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Laos and Vietnam Tour For Adventurers

Laos and Vietnam Tour For Adventurers

Luang Prabang, Ban Lad Khammune, Phonsavan, Sam Neua , Mai Chau Valley, Ky Son - Hanoi
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This 14 day tour will bring you an amazing adventure of famous sites of Northern Indochina. Your journey will start in LuangPrabang with 2 night adventure on the Mekong River, continue east to the UNESCO heritage- the ‘Plain of Jars’, visit Sam Neua and the ViengXai Caves. After crossing into Viet Nam, make some stops to visit Mai Chau Valley and Ky Son village and amazing city of Hanoi. In your tour, we will try our best to meet your need, create as much as fun and pleasure as possible for you.
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Luang Prabang, the pride of Laos tourism and its attractions to comprehend about this country.
  • Visit the Plain of Jars, the home of thousands of multi-sized jars which are still mystery.
  • Discover Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city and surrounding attractive area of Ky Son village.
  • Enjoy walking and trekking tour around verdant Mai Chau mountainous areas.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Luang Prabang arrival

Day 2
Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)

Day 3
Mekong Kayaking - Ban Lad Khammune (B,L,D)

Day 4
Ban Kok Phu - Luang Prabang (B,L)

Day 5
LuangPrabang – Phonsavan (B)

Day 6
Phonsavan - Plain of Jars (B)

Day 7
Phonsavan - Hintang - Sam Neua (B,L)

Day 8
Sam Neua - Vieng Xai Caves (B,L)

Day 9
Sam Neua - Na Maew - Mai Chau Valley (B,L,D)

Day 10
Mai Chau Valley - Trek & Cycle (B,L,D)

Day 11
Mai Chau Valley - Ky Son (B,L,D)

Day 12
Ky Son - Hanoi (B)

Day 13
Hanoi City Tour (B)

Day 14
Depart Hanoi

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
When you arrive in LuangPrabang, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
 
This is the capital city of Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. It is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era .The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("TAK BAT" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
 
Another choice that you could make is visiting a monk school in the city. This will be a great chance for those who are interested in monastery because you will have time to talk with young monks, learn about their daily life. 
 
After your breakfast at the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…, you will start your city tour. IN this tour, you will visit some most famous temples of the city. Highlights include: 
 
Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
The last one you will visit in this morning is Arts and Ethnology Centre.
In the afternoon, you will Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek- the weaving and textile villages. Here, you will have time to explore traditional handicrafts, admire diverse and unique products made by skillful hands of artisan. After that, you will return to town to visit a monk school. To finish a long day, you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the city at sunset.
 
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
Day 3: Mekong Kayaking - Ban Lad Khammune (B,L,D)
Day 3: Mekong Kayaking - Ban Lad Khammune (B,L,D)
In the early morning, after your breakfast, you will transfer to the Mekong River. Here, you will meet your guide, take a boat trip and start your kayaking tour along the Mekong River and visit some nearby villages.
 
Continue embark on a private boat upriver to Ban LanKhammune- a small village nearby the Mekong river. You will spend the afternoon exploring the villagers’ life, enjoying the tropical scenery and integrating with cheerful village children.
 
After enjoying a traditional Laos lunch, you will have time to visit a primary school to know more about studying condition of children in the region, and a Buddhist temple- which remains historical stemp. There will be free time for you to take a refreshing dip in the river of go fishing before turning back to homey atmosphere in the village.
 
After a day of amazing experience, you will be served a delicious home-cooked dinner with generous supply of beer and rice whiskey. After the meal, you have chance to witness the Baci ceremony- a ceremony to celebrate a special event, whether a marriage, a homecoming, a welcome, a birth, or one of the annual festivals. It is one of the most important traditional ceremonies of Lao culture.
 
You could take part in music performance or traditional dance with villagers.
 
Overnight in Ban Lad Khammune.
Day 4: Ban Kok Phu - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 4: Ban Kok Phu - Luang Prabang (B,L)
After your breakfast, you will be given some necessary information about the kayaks, relevant equipment, and safety procedures. Leaving the village, you will climb into a kayak begin your new trip along the Mekong river to Ban Kok Phu. 
 
En-route, you have the opportunity to enjoy stunning view of surroundings, breath fresh atmosphere of the morning. During your kayaking, you will be accompanied by a support boat of a local fisherman.
 
A picnic lunch will be served on the Mekong riverbank then return to LuangPrabang. Then take a land transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of day relaxing.
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
 
Day 5: LuangPrabang – Phonsavan (B)
Day 5: LuangPrabang – Phonsavan (B)
In the morning, you will depart your trip by land to Phonsavan- the capital of Xieng Khouang province in Central Laos. It will take you around 7 hours to reach Phonsavan. En-route, you will have time to enjoy spectacular view of Lao’s mountains and visit some hill-tribe villages. Here, you will have chance to learn more about the customs and traditional life style of the locals.
 
When you arrive in Phonsavan, spend the rest of day relaxing. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Day 6: Phonsavan - Plain of Jars (B)
Day 6: Phonsavan - Plain of Jars (B)
Today, you have time to explore Xieng Khuang Province- a province in the northeast of Laos, lying across a flat high plateau. The first you will make is MAG (Mines Advisory Group) . It is a non- profit organisation ,located in the main street of Phonsavan, and has displays of the different bombs .They educate the village children through the schools on "bombies", and clear the UXO's to make farming safe for the villagers. 
 
With the rest of the morning, you will discover ‘Plain of Jars’- the UNESCO heritage. The Plain of Jars combines ancient and contemporary history with insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. It is dated to the Iron Age (500 BC to AD 500) and is one of the most important sites for studying Southeast Asian prehistory. 
 
Keep your journey to Muang Khoune -old Xieng Khuang, 35km southeast of Phonsavan. Here, you will spend time to explore Wat Phiawat - ruins of sixteenth-century and other ancient pagodas- which will be an ideal place for those who are interested in history. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Day 7: Phonsavan - Hintang - Sam Neua (B,L)
Day 7: Phonsavan - Hintang - Sam Neua (B,L)
Today will be your long day tour. On your way, you will have chance to enjoy scenic mountainous landscape as well as visit some small villages such as Hintang village. Here you will have an insight of daily activities of the locals and their traditional customs. 
 
In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Sam Neua - the capital city of Houaphan Province, Laos, located in the northeast of the country. It is one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Laos. The rest of day is your free time to relax. 
Overnight in Sam Neua.
Day 8: Sam Neua - Vieng Xai Caves (B,L)
Day 8: Sam Neua - Vieng Xai Caves (B,L)
In the morning, you can begin your new day by strolling around Sam Neua town, visiting a weaving house showroom-where you can find a variety of unique and colorful woven goods made by skillful hands of artisan. You can also wander along the river to visit the local wet market- where goods with different kinds are exposed for purchasing. 
 
Then, you will transfer towards east to ViengXai- a district and town in Hua Phan Province. The town is located on Route 6, 30 km from Sam Neua. The biggest attractions of the town are the caves. It is set among beautiful karst limestone mountains that rise out of the rice fields.
 
Continue your trip by visiting Viengxai Kaysone Phomvihane cave- enclosed by forests and limestone mountains in the province Houaphanh, Prince Soupanouvong cave and Artillery Cave with stunning view of the surrounding countryside.
 
After your long day of exploration, you will have chance to relax and enjoy delicious North-East Laotian food in the centre of town. Then, transfer to ViengXai. You will spend the rest of day to relax on your own.
Day 9: Sam Neua - Na Maew - Mai Chau Valley (B,L,D)
Day 9: Sam Neua - Na Maew - Mai Chau Valley (B,L,D)
In the morning, you will transfer to the border of Na Maew. After crossing into Vietnam, our guide will meet and transfer you by road to Mai Chau Valley. Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living is transformed into a real paradise.
 
During your trip in Mai Chau, you have a variety of chances to take some trekking or cycling, visit locals school and locals villages- where a lot of minority people still live, explore caves, visits some temples or just relax and sightseeing in an enchanting area of Viet Nam. If you want an alternative, it is possible if you discuss with our guide.
 
When you arrive in Mai Chau, you will enjoy a lunch and then begin your journey with two-wheel vehicle. It is a great means of transportation if you want to travel over rolling hills to visit some traditional villages spread along the valley.
Then, you will turn back to your lodge to enjoy a local dinner and some traditional dances performed by the local Thái tribe people. Overnight in Mai Chau.
 
Crossing into Vietnam at Na Maew (Laos)/ Nam Xoi (Vietnam). 
 
Crossing by land border is, for many clients, a new experience and therefore we ensure that you have full assistance throughout. You will be changing guides as you move from one country to another and it is both their duty to see you safely across the border.
Please note: On some occasions it is not permitted for a guide to accompany you all the way to the immigration post - this is completely standard procedure and there will be border staff on hand to answer any questions you may have. 
Day 10: Mai Chau Valley - Trek & Cycle (B,L,D)
Day 10:  Mai Chau Valley - Trek & Cycle (B,L,D)
Today, there are two choices for you to determine, you could stay close to the lodge and take some short walks through the rice paddies or you could also take a seat and relax on the terrace. 
 
If you want more experience in your trip, you could take an hour drive to visit some Thai villages. This is a great chance for you to discover way of living as well as traditional customs which have existed for a long time of the locals such as White Thai and Muong.
 
Take a trek to visit Buoc village. Here, you could witness daily activities of the villagers: farmers work on the terraced rice paddies, women prepare and cook meals. You could make a small, intimate chat with the locals and enjoy lunch in a local house. The next stop you could make is Van Mai valley- where you could enjoy green and fresh scenery of rice paddies and some village hidden in lush vegetables. It is a rare chance for you to take as many photos as possible to save memorable moments. Turn back to your lodge to have a dinner. 
 
Overnight in Mai Chau.
 
Day 11 : Mai Chau Valley - Ky Son (B,L,D)
Day 11 : Mai Chau Valley - Ky Son  (B,L,D)
This morning, you will depart for Ky Son, approximately 70kms to the west of Hanoi. Being recognized as a National Cultural Historical Relic, this village is a great place for those who would like to learn more about rural daily activities and well as life style of the locals in this region. 
 
During your trip at Ky Son, you will have chance to chat with the villagers and learn about their traditional customs and culture. People are open and friendly, they are always willing to share their life story with you. You could also take a leisurely walk around warm and peaceful villages to explore Vietnamese traditional culture. Then, return to your host to prepare a lunch. 
 
In the afternoon, you will continue your trip by riding bicycle (ranging from 6 - 12 kms) along local paths. En-route, make some stops to enjoy stunning view of sleepy village, explore beauty of nature and vegetables. You could visit some temples, make some small chat with children, learn about traditional farming methods, or visit village market to have an insight into the local’s daily life.
 
Then, turn back to the house to relax with a traditional herbal bath and enjoy a home-cooked dinner. Overnight in Ky Son.
Day 12: Ky Son - Hanoi (B)
Day 12: Ky Son - Hanoi (B)
In the morning, you will have chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and do traditional exercises- Yi Jin Jing- containing a series of exercises, coordinated with specific breathing and mental concentration, said to enhance physical health dramatically when practiced consistently. You will also be invited to pray to Buddha and observe morning worship in respect for the family ancestors.
 
After your breakfast, you can stroll or ride a bicycle along local paths to enjoy fresh air of the morning in peaceful villages. You could make a stop to visit nearby villages of Cam Cao and Duong Lam or Mia Pagoda- a unique architecture, has 287 statues, plentiful and lively with many famous sculptures or Ngo Quyen Tomb. Then, turn back to the house to have time to relax and have a lunch. 
 
In the early afternoon, you will transfer to Ha Noi- the capital city of Viet Nam- one of the most beautiful city in Asia area. Hanoi is very compact, and the city’s most interesting places for tourists are all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city on foot or by cyclo. With its own characteristic features, Ha Noi is worth being an attractive destination for those who want to learn more about Viet Nam. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Day 13: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Today, you will spend a day to explore the most characteristics of Ha Noi. Especially, we recommend some sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum- a large memorial to the Vietnamese leader in Hanoi, Vietnam; One Pillar Pagoda- a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi or Hoan Kiem Lake- a lake in the historical center of Hanoi. Many tourists also choose the Temple of Literature as a stop in their journey. About 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature is a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture. There are a total of 82 tombstones, with names and origins of 1307 doctors, corresponding to 82 examination courses from 1442 to 1779. If you visit the temple at the beginning of the year or in May when many important examinations take place, you will catch sights of numerous students who come and rub the tortoise head. Such an act is believed to bring them luck to pass the test. A walking around the Old Quarter also brings you better understanding about the history of this ancient city. Move on to Dong Xuan Market to feel the bustle and the excitement of a corner of the city.
 
After your lunch, you could visit Ethnology Museum- the largest and the most interesting Museums in Ha Noi or Hoa Lo Prison, or you could also discuss with our guide for an alternative that you may interested in. 
 
In the morning, we suggest you stay around the Old Quarter. Here, there are a variety of restaurants and cafes for you to choose from and enjoy, especially Pho- which can be found on every corner.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Depart Hanoi
Day 14: Depart Hanoi

Today, you have free time to relax before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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Laos and Vietnam Tour For Adventurers

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Inclusion:
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion:
 
  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • 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.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 3: Mekong Kayaking - Ban Lad Khammune (B,L,D)
Day 4: Ban Kok Phu - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 5: LuangPrabang – Phonsavan (B)
Day 6: Phonsavan - Plain of Jars (B)
Day 7: Phonsavan - Hintang - Sam Neua (B,L)
Day 8: Sam Neua - Vieng Xai Caves (B,L)
Day 9: Sam Neua - Na Maew - Mai Chau Valley (B,L,D)
Day 10: Mai Chau Valley - Trek & Cycle (B,L,D)
Day 11 : Mai Chau Valley - Ky Son (B,L,D)
Day 12: Ky Son - Hanoi (B)
Day 13: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Day 14: Depart Hanoi

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

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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