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Discover Vietnam and Laos – 21 days – From $1,252

Discover Vietnam and Laos with the most attractive tourist destinations, starting from South Vietnam northward to imperial ancient city of Hue in the Central, charming capital city of Hanoi and picturesque Ha Long Bay and Sapa. Then experience the unique culture and beauty of Laos with the UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang, peaceful Vientiane and Vang Vieng.

21 Days/ 20 Nights: Saigon – Mekong delta -– Cu Chi – Cao Dai temple (Tay Ninh) – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuangsi Waterfall – Vang Vieng – Vientiane

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Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Starting: Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), Vietnam
Finishing: Vientiane, Laos
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Saigon – Mekong delta -– Cu Chi – Cao Dai temple (Tay Ninh) – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuangsii Waterfall – Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Brief itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival  Saigon

Day 2:  Saigon City tour (B, L)

Day 3:  Mekong Delta day trip (B, L)

Day 4:  Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh (Cao Dai Temple) (B, L)

Day 5:  Saigon – Fly to Hoi An B)

Day 6: Hoi An Walking tour (B, L)

Day 7:  Hoi An free day (B)

Day 8: Hoi An – Drive to Hue (B, L)

Day 9: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B, L)

Day 10:  Hanoi City tour – Night train to Sapa (B, L)

Day 11:  Arrive Sapa (B)

Day 12: Sapa – Walk of Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)

Day 13:  Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 14: Halong Bay to Hanoi (B, L)

Day 15: Hanoi – Fly to Luang Prabang (B)

Day 16:  Pak Ou day trip (B, L)

Day 17:  Kuangsi Waterfall day trip (B, L)

Day 18:  Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng (B)

Day 19:  Vang Vieng – Drive to Vientiane (B, L)

Day 20:  Vientiane City tour (B)

Day 21: 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.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1:  Arrival  Saigon
Upon arrival, you will meet  Vietnam Great Tours’ expert  at Ho Chi Minh city’s airport in the arrivals hall . Then you will be transferred (45 minutes) to hotel and check-in to room.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 2:  Saigon City tour (B, L)
Sightseeing in downtown Saigon and the Cho Lon district involves approximately 4 hours on foot over the whole day. There are graphic pictures in the War Remnants Museum that some people might find confronting. The remainder of the day is free at leisure. You can wander around the town or visit Saigon Night Market. Overnight in Saigon

Day 3:  Mekong Delta day trip (B, L)
There is an early rise this morning to drive 2 hours (80km) to the city of My Tho. On arrival we will travel by motorized, wooden boats between the islands and then change to smaller, paddle boats in the canals. Sightseeing involves hopping on and off these boats, on unsteady and slippery surfaces, sometimes without handrails or assistance, and few hours on foot across the islands. Approximately 2 hours later, we return to the docks to have lunch and drive back to Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 4:  Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh (Cao Dai Temple) (B, L)
Remember to take insect repellent today as mosquitoes are more common in the Cu chi district. Today will be a full day of sightseeing. After breakfast we transfer 2 hours (75km) to Cu Chi. Sightseeing here involves 2 hours on foot on uneven mud paths through the bush and, if you choose, crawling through some of the tunnels. It is important to follow your guide’s directions to leave on time so as to arrive at Tay Ninh in time to see the midday service. Transfer one and a half hour (60km) to Tay Ninh to the ‘Holy See’ and see the 30 minute Cao Dai service. Then we drive (minutes drive) to have lunch in a local restaurant; the meal is simple but this is the only suitable restaurant in the area. After lunch we transfer three hours back to Saigon with a stop en route at a charity center where the disabilities making handicrafts to earn their livings.

Day 5:  Saigon – Fly to Hoi An B)
After breakfast, we check out of room and then transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Danang (flight duration is one hour); the closest airport to Hoi An. Easy sightseeing in Danang at the Cham Museum and Da Nang Beach. At Marble Mountains there are some uneven stone steps up and we can get hot. Watch your step inside as the caves are dark and damp – a small torch would be handy. After that we transfer (45 minutes drive) to hotel in Hoi An and check-in.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An Walking tour (B, L)
Today we will commence a 2 hour walking tour on foot around Hoi An Old Town. The historic, merchant town of Hoi An had become one of the busiest international trading ports of southeast Asia by the 17th and 18thcenturies, and it still retains its medieval charm today, with many of its old buildings superbly preserved. The sites we visit include the Japanese Bridge, some of the many wooden houses, museums and Chinese temples that line the streets. We shall have lunch in a local restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure. There are many markets in town which are an ideal place to pick up silk paintings and tailored silk clothing. Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7:  Hoi An free day (B)
Free day to explore Hoi An and the local markets. We can hire a bike to ride back to the own town or off to the beach for R&R. Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Drive to Hue (B, L)
Depart Hoi An in the morning we drive north for 3.5 hours, (approximately 135km) over the Hai Van (Cloudy) Pass to Hue. This is a winding and sometimes steep but scenic road along the coast. This afternoon there is easy sightseeing around Hue. We will visit the Old Citadel, the palace built by the Nguyen dynasty (Vietnam’s ruling emperors from the early 1800s to1945). The Citadel has formal moats and impressive ramparts which were constructed by 20 000 men and was an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Although most of the Inner City was totally destroyed during the month-long Tet Offensive (1968), the vast outer walls and the West Wing remain and is an eloquent reminder of the palace’s former glory. Later we take a trip by boat on the Perfume River from Hue City to the Thien Mu Pagoda. This lovely monastery is the oldest one in Hue. There are steep and uneven steps without handrails. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner is on our own arrangement.  Overnight in Hue

Day 9: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B, L)
This morning is easy sightseeing around Hue, involving at least two hour on foot. There are some steep and uneven steps without handrails at the Khai Dinh Tomb. During the tour we stop en route to witness the crafting of Vietnamese conical hats and incense sticks in a local handicraft workshop. Today we have a chance to enjoy a vegetarian meal cooked and served by the nuns of a local Buddhist monastery.
After lunch we are taken (30 minutes) to the airport for the flight to Hanoi (flight duration 1 hour). From Hanoi airport, we are met at the arrival halls and driven to the hotel and check-in.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 10:  Hanoi City tour – Night train to Sapa (B, L)
Both men and women must dress respectfully for the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), with covered shoulders and knees. Today we will enjoy half day tour of Hanoi. Sightseeing this morning involves approx 3 hours on foot at the Ho Chi Minh ‘Quarter’ and the Temple of Literature. When visiting the actual Mausoleum we must be quiet, show respect and will not be allowed to carry cameras, mobile phones, etc (usually our Tour Guide will offer to hold these for us). After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure. Late check-out from the hotel has been arranged for us so we will be able to have some time to freshen up, pack our bags and check-out of the hotel before our own dinner. In the evening we are transferred to the station to board our overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai station. This journey usually takes 8 hours (over 340km). Wear comfortable clothes onboard to sleep in and take snacks as none are readily available onboard the train. The trip can be quite bumpy.

Overnight in A/C train (4 berth shared cabin)

Day 11:  Arrive Sapa (B)
Morning we arrive into Lao Cai station about 05:30am and drive 45 minutes (34km) on a winding, mountainous road up to Sapa and check-in to our hotel.
[NB: Check-out time in Vietnam is midday so our rooms may not be ready when you arrive. This morning we will commence sightseeing and check-in at the hotel later.]

After breakfast in the hotel we will have the opportunity to visit some of the small villages around Sapa to see different ethnic. We will start our day by visiting Cat Cat visit Village – 3 hour (7km) hike to meet some of the H’mong hill tribe – this is one of the shortest hikes around Sapa. Return to Sapa by jeep for lunch. In the afternoon we will drive out of town to visit another village – the so-called Ta Phin. This is the home to one of the most colorful hill tribes in the North of Vietnam – the Red Zao minority people. Drive back to the hotel in the late afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Sapa

Day 12: Sapa – Walk of Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Morning we bid a farewell to Sapa and commence our walk to Lao Chai. After 45 minutes walking on the main road we take a turning to a buffalo dirt trail and continue to trek until we reach the Village of Lao Chai – home to Black H’Mong minority. We arrive in the villages around midday. We make a stop in a local restaurant on the riverside to enjoy our picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, we proceed for a further hour and a half, through local villages, and eventually arrive at the charming village of Tavan, home to the hill tribe group of Zay people. Time depending we may visit a Dzay family then take our drive back to the hotel, pack up and transfer to Lao Cai where we will have dinner before boarding your overnight train to Hanoi.

Overnight in A/C train (4 berth shared cabin)

Day 13:  Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
On arrival in Hanoi early (approximately 0630am) this morning, we will transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and continue from there to Halong Bay. Drive 3.5 hours (160km) to Halong City and port, including a 20 minute rest stop at Hong Ngoc Charity Center. As Halong Bay is so popular, there are usually a crowd of boats at the docks -please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing. Boarding your junk boat could involve climbing over and through other boats, and the dock -sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. The junk boats have been recently built and modeled on the traditional ‘junk’ which was both home and working vessel for fishermen in the Orient for centuries. They usually hold about 20 dining (or 18 maximum overnight) passengers, have an enclosed dining area and open deck on the upper deck. We have lunch onboard and cruise around the bay before anchoring for the night. Sightseeing includes visiting underground caves on the islands which require climbing up and down steps inside and outside of the caves. A torch is optional as the caves have been in colorful lighting.

Overnight on Halong Bay

Day 14: Halong Bay to Hanoi (B, L)
Breakfast on Boat, cruise to another part of Halong Bay where we will view more of the bays spectacular limestone scenery, such as Drum Cave , Man’s Head Islet, Turtle Islet and Fairman’s Cave. The boat returns to the dock for brunch before driving back Hanoi. On the way back we stop en route for to visit a ceramics factory. Late afternoon we arrive in Hanoi and check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 15: Hanoi – Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Luang Prabang (flight duration 55 minutes). On arrival at the airport we will be picked up and transferred (10-15 minutes) to hotel and check-in. Sightseeing this afternoon is easy; involving short local walks of less than an hour in total. We take a guide tour of Phousy Hill  which involves one hour on foot – the hill is loom high and this area is fairly steep (with steps) but the view is worth the climb. The remainder of the day is free for our further exploration of Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 16:  Pak Ou day trip (B, L)
Bring a torch today for sightseeing in Tham Phoum cave. After breakfast at a local bakery, we will transfer to the docks and board a motor boat which takes nearly 2 hours to ride 25km upstream. Sightseeing at Pak Ou involves climbing steps from the base of the dock to the first cave and another 45 minutes on foot over uneven surfaces that includes walking up the hill to the second cave where we will need our torch. After lunch across the river we return by boat to Luang Prabang via a local village. There is a leisurely walk here (40 minutes) before continuing to Luang Prabang by boat and transferring back to our hotel by car.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 17:  Kuangsi Waterfall day trip (B, L)
Drive one hour (32km) on a fairly good sealed road to Kuangsi Waterfall. Sightseeing here will involve around one hour of light walking. On the way up to the waterfall we will follow a bush walking track which has a slight upward gradient.
It is possible to swim in the river and if you wish to do this, please remember to bring along your swimsuit and a towel. Changing rooms are available on site.

Depending on time available today we may also visit other nearby ethnic villages to observe the local daily life. Return to hotel and rest for the day. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 18:  Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng (B)
After our breakfast, we heck-out of hotel, and then drive 6 hours (240km) to Vang Vieng with sightseeing en route in Pathang Village involving one hour on foot. We take a slow (at least 30 minutes) motor boat ride downstream which is always fun. The remainder of the day to wander around or just kick back and relax.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Day 19:  Vang Vieng – Drive to Vientiane (B, L)
In the morning we enjoy sightseeing at Tham Chang cave which involves one hour on foot over uneven surfaces, and climbing steps to get up to the cave. After that we drive 3.5 hours (160km) to Vientiane. Check in of our hotel and then head out for lunch. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane

Day 20:  Vientiane City tour (B)
We take a tour of major sights of the capital, including the oldest, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some memorable pictures of the imposing Patuxai which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomple.  Overnight in Vientiane

Day 21: Vientiane Departure (B)

Breakfast is available in hotel. You enjoy your free time at leisure until time to meet for transfer to the airport for your flight home

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.

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Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 31st December, 2016 (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1,850 1,509 1,371 1,327 515
Superior (4 Star) 2,109 1,768 1,572 1,529 761
Deluxe (5 Star) 2,789 2,457 2,265 2,224 1,480
Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep, 2016 (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1,751 1,426 1,295 1,252 483
Superior (4 Star) 1,933 1,664 1,479 1,436 710
Deluxe (5 Star) 2,551 2,232 2,051 2,009 1,306

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us request 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 full-board as per mention in program.
  • All Entrance fees for the whole trip.
  • Fresh Water and towel.
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling.

Trip excluded:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drink, souvenirs, laundry and etc.

  

Discover Vietnam and Laos – 21 days – From $1,252
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