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Overview

  • Active Adventure
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Home Stay
  • Learning Discovery
  • Nature & Landscapes
  • Off The Beaten Path
  • Tours for Couples

Get off the beaten path and explore some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery in the rainforests of the Central Highlands. Visit Pleiku, Kontum and Buon Ma Thuot to see how some of the region’s ethnic tribe people live and will also host you. Along the way, your trek passes through evergreen forests, jungle villages, dramatic waterfalls, and lakes. From the highland, you will pass into the lush, flat terrain of the fertile Mekong Delta, home to floating markets, fishing villages and a myriad of canals and waterways. Explore the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels and cycle on canal paths passing orchards and delta villages. This is a great opportunity to see an authentic Vietnam, steeped in traditions and culture.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Danang/ Hoi An
  • Day 2: Hoi An Discovery
  • Day 3: Hoi An - Flight to Pleiku
  • Day 4: Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot
  • Day 5: Buon Ma Thuot – Elephant experience full day
  • Day 6: Buon Ma Thuot – Nam Ka
  • Day 7: Nam Ka – Buon Triet Lake
  • Day 8: Buon Triet – Lak Lake - Dalat
  • Day 9: Dalat – Pinhatt Mountain
  • Day 10: Pinhatt Mountain – Dalat – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 11: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple
  • Day 12: HCM City – My Tho – Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
  • Day 13: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Soc Trang
  • Day 14: Can Tho – Vung Liem
  • Day 15: Vung Liem – HCM City
  • Day 16: HCM City – Departure

Customizable 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.

Arrival in Danang/ Hoi An

Arrive at Da Nang Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An


Hoi An Discovery

Morning
You will have an early morning pick-up for the boat trip to the village of Duy Hai. Here you can watch fishermen bring in their overnight catch and see how the fish are smoked and dried. You will be offered coffee and snacks with a local family before cycling back to Hoi An.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, you’ll have another boat ride, this time on the Thu Bon River as you’ll cruise upstream to the villages of Thanh Ha and Kim Bong, renowned for pottery and carpentry. Visit the local workshops where the handicrafts are made before returning to your hotel around midday.

Afternoon
Enjoy a cycling trip to visit Hoi An’s major top attractions: the Quan Cong Temple, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Fujian Assembly Halls, and Hoi An Central markets. You’ll also visit a lantern maker to see how these delicate things are made. You will have the chance to create your own lantern as a souvenir.

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



Hoi An - Flight to Pleiku

Morning
After breakfast and check out, transfer back to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Pleiku. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to Kontum, where you’ll have a tour of the town including the museum, wooden church, an orphanage, and the Kon K’Lor suspension bridge. Later, you’ll start hiking to the villages of Kon Ko Lor Lor I and Kon Ko Lor II. You’ll have a picnic lunch on the way.

Afternoon
Board a wooden boat on the Dakbla River to reach the village of Kon Ko Tu, home to the Bahnar minority people, where you will be the guests for the night. You’ll take dinner at a local home.

Overnight at a local homestay
Meals: (B/L/D)

Kontum – Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot

Morning
After breakfast and check out, bid a fond farewell to the family hosts and depart Kontum for four hours to Buon Ma Thuot via Pleiku. En route, you will pause to visit Phun village, a village of the Jarai ethnic group, best known for their cemeteries adorned with wooden statues. You also make stops at coffee, rubber and pepper plantations along the way.

Afternoon
Arrive Buon Ma Thuot and check into your hotel. After a short rest, you will set out to explore Buon Ma Thuot, the coffee capital of Vietnam which has played a key role in Vietnam’s success as the world’s top Robusta exporter, and second coffee exporter after Brazil.

Start with a visit to Trung Nguyen coffee village, a lovely garden filled with fountains, interesting architects and of course lovely coffee! Here you can learn about Vietnamese coffee culture, coffee trees, the coffee processing industry.

The next stop is the impressive Ethnographic Museum. The exhibits here will give you an insight into the lives and cultures of the ethnic minority people of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Proceed to Kien Cuong Civet Coffee Garden. You will meet the owner Mr. Kien Cuong “the king of coffee” who will tell you how he farms and processes the famous Civet-coffee (the most expensive coffee in the world).

Return to Buon Ma Thuot in the late afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot
Meals: (B/_/_)

Buon Ma Thuot – Elephant experience full day

After an early breakfast, your private guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Yok Don National park to join with the team from the Elephant Conservation Project.

Upon arrival, after a brief introduction, you will meet the elephant caretakers and enjoy a full day exploring the forest in search of the three elephants who now freely roam the national park. Your guide will tell you about each individual elephants’ personality, their background and why they are living in Yok Don National Park. The ethnic minorities in this area have a long history of training and working with elephants and your guide can share these stories too.

During the trek, your guides will share their knowledge of the national park, pointing out the many species of plants and wildlife inhabiting this forest, and showing you the plants used in traditional medicine by some of the local ethnic minority people.

You may even encounter signs of the rare wild elephant community within the park, such as their footprints, foraging signs or dung.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the park.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will continue to trek until you reach the elephants’ home deep in the jungle. You will have a chance to meet the Elephants and take part in washing them (30 minutes) and feeding them bananas and sugar cane. As the centre focuses on the conservation and ethical treatment of the elephants, they no longer allow elephant rides, but this just makes for a better experience as the elephants are happier and healthier.

Finish your fabulous day and wind your way back to Buon Ma Thuot.

Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot
Meals: (B/L/_)

Buon Ma Thuot – Nam Ka

Morning
After breakfast and check out of the hotel, head out to visit two of the most impressive waterfalls in the Central Highlands: Dray Sap and Dray Nu. Fed by the Srepock River, a major tributary of the Mekong River that flows from the Central Highlands into northeastern Cambodia, Dray Nur and Dray Sap waterfalls are definitely the must-sees.

Afternoon
Drive roughly 90km to the Nam Ka where you will take a mini trek for 3km to the rural village of Raihome to the Ede minority people. This village has 15 households and about 75 residents in the village. People here also live mainly on rice cultivation, raising cattle, pigs and other kinds of poultry. Besides, they also earn more money by hunting and gathering. Ede people practice matriarchy and their language belongs to the system of the Malayo-Polynesian language system. They come to Vietnam from Malaysia South Island by boat so their house architecture also built in the boat shape to remember their ancestors crossing the sea to the land.

The family that you spend the night at Rai village is chief Ay Sel’s. This is a traditional long house-on-stilts of the Ede style with a staircase decorated with a young moon symbolizing faithful and a couple of breasts symbolizing prosperity and matriarchy.

Evening
Enjoy a delicious home-hosted dinner with the local family. Take a chance to learn about their lifestyle and customs.

Overnight in Nam Ka
Meals: (B/_/D)

Nam Ka – Buon Triet Lake

Morning
After breakfast and check out, say goodbye to your family hosts and trek through evergreen forest to Buon Triet Lake, which will involve a climb as well as descending through the forest as well as crossing a stream. Along the way, you will see tropical birds, forest wildlife and some ethnic tribespeople.

Afternoon
After a picnic lunch, you will arrive at Buon Triet. You are taken to paddle boats and ride across the beautiful Lake with the opportunity for a swim.

Later you will arrive at Jatu Village, home to the M’nong minority people, one of the native ethnic groups in the Central Highlands. The M’nong has many small groups such as M’nong Gar, M’nong Nong, M’nong Bih … who also practice the matriarchy and their language belongs to the Mon-Khmer language system. Ja Tu is a small village with 14 households and about 60 people living together. They live on rice cultivating, raising cattle and gathering from the forest.

The house where you stay overnight in Ja Tu village is the long house-on-stilts. The host is Ama Loan who is also the chief of the village.

Overnight in Jatu Village
Meals: (B/L/D)

Buon Triet – Lak Lake - Dalat

Morning
After breakfast, head to Lak Lake. The journey will take you past ethnic villages, rice fields, and rivers. Arrive at Lak Lake you will cross the lake by dug-out canoe to M’Lieng village, where you will have time to walk around to find out more about daily life in the Central Highlands. Later, you can take an elephant ride.

Afternoon
Depart Lak Lake for Dalat, arrive in the evening and check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Dalat
Meals: (B/_/_)



Dalat – Pinhatt Mountain

Morning
Depart from Da Lat and drive to Robin Hill for a trek through the pine forest to Paradise Lake. You will stop at a coffee farm en route to the base of Pinhatt Mountain (1696m). Your climb to the top should take roughly 45 minutes.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will descend into the tropical forest to your campsite, where you can do some fishing and swimming. Spend the night at camp in tents.

Overnight in Pinhatt Mountain
Meals: (B/L/D)

 

Pinhatt Mountain – Dalat – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Morning
After breakfast, you will embark on another jungle trek. Today will be harder than yesterday and last for at least 4 hours before you stop at a local village.

Afternoon
Return to Dalat and then transfer to the Airport for the evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City, in the south of Vietnam, still called Saigon by the locals. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

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


HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple

Morning
After breakfast, you will leave the city behind and drive through the countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Before entering the tunnels you have a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. On display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs, dropped by B52 bombers.

Afternoon
Continue to Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, which is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo, and Winston Churchill to name a few. This religion is a fusion of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Here we will witness the colourful mid-day service.

You return to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) late afternoon where the balance of the day will be at your leisure.

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



HCM City – My Tho – Can Tho (Mekong Delta)

Morning
Leaving HCM City, you’ll drive through the lush Mekong Delta to the town of My Tho. Upon arrival, you’ll board your boat to visit the islands, passing fishing villages and orchard gardens before disembarking at Thoi Son Island to find out about bee farms, coconut candy making amongst other locally made products.

Afternoon
After having lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll continue with the drive to Can Tho city, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Arrive and check into our hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may explore Can Tho night market and try some local food. The market streets come alive with dozens of bustling food stalls selling grilled meats and tofu on skewers, as well as grilled rice-paper banh trang nuong (‘Vietnamese pizza’)…etc.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: (B/L/_)



Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Soc Trang

Morning
Get up early to take a boat trip along the endless waterway of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market, the biggest wholesale market of the region. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables, and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters.

Get back to the shore where you are transferred to Phong Dien, an Intimate Floating market. Here this market place has more stand-up rowing boats than motorized craft, with local vendors shopping and exchanging gossip. Less crowded than Cai Rang, Phong Dien has far fewer tourists and less activity.

Leaving the Phong Dien Floating Market and soaking up the scenery that stretches out on all sides you drive along the creeks and canals to Soc Trang where you will visit the famous Khmer, Clay and Bat Pagodas.

Afternoon
After lunch at a local restaurant in Soc Trang, you will return to Can Tho. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: (B/L/_)



Can Tho – Vung Liem

Morning
After breakfast, you will depart Can Tho for Vung Liem where you will enjoy the real Mekong Delta experience away from the tourist streams.

Upon arrival, you will check into the bungalows at Co Co Riverside Lodge. Nestled into the side of the Mekong River surrounded by coconuts forest and rice farms, the lodge makes you feel as though it’s far from the civilization.

Afternoon
After a traditional lunch, select bicycles for a leisurely ride on quiet village roads passing coconut farms, green rice paddies, and small villages. Along the way, you will pause to visit one of the many dragon fruit plantations and taste it directly in the garden. This is a real chance to discover a rural Vietnam that most visitors never get to see.

Ride back to the lodge while capturing the picturesque Asian sunset scenes.

After some shower and rest, you will walk with locals using traditional torches made of dried coconut leaves to a neighbour’s house where you are treated to a traditional musical performance.

Get back to the lodge again and join a fun cooking class with the chef. Then sit down and enjoy what you have together cooked.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at Co Co Riverside Lodge in Vung Liem
Meals: (B/L/D)



Vung Liem – HCM City

Morning
Following breakfast, you will head out to visit a local school and a nearby market. After that take a leisurely boat ride through palm-fringed back canals visiting the local cottage industries. Situated alongside the river, these are small coconut-processing operations. Once the coconut has been shelled, the coconut fibers are removed from the husk to make rope, which in turn is used to weave rugs.

Back to the Lodge. If time permits, try our hand at weaving with water coconut leaves. The leaves are a key building material in the Mekong Delta and used to build the walls and roofs of homes. The local people will show you not only how they use these leaves but also how to make the ‘poon’ sticks that illuminated last night with the musical performance.

Afternoon
Check out. Bid a fond farewell to the staff at the lodge and wind your way back to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy your last night in this city before going home.

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



HCM City – Departure

Your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Ho Chi Minh International Airport where you board your flight home or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.

Meals: (B/_/_)


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This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suit your requirements.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discovery the local fishing village and the fascinating Ancient town of Hoi An
  • Visit Buon Ma Thuot, the coffee capital of Vietnam which has played a key role in Vietnam’s success as the world’s top Robusta
  • Join a full day elephant experience in Yok Don National park with the stories of training and working with elephants
  • Explore two of the most impressive waterfalls in the Central Highlands of Vietnam: Dray Sap and Dray Nu
  • Discover the forests surrounded villages and deep in local life and cultural of the native ethnic groups
  • Short visit Dalat with camping activities in Pinhatt Mountain (1696m)
  • Explore the legendary network of Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh province
  • Discover the famous Cai Rang Floating Market and the Cottage Industries in the Mekong Delta


Dining Experience

  • 15 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners and 7 lunches at well-selected restaurants


Travel Highlights

  • Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our locally born travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and preferences
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
  • Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip


What’s Included?

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


What’s Not Included?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most popular sites of Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

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

VOA procedure

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

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

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

Visa exemptions

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

Asia

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

Europe

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

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

South Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa

E-visa

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

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

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

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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
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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
USA

"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
Spain

"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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