OVERVIEW

Highlights of Laos and Vietnam

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

ITINERARY

Luang Prabang | Hanoi | Ha Long | Hue | Hoi An | Saigon | Cu Chi | Mekong delta

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Day 01

Luang Prabang Arrival

Landing at Luang Prabang airport & transfer to hotel for check in

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Not included

Upon your arrival at international airport, you are warmly welcome by local guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. You are free at your leisure for relaxing after the long time flight. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 02

Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Si Falls

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast,

 After breakfast, Meet your guide and we visit National museum,  we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong, Visit Wat Sene, Visit Wat Xieng Muan. Lunch is on your own cost. 
 
Afternoon, We drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors pass by. Arrive in the town, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 03

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

 As an optional, Today you may want to get up early to participating an Arm-Giving, hundreds of monks walking along side walk to collect rice and food from laymen. We then visit Fresh morning Market at Prakham village to see local lives.
 
After breakfast, Meet your guide and we enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving. Lunch and Dinner are on your own cost. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 04

Luang Prabang - Fly To Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

 Breakfast is served at your hotel.
 
You are free at leisure for shopping or walking around the city on your own until being picked up and transferred to airport for flight to Hanoi.
 
Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet our tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check in and relax.  The rest of day, you are free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 05

Hanoi City Tour Full Day

Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Hanoi Capital

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, we will visit Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh Complex that completed in 1975. The complex includes the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. After that we will visit the Temple of Literature that was originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place then and now on education. Have lunch at a nice restaurant.
After lunch, we continue our trip to visit Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best 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 back to the center of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan KiemLake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends. 45 minutes Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter: Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36 s names’ was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities
 
Day 06

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay

Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 After breakfast, we will 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. Heading out of the town we embark on a Chinese junk style for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. Sea food 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.
Day 07

Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Fly To Hue City

Say good bye Halong Bay & Hanoi for the evening flight to Hue ancient capital.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

 We will wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, we can 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. Then we explore Luon cave, boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served. Check out and arrive at harbor by 12:00 noon, our private car with tour guide will transfer you to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
 
Arrive in Hue city, meet our tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hue city.
Day 08

Hue City Tour

Discover the national capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Breakfast is served at your hotel.
 
8.00am, meet our tour guide at your hotel and we start to discovery the city.
 
In the morning, taking boat trip along poetic Perfume River to reach the ancient Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural - historical site where still preserves a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty. Then, car will pick us up to Hue Citadel. Here you will walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values. We then visit another pagoda for an elaborately prepared vegetarian lunch, which will be served by the nuns of the pagoda. This gives a fascinating insight into the life of religious people in the area.
 
After lunch, we visit the tomb and monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. Back to your hotel in the late afternoon. You are free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
Day 09

Hue - Hoian Half Day City Tour

From Hue to the charming ancient town

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Breakfast is served at your hotel.
 
8.00am, meet our tour guide at your hotel and we transfer to Hoian city by crossing Hai Van pass. If you want, we can stop at Lang Co beach for taking some pictures. On the way, we will stop at Cham Museum – museum of ancient Champa kingdom’s sculptures & artifacts and Marble stone carving workshop at Ngu Hanh Son handicraft village en route to charming Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoian, check in your hotel and we enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge. Back to your hotel late afternoon. The rest of day, you are free at leisure. Overnight in Hoian.  
Day 10

Hoian - Rice Planting And Fishing Tour (joining a group tour)

Being a farmer and fisherman in Hoian

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast is served at your hotel.
 
8.00am, Picking you up at your hotel by mini- van, we will bring you over the countryside where bike are available to ride. You start the day by cycling to the local farmer in Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here you are greeted by a local host and then you join with them how to grow wet rice with their family. Starting farming work like plough and raking with buffalo, riding water buffalo, learning how to transplant rice, flooding farm, grinding rice, pounding rice. After then, our tour guide and van will bring down to a local fishing village. You will be boarded on boat . Joining to go fishing with local fishermen at Phuoc Hai local fishing boat to experience local cast net CHAI. Continue to visit water coconut palm jungle, enjoying the basket boat and visiting the water coconut palm forest. Learn how to make origami such as grasshoppers, flowers, rings, caps, bracelets toys made from water coconut leaves..., Having a fun to catch crab around the water coconut palm forest and after then boarding back boat, Jack Tran's Captain Cook will cook for your lunch/dinner (morning time you will get lunch and afternoon time you will get dinner on boat) and cold beer or soft drink we will bring you back to your hotel. The rest of day, you are free at leisure. 
Day 11

Hoian - Danang Airport - Fly To Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh dynamic city

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast

 Breakfast is served at your hotel.
 
Moring, you are free shopping or relax on your own arrangment. 
 
Afternoon, our driver will transfer you to Da Nang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, our tour guide will pick up and transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Check in and relax. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 12

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh City tour

Visit Cu Chi historical site and Ho Chi Minh bustling city

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 8:00 Am, meet Asia Top Travel tour guide at your hotel lobby and depart for driving through pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi. 
We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels where the Vietnamese could escape bombings, hide from enemy, and mount surprise attacks. 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. 
After lunch in Cu Chi, we head back to Saigon and take city tour a half day. We start by looking at the Notre Dame Cathedral that was built between 1877 and 1883. This is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Nearby is the Old Post Office that is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office. 
Then, we move on to see the Reunification Palace. This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. After that, we continue to visit War Remnants Museum - Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. 
Before finishing our tour, if the time is permitted, there is a wide selection of goods at Ben Thanh Market - a bustling. The tour finishes at approximately 6pm when you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 13

Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre Boat Trip - Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy a peaceful day in Mekong delta

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 8.00am, meet our tour guide in your hotel lobby and we transfer through Mekong Delta to Ben Tre. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself! The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards before stopping at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. It’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Take boat back to Pier and go ahead to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of day you are free at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 14

Ho Chi Minh Departure

Say good bye our team at Tan Son Nhat airport

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: Breakfast

 After breakfast at the hotel, free time at your own leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight departure. End of trip.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Full transportation by private car or shuttle bus as tour program indicates.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Flight tickets: Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Hanoi- Hue, Danang- Ho Chi Minh/ economy class ticket  
  • English speaking tour guide except leisure time
  • Entrance fees, cyclo tour, boat trip as mentioned in program
  • Sharing cruise trip in Halong Bay
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast.
Trip Exclusions
  • Visa
  • Personal insurance, other flight tickets. 
  • Late check out or early check in
  • Expenditure of a personal nature and tips (such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfer & etc)
  • All services non clearly mentioned above.

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