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Highlights of Vietnam and Laos

12/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 Luang PrabangHanoiHalong BayHoi AnHo Chi MinhMekongHo Chi Minh
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Explore the most highlights of two diverse Indochine countries, Laos and Vietnam, from the UNESCO-protected anicent town of Luang Prabang to the World Natural Wonder of Halong Bay, from the poetic coutryside of Hoi An to the rustic lifestyle of amiable locals in the mighty Mekong Delta. Within a short period of 12 days, you will not only partake in a ton of unique experiences but also get closer to the locals when visiting each spectacular landscape and captivating city. Do not miss the chance to feel the intact charm of Indochina.

Highlights

  Getting the most of highlighted spots in Laos and Vietnam on a 12-day holiday

  Cruising upstream the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues

  Soaking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Kuang Si waterfalls surrounded by jungle and gifted with azure blue pools

  Playing with adorable elephants in Laos and learning everything about their daily life

  Exploring the historical Hanoi capital through its ancient remnants (Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, literature temple) and a cyclo ride around Hanoi Old Quarter

  Beholding the majestic beauty of Halong Bay at sunset & sunrise among thousands of limestone islets

  Immersing in the special ambiance of Hoi An anicent town when walking along lantern-decorated narrow streets

  Having fun with a biking trip to Tra Que vegetable villages & joining a mini cooking class with local people

  Discovering rustic sceneries and lifestyle in the Mekong Delta and Hoi An through boat trips along Mekong River and Bay Mau water coconut forest

  Feeling at home and being like a Vietnamese when staying overnight at homestay

  Getting into the great gastronomy of Vietnam & Laos

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Luang Prabang Welcome to Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel to check in, enjoy a... D
Day 2 Luang Prabang Visit Pak Ou caves by boat & relax at Kuang Si Waterfall B, L
Day 3 Luang Prabang, Hanoi Have great experiences with elephant in Elephant Village Luang... B, L
Day 4 Hanoi Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology,... B, L
Day 5 Hanoi, Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay... B, L, D
Day 6 Halong Bay, Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Fly from Hanoi to Danang,... B, Br
Day 7 Hoi An Cycle from Hoi An to Tra Que Herb Village, Van lang fisherman village... B, L
Day 8 Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City. B
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh Visit Cu Chi Tunnels in the countryside and the highlights in the... B, L
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Explore Cai Be floating market, Tan Phong Island. Learn about daily... B, L, D
Day 11 Mekong, Ho Chi Minh Walk along peaceful village & enjoy fresh air in the morning. Arrive... B, L
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Tranfer to the airport for your next flight B
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    Welcome to Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel to check in, enjoy a welcome dinner

Welcome to Luang Prabang - one of the most pleasant cities in South East Asia - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in northern Laos, at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this sacred city boasts golden-roofed wats, saffron robed monks and remnants of French colonial architecture. 

When arriving at Luang Prabang airport , you will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver. After transfering to the hotel, doing check-in and relaxing, you will be taken to a local restaurant for a tasty dinner. You can spend your free evening on joining the lively Night Market or relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Puang Prabang.

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    Dinner

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    Visit Pak Ou caves by boat & relax at Kuang Si Waterfall

This morning transfer to the pier where you board a traditional long trail boat, for a relaxing cruise upstream on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and witness the simple rural lifestyles.You will reach Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. In these 2 caves are displayed hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha images which are the object of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April. Cruise back Luang Prabang. Stop and visit Ban Xangkhong, a weaving village, where you can jump into wooden looms with local expert for practical and experience.

This afternoon, driving through green rice paddies and farms. On your arrival at the Kuang Si waterfall, enjoy your short walking on trails of falls to visit the bear rescued centre. Enjoy spectacular views and surrounding of orchids inside the park and falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. Return to Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Visit the bear rescued center in Luang Prabang

Located 30km southwest of Luang Prabang, Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is only a short walk past the entrance gate to Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. Run by Free the Bears with the help from the Laos Department of Forestry since 2003, this excellent center is home to many wild Moon bears rescued from poachers and illegal wildlife trade where they have an open enclosure to live and play freely with lots of trees and swings. Due to the growing population of rescued bears, there are other bear houses built in the hills near Nahm Dong. When visiting the center, you can observe these lovely animals playing and enjoying their food from a viewing platform and along the wooden paths. The visit will be the best chance for visitors to learn about these adorable bears and other wildlife we need to protect. If you want to support the center, you can buy a T-shirt or make a donation.

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Enjoyable Mekong River boat excursion to Pak Ou Cave

When in Luang Prabang, it is recommended to take a boat tour through Mekong river and visit Pak Ou caves. The excursion will bring you pleasant time to see the local life along the way where the mountain, blue sky and spectacular scenery are in harmony to take the picture. The climb to the caves will guide you to superb exploration to see hundreds of Buddha sculptures in a dark cave, which is not only an insight into top attraction in Luang Prabang, but the historical stories of the sacred relics protection from bombings during the Secret War as well.

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Spectacular and stunning Kuang Si WaterFalls

No words can describe the stunning of Kuang Si Waterfalls and the emerald water: you must witness in person, the experience will surely exceeds your expectations!Located outside the city of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the visit.  You can climb up to the falls and take a dip, or walk through the beautiful area and got in the water a bit more downstream, swim or simply put my feet in for a relaxation.Truly, a joyous feast for eyes and ears, for mind and soul !

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Have great experiences with elephant in Elephant Village Luang Prabang. take a boat to Tad Sae waterfall for a swim. Fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi.

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Pick up by our English speaking guide from your hotel lobby within Luang Prabang, Laos.
Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants
Elephant Feeding: Get up close and personal with elephants
Explore Elephant Village: Visit our elephant hospital, museum, gallery and dung paper making facility!
Elephant Bathing: another level of excitement to your tour and get ready to get wet!
One on One Experience: Enjoy the impressive experience of being a Mahout! 1 person per elephant
Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Ride in a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax or swim in the clear water.  Swimsuit recommended!  (note: water levels will vary with seasonal conditions)
Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Your buffet lunch is served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options are available)
1:00pm: Depart the camp. Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang. 

At a scheduled time in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties. 

At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in. Free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Elephant village in Luang Prabang

Established in 2001, Elephant Village is a wonderful place where tourists get to know more about the elephants of Laos who are rescued from the abusive environment or the logging industry and cared by professional veterinarians. In a safe, secure home, on the bank of the Nam Khan river and next to Ban Xieng Lom, these special animals live happily with their herd as well as roam freely in the lush and green jungle every day. When visiting the Elephant Village, tourists can enjoy a lot of daily activities with the lovely elephants such as bathing and feeding your elephants, exploring the elephant hospital to learn how they cared each day or trekking on foot along them through diverse jungle landscapes. The village also offers tourists a lodge area to stay and a restaurant for lunch and dinner. This Elephant Village is one of the best educational and interesting places in Luang Prabang for families with kids.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature. Cyclo ride around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then you will start the Hanoi city tour 

You will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. You will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next you will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. The tour will end at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Traditional Cyclo Trip around the Old Quarter

To epxlore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, nothing can compare to a trip by the traditional cyclo. Traditional cyclo driver will transport you around the streets at a very leisurely pace whilst the busy traffic flows around you. Through the fascinating experience of rickshaws driving around the Old Quarter, you will experience the daily life of the local. It will be a very relaxing way to see the inner city and old quarter as well as travelling around the lake and french quarter. This slow - speed tour with extremely comfortable cyclo in good condition will give your great memory for you holiday to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

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Great time to exploring the rich history and culture of Capital Hanoi

Hanoi - a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties - a sedate capital with rich history and the unique architecture from East to West welcomes you. Ho Chi Minh complex with the Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, etc is one of the most important sites which will help you to learn more about history, arts and architecture. Don't miss the trip to Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam and you will have chance to learn more about the education and history of Vietnam. If you are interested in the rich culture of the minorities, how about visiting Museum of Ethnology. The lively exhibition, informative messages and many interesting stories of traditions and costume will give you a fascinating glimpse into  many ethnic groups. Your visit will surely be an ideal choice in the holiday in Vietnam to to calm down from the hustle and bustle Hanoi.

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    Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise

08.00 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Experiencing kayaking in beautiful Halong Bay

When in Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, you should not miss the chance to join the outdoor activities to explore the beautiful nature in exciting experience. Kayaking - one of the most attractive choice, is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay.

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Relaxing in Halong Bay with excellent Cruise Accommodation

Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong bay is must for visitors when going to Vietnam. Speding time on your holiday to join to a cruise trip in the spectacular bay, you will  have chance to relax in the beautiful bay scenery with the excellent cruise accommodation. Moreover, when relaxing at your cabin or sitting on the upper deck; you can sight-seeing gladly, let all the worry and busy life go away while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Fly from Hanoi to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An. Free time in Hoi An.

You will continue our journey on Halong Bay in the early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on a cruise. Sitting on the upper deck; you can relaxsight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

After breakfast, you will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next, keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life. 

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
You leave the boat around 11:30 at noon, you go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi. About 04.30 PM, you will arrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Our private car will wait for you at the hotel, transfer you directly to the airport for your flight to Danang. When arriving in Danang airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An by our tour guide and driver. 

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Visiting stunning caves in Halong Bay

Every visitors who come to Vietnam should never miss Halong Bay. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage, Halong Bay will amaze you by not only the magnificet natural scenery but also by thousands remote islands and stunning cave. You will have chance to visit the fabulous limestone caves with mysterious stories which will beautifully highlight the rock formations. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise cave), Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave), Luon Cave, Tien Ong Cave... are ones of those most safe and beautiful caves that you may visit when in Halong Bay. There are rough stairs to climb, and the access is very easy for every visitors. 

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    Breakfast, Brunch