Private Tours in Asia

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 Toss the outdated guidebook—no museums, sites, or pagodas are really worth your time, rather, the prize is it its people—famously friendly, warm and humorous.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

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

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Vietnamese rice paddy farmer replanting seedlings

Private Photography Trips
Few destinations in the world are more visually compelling than those of Asia. Let us arrange a local professional to accompany you in Vietnam, Angkor, Myanmar and in Japan, enjoying optimal times and places for the perfect shot, including all important personal images.

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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 Kyoto, modern art spaces in Tokyo, Vietnam's flourishing northern arts scene, and Chiang Mai's up and coming arts community up close and personal.

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Luxury ryokan on river in Kyoto, Japan

The Very Best of Japan
Explore the very best of the unique and striking destinations in Japan, from Tokyo, Naosima, Kyoto to sublime remote mountain escapes. Along the way, enjoy sights, legendary ryokan, places, activities, world-class restaurants and sushi bars, and private personal encounters few travelers experience.

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Mother and daughter visting Kyoto temple

Thrilling family adventure across Asia
Elephant encounters, Manga, jungle hikes, Tomb raider stone temples, snorkeling tropical island paradise, cycling through hilltribe villages—no other places in the world are as fascinating or as thrilling as Asia. We've planned family adventures for over 20 years with unique activities, places and local people encounters.

Family Trips
Khai Dinh Tomb, Vietnam

Vietnam North to South
Experience the very best of Vietnam from Hanoi, picturesque Halong Bay, Imperial Hue, amazing Hoi An, buzzing Saigon, and emerald-green Mekong Delta, enjoying personal encounters, magnificent cuisine, vibrant arts, and unique sights.

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Honeymoon couple on Song Saa island in Cambodia

Romance in Vietnam
Experience romantic Asia, from a private junk on sublime Halong Bay, island escape in Thailand, tented jungle camp, with planned dining, special private encounters and activities, all curated especially for couples.

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Tribal women in Sapa, Vietnam

Feudal Japan from Samurai to Sumo
In ancient cities, where history lingers like a gentle fragrance, step back into the Edo era, a time when shoguns ruled and art and culture flourished with a quiet but intense passion. Explore feudal castles, samurai lanes, and imperial palaces from this fascinating time.

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Honeymoon couple at Song Saa Private island in Cambodia

Vietnam, Laos & Angkor Wat
Experience the very best luxury travel in Thailand. A trip that not only canvases the best of Siam, 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

Mekong, Halong Bay & More
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 culminating 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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Sushi chef Amamato

Kaiseki to Sushi and more
Nowhere is the mantra "food is culture" truer than in Japan, the most exciting culinary destinations in the world and even, arguably, the best of all. Experiences and learn all about Japanese cuisine from kaiseki to sushi, food courts - aka "theaters of food" - cooking classes, traditional tea ceremony, legendary sake and whiskey distilleries, to Buddhist dining and more.

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Donating books in rural  Vietnam school

UNESCO Sites Across Asia
Explore the very best of the unique and striking collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites Japan, China, Vietnam, Angkor, and Thailand. Along the way, immerse into local culture enjoying activities, cuisine, and private personal encounters few travelers experience.

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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