I can highly recommend Indochina Voyages! We just came back from a 20-day custom-designed Vietnam and Cambodia trip that was well organized and stress-free.
Originally, I started looking at small group tours. I found them very expensive and many used an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue (not for me). In researching, I kept finding people that used Indochina Voyages for private tours and spoke highly of them. I decided to email them with my dates and places that I wanted to see. The reply was prompt and they worked with me to plan a trip that included a Halon Bay cruise and a 3-night Mekong river cruise.
After deciding on an itinerary and hotel style, we were given a price in US dollars. It included a private guide and driver who met us at every airport, hotels that included breakfast, tours, cruises, inter-country flights, etc. This was just perfect for a first-time visit. The entire trip went as planned and Daniel from Indochina Voyages contacted us numerous times during our tour to make sure we were happy. He even made a point of meeting us in Hanoi for coffee.
Here is how it worked for us:
We contacted Indochina Voyages by email and together planned the trip.
When we arrived in Vietnam a guide met us at the airport (they had a sign with our names). The guide and driver took us to our hotel and helped us check-in. That same guide and driver stayed with us showing us the sights until our flight to the next destination. At the next airport, a new guide and driver would be with us to explore that area. Can you imagine how nice it was for just the two of us to see everything privately with just a guide? Affordable luxury! We never felt like we were being herded around as you do on a group tour. All the vehicles had aircon, were roomy, comfortable, and water was provided. Our drivers were excellent, and we appreciated their calm maneuvering on such chaotic (to us) roads.
Our itinerary detailed what we would see, what meals were included (beverages like beer, juice and soft drinks are always extra). There were never any hidden charges. Great care was taken to ensure the restaurants we went to were good for tourists and had clean toilets.
This was a wonderful trip and Indochina Voyages made it extra special for us. Thank you to Huyen and Daniel at Indochina Voyages and to all our guides who each in their own way, created very special memories.
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