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Laos to Vietnam - 16 Days tour

Laos to Vietnam - 16 Days

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
16 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Halong Bay – sail around lush limestone islets on a deluxe junk boat, kayak, swim and explore the remarkable caves
  • Hanoi – ride on cyclo rickshaws through the French Quarter and see highlights including the Opera House and Ly Thai To Park
  • Hoi An – drive on the scenic Hai Van Pass, stroll on the beach and explore the charming city including the Japanese Bridge
  • Vientiane – explore the highlights of Laos’ capital including iconic Pha That Luang and the Patuxay monument
  • Khouangsi Waterfall – swim in the crystal pools beneath the waterfall and meet friendly local minorities in nearby villages
  • Ho Chi Minh City – discover the highlights of the ‘Pearl of the Orient' on a walking tour including a visit to the sobering War Remnants Museum
  • Hue – admire the famous seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda and discover the ancient walled Citadel and the Purple Palace
  • Luang Prabang – take a vintage tuk-tuk tour of the old quarter to visit the bustling Morning Market and magnificent Wat Xiengthong
  • Tra Que village – cycle in the lush countryside and learn how to farm the land before you enjoy a fun and hands-on cooking lesson
  • Vang Vieng – browse the colourful Thalat Market, explore the lush countryside and visit the eerie Tham Jang Caves
  • Mekong Delta – cruise the maze of waterways on a sampan, visit local cottage industries and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
  • Living the Land Farm – experience the life of a rice farmer and have a go at ploughing the rice paddy with a water buffalo

Short Description

Head north through laid back Laos and into vibrant Vietnam. Discover stunning Halong Bay, charming Hoi An and beautiful Ho Chi Minh City on this wonderful 16 day tour.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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End City N/A

Destinations

Vietnam Laos

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Trip Includes

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 13 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)
  • Economy class flights Luang Prabang - Hanoi and Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Guided sightseeing - Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Living Land Farm Experience
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 16
  • Escorted by an English speaking Laotian and Vietnamese tour guides
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

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Itinerary

Day : 1 Vientiane

Sunday. Arrival in Laos. Included transfer from airport and overnight stay in Vientiane.

Day : 2 Vientiane city tour

Tour of the capital city, including the Wat Si Saket and Haw Pha Kaeo temples, Pha That Luang and Patuxay monuments, Buddha Park, and COPE Centre. Sunset dinner by the Mekong River.

Day : 3 Vang Vieng

Vientiane - Vang Vieng. Early departure north to Vang Vieng, stopping at the Ban Keun salt plant, a local Lao village, Thalat market, and the Vang Xang archaeological site. Free time to explore Vang Vieng.

Day : 4 Tham Jang Cave, Ban Huai Ngai village

Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang. We explore the famous Tham Jang caves and Ban Huai Ngai village before travelling further north to Luang Prabang.

Day : 5 Luang Prabang

Rise early to view the daily ritual of monks collecting alms, then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang. In the afternoon we stop at ethnic minority villages before arriving at the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall.

Day : 6-7 Living Land Farm & Hanoi

Luang Prabang - Hanoi. Visit a local rice farm on the morning of day 6. After lunch, we cruise up the Mekong River, visiting the Pak Ou caves before returning to Luang Prabang. Evening flight to Hanoi. Day 7 is free for you to explore the capital city.

Day : 8 Halong Bay

Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning drive to beautiful Halong Bay. Boarding a deluxe junk boat we cruise the emerald waters and visit the spectacular Trinh Nu Cave. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and tasty seafood dinner on board.

Day : 9 Floating villages and cyclo rides

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck before exploring the beautiful Sung Sot Cave. Travelling back to Hanoi we embark on a guided cyclo tour of the French Quarter, followed by a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Later, board overnight sleeper train to Hue.

Day : 10 Imperial Hue

Breakfast onboard the train. After arrival and hotel check-in at Hue, we tour the city's Thien Mu Pagoda, ancient citadel, and the countryside Royal Tombs. As the sun sets, cruise along the Perfume River, or enjoy some retail therapy at the Dong Ba Market.

Day : 11 Road of the Ocean Clouds

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. We take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds) to the port of Hoi An, stopping for a stroll along China Beach. Enjoy a short afternoon walking tour of the historic old town.

Day : 12 Tra Que village

We take a leisurely bicycle ride to the rural village of Tra Que, where we’ll assist with tending the fields and cooking lunch.

Day : 13 Hoi An - at leisure

Free day in Hoi An. Optional excursions to My Son or the My Lai Memorial.

Day : 14 Crusing the Mekong

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho. Early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Taking our sampan from Cai Be we cruise downstream to Can Tho through the maze of waterways, watching the hubbub of daily life on the river and enjoying short stops at some of the local cottage industries.

Day : 15 Mekong & Ho Chi Minh City

Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Early today we visit the lively Cai Rang floating market before departing for Ho Chi Minh City. Our walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City we'll see the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, and visit the sobering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.

Day : 16 Ho Chi Minh City

Monday. Free time in Ho Chi Minh City until included departure transfer to airport.

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