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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 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
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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
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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
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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.

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Jan 30, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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