• Beach Escapes
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  • Wellness & Spa
  • Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi – 1/2 Day City tour – Home hosted dinner
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Ky Son Village – Moon Garden Homestay
  • Day 4: Ky Son – Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
  • Day 6: Hoi An – Walking Tour & Secluded Rice Field Dinner
  • Day 7: Hoi An – Cham Island Snorkeling & Excursion
  • Day 8: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Nha Trang
  • Day 9: In Ninh Van Bay
  • Day 10: In Ninh Van Bay
  • Day 11: In Ninh Van Bay
  • Day 12: Nha Trang – Fight to Ho Chi Minh City – Evening Romantic Cruise Dinner
  • Day 13: HCM City – A Taste of the Mekong
  • Day 14: HCM City – Departure

Customizable itinerary

For newlyweds who want to experience the exotic culture, adventure, and luxury, Vietnam is the ideal honeymoon destination. Start with a tour around Hanoi and then take a luxurious cruise to admire Halong Bay’s marvelous limestone karsts (small natural islands). In Hoi An, navigate its picturesque alleys and admire the mesmerizing underwater sights of the Cham Islands. You will have plenty of time to relax on the stunning beaches of Nha Trang. After that, visit the most important sites in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and experience the busy life in the Mekong Delta. If you and your partner wish to celebrate an unforgettable honeymoon in Vietnam, this tour will be a perfect choice.

Arrival in Hanoi

Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam.

After the madness of all the wedding preparations and of course the big day itself you’ll hopefully have slept on the flight(s) and will arrive Vietnam feeling ready for some honeymoon fun ♥.

A hostess will be waiting for you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport with a beaming smile, holding a welcome signboard with your married names on it who will help you through the fast-tracked (VIP) process to get your visa stamped. Once you have obtained a stamp for your visa and collected your luggage, your hostess will happily take you to your waiting guide and driver who will transfer you directly to the hotel.

Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way regarding your 14-day Honeymoon Vacation.

As a warm welcome, a complimentary bottle of champagne will be in your room upon arrival. Your accommodation is the luxury boutique La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa, an exclusive oasis in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter. You will have the Balcony Suite for your two lovely nights, which features stunning panoramic views of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, just a short walk away.

Since you’ll have had a busy few weeks and a long journey, we have left today free for you to get your bearings, settle into Vietnamese time and simply enjoy the fact that the honeymoon has officially started. You may take a stroll around the Old Quarter seeing the local life in close up. For your dining experience, your tour guide will recommend some of our favorite restaurants.

Please note: Your travel documents contain a Visa-on-Arrival letter (unless otherwise arranged). Please ensure to pack this in your carry-on luggage. Your Visa-on-Arrival letter must be presented to Customs upon entry into the country.

  • Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Private airport transfer
  • Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi – 1/2 Day City tour – Home hosted dinner

Hanoi is a bustling and fascinating city – a whirlwind of colours, smells and sounds and a wonderful place to get a real flavour of life in Vietnam.

After breakfast your private guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you on a half-day tour to discover the city, taking in sights including the Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue to visit the historic Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first university, built in the 11th century), the charming Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

A delicious French fusion lunch will be served at La Verticale, an elegant fine-dining restaurant that’s housed in a French colonial-style villa.

After lunch, return to the hotel for your free time. You may pamper yourself at La Siesta Spa, enjoy its attractive combination of Vietnam’s ancient spa traditions with the modern-day Spa model.

Later, your guide will meet you again and take you on a fun cyclo (rickshaw) ride for one hour through the French colonial architecture of the precinct known as the French Quater, past the French-style villas, the Vietnam History Museum, the heritage Metropole Legend Hotel and the Opera House, name to a few.

Enjoy a cup of unmissable Egg coffee at Pho Co Café with a stunning view of Hoan Kiem Lake and the surroundings.

Your guide and driver will meet you again and take you to a local home, where you are warmly welcomed in by a local family. After an inviting cup of tea and a short introduction, step into the family’s main hall to learn more about their traditions and beliefs. Next, head to their kitchen for an entertaining demonstration of secret recipes. Finally, gather round the table for dinner with your family hosts, on this exclusive experience. Return to your hotel with a deeper understanding of local life.

After dinner options: The driver can drop you at Hanoi Night market or have some drinks at Diamond Sky Bar (our favorite) with sublime 360-degree panoramic views of Hanoi. Enjoy some cocktails while witnessing evocative Hoan Kiem Lake in its entirety and take in five bridges spanning the mighty Red River.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Hanoi City Full-day Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Home-hosted dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi – Ky Son Village – Moon Garden Homestay

After breakfast and check out, you are picked up by your private guide and driver then transferred to the Luxury Moon Garden Homestay in the historic Village of Ky Son, about 50 kms (30 miles) from Hanoi.  The village was designated a ‘National Cultural-Historical Relic’. On the ground, it is a sensory delight, full of colour, unique sights, and the sound of villagers conversing amongst themselves – and with visitors.

On arrival at the homestay, you will be greeted with a refreshing drink and followed by a brief introduction. Originally the summer home of a Hanoi based family, the Moon Garden has since expanded into several other buildings to accommodate its growing popularity. Blending delightfully restored, traditional architecture with a few home comforts, the Moon Garden ensures you romantic experience Ky Son and neighboring villages in an authentic manner, whilst wanting for nothing.

After checking in you will have some free time to explore the beautiful grounds of the homestay then participate in a cooking class to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. You have lunch here and then enjoy a hand-spa treatment with traditional herbs.

Take a leisurely bicycle ride to discover the paths of Thang Thac Village and follow a local guide to explore the ancient village of Duong Lam and Mia Pagoda.

Return to the Moon Garden, you will be treated to a traditional foot bath. After that, you can choose to participate in a Vietnamese prayer ceremony.

Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the garden and spend the rest of the time at your leisure. Perhaps you sip on some more cocktails under the stars.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Travel to Ky Son Village
Others: Traditional foot bath & cooking demonstration
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Moon Garden Homestay

Ky Son – Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay

As soon as you’ve downed your first cuppa of the day, join in with some traditional Yi Jin Jing exercises to wake up body and mind. It’s then followed by a delightful breakfast.

Check out of the Moon Garden you will leave the peaceful village behind, bound for the serenity of Ha Long Bay where you will board your private chartered L’Amour Junk that provides an intimate, romantic experience visiting quieter parts of Halong Bay, where you can soak up the impressive vistas of the unique karst scenery away from the majority of other cruise vessels.

Upon arrival at the pier, you will be welcomed by your friendly crew. From the moment you step onboard the 17-metre L’Amour Junk, you’ll feel like you’re being treated like royalty – almost as if you were the only guests.

After settling in you will begin your cruise toward the magnificent Bai Tu Long bay; admire the fascinating karst formations on the way. A scrumptious lunch will be served on board. 

Later the boat will arrive at Cong Do Island.  You will get off the boat and hike up the least visited Thien Canh Son Cave. The path of around 60 steps follows the forest canopy along a sandstone cliff with spectacular views of the Bay

Back on the boat and continue to cruise to Hon Co island where you will spend time relaxing on a white sandy beach. You can also go for a refreshing “bay swim” or explore this captivating marine landscape via kayak. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom while meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets.

As the sun sets, you will arrive at a tranquil anchor spot for the night. In this hidden spot, you can revel in the memories of the day’s adventures with a cocktail under the stars.

Take part in a cookery class with the chef and help prepare the freshly caught catch of the day for your dinner. Afterward, simply just relax and enjoy the views. Curling up on the deck with a drink and the stars shining down on you is a wonderfully romantic way to spend one of your first nights together as a married couple.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Cruise Bai Tu Long 2 days/ 1 night
Others: Cooking demonstration
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on board in Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An

You wake to the fresh air of the bay with a chance to relax on the sundeck or to enjoy some more swim in the emerald waters. After breakfast, your boat will lift her anchor and continue to cruise to Vung Vieng fishing village where you will explore the village and the hidden lagoon in a rustic rowing boat.

Get back to the boat for your leisure time. Take in the stunning scenery while the boat cruises back to where you started. Check out of the cabin then enjoy an early lunch on board.

Upon returning to the pier your waiting driver will pick you up and transfer you to Hanoi Noi Bai airport to board a short flight to Da Nang, in the central of Vietnam.

On arrival, you will be picked up by your private guide and driver and taken to the nearby Hoi An where you will check into the Club Suite at the boutique Hoi An Ecolodge and Spa. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Tucked away in a quiet village a couple of kms from the Old town and the beach, the Ecolodge is a heavenly oasis in Hoi An. The lodge provides free bikes so you can ride around.

Dining and drink options: we highly recommend dinner at the Morning Glory Restaurant. After that, you can walk to the Quiet American Bar for some drinks. Set in a wooden house that is over 200 years old, The Quiet American Cafe and Bar is modeled after a 1950’s movie set. Both the title and the interior pay homage to the fact that the movie, The Quiet American, with Michael Caine was filmed in the historic building.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Continue to cruise. Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An – Walking Tour & Secluded Rice Field Dinner

The historic and quaint nature of UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An is perfect for exploring. As a former fishing village set on the banks of the Thu Bon River and strategic trading port for Southeast Asia, centuries of French, Chinese and Japanese influence have left their unique mark on this town.

After breakfast, meet your private guide and take a leisurely bicycle ride along the bank of the Thu Bon River toward Hoi An Ancient Town. Follow your guide you will explore the town’s historical sites including Chua Ong Pagoda, Tan Ky Ancient House, Fujian Assembly Hall, and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Continue to visit the Precious Heritage Museum, home to the permanent exhibition of Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Collection. While transporting you to the furthest reaches of Vietnam, the collection will unveil the rich cultural tapestry of the ethnic tribes.

The highlight of the day is the visit to the Reaching Out Tea House, a welcome little oasis of calm in the busy, vibrant Old quarter, owned and operated by the mute and deaf people. Here you will be treated with delicious cakes and incredible tea in the Eastern style.

Finish the tour and ride back to the Ecolodge where you will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy the swimming pool or pamper yourself at the Lodge’s spa.

Meet your guide again and ride the bicycle to Cam Thanh Village, nestled in the peaceful countryside of Hoi An, a riverside farming community that is a major supplier of seafood, and produce for the town. On arrival, take a bamboo basket ride along the river to admire the beautiful sunset. Arrive at the bamboo watch-tower where you will find a cozy tent with a table set up and ready for your dinner. Savour an unforgettable dinner with local fresh foods and vegetables. Relax and take in the tranquil feeling being surrounded by rice fields and the river.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An – Cham Island Snorkeling & Excursion

Today you will spend your time drifting around the Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Areas. The pretty coral reefs formed around the outer islands include around 135 species of corals and over 200 species of tropical fish.

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Cua Dai Wharf to board a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat towards the Cham Islands.

On arrival, you will set out to explore the island. Pay a visit to Cu Lao Cham museum and Au Thuyen. Walk along the rice field to the over-200-years-old temple of Hai Tang, dedicated to whales and whale sharks, once abundant in these waters.

Proceed to Xep Beach where you will enjoy snorkeling marveling at the soft and hard coral and teeming colorful fishes. Enjoy lunch at spectacular Bai Chong beach in a bamboo style restaurant under the coconut trees.

After lunch, you will have free time on Bai Chong with more swimming, frisbee, volleyball, or just relax in a hammock or deck-chair with a cool drink and a sensational view. It’s a selfie heaven.

Finish the perfect day with a slow cruise back to the Wharf where your driver takes you back to your Ecolodge. Spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Dining and drink options: we would highly recommend the Mango Room for dinner and Corner Corner Sky Bar for some drinks, if you are a night Awl :).

Daily Summary
Excursion: Boat trip & Cham Island Snorkeling
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Nha Trang

After breakfast and check out of the Ecolodge you will be picked up and driven back to Da Nang airport to catch a short flight south to Nha Trang.

On arrival at Nha Trang airport, your private driver will greet you and transfer you to your honeymoon L’Alya Resort where you will check into your Hill Rock Pool Villa. Situated along charming and romantic Ninh Van Bay, the L’Alya Resort is natural, pristine, and surrounded by picturesque sceneries. At the place where time is forgotten, you will be pampered in the openness of tranquil woods, blue natural sea, and spectacular settings under the sunset. The extremely private space here makes you feel the serenity and peace of mind. This is a perfect spot for your honeymoon vacation.

After checking into the resort you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Ever since the day you got married, don’t ever stop dating your wife, don’t ever stop flirting with your husband. And remember a honeymoon is always an opportunity to connect with one another and lose yourselves in the blissful romance of love. May the time you share be memorable in every way, the naivety of local people and top-notched service at the L’Alya will help you cherish each and every moment together in such a heaven on earth island.

Daily Summary
Transportation: Private airport transfers
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at resort in Ninh Van Bay

In Ninh Van Bay

Today is completely a free day for you to enjoy your leisure time. While taking the opportunity to get stuck into a good book or two, catch up on some sleep and spend plenty of time soaking up the sun, you may also want to make time to enjoy pampering yourself in the resort spa so that you leave feeling fully rejuvenated.

Daily Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at resort in Ninh Van Bay

In Ninh Van Bay

Another day at leisure. Relaxing is easy when you’re in this paradise, but maybe you want a little something else in your day to put your body and mind in harmony. The cooking class, yoga and meditation class, kayaking and sunset cruise are available at the resort.

Daily Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at resort in Ninh Van Bay

In Ninh Van Bay

A honeymoon staple, a beach break is a perfect way to relax into married life and spend some time simply enjoying each other’s company before heading back to reality.

Enjoy your last free day in this paradise. A sunset dinner at the private beach can be arranged upon your request.

Daily Summary
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at resort in Ninh Van Bay

Nha Trang – Fight to Ho Chi Minh City – Evening Romantic Cruise Dinner

After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken back to Nha Trang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most vibrant and ‘alive’ cities in all of South East Asia. Fast-paced, frenetic, 7 million motorcycles, historical, artist hub, shopping haven and foodie’s paradise all rolled into one.

On arrival, your private driver will meet you and transfer you to your final honeymoon hotel, the Villa Song. Located on the banks of the romantic Saigon River, Villa Song showcases unique pieces of art and photography. This property is a sanctuary for the soul, away from the ‘organized chaos’ of downtown HCM City.

Spend the rest of the day visiting some of Ho Chi Minh City’s key highlights. We’ll tailor your tour to suit you, but we particularly recommend visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Rex Hotel, the General Post Office, renowned for its architecture, and Ben Thanh Market.

Later stop at the Reunification Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum to learn more of Vietnam’s turbulent past.

Proceed to the atmospheric Jade Emperor Pagoda before finishing in fine style with a sundowner at the top of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam.

Embark on a romantic sunset cruise along the Saigon River, aboard a boutique-style vessel inspired by 1920s-era Indochinese riverboats. Enjoy Indochinese-contemporary-inspired dining experience with fusion shows and interactive buffets. While onboard, sipping on cocktails or a glass of fine wine, glide past a fascinating contrast of historic and modern buildings as the sun fades away.

After dinner options: explore Saigon Night market or have some drinks at the historic Rex Hotel’s roof-top bar.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Flight to HCM City. Sightseeing Tour
Other: Saigon Cruise Dinner
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in HCM City

HCM City – A Taste of the Mekong

After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take you out of HCM City in a private vehicle and onto some beautiful country roads to Cai Be Town, the heart of the Mekong Delta. This town is famous for its vast rice fields, numerous waterways, and beautiful landscapes.

After two hours driving through numerous towns, lush orchards and green rice fields you will arrive at Cai Be pier. The crew welcomes you aboard with cold towels and a refreshing drink while your private Cai Be Princess Sampan sets off for its leisurely cruise on the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta. On the river, all sorts of boats ply the water, from small fishing boats to cargo barges loaded with fruit and vegetables.

Observe from the comfort of your sampan life as it plays out on the riverbanks the people, the stunning landscapes while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit.

Later you will arrive at Tan Phong Islet where you will board a small rowboat to better explore the canal’s hidden mangroves.

Go ashore to visit an ancient house built in the 19th century. You will also have an opportunity to explore local cottage industries including the making of coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn).

Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant where your lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa. Set in a lush tropical garden by the river and surrounded by fruit trees, the restaurant gives you a sense of privileged life during Indochinese times.

After lunch, take a short walk along a small canal towards the Ba Bon Bridge where your personal vehicle awaits to take you back to HCM City.

Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. For your dining experience, we would highly recommend the top-notch Noir Restaurant where you can embark on a culinary journey like no other: Dining in the Dark. Experience a different world in which you savor exquisite tastes and textures in complete darkness.

After dinner option: have some drinks at Chill Sky Bar which sits on the 25th floor of Saigon’s AB Tower.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Mekong Delta Cruise & Sightseeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in HCM City

HCM City – Departure

Unfortunately, the honeymoon has come to end and it’s time to return to reality.

After breakfast and check out your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to HCM City International Airport where you board your flight home.

Daily Summary
Excursion: Private Airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

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    Sightseeing Highlights

    • Discover Hanoi’s best-known landmarks. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner
    • Visit Ky Son and Duong Lam ancient village to experience the traditional life and authentic culture in the countryside of Vietnam.
    • Take the overnight cruise trip, Admire Bai Tu Long Bay’s majestic beauty
    • Explore the weaving laneways of historic Hoi An ancient town on the banks of the Thu Bon River by bicycle ride. Join exciting basket boat activity in Cam Thanh village
    • Enjoy a day of snorkeling in the waters around Cham Island and discover its amazing sea life
    • Experience and relax in a spectacular setting in a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of being on an exclusive private island resort in the East Vietnam Sea, “hidden” Ninh Van Bay
    • Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks: War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and Ben Thanh Market…etc.
    • Take a day trip to the Mekong Delta to discover the hidden waterways.

    Dining Experience

    • 13 hotel buffet breakfasts
    • 5 dinners and 6 lunches at well-selected restaurants and local homes

    What Makes Us Different?

    • 100% tailor-made: Each and every honeymoon with Indochina Pioneer is thoughtfully crafted by a locally born dedicated honeymoon specialist who will closely work with your plans until every single thing is perfect.
    • Bride’s Day Surprise: Leave it with us… Whatever you think will make your honeymoon personal and special to you, we can arrange it; whether it’s a romantic sunset dinner or book a Chariot (a convertible or even a vintage car) or plan a Photoshoot.
    • Personal Service: Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests.
    • Our Guarantee: A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
    • 27/4 Support: Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during, and after your honeymoon vacation.

    What’s Included?

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

    What’s Not Included?

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

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    How to Plan a successful Trip to Vietnam, Step-by-Step

    Vietnam, the S-shaped country, also commonly likened to the shape of a dragon, is located to the west of the South China Sea. The perfect combination of colonial elegance and rustic charm, it guarantees to satisfy all types of travelers with its rich experiences made all the more special by its charming people.

    With cities to explore, temples to admire, and green countrysides to roam, there is plenty to see and do in Vietnam. Known as a colorful and diverse country from the wild mountainous north, with its myriad of ethnic communities, to the sleepless city of Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) on the edge of the Mekong Delta, it is difficult to pick just one region to visit when coming to Vietnam.

    The charming capital of Hanoi is a fascinating mix of fading colonial buildings and national monuments; the scenery of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is bound to leave you speechless; Hue, home to the old Kings of Vietnam, appears to have been frozen in time for several hundred years with its ancient atmosphere and architecture.

    With a 3260km coastline, Vietnam is home to many top-tier beaches; the country’s most unsung beauties. My Khe beach – “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” as described by Forbes – offers blue skies, smooth white sand, clear & warm water year-round. Phu Quoc island, boasting several luxury resorts, is also a favorite escape for the rich and famous. The abundance of mountains, rainforests, and natural lakes also makes Vietnam a great destination for trekking, hiking, mountain biking, sea and river kayaking, and classic overland tours.

    Most popular sites of Vietnam

    • Sapa & Mai Chau – visit the hill tribe villages and plantations
    • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam
    • Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Hue – the ancient capital of Vietnam
    • Hoi An – the kitchen of Vietnam and paradise on Earth
    • Ho Chi Minh City (previously Saigon) – the economic heart of Vietnam
    • The Cu Chi Tunnels – walk through the history of the Vietnam War
    • Mekong Delta – see the floating markets

    Even though Vietnam lies entirely in the tropic zone, its climate varies surprisingly from region to region. Therefore this charming land is well-known as an “all-year-around” available destination for travelers.

    In the north, from Sapa to Hanoi, there are 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

    In the central region, from Nha Trang to Hue, sunshine lasts throughout the year, except for the months of November and December when heavy rainfalls occur. Dalat, at an altitude of 1500m, is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. Da Nang and Hue both experience typhoon activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and wet.

    In the south, from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, there are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season falls between April and September, with sudden heavy showers that don’t last very long. The dry season spans the months of October to March, with higher temperatures and long days of sunshine, followed by cooler nights.

    Almost all visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country, although some exemptions apply for citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements with Vietnam. Depending upon the nationality and passport of the applicant, a tourist visa can be obtained at the Vietnamese diplomatic office or consulates in foreign countries. Visas can also be obtained with the help of a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, known as a “Visa on Arrival”. Visas may be either single-entry or multiple-entry, as requested at the time of application.

    Visa on Arrival (VOA)

    The easiest way is to get your visa through a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, such as Indochina Pioneer. We can quickly and efficiently organize your pre-arranged VOA if you wish. Our visa processing fee is a reasonable rate of USD$10 / person only. Except for American citizens who are required to pay a stamping fee of USD$135 to get a 1-year, multiple-entry tourist visa, other nationalities need to pay just USD$25 / person for a single entry and USD$50 / person for multiple entries.

    VOA procedure

    • To apply for your VOA please email us the following information:
    • Arrival and departure dates
    • Full passport details:
    • Passport number
    • Name
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Issuing date
    • Expiry date

    Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.

    • Once we have received your information, we will secure a Visa Approval Letter for you. This usually takes about 2 – 4 working days (ie. excluding weekends). We will then send you the letter via email or fax. You must present this letter upon boarding your flight. Also, you will need to prepare two photos (6 cm high x 4 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no smiling).
    • On arrival at the airport (in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City) please find the Visa on Arrival window/counter where you will hand over your passport and photos, and be given a simple form to fill out. Pay the stamping fee of USD$25 for the single entry and USD$50 for multiple entries. The staff at the airport will shortly return your passport with your visa, after which you will be allowed to exit the airport.

    Visa exemptions

    The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a certain amount of time:


    • Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
    • Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
    • Japan, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 15 days)


    • Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom (maximum stay of up to 15 days)

    Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for a VOA and will have to apply at their nearest Vietnamese embassy/consulate :

    South Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

    Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa


    Starting from February 1st, 2017, the Vietnamese government officially launched the electronic visa plan for foreign tourists of certain countries visiting Vietnam. To apply for an e-visa, please visit http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn. For the list of

    countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa to Vietnam, click here.

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    Step 3: Confirming/Paying/ Packing for the trip!

    Once you’re satisfied with the customized tour, please let us know and Indochina Pioneer will need a few working hours to place reservations for all of the tour services. As soon as the availability and reservations of the services are confirmed, we will request a deposit. Please refer our Payment Guide for more details.

    Once your deposit is received by Indochina Pioneer, we will send you the service voucher which confirms all the services of the tour and provides ground contact details and a guide for the final payment schedule.

    And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!

    Booking Amendment & Cancellations:

    Booking Amendment: Flexibility is our strongest point. You can amend your booking even after it is made. Just contact your salesperson or contact us at [email protected] with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking with your preferable alternatives. Please kindly note that you will be responsible for any change of the final price caused by your amendment requests.

    Travel smart with Indochina Pioneer!

    Packing Checklist – Be sure to check them all 😉


    • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
    • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
    • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
    • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
    • Cell phone and cell phone charger
    • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
    • Travel plug/international adapter
    • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
    • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution


    Best to bring along

    • First aid kit
    • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Refillable water bottle with filter



    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
    • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
    • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
    • Hat & sunglasses
    • Bathing suit


    Optional comforts

    • Ear plugs & eye mask
    • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
    • Lightweight travel towel
    • Local language phrasebook
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    Reviews on Our Service

    Excellent 98%
    Very good 2%
    Average 0%
    Poor 0%
    Terrible 0%
    ICP customer
    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
    ICP customer
    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.

    Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.vn/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751994054-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

    Mar 29, 2020
    ICP customer
    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.

    Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751470744-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

    Mar 20, 2020
    ICP customer

    "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!

    Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751425461-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

    Mar 19, 2020