of Vietnam & Laos
Trip code: VNLA-MVL15
Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang Dec.
Upon arrival at the airport PG941 29Dec ETA 1150, you
are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is
perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast
Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its
splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one
of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After
lunch we visit Ban Phanom, a traditional weaving village
where you can try your hand at the weavings. Here we
will be able to appreciate the skill and design of the
craftspeople in making these intricate cloths and
hangings. Around 4 or 4:30 pm, back in the township, the
monks in Wat Ho Siang begin to beat the drum and clang
the cymbals high in the drum tower. The acoustics are
incredible! For those who have an appreciation of
foreign instruments it is certainly not to be missed.
Phousi Hill, topped with a white stupa, offers an
excellent view of the city and the winding Mekong River.
Again – be prepared for some lengthy step climbing. At
dusk we will have the option of venturing out tothe Wat
Siphoutthabath to enjoy the sunset. Overnight at hotel
Day 2: Luang Prabang visit to Pak Ou caves
Luang Prabang is the well-preserved ancient capital of
the Lao Kingdom – the jewel in the crown of South East
Asia for many who travel here. Today it is a delightful,
tranquil village easily explored on foot. Wedged between
the Mekong and Khan rivers, it has been nominated as a
World Heritage site andis famous for its many Wats
(temples) - 32 of the 66 that were built before French
colonisation still stand. All of them are well kept and
in use, with numerous monks in residence. The most
beautiful Wat is Zieng Thong overlooking the Mekong.
After breakfast we board our small boat and head to the
holy caves of Pak Ou. This cave system is crammed with
images made in the likeness of Buddha. It’s a good idea
to bring along a head torch as the more adventurous of
our party have the opportunity to head to the deep upper
cave known as Tham Phum. On the way home we stop to
visit the traditional home made rice wine village of Ban
Xang Hai. On return, we also have time visiting Ban
Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, villages of Jute Sar paper hand
making, known for its hand made paper quality. This
afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this charming town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
( Breakfast included)
Day 3: Luangprabang
Today we head to the unspoilt wildnerss of Kuang Xi
National Park, around 30 minutes drive from Luang
Prabang. A real highlight of this park is the scenic and
popular waterfalls. It is a good idea towear shorts
today, in case you get wet, and pack your swimming
costume as we relax in the Park andhave the opportunity
to swim in the clear water found here. We will enjoy a
picnic lunch in the gardens by the falls and its clear
blue pools before visiting a nearby Elephant camp and
experiencing the junglefirst hand by hitching a ride on
Elephant back! This is a great thrill, travelling
through the jungle with our mighty new friends.
Overnight at hotel in Luangprabang
( Breakfast and lunch included)
Day 4: Luangprabang - Phonsavane
Today, we are driving 306KM overland on up Hill Mountain
with splendid natural scenery to Xiengkhouang, where was
devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973.
Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of
Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds
of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau.
If time permits, we are seeing the old capital of Muang
Khoun [if time permits] and the nearby villages, home to
the Hmong hill tribe people. They have an interesting
local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in
( Breakfast included)
Day 5: Phonsavan - Vientiane
Breakfast, visit Central Market, and Visit some ethnic
(either Hmong, Phuan, Thai Neua, Thai Dam or Thai Lu).
Afternoon transfer to airport for the
flight QV402, 14h40/1620 to Vientiane. Arrival
transfer to Vientiane. After checking into hotel
[if time permits we continue our sightseeing tour
of Vientiane surrounding; visit the impressive Lao-Thai
Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a display of
Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical
monk on parkland located by the Mekong River. A view of
the Atacular sunset over the Mekong River is perfect way
to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane
( Breakfast included)
Day 6: Vientiane
Breakfast, AM: you are met to continue exploring
Vientiane capital city, we start to visit the major
sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket
with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the
former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the
famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous
and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to
take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument,
which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
PM: continue to visit the rest of Vientiane by walk,
visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. Then we
pass by the major shopping area continuing to the
Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin
where the major goods display; including fresh food,
household, textiles, gold, silver and ancient souvenir
varied display and return to Mekong Riverside and late
evening. By late afternoon observing sunset by
Mekong. Overnight in Vientiane.
( Breakfast included)
Day 7: Flight to Hanoi
Transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Arrival
transfer to our hotel in town. City tour to visit the
city highlight including Ho Chi Minh Complex which
includes the Vietnams first University, The Temple Of
Literature, built in 1070. Visit the Museum of
Ethnology Enjoy one hour cyclo tour through the
Old Quarter. Evening water puppet for 2 persons.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 8: : Hanoi - Halongbay Cruise
This morning pick up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8.30 am
we will depart Hanoi at 0830 from your hotel in Hanoi
for a four-hour drive through the Red River
Delta to Ha Long City. Arrival in Halong City we
transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for
a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters
of Halong Bay, giving us the chance to take in the
stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site.
Board our junk Junk, check-in registration
Have lunch with welcome wine.
A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay
Optional visit to Thien Cung cave , Dau Go cave,
round over Tuan Chau island, or Sungsot cave
Optional swim at lovely beaches. Afternoon tea
with pastries on the sundeck or in the restaurant and
drink before dinner
Junk cruise ankor by the lagoon
Enjoy 4 course diner and overnight on Junk.
Day 9: Halong bay – Hanoi
Rising to the sound of ocean coming to life for another
lovely day. We breakfast over sunset:
: Junk boat once again sets sail through breathtaking
secluded Halong bay
Enjoy breakfast while cruising
§ 9h00 :
Visit Bai tu long Bay , Teapot island , Chopstiks island
, Bai tho mountain.
: Return to Halong city and have lunch on board.
12h00 : Back to Halong wharf and disembark
Transfer back to Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi by 5pm. Drop off
at your hotel. The trip concludes in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Hue
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for the
flight to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam (1802 -1945
under Nguyen Dynasty). Hue is known as ‘the city of
peace and poetry. Arrival Hue transfer to our hotel.
Visit Hue citadel, and the famous Thien Mu Pagoda
from here we take a boat trip on Perfume river to visit
Tuduc royal tomb. Visit the famous Dong Ba market.
Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 11: Hue – Hoian
Transfer to Hoi An via Danang. Visit the Cham Museum
containing the finest collection of Cham sculpture in
the world . Transfer to Hoian, a major Asian
trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed
little over the years. We visit Hoian old houses and
temples, bridges and markets . Take a walking tour of
the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants'
homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the
colourful market. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: Hoian - Myson
Breakfast in the hotel
This morning, drive about 1 ½ hour to visit My Son, one
of the most important Cham site in the country and it’s
set amongst lovely hills. My Son is another of Vietnam’s
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Hoi An. At leisure
to enjoy Hoian. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Danang – Saigon – Cuchi Tunnels
Fly Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City VN 315, 0810/0940 Upon
arrival, you would be met and transferred to your hotel.
Drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnel – an amazing complex
system of underground tunnel constructed during the
Vietnam war by the Vietcong; Return to HCM city.
Overnight at hotel in HCM city.
Day 14: Saigon – Mekong – Delta
Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast for Vinh Long.
Arrive in Cai Be floating market, we will take a boat
trip to explore the floating market, one of the most
attractions in the Mekong Delta. Continue cruising to
Vinh Long the capital of Vinh Long Province. What makes
a trip to Vinh Long worthwhile is not the town itself
but the beautiful small islands in the river. The
islands are totally given to agriculture, especially the
growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to markets
in Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc Island where
one of the fascinating things to be seen are the “monkey
bridges”. These are makeshift footbridges built of
uneven logs about 30 to 80 cm wide and from 2m to 10m
above the canals. For lunch sample the local delicacy,
the "Elephant's Ear Fish" on Binh Hoa Phuoc Island.
Return to Saigon .At leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 15: Departure
At leisure. Transfer to airport for the departure
All accommodation on double/twin basis with daily breakfast
Meals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Diner). Special
requirements (vegetarian, diet etc.) could be arranged upon
All transfers/ transport
Tours with entrance fees, boat cruise, transfers and English
speaking during guided time
Private boat trip in Halong Bay for your use only + kayaking & Dragon
boat in Hue
Flight tickets from:
Xiengkhouang - Vientiane - Hanoi - Hue -
International airfares & airport taxes
Pre/post trip arrangement
Visa and visa arrangement
Meals not indicated
Other personal expenses
Tips and gratuities
Trip cost : in US$ and per person based on 02 people
Hotels - Superior
Huong Giang hotel****