Discover the most famous places in Laos and Northern Vietnam within 13 days. Beautiful sites in Laos include: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Vang Vieng, Kuang Sii Waterfall, Plain of Jars, Pak Ou cave, Elephant Village, Mekong river. Exploring Halong bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. And much more.
|Day 1||Vientiane||Arrive in Vientiane. Upon arrival meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.||–|
|Day 2||Vientiane||Visit famous places in Vientiane. Visit the oldest Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and the imposing Patuxay Monument. Afternoon, visit Buddha Park. Overnight in Vientiane.||B,L|
|Day 3||Vang Vieng||Drive to Vang Vieng. Enjoy tubing along Somg river, see the stunning view of the town. (Alt: Walking to enjoy the great mountain scenery and visit surrounding caves). Overnight in Vang Vieng.||B,L|
|Day 4||Xieng Khouang||Drive to Xieng Khouang. Visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Visit some villages of hill tribal people. Overnight in Phonsavanh.||B,L|
|Day 5||Luang Prabang||Early morning, visit Central Market of Phonsavan to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandises. Afternoon, heading to Luang Prabang, visit interesting places on the way. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 6||Luang Prabang||Visit some famous places in the city including: Thad Makmo stupa, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thon, Climb up Phou Sii hill for sightseeing. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 7||Luang Prabang||Visit the National Museum, enjoy boat trip on Mekong river, visit very famous Pak Ou Buddha Caves, Visit Por SA Paper Handicraf & textile area. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 8||Luang Prabang||After breakfast, proceed to the “Elephant Village”. Enjoy sightseeing with Elephant ride. Lunch on the river. Transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.||B,L|
|Day 9||Hanoi||Hanoi city tour. Visit some famous places in Hanoi that includes The Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Ethnology Museum and 1 hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.||B,L|
|Day 10||Halong bay||Around 8.00 AM, leave Hanoi for Halong bay. Lunch after boarding. Cruising through thousand amazing islands and islets, visit Surprising Cave, kayaking, swimming… Overnight on boat in Halong bay.||B,L,D|
|Day 11||Halong bay||Visit pearl farm village, relax and join many activities on Cat Ba island and Nam Cat island. Overnight in Bungalow on Nam Cat island.||B,L,D|
|Day 12||Halong bay||Morning, breakfast on board. Continue cruising through many island and islet to explore the hidden charm of the bay. Lunch on board while going back to the prier. Transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.||B,L|
|Day 13||Hanoi||After breakfast at hotel, we pick you up at hotel. Transfer to Bat Trang Ceramic Village and drop you off for your shopping and exploring (if you have enough time) before going straight to airport for your departure flight.||B|
Day 1: Vientiane – arrival.
Arrive in Vientiane. Upon arrival meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane (B,L)
After breakfast, visit Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Phatuxay Monument, which is Vientiane ’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 3: Vang Vieng – Tubing and sightseeing (B,L)
Transfer to Vang Vieng. Amazing mountain sceneries, beautiful landscapes and village visits along the way. Upona rrival, check-in hotel. Enjoy a short tubing along Somg river about 2hours. Vang Vieng tubing can be as relaxing or as hedonistic and adventurous as one desires. Bars have sprung up all along the river offering cheap beer, rope swings, zip lines, and large decks for socializing. Tubing has become one big excuse to party in the river. Floating lazily from bar to bar with a drink in hand is a great way to escape the scorching afternoon sun. Enjoy the stunning view of the town.
Alternative: Walk in the great mountain scenery and visit of surrounding caves. Enjoy sightseeing the stunning landscape of Vang Vieng.
Stay overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
Day 4: Xieng Khouang (B,L)
After breakfast, We drive to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. We then drive out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Stay overnigth at hotel in Xiengkhuang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang (B,L)
Early morning, visit Central Market of Phonsavan to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandises.
Aafternoon, drive to Luang Prabang, drive passes through splendid scenery and past many panoramic lookout points on the winding mountaintop road. There are several stops en route to take in the scenery. Arrive in Luang Prabang, check into the hotel, and enjoy an exploring the former royal capital & crown jewel of the ancient Lane Xang Empire (pronounced ‘lan sang’) – the Land of a Million Elephants. Shopping Night Market.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – City tour (B,L)
After Breakfast, Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is 1stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana.
Climb up Phou Sii hill stands right in the center of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, along side the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Shopping Hmong market, where hundred of Hmong vendors display their handmade handicraft.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang (B,L)
After Breakfast, visit the National Museum, once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries.
Begin a Mekong Riverboat trip with your guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot.
On return Visit Por SA Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast, check-out at hotel. Drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors passes by.
Alternative: Riding Elephant for sightseeing
Together with our local guide, you will proceed to the “Elephant Village” about 15 km out Elephant riding, Elephant Tour in Luang Prabangof town and in the middle of a green, natural surrounding, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 30- 40 min Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants. A stunning landscape, tranquillity and lush Lao nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy this exceptional Elephant experience…
Lunch will be served on the river view terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river and the surrounding landscapes. A short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls (not in dry season from Jan-August). Here you can hang out and relax for a while in the refreshing waterfall cascades. A short boat trip will bring you back to the Elephant Village.
After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi – city tour (B,L)
Arrival in Hanoi. We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to hotel. After check in the hotel, our guide takes you to visit some famous places in Hanoi.
You will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Take an hour cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to see the ordinary life in Hanoi.
At 18.00, Back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong bay (B,L)
Around 8.00am, Our guide Pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. Take a rest at Humanity center and enjoy local specialties after 2h. Arrival in Halong at 11.45. The captain and crew welcome you aboard. Savor the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes.
After the lunch, explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay –Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and discover the life of community there. Then back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, clean water place for swimming. Enjoy delicious and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses.
In the evening, free time for entertainment with the funny plays such as squid fishing, karaoke program, stars watching on sundeck… Spend romantic night on board.
Stay overnight on boat in Halong bay.
Day 11: Halong bay – Nam Cat island (B,L)
Morning, breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea are served on board. Cruise further and stop-over at a pearl farm to sea real peace cultivated by local fisherman. Check-out on boat and get on a local boat to cruise around Lan Ha bay to admire outstanding limestone island and islets. Arrive at bungalow on Nam Cat island which locates in the middle of Lan Ha bay. Enjoy the lunch on the island.
Afternoon, boat trip to Viet Hai village and biking. Relax or join activities at bungalow: playing football, volleyball, play pool, badminton, fishing or kayaking to explore untouched area near by bungalow.
Evening, buffet dinner at Bungalow. Go fishing or relax on the sandy beach, listening to sea wave at very peaceful and quite place.
Overnight in bungalow on Nam Cat island.
Day 12: Halong bay – Hanoi (B,L)
Morning, breakfast served at bungalow. Pick-up at Bungalow by boat and transfer back to mother boat. Get on the cruise to attend the cooking class while cruising back to Halong pier.
Enjoy lunch served on the board and say goodbye to the crew. Disembark and get on bus to go back to Hanoi. Arrival at hotel around 04.30pm.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi – departure (B,L)
After breakfast at hotel, we pick you up at hotel. Transfer to Bat Trang Ceramic Village and drop you off for your shopping and exploring (Optional) before going straight to airport for your departure flight.
- Transportation in private
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals mentioned
- Gov’t tax and service charge
- Luggage handling and drinking water
- Personal expenses