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From Ancient Luang Prabang to Colourful Vietnam - 12 Days / 11 Nights

From Ancient Luang Prabang to Colourful Vietnam - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta
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If you are a travel lover, a historical and cultural explorer, the tour combining the most distinctive features of Vietnam and Laos will be a choice you should not miss. The best of Indochia is waiting for you to discover from natural beauty of the Pak Ou Caves- one of the most treasured religious symbols of the Luang Prabang or Halong Bay- an amazing Heaven Landscape Cave of Vietnam to historical sites remaining ancient cultural imprints of the both countries. And, of course, your vacation passion will be satisfied with unique and exceptional local experience that you can find nowhere else. Let try and feel!
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Luang Prabang, the historical religious capital and the proud of Laos.
  • Excurse in Hanoi, the Vietnam’s capital and some famous place here like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum …
  • Cruise onboard along Ha Long Bay, the World Heritage by UNESCO.
  • Experience the daily life of locals in Tra Que Village in Hoi An.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Luang Prabang

Day 2
Luang Prabang Ancient Temples (B)

Day 3
Alms Giving - Pak Ou Caves (B)

Day 4
Kuang Sii Falls - Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)

Day 5
Hanoi Historic and Culture Tour (B)

Day 6
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 7
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B)

Day 8
Bike tour to Hoian Villages And Ancient town (B,L)

Day 9
Hoian - Drive to Hue (B)

Day 10
Hue - The Former Capital (B)

Day 11
Hue - Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour (B)

Day 12
Mekong Day Trip - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B,L)

Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang
Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang

Welcome to Luang Prabang city, our driver will pick you up at Luang Prabang Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure.

Meals on your own and take a sweet night for our tour!

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang Ancient Temples (B)
Day 2: Luang Prabang Ancient Temples (B)
On this day of tour, we will visit the city located in the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. Particularly, visitors will discover Vat Xieng Thong (means “The Golden City”) or Temple of the Royal city, the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. It was built under the reign of the King Setthathirat (1559-1560) with a picturesque scenery surrounding. 
 
Next, we will come to Vat May Temple. Erected at the end of the 18th century, the temple is a capped sanctuary featuring a five-sided roof surmounted by three parasols. Another temple we will visit is Vat Visoun which is particular with its wooden windows designed according to the architecture of the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou. We will also visit Vat Aham temple, which is next to Vat Visoun. Transferring to Vat Senna, the first monastery of which roof was covered with yellow and red tile that made it colorful.
 
At the end of the afternoon, let’s climb Mount Phousi to contemplate the fantastic picture of sunset. It’s ideal time to take some nice photos. On the way back to hotel, we will visit the H’mong Night Market for exploration and buy some lovely sourvenirs. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 3: Alms Giving - Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 3: Alms Giving - Pak Ou Caves (B)
In the early morning, the local guide will take you to Vat Nong Temple to witness the Tak Bat ceremony of monks. During the ceremony, devoted locals will stand on the sidewalk and there are bearing food in their arm. When a procession of monks wearing orange robes passes, the locals will offer the foods to them. If you concentrate to witness, you will easily realize that the ceremony occurs in a quiet and respectful ambience and there is no word between monks and locals. As a tourist, we should not wear revealing clothes and we should pose photos from a suitable distance to show respect. 
 
After that, you and the guide will transfer to a local market, which is always tumultuous in the mornings. The sights, sounds, and smells you see will make you feel yourself like a local here. Don’t hesitate to taste some kinds of local snacks before we get to a local restaurant which will serve you with a breakfast to recover your energy for a new day and even a cup of coffee.
 
Subsequently, we pay a visit to the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum. The museum is an ideal place for visitors to learn more about Lao history and culture. We will continue the trip on a pretty traditional boat and cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Caves. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the caves, you will see that this is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions. This must be a memorable experience to visitors.
 
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will drop off at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xang Hai. There will give you chance to observe the manufacturing rice wine “Lao” making process of locals. Certainly, you can sample the wine before we enjoy the sunset on the way cruising back to hotel.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Kuang Sii Falls - Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)
Day 4: Kuang Sii Falls - Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos! 
 
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destination in Laos. Visitors reaching will have opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty here. If weather permits, visitors can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. What a beautiful experience!
 
After that, we will transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi. Welcome on arrival. Transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Historic and Culture Tour (B)
Day 5: Hanoi Historic and Culture Tour (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit his traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
 
Charge yourself with a short rest before we start our afternoon for a visit to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting will be arranged)
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin.
 
Reaching Ha Long, you will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
 
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
 
Transfer: Shuttle bus
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone here.
 
We will transfer you to the airport for flight to Danang Airport. Welcome on arrival and transfert to hotel in Hoian for check in (30 km - 45 minute drive). Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian
Day 8: Bike tour to Hoian Villages And Ancient town (B,L)
Day 8: Bike tour to Hoian Villages And Ancient town (B,L)
Start a biking tour to Tra Que organic village which is assembly point of diversity of herbs and vegetables and view the peaceful beauty on the way.
 
In breaking time, you will have time to savour some particular local herb juice before continuing the route on bike to Cam Thanh coconut village. Many beautiful rice fields and sweet hamlets on the way will welcome you by their beauty. Arriving Cam Thanh, your first sight will be a world of bamboo products or even bamboo bicycles.
A lunch with a local family or floating on regional fishing basket boat will surely memorable experiences to you before you come back to your bike, cycle through pretty hamlets again and return to Hoian ancient town.
 
After a short rest, we will start a walking tour with our tour-guide around this attractive port town. Deliberately walking here, you will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Bicycle
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

 

Day 9: Hoian - Drive to Hue (B)
Day 9: Hoian - Drive to Hue (B)
Free time at your leisure in the morning. In the afternoon, we will come to Hue. On the way, you will see the scenic Hai Van Pass. Looking out over the coastline, you can easily see the most fantastic panorama of Vietnam.  Moreover, we will drive through the peaceful Lang Co beach. With the quiet atmosphere and white sandy beach, Lang Co promises to give you the most beautiful photos ever. 
 
Arriving in Hue and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 10: Hue - The Former Capital (B)
Day 10: Hue - The Former Capital (B)
After breakfast, we will catch a cyclo to the Royal Citadel. Once you reach here, you will absolutely agree with us that this World Heritage Site is the not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue.
 
Then, we will take a boat and float along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. This is good chance for you to rescue your mind from the daily pressure and breath the fresh air as well as find a peaceful feeling for your spirit. If you are attached to the atmosphere here, don’t forget to take some nice photos to keep your beautiful moments while relaxing on the boat back to the city center.
 
Our next stop is the largest and the most luxurious tomb in Vietnam, Tu Duc Mausoleum. Visit around and let the story behind this majestic work come into your mind, you will have an exhaustive look at the royal architecture with the harmony of Fengshuei. Visit Tu Hieu pagoda, one of the attractive places to visitors. Transfer back to hotel.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

 

Day 11: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour (B)
Day 11: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to airport for flying to Ho Chi Minh city. Reaching Ho Chi Minh City, we will set out an exploration of this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame cathedral , Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.
 
Then we come back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Day 12: Mekong Day Trip - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B,L)
Day 12: Mekong Day Trip - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B,L)
After breakfast, we will head to Mekong Delta for Ben Tre exploration (130km from Ho Chi Minh city). Reaching Phong Nam Pier, get on boat and float along the Chet Say River to various regional working areas. There give you time to observe a picture of local economy when visiting the brick kilns; coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut wood coal. Certainly, you can try fresh coconut and you will be impressed with the way every single of this versatile nut is turned into daily foods and other products.
 
Subsequently, the boat will give you a deliberate excursion floating through the small canal and witness the local life. Stopping at a peaceful village, let’s pay a walking trip to have an exhaustive look at Delta village life. You should also visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a try at weaving yourself.
 
Next, we will board xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or ride bicycle into another village where you can enjoy a verdant picture of farms, rice fields and vegetable plans. Once satisfied with your eyes, we will stop at a local house and savour a delicious lunch including regional specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp with some cold drinks and beers before taking a short rest.
 
In the afternoon, we will embark a sampan to relax and drift along narrow canals. Then we will return to Pier, leave here and return to Ho Chi Minh City for your departure flight. 
 
End of the tour!
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: N/A
 
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From Ancient Luang Prabang to Colourful Vietnam - 12 Days / 11 Nights

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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Regional and internal flights in economy class (Luang Prabang - Hanoi; Hanoi - Danang; Hue - Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Laos visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang Ancient Temples (B)
Day 3: Alms Giving - Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 4: Kuang Sii Falls - Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)
Day 5: Hanoi Historic and Culture Tour (B)
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 8: Bike tour to Hoian Villages And Ancient town (B,L)
Day 9: Hoian - Drive to Hue (B)
Day 10: Hue - The Former Capital (B)
Day 11: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour (B)
Day 12: Mekong Day Trip - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B,L)

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This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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