- 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
- 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 – ArrivalDay 1
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
Siem Reap: Angkor Thom - Bayon - Ta Prohm & Angkor WatDay 2
After breakfast, your Vietnam Cambodia holiday starts 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 wish list.
– 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
– 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.
After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the mid-day heat, your tour around Angkor continues.
– 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
Siem Reap: Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap LakeDay 3
After breakfast, your adventure in Cambodia continues. 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.
Continue your tour by traveling through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake. The Tonle Sap 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
Siem Reap – Phnom PenhDay 4
After breakfast and checkout, you will be are 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).
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.
– 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
Phnom Penh – Chau Doc - Can ThoDay 5
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.
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
Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh CityDay 6
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.
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.
– 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
HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai TempleDay 7
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.
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
HCM City – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi AnDay 8
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 specialities.
After lunch, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Hoi An Old Quarter.
– 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
Hoi An – Free DayDay 9
The whole day is 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 afterwards!
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – HueDay 10
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.
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.
Afterwards, 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
Hue – Flight to HanoiDay 11
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to tour the rest of Hue.
– 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.
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
Hanoi – Full-Day City TourDay 12
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.
– 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”.
You will continue to visit the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison (socalled 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
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boatDay 13
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.
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 onboard 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
Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – HanoiDay 14
In the morning, enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay; if you are an early riser, be sure to take advantage and watch the sun rise 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.
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
Hanoi – DepartureDay 15
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own. You may visit the town again and enjoy the 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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- 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
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.
"2nd Time….just as great"
This is the second time I have used Indochina Pioneer. They excelled again. This time, we had 5 Rotarians who had completed a project in Cambodia, and needed some holiday time afterwards. We booked an 8 night Hanoi/Sapa/Halong Bay tour.
Again, the Indochina Pioneer Team performed beyond my expectations. On time, knowledgeable and flexible at all times.
We had a small problem with our van after the 5 hour drive to Sapa. By breakfast the next day, we had a new van and driver to look after us for the rest of our journey.
We got a great upgrade on the Halong Bay cruise.
I can’t commend Indochina Pioneer highly enough. If you want further details, please PM me directly, if I go again in Indochina, it will only be with Indochina Pioneer.
"Fantastic trip amazing service"
Fantastic trip from start to finish. All our expectations were met and exceeded from the moment we booked the trip with Mr Lam to our last day.
We had one minor problem during our stay and it was sorted immediately with profession
And made our trip the most memorable holiday ever.
Mr Lam customised our trip to suit us and we loved all of our guides and drivers.
We were even lucky enough to be invited to the companies end of year party and got to meet everyone who made our holiday so special. I can’t recommend this company enough and that’s something coming from someone in the tourist industry. Well done indoctrination pioneer.
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"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.
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Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
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!