My friend and I have just returned home from a magnificent 10 day tour through North Vietnam and Luang Prabang, Laos.
We booked it all at home through Great Tours, and were greeted by friendly tour guides every step of the way.
Firstly,arriving in Hanoi was a fun adventure, with lots of history, markets and culture to explore. Then one of the highlights of our trip was 2 days, one night on incredible Halong Bay. Sights here were spectacular. The boat was very comfortable, with lots of great activities like canoeing, cooking class, squid fishing, climbing 400 steps to an amazing lookout overlooking the 2000+ islets, swimming at designated beach etc.
We then continued on our adventure by catching an overnight sleeper train to Sapa. It was absolutely worth the extra money paying for a private cabin. My friend and I were really comfortable and managed to get lots of sleep and privacy.
Sapa was incredible!!! The rice terrace views were next level!!! We thoroughly enjoyed the hike through the rice paddies and our home stay visit was unforgettable. The family were very accomodating, friendly and welcoming. They served up a massive feast with plenty of rice wine to go round!! We were surprised that they had wifi available!!
Our vacay then continued on to Luang Prabang, which was definitely amazing!! The Alms sunrise breakfast offerings for monks was an experience I will never forget. Hundreds of monks in their orange robes lined the streets of town, from pagoda to pagoda. Kuangsi falls was extremely impressive a picturesque aqua waterfall cascading down the mountain. It seriously is the best waterfall I have ever seen in my life!!
We also cruised the Mekong and visited the Buddha cave and stopped off at a village on the way.
I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough, our tour was personalised to suit all of our needs and we managed to cram a lot of adventure in to a short time.
All accomodation selected was wonderful, all guides had amazing English and were easy going and friendly.
It was piece of mind being supplied with a mobile phone in case of any emergencies (we didn’t need it though).
And we were picked up and dropped of to all airport, boat, train reservations on time. Some pick ups they arrived an hour before to be punctual.
I feel like it was really good value for money, with most meals being included being a bonus.
Shout out to our awesome guides:
Lee (Halong Bay)
Pom (Luang Prabang)
Big thanks to Mr Billy and his amazing team for an unforgettable Vietnam and Laos adventure!!!
I will happily recommend this company for future travel to Vietnam and Laos.
And thanks to our lovely travel agent Sharon for hooking us up with this awesome tour!! 🙂