Highlights of Vietnam & North Laos

Highlights of Vietnam & North Laos

Starts
Vientiane
Destinations
+ 2
Ends
Hanoi
Vientiane → Luang Prabang → Hanoi → Halong Bay

Highlights

  • Visit ancients temples and golden stupa in Vientiane.
  • Admire Alms Giving ceremory – A very famous activity of Theravada Buddhism.
  • Boat trip upstream Mekong River to visit sacred Pakou Caves.
  • Visit Wat Xieng Thong and many beautiful temple of Luang Prabang town.
  • Visit Kuang Si waterfall – One of the most beautiful waterfall in Laos.
  • Discover Hanoi City with many beautiful sites.
  • Enjoy the cruise trip to Halong Bay – A world heritage site.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Vientiane Arrival.

    Arrive in Vientiane, you will be welcomed by local tour guide of Laos Travel and get transferred to hotel in Vientiane – the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodation: 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.
    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 transferred to hotel in town for check in. 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. Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
    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.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves.

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai. We’ll stop here to learn about Lau Lao (Lao whisky) and Lau Hai (Lao wine). Before returning the old town we stop to visit Ban Xang Khong where the Lue peoples of this village are noted in particular for their arts and crafts. Back to center, we visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  5. Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall - fly to Hanoi.

    Today we explore Ock Pop Tok craft living center overlooking the Mekong, set in a tropical Mekong garden. Meaning “east meets west”, Ock Pop Tok brings the fascinating world of traditional Lao handicrafts alive for visitors. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Back to the old town and relax.
    Later of this day, transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  6. Day 6: 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.

  7. Day 7: 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.

  8. Day 8: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi.

    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. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to your hotel in Hanoi. Rest of the day, you are free to relax or explore the Hanoi Old.
    Meals: Brunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  9. Day 9: Hanoi Departure.

    You will have free time before transferring to airport for your departure flight.
    Meals: Breakfast.

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    2. Meals

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      Breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner.

    3. Transport

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    • Flights

      Luang Prabang - Hanoi.


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    Price Includes

    • Includes 2 internal flights (Vientiane – Luang Prabang; Luang Prabang – Hanoi).
    • 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.
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