Vietnam Laos trip

Destination: Saigon- Mekong delta- Danang- Hoi an- Hue- Hanoi- Ha Long Bay-Hanoi- Luangprabang
Transport: Private car, flight
Start: Ho Chi Minh ( Saigon)
Finish: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 13 nights in hotel, 1 night on boat
Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview: This tour offers Vietnam in focus from South to North: Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and some days extent to visit Luang Prabang,  the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.
 
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Sai Gon arrival
Day 2: Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 3: Mekong Delta (B,L)
Day 4: Sai Gon- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Day 5: Hoi An- Free leisure time (B)
Day 6: Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue (B)
Day 7: Hue city tour (B, L)
Day 8: Hue- Ha Noi (B)
Day 9: Ha Noi city tour (B,L)
Day 10: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B, L,D)
Day 11: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (B)
Day 12: Ha Noi- Luang Prabang (B)
Day 13: Luang Prabang (B)
Day 14: Luang Prabang (B)
Day 15: Departure (B)


Itinerary in details
Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 1: Sai Gon arrival

On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
 
Day 2: Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
AM: Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon  all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s,  let the Viet Minh  and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area.
PM: Takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, History Museum. Overnight in Sai Gon.

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 3: Mekong Delta (B,L)
We set off this morning for a drive through the Mekong Delta to Cai Be floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Following these visits we will once again board our vehicle for the drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 4: Sai Gon- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 5: Hoi An- Free leisure time (B)
Today you will have a full day at leisure to visit the old town of Hoian visit old houses, temples and bridges. Visit Hoian market. Hoi An at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Hue via Lang Co beach, Hai van pass and Marble Mountains. Hue at leisure. Overnight in Hue.

 
Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 7: Hue city tour (B, L)
8 a.m pick up from your hotel in Hue. Visit the Citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple city, the Emperor’s private residence. Both were almost totally destroyed during the Tet offensive of 1968. Continue on boat trip to visit Thien Mu pagoda,  Tuduc Royal tomb followed by HoQuyen Coloseum where the tigers were pit against elephant for royal entertainment and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Overngiht in Hue.

Day 8: Hue- Ha Noi (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Ha Noi.
Ha Noi at leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.
 
Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 9: Ha Noi city tour (B,L)
8.am: need car: you will have full-day tour of Ha Noi.You will visit the house on-stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda and the Litterature temple, the Museum of Ethnology.
PM: walking and cyclo
After lunch, pay visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son Temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Ha Noi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: puppet show. Overnight in Ha Noi.


Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 10: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B, L,D)
After breakfast , you will be transferred to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours. Arrive Halong bay you will board to cruise around Halong bay and soak in the misty atmosphere of this world heritage site. Halong bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with over 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of the most magnificent scenic regions in Vietnam and has been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. The area of about 1500sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes, created over thousands of year by the waves and wind. You will have the opportunity to swim from your boat and explore some caves. You will enjoy a seafood feast for lunch on board. We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down.
Overnight on boat

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 11: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (B)
We have a whole morning on boat exploring the amazing limestone backdrops. We are treated to a seafood lunch before drive transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 12: Ha Noi- Luang Prabang (B)
Transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by the UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 13: Luang Prabang (B)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 14: Luang Prabang (B)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit 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 visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails. After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Vietnam Laos trip, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 15: Departure (B)
After breakfast, we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Also the Central Market is not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, you have free time to explore the town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure
                        
Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner


TOUR MAP
Unique experience
  • Discover the beauty contrasts from hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh to the colonial charm of Hanoi, and travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An
  • Visit spontaneous, sincere and hospitable local family and attend performances of traditional folk songs performance and sample fruits picked straight from the orchards in Mekong Delta
  • Cruise along emerald waters on a Halong bay boat trip
  • Explore Luang Prabang - Sleepy French Colonial riverside town with over 30 gilded temples
  • Cruise upstream on the Mekong River with breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside and exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves
  • Refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails in beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall
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