Highlights of Vietnam & Laos

Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho - Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang

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Overview

This tour is designed for those who wish to discover the endless charm of the rich culture and beautiful nature of the two countries – Vietnam and Laos. There are a lot of opportunities to explore most of the must see destinations in both countries such as the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the lush land of Mekong Delta, the ancient town of Hoian and Hue, the dreamy land of Halong Bay and the laid back Luang Prabang.

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Welcome to Vietnam. Once arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be picked up 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.

This morning, take a short drive to Cu Chi Tunnels - a great place to explore the history of Vietnam. This stunning network was once served as the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during war time. You should try to creep through the tunnel to experience the war life of the fighters.

Set off your afternoon walking tour from Sai Gon River to some highlights of the city including the Opera House, Town Hall and the Notre Dame cathedral. Take some time to visit Reunification Palace before exploring the vibrant market of Ben Thanh – the most famous market in the city.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, leave the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh and depart for My Tho. Once arrival, take a boat trip on Tien River to visit My Tho Fish Market and four islands. Continue your journey with a carriage ride to one of the most beautiful villages where you visit the house of Mr. Muoi Hai and enjoy honey tea. You could also try your hands by rowing a sampan along the Mekong River. In the afternoon, drive to Can Tho by private vehicle. Spend the rest of the day relaxing as you wish.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, board a boat and cruise to the Mekong Delta. The tranquil byways of the legend river will amaze any tourist. The boat will take you to the boisterous Cai Rang Floating Market - one of the most famous markets around the region. After the visit, transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for a flight to Hue. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in Hue city center for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

After breakfast, set out your city exploration with the first visit to the majestic tomb of Minh Mang King. Then, board the royal dragon boat for a cruise on the charming Perfume River to visit the revered Thien Mu Pagoda. Proceed to the Imperial Citadel – the World Heritage Site and also a great place to learn about country history. Continue your trail to the Purple City, also known as Forbidden City located in the center of the Citadel. Take your time to admire numerous architectural monuments inside the citadel. With the nature patterns decorated on the wall, the Forbidden Citadel is a grand center of the capital. Wrap your day with a visit to the bustling Dong Ba Market to get a glimpse of local daily life.

Back to your hotel in the late afternoon. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Hoian via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline. After arriving in Danang, spend some time relaxing at Non Nuoc Beach before moving onto Cham Museum to explore its fascinating collections of artworks dated back to thousand years ago. Once arrival in Hoi An, spend the rest of the day relaxing. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hoi An for your reference.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the guided tour around the ancient port town. Strolling around the town, you will see the fascinating ancient houses built in the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. You will be taken to some of the most beautiful attractions of the town including Japanese Covered Bridge, the famous Chinese Temple and former Vietnamese merchant’s houses. You will learn more these historical relics through interesting stories behind them.

Later, embark on a boat for a cruise along Hoai River to visit the renown Thanh Ha Pottery Village where you can witness first- hand this fascinating craft which has been still handed down through generations.

Back to your hotel around noon and free at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Take your time to relax in the morning before transferring without guide to Danang airport for a flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide and Hanoi airport and be transferred to your hotel in city center for check in. The rest of the day is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of this enchanting capital city with some of the must see landscape. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh is rested. Continue onto the traditional stilt house, Presidential Palace and the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Take some time to explore the culture of the country with a visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Ethnology Museum where you can explore the great diversity of ethnic groups. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. As the day comes to an end, stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy a traditional water puppet show.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, leave the hustle and bustle of the capital city behind and depart for a journey to Halong Bay - the natural heritage site of the world famous for its thousands of islands scattered around the Gulf of Tonkin.

After around 3.5 hour drive, you will reach the harbor where you board an overnight cruise to explore the bay. During your stay on board, there are a wide range of activities including swimming, kayaking, diving and exploring the caves. It is for sure that you'll get a unique journey you have never experienced before.

♣ Please check our selected cruises on Halong Bay for your reference 

Take your time to soak up in the endless charm of the bay while the hearty brunch is served on board. Cruise back to the harbor where our driver awaits to take you to Hanoi airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival by our local guide and transfer to your hotel in town center for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today you will board a small boat and enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves.Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Along the way, make a stop at Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xang Khong where you can learn about the traditional crafts of weaving paper and drum making. As the day comes to an end, proceed to Phousi Mountain for a fabulous sunset and a visit to a sacred stupa then pay a visit to the Night Market where you could buy some beautiful souvenirs and observe local life. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Optional: For early risers, you could take the chance to observe the alms giving ritual taking place from break of dawn. This is a great way to learn more about the unique tradition and religion practiced in the city.

After breakfast, set off the city tour with a visit to some famous sites including Wat Xieng Thong- one of the most famous temples in Laos, the beautiful temple of  WatVisoun and the Royal Palace Museum where you can see great collections displayed such as furniture, traditional costumes and arts, ornaments and working tools dated back the 20th century. After the visit, drive to the impressive Kuang Si Waterfall to take in the astonishingly cool waters of the fall.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

You are free to relax before being transferred without guide to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time. Meals on your own. END OF SERVICES.

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
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise V'Spirit Cruise Glory Cruise Pelican Cruise
Hue Alba Hotel Alba Spa Hotel Eldora Hotel Indochine Hue
Hoi An Kim An Hoian Silk Boutique Thanh Binh Riverside Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Le Duy Grand Ruby River Muong Thanh Centre Majestic Saigon
Can Tho Fortuneland Iris Hotel Vic Can Tho

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
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hue Alba Hotel
Hoi An Kim An
Saigon Le Duy Grand
Can Tho
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hue Alba Spa Hotel
Hoi An Hoian Silk Boutique
Saigon Ruby River
Can Tho Fortuneland
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Hue Eldora Hotel
Hoi An Thanh Binh Riverside
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Can Tho Iris Hotel
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise
Hue Indochine Hue
Hoi An Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Majestic Saigon
Can Tho Vic Can Tho

In Laos

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

If you want to visit Laos, a combination with a Vietnam Holiday is highly recommended. From Vietnam, it is so easy to combine with Laos both by flight or land border. It is the reason why we call Laos and Vietnam are brothers.

This is a memorable trip for travelers who wish to explore all highlighted sites of Vietnam and Laos. From Southern Vietnam, you will have a chance to explore the bustling city to Mekong Delta areas. We also give you few days in Hoi An for beach break or relaxing before flying to the North of Vietnam.

From Hanoi to Luang Prabang, you just need to take a short flight and it is so easy and quick. Luang Prabang will bring you the new and fresh air as this is one of the most charming towns in the world. The Laos foods are amazing by its delicous taste and beautiful simple decoration. Do not wait and let's explore Vietnam and Laos with us.

For more options, please visit our collections of Vietnam and Laos holidays.

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

  • 14 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Luang Prabang.
  • 13 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 17 meals included.
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Hue/ Danang - Hanoi and Hanoi - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • 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

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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