Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Capturing the Essence of Myanmar (15 days)

Trails of Indochina - Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar To Mandalay, Myanmar

Valid for Departures: 04 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Capturing the Essence of Myanmar (15 days)

Day 3

Loikaw, Myanmar

Day 4

Loikaw, Myanmar

Day 5

Sagar, Myanmar→Phekhone, Myanmar→Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 6

Bagan, Myanmar

Day 7

Bagan, Myanmar

Day 8

Salay, Myanmar →Bagan, Myanmar

Day 9

Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 10

Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

Day 11

Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar→Nyaung Byine, Myanmar

Day 12

Shan Village, Myanmar

Day 13

Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 14

Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 15

Mandalay, Myanmar

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
04 Nov 2018
Yangon, Myanmar
Rose Garden Hotel Lunch

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, and after collecting your luggage and having completed immigration and customs, please proceed to the exit and look for “Meeting Point.” The sign is situated in front of International arrival exit (inside the terminal) and this is where you will find your guide waiting for you. He or she will be holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it

Transfer from the Airport to your hotel.

After lunch, we will start our urban photo adventure with a half-day walking tour of the city. Yangon [Rangoon] the former capital of Myanmar, is the country’s economic hub and home to over seven million people. However, instead of modern high-rise buildings, the streets of Myanmar’s largest city are lined with impressive, original, colonial-era buildings.

Explore this historic section of town with its leafy boulevards on a heritage city walk. A street photographers delight, the tour begins on Pansodan Road, lined with some of the most outstanding colonial architectural buildings in Yangon including the General Post Office and High Court. Stroll towards the river and see the City Hall, completed in 1936. Notice the detailing in the traditional tiered roofs and look for the green peacock ornamentation above the central doorway. Pass religious pagodas and well-maintained parks to the Customs House built in 1915. Finish your walk at the Strand Hotel, a colonial landmark built in 1901 along the promenade of the Yangon River.

Visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites

Day 2
05 Nov 2018
Yangon, Myanmar
Rose Garden Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, visit Thiri Mingalar Zay - a massive, bustling produce market that is open round-the-clock. It's an especially interesting place to visit and photograph in the morning to see brightly-colored vegetables, fruits and flowers on display.

After the market visit, we’ll board the Circular Train. The Circular train is a slow journey through Yangon’s diverse neighborhoods. Photograph on and out of the train as you witness the landscape changing from concrete to paddy fields to pastoral villages.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Nanthida Jetty to board a double-decked local ferry to cross the Yangon River to Dala [on the other side of Yangon city]. Around the jetty prior to boarding, observe the colorful street market where locals come to buy and sell their wares. The boat ride takes 15 minutes and upon reaching Dala, travel by local trishaw through the town, visiting the market, candle factory and meet with local inhabitants.

The trip to Dala is shutterbug’s delight, as it is full of scenic spots and natural beauty. There is a wide gap between Yangon life and the life of the people at Dala. The most outstanding thing is that these charming people extend their hospitality with enormous smiles. Their life is lacking in many amenities however, mutual help and cooperation are concepts underlying a large number of social and religious customs prevailing in the Dala area.

Proceed to the Dala monastery which serves as a community center, where the people can do good deeds, gain eternal merit and find peace of mind. Return by boat to Yangon, observing life along the river and reflecting back on your excursion to Dala.

After Dala tour, transfer to Yangon Rooftop Bar for a relaxing drink to end the afternoon.

There will be time either during drinks or when returning to hotel for a review of the day’s work or to answer any photographic related questions.

Day 3
06 Nov 2018
Loikaw, Myanmar
Loikaw Lodge Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast box from hotel. Early morning at 6 am, pick up from our hotel and transfer to Yangon Domestic Air Terminal for the flight to Loikaw

Upon arrival in Loikaw, you will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State in Myanmar. It is located in the Karen Hills area, near the state's northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu River. The inhabitants are mostly Kayah (Karenni) ethnic people. Women of the Kayan tribes identify themselves by their forms of dress and well known for wearing neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck.

Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to hotel for check in.

After check-in, start your visit to Haw Shan Palace (Haw Nam), the former Shan Palace. Explore this fine example of Colonial architecture, then continue on Poke Hpayone Monestary.

“Paya” as it is known, is home to some 500 monks and is the largest monastery in Kayah state.

Then proceed to “Natural dyeing path” at the Loikaw Weaving and Vocational Training Centre. A master trainer from the weaving center will take you for about one-hour tour around the center’s garden to witness the natural dyeing process.

Lunch is between the tours at local restaurant. Then drive to Hta Nee La village house to learn about traditional Kayah costumes.

Enroute, we can visit “Kan Khon Na Sint”. Legend says it is the birth place of a beautiful story of Dwe Mae Naw, a mythical half-human, half-bird creature and her sisters who lived in Silver Cloud Land. It is said that these seven angel sisters often came to “Kan Khon Na Sint”, 7 lakes, to play in the water. Enjoy the sunset and panoramic view of Loikaw from Taungwe Taung Zedi hill before transferring back to our hotel.

Day 4
07 Nov 2018
Loikaw, Myanmar
Loikaw Lodge Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel. Afterward, start your half day trekking tour.

Proceed from Demawso or Loikaw market to Salong Kana hamlet [about a 40-minute drive] to meet with local Kayan artisans. Enjoy a hands-on demonstration about making a traditional Kayan bracelets. You’ll also have a chance to make one of your own. Enjoy a hot drink and a simple snack at local home.

On the way, your guide will point out special cultural and natural sites, which are important for the local people and way of their life. Then, start walking tour to Pemsong Village about 1 hour and hill trek for 35-minutes to see a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains

Enjoy your pack lunch or special Jungle picnic.

Hike back to Pemsong village from the hill and then start visiting local homes to capture the essence of this remote mountain lifestyle.

After the village visit, you will be driven to Rang Ku hamlet, where guests can visit small shops, run by the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen). Then, drive back to your hotel in Loikaw [about1 hour 15 minutes].

Then, drive back to your hotel in Loikaw by 1 hour 15 minutes' drive.

A special event:

In the evening time before dinner, Lecture with Jens Uwe Parkitny, the photographer of Blood faces – Tattoo Faces of Myanmar Tribal Women.

Day 5
08 Nov 2018
Sagar, Myanmar
Phekhone, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Pristine Lotus Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel.

In the morning, visit to Demawso Market [which only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays] or Loikaw local daily Market. You will have spectacular opportunity to see the ethnic groups wearing colorful traditional costumes and trading their wares.

We then depart for the drive to Phekon Jetty [about 1.5hrs from Loikaw] where we will embark on a magnificent 4-hr boat journey to Inle Lake via [Sagar] Sankar, a site of over 100 Buddhist stupas rising from the lake. Along the way, you will have a chance to photograph colorful floating villages and river life along a “one lane river highway”

Enjoy lunch at the Lodge at Sakar.

There will be a number of photos stops on our way to Inle Lake - Thaya Gone village to see locals produce rice wine; Sae Khaung Pottery Village where villagers still use underground kiln; Tar Kaung on the western shores of Sagar, a series of more than 200 stupas. Then will proceed to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 6
09 Nov 2018
Bagan, Myanmar
Pristine Lotus Resort Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel will be around 8 am and start the Inle lake full day tour by private boat. The freshwater lake of Inle is Myanmar’s second largest and measure about 70km2. Located at an altitude of 880 meters, the lake is also one of the highest in the country, with a cool climate and exceptional flora and fauna. There are estimated 70,000 local people living at more than 200 villages on or around the lake.

In the morning, visit a local village to photograph a fishing demonstration. Then, visit Maing Thauk Village and then see the monks Alms Giving Ceremony at Maing Thauk, an old forest monastery. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos and you can also interact with the monks.

In the afternoon, start your trip passing by the floating villages and gardens.

A visit to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda – the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses five completely gilded images of Buddha.

Next visit Heya Ywama village and observe traditional handicraft workshops, such as the silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Continue the journey with a visit to see cheroot making and gold and silversmiths workshops.

On the way back to the hotel, catch a glimpse of the lake’s unique “leg rowers” the Intha people, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.

Return to the hotel, rest and relax in the late afternoon. Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Inle Lake from your room’s balcony.

Day 7
10 Nov 2018
Bagan, Myanmar
Su Tine San Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast box from hotel. In the morning, transfer to Heho Domestic Airport for your domestic flight to Bagan.

After pick-up and check-in at your hotel, start with a stroll through the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb murals of Jakata scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images.

In the afternoon, visit to one of the famous lacquer ware shops where the fascinating production techniques of this ancient craft will be explained. Continue the journey at Myinkaba Village to visit Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. You will continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059 and follow on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha.

Enjoy a sunset view from one of the most scenic spots overlooking the plains of Bagan before returning to your hotel

Day 8
11 Nov 2018
Salay, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Su Tine San Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, drive to Salay (approx.1-hour 30-minute drive from Bagan) through Chauk, where you will see old Burma Oil installations ('nodding donkeys'). Arrival Salay house and then visit to Yokesone Monastery, which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall built on 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century.

Then, Lunch at beautiful Salay House.

After Salay, drive to Wat Khoung Village (approx. 1-hour drive from Salay). Along the way, stop at Yenan Chaung Township for a view to Salay-Mt. Popa. This is one of the largest villages in the area and where we can tour the village by oxcart. We then drive back to Bagan (approx: 2 hours). Arrival Bagan, transfer to your hotel and remaining time is at leisure at your hotel.

Day 9
12 Nov 2018
Mandalay, Myanmar
Hotel Magic Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay.

After check-in, if we have in time, explore the country’s largest monastery, Mahagandayon. Then, drive to Mahamuni Temple, one of Myanmar’s most famous. Built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya, the temple is home to the amazing 5m (16ft) tall Mahamuni Buddha image, entirely coated by pilgrims with 5cm (2in) of gold leaf, giving it an irregular outline.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to Atumashi Monastery, built in 1857 by King Mindon, before visiting the Mandalay Palace (also known as Mya Nan San Kyaw), the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of Myanmar. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery, known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous as the World’s Biggest Book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha.

Finally, drive up Mandalay Hill to visit the serene standing Buddha at Shweyattaw Temple, said to have pointed the way to the former capital. Enjoy the view from the top of the hill before sightseeing to Shwe Kyin Monastery (Evening Prayer). Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day 10
13 Nov 2018
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
Aureum Pyin Oo Lwin Lunch

Depart your hotel and drive 1.5hrs. northeast to the hill resort of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) known for its cool weather, strawberry fields and amazing wild flowers. Enroute, stop at a flower market before enjoying an orientation tour of the hill station by horse carriage. Explore the 177ha (437ac) Kandawgyi Botanic Garden situated 1,097m (3,600 ft.) above sea level.

Modeled after the famous Kew Gardens in England, Kandawgyi features more than 480 species of trees including 80 species of bamboo, 113 species of orchids, medicinal plants and seasonal flowers, many of them indigenous to Myanmar. After your walk around the garden, drive to the outskirts of town and visit Aung Htu Kan Tha Pagoda which houses a Buddha that fell off a Buddha-laden, China-bound truck in 1997. The story is that when the Buddha image could not be hauled back on, the driver claimed that he had dreamt that one of the Buddhas did not want to leave Myanmar. So the statue stayed and a temple was built.

Continue on to the Peik Chin Myaung limestone stalactite caves, estimated to be up to 310 million years old.

Day 11
14 Nov 2018
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
Nyaung Byine, Myanmar
River side Hsipaw Breakfast, Lunch

Early morning drive to station where we board the train to Nyaun Byine.

On the way you’ll pass over the amazing Goteik Viaduct. This is the highest trestle bridge in Myanmar and the views and photo ops over the valley are breathtaking. The total ride takes approximately 4 hours.

Arrive at Nyaung Byine train station where you will be picked up and transferred to the town of Hsipaw [pronounced See-paw].

In the evening, sightseeing around Hsipaw includes such sites as City Centre, Mahamyatmuni Buddha Image, Excavated Buddha Image, Globe Pagoda, Shan Palace and Sunset Hill.

Day 12
15 Nov 2018
Shan Village, Myanmar
River side Hsipaw Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast in the hotel, we will be met by a local guide and begin our trek through town. We then enter luscious rice paddies and farmers’ villages with seasonal crops. Experience traditional lifestyle of Shan Villages by visiting houses, where women weave, roll cheroots, and produce fans and bamboo baskets. After about four hours of walking you will be back to Hsipaw for lunch.

After lunch, walk to the jetty on the bank of the Dokthawady River and take a boat up the river. Enjoy the beautiful scenery full of mountains, valleys, orange and orchard plantations along the river. Leave the boat and walk up the hill for about half an hour to see a Shan monastery believed to be 150 years old. On the way you will see plantations of pineapple, papaya, and orange, which are widely grown in this area.

Return to the boat and continue your journey to the confluence of two rivers, where swimming is possible. Enjoy the view, take a dip in cool water and return to Hsipaw. On the way you can visit a Shan village with typical houses, small charming gardens, view the same railway connecting Mandalay and Lashio and a small animist temple.

Total walking time: 4 hours; Difficulty Grade: 2 (Easy)

Day 13
16 Nov 2018
Mandalay, Myanmar
Hotel Magic Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, drive back to Mandalay.

End the day by watching the sunset from the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak span. Return to Mandalay in the early evening.

The drive from Hsipaw to Mandalay will be approximately 6 hours with photo and rest stops.

Day 14
17 Nov 2018
Mandalay, Myanmar
Hotel Magic Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast transfer to airport for your international departure.

1 DAY EXTENSION IN MANDALAY

9.00, meet with your guide at hotel and depart for the Mahamuni Temple, one of Myanmar’s most famous. Built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya, the temple is home to the amazing 5m (16ft) tall Mahamuni Buddha image, entirely coated by pilgrims with 5cm (2in) of gold leaf, giving it an irregular outline. Continue to Atumashi Monastery, built in 1857 by King Mindon, before visiting the Mandalay Palace (also known as Mya Nan San Kyaw), the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of Myanmar. Enjoy lunch a local restaurant between the two sights. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery, known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous as the World’s Biggest Book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha. Finally, drive up Mandalay Hill to visit the serene standing Buddha at Shweyattaw Temple, said to have pointed the way to the former capital. Enjoy the view from the top of the hill before returning to your hotel.

Day 15
18 Nov 2018
Mandalay, Myanmar
None Breakfast
After breakfast, free at leisure until meeting with your guide and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Description

Myanmar’s varying landscape, colourful culture and friendly locals make this country a photographers’ paradise. Trails of Indochina invites passionate photographers of all skill levels to join an expert led tour through the scenic highlights. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the cities less travelled by the regular tourists. Create truly unique photographs in places like Loikaw and Pyin Oo Lwin and learn how to adjust the aperture to take action shots of the one-leg rowers at Inle Lake and sunsets over the temple-laden plains of Bagan.

About Us

Let Trails of Indochina unveil the hidden secrets of Myanmar to your clients. Each year, more and more of this magical country opens up to visitors, and Trails of Indochina boasts the region’s best-established infrastructure to reveal yet undiscovered gems. The company’s local, knowledgeable team prides itself in creating totally customized itineraries to introduce travelers to Myanmar’s golden pagodas, lush vegetation, remote hill tribes and gentle, inspiring people. Headquartered in Yangon with offices in Bagan, Heho and Mandalay, Trails of Indochina can deliver unique and intergrating experiences.

Insider Tip

Southern Myanmar is home to the Mergui Archipelago, a chain of over 800 pristine islands. Private sailing expeditions visit unspoiled beaches and remote islands for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Terms & Conditions

Payment:

- 20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour. The deposit is non-refundable.

- 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days prior to arrival date.

Note: If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Cancellation: Any cancellations should be made in writing.

- 22 days or more prior to arrival date: deposit only

- 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of the total tour cost

- 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of the total tour cost

- 7 days or less prior to arrival date: 100% of the total tour cost



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Very highly recommended

By: Paul F


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2014

I just wanted to share with you my feelings regarding the services provided by TOI.I was more than impressed to say the least. First of all because the guide was so knowledgeable and perfectly fluent in English (his name was Sochea) but also because he went the extra mile every time he could without asking for anything. I overheard several other guides during our visits and it's clear that what they were saying wasn't remotely as convincing and interesting as what Sochea told us. He truly should be recognized for his hard work and good mood.The driver was also very nice and kind (his name was Mony).Several persons at the hotel told me I made a stupid decision by paying 3/4 times more than what I should have for a guide compared to what the hotel could provide me with for instance but I don't regret it at all and it was worth every cent.
Travel Advisor:  Karen Lee-Ishmael

Highly Recommendede

By: anderspd


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2014

This is the best tour company I have ever used.  All of the guides that we had were outstanding.  Most everything worked like clockwork.  There were only two glitches.  When we arrived in Phnom Pehh, our guide and driver did not show up.  It turned out that our driver had been in an  accident.  The man who answered the phone did come to pick us up.  However, when the office learned about the accident, they should have sent someone to meet us.  The hotel we stayed in in Phnom Penn was not satisfactory.  It was  the Amanjaya Hotel. We were not met when we arrived was in Luang Prabang. Maybe it  was not their fault. Our plane arrived one hour early but they should have checked.  The Karavansara Retreat hotel was not acceptable. All the other hotels were outstanding. I especially want to commend Hau David, our tour guide in  Hoi An and Hue. He was the best guide we have ever had.
Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton

Tours are guide dependent

By: R


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2014

Any private toure depends on the guide (and driver) and cannot be a general recommendation.  Our guide, Mam, was outstanding.  She and her driver were sensitive to seniors in 99F heat and sensitive to our well being.  The tour was a highlight of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Terrill

Perfectly executed

By: JeanW


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2015

Our guides from Trails of Indochina led us on a fabulous adventure through Thailand and Cambodia. From the luxury accommodations to eco-adventure activities, the trip was interesting, active and great fun. Their attention to every detail is what stood out the most. We felt very taken care of in every way. Thank you TOI.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Adventures of Thailand and Cambodia

By: valentina


Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2015

Overall, the guides were excellent. They were very knowledgeable and insightful. They answered any questions we had. They did not rush us and allowed us to take as much time admiring and taking pictures as we wanted. The Junk Boat ride was one of my favorite part of the tour. The lunch on board was great and staff was also really good. I would do it all over again.
Travel Advisor:  Karen Lee-Ishmael

Perfect!

By: Xavier


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2015

All was perfect and very well organized. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Karen Lee-Ishmael

Honeymoon Adventures in Thailand

By: Andrew


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2016

We had the BEST guides in Thailand. They were helpful and professional, but not pushy or annoying. Every one of our adventures was amazing (except the trip to Koh Tao, only because it was dreadfully touristy) All in all Trails of Indochina will be my recommendation to all my other friends that are soon to be married! 10 out of 10 well done!
Travel Advisor:  Lauren Parry

Necessary?

By: girl


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2017

I'm not sure how much they helped with my trip. I did all the tour research and found all the "must do" things to do. Only used them to save $100 on the hotel room. They saved me a little bit on the hotel booking but their tours were really expensive versus just booking direct. Better deals online if you spend the time researching.
Travel Advisor:  Cindi Smith

Friendly Service

By: Andy37


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
Travel Advisor:  Sari Greene

Good attentive and knowledgeable guides

By: Mikeshy


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2015

Trails of Indochina did a very good job of taking care of us in Vietnam and Cambodia. They were available to meet us upon arrival and get us settled into our hotels. They were effective in explaining our next day's itineraries and expectations. They were very knowledgeable of the area. They were considerate and flexible. They were very effective in answering all of our questions.
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Fox

Prompt and courtious guides

By: Vietnam Nov 2015


Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2015

All the guides were personable and friendly with good English abilities.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Very informative

By: Jandm42


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl

Total Professionals

By: TravelBarb


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2016

Three countries, three different guides and drivers, and not one that wasn't perfect. They all spoke very good English. They were able to adapt to changes in planned itinerary due to sudden physical limitation. They were courteous and thoughtful. Everyone was were they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be. What more can you ask for when you get off a plane in a strange country after flying for hours and hours, but to see a smiling face, ready to take you and your luggage to your hotel and make you feel comfortable with a cool towel and water? Sure you can go out of the airport, grab and cab and fight over the fare for less money, but is it really worth it to start your holiday like that? Trails is a truly professional organization that I would not hesitate to recommend.

Wow! what a trip!

By: Live to travel


Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2016

We planned a 15-day trip for Vietnam and Cambodia using Trails of Indochina as the local agency. From start to finish it was a marvelous trip. Trails proved invaluable when we were delayed and missed a connection. Somehow they found us seats on overbooked flights that the local airline agent hadn't been able to find. This literally saved our trip. The itinerary in both countries was interesting, hitting all the high spots that the time allowed. The local guides spoke excellent English and were incredibly knowledgeable and hospitable. They and the drivers went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and well cared for. Our hotels were premium accommodations throughout: clean, comfortable, luxurious rooms; wonderful breakfasts; smiling, caring, and sweet staff. Because everything was made so easy for us and so very pleasant, I felt like I could have stayed forever and was very sorry to head for home. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!

Recent trip

By: Fletch


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Southeast Asia

By: David Nixon


Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard

Our trip to SE Asia

By: Lilly


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

We were very happy with our experience with Trails of Indochina. All the planning worked out well and our tour guide was wonderful! Highly recommend them!
Travel Advisor:  Vanessa Genger

South East Asia

By: Denise


Reviewed on: 26 May 2017

Excellent. The guides were wonderful and very informative. I went to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. They had excellent choices of activities and were flexible with changing the itinerary around to fit my needs.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Netzel

Incredible Tour Guides

By: Jen


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2017

We loved touring with Trails. They were incredibly knowledgeable and taught us not only about the history and meaning of each place as well as their culture, but about life. Traveling with Trails, we felt pampered and like we had a friend all the way through.
Travel Advisor:  John-Paul Fine

land tour

By: Lynn & Jerry


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Our guides were the best thing of our tour! There was a glitch in the travel plans and they handled it very well.
Travel Advisor:  Cathy Lenox

Trails of Indochina

By: Lucas Mayer


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

We had a wonderful experience with Trails on Indochina in Thailand. The tours and guides were fantastic. The transfers were perfect and guides were invaluable. Highly recommended! Lucas Mayer
Travel Advisor:  John-Paul Fine

Neron

By: neron


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

We are happy that Trails of Indochina helped us recover the amount of a purchase that we did in Myanmar . We want to thank this company for their knowledge of this country.
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras

Vietnam / history Culture

By: Mary


Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2017

Tour guide ( Michael ) was accommodating and knowledgeable. We had a good tour of Hanoi; visited the Prison. Halong Bay was a natural and very interesting. Our "deluxe junk" ( no junk at all ) was a bit of a disappointment - no chairs, shelves /drawers - but a big spa bath tub ! Off to Saigon, Ruby was our guide, efficient but reticent with information. Deposited 2 hours early at My Tho Port to board the AMA Cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Karen Upchurch
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Must see part of the world!

By: Chuck L


Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Had a truly great time seeing Hanoi and then spending two nights in Ha Long Bay on a terrific boat. In Hanoi we were picked up in a vintage Army surplus Jeep and treated to some of the local eateries where no tourist could find on their own. We traveled into the old part of the city and experienced some of best food and sights! The hotel was also amazing. Very comfortable and a breakfast that had three different stations. Wow! We then went to Ha Long Bay and spent three days/two nights seeing this amazing placed--named a Wonder of the World in 2011. We had an 80 foot boat to ourselves with seven crew members taking care of our every wish! W bought a huge fish as the fishing village and the crew cooked it to perfection for us. Amazing nights on the deck sipping white wine under the stars. Tour guides were incredible. Loved having the high customer service and care from the tour operators.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Stanfield
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Fantastic Time in Northern Vietnam

By: Fudgie824


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We really enjoyed the O'Gallery Hotel in Hanoi and the Jasmine Boat with Heritage Lines in HaLong Bay. Thanks!!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Lowrey Larson
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Fabulous Guides!

By: Jeanne


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

We were expertly handled by our guides in Hanoi, Hoi An, and Hue. They were both great historians, they were interesting and funny. Delightful to be with.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo
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All Guides, Hotels, Vendors, etc. were fantastic!

By: JnGflaMex


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2017

We were really impressed with the accommodations and experiences that Trails provided. We had terrific guides that were knowledgeable and seemed to be as interested in us as we were with them and the places we visited. If there is a minor grumble, it is the night on the boat in Hanoi Bay. We don’t have an answer/solution, but there might be a better way to go about it than a 3+ hour ride to the boat, a short stay on the boat, and then a 3+ hour ride to the airport. It made it feel like the ‘forced march’ part of our trip. In addition, it would be nice if the delivering guide held on to your large suitcases while you are on the bay; the rooms are small! The Killing Field and S-21 are a tough pill, but it does give you a history that most Americans simply are under educated about. Overall, we highly recommend Trails and enjoyed our trip! -J*G
Travel Advisor:  Taryn Daley
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By: U


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

In Hanoi....fabulous In Saigon the tour guide did not show. When ?ed, he told us we were not in the lobby waiting. We were. 10 mins earlier than required
Travel Advisor:  Russell Wagenaar

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

By: Terry


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

The people I worked with did a very good job. We loved the offering of their tour of Halong Bay. It was one of the highlights of our 16 day trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Their personal service of picking us up at the Hanoi Airport, walking us quickly through immigration and getting us to and from our hotels on arrival and departure contributed to our having an easy and comfortable trip. I highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Traficante
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Private Vietnam

By: Traveler with son


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2018

Great tour guides who were very knowledgeable and informative. Drivers where good addition. Sites visited and activities arranged were perfect, especially Vespa night time street food tour, except for really strange water puppet theater. Although later was probably a Vietnamese iconic cultural event.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo
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Trails of indochina

By: Jacky


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Loved our tours and guides. They went out of their way to make us happy. My boys established a great friendship with Kong our Vietnamese guide. Transport was clean and safe.
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Java and Bali

By: j


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2018

Trails of Indochina has a great team, very knowledgeable and friendly. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Dyana Thomas
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Bangkok and Chiang Mai

By: Ronit


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2018

This was a good tour company, provided excellent guides, drivers, and lovely comfortable vans. We saw some wonderful sites and had some lovely experiences. We especially loved the elephant sanctuary, the cooking class near Chiang Mai, and the White Temple at Chiang Rai. Our only criticism was the 4 hour ride to the Golden Triangle on our last day. Not much to see there, we could have looked at pictures and saved several hours in the van. It was a big disappointment, and not worth the very long ride. (It took 5 hours to get back to our hotel) We would also have been happy to skip the visit to the tourist-trap at the Myanmar border, and the "traditional village", where we were accosted by the locals trying to sell us junk. We would not recommend this to anyone! The visit to Chiang Rai was lovely, and worth the two hour ride, but we wish our guide had given us a clue that the second part of the day was just a waste of time. Overall though, the rest of the trip was great!
Travel Advisor:  Lilo Matinas
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Trails of Indochina

By: Lenore


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2018

I would highly recommend Trails of Indochina...we loved our guides and all the excursions...thanks.
Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton
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Not Recommended

Mixed bag

By: JBL


Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2018

It really WAS a mixed bag. Some of the printed info about tours was inaccurate or misleading. Communications were not always great. We were supposed to have 2 days in one destination, but ended up having significantly less. Had we known a bit earlier, we might have made some changes. But there was a lot of confusion and it really impacted what should have been a great time. A whole day was compressed in to a few hours, and we were really limited in what we could do.
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Does a good job.

By: GERRY B


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

Trails of Indochina did an excellent job. One measure of a company is how they handle a problem. We had a problem with one of our guides due to lack of knowledge, poor English communication, and making us look for him for 45 minutes. Wanda handled the situation very well and we had an excellent replacement guide the next day. A well done to both Wanda and Trails of Indochina.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Pedersen
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Vietnam River Cruise

By: Baz


Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2018

Our journey on the Angkor Pandaw was above expectations. The accommodation,food and service were excellent. It took a little while for us to get used to the rubbish in the river and the countryside and the extent of industrialisation along the river however it helped us to better understand the country. All the tours off the boat were interesting and enhanced by our guide. The only disappointment was after we left the boat for the return by bus to Hanoi. The stopover for lunch was a low quality tourist trap with poor quality food and service and was a "letdown" after our boat experience. All our fellow travellers were of the same opinion. It would have been better to have some boxed food from the boat to eat and toilet stop only.
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Laos, Thailand and Bali with Trails

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2018

Overall service was good, however northern Laos and Northern Thailand (in certain towns) had poor accommodations. There were a number of days that were a disappointment and should have been brought up by the operator at the planning stage that they don't recommend them for our type of travel especially since the accommdation was poor telling me there weren't many tourists coming through the area. A few of the larger city guides, Vientienne, Bangkok and Bali ( Seminyak) were exceptional and highly recommended.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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Vietnam trip

By: Larry


Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

Everything was perfect. Our tournguide was friendly and smart and took great care of us. Five stats!
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Southeast Asia

By: Larry & Ellen


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

All aspects of the trip went off flawlessly. Most of the guides were outstanding. We had a great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Cambodia and Laos

By: Yoda


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2018

Wonderful guides and great attention to detail. Fabulous trip. Song Saa in Cambodia was a beautiful private island for ending a great trip.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Indochina Tour

By: Bruce


Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Very good job...great itinerary, well organized and flexible to meet the needs of the group. Only recommendation is to better vet the guides. Quality of the guides was a bit inconsistent and one of them had difficulty with English.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Vietnam

By: Nick


Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

Trails of Indochina guides from Hanoi through to Saigon were terrific .. terrific but all quite different. The hotels - VWT obtained luxury for us .. above our pay grade! Tours with one exception - buffalo cart ride - were good. Days were quite long .. probably try to do half days in future. Loved the people and the food. A great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson
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Cambodia

By: am


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

Trails of Indochina was a wonderful tour operator for Cambodia. Accommodation, guide, driver and itinerary were all excellent and exceeded our expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Bitsy Clayton
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Komodo

By: caro


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2018

Great tour. Would recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

Vietnam trip was best ever!

By: Maggie form Chicago


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

All 3 of our guides were so smart and informative. The tour operator did a fantastic job of planning an interesting and active trip for us, exactly as I requested. The outings they planned exceeded our expectations and made for a wonderful trip with no problems. Our 3 guides went above and beyond what they needed to do to make us enjoy our trip and I would highly recommend Dragon (Hanoi), Lei Ann (Hoi An) and I forget the name of the young girl who toured with us in Saigon but she was great too.
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

South Korean Vacation

By: Pat


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Everything went incredibly smoothly. The travel guide, Grace Kim, Myanmar provided was excellent. She was exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic and tireless! Our drivers were great. Wonderful vacation!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Jaykus Peck