Trails of Indochina is a leading DMC in Southeast Asia with over 14 years of experience and 250 staff members. The company specializes in programs delving into local culture in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bali and China. If your group has ever wanted to surf in Da Nang, this is your contact. Furthermore, Trails of Indochina is headquartered in Vietnam, with satellite offices in all of the countries mentioned above, as well as Newport Beach, California.
“We customize our itineraries to our corporate programs rather than just printing out a standard program,” says Matt Masson, CEO. “One of the things in Asia that’s a big advantage is offsite catering is accessible and not overly expensive. So you can create a lot of wow factor, like dinner and a live show at the foot of Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia.”
One of the most popular venues is the restored house of President Nixon’s U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, in Ho Chi Minh City. Masson says his group cooking class in the elegant courtyard is one of the company’s most in-demand events.
Most U.S. groups are based in the main cities with itineraries covering both iconic and more local venues, like city markets. But Masson says more and more planners are requesting customized visits into the countryside and outlying small towns.
“People will have a go and break out of the city to somewhere like the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, a couple hours south of Ho Chi Minh City,” he explains. “Then they’ll break into smaller teams and jump on a small boat or go mountain biking. We’re also the only company to do a private farmland dinner for 80 people in a rice field. That is something not off the shelf.”
In Siem Reap, Cambodia, book Trails of Indochina for private catered events within the villages. In Bali, you can mingle with local artists in Ubud inside their studios. And in Northern Thailand, groups climb Doi Suthep Temple to meet and have lunch with the local White Meo hill tribe. Or, your people can help build river rafts followed by lunch on the river bank.
“There are many signature experiences that you can only get though us,” says Masson.
Moving forward, Trails of Indochina is now offering more private cruise charters with ship companies like Heritage Line, sailing the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Groups can also book 8-day itineraries aboard small ships navigating the South China Sea with stops at Hong Kong, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. In each port, the DMC offers curated, bespoke tours into the local neighborhoods for shopping and dining.
“It’s all about getting out of the hotels and getting into the local environment,” sums up Masson. “That is a big part of what we do.”