This soft adventure will take you to the best place in the North of Vietnam and Laos to explore green mountains and magnificent rivers. You will enjoy some trekking, hiking, cruising as well as admire the lives of ethnic minorities in addition to classic city tours.
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of NoiBai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, HoanKiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate TranQuoc Pagoda; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at the lobby of the hotel then leave Hanoi for Sapa on a five hour journey on the Vietnam’s longest and modern highway.
On arrival, check in to your hotel then walking down hills to visit Cat Cat Village. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming town of Sapa or relaxing at your leisure.Overnight in the hotel.
Optional (ticket excluded in the tour package):
The world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Legend, was opened to public use on February 2016.
At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented a certificate recognizing the system as the world's longest three-rope cable car (6,292.5 meters). The facility was also named the three-rope cable car system with the world's biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410m).
The cable car system stretches from MuongHoa valley in Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan, known as Indochina’s rooftop.
Passengers used to spend two days climbing to Fansipan summit, but now it takes only 15 minutes thanks to this system. The dream of reaching Indochina’s rooftop, which used to be hard to do, becomes easier for everyone.
As soon as you reach Fansipan station in an altitude of 2,800m above sea level, 600 stairs await for you to climb up to the summit. Standing on the top of Fansipan, it seems that you are enjoying a life on heaven. Surroundings are range of mountains and cloud only. And then you return the station for a ride back to Sapa.
Start: 7:30 A.M – End: 17:30 P.M
Adult and child (taller than 1.3m): 30 USD/ person
Child: 20 USD/ person.
Breakfast at the hotel and then you start the trek from the hotel. Trekking downhill to Thanh Kim and then reach Ban Ho after two hours. Continuous walking through the rice filed to the Red Dao village of Nam Toong, where you will enjoy a cup of tea, have talk withlocals to understand the life and culture of people before heading back to Ban Ho to take a nice swim in the river nearby.Back to hotel in Sapa for stay overnight.
In the morning, you are free to relax or discover the town on your own.
At 10:00, drive to Silver Waterfall with marvelous scenery of the surrounding nature. Then visit Hoang Lien National Park and the nearby Tram Ton Pass, Heaven’s Gate – the highest peak of roads in Vietnam (over 2000m), divides Sapa Town and Lai Chau Province. Admire the spectacular views, even the Fansipan summit; the highest peak of Indochina mountains (weather permits).
Keep driving downhills to Lai Chau, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. You will then have a nearly three-hour journey to Muong Lay Town (Dien Bien Province) and spend overnight here.
Muong Lay is a resettlement town lining the bank of the mighty Da River which drives the nation’s largest hydropower plant, and home to some of the country’s most colorful hill tribes. The town centre is located in a long narrow valley, at the head of which is the confluence of the Da River, the Nam Na River and the Nam Lay Stream. Since Muong Lay became a resettlement area for those ceding land for the Son La Hydropower Dam, it has undergone a metamorphosis, becoming a modern urban area with full community services, as well as an attractive tourist destination in Vietnam’s North West provinces. Overnight at hotel in Muong Lay.
Today's drive is also on spectacular roads through the mountains and some parts of the road might be under-construction or landslide. Arrive in Dien Bien Phu City around noon.
Dien Bien Phu was the site of a major French defeat (1954) in the First Indochina War, and was of tremendous historical significance. The French defeat here led to their complete withdrawal from their colonies in Indochina, and the division of Vietnam into North and South. The battle of Dien Bien Phu is described by historians as: the first time that a non-European colonial independence movement had evolved through all the stages from guerrilla bands to a conventionally organized and equipped army able to defeat a modern Western occupier in pitched battle. As such, it had a massive effect on world politics, inspiring other independence movements and spurring a period of decolonization, particularly in French ruled Africa.
Nowadays, Dien Bien Phu is a relatively quiet town, with a population of approximately 100,000. It acts as a regional hub for the province's trade and transportation.
After having lunch, visit Vietnam Military History Museum (sometimes called Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum) and cemetery and then on to famous “A1 Hill”, the site which saw some of the fiercest fighting between French and Vietnamese forces in the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1946. Concludes your day with a visit to French Command Bunker (west of River Ron).
After breakfast in the hotel, we drive down south through the peaceful Muong Thanh Valley to the Tay Trang border gate to Laos where our Laos guide and driver are await you. (It may take some 30 minutes for Immigration and customs processes)
Crossing the border, our Laos guide and driver would be waited you with welcome sign on your name to welcome you to Laos and then drive to Muang Khua.
Arrival Muang Khua check in to Hotel then guide will pick up you then have a short sightseeing of Muang Khua to explore the local people daily lives.
Breakfast at the hotel then we walk to long tail boat then cruise to Muang Ngoi. On the way we will stop at Ban Sop Chem, where the khmu and Thai Deng Village. We will do sightseeing through village to see they do handicraft, weaving. After we have done explore the village we come back to the boat then continue our cruise. You would be enjoying the cruise and scenery the both sides of the Ouriver. Arrival Muang Ngoi we walk to Hotel and have a free leisure. Meal on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel then we walk to long tail boat then cruise to Nong Khiaw. On the way we will stop at Ban Sop Kong, the Khmu village and we will start a short trek to visit the small waterfalls, on our trek we would be through the rice paddy and jungle. Picnic lunch would be offer at the waterfall and then trek back to the boat for our next cruise. Arrival Nong Khiaw then we walk to Hotel to check in. after short rest at hotel the guide will show the small village but it is nice sceneryaround the town to make the photos and explore the local of lives. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, we drive through the forest and green jungle. We will also stop to experience the Local Village Ban Na Yang to see they do the weaving crafts and Lao traditional dresses from the silkworm and then continue to Pak Ou Caves.
Arrival Mekong river bank Ban Pak Ou then walk to local pier to embark on a traditional boat trip on the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Caves. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves. On the way to Luang Prabang We will stop at Ban Xang Hai, the rice whiskey village.
We will arrive Luang Prabang before sunset and you can enjoy the sunset during the cruise, arrival boat pier then take a minivan to hotel for check in to hotel. Meal on your own.
Today we will enjoy a short visit through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will have a chance to make the most of beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfall, relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Sitting under the shade of big trees, swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch next to the falls before returning to LuangPrabang.
Back to LuangPrabang in the afternoon and visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts. Your tour will provide you with information in to the wonders of Laos, enhancing your understanding of this little-known country and its people. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Optional: For early risers, alms giving ceremony is good chance to learn about local culture. We suggest you enjoy the sunrise at the crossroads in town around 05.00 when you will also see monks in saffron robes from LuangPrabang’s many temples walking in long silent processions searching for offerings left to them by the faithful.
Visit the morning market, a perfect place to meet the locals, dine on Lao food, and watch the people as they wander. Grab yourself a frosty bevy and a slice of blood sausage and check it out.
After breakfast we will start this city sightseeing tour around LuangPrabang town. We visit the vegetable market and we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong - the Golden monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Then we visit the impressive stupa of WatVisoun and the shrine of WatAham, Wat Mai and climb up to the top of Phousi Hill for the marvelous panoramic views of the town sunset at Mekong River. Later that day, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding LuangPrabang. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
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