Laos & Northern Vietnam Adventure 13 days

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Mai Chau - Luang Prabang - Vientiane

This tour is designed to highlight two of Indochina’s most exceptional destinations: Vietnam & Laos. Imagine you walk across the exciting streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter, experience a homestay with the Thai tribe people of Mai Chau, visit the old French battle field in Dien Bien Phu, and marvel at the peaceful countryside of the Red River and Northwest hill tribes. Moreover, you also will visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, the sacred Pak Ou Caves, local villages along the Mekong river, and the beautiful boulevards of the capital city-Vientiane. This breathtaking and inspiring journey through Indochina is sure to astound you at every turn.

Highlights

  • Take a cyclo tour around Hanoi's Old Quarter through its charming streets, enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Immerse yourself in the wonderful Halong Bay, join some interesting activities like: Kayaking, Cooking class, ...
  • Discover the natural beauty of the valley and see how local people work, plant and harvest water rice in Mai Chau.
  • Visit a military base and historical site of the First Indochina War in Dien Bien Phu.
  • Discover Luang Prabang with some its most beautiful structures, explore the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek.
  • Admire the magical Plain of Jar in Xieng Khuang, see the great stone wonders, enjoy an afternoon tour of the old capital Muang Khoun and the nearby villages of the H’mong and Thai Dam peoples.
  • Visit Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Si Saket, filled with over 2,000 ceramic, gold, and silver Buddha images.

Overview

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer from the airport to hotel.

Meals: -
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Drive out towards the magnificent Halong Bay. Enjoy the romantic scenery while cruising amongst the islands.

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Spend the morning exploring Halong Bay then transfer back to Hanoi.

Meals: B, L
Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau

Enjoy the green space of Mai Chau. Easy trek combined with home stay in villages of Thai people.

Meals: B, L
Day 5: Mai Chau – Dien Bien Phu

Drive to Son La along winding mountain roads via Pha Din Pass with breathtaking view. Stop en route to visit villages of ethnic people and orchards, tea farms in Moc Chau plateau.

Meals: B, L
Day 6: Dien Bien Phu

Explore historical battle field in Dien Bien Phu where marked the end of French colonial occupation in 1954; including the base of the Command of Dien Bien Phu Campaign, Dien Bien Phu Museum, A1 Hill and Bunker of the French General De Castries.

Meals: B
Day 7: Dien Bien – Cross border to Muang Khua – Nong Khiaw

Drive along the peaceful Muong Thanh Valley, cross the border into Laos and continue to Muang Khua for lunch stop. Arrive in Nong Khiaw, a charming rustic little town on the bank of the Ou River, in the afternoon.

Meals: B
Day 8: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang

Drive along the Nam Ou River heading to the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Enjoy the cruise along Mekong from the cave to village of Ban XangHai and downstream to Luang Prabang.

Meals: B
Day 9: Luang Prabang

City tour full day, visit temples in Luang Prabang which are well-known for their beauty as well as historical and religious significance, weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, climb Phousi Hill which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Mekong River.

Meals: B
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan

Drive 7 hour to Phonsavan in Xieng Khouang Province. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages.

Meals: B, L
Day 11: Xieng Khuoang - Plain of Jars - Muang Khoun

Visit local market, MAG (de-mining organization) exhibition before heading out to see the great stone wonders of Xieng Khuang, the Plain of Jars. After that, explore the old capital of Muang Khoun and nearby villages of the H’mong and Thai Dam peoples.

Meals: B
Day 12: Phonsavan - Vientiane

Fly from Phonsavan to Vientiane - capital city of Laos. Take a sightseeing tour, visit some the most important landmarks in the city like Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Phra Keo, national symbol Pha That Luang and Patuxay - the "Arc de Triomphe" of Vientiane.

Meals: B
Day 13: Vientiane departure

Free until transferring to the airport for flight home or to next destination.

Meals: B

Price Includes

  • AC land transfer in Car/ Minivan
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
  • Services charges and government tax.

Price Excludes

  • Domestic flight: 100 USD/pax
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services are not mentioned above

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Warmly welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your local guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel in the city center.

In the afternoon, walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, listen to a special legend story about Hoan Kiem Lake. You will have a chance to take an hour-cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter through its charming streets. In the evening, enjoy a water puppet show - a traditional art form with distinctive culture identity of Vietnam. End the puppet show, back your hotel by your own and relaxing the rest of day.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer from the airport to hotel.
  • Ngoc Son Temple
Day 2 Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 3 Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 4 Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Day 5 Day 5: Mai Chau – Dien Bien Phu
Day 6 Day 6: Dien Bien Phu
Day 7 Day 7: Dien Bien – Cross border to Muang Khua – Nong Khiaw
Day 8 Day 8: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang
Day 9 Day 9: Luang Prabang
Day 10 Day 10: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan
Day 11 Day 11: Xieng Khuoang - Plain of Jars - Muang Khoun
Day 12 Day 12: Phonsavan - Vientiane
Day 13 Day 13: Vientiane departure

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

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Price Includes

  • AC land transfer in Car/ Minivan
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
  • Services charges and government tax.

Price Excludes

  • Domestic flight: 100 USD/pax
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services are not mentioned above

Cancellation by Customer

  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
  • From 14 to 3 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 72 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: Charge 100% of total rates

Children Policy

  • Not recommended for child under 10
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