Vietnam to Laos Explorer

Saigon - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang

16

Days

From

R21254/pp

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Budget
3-Star
4-Star
5-Star

Overview

Vietnam and Laos are must see destinations in your journey to Asia. The bustling pace of Vietnam and the laid – back atmosphere of cultural heritages in Laos will be interesting experiences you could expect in this trip. You will explore some of the most famous landscapes in Vietnam and Laos including the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the enchanting town of Hoian, the ancient capital of Hue, the World wonder of Halong Bay and the temple city of Luang Prabang.

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Welcome to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh. You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Take your time to explore the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh on your own. The city embodies for the great blend of the past and the present architecture, of the temples and skyscrapers lined on the streets. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today you will explore in depth this fascinating city with its key sites. Your first stop is to the Central Post Office to have a closer look at its stunning architecture designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. Take a few steps to the Notre Dame Cathedral – an impressive landmark of the city. It is also a favored place for Vietnamese couples to take their wedding photos. You also visit the War Remnants Museum where you can explore the hidden stories of the country’s history in the dark period of war. There are several collections of military aircraft, weaponry and many photographs displayed in the museum. Your beautiful exploration ends with a trip on speedboat along the Sai Gon River where you can see unchanged lifestyle. Head back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, you will depart for Cai Be by car or van via Trung Luong Express Highway. Along the way, make a stop in Tan An town for some nice photos of picturesque rice fields.

After reaching Cai Be, board a motor boat for a visit to the colorful Cai Be floating market where you can be astonished by the wide selection of tropical fruits and the unique lifestyle of the local people. Then, continue onto a small family business to see the interesting making process of coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn. Take a stroll through small villages and visit the lash orchard and fruit plantation in the beautiful rhyme of traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.

Continue cruising through small canals to enjoy the rustic beauty of the Upper Mekong Delta. Once arriving in Tan Phong Island, join our cooking class. Share your cooking experience and try your hands to prepare some special Vietnamese dishes. Lunch will be served in the heart of the garden with the food you’ve cooked and fresh river food.

In the afternoon, enjoy your cycling tour on the village road lined with beautiful orchards and bonsai garden. Get the chance to interact with the locals on the island to get a glimpse of their way of life.

Afterwards, take a boat ride back to Cai Be where your car/van awaits to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.  Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel .

Today you will be transferred without guide to the airport for a flight to Danang. From the airport, continue driving to Hoi An – the ancient town. Enjoy a guided walking tour around the most fabulous attractions of the town including a preserved pagoda, assembly hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Back to your hotel and then free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

Today you will explore the unique cuisine of the town - a great way to learn more the local culture. You will join a cooking class in which you are offered a hands–on lesson on the ingredients and the way to cook authentic Vietnamese food. After finishing the cooking lesson, take the chance to taste the traditional food of pho and spring rolls.

Back to your hotel around noon and free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, drive to Hue 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. Once arrival in Hue, set out your city exploration with the first visit to the majestic tomb of Minh Mang King. Take a walk around the Imperial Citadel – the World Heritage Site and also a great place to learn about country history.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

Today, transfer without guide to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi. After a short rest, start to explore the city with a cyclo ride around the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to get a true insight into the way of life. At the end of the day, enjoy your time with a delightful water puppet show.

This evening, you will be transferred to Hanoi station for an overnight train to Sapa – a highlight in the north of Vietnam. 

This early morning, you will arrive at Lao Cai station form which you will be taken on the winding mountain roads to Sapa. On arrival, have breaksfast at a local restaurant and then set off your guided walking tour to visit the museum where you can see great collections of old photos, artifacts and ethnic minority costumes. Continue walking through a local market before taking a light trek along the hillside paths.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day and free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, climb to the top of Ham Rong Mountain to get the stunning views of Sapa and surroundings and learn about the hidden stories behind its name. Along the way, you may see beautiful flowers in bloom, orchid farms and interesting rock formations. In the evening, transfer back to Lao Cai station for an overnight train to Hanoi.

This early morning, arrive back in Hanoi. After breakfast and a short rest, enjoy a scenic drive to the dreamy land of Halong Bay for round 4 hours. Once arrival, embark on our beautiful junk boat to explore the hidden charm of the bay. During your stay on board, there are various activities for you to take part in such as swimming, kayaking or exploring the caves. This will be a memorable experience in your journey to Vietnam. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on boat.

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

You are recommended to wake up early this morning to take in the tranquil air of the bay and its breathtaking views at its best. You will visit the cave of Surprises –the biggest cave in Halong Bay to explore its magnificent stalagmites and stalactites along the lit paths. After the visit, cruise back to the harbor and transfer to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

This morning, you will explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and learn more about the stories of the great president Ho Chi Minh who had a great influence on the independent campaign of the country. Proceed to the One Pillar Pagoda to appreciate its special structure before moving onto the Temple of Literature – famous for being the first university of Vietnam. The afternoon is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check in. Afterwards, start your city tour with a visit to the famous Wat Xieng Thong – one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang. After the visit, climb to the top of Mount Phousi to take in the fabulous views over the city at sunset. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Take a great chance this early morning to observe the special ceremony of alms giving taking place on the streets of the city. Then, head out of the town to the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfall. After reaching the waterfall, enjoy your time to take in the tranquility of the nature and the fresh air. If weather permits, you could even immerse into the nature with a swim in the astonishingly cool water given by the shade of the surrounding jungle. Have lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account) before heading back to the town. After that you visit the Royal Palace to admire the religious and cultural artifacts. Back to your hotel in the early afternoon and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, take a cruise on the Mekong River towards the impressive Pak Ou Caves. This cave is a popular destination which holds the historic and cultural values. Exploring the cave, you will amazed by the thousands of Buddha statues in different sizes and shapes. Along the way, stop off at a riverside weaving village to see how the beautiful textiles are made using traditional weaving techniques. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning you are free to relax until 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
Sapa Sunny Moutain Amazing Sapa Victoria Sapa
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

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

In Laos

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

This is one of the best trips for Vietnam and Laos holidays.

The best time to visit Vietnam and Laos with this itinerary is from January to the end of September. From October to December, it is the rainy season in the Centre of Vietnam so if you travel during this period, we can replace the Centre by a sunny beach such as Phu Quoc or Phan Thiet.

During 16 days, you will have a chance to visit not only the Mekong Delta River but also the moutainous areas: Sapa. Nowadays, Sapa has many attractions to discover. An overnight at the homestay in the middle of rice field will bring to you unforgetable memory. And at the end of the holidays, you will have few days in Luang Prabang - a peaceful and so charming town. 

Vietnam and Laos Visa are very easy to obtain and we will assist you with all step so do not worry about Visa procedure. If you want us to arrange the suitable internaitonal flight, just send us an email and then we will come back with all details.

We recommend you to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family hence we have BIG SPECIAL DISCOUNT for group:

-> 10% OFF for group of 4-5 pax

-> 15% OFF for group of 6-7 pax

And from 8 pax up, just sent us your inquiry and you will get unbeleivable offer :).

Happy traveling and see you very soon in our destinations.

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

  • 16 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Luang Prabang.
  • 15 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese and Laos cuisine with 21 meals included.
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Danang/ Hue - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • 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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