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Laos & Vietnam Tour

From One Million Elephants to 2000 Islands

This Laos and Vietnam tour is great for those who don’t want to miss out on some of Vietnam and Laos’s best scenery, when flying between these two spectacular countries. This itinerary offers an overland journey from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, to make sure you don’t miss a thing on the ground. Starting in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang you will have the chance to explore the beautiful town and get some great handicrafts at the night market before taking a boat along the Nam Ou River and the Mekong to see life on the banks as you make your way to the Pak Ou Caves. From here you will head through the mountains to Phonsavan, the home of the Plain of Jars, mysterious ancient stone jars of unknown origin.

From Phonsavan you will take a scenic drive to Vieng Xai, in the north east of Laos, on the Vietnam border. You will get to explore the Vieng Xai Caves, which served as a secret base for the Pathet Lao leadership during the war. The following day you will cross the border into Vietnam and arrive at Mai Chau, a base for trekking among the villages and rice fields of the White Thai minority. From here continue further east to Vietnam’s sophisticated capital Hanoi. Walk down tree-lined boulevards along the splendour of French colonial architecture, explore the city’s old and French quarter, with its extensive markets, art galleries, eateries and coffee shops. Enjoy a water puppet performance in one of Hanoi’s theatres and watch Hanoi on parade whilst sipping ice cold coffee in one of the cafes by Hoan Kiem Lake.

Amidst this time in Hanoi you will be whisked off to Halong Bay, where you will cruise through thousands of sharp limestone islands at this UNESCO heritage Bay of Halong. Explore small, hidden coves and impressive caves with glittering stalactites – a sure highlight of your Laos & Vietnam tour.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Luang Prabang

  • Day 2

    Luang Prabang

  • Day 3

    Luang Prabang

  • Day 4

    Luang Prabang – Phonsavan

  • Day 5

    Phonsavan – Vieng Xai

  • Day 6

    Vieng Xai

  • Day 7

    Vieng Xai – Mai Chau

  • Day 8

    Mai Chau

  • Day 9

    Mai Chau – Hanoi

  • Day 10

    Hanoi

  • Day 11

    Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

  • Day 12

    Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

  • Day 13

    Hanoi

  • Day 14

    Depart Hanoi

Highlights

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    Luang Prabang City Tour

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    Stunning views from Mount Phousi

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    Nam Ou River Experience & Pak Ou Caves

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    Plain of Jar sites 1, 2 and 3

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    Full day tour of Vieng Xa

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    Mai Chau walking tour & Minority Villages

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    Ha Long Bay Junk boat cruise

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    Hanoi City & Country Life Tour

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

After enjoying a scenic flight you will arrive at Luang Prabang airport. On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Where you have the afternoon to relax and settle into your new surroundings.
Overnight in  Luang Prabang (Meals: _/_/_)

Day 2: Luang Parabang (Morning Alms & City Tour)

Rise early before dawn to experience the fascinating traditions of Luang Prabang by witnessing the daily ‘Tak Bak’ morning alms ritual. Lines of orange clad monks line the streets which is a truly magical site. From here you will move on to explore the morning fresh markets before discovering the rest of this chocolate box town. You will take in all the main sites of this beautiful UNESCO town; Wat Visoun, Wat Xiengthong and of course finishing at the top of Mount Phousi to get an ariel view of town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 3: Luang Prabang (Nam Ou Experience)

This morning you depart Luang Prabang for a day’s river adventure. Driving north to the village of Ban Don Ngurn you will board a local traditional private long boat for a cruise down the beautiful Nam Ou River. You will enjoy a lovely picnic lunch on the picturesque banks of the Nam Ou River before continuing to visit a traditional weaving and dyeing village and then the sacred Pak Ou Caves crammed with thousands of Buddha images.
Overnight in Luang Prabang (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 4: Luang Prabang to Phonsavan

Today you will be driven to Phonsavan, the home of the Plain of Jars, through picturesque mountain roads. You will stop off at Ban Kiiu kam Pone and Ban Son Boom Villages before your final stop at the Buddha Cave which served as an army hospital during the war. Once arriving in Phonsovan you will visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) to learn about the important work they do in clearing land mines.
Overnight in Phonsavan (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 5: Phonsavan (Full Day Tour to Plain of Jars)

After breakfast, you will be driven to the local market to buy food for a picnic for the day before driving on to Ban Kai, the land of the Bomb craters. From here you will be driven to a Hmong village where they build houses from bombs and recycle other war materials for everyday living. Following this you will be taken to the fascinating Plain of Jar sites 1 & 2 before returning to your hotel to reflect on what you have seen.
Overnight in Phonsavan (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 6: Phonsavan to Vieng Xai

Today you will be transferred from Phonsavan to Vieng Xai in Houaphanh province in the north east of Laos. This is a full day scenic journey which offers some of the most magnificent views in North Laos.
Overnight in Vieng Xai (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 7: Vieng Xai (Full Day Tour)

You will spend today by first visiting the Pathet Lao revolutionary headquarters at Vieng Xai. This is where the senior communist leadership spent their time directing the war in the 1960s and 1970s from caves set within limestone hills. You will visit the most important caves here; Tham Souphanouvong, which originally houses the ‘Red Prince’ and Tham Than Kaysone, used by the first communist President, Kaysone Phomvihane. Returning you stop at a Hmong village and visit the 80m high waterfall at Tat Nam Neua.
Overnight in Vieng Xai (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 8: Vieng Xai to Mai Chau

Today you will cross the border at the remote crossing of Nam Xai and Na Meo into Vietnam. Arriving in the Mai Chau Valley you will travel along beautiful mountain roads climbing into areas of striking karst scenery till you reach your destination of Mai Chau. Once here you can relax and explore under your own steam.
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Day 9: Mai Chau (Full Day Walking Tour)

After breakfast you will head out to see the daily life of the local people, exploring the White Thai villages of Pom Coong. To reach the villages you will undertake a light walk along mountain paths and rice fields. On arrival you will get an insight in to this ethnic minority that specializes in weaving, with your hosts being happy to show you their skills as you learn about their culture.
Overnight in Mai Chau (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 10: Mai Chau to Hanoi

After Mai Chau, you will be transferred by private vehicle to Hanoi. Once arriving you will be taken to your hotel and will have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure. Alternatively we could arrange a fun fuelled Vespa evening food tour, perfect to find your bearings around this busy city and to also try some of the regions tastiest street food.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 11: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

In the morning you leave Hanoi behind again and travel out to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay; a world Heritage site of outstanding beauty. You then board your junk boat and enjoy lunch as you set sail. In the afternoon you will stop to explore ‘Sung Sot Cave’, considered to be the most beautiful cave in the Bay. Back on board you then enjoy dinner and settle in for the night.
Overnight on Board (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 12: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Rise early for an amazing sunrise view over the sea and feel the silence of the beautiful misty bay. Brunch will be served while cruising further to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. The boat continues cruising toward Ha Long port, where you will disembark at noon and then travel back to Hanoi for your last night in Vietnam’s capital.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 13: Hanoi (City & Country Life Tour)

After an early arrival in Hanoi you travel to the Village of Bac Bien, crossing the Long Bien Bridge along the way. On arrival you’ll get to embrace local Vietnamese village life, and visit the nearby pagoda. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi and visit some of its most notable sights such as the Temple of Literature and the famed Old Quarter on foot. You’ll later hop on a traditional bicycle rickshaws and explore the busy streets old French Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 14: Depart Hanoi

Depending on your departure flight, you may have some free time in the morning, before we transfer you to the airport for your departing flight home.
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Tour includes

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    Airport pick up and drop off

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    Overnights as mentioned

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    Excursions as mentioned

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    Transportation in private A/C vehicle

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    English speaking guide

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    Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – excludes drinks)

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    All taxes

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    All flights unless included in itinerary & Visa fees

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    International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)

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    Meals, unless mentioned differently

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    Beverages and personal expenses

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    Other excursions and entrance fees

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    Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness)

Please note: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it as well as bringing with you 4 passport size photos with you for your visa, as well as having a couple spare.

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    Pack you bags and get ready for your Asia holiday of a life time

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