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Discover North Vietnam and Laos – 13 days – From $1,293

Discover North Vietnam and Laos is designed for fascinating highlights of two Indochinese most exceptional countries. Discover Vietnam’s incredible diversity: Walk through the ancient city of Hanoi, enjoy a boat cruise on the picturesque Ha Long Bay, experience a home stay with the Thai tribe people in Mai Chau, visit the old French battle field in Dien Bien Phu, and marvel at the peaceful countryside of the Red river and Northwest hill tribes.

13 Days/12 Nights: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Dien Bien Phu – Muang Khua, Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang (Phonsavan)

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Trip Name: Discover North Vietnam and Laos
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 13 Days
Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
Finishing: Vientiane, Laos
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Dien Bien Phu – Muang Khua – Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang (Phonsavan)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/-/-)

Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Trekking (B/L/D)

Day 5: Mai Chau – Moc Chau (B/L/-)

Day 6: Moc Chau – Dien Bien Phu (B/L/-)

Day 7: Dien Bien Phu – Cross border to Muang Khua (B/L/-)

Day 8: Muang Khua – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)

Day 9: Luang Prabang City Tour (B/-/-)

Day 10: Luang Prabang (B/-/-)

Day 11: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan (B/-/-)

Day 12: Xieng Khuang—Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun (B/-/-)

Day 13: Xieng Khuang – Vientiane (B/-/-)

Day 14: Vientiane departure (B/-/-)

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Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/D)
Greeting at the airport, and transfer to hotel for check in and tour briefing. If time permits, we go out for a walk around the center area of Hanoi including the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem lake, the Opera House… as an introduction of Vietnam. Enjoy welcome dinner with Vietnamese specialties.

Included: Tour guide, Dinner, Transportation, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will depart for Halong Bay through the scenic countryside.The world heritage site Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a cruise for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. Sea food lunch will be served while cruising through the bay.
The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches. You then explore the Surprising Sung Sot cave which still reserves much of the amazing original stalactites and stalagmites.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transportation, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Cruise on Halong Bay

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/-/-)
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands. You enjoy a morning coffee and watch the world going by in the bay. Sitting on the upper deck and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. Our junk starts cruising back while the brunch buffet will be served.
Check out and arrive at harbor by 12:00 noon, we will drive back to Hanoi.

Included: Brunch, Transportation, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Trekking (B/L/D)
Our driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and take you along highway 6 to Mai Chau: a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have an authentic lunch with a local family of the White Thai Tribe and enjoy some free time to acquaint yourself with the villagers. In the afternoon, trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the ethnic minority Thai people on our visits to the Pom Coong and Na Phon villages. Return to the home stay and help cook the dinner. This is an opportunity to learn about the local cuisine and culture as you join the family to prepare a traditional dinner. In the evening, enjoy a live dance and music performance. Stay overnight in the Long house.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Homestay/Bungalow in Mai Chau

Day 5: Mai Chau – Moc Chau (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we keep going to Moc Chau, the land of the immense fields of tea and infinite variety of wild flowers. We visit the Dai Yem waterfall, the Dong Son Moc Huong (Doi cave) that is considered the most beautiful one in the North-West of Vietnam with very interesting legend. The next beauty spot is the pine forest of Ang village, a dreamlike place with immense green color of pines and a big beautiful lake. In this area, we enjoy the glamour of the beautiful rolling hills of wild flowers, gardens of plump-trees, peach-trees…

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Moc Chau

Day 6: Moc Chau – Dien Bien Phu (B/L/-)
Leave Son La and drive to Dien Bien Phu, the spectacular mountainous roads are one of the best in whole Vietnam, arrive at Dien Bien which is famous for its history during the Vietnam war.
Upon arrival in Dien Bien, we will be visiting Muong Thanh paddy field, historic sites of De Catries bunker, A1 Hill, explosive holes, to get more familiar with the history of Vietnam war in this area. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Dien Bien Phu

Day 7: Dien Bien Phu – Cross border to Muang Khua (B/-/-)
Arrive at Dien Bien Phu border in the morning, drive to Muang Khua 70 Km. Arrive in Muangkhua a small trading town then we continues by boat cruise to Muong Ngoi 4-5 hrs by boat. Muong Ngoi is one hour north of Nong Khiaw. The village is small with narrow footpaths lined with coconut palms and a common site is fisher folk mending their nets creating a SouthSea ambience. A true Lao style of life is abundant here and time seems to stand still. We stop for lunch served with local food along the river bank.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Muang Khua

Day 8: Muang Khua – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. We transfer Pak Ou, where the Nam Ou River meets the mighty Mekong river. Visit the sacred caves housing thousands of statues of Buddha. Continue towards Luangprabang and arrive before sunset. Meet Upon arrival at the pier and transfer to hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 9: Luang Prabang City Tour (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. start Visit Vat Vixoune influenced by Tai- Lu architecture and That Makmo, the watermelon shape stupa and Vat Aham just next, continue to Vat Sipphoutthabat with its fine carved doors and its view over the Nam Khan River. Walk through the small lanes up to Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang dating back from 16th century. The roofs of the main chapel sweep low to the ground and glass colored panels adorn the walls of the chapels. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon continues your visit with the National museum (former king’s palace) and Vat Mai with its five tiered roof and exquisite carved veranda. In the heart of the city, climb up Phousi Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city and its mountainous backdrop.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 10: Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
After breakfast, before we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water before we return back to Luangprabang town for overnight.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 11: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan (B/-/-)
06.00 Early this morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. This is the highlight of tour prior goodbye to this charming city.
Today we drive from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khuang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is over 7 hours drive with spectacular views of Laos’ rain forests and mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax.(You should prepare some Carsick Patch (Hydrogel) incase you sometime may get carsick.)

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Phonsavan

Day 12: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun (B/-/-)
Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG (de-mining organization) exhibition before heading out to see the great stone wonders of Xieng Khuang, the Plain of Jars. First we will explore Site 1 where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the enchanting plateau. Next, is the forested area of site 2 and a short scenic trek to Site 3, passing through the Thai Dam and Laos Leum village. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the old capital Muang Khoun and nearby villages of the H’mong and Thai Dam peoples.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Phonsavan

Day 13: Xieng Khuang – Vientiane (B/-/-)
Today we take a short in-country flight from Phonsavan to Vientiane. Our driver and guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. After a short rest, set out on a sightseeing tour of Laos’ eccentric capital, visiting all the city’s key attractions. Start the tour with a stop at Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Si Saket, filled with over 2,000 ceramic, gold, and silver Buddha images. Next we visit Haw Pha Kaew—the royal temple that once housed the famous Emerald Buddha—, before continuing on to Laos’ most significant national monument: Pha That Luang. We conclude our tour at Patuxai, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Vientiane

Day 14: Vientiane departure (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a free morning at your leisure before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.

Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

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Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st January – 30th November, 2018
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 2,180 1,687 1,309 1,293 434
Superior (4 Star) 2,413 1,920 1,534 1,524 614
Deluxe (5 Star) 3,258 2,765 2,379 2,363 1,420

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly.

Trip included :

  •     Transfers and tours with specified guides.
  •     Accommodation as mentioned in the programmer.
  •     Meals as per mention in program.
  •     Boat & entrance fees for the whole trip.
  •     Fresh Water and towel.
  •     Service charges, room tax and baggage handling.

Trip excluded:

  •     International &domestic flights
  •     Visa fee
  •     Surcharge for peak season and Compulsory
  •     Travel insurance
  •     Expenditure of a personal nature such as drink, souvenirs, laundry and etc.

  

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