Vietnam Private Tours

Since 1994—as the first American tour operator in Vietnam—we've planned one-of-a-kind, custom private tours for hundreds of travelers while organizing the first arts, photography, outdoors, culinary and other unique tours in Vietnam. Toss the outdated guidebook—no museums, sites, or pagodas are really worth your time, rather, the prize is it its people—famously friendly, warm and humorous. Vietnam is a country of stunning contrasts, Travel with an experienced boutique, private-only tour operator, that is nimble enough to change as quickly as Vietnam does, steering you away from the crowds and guidebook sites, crafting a trip that showcases only the finest and most authentic of Vietnam.

Cooking class on Halong Bay, Vietnam

Iron Chef Vietnam
Discover why Bourdain and countless others wax poetic about what we've saying since 1994—Vietnam is one of the world's top culinary destinations. Our Vietnam culinary trips have been organized for over 20 years, featuring fabulous street eats, markets, farms, formal dining, with chef introductions and hands-on cooking.

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Vietnamese rice paddy farmer replanting seedlings

Vietnam in Focus
Few destinations in the world, or people, are more photogenic than Vietnam. We've been hosting photographers since 1994. Sublime landscapes of drowned karst, vaulting terraced rice files, colonial-era architectural grandeur, and white-sand beaches, along with the famously gregarious Vietnamese, make the country a must-visit for photographers.

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Vietnamese Artist Dinh Quan's Little Emperor

The Ultimate Art experiences in Vietnam
Meet premier artists up close and personal, in their home galleries, working in a variety of mediums from traditional "thread art" to contemporary lacquer. Canvas architectural highlights of the capital, Imperial ruins on the central coast, and Vietnam's unique traditional crafts, up close and personal.

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Bao Dap Cathedral, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Very Best of Vietnam
Explore the very best of the unique and striking collection of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from elegant Hanoi, sublime Halong Bay, ancient Hue, and charming Hoi An. Along the way, enjoy sights, places, activities, eating, and private personal encounters few travelers experience. In addition, if you've the time we recommend extending for 2-3 days in "prize of Southeast Asia" —the magnificent temples at Angkor.

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Family kayaking on Halong Bay, Vietnam

The Number One Kid Destination in Asia!
Forget The Great Wall, Tokyo's Manga and Cosplay, or Thailand's beach resorts... For children, no other destination in Asia, or much of the world, is as fascinating nor thrilling as Vietnam. We've hosted exciting family adventures for over 20 years and travel the region with our own children. Discover the many charms of Vietnam, our terrific and very unique activities, and delight in many encounters with "kid-crazy" Vietnamese. We plan authentic experiences, visiting schools, farms, and small villages away from the crowds.

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Khai Dinh Tomb, Vietnam

Vietnam North to South
From stoic Hanoi, cruising on picturesque Halong Bay, imperial treasures of Hue, charming Hoi An, buzzing Saigon, and the emerald green vistas of the Mekong Delta, experience the very best of Vietnam—fascinating personal encounters, magnificent cuisine, vibrant arts, and unique regional cultures.

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Halong Bay luxury charter crew welcoming

Romance in Vietnam
Experience romantic Indochine, from picturesque tree-lined boulevards in Hanoi, private junk on sublime Halong Bay, magnificent planned dining, special private encounters and activities, all curated especially for couples.

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Tribal women in Sapa, Vietnam

Experience Authentic Vietnam
Toss the guidebook—experience an authentic Vietnam without museums, temples, or crowds—only personal encounters, unique sights, and unique activities mark this immersive journey through the Land of Nine Dragons.

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Honeymoon couple at Song Saa Private island in Cambodia

Vietnam, Laos & Angkor Wat
Experience the very best luxury travel in Indochina. Our trips not only canvas the very best of Indochina from Hanoi, Halong Bay aboard a private charter, tranquil Luang Prabang, and the magnificent ruins at Angkor, but fill in all the special touches-including visas, expedited arrival, concierge and guides on call, the very best dining, and exclusive, insider personal encounters and activities.

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Halong Bay private luxury charter

The Very Best of Southeast Asia
Extend your Vietnam luxury tour with the ultimate private luxury travel experience in Southeast Asia. Over three to four weeks, journey from Hanoi, to Angkor Wat, Bangkok, and Mandalay, experiencing the very finest properties, dining, sightseeing and shopping. Our curated adventures, personal encounters, activities, have been finely tuned over our two decades in the region.

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Bangkok's Royal Palace

Vietnam, Laos & Angkor with Thailand
Explore tranquil Laos, magnificent Angkor, thrilling Vietnam, Bangkok and Thailand's sublime islands. Stay at the Metropole in Hanoi, the Nam Hai, Hoi An's premier resort, and legendary Mandarin Oriental on the Chao Praya River. Pre-arranged visas, VIP immigration, unique encounters, world-class dining, dedicated tour managers in each country, and premier escorts, let you relax and enjoy your trip to the absolute fullest.

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Cruise ship on the Mekong River, Vietnam

Angkor, Phnom Penh and the Mekong
Enjoy an exotic cruise embarking from historic Saigon deep into the Mekong Delta to Cambodia's busy capital, Phnom Penh, across Southeast Asia's largest lake, Tonle Sap, and culimating with the magnificent temples of Angkor. Smaller luxury ships plying the Mekong ensure an intimate and comfortable experience, witnessing scenic landscapes, villages, plantations, islands and floating markets up close.

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Volunteer nurse in Vietnam for the University of California, San Francisco Vietnam Nurse Project

Sublime Cycling and More
We pioneered bicycle tours in Vietnam 1994 and while many things have changed about Vietnam since then, one thing has not—the most amazing sights and experiences to be had in Vietnam are still on two-wheels. Enjoy casual cycling for all ages, mixing in cycling in places terrific by bike, like the picturesque northwest, easy scenic and flat stretches of the central coast, or conquering long pass climbs into the central highlands.

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Donating books in rural  Vietnam school

Volunteering in Vietnam
Make a difference and enjoy delightful encounters by volunteering during your trip. We can arrange from a few hours, to multiple-day assignments, with schools, in health care (nursing), and elephant sanctuaries.

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Hill tribe women walking in north Vietnam village

Hill Tribes and Mountains
The traditional tribes and mountain landscapes of Northwest of Vietnam are among the most picturesque and fascinating in all of Asia. Colorful tribes remain in small villages in farms, living a way of life that has existed for hundreds of years.

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Limestone peaks in Halong Bay, Vietnam

The Cultural Triangle
With a shorter time in Vietnam, then Hanoi, Halong Bay, and the northwest hill tribe region are the country's not-to-miss. Our unique take on these places captures the very best of each, customized to your preferences.

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The Indochina Travel Difference in Thailand

Asia Expert

Asia changes quickly and is, well, very different from trip planning to other places. Many of our travelers have never used a tour company before.


The first American tour company to open offices in Indochina and to organize specialty adventure, arts, photography, and culinary trips.

Insider Travel

Toss the guidebook and discover the authentic, away from crowds, overlooked gems, immersive activities & thrilling encounters for real insight into places you visit.

Unique Experiences

Skip the boring, the unremarkable, and tourist traps. Thrill to unique insider experiences, fascinating people encounters, and activities that only we arrange.


We provide full-service booking for your international flights, discounted and refundable, and arranging of all regional and in-country flights.

Only Private Trips

Access our decades of experience in the region on an entirely private custom trip, enjoying insider access, exceptional people, maximum flexibility, and activities few travelers experience.

Visas and More

Relax while we handle airlines, visas, and all other incidentals, including VIP immigration for your arrivals. Benefit from attentive local offices, experienced staff, and premier guides.

Culinary Delights

Long before Bourdain, we were organizing the first culinary-focused tours in Asia. We'll plan your dining from the best street eats to elegant venues. See our remarkable culinary trips.

Premier Guides

Experienced travelers know the guide makes the trip. Our guides are the most experienced and knowledgeable, typically with two decades in their position.


Enjoy a custom private trip for what most others charge for group trips, with better quality guides, services, itinerary, unique activities, and hotels.

Trip of a Lifetime

Even very experienced travelers return from their trips thrilled about their journey with us. Ask us for references and read our testimonials.

Peace of Mind

Enjoy the services premier travel agents use including meticulous trip planning and attentive 24 x 7 in-country offices so you may relax and enjoy your trip.

INDOCHINA Travel Company

San Francisco California
Phone: (415) 418-6800