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EXPERIENCE OF VIETNAM & LAOS 15 DAYS

EXPERIENCE OF VIETNAM & LAOS 15 DAYS

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Departure
: Daily
Depart from
: Vientiane
Detail Itineary
: Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
Transportation
: Car - plane & train
ID Tour
: IV-LA-C04
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DAY 1: VIENTIANE ARRIVAL

 Upon arrival at Vientiane Airport, obtain your Laos visa and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will bed transferred to hotel by private car/ van.  Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Vang Vieng


DAY 2 : VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG ( B) 

Vientiane is a charming captial,  the city with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.  You start visiting the major sights of the capital;  visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. We then transfer out to see Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe.On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon, we leave the capital early for our journey northbound to Vang Vieng; we will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We reach our final destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. 

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Vang Vieng 


DAY 3: VANG VIENG – LUANG PRABANG by ROAD ( B) 

In the morning, we will first stroll around the town to visit the local market to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area.
After breakfast, we start our board through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you could explore the nearby area.
We then transfer to visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We transfer to visit Ban Phathau, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles.
We then start our expedition on the new road to lLuang Prabang that is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia . The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey; we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, we take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village enroute. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life.

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES ( B)
 
Today, you will first visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Afterwards, we will visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.   We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking 

Meal: Breakfast,
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG – KHUANGSI WATERFALL ( B)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) fr om the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture. 

After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we will take a stroll around the city to visit Big Brother Mouse, which is the most famous bookshop in Laos. The next stop is Ock Pop Tock, meaning East Meets West, where you can learn about the traditional weaving in Laos. We then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. 

Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday), one of the must-visit spots, newly opened on January 2014. 


Meal : Breakfast, 
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang  


DAY 6: LUANG PRANG – HANOI ( B)

Morning, you'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Hanoi. Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Noi Bai  Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa ( with pre-approval  letter) , and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Fr om the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the few hours at your leisure. 

Afternoon Hanoi tour, we drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the Museum of Ethnology, where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.  Enjoy an hour cyclo tour through the Hanoi's old quarter a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. End of the day by watching a traditional 
Vietnamese Water Puppet  performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening. 

Please note:  The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.

Meal : Breakfast, 
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Hanoi 
 
DAY 7: HANOI – HALONG BAY / OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some 
 rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. 
Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Halong Bay starts. Halong Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2.
After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board.

Please note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it. 

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Stay 1 night onboard, in a private cabin with en-suite bathroom.
 
DAY 8: HALONG BAY – NIGHT TRAIN TO HUE VIA HANOI ( B/L)

Wake to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay, with a cup of tea or coffee. Then join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck if you wish before enjoying breakfast in the fresh air. Continue to sail around this natural wonder. Visit to the Sung Sot Cave by walking up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. Proper shoes are highly recommended. Return to the boat then check-out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuan Chau Pier.  Return your Hanoi hotel by cruise’s shuttle bus. Free at leisure until time take a private transfer to Railway station to take a night train to Hue. 


Meal : Breakfast, Lunch,
Accommodation:  Stay 1 night onboard the SE1 express train.  Air conditioner cabin of 4 berths (4 pax per cabin)
 
DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR (B)

This morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City nearby. Modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence. Continue by a boat trip on Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city. 

After lunch at local restaurant (on own account) you’ll continue to explore Emperors Tombs Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Khai Dinh and the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc, considered the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Meal : Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Stay at hotel in Hue.

DAY 10: HUE – HOI AN VIA DA NANG ( B)

After breakfast, you’ll be driven south along highway 1 to Hoian, a journey of approximately 3 hours, via Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from high above the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The mountain range has created a barrier to the cold airstreams from the north which often results in thick cloudbanks over the peaks. The pass has been a strategic military focal point during Vietnam's turbulent history and from the top there are views of the curve of Da Nang Bay. Stop in Da Nang with a short visit Cham architeture & art museum.. Lunch at local restaurant ( on own account ) in Hoi An.
In the afternoon, we discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An's historic highlights, explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge - the three Chinese characters over the door mean "bridge for passers-by from afar" and tour the 200-year-old "Phung Hung" house, noted for its unique architecture. What you'll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Visit the workshop of a traditional lantern maker for a demonstration of this time-honored craft; meet the artisans and try your skills as you create your own lantern to take home.  Hoi An, the cobblestone streets in the old French Quarter are a delight to roam with many cafes, art galleries and handicraft shops. Hoi An is especially well known for its local artists and tailor made clothing, with over sixty shops providing this service in town.  The remainder of the day is free at leisure. 

Meal : Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Stay at hotel in Hoi An

DAY 11:HOI AN FREE & EASY

Today is free at leisure. We can also hire a bicycle to see the countryside of Hoian or soak up the sun at the beautiful Cua Dai Beach. There is also a  good chance to catch up with your tailor or search the numerous galleries for a masterpiece.

Optional excursion: Please contact us if you interest. 
1. Wet Rice Farmer OR Fishermen & Palm Paradise  (4. 5hours ) 
2. Adventure Basket Boat & Buffalo Ride (  2.5 hours ) 
3. Wet market visit and cooking class at Red Bridge ( 5 hours ) 
4. Cycling & cooking at Tra Que vegetable village  ( 4.5 hour ) 
5. Sunrise or Sunset photo tour with Pro photographer  ( 2.5 hours ) 
6. Hoian Sunrise or Sunset photo tour with Pro photographers (2.5 hours )

Meal : Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Stay at hotel in Hoi An
 
DAY 12: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY ( B)

Morning, you'll be transferred to the Da Nang airport in time for your flight to Ho Chi Minh . 
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat  Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside our guide. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel . 

Afternoon city tour : we’ll discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City, it contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the FITO Museum, it is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine. Continue visiting to the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city. Ending at Ben Thanh Market or House of Saigon for shopping and café. 

Meal : Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Stay at hotel in Hoi An

DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA( CAN THO/ CAI BE) OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D)

In the morning, cruise’s bus will take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your comfortable wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cozy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people. 

In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits. 

Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. 

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation : Overnight on cruise 


DAY 14: CAI RANG / CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – HO CHI MINH CITY ( B/L)

Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast. 

After breakfast, you will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skillfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. 
On even dates, you will have lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On odd dates, lunch is served in Vinh Long City. Drive back & arrive HCMC around 16:00 pm. 

Please note: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, 
Accommodation : Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city 


DAY 15: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE  ( B)

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey. 

Meal : Breakfast,, 
Accommodation : none

 
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  • Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by inviting your friends and family, traveller forum's members to book this tour with you. 
     
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price. 
     
  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes.

What's Included: 
•    11 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well sel ected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
    [ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
•    1 night on board cruise in Halong Bay 
•    1 night on board cruise in Mekong delta 
•    1 night on train: Hanoi - Hue ( sharing 4 berth of cabin with soft sleeper - air condition, private cabin available upon on request) 
•    Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
•     Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
•    Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
•    Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
•    Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
•    Boat cruise as specified in the programmed. 
•    Entrance fees according the above program
 
•    Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
•    Complimentary Vietnam visa pre- approval letter 

What's Excluded: 
•    International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
•    Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
•    Personal, travel and health insurance
 
•    Early check in and late check out 
•    Single room supplement if request
&  
Drinks during meals
 
•    Domestic and international flight 
•    Meals that are not specified
 
•    Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
•    Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Even 
 
Airfare reference:
Because the airfare is vary depending on the time of booking thus we will inform you the exactly airfares on time of your booking. Normally it's cheaper 10-20% than the reference rate when you make booking 1-2 months earlier. Below is the reference price, included airport tax. 
 
  • Luang Prabang - Hanoi : 195 USD / way/ person 
  • Danang - Ho Chi Minh : 115 USD / way/ person 

 
 
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