Essential Laos and Vietnam Holiday

Essential Laos and Vietnam Holiday

Starts
Vientiane
Destinations
+ 5
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
Vientiane → Luang Prabang → Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Visit ancient temples and golden stupa in Vientiane.
  • Admire Alms Giving ceremony – A very famous activity of Theravada Buddhism.
  • Many beautiful temples of Luang Prabang town.
  • Visit Kuang Si waterfall – One of the most beautiful waterfall in Laos.
  • Discover Hanoi City with many beautiful sites.
  • Having cruise trip to Ha Long Bay – A world heritage site.
  • Discover ancient town Hoi An.
  • Enjoy the boat trip to Mekong delta.
Age range
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

Travel to Vietnam and Laos you will experience opposing emotions. But it will be memorable memories in your life.
Laos is such a beautiful and peaceful haven for anyone who dreams of an escape from the busy life. The laid-back lifestyle here has earned Laos its nickname “Lao PDR = Lao Please Don’t Rush”. Everything is so slow here.
Vietnam is a warm and wonderful country, one where east meets west.
There are 2 most bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital city, is located in the north and often referred to as a cultural hub. In the south, traveller will find Ho Chi Minh City, an urban centre with residents from around the globe.
You also will fall in love with the beauty of nature at Halong Bay and the ancient atmosphere of Hoi An.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Vientiane Arrival.

    Upon arrival you will be welcomed by local tour guide of Laos Travel and transfer to hotel in Vientiane – the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk around the hotel area or a guide will show you the riverbank area where you could view the sun sink over the Mekong.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Vientiane.

  2. Day 2: Vientiane City Tour.

    Today will be a full day to explore Vientiane – The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: Wat Sisaket – The city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. 
    Then visit Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. 
    Then you will visit Ban Nong Bua Thong textile village before heading to Buddha Park. The park is home for over 200 statues of Buddha and characters of Hinduism made from concrete. The artworks shelter the mysteries of people life, the human and periods. Thus, many statues seem not to enter the static meditation and peace, they exude the frustrating look that makes a lot of different emotions.
    Overnight in Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.


     

  3. Day 3: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang.

    Have breakfast in the hotel and the staff of Laos Travel will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed and escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day we will visit The Royal Palace (official name "Haw Kham"), which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.
    Before sunset, ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape before wandering through the bustling Hill tribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Fly to Hanoi

    After breakfast, you will take the cruise along a Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, where you will discover gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the limestone caverns. Embark on a cultural tour of Luang Prabang in the afternoon, you will explore the gilded temples such as Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong dotted across the city.
    Later in the afternoon, take the flight to Hanoi.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi.

  5. Day 5: Hanoi City Tour

    Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas. Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  6. Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Junk Boat.

    (The itinerary is a sample, depends on weather and it will be different between cruises. Our travel consultants will provide the exact schedule and program if you book other cruise such as Hera Cruise, Halong President Cruise, Emperor Cruise, Halong Violet, Halong Jasmine, Paradise Luxury Cruises, Orchid Cruise, Indochina Sails, Au Co Cruise, Starlight Cruise etc.)
    Halong Bay is one of the most loved spots in Vietnam for a reason - it's gorgeous. On this Halong Bay tour, we take you away from the hectic pace of life in Hanoi and introduce you to the tranquil, beautiful Halong Bay... Following breakfast, journey east through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam's most scenic impressive sights. On arrival you are welcomed onboard a traditional junk. Settle into a private comfortable cabin and unpack for a two days cruise around Halong Bay. Along the way, enjoy a huge lunch served on board and admire the picturesque scenery of islands. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. You will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to Sung Sot cave, one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. The remainder of day is for your own pleasure; observing the bay, lazing around the deck or simply soaking up the sunshine.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: on cruise on Halong Bay.


     

  7. Day 7: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian

    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 you navigate back to Halong City. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier, where your car will be waiting to take you to Hanoi for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoian.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Hoian.

  8. Day 8: Hoian Walking Tour – Boat trip.

    Immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. During the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

  9. Day 9: Hoian – Danang – Hue.

    Depart Hoian for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue. Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

  10. Day 10: Hue – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour

    Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to Phu Bai Airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an introduction 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. Visit the War Remnants Museum; learn about Vietnam’s recent history at the Reunification Palace, visit the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City's Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theatre and the City Hall. Finally, end up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  11. Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.

    Today, travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be’s colorful floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at an ancient house (over 170 years old!) in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  12. Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Departure.

    Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Bon Voyage!
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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  • Accommodation

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      Note:
      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

    3. Transport

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      Car:
      Private transportation with A/C.
      Boat:
      Local boat to Pak Ou cave.
      Overnight boat 2D1N to Halong Bay
      Local boat trip to craft village in Hoi An.
      Local boat trip visit Mekong Delta.

    • Flights

      Vientiane - Luang Prabang by Laos Airline .
      Luang Prabang - Hanoi by Laos Airline.
      Hanoi - Da Nang by Vietnam Airline.
      Hue - Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnam Airline.


      Note:
      Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice

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    Price Includes

    • 4 internal & regional flights (Vientiane – Luang Prabang; Luang Prabang – Hanoi; Hanoi – Da Nang; Hue – Ho Chi Minh City).
    • Accommodations with daily breakfast.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.

    Price Excludes

    • International flights into and out Laos.
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
    • Tips for guides and drivers.
    • Personal travel insurance.
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