Adventure to Northern Hills of Vietnam and Laos

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






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

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

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


  • 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.
  • 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

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews

Margit Wilhelm

Namibia, Southern Africa

"Review on Facebook"

Jan 2018

Really couldn't have asked for a better holiday. We first thought it must be a scam, as it couldn't be true, because of their amazing price. But it wasn't! It was real even though it felt like a dream. Excellent service, well-organised, amazing views, friendly ... More +


Cape Town, South Africa

"Wonderful holiday through Vietnam and Cambodia"

Oct 2017

It has been a great experience. Our holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia was fantastic. We explore all of Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap. The guides and drivers work like clockwork, friendly and helpful. The cruise in Halong was superb, very comfortable in ... More +

Mathew and Wife

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Amazing Vietnam experience!"

Oct 2017

I and my wife are just home from our tour to Vietnam after nearly two weeks. It was an excellent job done by Alex and her team to organize everything perfectly. I'm happy with my drivers and tour guides especially Tom in Hanoi. He ... More +

Jurgens M

Cape Town, South Africa

"Great long, multi-city trip"

Sept 2017

We have recently returned from a trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. 14 day tour that took us from Saigon to Hanoi then Cambodia was amazing. Everything was very well organized. The guides always showed up on time, very knowledgeable and personable. All hotels were super ... More +

Lee Ann

Cape Town, South Africa

"You made us an amazing honeymoon"

Sept 2017

Thank you Julie for your arrangement. Our whole trip went very smoothly. The drivers and guides on the tours were all reliable, helpful and friendly. We love Mekong Delta tour, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An. We would turn around and recommend to anyone in ... More +

John Henry

Durban, South Africa

"A truly magical trip"

Sept 2017

The most wonderful 10 day trip of Vietnam. Everything was very well organized and ran so smoothly, including meeting me at my Hanoi hotel on my first day. All boutique hotels were beautiful with very friendly staff. We had the best transfer service. A big ... More +

Joddina Al

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Thank you, thank you"

July 2017

We just returned from a fantastic 3 week trip through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It was a long trip but everything worked very smoothly. At every location, we were met by a driver and guide to take us to our hotel and to take us ... More +

Patrick Ln

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Fantastic tour and lovely arrangements"

July 2017

We had enjoyed very much our first trip to Vietnam. It was an amazing experience in Hanoi with millions of motorcycles, traffic was crazy but safe. We did a walking tour, tried Bia Hoi (kind of local beer), and BBQ in Hanoi old quarter which ... More +


Bloemfontein, South Africa

"Now I said traveling solo in Vietnam is easy"

June 2017

Our first trip to a country completely unknown to me. I did not have to worry about any transportation and got picked up and dropped off at the airport. The guide in Hanoi Ms Ha spoke excellent English and was really knowledgeable about the history ... More +

Steve Alan

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Great trip and excellent organisation"

June 2017

We were so impressed with how punctual and effortless the trip was. From the moment we arrived, we were picked up and everything went smoothly. The guides were outstanding, friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great credit to the company. We love Halong Bay and it ... More +

Amanda C

Cape Town, South Africa

"What a beautiful trip, fantastic tour guides"

Dec 2016

What a beautiful trip, we wouldn't have changed anything. This was our first holiday to Southeast Asia. We were met at the airport then taken around to see Hanoi by Jim. He even suggested us to try local street food and beer that was just ... More +

Lynne Elsabe

Cape Town, South Africa

"Amazing Vietnam & Cambodia holiday"

Dec 2016

We were very pleased with the services and everything went clock perfect? I actually still find it incredible. We can recommend everybody a visit to the charming Vietnam and magical Siem Reap in Cambodia. You have set such a high bench mark. I honestly wish ... More +

Tracy Cante

Bloemfontein, South Africa

"A holiday to remember"

Dec 2016

Everything about this experience was terrific.
- Sapa was just fantastic and the tour guide wonderful.
- Tour to Halong Bay was first class, food was delicious, amazing scenery.
- Hue visit to ancient temples was so informative.
- Resort we upgraded to in Hoi An was ... More +

Patricia HR

Johannesburg, South Africa

"A perfectly organised tour"

Sept 2016

Thanks Julie Le for all your hard work to organise our personalised tour. I and Thomas just wanted to let you know that the trip has been amazing. We had a most enjoyable time in Vietnam and Cambodia. Everything ran smoothly that we would always ... More +

Jennifer Whd

Durban, South Africa

"My best friend and I had a wonderful trip thanks"

Sept 2016

Thanks Tam Dang. Jenny and I had a wonderful and fun filled holiday. Absolutely no problems. The holiday began when met at the airport by an efficient friendly and welcoming driver. All the tours were punctual and well hassle free. Wonderful tour guides, nice and ... More +

Brian Joe

Centurion, South Africa

"Impressive and reliable"

Aug 2016

Vietnam and Cambodia were excellent because of the service me and my friends received. We only got to the Airport at Hanoi and the guide was at the terminal waiting for us. The tour guides had great knowledge of the areas and provided so much ... More +


Pretoria, South Africa

"Exceptional services. We had a great time"

July 2016

The tour was really well organized. Each step was carefully executed and ran very smoothly. Our cruise in Ha Long Bay was a perfect arrangment to end our holiday. I wouldn't change an aspect of it. Good facilities used, quality transport and friendly, efficient and ... More +

Melanie Houley

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Just say woo excellent service and thank you"

July 2016

All our trips within Vietnam worked out perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed it. All the meet and greet persons were on time, the guides were excellent especially Ms My in Hanoi and Tam in Hoian. We were lucky to get a free upgrade for room at ... More +

Linda Anne

Boksburg, South Africa

"Amazing tour, perfect organisation and services"

July 2016

Our group of six had an amazing time in Vietnam. The trip ran smoothly, from airport pick up to final airport drop off. The tour was a great balance of free time and tour activities. Everything from hotels, internal flights, guide and food was well ... More +


Cape Town, South Africa

"Fantastic 12 day Vietnam and Cambodia"

June 2016

Thank you Alex for the great 12 day tour in Vietnam and Cambodia which you had tailor made for me and my husband. The trip was completely well planned, organised , exciting and so interesting! The guides were super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing was ... More +

Janise Lesch

Johannesburg, South Africa

"Brilliant, wonderful trip"

June 2016

Just arrived back from our holiday in Vietnam. We had a wonderful trip in Vietnam from the north down to the south. All the things from hotels, flights, car, guide etc. worked seamlessly. Thank you so much Candy and Seni Tours for all your outstanding ... More +

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