My husband, two friends and our (20 year old) granddaughter did a modified version of Indochina Pioneer’s Bay to Angkor trip in Vietnam and Cambodia. It was wonderful from start to finish. Traveling in two countries where none of us speaks the language can be stressful but Indochina Pioneer made it easy. We didn’t worry about a thing! It was a private tour for just the five of us – no big bus full of people we didn’t know.
1. The planning was simple. We worked with Lam Duong who was responsive and very accommodating to our needs. Together we developed a trip itinerary that worked for us and included all the major highlights. Lam suggested a one night homestay near a national park in Vietnam and it was a big hit with everyone. It gave an opportunity to get a small glimpse of how real people live – rather than every night at a hotel.
2. Our guides were excellent and spoke English very, very well. We had a series of five guides as we traveled around the two countries. It was reassuring to know that someone would be at the airport to pick us up, get us to our hotel and show us around. You could see that each of them is passionate about their country and wanted to share as much knowledge and information as we needed. We couldn’t have asked for better guides. The drivers were excellent too. We felt very safe and the vehicles were spacious and clean. One even had wifi.
3. The itinerary was totally customizable. Every day was filled with varied activities. The best part of a private tour is that we could adjust the timing of the start of the day and decide how long we wanted to spend at a site.
4.. Value for the price. I looked at many travel companies before deciding on Indochina Pioneer. I liked the fact their itinerary emphasized both culture and the wonderful food of Vietnam and Cambodia. Indochina Pioneer’s prices were as good or better than the other companies we considered.
Bottom line – we would recommend Indochina Pioneer to anyone heading to Southeast Asia. We liked it so much we are already thinking of a trip to Laos and Myanmar. Lam will be the first one I contact when we start working on that!