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Laos and Vietnam Tour

Laos and Vietnam Tour

On the Laos and Vietnam Tour, you will experience colourful local cultures, spectacular UNESCO heritage sites, captivating cities, and delectable Asian cuisine. Observe orange-robed monks walking through the streets of Luang Prabang and embark on a cruise around the heavenly Halong Bay. Trek through Sapa’s rice-terraced fields, visit floating markets in the Mekong Delta and explore the historical site of Cu Chi Tunnel. All these exciting experiences and beautiful destinations are waiting for you to explore.

Duration
17 days
Price from
$1974
when
Year-round
destination
Laos, Vietnam
type
Private Tour

Itinerary

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  • Day 1 Arrive Luang Prabang

    Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: No

  • Day 2 Highlights of Luang Prabang

    Begin your day by visiting Wat Xieng Thong, an exquisite 500-year-old temple and a prime example of the classic Luang Prabang style. Meander through charming side streets to reach Wat Sene, known as the Temple of 100,000 Treasures. Continue exploring, visiting other temples and attractions along the way.

    Explore the National Museum in the former Royal Palace, which showcases exhibits from Laos’s royal past. Phousi Mountain overlooks the palace, and it is believed that those who don't climb its 328 steps have not truly experienced the city. Ascend the hill to enjoy remarkable views of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.

    For a late visit, explore the bustling night market, where you'll find hand-woven textiles and crafts by the hill tribes and local artisans of Luang Prabang.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Boat Cruise to Pak Ou Caves & Visit Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Embark on a cruise up the Mekong River, observing daily life along the banks, to Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site perched high above the river. Make a stop at Ban Xang Hai village, known for distilling rice wine.

    Visit Pak Ou caves, which house thousands of Buddha statues and have been a place of worship for centuries, dedicated to the spirits of the river. The two caves are set into steep, vertical limestone cliffs over the river. The lower and upper caves contain more than 10,000 images of the Buddha left by pilgrims. The centuries-old wooden figures, some damaged, display various mudras and vary in size from a few centimetres to fairly large.

    After Pak Ou Caves, take a boat ride across the Mekong River followed by a road trip back to Luang Prabang. Make a stop at Ban Xang Khong village for hand silk-weaving and Saa paper-making.

    Travel south of town to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Take a leisurely hike through the national park to the waterfalls and pass by the Asian bear rescue centre. Enjoy the mist from the cool, turquoise waters of the various waterfalls. You may like to take a refreshing swim.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 4 Fly to Vientiane

    Fly to Vientiane, Laos's laid-back capital. Upon arrival at Wattay Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your guide who will then escort you to your hotel. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, boasting an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.

    Take a tour of the Patuxay Monument for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Carol Cassidy’s workshop to see the textile masterpieces and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon drink along the Mekong riverside. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your own pace.

    Option: Early risers can attend the morning Buddhist Alms Giving and watch hundreds of orange-robed monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang receiving offerings of food from residents and businesses. Laos is one of the few Buddhist nations which preserves this tradition.

    Accommodation: In Vientiane
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Explore Vientiane & Buddha Park

    Experience a guided sightseeing tour of Vientiane. Explore the National Museum to learn about Laos's rich history and cultural heritage. Visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane, adorned with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and Wat Prakeo, previously housing the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Afterward, discover Laos' national symbol, the sacred Pha That Luang, and enjoy lunch at Makphet restaurant, a vocational project for Laos's disadvantaged children.

    Following lunch, continue your exploration by visiting Xieng Khuan, known as Buddha Park, situated 27km along the bank of the Mekong River outside of Vientiane. This remarkable park showcases a vast collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, creating a unique and enchanting experience. Return to Vientiane and spend the evening discovering Laos cuisine at your leisure in local restaurants.

    Accommodation: In Vientiane
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6 Fly to Hanoi

    Begin the day at the COPE Visitor Centre, a locally run non-profit organization founded in 1997. Its mission is to provide survivors and individuals with physical disabilities access to a quality, affordable, and nationally managed rehabilitation service. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

    Accommodation: In Hanoi
    Meals: Breakfast

    Please note: The images at COPE can be quite disturbing, so families with children should take that into consideration before visiting the centre.

  • Day 7 Hanoi Highlights

    Today take a comprehensive tour of Hanoi's spectacular highlights. Begin by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, where the memory of the national leader is honoured. Observe his impressive yet humble stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Step back in time as you explore the ancient Temple of Literature, a classic example of Vietnamese architecture and the country's first national university. Discover the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, offering a complete overview of the lives, cultural activities, and identities of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Head to the Old Quarter and stroll through its narrow streets, once famous for specialized craft-making guilds. The streets still bear names reflecting their products or locations from the past. Round off your tour with a traditional water puppet performance, a unique and captivating Vietnamese art form.

    Accommodation: In Hanoi
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 8 Halong Bay Cruise

    Drive through the rural countryside of the Red River Delta, heading towards Halong City. Once you arrive, settle into your comfortable cabin on a cruise boat, where you will spend the night. Get ready to explore the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has graced the pages of coffee table books and National Geographic magazines. Cruise through the serene waters, surrounded by limestone karsts rising from turquoise depths. Discover beautiful beaches, observe the vibrant floating fishing villages, and uncover hidden lagoons, all while being captivated by the unparalleled beauty of this natural wonder.

    Accommodation: In Halong Bay
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 Return to Hanoi & Overnight Train to Sapa

    Enjoy an early lunch on board before returning to the land and heading back to Hanoi to catch the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa, a former French hill station. Nestled in the northwest region of Vietnam, Sapa is known for its pristine rice terraces, cool mountain atmosphere, and community of ethnic minorities. Sapa offers abundant trekking opportunities that take you through the region's picturesque hillsides and smaller ethnic villages.

    Accommodation: On the train
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 10 Trekking to Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai Villages

    Arrive at Lao Cai station in the early morning and then take a private transfer to your hotel in Sapa. After breakfast and a quick freshening up, set out on an interesting 5-hour trek through the breath-taking landscapes of Muong Hoa valley. Trek towards the San Sa Ho hanging bridge, ascend through lush rice terrace fields, and reach the fascinating Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai San villages, home to the Black H'mong people. Opt to explore the villages, soak up their ambience, and learn about the local tribes and customs. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way before continuing through the picturesque beauty of the rice terraces as you head to Lao Chai village. Finally, at the end of the trek, you will meet your car to be transferred back to Sapa.

    Accommodation: In Sapa
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch
    Trekking: Distance – approx. 12 – 15 km; Grade – Medium, some more challenging sections

  • Day 11 Ma Tra & Ta Phin Village Trekking & Train to Hanoi

    Begin your trek along local paths, passing through gardens and houses to Suoi Ho village, home to some Black H’mong families. From here, you can enjoy the views of endless rice terraces and gorgeous mountains. Continue to Ma Tra village where you will have the opportunity to explore the village. Along the way, you will come across the impressive ruins of a church dating back to the French occupation in the early 1900s. Take a moment to explore this intriguing sight and capture some photos. Move on to the village of Ta Phin, where the Black Hmong and Red Dao communities live together harmoniously while preserving their individual customs and traditions. Stroll around the village, interacting with the locals to understand their way of life and customs. After your trekking adventure, transfer to Lao Cai train station to board the overnight train to Hanoi.

    Accommodation: On the train
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch
    Trekking: Distance – approx. 12; Grade – Medium, some more challenging sections

  • Day 12 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

    Disembark the train in Hanoi and transfer to Noi Bai airport. From there, catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Take an orientation walk of the bustling city. Experience the famous streets of Dong Khoi and Le Cong Kieu, both offering fantastic photo opportunities. After the walk, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

    Spend a full day exploring Ho Chi Minh City’s highlights. Visit the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war. Explore the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum. Then, make your way to Thien Hau Pagoda in Chinatown, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century and dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Round off the afternoon exploring the colourful stalls and crowded alleyways of Binh Tay Market.

    Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 14 Mekong Delta Discovery & Can Tho

    Transfer by road from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. Board a traditional sampan to navigate through narrow canals and explore the typical lifestyle of the delta. Cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep, an unspoiled area with scenic views. Go ashore for a walk along the riverside and visit a local family where water palm leaves are woven. This offers an opportunity for a hands-on experience and interaction with local people. Continue to a brick kiln where you will learn about the process of hand-made bricks.

    Conclude the scenic boat journey in time for lunch in an elegant colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of life during Indochinese times. After lunch, take a short walk along a small canal, towards the Ba Bon Bridge where your private transportation awaits to drive you to Can Tho city. The evening is free for you to unwind and explore your surroundings.

    Accommodation: In Can Tho
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch

  • Day 15 Cai Rang Floating Market & Return to Ho Chi Minh City

    Explore the vibrant Cai Rang floating market, one of Asia's last authentic floating markets. Cruise along picturesque waterways on local boats, taking in the beautiful scenery and lively market atmosphere. Sample fresh fruits and vegetables showcased on long-standing posts at each boat's bow. Continue to nearby arroyos and visit a noodle workshop and a fruit garden. Return to the Ninh Kieu Pier and transfer from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City for a relaxing evening.

    Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 16 Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

    Set off on an approximately 60km drive outside of Saigon to the legendary Cu Chi tunnels. An incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by the Viet Cong to fight the American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. Learn about how the tunnels were built, the conditions faced by soldiers and guerrillas, and the hardships they endured while using the tunnels. You even have the option to descend into the real tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought. After exploring the tunnels, you will be driven back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

    Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and opt to take a walk to the central Ben Thanh market for some last-minute shopping. Depending on the time of your flight, you will be driven to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight home or onward to your next destination.

    Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
    Meals: Breakfast

PRICES & DETAILS

A rough idea of the price and what is included in this tour program. The exact price depends on the season, accommodation and activities, it will be provided on your personalised quote.

Prices

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What's Included

  • Thirteen nights of hotel accommodation
  • One night of accommodation on a non-private boat
  • All sightseeing as specified, including entrance fees
  • Transportation and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Knowledgeable local guide proficient in either English or French
  • Regional & domestic flights as specified
  • Round trip ticket on the high-quality sleeper train Hanoi to Lao Cai (sharing a 4-berth cabin)
  • Daily breakfast, five lunches and one dinner
  • Government tax and service charges

What's Not Included

  • Any International flights
  • Visas
  • Single supplement
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks
  • Any other services not specified in the itinerary

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