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Vietnam & Laos Discovery

A journey through Vietnam and Laos organized by Vietnam Private Tours will leave you energized and inspired. Be moved by the smiling faces of the enduring people and enlightened by an encounter with Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang. Be thrilled by the raucous street life in Saigon and Hanoi, and enchanted by the history and peace in Hoi An and Hue, then unwind on the banks of the Mekong river in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. All this is set against a stunning backdrop of sweeping mountains, verdant fields and sparkling bays.

Start: Hanoi or Saigon ( HCM city ) - Vietnam
End: Luang Prabang - Laos
Duration: 16 Days/ 15 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
- Itinerary: Saigon - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Vientiane - Luang Prabang or vice versa.
- Extendable with optional tours from Luang Prabang to Cambodia or Burma

  • Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon Arrival.

Welcome to Vietnam’s bustling, vibrant and financial hub: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, meet your tour guide and driver then get transfer to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.

Meals: N/A.

Accommodation: Saigon Hotel

Day 2: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels.

This morning, you visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at 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. End up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

After lunch, you leave Saigon on an afternoon excursion for Cu Chi. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Saigon Hotel

Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta  – Saigon flight to Da nang.

Today you 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. Board on your private sampan to visit Cai Be’s colorful floating market, passing by a beautiful cathedral. Proceed to local cottage industries, home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the longan fruit drying process and an excursion to the evergreen islands in the middle of the meandering canals. Enjoy a delicious lunch served at an Indochine Villa in the cool shade of fruit orchards. Walk leisurely couples of minutes to Ba Bon Bridge where your driver will pick you up to transfer back to Saigon then flight to Da nang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 4: Hoian Eco boat tour ( Joining )

7.30 – 8.00 AM Tour guide meets you at your hotel Cycle to a local farming village traveling along picturesque country roads ( Bus or bike are option to choose to go ) Share in the daily work life of local farmers & dash; hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty. Board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.

Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink Return to hotel by coach.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel

Day 5: Hoi An Free & Leisure

Today free & leisure in Hoi An. You can shopping or biking yourself.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel

Day 6: Hoian – Danang – Hue.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive over the 500m-high Hai Van pass to Hue. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through the ancient city. Visit the Royal Citadel, the Imperial Museum, as well as the Mausoleum of King tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king).

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 7: Hue – Flight to Hanoi.

Spend the morning on a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), Dong Ba Market and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. Drive to Phu Bai Airport to catch your short flight to Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Free at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 8: 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.

You are free in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel

Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.

After breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a wooden junk that takes you first through Bai Tu Long Bay. You’ll continue your cruise to an island beach. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim or climb a hill (not a mountain!) for an overview of the bay’s remarkable seascape. You’ll then continue your cruise to visit Cua Van floating fishing village, where you’ll have an opportunity explore the village by rowing bamboo boat. The cruise route is designed to avoid busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Cruise

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

You’ll awake to the fresh air of the bay, and can take a swim or enjoy a Tai Chi session on the large sundeck (beginners welcome!) After a light breakfast of pastries and tea or coffee, you’ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the bay. You’ll return to the junk for brunch while cruising back to the main dock, and around noon you’ll leave for Hanoi. You will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi in late afternoon, and the remainder of the day will be your own time until a car will arrive to take you to Hanoi.

Meals: B / L

Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel.

Day 11: Hanoi flight to Vientiane

Morning Flight to the sleepy Lao capital city, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Choose to either explore the waterfront area of the Mekong or relax by the hotel pool this afternoon.

Meals:B

Accommodations: Hotel in Vientiane

Day 12 – Vientiane City Tour

Today we have 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 interiorl and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees.

In the afternoon a stop at the older part of Morning market is recommended before the 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Vientiane

Day 13 - Vientiane - Fly to Luang Prabang

After breakfast in the hotel and then we drive you to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed and transfered 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

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 Hilltribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 14 - Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves

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 Sensoukarahm and Wat Xieng Thong dotted across the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 15 - Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

For early risers, you have the chance to observe long rows of monks in saffron robes collecting alms from the locals at dawn. Following breakfast, gain a deeper understanding of Lao culture at Wat Visoun with its iconic Watermelon Stupa and Wat Aham with the altar of Luang Prabang's two respected geniuses. At Kuang Si Waterfalls, you enjoy a spectacular view of water cascading into the clear turquoise pools at its foot.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 16 - Luang Prabang – Departure

Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy your free time then transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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