Discover Laos & Vietnam

  • Destination: Laos
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: $2245

Discover Vietnam’s incredible diversity, from cosmopolitan Saigon to picturesque Hoi An, from the extensive waters of the Mekong to serene Halong Bay.
Walk through the charming city of Hanoi, enjoy an exciting cyclo ride to Hue’s Imperial Citadel and learn to cook the delicious local cuisine.
Experience the cultural differences and beauty of Laos with its many wonderful treasures. This 15-day tour will give you the chance to discover the relentless beauty of Laos and Vietnam.

Day 1

Luang Prabang Arrival

Upon arrival to Luang Prabang international airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in town. The rest of the day we will visit the National Museum, once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries.

Accommodations: Villa Maly or Similar, Villa Santi Resort & Spa or Similar

Day 2

Luang Prabang

Situated where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong lies the fabled city of Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its lantern lit streets lined with a mix of faded colonial mansions and sparking mosaic temples; this city is known to enchant its visitors. After breakfast in the hotel we take Mekong Riverboat trip with your guide to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. On return, visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong.
Get back to town for lunch and in the afternoon we visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong—representative of classic Laotian architecture—, before seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, relaxing in one of the city’s many quirky cafés or strolling along the beautiful riverbank. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Villa Maly or Similar, Villa Santi Resort & Spa or Similar

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang (Plain of Jars) – Phonsavan

Today we drive from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khuang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive with spectacular view of Laos’s rain forest and the moutaine ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. On arival, check-in at your hotel and relax.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel or Similar

Day 4

The Plain of Jars

In the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century, Xieng Khouang was the center of a kingdom of the Hmong (Meo). In 1832, it was conquered by the Vietnamese, annexing the entire region. The town of Xieng Khouang was badly destroyed by US airforce during the Vietnam War. Even though it has been rebuilt in 1975, the name Xieng Khouang is now primarily used in reference to the province of the same name.
The highlight of our visit here is the “Plain of Jars.”  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel or Similar

Day 5

Phonsavan – Fly to Vientiane

Enjoy the breakfast in the hotel and be ready for the flight to  Vientiane – Laos’ eccentric capital, visiting all the city’s key attractions. Start the tour with a stop at Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Si Saket, filled with over 2000 Buddha images. Next we visit Haw Pha Kaew—the royal temple that once housed the famous Emerald Buddha—, before continuing on to Lao’s most significant national monument: Pha That Luang. We conclude our tour at Patuxai, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Mercure Vientiane Hotel or Similar, Green Park Boutique hotel or Similar

Day 6

Vientiane – Fly to Hanoi (Vietnam)

Today we fly from Vientiane to Hanoi. Then we check in the hotel, relax after a long journey.  Hanoi is a lovely city with lakes, fine boulevards and flourishing parks, as well as having a public centre that is an architectural museum piece. Hanoi is situated on the right bank of the Red River (Song Hong) which is spanned by two bridges, the old Long Bien Bridge and Chuong Duong Bridge.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 7

Hanoi: City Tour

In this city of peace, we have a city tour around the Old Quarter; we have a full day of sightseeing, starting with the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, known to American prisoners of war as the Hanoi Hilton. This museum was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the American / Vietnam War.
Next is the Temple of Literature, the site of the first national university dating back to 1076 and one of Hanoi’s best-preserved ancient sites. From here we walk to the Fine Arts Museum, housed within a large colonial building, where we will see contemporary Vietnamese art and handicrafts.
Tonight we will enjoy a water puppet show. This is a fantastic art form unique to Vietnam and derives from the Red River Delta area.  Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 8

Hanoi – Halong Bay

This morning we depart for Halong Bay. The route today, via Haiphong, will be our first opportunity to see rural Vietnam. We will arrive at Halong Bay in the early afternoon. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water this area is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival at Halong Bay we will board cruise and enjoy a welcome drink. Our junk/s is large boats with private bath, air conditioning and fan, and plenty of deck space. An onboard chef prepares delicious, local seafood dishes
After lunch on board we will cruise among the islands, stopping at a couple that have interesting cave features (some involve stairs). We enjoy sunset and then dinner on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodations: Cruise in Halong

Day 9

Halong Bay – Fly to Hue

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Have lunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Our driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, our driver and guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Meals: Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 10

Hue  – Visit the Citadel

Spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City—once the Emperor’s private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. In the afternoon, continue on your tour stopping at the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market.  Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 11

Hue – Danang – Hoian

Spend the morning on a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the ornate Minh Mang’s tomb. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before starting on your drive to Hoian. Pass over the 500m-high Hai Van pass and stop en route in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in the sleepy riverside town, Hoian, in the late afternoon, check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 12

Hoian – Danang— Fly to Saigon

Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour.  In the afternoon we will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 13

Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho

Today we leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Bai. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Our driver and guide will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take you to Can Tho city for the night. Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

Day 14

Mekong Delta – Saigon

Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon.  Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 15

Saigon Departure

Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. Safe journey home. Meals: Breakfast.

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Inclusions
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary