Build Your Own Trip

Overview

Discover all the must-sees of Vietnam in 14 days! Travel from the south and explore the attractive sights in Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi tunnels. Glide on the rivers of Mekong Delta to discover the local life in the little villages and the floating markets. Leisurely explore the town of Hoi An on a walking tour and a boat trip to the ancient Thanh Ha pottery village. Ride on a cycle to experience life in Hanoi – the heart of Vietnam, with multiple chances to enjoy the local street food. Explore the unspoiled landscape of northwest Vietnam with a trip to Ba Be National Park and admire the spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall when riding on a bamboo raft. Finish the trip with a wonderful time sightseeing the world-famous Halong Bay.

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Day 3: HCM City – My Tho – Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
  • Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
  • Day 5: Hoi An - Walking tour of the Ancient town & Boat trips
  • Day 6: Hoi An – Free Day
  • Day 7: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Hanoi – Evening walking and food tour
  • Day 8: Hanoi City Tour
  • Day 9: Hanoi – Transfer to Bac Can – Babe Lake Discovery
  • Day 10: Ba Be Lake – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Day 11: Cao Bang – Hanoi
  • Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight onboard
  • Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • Day 14: 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.

Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCM City) Tan Son Nhat airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCM City. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying HCM City 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 Ho Chi Minh City



Ho Chi Minh City tour

Morning
After breakfast, your adventure in Vietnam will begin as your private tour guide picks you up for a tour around HCM City to visit the city’s historical landmarks. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences. Your visit includes;

– the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), which was once headquarters for the Saigon government during the War
– the War Remnants Museum, which displays relics from the War
-the Notre Dame Cathedral
– the General Post Office (GPO), considered as the best example of classical French colonial architecture in HCM City

For lunch, your private tour guide will take you to a local Vietnamese restaurant to try authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Afternoon
Following lunch, you continue to visit other sites such as the Jade Emperor’s Pagoda, the famous Ben Thanh Market, the colonial-style City Hall (formerly the Hôtel de Ville de Saigon) and the Opera House where you may attend the A O Show tonight.

Evening Optional Activity (booking upon request)
Your tour guide will take you back to the Opera House to watch the A O, a one-of-a-kind show with optical illusions, amazing choreography, powerful acrobatics, and traditional music that takes place at the Saigon Opera House. Appreciate the exterior of the French-designed Saigon Opera House before venturing inside this architectural gem.

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


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

Morning
After breakfast and check-out, your private guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer to My Tho/ Ben Tre town, where you will embark on a motorized boat trip around the scenic Tien River, viewing various local industries along the way.  Take a leisure walk along the village lanes visiting the local homes to try dry fruits, taste honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show. Continue to visit a coconut mill workshop where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced and a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.

We’ll next take a small sampan through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by the immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of HCM City which seems far, far away.

Afternoon
After lunch at a local restaurant by the riverside, you’ll reboard the boat to head back to My Tho and start the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city, stopping at the Vinh Trang Pagoda if time permits. Spend the evening at your leisure seeing the town by foot or pedicab, or find a quiet place for a cocktail by the river.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City – Evening flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An

Morning
Today you will rise early to witness a beautiful sunrise and visit one of the world’s largest floating markets at Cai Rang. Take a water taxi ride and watch the fascinating scene, as Mekong Delta life goes on all around, the market is made up of a hundred or more boats, selling all manner of goods to customers who arrive on all kinds of river craft. This is not your everyday market.

Leaving the market, you will return to the shore where your driver will transfer you to Can Tho Airport for a short flight to Da Nang.

Afternoon
Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Hoi An to check in. The remainder of the day will be free at your leisure.

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


Hoi An - Walking tour of the Ancient town & Boat trips

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the old merchant town of Hoi An. You will spend the morning on a walking tour winding through the narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter.

Visits:
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– The Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– Attend the traditional music show
– And the local markets

Afternoon
After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you will embark on a short boat trip to visit Thanh Ha handicraft ceramic village, and Kim Bong Carpentry Village, famous for its carpentry and traditional woodworking products.

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

Today will be your absolute free day. Relax in the serenity of your resort, visit the Old Town again and get some clothes or shoes made at the tailor shops.

Or you can  spend your day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.

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



Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Hanoi – Evening walking and food tour

Morning
After breakfast and check-out you are collected by your private driver at the hotel and transferred to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Hanoi.

Your private driver will pick you up at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and take you to your hotel to check in. Free to relax afterward.

Afternoon
Your tour guide will meet you again and take you on a cycle/ rickshaw ride through the French Quarter to admire the well preserved colonial buildings and boulevard streets with sidewalk cafes and shops. After the cycle rickshaw ride, you will take a walking tour through the narrow alleyways of the old streets in the Old Quarter and discover the multitude of items sold here.

During our walk, we will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals and sample various street food, such as Banh Cuon (Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls), Banh My (Vietnamese baguettes), Bun Cha (grilled pork with vermicelli and herbs), Nom du du (papaya salad). We will also enjoy a bowl of special Noodle soup (called Pho), which is a favorite of Hanoi residents.

For dessert, we will venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced – this specialty is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a hidden café. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!.

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


Hanoi City Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi as part of your Vietnam travel package. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– Ho Chi Minh’s private home, a wooden stilt-house surrounded by lush gardens
– The One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for Hanoian
Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Afternoon
After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you will continue to visit;

– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
– Hoa Lo prison (known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war)
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– Ngoc Son Temple
– A performance of the traditional Water Puppet Show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form

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



Hanoi – Transfer to Bac Can – Babe Lake Discovery

Morning
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and driver for the journey to Ba Be Lake, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). Along the way, you will pause to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam.

Afternoon
Continue on to Ba Be National Park, where you will embark on a boat ride along the Nang River with time to explore Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall and tiny Widow Island. You will enjoy a picnic lunch by the waterfall.

Finish the boat trip and transfer to a Tay people village called Pac Ngoi where you will stay overnight at a local thatched house. After check-in and a short rest, you will take a walk around the village, meet and interact with the local people.

Evening
Tonight you will enjoy dinner cooked and served by the family. You may want to join them in the cooking activity. This is great fun.

Overnight in Ba Be Lake
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Ba Be Lake – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall

Morning
After breakfast, depart for a scenic drive to Cao Bang close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. Along the way, you will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools. Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around.

Afternoon
At midday, you will arrive and check in your hotel room. It’s then followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, transfer to Ban Gioc waterfall where you will board the bamboo raft for the most up-close discovery of the most beautiful Waterfall in Vietnam. The trip will continue with a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone Cave which is 2 km away from Ban Gioc waterfall.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Spend your night at leisure.

Overnight in Cao Bang
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)


Cao Bang – Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast, you will depart Cao Bang and wind our way back to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometers) through vertiginous rice paddies and remote villages. You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production.

Arrive at Thai Nguyen Province, you will visit the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen City where you can browse the objects, photographs, and exhibits that give a better understanding of the various ethnic groups and their agricultural tools, handicrafts and traditional costumes worn for worship.

Afternoon
Continue on to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, the City Center and do some shopping. Get yourself ready for the amazing boat trip in Halong Bay tomorrow.

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



Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight onboard

Morning
After breakfast, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (travel time approximately 4 hours), passing through several Northern Vietnamese towns and villages. There will be a stop en route for photos and refreshments.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; designed in the same style as those that have sailed the bay for hundreds of years. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise through the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone karsts (small islands) crest the waves like dragons’ teeth.

A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this UNESCO site.

Afternoon
Mid-afternoon, you will arrive at Cua Van fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo row-boat through the village which boasts a museum and a school among the floating homes. After Cua Van village, you will visit Tien Ong cave as well.

You will return to your junk boat to watch the sunset, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner.

(Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)

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


Halong Bay – Hanoi

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. After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to:

– Go to Soisim beach to swim, or kayaking
– Visit Tam Cung cave, Hon Xep islet and Dau Moi temple

Afternoon
A buffet lunch will be provided onboard before arriving back at the dock, where you will be picked up by your private driver and taken back to your hotel in Hanoi where you spend your last night.

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



Hanoi – Departure

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday as this mark the end of your 2-week vacation in Vietnam. Your private driver will pick you up and take you back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Inquire this trip


We are a member of:

We are a fully licensed company:
License No: 01-327/2014/TCDL-GPLHQT

Useful Information

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.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Watch the Amazing A O Show in HCM City, See the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Enjoy an unique experience stay at Co Co Riverside Lodge
  • Discover the immense network of the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Discovery the fascinating Ancient town of Hoi An
  • Walk through the little alley streets, Enjoy the food on foot tour of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Take overnight train ride to Sapa, Discover the Hill tribe villages
  • Take the overnight cruise trip, Admire Halong Bay’s majestic beauty


Dining Experience

  • 12 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 3 dinners and 9 lunches at well-selected restaurants (vegetarian food is upon request)
  • 1 street food tour


Travel Highlights

  • Private guide in each City of visit
  • Private driver with air-conditioned vehicle for daily tours or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Restaurants and hotels
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C train, 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.

Booking your holiday with Indochina Pioneer cannot be easier! Follow our 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Browse our website www.indochinapioneer.com for tours, cruises and other destination information.

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 sales@indochinapioneer.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.

Travel smart with Indochina Pioneer!

Packing Checklist – Be sure to check them all 😉

Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook

Client reviews

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

Excellent 98%
Very good 2%
Average 0%
Poor 0%
Terrible 0%
Andrew M
United Kingdom

"Eleven day north to south trip of Vietnam"

Having returned from our tour of Vietnam, which was organised by Miss Elly Do, we cannot thank her and her company enough for making the eleven days in Vietnam exceptional. From the first contact with Elly she was flexible and accommodating to making our tour really special and unique to us. The accommodation that she found in the following cities, Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City was beyond excellent. Special note must be made of the Eldora Hotel in Hue, which was above and beyond our expectations.
The tour guides that Elly used for our tour were knowledgeable and adaptable to situations out of their control caused by the Coronavirus. Special thanks to Sunny, our Hanoi guide, who found alternative attractions due to government closures of many popular attractions which did not detract from the highlights of the city. Thanks also to Tran, our Hoi An guide, who made our trip both entertaining and exciting. Thanks also to Cam who’s knowledge of Hue was exceptional and last but not least Jason, our guide in HCMC, his knowledge of the Cu Chi tunnels was outstanding.
The food tour with the XOtours in HCMC is a must for anyone visiting the city. It gives another understanding of the chaos that is driving in HCMC on the back of a scooter, though we did feel safe because of the experienced female drivers, who were friendly and spoke excellent English.
We would, without reservation, recommend Indochina Pioneer to anybody planning a tour of Vietnam who does not want to follow a standard package tour but rather a tour that incorporates your specific interests and needs, from planning through to the experience as a whole.
We are now presented with the problem of topping this trip, however, if we decide to visit any other place in SouthEast Asia we will definitely be using this company’s services.

  

Feb 18, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer
Sandy Katson
USA

"Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia"

We, 2 couples, returned from our 18-day private tour just before the Christmas holiday. To say that everything went perfectly would be an understatement. While we had a bit of difficulty getting Kata from Indochina Pioneers to respond to our planning requests, we ended up with what was truly a trip of a lifetime!! All of our tour guides and drivers were truly exceptional. I wanted to give some extra kudos Juan in Luang Prabang and Chesda in Phnom Penh – both were outstanding thoughtful guides. I should mention the others, as each guide was great – Larry in HCMC, Tuan in Hoi An and Hue, Tony in Hanoi and Chai in Siem Reap. All of the hotels we stayed at were top notch. All flights organized by Indochina Pioneer went smoothly. As for the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia – this was truly a life-changing visit. While our itinerary was quite clear as to the activities we would see, we had no idea how extraordinary everything would be. We especially enjoyed our exploration of the various street foods in Hanoi that Tony took us to. While “his” places deviated from the itinerary, they were absolutely fantastic!! Our one night on Halong Bay went by too quickly. We spent 4 nights in Luang Prabang, Laos and found this to be just magical. Siem Reap was just amazing. While Angkor Wat is on everyone’s bucket list, we found that each of the ancient temples was equally magnificent. Although the trip ended on a bit solemn note in Phnom Phen with a visit to the Killing Fields and the accompanying prison, Chesda added a little trip to the market and lunch which, for me, softened things some. Overall, this trip was awesome. The only problem now is finding our next trip – this one’s going to be very difficult to top!! I highly recommend Indochina Pioneer to help you plan your own trip to Southeast Asia.

Feb 8, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer
Angela Leer
Lloydminster, Canada

"Amazing Vietnam/Thailand trip"

My husband and I recently returned from a most amazing 16 day tour of Vietnam and Thailand. Thank you Kata Tran for compiling an itinerary which was the perfect balance of sightseeing, activity, and beach relaxation. There are too many highlights to detail. Know, however, each transfer between destinations was seamless and accommodations were fabulous at each stop. Most remarkable…it never ceased to amaze us that each driver/guide could be so punctual (considering the traffic in some regions), never being even a minute late! The whole Indochina team who contributed to our trip was incredible!
I highly recommend this tour company.

Feb 5, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer
Lori
Saskatoon, Canada

"Trip of a lifetime!"

My husband and I just returned from a 3-week vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all booked through Indochina Pioneer. We would highly recommend using this company to book a trip like this. The accommodations we were given were excellent. Our guides were knowledgeable, open and accommodating making our experience more than we could have hoped for. We were able to customize the trip to suit our likes. Lots of beach time! Our communication with our Indochina rep wasn’t the best but was well made up for in the holiday that was created for us.

customer review

Jan 30, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer review
Pavan
South Korea

"Great management and planing : Indochina Pioneer"

This year 2020 started amazingly with 5 days Vietnam (Phu Quoc and HCM City) trip. Its greatly organized by Indochina Pioneer Travel Company. Ms. Elly Do was the planner for our trip. I am very thankful and appreciate her patience and prompt suggestions regarding the trip plan. As the requested vegetarian meal was arranged throughout the trip. Overall it was an awesome experience, greatly managed with the sounding tour guide.

Jan 26, 2020
Trip Advisor
Elisha Sue

"THAILAND WAS AMAZING – 5 star custom tour"

Thank you Mr Lam Duong for always giving top-notch service. You know what we like and you deliver the BEST Private custom holidays to Cambodia and recently Thailand. Looking forward to our next vacation. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP THAILAND?? It was AMAZING!! We didn’t want to leave!!

Jan 22, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer
Chris
Canada

"22 day tour of Vietnam and Siem Reap"

My husband, adult children and I have just returned from one of the best trips of our lifetimes. After numerous requests from me to change, add or tweak the day-to-day tours suggested to me, Hang (Lizzie) from Indochina Pioneer found the perfect combination for us. She is a knowledgeable, patient and gifted organizer. I couldn’t be happier with her professionalism and attention to detail. As we toured the country, we were inspired and educated by our guides Nam, Dat, Larry and Pascuale. We hiked through jungles, ate marvelous food, spent time on the waters of Halong Bay and Phu Quoc Island, we rode bikes through villages and explored the busy streets of Hanoi, Hoi an and Ho Chi Min City, we visited temples and war monuments. Every detail was carefully outlined by Hang and if we wanted to make last-minute changes to the day, our guides were happy to accommodate. I would highly recommend Indochina Pioneer. If I have the good fortune to return, I would use them again. Gold stars all around! Well done Hang & team!

Jan 18, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer
Stefanie
USA

"10 Days"

We are so grateful to Ryan Mac and the Indochina Pioneer team for organizing the perfect family vacation for us in northern and central Vietnam. We saw places and had experiences we never would have without them. They made the trip easy and fun. We will be using them again!

Jan 16, 2020
Trip Advisor
Kristine
USA

"Vietnam and Cambodia"

We booked our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam with Indochina Pioneer, and I highly recommend their local expertise and professionalism. This was the first time we have worked with an in-country travel agency for a customized trip, and the partnership helped us create an amazing vacation.

I contacted Indochina Pioneer and was assigned a Travel Specialist, Elly, who worked through our initial trip thoughts and gave us some additional suggestions. She was very responsive, listened to the type of trip that we wanted, and always followed through. Her professionalism built our confidence in a successful trip.

We had the agency set up drivers, tour guides and hotels based on our personal qualifications. Each stop we had a new, local guide who understood the history of the area and helped us navigate to the local sights. Because of the guides, we were able to experience not only the popular tourist areas, but also go to more obscure sights that gave us a local experience.

We really loved the local food tours in Vietnam because our guides took us around the cities to a non-tourist restaurant. We also had three bike trips, so instead of driving and seeing the countryside pass us by, we rode our bikes.

I highly recommend working in Indochina Pioneer for your next trip to Asia!

Jan 13, 2020
Trip Advisor
ICP customer reivew
Mecia Russell
USA

"Great tour company"

We toured Siem Reap and Hanoi. Our tour guide and driver in Siem Reap were perfect. We were very happy with the hotel choice as well. In Vietnam, we went to Halong Bay on a junk boat cruise. Absolutely perfect!

Jan 8, 2020
Trip Advisor