This 9 day tour takes you to visit Laos and Halong bay of Vietnam. Beautiful sites in Laos include: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Vang Vieng, 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, we welcome you at airport and transfer to hotel. After a refreshment, visit the oldest Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and the imposing Patuxay Monument. and Buddha Park. Overnight in Vientiane.||–|
|Day 2||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 3||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 4||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 5||Luang Prabang||Thad Makmo stupa, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thon. 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 6||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 7||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 8||Halong bay||Breakfast on boat. Cruise back to Halong pier. Enjoy the stunning scenery while having lunch. Disembark and back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.||B,L|
|Day 9||Hanoi||After breakfast at hotel, we pick you up at hotel. Visit famous places in Hanoi. After that, transfer to airport for your departure flight.||B,L|
Day 1: Vientiane – arrival.
Arrive in Vientiane. Upon arrival, we welcome you at airport and transfer to hotel.
After a refreshment, 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 in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – 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 3: Vang Vieng – 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 overnight at hotel in Phonsavanh.
Day 4: Phonsavanh – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Early morning, visit Central Market of Phonsavan to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandises.
Afternoon, drive to Luang Prabang, 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 5: Luang Prabang – City tour & Pak Ou cave (B,L)
Morning, 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.
Afternoon, begin a Mekong river boat 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 6: 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 Hanoi, check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: 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 8: Halong bay – Hanoi (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. After that, we continue cruising further, go throught many islands and islets to discover the hidden charm of the bay.
Join a cooking class opened right on the cruise for all the people are interested in cooking, especially cooking Vietnamese food. Cruise back to the prier while having lunch. The bus takes you back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi – Departure (B,L)
After breakfast at hotel, we pick you up at hotel. Visit famous places in Hanoi: the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
After that, transfer 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