13-Day Vietnam and Laos Tour In Focus
Tour Route: Sai Gon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong delta - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong - Luang Phrapang - Vientian82 Views
DAY 1: SAIGON – ARRIVAL. O/N IN HOCHIMINH.
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS. O/N IN HOCHIMINH
DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – MEKONG DELTA. O/N IN HOCHIMINH
DAY 4: HOCHIMINH – FLY TO DANANG – HOIAN ½ CITY TOUR. O/N IN HOIAN.
DAY 5: HOIAN – OPTIONAL FARMING & FISHING LIFE TOUR. O/N IN HOIAN
DAY 6: HOIAN – DANANG – FLY TO HANOI. O/N IN HANOI
DAY 7: HANOI CITY TOUR & BAT TRANG POTTERY VILLAGE. O/N IN HANOI
DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG ONE DAY TOUR. O/N IN HANOI
DAY 9: HANOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG – ½ CITY TOUR. ON IN LUANG PRABANG
DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG – HILL TRIBLES VISIT. ON IN LUANG PRABANG
DAY 11: LUANG PRABANG – FLY TO VIENTIANE. ON IN VIENTIANE
DAY 12: VIENTIAN CITY TOUR – FREE. ON IN VIENTIANE
DAY 13: VIENTINE – DEPARTURE
DAY 1: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : SAIGON – ARRIVAL. O/N IN HOCHIMINH.
Arrival Saigon, you will meet your tour guide at the airport and transfer to your desired hotel for check-in. The bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam.
This metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafes. (If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 2: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : SAIGON PRIVATE HALF-DAY CITY TOUR + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)
Today we spend a half day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous edifice was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of Maril 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We follow these with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts. The sightseeing ends up with a walk around the retail Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale!
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 3: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HOCHIMINH CITY – MEKONG DELUXE GROUP TOUR (B/L)
6.30 AM: Depart for Cai Be by car/van via Trung Luong Express Highway, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields.
9.30 AM: On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.
11.30 AM: Keep cruising to a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong island, join to a cooking class. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax on the hammocks to get back your energy.
14.00 PM: Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. 15:00 PM: Take a boat ride back to Cai Be, meet the car/van for the trip back to Hochiminh city.
Included: A/C car w/ drinking water, English speaking tour guide, boat trips, lunch, fruit, honey tea, entrance fee, cooking class, bike.
Excluded: Travel insurance, beverage, personal costs
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 4: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HOCHIMINH – FLY TO DANANG – HOIAN PRIVATE ½ CITY TOUR. O/N IN HOIAN.
Breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by our guide to the airport for a short flight to Danang.
Arrival to Danang Airport, you’ll be welcome by our tour guide & driver then accompanied to your hotel in Hoi An for a check-in.
In the afternoon, we’ll start exploring Hoi An ancient town which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sites in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.
O/N in Hoi An.
DAY 5: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HOIAN – OPTIONAL FARMING & FISHING LIFE TOUR. O/N IN HOIAN
Breakfast at your hotel, you will be free to explore Hoian by yourself.
Optional Private Farming & Fishing Life Tour:
After having breakfast at hotel, we will start to enjoy a farm tour. This tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless.
As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board our Jack Tran’s boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.
O/N in Hoian.
DAY 6: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HOIAN – DANANG – FLY TO HANOI. O/N IN HANOI
After breakfast, you will be picked up to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi.
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met by our guide and driven to your hotel. Time for relaxing after the journey.
With time permits, you may have an easy walk around the Old Quarter and tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
O/N in Hanoi.
DAY 7: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HANOI PRIVATE CITY TOUR & BAT TRANG POTTERY VILLAGE. O/N IN HANOI
08:30 AM – Pick up from your hotel, we’ll start the day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex: which includes the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and his modest stilt house which provide valuable insights into the life and times of one of the most successful leaders of the 20th century. You will then visit the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups.
Lunch will be served at KOTO – a restaurant belonging to a and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. In the afternoon, you’ll head to Bat Trang village – a premier ceramics centre 15 km northeast of the city centre.
While the upper side is quite commercialized and focuses on glazed ceramic items, the riverside ‘ancient’ village leans more towards earthenware and pottery products. There’re opportunities to try your hand on making our own products, or wandering around its large ceramics market. Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 8: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HANOI – HALONG ONE DAY CRUISE – GROUP TOUR. O/N IN HANOI
7.45 – 8.15: Our car and guide will pick you up at your hotel (Hanoi Old Quarter) or our office (26 Lo Su – Hoan Kiem District – Hanoi), departure to Halong bay.
10.00: Have a short break about 20 minuttes
12.00: Arrive at Bai Chay, Halong Tourism harbour.
12.15: Start cruising to visit Ha Long Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, UNESCO World Heritage Site and have lunch on the cruise.
14.30: Visit Thien Cung Grotto – one of he largest and most beautiful grottoes in Halong Bay. Its structure is complex with different levels and chambers, which contain richly ornamented stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. Visiting Thiencung Grotto, tourists can enjoy interesting stories about the shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites closely connected to the Halong Bay legend of King Dragon.
15.30: Enjoy kayaking around floating village, wonder daily life of fishing men on the bay.
16:30: You will return to Halong tourist wharf and take the bus back to Hanoi.
We drop you off at your hotel. Your tour will finish at 20.00 pm.
O/N in Hanoi.
DAY 9: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : HANOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG – PRIVATE ½ CITY TOUR. ON IN LUANG PRABANG
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang in Laos, once referred to as the jewel of Indochina. Start your day with a visit to the Royal Palace, which is now a National Museum. Continue with the exploration of the main Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang and a rare opportunity to interact with the monks before ending the day with a climb to the top of Phousi Hill for a sunset watch over Luang Prabang town.
O/N in Luang Prabang.
DAY 10: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : LUANG PRABANG – HILL TRIBLES VISIT. ON IN LUANG PRABANG
Today , after breakfast, we will start the day with a drive to Ban Nayang village, home to the Tai Lu minorities, who migrated from China in the late 18th century and walk a short distance to the village. Observe the distinct weaving style of the villagers, who produce table cloths, wall decorations and scarves. You are invited to interact with the local people and learn about their efforts to preserve their traditional working methods and crafts.
O/N in Luang Prabang.
DAY 11: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : LUANG PRABANG – FLY TO VIENTIANE. ON IN VIENTIANE
After breakfast, you will be free till the picke up to the airport for a short flight to Vientiane. Arrival Vientiane, you will be welcome and picked up to the hotel for check in.
O/N in Vientiane.
DAY 12: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : VIENTIANE PRIVATE CITY TOUR – FREE. ON IN VIENTIANE
After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. .
En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques.
O/N in Vientiane.
DAY 13: Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus : Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus: VIENTINE – DEPARTURE
Enjoy the morning at leisure until your departure flight.
End of services.
• Transportation in private/ Halong Bay Tour by Shuttle bus
• Accommodation in twin/ double shared room
• Domestic air ticket as stated only
• Boat trip as stated in above sights
• English speaking guide
• Admission fee to indicated sights
• Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, and meals dedicated in the program.
• Gov’t tax and service charge
• Visa stamping fee on arrival
• Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
• Travel Insurance in all kinds
• Lunch or dinner unless where stated
• Single room (quoted separately)
• Other foreign language guide
• Peak tourist season or special event rates
• Child or adult in triple sharing room
• Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
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