Grand Tour Laos – Vietnam

Code: AEMT - 07
17 Days/ 16 Nights
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Tour code: AEMT – 07

Type of tour: Multi-country

Itinerary: Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Sapa – Bac Ha – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Ben Tre – Saigon

Advantages:

  • A discovery of Luang Prabang, charming World Heritage town
  • Full discovery of Vietnam (The North – The Center – The South). We immerse you in Vietnamese culture by providing insider access to private events and extraordinary people. You discovering bustling Hanoi, cruise on a junk through spectacular Halong Bay, wander through ancient citadels, shop in romantic Hoi An.
  • Visit of 3 UNESCO World Heritage: Halong bay, Hue city, Hoian, My Son.
  • Learning about cultural and historic knowledges, beautiful images, unforgettable landscapes.

THE PRICE INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in double/twin/triple room in 3* hotel with Breakfast
  • 2 days/1 night cruise in Halong bay: sharing junk with others tourists (deluxe junk, double/twin cabin, full board, English speaking guide on boat, entrance fees, kayak)
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Land transportation by private car with A/C
  • English speaking guide during the trip
  • Sightseeing entrance fees as program
  • One hour cycle tour in the old quarter of Hanoi
  • Puppet show ticket in Hanoi
  • Boat as program (in Ninh Binh, Hue, Ben Tre)
  • Boat on Thu Bon river
  • Local guide + bicycle as program
  • Train HAN-LC-HAN (soft berth, A/C, K4)
  • 02 mineral water bottles/pax/day

THE PRICE EXCLUDED:

  • Drinks, telephone
  • Single supplement
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Flight ticket + airport tax of flight LPQ-HAN and flight HAN-HUI/DAD-SGN
  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Vietnam visa
  • Laos visa
  • Others personal expenses

Note: Check-in hotel: 14:00, check-out hotel: 12:00 (hotel policy)

The price of flight ticket may be changed without notice by Vietnamairlines.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for details: info@vietnambestvacations.com

Day 1: Arrival in Luang Pranbang (-/-/D)

Arrival at Luang Prabang international airport and meet your guide, then transfer to your hotel.

This evening, enjoy The Ancient Kingdom walking inside the peninsular along confluence of Khan and Mekong River and surrounding beautiful Lao and French architecture of this small and charming World Heritage town. Luang Prabang Nestled in a stunning setting amid lush mountains, this sacred city of golden temples and saffron robed monks provides endless opportunities for sightseeing

Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with Lao typical food.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave (B/L/-)

This morning transfer to the pier where you board a traditional long trail boat, for a relaxing cruise upstream on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and witness the simple rural lifestyles.

You will reach Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. In these 2 caves are displayed hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha images which are the object of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid-April.

Stop and visit Ban Muangkeo a village known for making Lao traditional rice whisky and Ban Xang Khong, known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings and natural dyes.

Return à LuangPrabang. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khuang Si Waterfall (B/L/-)

Heading to Khuang Si waterfall, en route, stop and visit: Talad Phosy market, Ban Na Oune – a village of Hmongs and Khmus… Picnic lunch.

Discover the natural beauty of Khuang Si, cool off with a swim.

Return à LuangPrabang. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the city: the temples of Watt Visoun, Wat Aham, Wat Xiengthong… Climbing to the Phou Si mount where you can contemplate a panoramic view over Luang Prabang city. Lunch in restaurant.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi.

Welcomed by our guide and transfer to the city.

Welcome dinner in a Vietnamese typical restaurant. Overnight at hotel in the heart of Hanoi.

 

Day 5: Hanoi (B/L/-)

After breakfast at hotel, we will start to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). It is famous as one of the most ancients and beautiful pagoda in Vietnam. Visit Quan Thanh temple then the Literature Temple, Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. 

Lunch in a Vietnamese typical restaurant of city.

After one hour cycle tour to discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration in Dong Xuan typical market.

Evening: Water Puppet show. Overnight at hotel.

Free dinner before the transfer to the Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai.

* Non-private deluxe cabin, with A/C, 4 soft berths.

Day 6: Lao Cai – Bac Ha market – Sapa (B/-/D)

Arrival in the early morning at Lao Cai Station, after a short break and breakfast, depart for Bac Ha Market. Free time for visiting one of the most colorful markets in the world. This big market in North West Vietnam filled with many different hill-tribe peoples such as Flower H’mong, Dzay, Tay… people. At the market, you have chance to see Bac Ha peoples simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches... talking to the minorities through the guides interpretation.

Next, we will visit the Hmong Kings house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920s.

Free lunch.

Afternoon: walking to see Ban Pho village where is homeland of flower Hmong. You can contemplate beautiful landscapes and stunning rice terraces.

Transfer to Sapa. Check-in hotel.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Sapa.

Notice: Depend on dates of your trip, we will take you to visit another market:

Bac Ha market is held every Sunday morning

Can Cau market is held every Saturday

Coc Ly market is held every Tuesday morning

Sin Cheng is held every Wednesday morning

Lung Khau Nhin is held every Thursday morning

Day 7: Sapa – Cat Cat – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi (B/L/-) (Trekking 3-4h)

Breakfast at hotel, morning depart for a journey to visit valley of Sapa.

Arrival in Cat Cat village which is home of Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Possibility to participate in folklore dance of ethnic minorities. Lunch in Homestay.

Afterwards, continuing the trail, we walk down to the valley through Lao Chai village of black Hmongs and Ta Van village of Zays.

Turn back to Sapa then transfer to Lao Cai, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbor Mouth to take the photos.

Free dinner before the night train back to Hanoi.

* Non-private deluxe cabin, with A/C, 4 soft berths.

Day 8: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong – Van Long – Ninh Binh (Terrestrial Halong Bay) (B/L/-)

Arrival in the early morning, after a short break and breakfast, depart for Cuc Phuong National Park – the primitive tropical forest has been attracting visitors since 1960. Cuc Phuong is famous for its rich animal and plant life and the dozens of ancient caves that can be found within the forest.

You’ll start on a long trek through the forest to learn about the diverse flora and fauna of the park. 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A boat will take you to the secluded nature preserve Van Long where you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view which is similar to Ha Long Bay but unmatched in its serenity.

Free dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 9: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (Sharing junk with others tourists) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart for Halong bay, en route, enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta, get ready your camera for several photo-stops. Then continuation to Halong, UNESCO World Heritage.

At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to our junk. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request. From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave area for kayaking.

14.30 – 15.00: We have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luon cave area .Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks. After that our boat will help you visit the Titop Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.

17.00: As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.

19.00: Dinner will be served with local seafood.

Overnight on boat.

Day 10: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

08.00 – 09.00: You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

10.00: Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.

10.20: A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people.

10.45: Lunch is served on board during cruising towards the harbor.

11.20: Back to Tuan Chau International Marina where you then board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel around 17.00.

Free dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to the Noi Bai airport for the flight to Danang. Arrival in Danang, welcomed by our guide and transferred to Hoian. Check-in hotel.

Lunch in a local restaurant.  

Afternoon: Discovery with guide of this charming historic city classified World Cultural Heritage of Unesco in 1999. It perfectly illustrates the precepts of the Vietnamese traditional architecture and refinement that comes out at the sight of her pretty Bridge Japanese, old houses dating for some more three hundred years. Continue to the museum by its market.

Boat cruise on Thu Bon river to contemplate the sunset and visit Thanh Ha ceramic village, Kim Bong wood carving village.

Rest of the day is your free time to relax or go shopping. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Hoian – My Son – Hoian (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel then depart for My Son holy land. The Champa King lived in the political capital of Tra Kieu (whose commercial capital was the port of Hoi An) and so the My Son complex became the most important temples of the Champa Kingdom. Bricks were used to build the temples without the aid of mortar and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles adorned the walls. The temples were places of worship to the Hindu God Vishnu.

My Son was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Lunch in a local restaurant, back to Hoian.

Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Hoian – Danang – Hue (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel then depart for Hue following the No 1 national road, a picturesque road between sea and mountain that overhangs magnificent beaches and passes sublime Hai Van pass. Stop in the Sculpture Village on Marble Mountain.

Arrive in Hue, ancient capital of Vietnam under the Tay Son (1788-1802) and the Nguyen (1802-1945). Hue is the tourist center of Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO in 1993. Check-in hotel.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon, we will visit Thien Mu pagoda and Minh Mang tomb by boat on Perfume river.

In the late afternoon, we can take a stroll to visit Dong Ba market. Free dinner. Overnight in Hue.

Day 14: Hue – City discovery (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel then we will discover the ancient imperial capital: the Citadel, the Purple Forbidden City, and the Royal Museum. The Forbidden Purple City testifies to the opulence and grandeur of Hue in the time of the emperors. Thanks to the participation of UNESCO, this site has been faithfully restored to the delight of all. This site was built on the model of the Forbidden City of Beijing and includes many temples and palaces. You will enter the immense gate of the South, then cross the room of the Throne before you find yourself in the enclosure of the City. One of the most interesting parts of this city is the Ancestral Temple, dedicated to deceased Emperors. As is customary in Vietnam, altars are built where each deceased person will be venerated regularly by his family.

Lunch with specialities in a famous restaurant.

Afternoon: continuation on the ancient tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge. The bridge is referred to as the "Japanese Bridge" since it bears some stylistic resemblance to another small wooden bridge in nearby Hoian. Recognizing the bridge's historical value, the Cultural Ministry renovated the bridge in 1991. Nowadays, the bridge attracts lots of tourists because of its old architecture and historical and cultural values. This tile-roofed bridge has been an inspiration to many local people and travelers, with its poems still being handed down or engraved right on the bridge.

Free dinner and overnight in Hue.

Day 15: Hue – Saigon (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Welcomed and transferred to city. Panoramic tour of Saigon named “the Far-East Pearl”. Recent city dates from 19th century, its architecture is inspired from colonial style that confer it a definite charm.

Lunch in restaurant.

Afternoon: visit of Saigon city: Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral of neoroman inspiration, Central Post, typical colonial work Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh market, Cholon, Chinatown, Thien Hau temple.

Free dinner. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 16: Saigon – Ben Tre – Saigon (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel then depart for Mekong Delta.

Arrival in Ben Tre, take a boat trip on Ben Nghe River throughout beautiful and romantic landscapes.

Stop to explore the area with visit coconut processing workshop, fruit orchard, coconut farm, enjoy coconut juice and tropical fruits. Take a walk to family workshop making mats and enjoying some fruits and tea.

Lunch with specialities.

Afternoon: Return to Saigon. Free dinner. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 17: Saigon (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Your free time until transfer to the airport for the flight. End of ours services!

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