Captivating Trip itinerary to Vietnam and Laos - 17 days | 16 nights

Destination: Hanoi - Stilt house of Ho Chi Minh - One Pillar Pagoda - Temple of Literature - Museum of Ethnology - Old Quarter - Hoan Kiem Lake - Halong bay - Mai Chau - Xam Nua - Xieng Khoang - Plain of Jars - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

17 days | 16 nights
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OVERVIEW

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival  [D]
Day 2: City tour of Hanoi [B/ L]
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong  overnight on the junk [B/ L/ D]
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi [B/ L]
Day 5: Hanoi – Mai Chau  overnight Homestay [B/ L/ D]
Day 6: Trekking Mai Chau  overnight Homestay [B/ L/ D]
Day 7: Mai Chau – Xam Nua [B/ L]
Day 8: Xam Nua – Xieng Khoang  [B/ L]
Day 9: Xieng Khoang - Plain of Jars - Xieng Khoang [B/ L]
Day 10: Xieng Khoang – Luang Prabang  [B]
Day 11: Luang Prabang by bike [B/ L]
Day 12: Elephant riding and river kayaking in Luang Prabang [B/ L]
Day 13: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng [B/ L]
Day 14: Caving and kayaking in Vang Vieng [B/ L]
Day 15: Vang Vieng – Vientiane [B/ L]
Day 16: Vientiane - visit [B/ L]
Day 17: Vientiane – Departure  [B]

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will transfer you to your selected hotel for check-in. Day trips to Laos from Vietnam start. In the early evening, you have a chance to watch a water puppet performance, a distinct traditional art of Vietnam in which split-bamboo screen puppets controlled by the hidden people perform in the water. Then you enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – City tour (B / L)
Wake up in the morning, enjoy your breakfast then we start the second day of day trips to Laos from Vietnam in Hanoi with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), a large memorial in Hanoi, which is the resting place of Viet Minh leader Ho Chi Minh, founder. The next destination of your visit today is the One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Lý Thái Tông, first built in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond after he had a dream vision of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. You keep day trips to Laos from Vietnam by exploring Ancient Hanoi with an exploration of the Temple of Literature, the first national university in Vietnam first founded by the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
A short break at noon then you continue to visit the Museum of Ethnology where you have a chance to witness the documents of 54 officially recognized ethnic groups. We continue the tour with The Old Quarter. You will take 1.5 hours to wander around the narrow corner of Ancient Hanoi. It includes 36 old streets, each of which represents the type of merchandise sold in.
After enjoying the ancient atmosphere of streets as Hang Buom, Ta Hien, Dinh Le, Hang Be (famed for its typical food named Mam Tep Chung Thit) and witnessing the daily life of local here, we go on visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning Lake of the Returned Sword. From here you can enjoy a very nice walk along the lake or back to the hotel. You should your camera and take a beautiful picture on The Huc red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B / L / D)   (160 km – 3h30)
Breakfast and then day trips to Laos from Vietnam itinerary offers the tour to Halong Bay - the World Heritage Site listed by Unesco located in Quang Ninh Province. Once there at around 12h30, you will board on a traditional junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay. While peacefully sailing across the Bay, you might enjoy fresh seafood lunch.
The first stop is the most magical and beautiful cave – Sung Sot Cave means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave, which is one of the most spectacular grottoes of Ha Long Bay. We will then stop on Titop island, where you can go for a swim, do kayaking and climb to the top of the island to admire a stunning panoramic view of the bay.
After enjoying a fresh seafood dinner on the bay, you can relax and spend the evening watching films or go for squid fishing. Stay overnight on the boat.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B / L)
Wake up in the next morning at sunrise, then we join a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck if booked in advance. Enjoying an energizing breakfast then we begin a busy and interesting day with a visit to Luon Cave by small boat. The boat later passes Man Head Island and Tortoise Island. While the boat heads back the pier, it is time for you to check out the cabin and pay all your bills before leaving for the next destination. On the way back, you have a chance to join a demonstration of cutting flowers from fruits and roots. on arriving at the pier, you will check you, leave the junk and transfer to Cua Vang for lunch or you can have the meal on the boat (optional).
Then our driver will transfer you to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, you are guided to your hotel for the night. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B / L / D)
Departing from Hanoi, day trips to Laos from Vietnam itinerary leads our guests to Mai Chau, the heart of northern Vietnam. We make a stop en route for a while. On arrival in Mai Chau, you will be welcomed by our local guide then transferred to Xa Linh Village where you have a chance to enjoy your lunch in an H’mong family. After the meal and a short break, we kick off trekking on the village’s path the have a walk along dirt road used by the locals. After 40-minute trekking,  we finally reach Tra Day Village, which is inhabited by Black H’mong minority group.
From here, we go on walking on a rocky road to Hang Kia, a small but beautiful village where you have a chance to talk with Flower H’mong minority people. You enjoy your meal with an H’mong family. Stay overnight at a homestay in Hang Kia.

Day 6: Trekking Mai Chau (B / L / D)
Breakfast then we spend the whole sixth day of day trips to Laos from Vietnam trekking through villages and jungles. We first go across a jungle trail (1-hour trek). Due to the dense trees, the path might be a bit wet. We later keep hiking the hill going by farm and terraces. Reaching here, you will be amazed by the picturesque beauty of  mountains, terraces, and beautiful valley. On the way of trekking, we make a stop for a while for fresh-up and enjoying some snack.
We later across a scenic river to come to a village of White Thai minority people for lunch. After the meal, and a short break, you can stroll around the village path and through lots of beautiful landscapes to reach Buoc Village, which is home to White Thai minority people.
You have dinner in a Thai house. Stay overnight at a homestay of Thai family.

Day 7: Mai Chau – Xam Neua (Laos) (B / L)
Wake up early in the morning, then our driver will come to pick you up and transfer to Xam Neua, Laos. Before arriving at the border of Vietnam and Lao, you can enjoy a picnic lunch. On arrival at the border, you will be greeted by our Laotian guide then transferred to Vieng Xai to explore big caves, which were once used as the bomb shelter for Lao soldiers during American War. We finally reach Xam Nua in the late-afternoon for checking into a small hotel. Stay overnight in Xam Nua, Laos. Enjoy your first night of day trips to Laos from Vietnam in Laos. 

Day 8: Xam Neua – Xieng Khoang (B / L)
We kick off the morning of day trips to Laos from Vietnam with a –hour drive to Xieng Khoang city, known as the center of Phonsavan Province. On the way, you have a chance to across through a mountainous area with wild mountains, dense forest, winding rivers and rice fields. You later come to a local restaurant for lunch.
On arrival in Xieng Khoang, you are guided to check in hotel. It is time for you to relax or make a stroll around the town if time permits. Overnight in Xieng Khuang.

Day 9: Xieng Khoang – Plain of Jars (B / L)
Wake up early in the morning, enjoy your breakfast then we head to the Plain of Jars where you have a chance to admire hundreds of stone jar of different sizes laying on the fields.
After having lunch in a local restaurant, you can spend the rest of the day of day trips to Laos from Vietnam relaxing. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Xieng Khuang.

Day 10: Xieng Khoang – Luang Prabang (B)
After having breakfast in your hotel, our driver will lead you to Luang Prabang. On arrival in your selected hotel in Luang Prabang, you check in then have a visit around this beautiful city.
After breakfast in the hotel, we drive further west to Luang Prabang. Meals are on your own and overnight in Luang Prabang. Enjoy your ideal time of day trips to Laos from Vietnam  in Luang Prabang. 

Day 11: Luang Prabang by bike (B / L)
Known as the former heart of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang nowadays is listed as World Heritage site with lots of ornate temples, French colonial architecture. We kick off a new day at Luang Prabang with an exploration of some crucial monasteries in town and the Royal Palace as well as the museum.
We later enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant. After the meal, you keep day trips to Laos from Vietnam by exploring Luang Prabang with visits to some more remote places and local markets where you have a chance to learn more about the history of Luang Phabang as well as witness the locals’ daily life.
Dinner is on your own and overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Elephant riding and river kayaking in Luang Prabang (B / L)
Wake up early in the morning, enjoy your local breakfast then we go out of the town and transfer to the Elephant Camp  (15 km). Going across a scenic river, you reach Elephant Camp where you can take a 1.5-hour elephant ride to explore the wonderful nature. We later follow our path through forests and along the Nam Khan river up to reach the beautiful Tad Sae waterfalls. In the dry season, you can ride a village trail. After the visit and lunch en route, guests of day trips to Laos from Vietnam can go paddling by kayak back to the center of the town ( 4 hours )
Another way to back to Luang Prabang is going along the down path where you have a chance to sightsee the captivating beauty of nature. On arrival in Luang Prabang, you enjoy your self-service dinner. Stay overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 13: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (B / L)
Breakfast then crossing beautiful mountains and valleys, we go down to a small town of Vang Vieng, famed for its stunning beauty of limestone mountains. On the way, lunch is served with local dishes. On arrival in Vang Vieng in the afternoon, you follow our guide to your hotel for check-in the have a walk around the town or enjoy the swim in Song river.
You come back to your hotel for a self-service dinner. Stay overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 14: Caving and kayaking in Vang Vieng (B / L)
We continue day trips to Laos from Vietnam by discovering of Vang Vieng with a short drive to the Khmu village of Viengsamay (B 10 km). From here, you go downstream the Song River. We make a stop en route to discover some beautiful caves as well as go on a trekking trip to the Organic Farm where you can witness the process of a variety of fruit wines. You return to Vang Vieng Town at around 16:30 for the night. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 15: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B / L)
Breakfast at the hotel then we move to the capital of Laos namely Vientiane, known as the centre of politics and education where you have a chance to admire lots of temples and monasteries and the national monument.
After the meal, the rest of the afternoon of day trips to Laos from Vietnam is at your leisure to discover the town or simply hang on the Mekong River’s bank for refreshing.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Vientiane.

Day 16: Vientiane (B / L)
Breakfast at your hotel then you can spend the whole day discovering the city, starting with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the Buddha museum where you have a chance to see more than  10 thousand Buddha statues. The next place of your city tour is Pathu Xay or Victory Gate.
After that, we go on discovering That Luang, which symbolizes the nation of Laos and recognized throughout the world. It is the great place for national Buddhism ceremony.
Day trips to Laos from Vietnam later offer to come to a local restaurant for lunch before heading to the Centre Market to go shopping or come back to hotel. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Vientiane.

Day 17: Vientiane - Departure (B)
Breakfast at your hotel in Vientiane then we can spend the last day walking around the city or shopping for some souvenirs until our driver comes to transfer you for the international flight going home. Meals are on your own.
End of day trips to Laos from Vietnam.

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PRICE & INCLUSION

Price includes

  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in the nice hotels & homestays including breakfasts.
  • Luxurious boats for cruises mentioned.
  • Canoe kayak.
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • Visa entry letter approval for Vietnam.
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and dinners (B/L/D) mentioned
  • Government taxes (VAT, etc.)

Price excludes

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Visa fee for Vietnam, Laos.
  • Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  • Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned, etc.
  • Beverage, tips, etc.
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