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Overview

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing tour
  • Day 3: Day trip to Ben Tre in Mekong Delta
  • Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park
  • Day 5: Crocodile’s Swamp – Drive to Mui Ne
  • Day 6: Mui Ne Free day
  • Day 7: Mui Ne Free day
  • Day 8: Mui Ne - Drive to Ho Chi Minh City – Shopping Afternoon
  • Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – 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.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival

Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City, get welcomed by your tour guide and driver then transferred into your hotel in the downtown.

Enjoy your time of leisure.

All meals are on your own arrangement. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City



Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing tour

Morning
After breakfast, meet the tour guide and driver at the hotel and head out for a discovery tour of this City.

The first stop is ‘Tao Dan Park’ where locals practice their morning exercises – Tai Chi, aerobics and badminton. Stroll around the park to a small pagoda where you are likely to see locals performing daily prayers. Buddhism in Vietnam has had a symbiotic relationship with Taoism, Chinese spirituality as well as aspects of indigenous Vietnamese religion. You will also have the unique opportunity to enjoy a café sua da “White Coffee” at the birds’ club located at the end of the park. Local people gather here with their birds to relax, talk, enjoy a morning coffee and compare their birds.

Our next stop is the Reunification Palace before visiting a twin set of neighboring landmarks: the Post Office, noting the architecture and in particular the map of Saigon that shows where this modern city has come from, followed by Cathedral of Notre Dame (“Our Lady”).

Travel down Dong Khoi Street, know for its elegant shops, the name actually means “people’s revolution”. Pass by the Opera House, popular backdrop for wedding photos, now used as a Municipal Theatre. This area is rich with history from the times of the French invasion to the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American.”

The next stop is the monument of Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death on June 11, 1963 to protest against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration.

Then take a quick stop at the colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market before riding to the Funeral Home to get to know about Vietnamese funeral ceremonies & customs.

Roll through Chinatown to Nhi Phu temple built in the end of 17th century by Chinese immigrants from Fujian Province. Although the exact construction date is unknown, an inscription on the pagoda’s ancient bell dates the pagoda to pre-1765. Nhi Phu Temple is built in a unique architectural style with an open yard in the center. Its roof is covered with tubular tiles lined with bas-relief mosaics made from broken ceramics, depicting the eight immortals of Taoism including apricot trees, orchids, bamboo and  of course dragons and phoenix.

On the way stop at a Chinese Medicine shops for an explanation about “Thuoc Bac – medicine from herbs” or “Thuoc tàu – medicine from China” End the tour at the hotel at midday.

Afternoon
We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we continue to discover the remains of Saigon including the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market and perhaps the War Remnants Museum if you are interested in war’s figures and facts. Kindly note that our tour guide can always assist you to discover other hidden parts of the City that normal tours do not go to.

Get back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of Halal/ No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Day trip to Ben Tre in Mekong Delta

Morning
You are picked up and depart for Ben Tre province at 8:00 AM.

Upon arrival at Hùng Vương Pier (Bến Tre town) you board your private boat and cruise on Bến Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river. During the cruise you will witness the lively activities of fishermen along river such as fishing, placing fish traps…

You will stop at a brick workshop to see how local people produce brick manually with their stunning printing and baking skills.

As you are in the homeland of Coconut, you also visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. You will learn how local people make use of coconut products from the wood, the fiber, the shell, the meet and the juice to make all kind of produces for local use and exports.

The boat continue to take you into the density of natural small networks of creeks. You then jump on land, walk in the peaceful village to visit a mat weaving family where you will have a chat with them and enjoy seasonal fresh fruits.

A trip on a local made motor-cart will take you in shady pathways, passing by green rice field and vegetable plains.

Afternoon
You will stop at a riverside restaurant and enjoy our local lunch today.

After lunch you take a rowing boat ride along the water palm creek to get back to our big boat for our cruise back to Hùng Vương Pier.

We then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check into your hotel then enjoy your time of leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park

Morning
07.30 A private driver will pick you up and transfer you to Cat Tien National Park. The terrain rises up gradually via volcanic area. On arrival, we cross Dong Nai River to the park center. Check in room at the park center. Lunch break afterwards.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, your local guide will collect you and start to visit the Bear Sanctuary where they rescue and take care of hunted bears in Vietnam until their health get well enough to be released into the wild. Start walking 3km along the ecologic route: sites of Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia (Bang Lang), Tetrameles nudiflora (Tung), Cycas rumphii (Thien Tue), Ancistrolandus tectorius (Trung quan), Afzelia cyclocarpa (Go). Then trek back to the center for leisure and dinner.

Night activity: 20.00, 4WD vehicle transfer to TaLai buffer zone to look for nocturnal animals.

Overnight in Nam Cat Tien
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)

Crocodile’s Swamp – Drive to Mui Ne

Morning
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up again and transfer you in a 4WD vehicle to junction where we turn off the main route and trek 5 kms to Crocodile lake station. Short break at lake, do some optional activities: rowing on the lake, watching biodiversity. If you are lucky, you may see crocodiles and various birds living in the lake, then trek back to the main route. 4WD pick up, transfer back to the center.

After lunch in the park you take our 5 hour drive to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Arrive to Mui Ne, check into your hotel and enjoy time of leisure.

Overnight in Mui Ne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Mui Ne Free day

Enjoy a day of leisure in Mui Ne. In your free time, beside the beach you may want to see the fishing port, fish-sauce maker families and the famous sand dunes of Mui Ne.

Overnight in Mui Ne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Mui Ne Free day

Today is at your own leisure to enjoy the beach.

Overnight in Mui Ne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)

Mui Ne - Drive to Ho Chi Minh City – Shopping Afternoon

We enjoy the last minutes swim at the beach then take our transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at your own leisure for your shopping time.

You may want to shop in best known places like Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Square, or stroll along the Dong Khoi and Le Loi Street. If you want some up-market products, check out the Diamond Palaza.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Choice of No Pork – No Lard Meals)



Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

Today your private tour guide and car will come at the informed time to transfer you back to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight home.

End of service.

Meals: Breakfast

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Useful Information

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

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • 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

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.

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Andrew
Australia

"Laos, Cambodia, Thailand"

We needed a 2-week break after a freezing and miserable Melbourne winter and visit Asia – but not VN, Bali, etc. Laos was suggested by Helen at Indochina (found her in an ad) and we had 12 nights through the region in excellent hotels, with great guides. Nothing went wrong really – one minor glitch was fixed with a Whatsapp message. So good planning and great real-time support available.

Nov 20, 2019
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Pawan Sachdeva
Singapore

"Help with the Vietnam trip planning"

I am visiting Vietnam in the first week of Jan 2020. I reached out to Indochina Pioneer for help planning my trip. Though I did not eventually engage them due to my shortened vacation plan, Indochina Pioneer was very helpful and professional in providing all the insights into the trip. Especially Ms. Phuong who has been very patient with all my questions. I even offered to pay them a token amount for all their help which Indochina Pioneer politely denied. I wish to engage them in my next trip to Vietnam.

Nov 19, 2019
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Kerri S
Maryland, USA

"Lifetime Adventure"

My visit to Thailand and Vietnam was a trip of a lifetime! Lizzie diligently worked with me to create a trip that included everything that I wanted to see and do—-learn about the country, culture and foods. Everything about the trip was perfect. Hotels, tours and most especially the tour guides! The tour guides were so knowledgeable and flexible and I feel so blessed to consider them my friends now. They really made the trip for me!

Lizzie Pham, I can’t sing your praises enough for your attention to detail! You and everyone I met along my adventure have a special place in my heart. You opened my eyes to amazing places and people. I can’t wait to explore more countries with you!

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Nov 10, 2019
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Laurence chew
USA

"Vietnam Tour"

This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.

   

Nov 6, 2019
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Trish W
Big White, Canada

"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"

We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.

We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.

I would HIGHLY recommend Indochina Pioneer and Patara Elephant Farm

Nov 5, 2019
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John M
Melbourne, Australia

"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"

In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.

We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.

Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).

She was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! So patient, understanding and she left nothing to chance!!! And all at a very reasonable price (better quality – but cheaper than Australian package deals!!!) Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) went as she planned it. The great accommodation (eg. The Apricot Hotel in Ha Noi was outstanding – see my separate review), the tours, the local city guides, the transfers, etc, etc, all went well).

I can’t recommend Ms. Hien Pham and Indochina Pioneer highly enough. Book your tour with them – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 2, 2019
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Selva Ganesh
India

"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"

We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.

Nov 1, 2019
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Mario Enrique
Mexico

"Best Myanmar trip"

We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.

Oct 31, 2019
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Roger
Banbury, UK

"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer for similar tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Oct 27, 2019
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Jerry Ray Bowling
USA

"Worry-free Vietnam travel!"

Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!

This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.

On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful

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Oct 25, 2019
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