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Our journey encompasses the very best of Laos and Vietnam as we start in the Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of The Kingdom of a Million Elephants. We then travel from the North to South of Vietnam. Visit Vietnam’s distinguished capital, Hanoi, where we take in a variety of picturesque sights, from preserved French-colonial architecture to stunning natural beauty at Halong Bay. Experience the history of Hue and the charm and beauty of Hoi An before Enjoy the bustle and vitality of Saigon. Finish the journey with a venture to the lush Mekong Delta
  

 
 
 
 


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Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

After short break, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a superb view over the town and river. From there, we walk through the streets of Luang Prabang to visit lively street night market.

Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Khouangsi Waterfall (B)                          

Today we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Continue to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then take a boat ride upstream on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

On return, we overland local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan, continue seeing the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belongs to royal family patronage and near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)

This morning we take in the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and then visit the Central Market before transfer to the airport for a flight to Vientiane.

After a short rest, we start to visit the major sights of the capital including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in town dating back to 1828. We will also visit Haw Pha Kaew, the former Royal temple of Laos Monarchy, now converted into a museum and Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos and the Patuxai Monument, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. From there, we explore the Central Market.

Overnight in Vientiane


Day 4: Vientiane - Hanoi (B)

Today we visit the morning market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits). And then transfer to the airport to take flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in and the rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi


Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

We leave Hanoi for 3-hour drive to the Halong Bay, a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water, creating a unique and beautiful landscape. On arrival we board our traditional junk for a journey through the 3000 limestone islands dotted with caves and grottoes.

There is time for exploring the Bay at a leisure pace: swimming, relaxing and experiencing the magic of falling asleep on board in this beautiful part of the world. Sumptious Seafood Set-Dinner on board and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.

Overnight on Junk


Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Brunch)

Early risers can enjoy a morning swim in a quite firth. Start your day with Tai Chi Class on the sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. After breakfast, continue enjoy cruising and swimming until time for check out procedure. The junk arrives at the quay around 11.00am. Drive back Hanoi and upon arrival, we will enjoy a Cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake before attending a famous Water Puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi


Day 7: Hanoi - Hue sightseeing (B)                                                      

A short domestic flight takes you from Hanoi to Hue, the ancient Imperial city. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon we begin to see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. We then drive outskirts of Hue to the impressive tomb of King Khai Dinh. Later come back to city center to visit Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue


Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B)                                                                                 

This morning we take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River. We stop at Thien Mu Pagoda to see the 7-storey octagonal tower and an old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. Continue tour by boat to Minh Mang Tomb built between 1841 and 1843. The Emperor’s tomb complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions etc) designed on a symmetric axis.

This afternoon we travel by road across Hai Van tunnel to Hoi An ancient town. We will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful local markets.

Overnight in Hoi An


Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh city (B)                                  

In the morning we will have a short drive to Da Nang airport and take a flight to Saigon, the Metropolis of the South. Transfer and check in the hotel on arrival.

In the afternoon we discover the city, come to see the Cathedral, the War Remnants museum before we end the day with a visit to China Town.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 10: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B/L)

After breakfast we travel out of Ho Chi Minh city and spend full day floating through waterways on an exploration of the lush Mekong Delta region. Upon arrival Cai Be province, we take a boat ride visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market, an interesting style of market in the Mekong Delta. Everyday, the boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we can see local people being selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats.

Leave Cai Be, we will see the coconut candy, rise crispy cake, rice paper making workshop… continue to visit the local house and strolling on the village paths. For lunch, the local people will serve you the local delicacy - an Elephant’s-Ear fish. After that you walk around the village to sea local's daily activities if you wish. We will visit Vinh Long local market before return to Saigon in late afternoon. Free evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 11: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Trip concludes./.

(B) : Breakfast
(L) : Lunch
(D) : Dinner

* All flights & hotels are subject to availability

Notes:
This Private Journey will depart on your desired date. It can also be taken in reverve starting from Ho Chi Minh and finishing in Luang Prabang. 
 

Notes:

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Spirit of Laos and Vietnam
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11 days 10 nights
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