Vietnam-Indochina Tours(tm)is veteran owned and operated, providing services to Vietnam since the lifting of there embargo in 1994
We are a tour operator, not a travel agency; this means that you are dealing direct with the people who provide the actual services and not through a broker who is selling someone elses tour.
This also means that you pay substantially less for the same tour. Our market is for the discerning traveler who wants a custom tour, personalized service and a high quality product. Many of our clients are well traveled: former ambassadors, retired generals, business people, policemen, doctors, real estate brokers. . . virtually all types and kinds of people, comprise our clients, but they all have one thing in common: they dont want to be packed on the bus. They want to go where they want to go, do what they want to do and have the travel experience they desire; they dont want the typical tour but a travel experience.
We are experts in Indochina. We are thoroughly informed as to conditions, customs and destinations in Indochina. All our American staff have lived and extensively traveled in Indochina for a minimum of five or more years each. You are talking to people who know a great deal more than where Indochina is located on the map. We have answers to your questions, not the words, "Well try and find something out about that. . . ."
Finally, we care about every person and every tour we do; we try our very best for you. This is who we are. This is what we have been doing since December 1994.
Though Vietnam-Indochina Tours officially began business in December of 1993, in a sense it began its life more than twenty-five years earlier in the jungles, swamps and rice paddies of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, in December 1968, when twenty-year-old Second-Lieutenant Courtney Frobenius joined Bravo Company, 3/60th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division as an infantry platoon leader. The next six months were to irrevocably and fundamentally change both him and leave indelible memories etched in his soul; memories not just of war and its infamies, but memories of a land and a people so beautiful and so different than his own that a lifelong curiosity of the intellect ensued.
Courtney was wounded on 20 June 1969 and evacuated to Japan for three-months after which he returned to the United States. One-year later, now a captain, he returned to Vietnam in September of 1970 and again served in infantry capacities in the Mekong Delta, Cambodia and on the Central Coastal Littoral in Fu Yen Province. In September of 1971, after five-years in the Army, at the age of twenty-three, he requested and received an honorable discharge and re-joined the now radically changed world which he left five-years earlier in 1966; but Vietnam did not leave him.
He continued to study both Vietnam and Asia until he decided to return to Vietnam for a visit in March of 1994. More visits followed until the company was formed in December of 1994 and Courtney departed for a three-year journey to Vietnam to develop the Vietnam-infrastructure of the company and to travel to every province of Vietnam--both north and south--as well as to Cambodia and Laos. It was during this time that he met Trang My Tran, a high school English teacher. They were married in a Vietnamese ceremony on the banks of the Saigon River on 25 March of 1997.
Trang was born in 1964 in Saigon and lived in the Mekong Delta in Bac Lieu and Long An Provinces and in Saigon where her father served with the South Vietnamese Army as an English interpreter. After the war she completed high school and went on the University and became a high school Russian teacher. With the implementation of the Doi-Moi (renewal) policy in 1987 she began to study English. Since the time they met in 1996, Trang and Courtney have been an inseparable team. In June of 1998, having completed the development of the companys infrastructure in Indochina, Courtney returned to Seattle. Trang followed on 21 November 1998. They now reside in Olympia, Washington and form the nucleus of the Vietnam-Indochina Tours team.
In summary, Vietnam-Indochina Tours offers top-of-the-market, customized tours to Indochina at very moderate prices; our tours have value because our customers receive a high quality tour at a very moderate price.