- 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 – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
- Day 5: Hoi An – Walking Tour – Boat ride on Thu Bon River
- Day 6: Hoi An – Drive to Hue
- Day 7: Hue – Full-Day Tour
- Day 8: Hue – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
- Day 9: HCMC City – Full day City tour – Evening Cooking Class
- Day 10: HCM City – Ben Tre – Can Tho / Mekong Delta
- Day 11: Can Tho – Chau Doc
- Day 12: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boat
- Day 13: Phnom Penh – Drive to Siem Reap
- Day 14: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour
- Day 15: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei
- Day 16: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Bangkok
- Day 17: Bangkok – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 18: Bangkok – Ayutthaya
- Day 19: Bangkok – Departure
- Extra days: A side trip to Phuket (Optional)
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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 (travel time approximately 1 hour). Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your Indochina holiday itinerary along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
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
Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour & Food Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and your tour of Indochina starts with 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.
– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– Ho Chi Minh’s private home, a wooden stilt-house surrounded by lush gardens
– Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist Pagoda in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi’s West Lake.
– Museum of Ethnology which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Lunch will be served at Pho Huyen, a Vietnamese noodle shop. Some locals call Pho Huyen’s world-famous noodle soup “Mac-Noodles” since it is as popular here in Hanoi as MacDonald’s is in other parts of the world! At the restaurant, your private tour guide will explain to you the routine during Vietnamese meal times, and educate you on the special ingredients used.
After lunch, your full-day city tour continues.
– 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
– Ngoc Son Temple
– A performance at the Water Puppet Theatre, a folk tradition from the villages in the rice fields dating back almost 1000 years
There will also be a cycle rickshaw ride through the French Quarter to admire the well preserved colonial buildings such as the Hanoi Opera House and the Sofitel Legend Metropole. After the cycle rickshaw ride, you will take a walking food tour through the narrow alleyways of the old streets in the Old Quarter and sample some of the most delicious Vietnamese foods such as Omai, Nom, Banh Cuon, Pho and Banh My. This food tour is a delicious and fun way to explore Hanoi just like a local, designed to give you the confidence to try street food on your own in Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
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 (travel time approximately 4 hours). Halong Bay is an area of great natural beauty, with sparkling waters studded with thousands of islets covered in rich green foliage, sheer cliffs and mystical caves. There will be a stop en route for photos and refreshments.
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 most idyllic way to travel in Indochina. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.
You will visit one of the most stunning caves of Halong Bay, and there will be a stop at Ti Top beach, where you can take a refreshing swim in the waters of this quiet beach, or sunbathe on the sundeck. There will also be an opportunity to take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. You will return to your boat to spend the night, after a delicious dinner served on board.
(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected cruise ship. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it).
Overnight on board.
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
Wake up early if you can to see the sun rise over the spectacular horizon, reflected in the pristine waters of the bay. Relax and enjoy your breakfast while sailing around this natural wonder. Once the boat has docked, you will be driven back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hoi An to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Walking Tour – Boat ride on Thu Bon River
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter. From the 16th to the 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.
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– The Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– Hoi An central market
During the walk, you will also have a chance to attend a cultural show with traditional music and dance performances.
Following lunch you will embark on a boat to cruise down the Thu Bon River and visit the villages of Kim Bong and Thanh Ha to see hand crafted ceramics and the construction of boats by local artisans.
Finish the boat trips you will return to Hoi An. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Hoi An has an abundance of tailors who can produce a custom suit in 24 hours or less, at very reasonable prices.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Drive to Hue
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and have lunch on your own.
Your private driver will pick you up for the drive to the Imperial City of Hue (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. You will see miles of pristine beaches, travel past villages, and at times drive alongside the tracks of the famous Reunification Railway.
There will be stops en route to take pictures and visit the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills.
You will arrive in Hue in the evening. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Full-Day Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure tour of Hue that is sure to please you.
– The ancient walled Citadel to see the former Imperial Palace, closely modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing – significant damage was caused by French aerial bombings and the Tet Offensive of 1968, however, much of the city has now been restored thanks to UNESCO funding. The Imperial City is one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Imperial Enclosure was a former capital of Vietnam and home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last monarchy in Vietnam.
– The impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
On the way back to Hue, you will pass by the grapefruit village of Thuy Bieu. This ancient village specializes in the plantation of grapefruits, and is famous for their quality. In the past, the grapefruits cultivated were exclusive to the royal family. Being the cradle of Hue culture, Thuy Bieu is an old village currently in the throes of developing eco-tourism. The village contains many centenarian houses that were lost among the fruits trees, especially the grapefruits trees – all the ‘lost’ houses have been covered with greenery. The characteristics of these houses and gardens contribute to the preservation of the customs and traditions of the Vietnamese culture and architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty.
You will have a leisurely walk through the Thuy Bieu village, visiting an old temple dedicated to the education of the village, a school, and a family that owns three of the older houses. These buildings are characterized by engravings and sculptures in wood: dragons, phoenixes and other natural landscapes on columns, beams and rafters.
After visiting the village, you will embark on a bicycle ride along the Perfume River, riding among flowers and thousands of grapefruits. You will stop at the local market and can buy educational supplies such as notebooks, pencils, pens, etc. to offer as donations to the orphanage.
Returning to the family you visited earlier at Thuy Bieu village, you will participate in the preparation of your lunch with the family.
After lunch, enjoy a medicinal herbal foot massage.
After the relaxing massage, you will embark on a dragon boat to cruise the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will see the swimming pavilion and the Imperial City, as well as visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, the symbol of Hue. You will get to see the sun set aboard the dragon boat before returning to Hue.
On returning to your hotel in Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Hue 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. 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! Upon arrival, you will watch a brief introductory video on the Cu Chi Tunnels, followed by a walk through the reserve. During the walk, you will see:
– the Secret Entrance to the tunnels
– workshops for the handmade weapons
– the clinic, commander, meeting and kitchen bunkers
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. After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City where the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
HCMC City – Full day City tour – Evening Cooking Class
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a tour around HCM City to visit the city’s historical landmarks, one of the most active days on your vacation in Indochina. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), which was once headquarters for the Saigon government during the War
– War Remnants Museum, which displays relics from the War
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– General Post Office (GPO), considered as the best example of classical French colonial architecture in HCM City
You will have a light lunch at the renowned Pho 2000 Restaurant, where former US president Bill Clinton once patronized.
After lunch, your tour continues.
– Old US Embassy
– Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang) – this is one of the most impressive temples in HCM City, filled with statues of deities and heroes
– Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, known for their elegant shops, galleries and restaurants
In the late afternoon, you will visit a traditional family house, hidden away in an alley. Here, you will take part in a 3 hour cooking class. Your instructor will take you to visit the market to see where the locals purchase their produce, and then you will return to the classroom to start cooking preparations. The instructor will explain every step and procedure, and there will additional staff on hand to assist you. You will learn the art of crafting and presenting vegetable decorations, and of course, how to cook Vietnamese food.
After all your hard work in the kitchen, you will get to enjoy the dinner you prepared, and you will be given the recipes and a certificate.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Ben Tre – Can Tho / Mekong Delta
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.
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
Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc – Tra Su Bird Sanctuary
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to board a sampan boat to the Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and liveliest market – a true marvel with the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables on offer. Your sampan boat will pull up next to the merchants’ boats, giving you the opportunity to interact, talk and bargain. You will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories, and your sampan will take you through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
On returning to the road, you will visit the Binh Thuy old house before driving west towards the Chau Doc town near the Cambodian border.
Upon arrival in Chau Doc, you will embark on a boat trip to visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a forest of 850 hectares and an important natural habitat for many exotic birds and other rare animals. There are more than 140 different kinds of plants in this sanctuary and many types of cajuput can be found here. During the Vietnam War, the forest acted as a base for revolutionaries and was badly damaged. After the war, the An Giang province government reforested the area and established the Tra Su forest as a haven for plants and animals.
After returning to Chau Doc to check in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Chau Doc
Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boat
Morning (pick up at 7:30 am)
After an early breakfast and check out, a member of the staff from the speed boat company will pick you up and take you to the docks for a 5 hour boat ride crossing the border into Cambodia. The speed boat crew will assist you with the Cambodia entry visa process at the border (this usually takes about 30 minutes). 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.
You will be driven to Phnom Penh, arriving around noon, where your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel to check in (travel time approximately 20 minutes). Lunch will be served at Friends the Restaurant, a ‘kindness restaurant’ where children who used to live on the street are trained in hospitality and restaurant skills, giving them a chance to break away from life on the streets.
After lunch, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of Phnom Penh.
– Wat Phnom
– Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom
– Silver Pagoda, named for its floor made of 5,000 silver tiles (located in the Royal Palace compound)
– National Museum of Khmer Art, featuring sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history
– The infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
– The Russian Market, a bustling market with vendors selling a wide array of souvenirs, clothing & other goods, plus food
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Drive to Siem Reap
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a scenic drive journey to Siem Reap (travel time approximately 6 hours). You will pass through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets, giving you the opportunity to observe life away from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore at your leisure.
In the evening, your private tour guide will take you to see the remarkable Phare troupe perform a lively show telling historical, folk and modern Cambodian stories, expressed through the brilliant combination of circus arts, riveting theater, dance and music.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (first day)
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day discovery adventure 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 preferences.
– Angkor Thom City
– Bayon – The Bayon has fifty-four towers decorated with more than two hundred enigmatic smiling faces
– Terrace of Elephants
– Victory Gate
Around noon, you will head back to Siem Reap to get some rest and enjoy lunch on your own.
Mid-afternoon, your private tour guide will pick you up to continue visiting temples of Angkor.
– The beautiful Ta Prohm Temple, overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere
– As the sun sets on the horizon, enjoy the view from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.
After sunset, 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
Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up to see the Angkor Wat Temple. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carvings. This complex is four times the size of the Vatican City, making it the largest religious site in the world. You will spend the morning exploring through the many passages, levels, and chambers that once housed many treasures of the ancient world.
Leaving Angkor Wat we continue to drive two hours to north east. Our first stop is the 10th century capital of Koh Ker. Whilst there are known to be over 200 temples within the boundaries of this ancient city, only 96 have been discovered thus far and in fact most of your morning is likely to be spent at just one; Prasat Thom, much of which is partially buried. Whilst the visitor numbers vary from one day to another they are always low, and it is not uncommon for us to have the site to yourself
You will continue visit the exquisite Banteay Srei (“Citadel of the Women”), the jewel of Khmer art, and set deep in the jungle. Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, with elaborate decorative wall carvings which are well preserved to this day. The buildings themselves are miniature in comparison to the other colossal temples around Siem Reap, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction.
After the tours you are taken back to Siem Reap, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Bangkok
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a motorized boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, Asia’s largest inland lake, which harvests the largest amount fresh water fish in the world. This lake swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season. Here, you will interact with the locals, see the school, hospital, church, fishing farm, crocodile farm and the souvenir shop in the floating village. Afterwards, you will return to town to visit Les Artisan D’Angkor and observe students learning the art of carving.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Bangkok to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok
Bangkok – Full-Day City Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a tour around Bangkok.
– The Golden Buddha – This statue is approximately 3 meters high and weighs 5.5 tones. The statue, which can be disassembled into nine pieces, was housed in a wat in Ayutthaya until mid-19th century, and its provenance from Ayutthaya excludes the possibility of it having been made after 1750.
– The Reclining Buddha – The chapel and the reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas) were built by Rama III in 1832. The image of the reclining Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. The posture of the Buddha is referred to as sihasaiyas, the posture of a sleeping or reclining lion. The statue is 15 meters high and 46 meters long, and is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand. The right arm of the Buddha supports its head, which rests on two box-pillows richly encrusted with glass mosaics. This statue has a brick core, which was modeled and shaped with plaster, then gilded.
After lunch, your tour continues.
– The Grand Palace – Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime. The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, as a royal residence, and it has been the architectural symbol of Thailand ever since. The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only.
– The famous Emerald Buddha
After touring on land, you will continue with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life as well as a visit to the Temple of Dawn. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok
Bangkok – Ayutthaya
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a drive to Ayutthaya.
– Wat Phu Khao Thong– Originally built in 1387 by the second king of the Ayutthaya kingdom; this is an impressive monument in the north-western part of Ayutthaya. When the Burmese took over Ayutthaya in 1569, the Burmese king built a mon-style chedi (or pyramid) on top of the former temple to celebrate his victory over Ayutthaya and the Siamese.
– Ayutthaya Historical Park
– Wat Phra Sri Sanphet – Once a royal temple located next to the Grand Palace, it was once the most significant temple during the Ayutthaya period.
– Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha. Its rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya.
After lunch, your tour continues.
– Wat Lokaya Sutha, the largest reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya at 8 meters high and 42 meters long. This Buddha is made of brick and covered with plaster.
– Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size, remaining prangs, and towers attest to its significance during its time.
In the late afternoon, you will be driven back to Bangkok and the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok
Bangkok – 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 airport for your departure flight home.
Don’t want to go home yet? Add a side trip to Phuket
PHUKET BEACH BREAK 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS
Day 1: Bangkok – Flight to Phuket
At the airport in Bangkok, take a short connecting flight to Phuket.
Upon arrival at Phuket airport, your private driver will take you to your hotel in Phuket to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Phuket
Day 2: Day trip to Phang Nga Bay by Sea Canoe
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a drive to Phang Nga Bay, famous for its limestone “Sea Mountains”. You will discover the flora of this amazing landscape at Koh Panak and Koh Hong while learning more about the bay. On the way to Koh Tapu, you will also visit Pinggan Island.
You will board a boat to explore Tapu Island, also known as the “James Bond Island” from the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”, where it was partially filmed. Lunch will be served on board your boat.
A leisurely afternoon awaits you to enjoy the sea and weather on board your boat. In the late afternoon, you will be taken back to your hotel in Phuket and the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Phuket
Day 3: Phuket – Free Day
Spend the day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.
Overnight in Phuket
Day 4: Phuket – Free Day
Spend the day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.
Overnight in Phuket
Day 5: Phuket – Flight back to Bangkok – 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 Phuket airport for your flight to Bangkok, and from there, your connecting flight home.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic flights within Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to Vietnam and from Thailand.
- Thailand, 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
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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!
"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.
keith mUnited 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.
goodtravelfort lee, nj
"Fantastic 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia"
The best thing about Duong Dai Lam (Lam) from Indochina Pioneer is that he listens. We are interested in history, architecture and food, and really appreciate good views.
Our trip provided these things and more:
– In every city we had gorgeous hotels with fabulous views, with a number of upgrades. Hotels appreciated Indochina Pioneer business.
– Halong Bay cruise was one of the highlights – small, comfortable boat with great food and most incredible landscapes. How did they get such a good chef for a 10 cabin boat?
– Lam suggested many off the beaten track attractions that helped us to understand and appreciate the country.
– Our tour guides in every place were knowledgeable about history and architecture, forthcoming with cultural and lifestyle information
– They were very flexible both in planning, and trip changes when the weather did not cooperate. For example – we don’t ride bicycles, so we ended up doing one day tour on the back of 2 scooters. Fun!!!
– Street food tour with Luu in Hanoi was fun, delicious and educational. We kept eating on the street throughout the trip. No food poisoning, just delicious food.
– Private cars were medium size SUVs immaculately maintained and drivers were safe.
I infrequently gush – see my other reviews. But this was one of our best trips, and the private tour ended up costing less than a comparable group tour booked from US.