Adventure to Northern Hills of Vietnam and Laos

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Vieng Xai - Sam Neua - Nam Et - Phou Louey - Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang

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This 12 day tour offers you a great chance to explore the untouched corners of the northern hills of Vietnam and Laos. Lots of local experiences and adventures await you to explore. Do not miss out the chance to explore these two diverse countries in a unique way.

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Welcome to the capital city of Hanoi. You will be picked up from the airport 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.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hanoi for your reference.

Leave the bustling city of Hanoi this morning and drive to the beautiful land of Mai Chau sitting gently in a small valley. The place is home to White Thai hill tribe who still holds their unique lifestyle and traditions for centuries.

In the afternoon, take your time to relax at your eco lodge or homestay. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge or homestay.

Today you will explore this charming land with a leisurely bike ride through the beautiful rice fields and observe the daily life of the locals along the way. There are various chances to take some nice photos of small stilt houses and chat with friendly locals en route.

After a fabulous bike ride, take your time to relax at the lodge or homestay. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the lodge or homestay.

Today, you will be taken to the Lao border where our local guide will meet and accompany with you during the next adventures. Keep driving to Vieng Xai which is famous for the historic relics and the magnificent cave system. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Welcome on arrival, check in your hotel and free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Vieng Xai was once served as home to communists during Indochina war and nowadays it is a popular site in Laos for tourists to visit. Exploring the cave, you will see its astonishing size and a wonderful system of school, hospital, offices and shops… Lunch at a local restaurant.

After exploring the great relic, continue driving to Sam Neua on seal road with scenic views en route. On arrival, check in your hotel and free to relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to the National Protected Area of Nam Et-PhouLouey. After cruising down the river, you will reach your overnight place in the eco lodge of Nam Nern Night Safari.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

You are free at your leisure at the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the lodge.

Get up early this morning, say goodbye to the lodge and start your trek through the lush forest. Lunch will be arranged during the trek. After lunch, you will be taken to NongKhiaw for around 4 hour.

Upon your arrival, check in your beautiful stilt bungalow offering the views over Nam Ou River.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Try to wake up early this morning to immerse in to the tranquility of the river as the sun starts to rise. After breakfast, set off your adventure with a trekking tour to the 100 waterfall. Your trek could be tough sometimes but as reaching the fall, you will be rewarded fabulous scenery.

Transfer back to the bungalow and spend time relaxing. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Leave your bungalow and drive to Luang Prabang for 3 hours. Along the way, make some stops at local villages to get a glimpse of their daily life. Once in Luang Prabang, check in your hotel and spend the rest the day relaxing at your hotel.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is free to relax or explore the town on your own. You could stroll along the Nam Khan and Mekong River to take in the views with some Lao coffee or explore Lao street food. If you wish some more active adventures, you could visit some mysterious temples and the villages with your bike or a tuk tuk. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

You are recommended to get up early this morning to participate in the traditional ritual of Tak Bat (also known as the alms giving ceremony) taking place from the break of dawn. Our guide will explain and provide more information on this important ritual.

After breakfast, start your exploration of the city with a visit to some highlights. Join our electric bike tour to get around this atmospheric town. You will visit Vat Xieng Thong Temple- the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang, Vat Senna - a colorful monastery covered with yellow and red tile. As the day comes to a close, make your way to the beautiful Phosi market and ride along the river and the sleepy streets.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the last day in Luang Prabang, take the chance to explore the temple or just relax at your hotel until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own. End of tour.

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Vietnam

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Hanoi L'Heritage Quoc Hoa May De Ville Old Quarter Apricot
Mai Chau Homestay Homestay Sol Bungalow Mai Chau Ecolodge

In Laos

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Luang Prabang My Laos Home Villa Chitdara Maison Dalabua Satri House

In Vietnam

Hanoi L'Heritage
Mai Chau Homestay
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Mai Chau Homestay
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Mai Chau Sol Bungalow
Hanoi Apricot
Mai Chau Mai Chau Ecolodge

In Laos

Luang Prabang My Laos Home
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Luang Prabang Maison Dalabua
Luang Prabang Satri House

If you want to explore Vietnam and Laos by land border - this is a perfect itinerary for you. This trip takes you to deeply Northern Vietnam and then head to Northern Laos. During 12 days, you will discover many isolated places with amazing natural beauty.

Why you should take this trip?

-> You will have the best experiences in your life

-> You will have so many chances to get authentic local culture and try new things

-> You will go far away of the mordern life and have simple life conditions

-> You will taste many local and traditional foods

-> All transfers during this trip are by private car, hence you can stop at any time for short rest or take photo

If above reasons still can not encourage you to visit Vietnam and Laos in a combination, you may want to have something easier or more classic. We have many alternative option for you as below:

-> Highlights of Vietnam and Laos - 14 Days

-> Luang Prabang to Vietnam Tour - 12 Days

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

Inclusions

  • 12 day tour from the North of Vietnam to Luang Prabang
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • All airport transfers
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • Bicycle as mentioned
  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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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