Way above expectations
First of all I would like to thank Quyen and all his guides and drivers, they were all exceptional.
After trying to book our once in a lifetime holiday via the local (Australian ) travel agencies and realising our budget did not extend as far as we would have liked, I searched the net and found Indochina Pioneer and how glad were we that we did. With no haggling or compromise we had a quote for the 5 star trip through Vietnam and Cambodia that we hoped for within our budget and covering everything.
I have never dealt directly with an overseas agent so I was a little apprehensive, would we get to Hanoi there after handing over our cash to find nothing booked and no-one to meet us. So before booking I read through the reviews on here and thought it all sounded good. The booking was made and we had all our queries answered over the phone or promptly via email. Best service ever, Australian agents have a bit to learn here.
We had a 28 day itinerary, from Hanoi (including Halong Bay) to Hue, Hoi An (Including the Mekong Delta) into Cambodia, Siem Reap, then Phnom Penh, then Ko Kong and the 4 rivers Floating Eco Lodge, finished off by relaxing on Ko Chang island Thai Land and the obligatory “One Night in Bangkok” . It is extensive itinerary and way too involved to type her, if you would like a copy let me know and I can email, or contact Quyen to build your own.
I will try to do more detailed reviews of each stop on our journey when I find the time but in general the trip was absolutely AWSEOME.
Vietnam and Cambodia are amazing countries, each beautiful in their own right, both with such interesting, if sometimes very sad history. The people of both countries are so friendly and welcoming, of course we took all the usual precautions, but I can honestly say we never felt in any danger, well except crossing the road the first few times maybe.
Due to work commitments we were forced to travel just out of the peak season, but we believe it was the best time to be there, mid May to mid June, although hot (when isn’t it), we had very little rainy days, it did rain a few evenings, but nothing too extreme and never impacted on our itinerary or enjoyment. The only time we encountered any major queues into attractions was the Ho Chi Min mausoleum, but it was his birthday and the queue was full locals paying their respect, it actually made the visit more enjoyable.
This is a review of Indochina Pioneer as a travel agent and all I really need to say in professional, well priced and you should at least give them a try if you are planning to travel to this region, we will use them again.
The only thing we would like to have been included in our experience is, a little more time being absorbed into the local experience, eating what and where our guides ate etc, I would have like to try the guides favourite Pho stall and coffee shop for example. But in their defence we had booked a 5 star trip and the places we were eating were excellent.
Thanks again Quyen and all your team.