Home / Indochina Travel Tips: How to make the most of your Indochina tour (when you’re not sure where to start)
First time travelers to Indochina can feel like they’re being presented with a sumptuous buffet of travel experiences. With a myriad of choices, it’s very easy to slip into overwhelm and have no idea where to start when it comes to planning your ideal Indochina tour.
If you’re not familiar with Indochina, a good analogy is to think of the region as being similar to Europe, in that it’s easier to cross borders to new territories in a very short space of time.
Technically encompassing Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand, narrowing down your tour options can be a challenge. The thing is that while Indochina geographically covers a relatively small area, each country that falls under the umbrella has a distinct, culture, history, cuisine and people, cultures. It would be very shortsighted to think “I’ve seen Vietnam, so I don’t need to visit Cambodia.”
On the contrary, this kind of thinking will mean you miss out on opportunities for travel experiences that turn into beautiful travel memories.
Want to make the most of your first Indochina tour? Then check out these Indochina travel tips that will show you how to maximize your time on tour, when you’re not sure where to start.
Travel to new destinations is exciting, and if you’re traveling to Indochina from the West, there’s a good chance you’ve covered some serious miles to get there. In short, it’s not a quick trip, so while you’re there, it’s wise to make the best use of time and resources. The big question is: do you opt for the taster tour or deep immersion experience?
While they both tour types have their benefits, for your first Indochina travel experience, you might want to consider the taster.
To be clear, we’re not talking about visiting a different destination every day and tour itineraries that leave you utterly exhausted (and needing another holiday to recover after the tour).
No, the kind of taster tour is one where you have the opportunity for a real experience of each destination and country, without you feeling overwhelmed. The ideal balance on the taster tour is having enough time to absorb and appreciate the well-known sights, culture and history, while also gaining a deeper insight to local life.
Think of the taster tour as degustation for travel. Kind of like having just enough of each place to leave you contemplating what else you might try next time.
In many ways, this is the ideal way to experience Indochina on a first visit. With so much to experience in each country, a well-planned tour, designed by people who understand the logistics on the ground, you can be confident you’ll create beautiful travel memories this way. It’s also the perfect way to inform Indochina travel via a deep immersion experience. By seeing a little of each place, you can decide where you’d like to return to and see, do, and experience more.
The great thing about Indochina is that the diversity of each country, you can easily spend extended time in each. Hello the deep immersion Indochina tour!
This kind of tour is ideal if you’ve already made your way around Indochina, or even one or two countries in the region, and decide you want to learn more and experience more. Instead of just one day in a location, you can opt for three or four, or longer. It can work especially well if you’re after a personal experience of connecting with locals.Here are just some great ideas for tours that allow travelers to escape to another country:
Of course, if you’ve done your research and know exactly where you want to go, then you may find value in connecting with an experienced tour designer who can help create the kind of vacation that makes for beautiful travel memories. It is the best way to gather Indochina travel tips and find those off-the-beaten track experiences that lend greater authenticity to travel in another country. Not only do you have the opportunity to share time with locals - you feel connected to them and gain an insight into the idea that we really are one tribe.
IndochinaEscapes.com creates tours for Western travelers who want a real experience of Indochina. With a commitment to designing and delivering unique tours that offer travel adventurers the chance to escape into the unknown, they are inspired by the idea that travel should be an enriching experience and make for beautiful memories. Based in Vietnam and offering small group, private and custom tours, from the travel consultants to the guides to the drivers, we love taking care of every detail. For more information about our approach, connect with us using the contact form.
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IndochinaEscapes, sister company of ChinaTours, was extremely helpful in putting together my trip to Vietnam with a stop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Candy, my travel consultant, was always quick to respond and accommodate my requests. I had a very nice time, and everything went well. All the hotels were terrific; I especially love the first hotel in Hanoi. The location and staff are perfect. All the guides were very informative and were a great help in making the trip a good one.
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Pat and Ann
What a wonderful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia! Your tour guides and drivers were great and the hotels were wonderful. The whole vacation was planned perfectly for us and we really enjoyed flexibility and convenience of a private tour. Thanks to all of you who put this vacation together for us, we will definitely use Chinatours.com the next time we vacation in Asia.
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Gareth & Lynda
Firstly a big big thank you to you and your colleagues we had an amazing time and journey through Vietnam. We have returned with unforgettable experiences and memories hopefully
when our photos are developed they will do justice to our trip.
The hotels and itineraries were perfect and the tour guides and drivers, with the exception of our guide in Hanoi, excellent.
Again many thanks to you and your team for an amazing fortnight touring Vietnam.
thank Gareth & Lynda
This is not the first time I visited China with Chinatours.com, I booked an indochina tour with them this time. I was travelling with my family with an 11 year old and as usual they just offered wonderful service. Our group had fun in the ancient capital city Beijing, panda-home Chengdu, Kunming and then extened to Thailand. All guides were wonderful, caring and knownageable. And our favorate part in Thailand is Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. The elephants were quite talented and well trained. At the camp the program covers elephant show and riding, oxcart riding and bamboo rafting. All of these activities were fun and great experience for our 11 yearold. We also loved Thai food with all different kinds of curry tastes. And we are so lucky to meet the Thai's Watering Festival. Aha! come here at 13th April every year in Thailand and ready to get wet and have fun!
Firstly thank IndochinaEscapes for organizing it so well, it was exactly as we had arranged it.
Having done the tour I can give you some feed back.
HOTELS: They were all excellent with special comments for two hotels La Siesta Hanoi: great location, many amenities including private cinema room, extremely welcoming and helpful staff.
Essence hotel in Hoi An: offering free shuttle service to the beach. GUIDES: All very professionals and punctual. I would like to single out your guide in Hoi An
Lisa Jane Bird
I think the itinerary was really fabulous. Everything was already included so spent much less than other tours. Everything was well planned that you had enough free time and were still able to see all the sights at each place. It is also good that the tour guides tell you where to take the best photos. One guide gave me a beautiful lotus flower and one brought me a coconut to drink
thank Lisa Jane Bird