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Overview

This Vietnam and Cambodia tour is one of our best-sellers. Uncover the secrets of the world-famous Angkor Thom and the stunning temples of Angkor Wat. Visit the capital Phnom Penh, where the traditional Khmer and colonial charm is well preserved. Discover the diverse landscapes of southern Vietnam – Mekong Delta region, Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels. In Hoi An, walk along its narrow streets and learn about the distinctive mix of the heritage of the former trading port. See the historic sites of Hue – the evidence of the former capital’s glorious past. Explore the interesting destinations in Hanoi and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Halong Bay from the cruise deck.

  • Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
  • Day 2: Siem Reap: Angkor Thom - Bayon - Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat
  • Day 3: Siem Reap: Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap Lake
  • Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
  • Day 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc - Can Tho
  • Day 6: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 7: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple
  • Day 8: HCM City – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
  • Day 9: Hoi An – Free Day
  • Day 10: Hoi An – Hue
  • Day 11: Hue – Flight to Hanoi
  • Day 12: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
  • Day 14: Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi
  • Day 15: Hanoi – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Siem Reap – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at the Siem Reap airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap (travel time approximately 30 minutes). Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your 15-day vacation in Indochina 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 Cambodian cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Note: 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: none



Siem Reap: Angkor Thom - Bayon - Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat

Morning
After breakfast, your Vietnam Cambodia holiday will start when private tour guide picks you up and takes you on a full-day discovery tour of the remains of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of Southeast Asia, the Angkor Temples. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your wishlist.

Visits:
– Bayon – the incredible maze of corridors, gothic style towers and magical central temples with 1200 meters of the finest bas relief, depicting scenes of everyday life in 12th Century Cambodia is sure to impress
– Royal Palace
– Terrace of the Leper King
– Baphuon
– The temples of King Jayavarman VII, reputedly Angkor’s greatest king. The fortified city of Angkor Thom which he built at the end of the 12th century is enclosed by a square wall 8 meters high, with five 20 meter long monumental gates decorated with stone elephant trunks.

Afternoon
After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the mid-day heat, your tour around Angkor will continue.
Visits:

– Ta Prohm Temple, a temple half overrun by the Cambodian jungle and famous as the film location for “Tomb Raider”
– Angkor Wat – the best known and most breathtaking of all the sights in Cambodia, and a highlight of any visit to the Angkor complex. Originally built as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman ll in honor of Vishnu, this temple is unique as it faces west, symbolically, the direction of death. It is a very grand and imposing structure, but its most stunning feature is the extensive and intricately carved bas reliefs, which stretch throughout the galleries and inner temples.

Your tour will end with a sunset panoramic view of Western Baray and Angkor Wat from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill. On returning to your hotel in Siem Reap, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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


Siem Reap: Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap Lake

Morning
After breakfast, your adventure in Cambodia will continue. Your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a guided tour of Banteay Srei, home to the most stunning carved lintels at Angkor, and Banteay Samre, a fortified temple built by King Suryavarman II.

Afternoon
Continue your tour by traveling through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake. The Tonle Sap Lake is one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake swells to 12,000 km². During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to as small as 2,500 km², draining into the Tonle Sap River. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water.

Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages and get a taste for life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture.

After returning to the hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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



Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Morning
After breakfast and checkout, you will be picked up at the hotel lobby and transferred to Phnom Penh (travel time approximately 5,5 hours). You will pass through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets giving you some insights to life in the Cambodian countryside. Stop en route for some rest and lunch (at your own account).

Afternoon
Arrive Phnom Penh and check in to your hotel room. After a short rest, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of Phnom Penh.

Visits:
– The Royal Palace situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966. The Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters
– The Silver Pagoda named for its floor made of 5,000 silver tiles
– National Museum of Khmer Art, featuring the world’s leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture
– Wat Phnom, the founding site of the city
– Russian Market, named because of the predominantly Russian expat population who shopped here in the 1980s. This market is the place to shop for souvenirs and discounted name-brand clothing.

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

Overnight in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh – Chau Doc - Can Tho

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will take you on a 1-hour walking tour of the infamous Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, followed by a 30-minute drive to visit the Tuol Sleng Museum (another 1-hour walking tour). Both sites commemorate the atrocities that occurred during the regime of Pol Pot and it could be an emotional experience.

Get back to the hotel to check out of the room.

Afternoon
You will be taken to the docks for an afternoon speed boat ride down the Mekong Delta from the Cambodian border to Chau Doc. After going through customs at Chau Doc, you are picked up by your private guide and driver, and then the driven through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city (travel time approximately 3 hours).

After arriving in Can Tho and checking in to your hotel, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Can Tho
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Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City

Morning
After an early 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 biggest floating wholesale market of the Mekong region. Your sampan boat will pull up next to the merchants’ boats, giving you the opportunity to interact, talk and bargain. Your sampan will float along narrow canals, taking you through the green water landscape to visit a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruits in season. If the water level cooperates, you will also be able to take a short walk to Ba Bo Bridge.

Afternoon
When you return to the docks, you will be taken to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City), previously known as Saigon (travel time approximately 4 hours), where your private tour guide will take you on a short sightseeing tour. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– 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
– The Opera House, a popular backdrop for wedding photos, now used as a Municipal Theatre. This area is rich with history from the times of the French invasion to the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American.”

After checking into the hotel, you will visit the Ben Thanh Night Market for a fun shopping experience. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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


HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCM City.

At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels. There will also be a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GI’s.

After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will visit the Tay Ninh Holy See, about a 1½ hour drive away, and watch a Cao Dai service. Tay Ninh is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill, to name a few. The religion is an odd mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity.

Afternoon
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before returning to HCM City (travel time approximately 3 hours). The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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


HCM City – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport for a short flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, your guide will take you to your hotel in Hoi An to check in. En route to Hoi An, you will visit the Cham Museum and the Marble Mountains.

After checking in to your hotel, your guide will take you to the old town for lunch at a local restaurant where you will sample some of many Hoi An specialties.

Afternoon
After lunch, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Hoi An Old Quarter.

Visits:
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Phung Hung house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– Hoi An Central market

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Try your hand at bargaining with the shop-keepers! Hoi An is famous for its tailors, where a whole new wardrobe can be made to measure in 24 hours or less, at very reasonable prices.

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


Hoi An – Free Day

The whole day will be at your leisure in Hoi An. You can just relax at the resort, go shopping, or become familiar with the quaint streets of Hoi An.

We recommend you hire a bicycle to ride to the beautiful Cua Dai Beach or take part in a cooking class. For the cooking class, your cooking instructor will take you through Hoi An’s riverside market, always a hive of activity, to purchase the ingredients before returning to the restaurant to learn how to prepare a Vietnamese meal, which you will get to enjoy afterward!

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



Hoi An – Hue

Morning
After breakfast, next, on your Vietnam travel itinerary, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the Old Imperial City of Hue. During this scenic drive, you will get to see the stunning Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass which offers spectacular scenery and views of the coastline below. There will be a stop en route at the quaint fishing village at Lang Co Beach.

After checking into your hotel in Hue, you will have lunch on your own and a short rest.

Afternoon
Your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a 1½ hour walking tour to see the Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.

Afterward, you will embark on a dragon boat to cruise the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven-tiered tower.

Returning to Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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


Hue – Flight to Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to tour the rest of Hue.

Visits:
– the Vibrant Dong Ba central Market sited on the bank of the Perfume River
– Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb
– Royal Fine Arts Museum, housed within the former Dien Long An Royal Palace
– A local workshop where incense is made

A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will be taken to Hue airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in downtown Hanoi to check in (travel time approximately 1 hour). The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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



Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour

Morning 
Your private tour guide will be taking you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & the Presidential Palace
– Tran Quoc Pagoda
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– Museum of Ethnology

Lunch will be served at the famous Restaurant of Anh Tuyet in the Old Quarter. Anh Tuyet is a famous chef in Hanoi, known to many people for her delicious dishes such as Hanoi spring rolls and grilled honey chicken. Anthony Bourdain, a well-known American chef (and lover of Vietnamese food!) visited Ms. Tuyet’s restaurant in 2002 while shooting his TV show called No Reservations, and declared “Ms. Tuyet’s restaurant and her delicate dishes are part of Vietnam’s cultural heritage! The traditional dishes and a friendly atmosphere all make Ms. Tuyet’s a place that cannot be found anywhere else”.

Afternoon
You will continue to visit the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison (so-called Hanoi Hilton). Then you will take 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, as well as the Old Quarter. After the 1-hour cycle rickshaw ride, you will enjoy a performance of the traditional water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form.

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

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


Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Halong Bay, a highlight of any tour to Vietnam (travel time approximately 4 hours). Halong Bay was first listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, in recognition of its outstanding, universal aesthetic value. In 2000, the World Heritage Committee additionally recognized Halong Bay for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value.

Upon arrival at Halong Bay, you will board a traditional wooden junk boat for a relaxing and unforgettable cruise.  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.

A sumptuous fresh seafood lunch will be served on board as you cruise this spectacular bay.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will take a small boat and visit one of the most stunning caves in Halong Bay. You will also stop at Ti Top Beach where you can take a refreshing swim, or take a kayak to explore the bay on your own. There will also be an opportunity for a short hike up a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay.

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

(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it!)

Overnight on board
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi

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

Afternoon
Upon returning to the dock, you will be taken back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours). En route, you will stop at Yen Duc, a beautiful and typical village of Northern Vietnam, and watch a 30-minute traditional water puppet show. After the show, you can stroll around the village, meet the locals, and learn about their daily life.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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



Hanoi – Departure

After breakfast, it will be a leisurely morning on your own. You may visit the town again and enjoy last-minute shopping.

Check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for your departure flight home.

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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
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam and Cambodia
  • 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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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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Marion
Tokyo, Japan

"Awesome service"

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

Mar 31, 2020
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Mary
Wisconsin, USA

"Lifetime of Memories"

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

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

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Mar 29, 2020
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David G

"Amazing 30 Day Journey with Indochina Pioneer"

If you are looking for a private tour of SE Asia, look no further than Indochina Pioneer. I recently returned from a 30-day private tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all arranged by Indochina Pioneer and could not have been happier with everything they arranged for me. They are top-notch from working directly with you on planning your trip, arranging visas, having individuals at the airports to meet and walk you through everything when entering the countries, having amazing tour guides and drivers as well as organizing everything for you on the ground and being there to help you all along the way if you have any questions or problems. My tour was amazing with not only the normal tourist sights, but many off the beaten track sights and with your own guides, you learn so much more from these individuals who actually live in the places you will visit. I can’t recommend this tour agency enough. If you are looking to travel to any of the locations Indochina Pioneer has tours, you must book through them, you will not be disappointed.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Lidia

"Excellent from the very beginning"

We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
I recommend this travel agency!

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Mar 19, 2020
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Panos
Athens, Greece

"Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia"

We are three friends who booked a private 26-day tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with Indochina Pioneer and had an amazing time. Our travel agent, Sally, was not only a great professional, but also an amazing person, personable, sweet and eager to do anything possible to turn our trip into a unique travel experience. She was in daily contact with us, making sure that everything would be perfect for us and she was available 24/7. Everything was beyond our expectations: hotels, activities, guides, transportation, meals, etc. The itinerary itself was set to meet our needs as historians, combining visits to archaeological sites and museums, with leisure activities and cultural events.

There are no words strong enough to recommend Indochina Pioneer and, especially, Sally. Special thanks to Cong, our guide in Hoi An, Lao, our guide in Sapa, Mon, our guide in Vientiane and Vuthi, our guide in Siem Reap. We learned so many things from these amazing, always smiling, intelligent people, not only about the history of their countries, but also about their culture and modern life in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Overall, we feel like we booked a tour and in the end, we got ourselves one-in-a-lifetime- experience.

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Mar 18, 2020
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Ruth Achterhoff-Aust
USA

"Vietnam /Thailand Trip"

Mr. Lam….

Here we are already a week back home in the US from three weeks in Asia.  The continued changes/challenges that are occurring all around our world right now are such a strange and unique phenomenon.  I hope everything is going alright on your end, both professionally and personally, in regarding the CoVid-19 issues.  WOW!

Since we’ve been home….and even while Mary and I were in Asia….we both remarked on repeated occasions about how fortunate we felt to be able to experience the parts of Asia that we did….and do it the way we did!  It was only by way of the assistance that you put into place through the guide services and drivers that we could’ve come away with having such a truly FANTASTIC journey!!

I cannot adequately put into words what a benefit it was to have employed your service for this trip.  We are tremendously thankful to you for your flexibility in working with us using our itinerary and blending what we had in mind with what additional experiences might complement our plans.  Thank you for working on our behalf to get us into the wonderful hotel accommodations in the various areas.  To expound on that a bit…. In Can Tho, we stayed at the Lighthouse B & B.  Not knowing what to expect about ANYTHING prior to our arrival….then,….becoming aware of the modest way of life…the poverty that exists in that area….we were STUNNED to be treated to such a fabulous place to stay in the LightHouse!!!  Beyond all dreams/expectations! MARVELOUS in every single way!!   People make such a big difference…and that was so true at the Lighthouse.  Despite our inabilities for fluent communication in Vietnamese, the staff at the hotel were so accommodating, friendly and made us feel so welcome.  We had the opportunity to meet the owner just prior to leaving…..such a privilege to meet her and express to her our gratitude.

The second place we stayed at was the Riverside Resort in HoiAn.  Such a unique, paradise-like place!  Again…the PEOPLE!  I hate to used the same words again and again, but, so WONDERFUL was that whole experience!!  I could easily see coming back to Hoi An and spending a week or more just at that Resort and in browsing around the Old City and surrounding areas of DaNang.

The Liberty Central Hotel in Saigan felt special too.  We couldn’t get over at so many of these hotels…..each one of these hotels….the FOOD was beyond remarkable!  Such an array of choices and taste sensations!  An apparent tradition in Asia is the welcome drink….what a great thing!  It is such a nice gesture…not at all expected, and so revitalizing to a traveler/tourist.   The people who worked at every single hotel in which we stayed were so warm and accommodating…such easy people with whom to engage.

The Lapis Hotel in Hanoi …..again….more of the same ….just great!

Inasmuch as every Hotel was wonderful…if there was one that was not quite as great as we’d come to expect, it would be the Siam Hotel in Thailand.  The room was darker…older, a tad bit less appealing…overlooked less ‘scenic’ things….BUT….once again, the people are what can really make a difference.  A gentleman that sits at the door made a recommendation to us for massages….and with the location being some distance from us…he made arrangements for someone from the hotel to take us there!!  Unbelievably nice!!

I need to point out also how great the guides were that accompanied us in our travels.  Each one was refreshing, energized, informed and all were delightful.  We probably connected most with our guide in DaNang though.  “Toan” was our guide throughout the area of DaNang.   He was SO fun…and connected with us so easily…amazing.  We had such a great time with him that we felt like we’d known him for a long long time.  He was kind of like a little ‘Mother Hen’ the way he watched out over us…and he had such a terrific sense of humor that we were laughing so much of the time.

It wasn’t my intent in writing to you …to write so much.  It’s just flooding from me; all the memories of such an unforgettable time that I will carry in my soul for the rest of my life.

Thank you for taking my texts/calls when we were in the midst of the vacation and seemed to bump into temporary glitches….they all fixed themselves quickly, but I reached out just to create some awareness in case there was a problem of which early awareness could make a difference.  Thank you also for encouraging us to maintain the plan to participate in the motorcycle tour with Vietnam Backstreets.  Our tour guide was “Boo”….and there was another driver….think his name was “Hue”….”Boo” caused me to forget my worries and trust that I’d be alright riding on the back of his cycle.  Both Mary and I had our reservations about doing that part of the tour….and both of us have said to each other how thankful we are that we DID it!  LOVED it!!

The recommendation has been made to every person I know who may be traveling to Asia to get in touch with INDOCHINA PIONEERS to help them with planning their trip.  This trip is like no other I’ve ever taken before, and I’m sure such a trip could never be repeated in future trip that could even begin to compare with this one.  Strangely enough, Co-V issues worked in our favor…and the timing was spot on!  (GULP!)   We arrived in Asia before things had festered up all over the world like they did in the weeks we were IN Asia…and then, we got back to the US just in the ‘nick of time’ before all the stringent restrictions were put into place all over!    Who KNEW?!!!!

Just wanted to let you know what a great job you and everyone associated with you did….and how much we appreciated it all.

Thank-you, thank-you, THANK-YOU!!

Sincerely,

Ruth Achterhoff-Aust…on behalf of both myself, and Mary Young.

Mar 18, 2020
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Sven Clausen
Germany

"Great Experience during Corona Virus"

We had a tour in March 2020 which was provided by Ryan Mac. He was very helpful in creating a tour according to our interests and wishes. Hung, our tour guide, was excellent he told us a lot of information about Vietnam, cultural and historical wise. During the tour he also changed plans in consolation with us. Unfortunately, the Corona Virus had made us changed several destinations we have planned to go to.

But he always had an alternative option for us so that we continued our trip but with another great alternative.

All and all we were in very good hands. We can only recommend Ryan, Hung and Indochina Pioneer. We will definitely book a tour by Indochina Pioneer on our next trip in Vietnam. Many thanks!

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Mar 15, 2020
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Jonathan Tambio
California, USA

"Multi-Country Tour – UNESCO World Heritage Sites"

An amazing adventure. Mr. Ryan Mac assisted with customizing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour for our needs. We weren’t interested in certain tours listed on their brochure, and he suggested different activities for us. 3 different countries, 6 different guides – Soukon in Siem Reap; Oun in Luang Prabang; Vito in Hanoi; Huong in Nha Phong; Trang in Hue/Hoi An; and Kim Sa in Ho Chi Minh City – all different personalities, all professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Even though there were a lot of sites to see, activities to do – traveling with an elderly mother, they showed patience and understanding, taking care to assist my mom with large, uneven steps, stairs, and other obstacles that would hinder most mobility-challenged individuals. Our drivers took care to keep us safe on the road as we traveled to and fro, maneuvering through the traffic to get us to our destinations. This was a stress-free, relaxing vacation!. I highly recommend Indochina Pioneer, as well as Mr. Ryan Mac!!!

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Mar 14, 2020
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Kevin
Toronto, Canada

"Very accommodating, excellent guides"

Kata worked with us to create a tour that went where we wanted to go. We started planning with one of their itineraries, and then asked for a lot of changes to make it own our tour. Kata accommodated every request without a problem. All of the guides were good, some were excellent (Trang in Dalat, Cong in Hue/Hoi An, Vito in Hanoi). The hotels and private cars were all very good. The restaurants they include in the tour are usually higher-end restaurants that make Vietnamese food for tourists. If we were to do it over, we would ask them to take us to more restaurants where Vietnamese people eat, and I’m sure they would have no problem doing that. I have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer.

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Mar 13, 2020
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Alan Turner
Belfast, United Kingdom

"Top class company"

Booked a 15 tour of Cambodia & Vietnam with these guys. And what a tour it was.
On arrival, they were there at the airport to greet us. And for the following 15 days, the looked after us wonderfully. Every day they were at our hotel with guide and driver in great air con, cars with cold water bottles. We used 5 different guides in various city’s
And each one was great. Well dressed, great local knowledge and very helpful. All on time and happy to change things to suit us. They booked all our hotels and internal flights and paid for all entrances to temples boat trips etc.
They brought us to the airports and helped with check-ins. Nothing was a problem.
I can honestly say it the best tour company we have used in 35 years traveling.
A special thanks to Phuong Nguyen who organised the entire trip for us she was amazing. I changed my mind lots of times and she just adjusted things to suit us.
She even called our hotel in Hanoi to check on us.
What an asset for her company.
Indochina Pioneer is a great company. I would strongly recommend them. 5 stars.

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Mar 10, 2020
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