoy an evening shopping spree
– A O show, a one-of-a-kind show with optical illusions, amazing choreography, powerful acrobatics, and traditional music that takes place at the Saigon Opera House. Appreciate the exterior of the French-designed Saigon Opera House before venturing inside this architectural gem.
– Water Puppet Show: enjoy all the singing and splashing of a traditional water puppet show! Lasting for around 50-60 minutes, kids will love getting a splash or two from these beautifully crafted puppets. Even toddlers will be mesmerised by the colors, singing and laughs in the show (which is in Vietnamese, but still worthwhile!).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Choice of Halal/ No Pork – No Lard Meals)


Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple

Morning
After breakfast we take a three hour drive to the Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See, home to the Cao Dai Great Temple (Thanh That Cao Dai), the Cao Dai Holy See, founded in 1926, is 4km east of Tay Ninh, in the village of Long Hoa. As well as the Great Temple, the complex houses administrative offices, residences for officials and adepts, and a hospital of traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for its treatments.

We arrive at the temple around mid-day and attend the mid-day service and to learn about this unique, interesting young local religion.

Afternoon
After lunch in a local restaurant we drive to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels. This fascinating tour will help give an insight in to how the Viet Cong managed to conceal themselves through the war.

Upon arrival, we have an opportunity to watch a brief introductory documentary. This black and white film tells of the War from a different perspective which is always interesting. Following this film, we will take a walk through the compound to experience what life was like for the 10,000 Viet Cong who took part in the 1968 Tet Offensive. You may even have a chance to crawl through the tunnels yourself.

Leaving Cu Chi, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Choice of Halal/ No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Can Tho – Mekong Delta River Journey

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre town, on the way to the heart of the Mekong Delta, via some rustic country roads (travel time approximately 2 hours). 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.

When you arrive at Ben Tre town, you will embark on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, visiting various local industries along the way such as the small local factories where bricks and sleeping mats are made. You will take a leisure walk along the village lanes visiting the local homes to sample dry fruits, and enjoy honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show. You will also visit a coconut mill workshop where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced, and a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.

You will then take a small sampan boat 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 which seems so far away.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will sample some of the local cuisines.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will return to the boat to head back to the road and continue the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city, stopping briefly at the Vinh Trang Pagodas.

After arriving in Can Tho and checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you see the town on foot or by pedicab, or find a quiet place for a cocktail by the river.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh City

Early Morning
We rise early today (suggested at 5:00 AM) and take our motorised boat straight to Cai Rang Floating market. This time is the best time for photos when the market is at its busiest and the dawn is breaking. After the “shooting party” we enjoy a local breakfast served by one of the vendor boat then cruise further to Phong Dien floating market for another photo hunting trip of the day. Phong Dien market is best known for its excitements and variations of bizarre food and local specialty.

On returning to the road, you will visit the Binh Thuy old house before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City
with a stop enroute for lunch.

Arrive back to Ho Chi Minh City, check into your hotel and enjoy your own time of leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour – Shopping time

Morning 
Today we will enjoy guided tour of this Metropolitan City. This tour will offer you a glance of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) with the visits to the War Remnant Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, GPO “General Post Office” and the City Municipal Theater ‘Opera House”. Tour ends at around midday after lunch.

Afternoon
This afternoon is at your own leisure for your last minute shopping time. You may want to shop in best known places like Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Square, or stroll along the Dong Khoi and Le Loi Street. If you want some up-market products, check out the Diamond Plaza.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of Halal/ No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

Today is on your own leisure until you are transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • 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 and from Vietnam
  • 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

Client reviews

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.

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John-in-Oz
Australia, Sydney

"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.

Feb 8, 2016
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keith m
United Kingdom

"Cycling Mekong Delta and sight seeing in Saigon"

Perhaps the best way to explore the Mekong Delta area. Can Tho is a lively overnight stop with well situated lovely hotel. All hotels selected by Indo China Pioneer are well situated but don’t expect western standards in hotels beyond Can Tho. Good combination of cycling and site seeing including boat and ferry trips, workshop visits with good choice of restaurant and roadside stops for fresh fruit.
However the route rarely left normal roads and didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Some quiet rural roads followed but others were quite busy, particularly in the vicinity of the small towns we cycled through.
We were concerned that we were not measured for our bikes on the first day which just arrived in the back of the minibus that collected us from our hotel. The frame size for my partner’s bike was much too large for her and it was fitted with a male shaped saddle which caused her considerable discomfort on the first day. The saddle was changed on Day 2 after she refused to continue the holiday with that particular bike at the end of day 1.
The guide did not appear to be completely clear of the route at times and we needed to complete an ‘about turn’ 3 times during the trek which may be why our route didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Indo China guides are very knowledgeable and helpful and know many local secret gems to visit but their spoken english can be difficult to follow at times even for me as a native English speaker. Indo China Pioneer specialise in providing tailor made tours for small groups down to 2 in number and flexibility in preparing a holiday programe to suit individual customers requests including the selection of the most suitable hotel using their wealth of local knowledge. Moderately priced boutique hotels are typically chosen.

Feb 6, 2016
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Dannyboymillard
United Kingdom

"Fantastic trip amazing service"

Fantastic trip from start to finish. All our expectations were met and exceeded from the moment we booked the trip with Mr Lam to our last day.
We had one minor problem during our stay and it was sorted immediately with profession
And made our trip the most memorable holiday ever.
Mr Lam customised our trip to suit us and we loved all of our guides and drivers.
We were even lucky enough to be invited to the companies end of year party and got to meet everyone who made our holiday so special. I can’t recommend this company enough and that’s something coming from someone in the tourist industry. Well done indoctrination pioneer.

Feb 23, 2016
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fezcan
Canada, Toronto

"Indochina Pioneer – Great Tour Organizer"

I arranged a 28 day customized tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand in January, 2016 the assistance of Indochina Pioneer. Lam, the principal of the company, was fabulous to deal with. He made many suggestions, booked all of our drivers and local tour guides, hotels, admission tickets, and even some restaurants. All of his choices were excellent, and when there was a need to make a last minute change, he was readily available. His tour included many extras that other tour organizers did not include, and he made sure that we visited off the beaten track places, took local tours that the big groups do not see, and that our hotels were carefully chosen to be very central and more of a local boutique nature. Lam never hesitated to make sure that our trip was going well as we travelled, and even made a point of meeting us at our stop in Hanoi and sent flowers to me on my birthday. The tour was priced very favorably compared to 3 others I contacted, and all of our guides were excellent. I would highly recommend this company and Lam in particular to anyone wanting to arrange a local tour or a detailed itinerary of Indochina.

Feb 19, 2016
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Roger C
Australia, 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!

Feb 23, 2016
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