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Highlights of Laos and Vietnam 14 days 13 nights

Trip Name: Highlights of Laos and Vietnam 14 days 13 nights
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Starting: Luang Prabang, Laos
Finishing: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Ha Long – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh – Mekong delta

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.
Highlights: Experience the journey to Laos and Vietnam in a short period of 14 days, this tour does a great task of covering all the major highlights of Laos and Vietnam. Visit Mekong River in Laos. Halong Bay along with all the attractions from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, the water puppet show and Vietnamese traditional art are extremely impressive; the true cultural masterpieces you can't miss
 
Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival 
 
Day 2: Pak Ou Cave (B)
 
Day 3: Kuang Si Fall (B)
 
Day 4: Luangprabang - Fly Ha Noi (B)
 
Day 5: Hanoi City tour (B/L)
 
Day 6: Ha Noi – Ha Long (Overnight on boat) (B/L/D)
 
Day 7: Ha Long - Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B/L)
 
Day 8: Hue City tour (B)
 
Day 9: Hue - Hoi An (B)
 
Day 10: Boat trip - Biking (B/L)
 
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang –Fly to Saigon (B)
 
Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Saigon (B/L)
 
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta trip (Ben Tre) - Saigon (B/L)
 
Day 14: Sai Gon Departure (B)
 


Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival 
Upon arrival, you will meet Asia Top Travel guide and transfer to hotel for check-in.
 
Accommodation: Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang sightseeing – Pak Ou Cave (B)
For early risers, alms giving ceremony is good chance to learn about local culture. We suggest you enjoy the sunrise at the crossroads in town around 05.00 when you will also see monks in saffron robes from Luang Prabang’s many temples walking in long silent processions searching for offerings left to them by the faithful.

Take a morning cruise along the Mekong about two hours upstream from the center of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves.

Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River, It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai. Stop here to learn about LauLao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine), before continuing down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand- made of Jute Sar paper.
Free time at your leisure in the rest of day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel.
 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Luang Prabang
 
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Fall (B) 
In the morning go to Phousi Mount where you also can have a nice panorama of the city.
 
Enjoy a short drive to visit Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
 
Then continue to Wat Visoun – an unusual structure which represents the earliest Lao style.
 
Afterwards, pay a visit to Wat Mai, a beautiful temple located nearby Royal Palace and built in the 18th century. It is the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
 
Afterwards, we head to Kuang Sy Falls a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way, you will pass through rice fields and beautiful small villages dotted along country road. Make a stop at some of the villages. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins.
 
The balance of day is free at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4: Luangprabang – Fly to Ha Noi (B)
Transfer to the airport for check-in and depart to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to the hotel.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Noi
 
Day 5: Hanoi City tour (B/L)
Today, we will visit Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh Complex that includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda. After that we will visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070
 
After having lunch at a restaurant, we continue our trip to visit Museum of Ethnology that is widely acknowledged as the best museum in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground. Then, we go back to the centre of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Enjoy 45 minutes Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter of Ha Noi that also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s name was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities. At the end of the day, you can enjoy the famous traditional water puppetry show in Thang Long Theatre where you will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam's rural areas in dramatic form.  Back to the hotel and overnight in Hanoi.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 6: Ha Noi – Ha Long (Overnight on boat) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be picked up by our driver & tour guide to depart for Halong Bay. Going through the scenic countryside, we get to Ha Long Bay. The world heritage site Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Upon arrival at Ha Long, you will be welcomed by our local guide on board. Heading out of the town we embark on a Chinese junk-style for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting hour cruise will provide us with a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands and islets rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Seafood lunch will be served while cruising through the bay.

The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches. You then explore the Surprising Sung Sot cave which still reserves much of the amazing original stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight on boat in Halong Bay.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat
 
Day 7: Ha Long – Hanoi - Fly to Hue (B/L)
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands. You enjoy a morning coffee and watch the world going by in the bay. Sitting on the upper deck and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. Our boat starts cruising back while the brunch buffet will be served. Check out and arrive at harbour by 12:00 noon, we will drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 16:30. Tonight, we take the flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (or Brunch)
Accommodation: Overnight in Hue
 
Day 8: Hue City tour (B)
We will take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River heading down to Thien Mu pagoda. Off the boat, we then visit Thien Mu pagoda, one of the best-loved architectural pagodas in Vietnam considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. It is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. Then we visit the Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden City.

Then we go to a pagoda for a well-prepared vegetarian lunch, served by nuns in a much more the life of religious people in the central area. After lunch we continue to visit a tomb monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very special area. More than just a tomb visiting, it’s the chance to learn more about Nguyen King and the landscape is spectacular. Back to hotel in the late afternoon.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue
 
Day 9: Hue – drive to Hoi An Ancient Town (B)
This morning we drive over the mighty Hai Van Pass and take in the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and famous Long Co fishing village.  On the way we visit the Cham Museum where the remaining evidence of the fascinating Champa civilization can be viewed. We then visit the Marble Mountain, which is a maze of caves and temples, hidden with five sacred marble rocks. Arrive at Hoi An, You enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to visit Hoi An's significant highlights including Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Chinese Assembly Hall - Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Tan Ky Ancient House, Hoi An Traditional Handicraft Workshop, Hoi An market.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel in Hoi An
 
Day 10: Biking to Cam Thanh coconut village – Cooking class at Tra Que herb village (B/L)
After being collected from your hotel, a short bicycle competency test will be given. For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village.
 
Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges, fields of water buffalo....
 
Biking along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers
9:00 Take a short break in a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.
 
10:30 Continue to drive to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.
 
11:30 Visit a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, we sit down for a delicious lunch.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight in Hoi An
 
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang – Fly to Saigon (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Saigon half day city tour includes the Post Office, and the Museum of History to see some interesting displays and photographs following the path of the revolution. Then visit the Reunification Palace for a glimpse into the lifestyle of the democratic regime of former South Vietnam.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Saigon
 
Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Saigon (B/L)
08:00 Am, Asia Top Travel tour expert pick up you at your hotel lobby.  Travel through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province. Visit the Cao Dai holly See temple where the followers of this religion practice a unique religious blend of all the major faiths of the world. The temple is dominated by the all-seeing eye, is an architectural wonder, a hotchpotch of styles from its contributing religions and ornamented in brilliant colors.
 
The daily service is impressive. The worshippers wear robes of different hues denoting their function and status, and kneel in blocks in the nave to genuflect and pray while acolytes perform complex rituals.
We have scheduled a special lunch of the local cuisines in a popular local eatery for your taste of Tay Ninh cuisines.
 
After lunch, drive to the incredible Cu Chi tunnel, a 250 km underground tunnel system, was created manually by Vietnamese resistance fighters often known as Viet Cong during their long struggle for independence. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Transfer to your hotel later the afternoon. Trip ends. 
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight in Saigon
 
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta trip (Ben Tre) - Saigon (B/L)
Breakfast is at the hotel
8:00 Am our driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the “Capital” of Coconut – Ben Tre.
On arrival in Hùng vương Pier (Bến Tre town). Take a boat on Bến Tre river – one of the tributaries of Mekong river, Sight-seeing lively activities along the river as fishing, water transferring……. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along Cái sơn canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to Nhơn Thạnh village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits.
 
Take a tuk tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plans to be able to touch on real life and find out about the tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch at local restaurant.
 
Afternoon - Take rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat along Cái Cối creek back to Hùng Vương Pier. And transfer to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner tonight is on your own.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight in Saigon
 
Day 14: Saigon Departure (B)
Breakfast is available in the hotel. You enjoy your free time at leisure until time to meet for transfer to the airport for your flight home
 
Included Meals: Breakfast
 
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Trip included :
  • Transfers and tours as indicated itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in program
  • All Entrance fees 
  • Local English speaking guide
 
Trip excluded:
  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drink, souvenirs, laundry and etc
  • Banking service charge
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Travel insurance 
 
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