- Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
- Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Full-Day Tour
- Day 3: Siem Reap – Flight to Luang Prabang
- Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour – Kuang Si Waterfall
- Day 5: Laos Living Land Farm – UXO Centre –Flight to Hanoi
- Day 6: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour– Thang Long Citadel
- Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi
- Day 9: Hanoi – Flight to Dong Hoi
- Day 10: Dong Hoi – Thien Duong Cave – Phong Nha Cave
- Day 11: Dong Hoi – Day train to Hue
- Day 12: Hue – Full-Day Tour
- Day 13: Hue – Hoi An
- Day 14: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary
- Day 15: Hoi An / Da Nang – Departure
- Extra: Optional tours
- 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.
Siem Reap – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at the Siem Reap airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your 2 week vacation in Indochina, 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 Cambodian cuisine for a true immersion experience.
Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 3 cm x 4 cm photo and $30 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (the 1st UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Full-Day TourDay 2
After breakfast, your adventure holiday kicks off as your private tour guide picks you up and takes you on a full-day discovery tour of the first UNESCO World Heritage site of Indochina, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture and the largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Temples. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Bayon – the incredible maze of corridors, gothic style towers and magical central temples with 1200 meters of the finest bas relief, depicting scenes of everyday life in 12th Century Cambodia is sure to impress
– Royal Palace
– Terrace of the Leper King
– The temples of King Jayavarman VII, reputedly Angkor’s greatest king. The fortified city of Angkor Thom which he built at the end of the 12th century is enclosed by a square wall 8 meters high, with five 20 meter long monumental gates decorated with stone elephant trunks.
Finish the morning tour by visiting Ta Prohm – the ultimate Indiana Jones fantasy, cloaked in dappled shadow, its crumbling towers and walls locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root systems.
Lunch will be served at a local Cambodian restaurant giving you the chance to sample some of the delicious local cuisine.
You will continue to visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat – the best known and most breathtaking of all the sights in Cambodia, and a highlight of any visit to the Angkor complex. Originally built as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman ll in honor of Vishnu, this temple is unique as it faces west, symbolically, the direction of death.
After you are taken back to Siem Reap, the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Flight to Luang PrabangDay 3
Morning (pick up at 5:00am)
This morning, you will watch the sun rise at the Angkor Wat Temple. Your private tour guide will take you to Angkor Wat, where you will have your breakfast whilst enjoying the view.
– if you wish to sleep in and avoid waking up at 5:00 am, you can start your day later in the morning but then you will not revisit Angkor Wat you can have your breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the sunrise if you prefer
Leaving Angkor Wat (or the hotel if you decide to sleep in), you will visit the 10th century capital of Koh Ker (travel time approximately 2 hours). While there are known to be over 200 temples within the boundaries of this ancient city, only 96 have been discovered thus far. You will spend the morning at Prasat Thom, much of which is partially buried.
On the way back to Siem Reap, you will stop to explore Beng Mealea, similar in size to the better-known Angkor Wat (both were built by Jayavaram VII), though not nearly as frequently visited. Completely swallowed by the jungle, and with minimal restoration work, it is easy to imagine the difficulties early explorers must have faced when discovering these temples for the first time.
Back at Siem Reap, the rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore at your leisure.
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Luang Prabang to check in.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang City Tour – Kuang Si Waterfall (the 2nd UNESCO World Heritage Site)Day 4
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a bike tour (or on foot if you prefer) of Luang Prabang.
– The National Museum (the former Royal Palace of Laos), houses a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang
– Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture
– Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China – in the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit for which it is named
– Wat Aham, home of the altar of Luang Prabang
After lunch at a local restaurant you wind your way to the Kuang Si Waterfall, a three-tier waterfall about 29 km south of Luang Prabang. You can swim in the topaz pool of the waterfall, (please remember to bring your swim gear with you for this activity), walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary.
On the way back to town, there will be a stop to visit the morning Phousi Market. This is where the locals of Luang Prabang do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter, all set among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Laos Living Land Farm – UXO Centre –Flight to HanoiDay 5
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the Living Land Farm, a working community farm. There, you will learn all about the rice growing process and have an opportunity to participate in seasonal farm activities, such as identifying viable rice seeds, ploughing with a buffalo, hand planting, weeding and harvesting rice and threshing rice seeds.
You will pick your own vegetables from the organic garden and catch a fish to cook for your wholesome lunch. There will also be a variety of local rice products for you to sample.
You will return to Luang Prabang to visit the UXO Laos Information Centre and learn about how Laos was the country that got bombed the most during the Indochina War.
Following the UXO Centre, you will be taken to the Luang Prabang airport for a short flight to Hanoi, the next country of your tour in Indochina.
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. After going through customs, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel to check-in.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour– Thang Long Citadel (the 4th UNESCO World Heritage Site)Day 6
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– 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)
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– Huu Tiep Lake, where you will be able to see the Downed B-52, an interesting slice of history nestled in the day to day life of the residents of Hanoi
– Museum of Ethnology
Lunch will be served at one of many breathtaking restored colonial villas.
After lunch, your tour continues.
– 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
– A cycle rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter, characterized by wide tree-lined streets, majestic French buildings and side-walk cafes
In the evening, you will be picked up and driven to visit a local Vietnamese family, where you will savor a delicious home-style dinner. During your traditional Vietnamese dinner, the family will engage you in conversation about their daily life and the Vietnamese culture. They family host will also entertain you by playing some local music instruments that he personally made.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay (the 5th UNESCO World Heritage site)– On board a junk boatDay 7
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay (travel time approximately 4 hours). There will be stops 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.
After lunch, your junk boat will anchor near a secluded beach. You can take a short trek to a nearby summit and enjoy the panoramic view of the bay. This is a great place to swim, or you may prefer to sunbathe on the deck. Later, you will visit a local fishing village where you can meet the local people who have lived and fished in the bay for many generations.
You will return to your junk boat to watch the sunset, with cocktails available for purchase from the bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner. You will spend the night onboard the junk, in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom.
(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary.)
Overnight on board
Halong Bay – HanoiDay 8
In the morning, enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay; if you are an early riser, be sure to take advantage and watch the sun rise over the sea. Engage in an early morning Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast and a visit to a beautiful limestone grotto for its unique rock formations. After one last glimpse of Halong Bay’s awe-inspiring beauty around midday, your junk boat will return to the dock.
Upon returning to the dock, your private guide and driver will transfer you back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours). The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Flight to Dong HoiDay 9
After breakfast and check out, you are picked up and and driven back to the airport to catch a short flight to Dong Hoi to visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Quang Binh Province in the north central coast region.
Upon arrival in Dong Hoi Airport your private tour guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Dong Hoi
Dong Hoi – Thien Duong Cave – Phong Nha Cave (the 6th UNESCO World Heritage site)Day 10
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the wharf where you will embark on a boat trip upstream to discover the Phong Nha Cave, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003. The cave is always a favorite on family private tours of Indochina. The first British Vietnamese caving expeditions took place in 1990 and 1992 and the Phong Nha Cave was concluded at 7729 meters. The cave was opened to tourists in 1994, for exploration up to 600 meters inside the cave.
At the entrance of the cave, you will take a sampan boat through the cave to discover the amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you continue to visit the famed Thien Duong Cave, also known as Paradise Cave. Here, you will see different forms of stalactites, each 30-50 centimeters tall, resembling Buddha statues, some of them with diameters of more than 1 meter. One even resembles the communal house of the Central Highlands people!
Returning to your hotel later in the afternoon, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Dong Hoi
Dong Hoi – Day train to Hue crossing the former DMZ (demilitarized zone)Day 11
You have the whole morning free at your leisure. Breakfast is served at the hotel and check out of the hotel room at midday.
Your guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Dong Hoi Train station to catch the Reunification Express train (soft seats with Air-condition) to Hue, an Unesco World Heritage site and the former capital of Imperial Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. The three hour train journey will be an interesting experience because it allows you to see the scenery along the way and especially crossing the Vietnam’s former DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The DMZ was the former border between North and South Vietnam before the reunification. Historically it was a narrow band of terrain extending from the Laos border to the coast, five kilometres on either side of the Ben Hai River, roughly on the 17th parallel north of latitude.
In the evening we arrive in Hue train station where you are picked up by the local guide and driver, then transferred to the hotel to check in. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Full-Day Tour – Imperial Palace (the 7th UNESCO World Heritage site)Day 12
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Thanh Toan Village to discover the Thanh Toan market. People from the surrounding areas gather here every morning to trade and buy their daily food. You will walk around the market stalls, talk and mingle with the locals, as well as visit the small village museum, the ancient Thanh Toan Covered Bridge which dates back to the 1700’s, and the culture museum which displays Vietnamese agricultural life.
Leaving the village, you will board a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda.
Next, you will travel to the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors, and visit one of Vietnam’s most impressive royal tombs, Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb.
A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.
After lunch, you continue to visit the Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.
End up your day with a visit to Dong Ba Central Market. Walk across the historic Trang Tien bridge to return to the hotel.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Hoi An (the 8th UNESCO World Heritage site)Day 13
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the riverside town of Hoi An. The drive will hug the coastline along the Eastern Sea, providing breathtaking view after another as you wind your way up Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass. There will be stops en route to visit the Non Nuoc Beach, the Cham Museum containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world, and Marble Mountains where dozens of Buddhist shrines are erected.
After checking into your hotel in Hoi An, your guide will take you to lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will take a walking tour of Hoi An through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter. From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.
– Chua Ong Temple
– The Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge
– Hoi An central Market
You will also take a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit the villages of Thanh Ha and Kim Bong to see hand crafted ceramics and a boat building business.
Returning to Hoi An later in the afternoon, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (the 9th and final UNESCO World Heritage site on this tour)Day 14
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to My Son Sanctuary, your last destination on your Indochina travel package.
My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu Temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”. The temples are in a valley roughly 2 km wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremonies for the Kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes.
Returning to Hoi An in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An / Da Nang – DepartureDay 15
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 your departure flight home.
Don’t want to miss out anything in Hoi An? Add this optional tour to your morning or afternoon in Hoi An before leaving Vietnam!Extra
From Fishing to Farming Life Tour: $65/person
This is a special tour designed to show visitors the beautiful countryside scenery of Hoi An while educating them about the farmers and fishermen’s life in Hoi An. You will explore the narrow winding roads in the countryside by bicycle. Along the way, you will see water buffalos, rice paddies, organic vegetable farms, and interact with the friendly local farming people. You will also experience a bit of the fishing life by catching a fish with a local fisherman’s net, learn how to row the funny basket boat, and visit the beautiful Water Coconut Palm Paradise which has a very interesting story.
Don’t want to go home yet? Add a side trip to Phu Quoc Island & Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon!
Day 1: Da Nang – Flight to Phu Quoc Island
At the airport in Da Nang, take a short flight to Phu Quoc, passing through Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival at Phu Quoc, your private driver will take you to your resort in Phu Quoc to check in. Phu Quoc Island is an undiscovered paradise in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, about 50 km from the Vietnamese mainland. In Phu Quoc, you will find beautiful beaches, an untouched natural environment, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and fantastic scuba diving.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Boutique: Thanh Kieu Resort/ Deluxe room
3 Star: Sea Star Resort/ Superior room
4 Star: Eden Resort/ Deluxe room
5 Star: Chelsea Resort/ Deluxe room
Days 2 & 3: Phu Quoc– Free Day
Visit the local market, take a scuba diving class, bicycle around the island or just relax at the beach sunbathing and swimming in the ocean.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Day 4: Phu Quoc– Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon
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 your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City), previously known as Saigon.
Upon arrival at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in HCM City to check in.
Overnight in HCM City
Boutique: Anpha Boutique Hotel/ Deluxe Premier room
3 Star: Sanouva Hotel/ Premier room
4 Star: Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa/ Deluxe room
5 Star: Lotte Legend Saigon Hotel/ Deluxe room
Day 5: HCM City – Cu Chi Tunnels – City Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will take you on a 2 hour tour of the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCMC. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years! Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war.
At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels. There will also be a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GI’s.
After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City. Lunch will be at a local restaurant en route.
After checking in to your hotel, your private tour guide will take you on a tour of HCM City. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), where the war officially ended on April 30th, 1975 when tank 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of the home of the President of the Republic of Vietnam
– War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased
– Notre Dame Cathedral considered being one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Vietnam. It was built in the period 1877 – 1880 by the French architect Bourad.
– General Post Office (GPO), noted for its neoclassical architecture, designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you visit the Ben Thanh night market and do some fun shopping.
Overnight in HCM City
Day 6: HCM City – Departure
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 HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.
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- 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 within Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
- Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia 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
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.
It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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!