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Vietnam - Laos Classic 15 days/14 nights

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong - Cu Chi Tunnels - Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Hue - Hoi An

Halong Bay covers a total area of 1,553km², including 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the south-east (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay) and the south-west (belonging to Halong Bay). The average geological age of the islands is between 250 and 280 million years old.
Luang Prabang and Wat Phu are both UNESCO World Heritage sites, with the Plain of Jars expected to join them once more work to clear UXO has been completed. Major festivals include Laos New Year which is celebrated around 13–15 April and involves a water festival similar but more subdued than that of Thailand and other South-East Asian countries.

Itinerary.
Day 1: Arive HCM. (D)
Day 2: HCM. (B/L)
Day 3: HCM - Mekong Delta. (B/L)
Day 4: Cu Chi Tunnels - Vientiane. (B)
Day 5: Vientiane - Luang Prabang. (B/L)
Day 6: Luang Prabang. (B/L)
Day 7: Luang Prabang. (B/L)
Day 8: Luang Prabang - Ha Noi. (B/L)
Day 9: Ha Noi. (B)
Day 10: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Ha Long - Ha Noi - Hue. (B/L)
Day 12: Hue. (B/L)
Day 13: Hue - Hoi An. (B/L)
Day 14: Hoi An - My Son. (B/L)
Day 15: Da Nang - HCM City - Departure. (B)

      

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City. (D)
Upon arrival at Tan San Nhat airport, you will be met by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Get to know Ho Chi Minh City on an afternoon tour (if time allows). Enjoy a scrumptious dinner cruise on the beautiful Saigon river. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

 
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, commence your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of South Vietnam’s President until the end of the war in April 1975. Explore French colonial architecture including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Visit Cho Lon (Chinatown) and see Thien Hau and Quan Am pagodas. When finished at the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum our tour will conclude with a visit to Ben Thanh market where you can find practically everything for sale. Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 
Day 3: HCM - Cai Be Mekong Delta.(B/L)

Depart at 7:45 am from HCMC to Cai Be Town in Mekong Delta (110km). Have a motorized boat ride to see Cai Be floating market with local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Walk around to see orchard, rice paper making, rice crispy producing process, coconut candy workshop, take a rowing boat in small canal. Stop for rest, a nice Vietnamese lunch with "Elephant ear fish" including tropical fruits. Then take the bike around on the island to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvellous natural setting of Mekong Delta region, and embark the boat to visit Vinh Long market, at 3:00pm. Back to HCMC for overnight.


 

Day 4: HCM City – Cu Chi tunnels flight Vientiane.(B)
Check out the hotel after breakfast at 7:30am, transfer for visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. They were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, kitchens, etc. Head back to HCMC airport for flight to Vientiane (Laos). On arrival at the airport, you will be meet and transfer to your hotel. Take some free time to explore the local area. Stay overnight in Vientiane.

 

Day 5: Vientiane flight Luang Prabang (B/L)
Following breakfast in your hotel, explore Vientiane by visiting the major sights of the capital. These include the oldest temple, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha. See Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa. You will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. After lunch we continue visiting more of Vientiane with a walking tour, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to Vientiane Central Market consisting of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale, including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the area. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves (B/L)
The day starts with breakfast followed by a visit to Big Brother Mouse shop where you can buy books to distribute when you visit villages in the area. We then head north by car along Route 13, before taking a unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. Spend some quality time in a school, play with local kids and watch their faces as they enjoy their new books. Afterwards, explore the rest of the village, including a weaving workshop and visit a local temple. We will stop for lunch at a village. Enjoy either a western picnic lunch or try out some traditional Laotian food including sticky rice, lap (the national dish of Laos) and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. After lunch depart the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, passing through stunning scenery including mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin, board a private boat and cruise down the Nam Ou river for about 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves. These are two inter-linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Continue along the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving in the late afternoon. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


 
Day 7: Luang Prabang - Ban Chan & Kuang Si Waterfalls. (B/L)
After breakfast, we will cross the Mekong River by boat heading to the picturesque pottery village of Ban Chan. We then visit the Phousi morning Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local varieties of tea, saltpeter, chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is well known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village; Ban Ou, a Lao Loum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. The tour then takes you to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 8: Luang Prabang flight Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy free leisure time before you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight. You will be met by your local tour guide and driver to be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Stay overnight in Hanoi city.

 
Day 9: Hanoi (B/L)
Following breakfast, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university which is almost 1,000 years old. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour ride in a cyclo (rickshaw) around the old quarter of Hanoi and its busy streets filled with fascinating shops. Dinner at your own expense. Stay overnight in Hanoi city.

 

Day 10: Hanoi - Ha long (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay you will board a junk. Enjoy lunch onboard as you cruise Ha Long Bay’s limestone wonders such as Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Sail island and Ti Top Beach. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner on the junk. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset. Stay overnight on junk. (Optional: Kayaking).
 

Day 11: Ha long - Hanoi flight Hue (B/L)
Have breakfast and visit Man's Head island, Tortoise island, Toad island and Bai Tho mountain. Upon return have lunch on the junk. Back to Ha Long wharf and head back to Hanoi and transfer to Noi Bai airport to board flight. Pick up and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at your own expense. Stay overnight in Hue city.

 
Day 12: Hue (B/L)
Following breakfast, take a morning cruise on the Perfume River to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, set among beautiful lakes and gardens. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip on the Perfume River as you are entertained by a performance of Hue folk songs and music. Stay overnight in Hue city.

 
Day 13: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi an (B/L)
After breakfast we depart for Hoi An, stopping along the way for photos and sightseeing at Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach and Marble mountain. After lunch, take a stroll around town. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, and Chinese-style temples and pagodas. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hoi An.


 
Day 14: Hoi an - My Son - Hoian (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. A late morning departure for My Son to visit the Cham Holy Land (World Heritage listed). Return to Hoi An. In the afternoon, Go bargain-hunting around Hoi An’s ancient streets. Dinner at your leisure. Stay overnight in Hoi An.

 
Day 15: Hoian - Da Nang flight Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Danang airport to board your flight back to Ho Chi Minh City and connect departure flight home. End of service.

 

Tour price includes :

• A/c private car/van/minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per itinerary.
• English speaking tour guide
• International flight: Ho Chi Minh City - Vientiane (economy class)
• Domestic flight: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (economy class)
• International flight: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (economy class)
• Domestic flights: Hanoi - Hue : Da Nang - HCMC (economy class)
• Shared cruise on Ha Long Bay
• Private boat trips in the Mekong Delta and Hue.
• Kayaking
• All entrance fees
• Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double room
• Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Approved letter of arrival for Vietnamese visa

Tour price excludes :

• Travel insurance
• Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
• Personal expenses
• Vietnamese & Laotian entry visas

Rate in USD per person 

Group size 2persons 3 - 4pax 5 - 7pax 8pax up Single Supplement
Superior 2,560 2,350 2,130 2,020 505
First Class 2,860 2,650 2,435 2,325 795
Deluxe 3,455 3,245 3,035 2,920 1,400

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