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Overview

Embark on a Hanoi city tour before heading for the incredible cruise ride in Halong Bay between peculiar limestone karsts. Discover the beautiful heritage of Hoi An Ancient Town and the glorious historic landmarks in Hue. In Ho Chi Minh City, visit its interesting sites before visiting Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta. In Siem Reap, head for an adventure between the ancient walls of the Angkor temples. Take a boat trip to see life in Tonle Sap Lake before traveling to Bangkok. Explore Bangkok’s captivating landmarks and its dynamic life, following with a day trip to Ayutthaya, home to splendid temples and Wat Lokaya Sutha, the largest reclining Buddha in the town.

  • 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
  • Day 10: HCM City – Ben Tre (Mekong Delta) – Evening flight to Siem Reap
  • Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour
  • Day 12: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei
  • Day 13: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Bangkok
  • Day 14: Bangkok – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 15: Bangkok – Ayutthaya
  • Day 16: Bangkok – Departure
  • Extra days: A side trip to Phuket (Optional)

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 (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
Meals: None


Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour & Food Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and your tour of Indochina will start 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.
Visits:
– 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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your full-day city tour will continue.
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
– 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 Mi. 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
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 (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.

Afternoon
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.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An

Morning
Wake up early if you can to see the sunrise 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.

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



Hoi An – Walking Tour – Boat ride on Thu Bon River

Morning
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.
Visits:
– 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.

Afternoon
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 handcrafted ceramics and the construction of boats by local artisans.

Finish the boat trip, 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hoi An – Drive to Hue

Morning
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and have lunch on your own.

Afternoon
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
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Hue – Full-Day Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure tour of Hue that will surely please you.

Visits:
– 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

Continue on to the grapefruit village of Thuy Bieu. This ancient village specializes in the plantation of grapefruits and is famous for its quality. In the past, the grapefruits cultivated were exclusive to the royal family. 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.

Upon arrival 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.

You also visit a local market where you can buy educational supplies such as notebooks, pencils, pens, etc. to offer as donations to the orphanage. Then return to the family you visited earlier at Thuy Bieu village. You will participate in the preparation of your lunch with the family.

Afternoon
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 sunset aboard the dragon boat before returning to Hue.

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


Hue – 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 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
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



HCMC City – Full 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 historic 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.

Visits:
– 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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– 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

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Ben Tre (Mekong Delta) – Evening flight to Siem Reap

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 docks where you are taken back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Evening
Transfer to the Airport to take a short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel to check in.

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.

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



Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour (first day)

Morning
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.

Visits:
– Angkor Thom City
– Bayon – The Bayon has fifty-four towers decorated with more than two hundred enigmatic smiling faces
– Phimeanakas
– Terrace of Elephants
– Victory Gate

Around noon, you will head back to Siem Reap to get some rest and enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon
Mid-afternoon, your private tour guide will pick you up to continue visiting temples of Angkor.

Visits:
– 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.

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



Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei

Morning
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 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 will continue to drive two hours to the north east. Our first stop will be 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

Afternoon
You will continue to 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.

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



Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Bangkok

Morning
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 of freshwater 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. Afterward, you will return to town to visit Les Artisan D’Angkor and observe students learning the art of carving.

Afternoon
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.

Overnight in Bangkok
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Bangkok – Full-Day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a tour around Bangkok.

Visits:
– 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 the 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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– 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.

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



Bangkok – Ayutthaya

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a drive to Ayutthaya.

Visits:
– 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.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



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.

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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
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 2: Day trip to Phang Nga Bay by Sea Canoe
Morning
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 your boat.

Afternoon
A leisurely afternoon awaits you to enjoy the sea and weather onboard. 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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Day 3: Phuket – Free Day
Spend the day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.

Overnight in Phuket
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 4: Phuket – Free Day
Spend the day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.

Overnight in Phuket
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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.

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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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)

  • 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

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

Thailand, the wondrous kingdom, the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and the only Southeast Asian nation that has never been colonized by a European power. With endless attractions for visitors of all budgets and interests, Thailand is the paramount beacon beckoning travelers from all over the world to Southeast Asia.

For those wanting to learn more about Thai culture, take a stroll through the impressive Buddhist temples, and join a cooking class to learn Thai culinary arts. More of a nature person? Explore the spectacular islands and bask on world-class beaches, see some exotic wildlife, and tour the country’s landscapes. Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui offer life in paradise with their miles of pristine sand and crystal water. Looking for a more modern experience? Shopaholics will find Bangkok a heaven with its millions of product types, brand names and prices at every corner, either at an affordable market or a luxury mall. The nightlife is also guaranteed to please the party crowd. Most importantly, everywhere you go, you will be warmly greeted by the Thai locals, whose dazzling smiles established Thailand as the ‘land of smiles’.

From five-star pampering, adrenaline-fueled activities, shopping in stylish boutiques, sun tanning on some of the best beaches in the world, to taste the fantastic cuisine, Thailand has something for everyone.

Most popular sites of Thailand

• Bangkok – visit temples by day and bar hop by night
• Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui – relax on beaches with white sands and crystal-clear waters
• Hill tribes in the north – trek with the locals

The climate varies throughout this country, makes it possible to visit all year round. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February when the weather is at its best. Much of the country experiences a typically tropical climate consisting of two seasons: dry and wet.

In northern Thailand, the dry season with cooler temperatures falls between November and May, with heavy rainfall between June and October.

In the south, the climate differs between the east and west coasts. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February, and the highest in November. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months when diving and snorkeling will be at its best.

Passengers arriving via an international airport will be given a 30-day visa exemption stamp, however, those with back-to-back visa exempt entries might be questioned. As of December 31st, 2016, the number of visa exemption entries at a land border has been limited to two per the calendar year, for a maximum of 30 days each time. For those who would prefer to get a visa, a valid tourist visa offers a maximum of a 60-day stay.

The Thai visa photo criteria are 6 cm high x 4 cm wide with a bright background color.

Visa exemptions

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

  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 90 days)
  • Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Russia, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
  • Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei, Belgium, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia(unlimited), Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Slovak, Slovenia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and USA

(maximum stay of up to 30 days when entering Thailand at an airport, plus 2 extra 30-day exemptions at a land border in a calendar year)

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

The citizens of countries that are eligible for a VOA to enter Thailand can NOT enter Thailand at any Thai / Cambodian border: Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

All other foreign citizens must obtain a Thai visa from their nearest Thai embassy/consulate.

Note: It is recommended to keep a copy or record with your camera, your passport, visa, most recent entry stamp, and your embarkation card.

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Essentials

  • 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

 

Wardrobe

  • 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

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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Kerri S
Maryland, USA

"Lifetime Adventure"

My visit to Thailand and Vietnam was a trip of a lifetime! Lizzie diligently worked with me to create a trip that included everything that I wanted to see and do—-learn about the country, culture and foods. Everything about the trip was perfect. Hotels, tours and most especially the tour guides! The tour guides were so knowledgeable and flexible and I feel so blessed to consider them my friends now. They really made the trip for me!

Lizzie Pham, I can’t sing your praises enough for your attention to detail! You and everyone I met along my adventure have a special place in my heart. You opened my eyes to amazing places and people. I can’t wait to explore more countries with you!

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Nov 10, 2019
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Laurence chew
USA

"Vietnam Tour"

This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.

   

Nov 6, 2019
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Trish W
Big White, Canada

"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"

We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.

We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.

I would HIGHLY recommend Indochina Pioneer and Patara Elephant Farm

Nov 5, 2019
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John M
Melbourne, Australia

"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"

In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.

We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.

Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).

She was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! So patient, understanding and she left nothing to chance!!! And all at a very reasonable price (better quality – but cheaper than Australian package deals!!!) Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) went as she planned it. The great accommodation (eg. The Apricot Hotel in Ha Noi was outstanding – see my separate review), the tours, the local city guides, the transfers, etc, etc, all went well).

I can’t recommend Ms. Hien Pham and Indochina Pioneer highly enough. Book your tour with them – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 2, 2019
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Selva Ganesh
India

"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"

We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.

Nov 1, 2019
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Mario Enrique
Mexico

"Best Myanmar trip"

We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.

Oct 31, 2019
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Roger
Banbury, UK

"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer for similar tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Oct 27, 2019
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Jerry Ray Bowling
USA

"Worry-free Vietnam travel!"

Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!

This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.

On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful

Next tour Sapa, Lao Cai, Hai Phong

Oct 25, 2019
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Judy Stern
Canada

"Great travel agent for Vietnam travel"

Decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a private tour for my husband and I to travel within Vietnam. Elly Do was our assigned guide and she did a great job putting our itinerary together and helping every step of the way with entry visas, forms and payment information. She was a wonderful communicator always answering punctually and with much detail and information in answer to my questions. Most of the guides were great and we had excellent experiences. One guide stopped the car along the way so that we could speak with minority people working in the fields and we found that the guides were always very flexible when we needed to stop and linger somewhere.

Oct 24, 2019
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Sanzaw
USA

"Vietnam holiday with Indochina Pioneer"

I took a trip to Vietnam with two of my sons in Sept 2019 for 10 days. Mr. Lam organized the trip for three of us. The trip was absolutely amazing. I recommended it to all and I will also use him for my future trip.

Oct 23, 2019
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