12 DAYS TRANQUIL BEAUTY OF LAOS & VIETNAM
- Tour code: IP-P10
- Duration: 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS
- Explore Mekong delta which connect 6 different countries
- Explore Cu Chi tunnel with systems which included the special constructed living areas
- Discover Sapa wonderful views the terraced rice fields and visit some ethnic Village
- Discover Ha Long Bay UNESCO World Heritage
- Travel to Luang Prabang city to explore the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, the Chantal wooden house, climb up to the top of Mount Phousi, visit some famous temple and discover the beautiful Kuang Si waterfallswhich is the biggest in the Luang Prabang
Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, we will greet you at airport with Welcome signboard and then you will be transfered to hotel in Ho Chi Minh city. You are free at leisure to explore city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: EXPLORE FULLDAY MEKONG DELTA
Over 60 million people depend on the Mekong Delta for their primary source of income or sustenance and it connect 6 different countries. We will pick you up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city then transfer to My Tho by 2,5 hour drive.
On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.Visit the coconut candy mill and take a boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals.
Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.
Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 3: HALFDAY CU CHI TUNNEL
Pick up from your hotel to transfer to the Cu Chi tunnels. The trip to Cu Chi will take approximately one and a half hours by bus. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions during times of war.
Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. You will also see and learn about the many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla fighters food during the war) will be served. Break time for relax or time for those who want to try their aim on the shooting range, firing the same model guns that were used in the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh city.
Overnight in Hoian
Day 4: HO CHI MINH – FLY TO HANOI
You are free a leisure until be transferred to airport for flight to Hanoi. Our driver will hold welcome signboard with your name on then transfer to hotel in Hanoi for check in.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: HANOI – SAPA – TREK TO BLACK H’MONG TRIBE
In the early morning, bus driver will pick up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter then depart to Sapa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break in 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
13h00: Arrive in Sapa, our tourguide will pick you up at bus station then transfer to hotel. Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures.
In the afternoon, we will take 2 - hour trekking to visit Cat Cat village. It is occupied by the Black H’mong tribe. Here, you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in twentieth century. You will experience the tribal way of life of ethnic minorities while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Then take a walk uphill for bus to pick up to get back to Sapa in the afternoon.
You are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping your own expense. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: TREK TO LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGE – RETURN TO HANOI
The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley. Start Trekking from Sapa to Y Linh Ho to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain.En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van. Then our bus will pick you up Ta Van Bridge to transfer to Sapa town You are free at leisure in Sapa before we transfer you to bus stop to return Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi and overnight.
Day 7: HANOI – HALONG WORLD HERITAGE - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
With over 1600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s “Bay of Descending Dragons” is a must-see destination for every traveller to Southeast Asia. Stay for 1 night in the bay aboard a Halong Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.
Wake early to meet your driver at your hotel for transfer to the ports of Halong Bay. Relax on the 3.5 hour journey, ready for 2 days 1 night of exploring ahead. At the port, board your traditional junk boat and set sail through the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. Admire the endless islands and jungle-clad limestone karsts of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site and sit down to a delicious lunch on the sundeck of the boat.
In the afternoon, head off of the boat to visit vast caves and white sand beaches, hidden among the towering rock formations, and take to the water for a swim or a kayak. Then attend a cooking demonstration with our Chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam
In the evening, there is plenty of time to relax on the junk's sundeck, before a sumptuous dinner with your fellow guests.
Day 8: HALONG – HANOI
Take advantage of the cool morning breeze to start your day. Enjoy breakfast while you sail through the majestic peaks.
Then we will hike to visit cave or panoramic sea views
Back on your boat, enjoy lunch then head back to the marina. Spend your last few hours soaking up the scenery before the journey back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi at late afternoon,
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: HANOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR
You are free at leisure until your driver will transfer you to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 10: AUTHENTIC LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. Stop and visit fresh local markets and back to hotel for breakfast.
This morning, depart to visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Continue to visit Wat Aham. Then, visit to the most photographed temple, Vat Xiengthong. Located at the end of peninsular closed to the confluence of Mekong and Khan River.
This afternoon, continue to former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Visit Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. During Pimai, the Lao New Year, the Prabang normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this temple.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: CRUISING THE MIGHTY MEKONG TO PAK OU CAVES – KUANG SI WATERFALLS
This morning transfer to the pier where you board a traditional long trail boat, for a relaxing cruise upstream on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and witness the simple rural lifestyles. You will reach Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. In these 2 caves are displayed hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha images which are the object of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April. Cruise back Luang Prabang. Stop and visit Ban Xangkhong, a weaving village, where you can jump into wooden looms with local expert for practical and experience.
This afternoon, driving through green rice paddies and farms. On your arrival at the Kuang Si waterfall, enjoy your short walking on trails of falls to visit the bear rescued centre. Enjoy spectacular views and surrounding of orchids inside the park and falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools.
Return to Luang Prabang.
Day 12: TAKING THE DEPARTURE FLIGHT
You are free to stroll around the town before taking the departure flight for the next destination
End of services!
- Carefully selected accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals at local restaurant as indicated
- English-speaking local guide in each destination
- Tour activity as mentioned
- Land transfers by air-con vehicle including airports pick up & drop off
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Cruise in Halong bay
- Boat trip in Mekong delta & Pak Ou cave
- A bottle of water for guided day tour
- Vietnam & Laos visa
- Domestic & international flight
- Compulsory dinner for New Year & Christmas
- Travel insurance
- Late checkout, early check-in
- Drinks, laundry, tips, person
- Other not stated above
|Hotel||Price/ Person||Single Supplement|
|Hotel 3*||1038 USD||672 USD|
|Hotel 4*||1194 USD||750 USD|