Luang Prabang to Vietnam Tour
Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
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Welcome to Luang Prabang. On arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
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 and 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 bear secured center before going 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.
Our tuk tuk will pick you up at your hotel this morning to have a departure to the boat jetty.
Embark on the Nava Mekong, a traditional river boat, for a shared cruise on the mighty Mekong River, departing around 1000. On the way, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the dramatic yet peaceful scenery as well as see the simple lives of rural people living along the river.
During 2 – hour cruise upstream to the Pak Ou Caves. It’s called by Pak Ou because of its special location - the caves themselves are very close to the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. In these 2 caves, you will have chance to admire numerous ancient Buddha images, dating back from many centuries. Also, this is the most important religious site in Laos for pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April.
On the way back downstream, you will be served with a selection of typical Lao dishes onboard.
The cruise will take about 1.5 hours to turn back Luang Prabang, and arrive around 1400. The tuk tuk will pick you up at the boat jetty and transfer you back to your hotel.
Free time at your leisure in the rest of day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Free at your leisure until be transferred without guide to the airport for your short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival Hanoi Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Meals on your own.Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where houses the body of the famous President Ho Chi Minh. Get to know more about his life and career with a visit to his traditional stilt house before appreciating the special structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of literature- famous for being the first university of Vietnam.
After a lunch at a restaurant (on your own expense) and a short rest, continue your afternoon exploration by visiting the Ethnology Museum where you can learn more about different ethnic groups of Vietnam. Wrap your beautiful day with a traditional water puppet show.
Head back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, leave Hanoi and depart for another stunning land of Halong Bay – the UNECO Heritage Site which is famous for thousands of islands scattering over the Gulf of Tonkin. Visiting the bay, you will be amazed by the natural beauty of different types of scenery.
You will embark on a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on the magical bay. The cruise is also a great chance to savor special menu of fresh seafood in the endless charm of limestone formations.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Try to wake up early this morning to take in the morning views of the bay at its best. Morning is the great time to admire the breathtaking views of the bay in the glitter of sun rays shining down to the water surface. After the tea break, take the last chance to enjoy the impressive views of the surroundings as the ship cruises through various seascapes. Get your camera ready to take nice photos of the unique land.
Transfer to Hanoi city center by shuttle bus and then take private transfer to the airport for flight to Danang. You will be then transferred to the hotel in Hoian for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Start your day with a bike tour to Tra Que organic village – home to the great diversity of herbs and vegetables. Take in the tranquillity of the countryside along the way.
Take a short break to taste some special local herb juice and then hop back on your bike to Cam Thanh coconut village passing though beautiful rice fields and hamlets. Upon arriving in Cam Thanh, you will be surprised by the unique bamboo products even bamboo bicycles. Enjoy a lunch with a local family followed by a stunning experience on the local fishing basket boat. Get back on your bike and paddle through small hamlets again to go back to Hoian ancient town.
Enjoy a short rest before setting out your walking tour around the fascinating port town. The leisurely trip offers you a great chance to see the ancient houses built in Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. There are some incredible places that you should not miss when visiting Hoian including the hundred- year – old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall and the local fish market. You also have chance to stop at a tailor-made shop to get your favourite clothes.
Head back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Hue through the beautiful Hai Van Pass looking over the coastline which offers the fascinating views of Vietnam nature. You also pass through the quaint Lang Co beach with a great chance to take beautiful photos of white sandy beach.
Welcome to Hue, transfer to the hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy a cyclo tour to the Royal Citadel – a World Heritage Site should be visited to anyone in Hue. After exploring the Citadel, board a boat for a short cruise along the charming Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Floating along the river, you will take in the fresh air as well as find the peacefulness in your mind. Do not miss out the chance to capture this beautiful moment while on the boat back to the city center.
Once in the city center, pay a visit to Tu Duc Mausoleum – the largest tomb in Vietnam. Walk around the mausoleum to learn more the long lasting history behind the magnificent work. You will get a closer look at the impressive royal architecture of the tomb. Take some time to visit Tu Hieu Pagoda before transferring back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once arrival, set off your tour to this bustling city. You will visit some must see historic sites of the city including the Post Office, the Notre Dame cathedral , Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. You also visit Thien Hau pagoda to get the peaceful feeling and then return to your hotel to relax.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, leave this vibrant city and depart for Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. After arriving at the pier, embark the boat and travel along the Chat Say River passing through various local working areas. You have time to witness first-hand the local economy and culture through some visits to the brick kilns. You could also taste fresh coconut and see the exciting way to turn coconut into daily products and foods.
Continue your boat trip through the small canal to observe the daily local life. Make a stop at a tranquil village where you enjoy a walk to get a real insight into the life of the delta region. You also visit a mat weaving house where the locals still use hand loom to weave straw mats.
Your excursion will be continued with a xeloi ride or a bike ride to another village to explore the picturesque views of farms, rice fields and vegetation. There is a stop at a local house where a delicious lunch with regional specialties is served such as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp. After lunch, take a short rest.
In the afternoon, take a sampan boat to relax and float along narrow canals to return to the pier. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner on your own.
If you do not have much time but still want to travel Vietnam and Laos, this program is designed for you.
Within 12 days, we invite you to visit all the highlighted sites of Laos and Vietnam. You also have few days in Hoi An to enjoy the beach or walk around the charming town.
Luang Prabang is very famous by its eco activities, so if you wish to have some special experiences, just send us your inquire and then we will give out our recommendations.
Laos and Vietnam are waiting for you to discover.
Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.
For children, please note:
+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
+ Children from 12 years old: as adult
Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:
° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)
° Easter Holidays - from 11.Apr.2018 - 19.Apr.2018 – some 5-star hotels in Hoian will have surcharge for Easter Holidays
° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 13.Feb.2018 – 18.Feb.2018 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking
- 12 day tour from Luang Prabang to the South of Vietnam.
- 11 nights' accommodation.
- Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 17 meals included.
- 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Luang Prabang - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Danang/ Hue - Ho Chi Minh (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
- Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
- All airport transfers
- English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
- VIETNAM VISA LETTER
- Service charges and government VAT tax
- International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam/ Laos are approximately $700-$1400 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
- Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
- Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
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