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Duration:
 10 Days / 9 Nights

10 Days Best of Vietnam & Laos

The trip includes the UNESCO-listed sites, major sightseeing, and the local food specialties of Vietnam and Laos

 

Special Features

  • Experience highlights of Hanoi – the old town, street food, natural lakes, ancient pagodas, and top museums
  • Experience Ha Long Bay, UNESCO listed site with thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City, the largest and most bustling city in Vietnam
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – View historical relics and experience the underground tunnels from the Vietnamese- American conflict
  • Boat in My Tho, Ben Tre of Mekong River Delta to learn about the water-river life of the region’s locals
  • Visit the unique capital city of Vientiane, which still maintains a vintage beauty with its French colonial architecture and special ethnic minorities
  • Take a trip to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO cultural heritage site known for its ancient capital
  • Explore the Pak Ou Caves, which contain thousands of Buddhas ranging in size from hand to close to a person

 

The itinerary is flexible to change anything to suit your needs

Day 1 / Hanoi:  Arrival in Hanoi – Pick up & Check in hotel – Welcome dinner (D)
Day 2 / Hanoi: Hanoi City tour (B)
Day 3 / Halong Bay:  Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship (B, L, D)
Day 4 / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):  Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Saigon (a 2hrs flight) (B, L)
Day 5 / Saigon:  Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6 / Saigon:  Saigon – Mekong Delta Cruise – My Tho – Ben Tre – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 7 / Vientiane: Saigon – Fly to Vientiane (a 3hrs 20min flight) – Mount Phousi &  Night Market (B)
Day 8 / Luang Prabang:  Vientiane Tour – Fly to Luang Prabang (a 1hr 30min flight) (B)
Day 9 / Luang Prabang:  Luang Prabang Tour – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 10 / Departure: Luang Prabang – Optional Tour – Departure (B)

Trip Package Includes:

•  A/C private transfers indicated in the program
•  Intra-flights (Vietnam airlines, economy class, airline taxes & service charges included)
     ∗  HANOI (HAN) – HO CHI MINH CITY/SAIGON (SGN): a 2hrs flight
     ∗  HO CHI MINH CITY/SAIGON (SGN) – VIENTIANE (VTE): a 2hrs flight
     ∗  VIENTIANE (VTE) – LUANG PRABANG (LPQ): a 1hr 30min flight
•  9 nights of accommodations
    ∗  2 nights Hanoi

    ∗  1 night Halong on the cruise ship
    ∗  3 nights Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    ∗  1 night Vientiane
    ∗  2 nights Luang Prabang
•  Meals: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – Dinner
•  Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay (A/C private double/ twin cabin for 02 persons on the cruise ship)
•  Private boat to cruise at all places as indicated in the program
•  All admission costs at places mentioned in the itinerary
•  English-speaking tour guide
•  All entrance fees
•  All taxes & service charges
•  Local sim card for cell phone

 

Trip Package Excludes:

•  Other meals and personal expenses that are not noted in the program

•  Trip insurance

Day 1:

Hanoi arrival - Pick up & Check in hotel - Welcome dinner

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hanoi

Highlights:

Hanoi

Activities:

Upon your arrival at the airport in Hanoi, look for a greeting board with your name, and our tour guide will escort and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Today, if time permits, you will have a welcome meeting with the salesperson who contacted you directly via email to go over any questions or changes to your itinerary…and IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS, PLEASE ASK HIM/HER THAT DAY…, followed by dinner at a traditional local restaurant in the heart of Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2:

Hanoi City Tour Full Day Trip

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hanoi

Activities:
A one-day city tour of Hanoi – drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hours visiting: Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and one pillar pagoda. Next, see the Temple of Literature, originally built as a temple to Confucius. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam: the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minorities. Next, tour the city by car to see the real life of the Hanoi locals as well as the different parts of the city.
Then enjoy a memorable one-hour cyclo ride around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets. Have your cameras ready! This bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, the 36 street names were related to the products being sold there. Before we go back to the hotel, we will have a chance to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and songs from the live musicians who play throughout the show. Then transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi

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Day 3:

Hanoi – Ha Long Bay - Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star Cruise Ship

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Accommodation on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay

Activities:
Around 7:15 am – 7:30 am, our driver will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel to move to Halong Bay.
12:00 Receptionists welcome guests at the Hạ Long International Harbour.
12:30 Captain welcomes guests to cruises by tender. Check-in cruise, whilst enjoying a welcome drink, safety briefing, and check-in cabin.
12:45 Leaving Hạ Long International harbor, discover the Halong Bay – natural wonders of
the world. Have lunch with special foods while cruising through famous sights by
limestone karsts…
14:45 Cruises stops at Bo Nau cave, the core area of the world’s natural heritage. Transfer by
tender to Suprise cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
15:45 Leaving Suprise cave, transfer by tender to the Ti Top island was named by Uncle Ho,
after Gherman Stepanovich Ti Top – the Soviet astronaut who visited in 1962 Enjoy
swimming, relaxing on the beach, or climbing the steps of the Rock to the top of the island.
On the top of the mountain, you can see the corner of magical Halong Bay …
17:00 Back to the cruise. Relax and enjoy the sunset on the sun deck.
Go to the overnight place – Titop 587.
18:00-19:00 HAPPY HOUR – Buy 1 drink get 1 free (wine excluded)
18:30 Enjoy the Vietnamese cooking demonstration
19:00 Have set menu dinner
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment, mini-games (in the dining room), squid
fishing, massage (contact with Cruise manager for service price).
Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay

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Day 4:

Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Activities:

06:00 Morning call (if you request).
06:30 Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes whilst cruising to Luon cave.
07:00 Enjoy a light breakfast in the restaurant.
08:00 Visit Luon cave by kayak, one of the caves open to the form of beautiful endemic vegetation of Halong Bay. Visit Luon cave by a traditionally woven (bamboo) boat
rowed by a local boatman (public ticket 50.000đ/person).
09:00 Then come back to Athena cruise, relax and check out of the cabin. Please put your luggage outside the door. Our porters will collect and get them ready on the Pier for you. Finally, the cruise disembarks from Hạ Long International harbor.
09:30 Check out the cabin. Enjoy the brunch buffet menu served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after brunch (if you have one).
10:45 Transfer by tender back to Hạ Long International Harbour and disembarkation, then the driver picks you up and transfers you to Hanoi airport to catch a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Arriving in Hue, our driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to your central hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 5:

Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Activities:

Breakfast at the hotel. 8 AM pickup to begin a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy and then visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 1975. Notice the  French colonial structures such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and the War Remnant Museum and continue to the bustling Ben Thanh Market.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Saigon and then explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network built by Vietnamese fighters during their long struggle for independence. Return to Saigon hotel around 5:30 PM for free time. This evening, stroll through the outdoor night market of  Ben Thanh for unique souvenirs and street food.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Day 6:

Saigon – The Mekong Delta Boat Trip - My Tho - Ben Tre Boat Trip - Saigon

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Lunch · Boat · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights:

The Mekong Delta  My Tho  Ben Tre

Activities:

8 AM Pick up in hotel lobby. Mekong Delta boat trip to My Tho and Ben Tre, famous for small wooden boats, sweet candy, and local folk songs. The tour ends at about 5 PM with drop off at your hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Day 7:

Ho Chi Minh City Relaxing - Fly to Vientiane

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Ho Chi Minh City – Vientiane · Hotel in Vientiane

Highlights:

Vientiane

Activities:

Today you are free for leisure & until transfer to Airport for the flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a fascinating capital, with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. This charming and easygoing city will provide a smooth introduction to Laos. After a short rest, an orientation walk of Lao Capital is a pleasant way to spend the day, strolling around some of the city’s most historical sites and seeing some of the French colonial architecture. We observe the sunset by the Mekong Riverside until late evening and experience the city lifestyle of the local Lao people. Overnight in Vientiane.

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Day 8:

Vientiane Tour - Fly to Luang Prabang - Clim to Mount Phousi & Take park in Night Market

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Internal airfare Vientiane – Luang Prabang · Hotel in Luang Prabang

Activities:

AM: After breakfast, we start to visit the 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 will stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. From there, we visit the central market known as the ‘Morning Market’ which is a great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles, and gifts. PM: We board our short flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best–preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to the hotel. After a short rest, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful and panoramic sunset over the ancient and once royal city and the Mekong River. We then stroll around the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of textiles made by the locals and the hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 9:

Luang Prabang Tour - Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Boat · Hotel in Luang Prabang

Highlights:

Wat Visoun  Wat Aham  Wat Mai  Wat Sene  Wat Xiengthong  Pak Ou Cave

Activities:

In the morning we enjoy a short guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene, and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On our way back, we pass the local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan and continue to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to a royal family patronage near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to the city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 10:

Luang Prabang – Optional Tour - Departure

Included:

Private A/C transfers · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees

Highlights:

Optional tour

Activities:

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. This is a real highlight of the tour prior to saying goodbye to this charming city. Free at leisure until transfer to the airport. We then say farewell and depart this ancient city.