- Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Evening Walking and local food discovery
- Day 3: Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa
- Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Back to Hanoi
- Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 6: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
- Day 7: Hue – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 8: Hue – Drive to Hoi An
- Day 9: Hoi An – Walking tour of the Ancient town
- Day 10: Hoi An – Free-day
- Day 11: Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
- Day 12: HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)
- Day 13: HCM City - Transfer to Mui Ne/ Phan Thiet by day train
- Day 14: In Mui Ne
- Day 15: Mui Ne - Day at leisure
- Day 16: Mui Ne – HCM City – 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.
Hanoi – ArrivalDay 1
Upon 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.
Dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.
Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi City tour – Evening Walking and local food discoveryDay 2
After breakfast your private guide will take you on a fun cyclo/ rickshaw ride through the famed Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter of Hanoi passing the iconic Opera House, the Sofitel Legend Metropole and various French boulevards.
After one hour ride you reach Thang Long Citadel (the most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam), built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet (former Vietnam). Enjoy a guide tour of this historical complex before you continue on foot to;
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,the Presidential Palace and the one Pillar Pagoda
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
Get back to the hotel after mid-day. Spend the rest of the afternoon to relax before the evening food tour.
Meet your private guide again and commence a leisure walk through the old streets of Hanoi, displaying architecture influenced by the French and Chinese. You can observe the night life here while mingling with the locals. During the walk you will taste various delicious local foods such as Pho Cuon “rolled Pho”, Banh Cuon “Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls”, Banh My (Vietnames baguettes), Bun Cha (grilled pork with vermicelli) and Papaya salad …etc.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Transfer to SapaDay 3
At 06:00 AM, you will depart Hanoi by express bus (with free wi-fi and waters) to Sapa.
Around mid-day, you will arrive in Sapa and check into your hotel. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic.
In the afternoon, you will be met by your private guide at the hotel and go on for a sightseeing tour of this town. Tour includes visits to Sapa market, the central Church and climbing the Ham Rong “Dragon’s Jaw” Mountain to enjoy spectacular scenery of Sapa town and surrounding areas.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Back to HanoiDay 4
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private tour guide and commence a leisure walking tour (04 hours) to Cat Cat and Lao Chao Villages, home of the black Hmong People. During the walk you will meet and talk to the locals learning about their daily lives. You might have a chance to pay a visit to a family.
You will return to Sapa for lunch (at your own account).
In the afternoon, you will be picked up again and driven 5 hours back to Hanoi. You will return Hanoi in the evening.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boatDay 5
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred for 04 hours through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. You will stop to have some coffer and take some photos en route. Around 12:00, you will arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf – Break and photo opportunities at Glory Cruises Marina Private Lounge, enjoy a welcome drink.
You will be transferred by tender to the boat, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions, and then you will check in and begin cruise. Enjoy a deluxe Vietnamese and international set lunch menu while the through the bay.
You will visit the exciting Ba Hang fishing village. The village is free from busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Enjoy kayaking or relaxing on the cruise.
After returning to the boat, you will join cooking class by Glory Cruise’s chef. It’s time for relaxing on the boat.
At the late afternoon, you could enjoy swimming on Soi Sim beach. If the weather permits, you can reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to get a panorama view of Halong Bay.
Dinner will be served on boat, with the Deluxe Vietnamese and international set menu cuisine. Evening activities include: Leisure time to: enjoy a chat around the bar, watch movies and many sorts of Vietnam cultural films, Relax and spend a romantic night listening to Glory Cruise’s music, play cards or chess, or read magazines. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.
Overnight on boat
Halong – Hanoi – Flight to HueDay 6
After an early breakfast, you could enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes). You will be transferred by tender to the Sung Sot Cave and have the opportunity to explore this amazing cave, and back to the deck for a lovely brunch. You will check-out and return to Hanoi.
You will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Then you will enjoy a short rest before be picked up and transferred to Noi Bai Airport for a short-flight to Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Full-Day City TourDay 7
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure tour of Hue that is sure to please the whole team.
– The Imperial City of Hue, a walled fortress and palace belonged to the ancient city of Hue which was once the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years dating back from 1805 until 1945.
– Thien Mu Pagoda (on the Perfume River) and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch in a local Buddhist monastery.
After lunch, you will continue your adventure by visiting the impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Then you will embark on a dragon boat cruising down the Perfume River and hang out the local market (Dong Ba market) where we can see how people make their Non la hat or weaves basket.
On returning to your hotel in Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Drive to Hoi AnDay 8
After breakfast and check out, you will be picked up by your private guide and driver and then transferred on a 04 hour scenic journey hugging the coastline with some photo stops en‐route at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountain and My Khe beach.
After checking into your hotel in Hoi An, it will then be your free time for photos and shopping in town.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Walking tour of the Ancient townDay 9
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient town to visit the town’s hottest attractions. You will go through Japanese Covered Bridge, Quan Cong Temple, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and the local markets. You will also visit the home of a craftsman in the old street in Hoi An Town, where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. Later, we will walk deep into a narrow alley in search for a special lunch in a secret garden-like restaurant.
After lunch, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Free-dayDay 10
The whole day is free at your leisure. You can visit the town again, try out the great food at many lovely restaurants in town. You can also hire a bicycle to ride to An Bang beach (5km away). Perhaps you may join a local cooking class learning how to make some of Hoi An specialties.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)Day 11
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 Da Nang airport for a short-flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon).
On arrival you will be picked up by your private driver and driven to your hotel in down town to check in. After a short-rest, you will enjoy a walking tour to visit the City’s major attractions. The tour begins with a visit to Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, the Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.
End up your day by visiting Ben Thanh market – where all kind of goods are offered.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)Day 12
After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and take you for a short-drive to My Tho. Upon arrival, you will meet the local guide and embark on a motorboat and heading out on the mighty Mekong to Con Qui Islet. In contrast to many of the overly visited Mekong islands, we choose Con Qui for its quieter, less crowded, and more authentic slice of Mekong life. Hop on a bike (or horse cart) and savor the leisurely time to explore and pedal through this green and unspoiled island. Make frequent stops for photos and glimpses and of the daily lives of local villagers.
You’ll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea at the ‘Coconut Artisan’ village to check out the workshops where a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.
You will next take a small sampan along Vam Chua canal, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will finish the tour and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City - Transfer to Mui Ne/ Phan Thiet by day trainDay 13
After breakfast your private driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the Railway Station to catch a four hour train ride (Air-conditioned) to Phan Thiet. On this scenic train trip you will get to lots of things in close-up; towns, farms and local villages. The fun train journey will be definitely a great experience.
Upon arrival in Phat Thiet train station you will be picked up by your private driver and transferred (15 minute) to your resort in Mui Ne to check in.
Located about 180km to the north east of Ho Chi Minh city, Mui Ne is famous its beautiful sceneries and clean beaches. The most interesting thing in Mui Ne is to visit the sand dunes, sand is stacked in hills and mountains, one after another like in a desert, running towards horizon, this is really a heaven for photo lovers, the best time to visit sand hills is in the late afternoon when sun is about to set, it is time to discover the magics of the sands, a lot of travellers stay overnight on the sands, in the tents just like nomadic people. You can also visit the local fishing villages and a fish sauce store to see how this delicious local delicacy is made.
Overnight in Mui Ne
In Mui NeDay 14
Today will be an absolute free day for you. You can visit the local market and fishing villages. Perhaps you take a bicycle ride around Mui Ne town or just relax at the resort beach
Overnight in Mui Ne
Mui Ne - Day at leisureDay 15
This is another free day in Mui Ne. You can enjoy more beach time to recharge your battery before going home.
Overnight in Mui Ne
Mui Ne – HCM City – DepartureDay 16
After breakfast and a leisurely time on your own, you will check out by morning/ midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you back to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your departure flight home.
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 suite your requirements.
- 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 and train within Vietnam
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam 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 Vietnam, Step-by-Step
Why to visit Vietnam
Where to Go
When to Go
Obtain a Vietnam Visa
How to Book a Tour
Packing and Luggage Allowance
Why to visit Vietnam
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.
Where to Go
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
When to Go
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.
Obtain a Vietnam Visa
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.
- To apply for your VOA please email us the following information:
- Arrival and departure dates
- Full passport details:
- Passport number
- 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.
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a certain amount of time:
- 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)
- 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
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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Should you find something that matches your interest, fill in the REQUEST A FREE QUOTE forms. Can’t find something that fits your needs? Then fill the BUILD YOUR OWN TRIP or CONTACT US form and click SUBMIT.
Then sit back! One of our travel experts will get back to you shortly with our customized package and most favorable offer!
In a hurry? Don’t like filling forms? Then call +84 982 116 630 (MR. LAM) or +84 983 145 799 (MR. Quyen). We’re available 24/7 and would be more than happy to talk! Certainly, your request will be carefully noted and a nicely crafted package with a pleasant price will follow!
Step 2: Reviewing/ Customizing our offer!
It’s your holiday so everything should be exactly what you want! We encourage your careful review of what we offer, letting us know what changes you would like to make. We’ll be more than happy to fine-tune the tour to fit best your interests, budget and time! This step may require several emails/call exchanges until perfect!
Step 3: Confirming/Paying/ Packing for the trip!
Once you’re satisfied with the customized tour, please let us know and Indochina Pioneer will need a few working hours to place reservations for all of the tour services. As soon as the availability and reservations of the services are confirmed, we will request a deposit. Please refer our Payment Guide for more details.
Once your deposit is received by Indochina Pioneer, we will send you the service voucher which confirms all the services of the tour and provides ground contact details and a guide for the final payment schedule.
And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!
Booking Amendment & Cancellations:
Booking Amendment: Flexibility is our strongest point. You can amend your booking even after it is made. Just contact your salesperson or contact us at email@example.com with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking with your preferable alternatives. Please kindly note that you will be responsible for any change of the final price caused by your amendment requests.
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Packing and Luggage Allowance
Packing Checklist – Be sure to check them all 😉
- 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
- Insect repellent
- Refillable water bottle with filter
- 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
- Ear plugs & eye mask
- Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
- Lightweight travel towel
- Local language phrasebook
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.
"12 days in Myanmar"
Kata Tran has organised many holidays for me – in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. All excellent. She organised a 12 day trip to Myanmar in January 2016 with a few days each in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Great guides and drivers. Lovely hotels. Terrific boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Day trip to old colonial Maymyo. Highly recommended. Kata always listens carefully to what you want and is very flexible.
"First trip to Vietnam"
As this was our first trip to Vietnam we decided to us Indochina Pioneer-and Mr Lam provided us with a 17 day itinerary. Thank you for arranging a most relaxing holiday, and we enjoyed every minute with our guides, Mr Dong (Hanoi), Mr Thoung and driver Mr Hai (Hoi An-Hue) Mrs Yen from Ho Chi Minh City and Mr Tom from the Dragon Peal No 1. Their warmth, friendliness and good humour has made our trip most memorable. The guides all did an excellent job with their knowledge on places visited as well as the history of Vietnam. Our visit to Halong Bay was unfortunately very cold, but was still made enjoyable, and guests still participated in canoeing and visiting the floating fishing village. Although there were many highlights with the sounds, smells and overall busy day to day life especially in the markets, my favourite highlight was in Ho Chi Minh City with a park becoming one enormous flower market and the boats on the river covered in flowers ready to sell, all for the Tet festival. We wished we stayed a few extra nights to enjoy the Tet festivities. Yes I would definitely recommend Indochina Pioneer to anyone wishing to travel to Vietnam, and will use this company again.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
keith mUnited Kingdom
"Cycling Mekong Delta and sight seeing in Saigon"
Perhaps the best way to explore the Mekong Delta area. Can Tho is a lively overnight stop with well situated lovely hotel. All hotels selected by Indo China Pioneer are well situated but don’t expect western standards in hotels beyond Can Tho. Good combination of cycling and site seeing including boat and ferry trips, workshop visits with good choice of restaurant and roadside stops for fresh fruit.
However the route rarely left normal roads and didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Some quiet rural roads followed but others were quite busy, particularly in the vicinity of the small towns we cycled through.
We were concerned that we were not measured for our bikes on the first day which just arrived in the back of the minibus that collected us from our hotel. The frame size for my partner’s bike was much too large for her and it was fitted with a male shaped saddle which caused her considerable discomfort on the first day. The saddle was changed on Day 2 after she refused to continue the holiday with that particular bike at the end of day 1.
The guide did not appear to be completely clear of the route at times and we needed to complete an ‘about turn’ 3 times during the trek which may be why our route didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Indo China guides are very knowledgeable and helpful and know many local secret gems to visit but their spoken english can be difficult to follow at times even for me as a native English speaker. Indo China Pioneer specialise in providing tailor made tours for small groups down to 2 in number and flexibility in preparing a holiday programe to suit individual customers requests including the selection of the most suitable hotel using their wealth of local knowledge. Moderately priced boutique hotels are typically chosen.
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!
"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.
"Indochina Pioneer – Great Tour Organizer"
I arranged a 28 day customized tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand in January, 2016 the assistance of Indochina Pioneer. Lam, the principal of the company, was fabulous to deal with. He made many suggestions, booked all of our drivers and local tour guides, hotels, admission tickets, and even some restaurants. All of his choices were excellent, and when there was a need to make a last minute change, he was readily available. His tour included many extras that other tour organizers did not include, and he made sure that we visited off the beaten track places, took local tours that the big groups do not see, and that our hotels were carefully chosen to be very central and more of a local boutique nature. Lam never hesitated to make sure that our trip was going well as we travelled, and even made a point of meeting us at our stop in Hanoi and sent flowers to me on my birthday. The tour was priced very favorably compared to 3 others I contacted, and all of our guides were excellent. I would highly recommend this company and Lam in particular to anyone wanting to arrange a local tour or a detailed itinerary of Indochina.
"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.
goodtravelfort lee, nj
"Fantastic 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia"
The best thing about Duong Dai Lam (Lam) from Indochina Pioneer is that he listens. We are interested in history, architecture and food, and really appreciate good views.
Our trip provided these things and more:
– In every city we had gorgeous hotels with fabulous views, with a number of upgrades. Hotels appreciated Indochina Pioneer business.
– Halong Bay cruise was one of the highlights – small, comfortable boat with great food and most incredible landscapes. How did they get such a good chef for a 10 cabin boat?
– Lam suggested many off the beaten track attractions that helped us to understand and appreciate the country.
– Our tour guides in every place were knowledgeable about history and architecture, forthcoming with cultural and lifestyle information
– They were very flexible both in planning, and trip changes when the weather did not cooperate. For example – we don’t ride bicycles, so we ended up doing one day tour on the back of 2 scooters. Fun!!!
– Street food tour with Luu in Hanoi was fun, delicious and educational. We kept eating on the street throughout the trip. No food poisoning, just delicious food.
– Private cars were medium size SUVs immaculately maintained and drivers were safe.
I infrequently gush – see my other reviews. But this was one of our best trips, and the private tour ended up costing less than a comparable group tour booked from US.
"An amazing trip"
In my younger years I spent months backpacking on the cheap around Asia. I now have more money, less time and a family. I found Indochina Pioneer on-line and contacted Mr Lam for our recent trip to Cambodia. He was full of information, answered all of my many questions, suggested great ideas, incorporated my changes and organised all smoothly.
I wanted airport transfers and to organise hotels before we left. Mr Lam suggested a range of hotels to choose from all of which were good. Internal transfers and flights were also organised. We only wanted tours for Angkor Wat and The Killing Fields which Mr Lam arranged. Our other days were left free for us to choose what we wanted. The tour consisted of myself, my husband and twin sons which was perfect. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful, as were the drivers.
Mr Lam suggested we get a speed boat from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh up the Mekong River which was a great way to travel. The crocodile farm on the way was well worth the lunch stop.
I would recommend Indochina Pioneer as a great tour company for families. My in-laws are travelling with them later in the year. I am currently planning another trip to Laos using Indochina Pioneer again.
For someone who doesn’t like or do package tours having a private tour for my family was just perfect.