This trip will allow you to fully discover two countries (Vietnam and Laos). You surely get lot of such exciting and interesting experience as: contemplating the Wonders, landscape: learning about the History, Culture; enjoying local culinary: thoroughly understanding of the cultural character and long - standing custom of two countries. Especially, you will receive warm welcome and thoughtful care with a smile on our lips. We believe that you will feel to be at home and satisfied with your trip.
DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi. transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI - HA LONG (B)
After breakfast, visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, visit the Lake of Restored Sword, the bustling Old Quarter, and a traditional Vietnamese long house. Drive to Halong Bay for the night.
DAY 3: HA LONG - HANOI - LAO CAI (B,L)
In the morning, take a 5-hours boat cruise through magnificent Halong Bay, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board, before transfer by car back to Hanoi. En route, stop at the Dong Trieu ceramic factory.
Stop by a hotel in Hanoi for a short break and refreshment before transferring to the train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.
DAY 4: LAO CAI - SAPA (B)
Transfer to Sapa and check in to hotel upon arrival. The afternoon drive to Lao Chai, staging point for the day’s hike. See the H’mong at work and at play in their distinctive dark blue dress. Continue hiking to the village of Ta Van to visit members of the Zay tribe. Return to Sapa late afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 5: SAPA - LAO CAI - HANOI (B)
In the morning, hike up the mountain to the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai, passing a cascading waterfall on the way. The Red Dzao continues to wear their traditional, colorfully embroidered clothing and red headscarves. Many of the women have shaved their eyebrows, according to a local legend. Continue along the rice fields, crossing the Muong Hoa river and trek to the village of Supan before transferring back to Sapa.
Evening, transfer to Lao Cai train station to take a night train for Hanoi (shared 4-berth cabin, Soft sleeper)
DAY 6: HANOI - HOA LU - HANOI (B)
Depart to Ninh Binh. Take a boat excursion to visit the amazing Tam Coc caves. Lunch. Transfer by coach for visiting the Temples of Dinh - Le Dynasties and Phat Diem Cathedral. Back to Hanoi. Have dinner and enjoy water-puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 7: HANOI - VIENTIANE (B)
Transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane, transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, take a city tour to visit Wat Simuang, Vientiane’s most sacred site, and the religious museum at Wat Sisaket, Wat Pra Keo, That Luang Golden Stupa, and the Ratuxai Victory Gate, viewing the sunset along the banks of the Mekong River. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 8: VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG (B)
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Luang Prabang. Hotel check-in, visit to Khuang Si Falls. In the afternoon city tour with the Former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen, Wat Visun. End the day enjoying the sunset from the top of Mt. Phou Si. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU - LUANG PRABANG (B,L)
Take a full-day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. En route, visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, Continue down river to Ban Xang Hai village. After a picnic lunch, return to Luang Prabang for a short visit to the typical Lao village at Ban Xang Khong. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE (B)
After breakfast, visit to Luang Prabang Market and a number of shops selling antiques and silver jewelry made by mountain tribes. Transfer to airport for the return flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 11: DEPART VIENTIANE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.
Tour price includes:
- Accommodation at hotels, resorts, cruise as mention (or similar) with daily buffet breakfast
- Transfers & transportation by private vehicle
- Local English speaking guides as mentione
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Round-trip train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
- All entrance fees, shows tickets, admission fees at tourist attractions as mentioned
- Boat fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Tour price excludes:
- International & domestic airline tickets
- Any meals not included
- Beverage at meals
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses such as: laundry, telephone, Tips for guides, drivers…
- Service not mentioned in itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides, drivers