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: National Museum, 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 – flight 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

    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

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay.
    * The following Halong Bay itinerary is a sample of our standard service on a 3 star junk/ cruise. Different programs are available through our luxury cruise itineraries on the Violet, Jasmine, Ginger, Paradise or Au Co. Please contact us for more details. *
    Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk boat. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk boat, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk Boat

  8. Day 8: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi

    Today enjoy a day cruise on Halong Bay: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters, located in the Gulf of Tonkin. After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to the Halong Harbor to board your private junk cruise for a 4-hour journey. Cruise along the calm waters, between looming, limestone outcrops to visit Dau Go Cave “Grotto of the Wooden Stakes,” where, in 1288, one of Vietnam’s most famous generals, Tran Hung Dao, stored hundreds of stakes before battling the invading Mongolian army. A short walk away, visit the newly discovered Thien Cung Cave (“Grotto of the Heavenly Palace “), famous for its stalagmites and stalactites. Savor a fresh seafood lunch, served on board before sailing back to Halong City, where your car will be waiting to take you to Hanoi.
    Meals: Brunch
    Accommodations: 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.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
    • Tips for guides and drivers.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Visa Stamping fee (more at www.laostravel.com/visa).


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