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Thailand - Laos - Vietnam Tour - 16 Days / 15 Nights

Thailand - Laos - Vietnam Tour - 16 Days / 15 Nights

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hoeui Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh
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The trip is a perfect choice for those who want to explore highlights of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in style. From the heart of Thailand, you will head to “rose of the North” – Chiang Mai and the border province of Chiang Khong to enjoy a boat trip from North Laos. The primitive beauty of the mighty Mekong river will be unveiled in this boat trip before you arrive in Luang Prabang. Afterwards, explore Vietnam hidden charm from North to South and world heritage sites of Halong Bay, Hoian and Hue before heading to Ho Chi Minh City.

Highlights:

  • Visit famous temples in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
  • Enjoy a boat trip on Mekong river from the border of Laos to Luang Prabang
  • Spoilt yourself with relaxing moment on Halong Bay 
  • Visit ancient towns with charming houses and temples in Luang Prabang, Hue and Hoian 

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Bangkok

Day 2
Bangkok City tour (B)

Day 3
Bangkok – Fly To Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B)

Day 4
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B,L)

Day 5
Chiang Rai - Laos border - Pakbeng (B,L)

Day 6
Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (B,L)

Day 7
Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)

Day 8
Luang Prabang – Tak Bat – Temples - Hanoi (B)

Day 9
Hanoi City Tour (B)

Day 10
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 11
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B)

Day 12
Hoian Town (B)

Day 13
Hoian – Hue (B)

Day 14
Hue Sightseeing – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 15
Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B)

Day 16
Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok
Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. Free time at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Bangkok City tour (B)
Day 2: Bangkok City tour (B)

This morning we take a short walk to the Chao Praya river – the famous river of the city. Board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals and enjoy the cool breeze. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its beautiful intricate canal network. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaew - home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images.

Afterwards, we head to Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha. Finally, we transfer to China Town, a food haven for new generation gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. Transfer back your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Bangkok – Fly To Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B)
Day 3: Bangkok – Fly To Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B)
You are free at your leisure until transferring to the airport for a short flight to Chiang Mai – “rose of the North”.
 
More than three-hundred temples and beautiful small streets, graceful souvenir night market and friendly people give the city an atmosphere of calmness and timeless elegance.The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples), 36 Wats within the old city walls and many more in the surrounding countryside. Near the summit of Doi Suthep, a 5300 feet peak named after the hermit Sudeva who lived on the mountain's slopes for many years, is the 600 year old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. After that, visit BhubingPalace  the Royal winter residence of the Thai Royal Family with a wonderful atmosphere to relax. 
 
Transfer back the city. Enjoy a traditional Thai Foot Massage before transfer back your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B,L)
Day 4: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B,L)
Today we will transfer to Chiang Rai by private car. Lunch will be taken at Wat Rong Khun, or White Temple, outside Chiang Rai. Rong Khun is one of the most fascinating temples in Thailand. During your visit, you’ll be amazed at the decorations which are in total contrast to the holy elements experienced in most Buddhist temples.
 
Arrive in Chiang Rai in the afternoon. Visit Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park then a short visit to Wat Phra Kaeo, also have great honor of housing the famous Emerald Buddha in the past. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 5: Chiang Rai - Laos border - Pakbeng (B,L)
Day 5: Chiang Rai - Laos border - Pakbeng (B,L)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Laos, passing through Chiang Khong border.

After crossing the Mekong River you will be met by our Laotian guide and will embark on a traditional boat to cruise for seven hours to Pakbeng. 

Here, you will be able to enjoy the splendid landscape and discover the banks of the Mekong, the mythical river which crosses China and also separates Laos from Burma and Thailand. As the main entry to Northern Laos and LuangPrabang, it’s a busy route bordered by villages along the way. You will stop in a village bordering the river, enjoy lunch on board, and arrive at Pakbeng at the end of the afternoon.

Pakbeng is a mixing point for local hill tribes including H'Mong, Lue and Khamou. After checking in to your lodge you will discover the area on foot. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 6: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (B,L)

Today you will be cruising for about seven hours through beautiful landscapes towards LuangPrabang. Lunch is served onboard and you will also stop to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. The caves offer a splendid view of the Mekong. Arrive at Luang Prabang the old royal capital and a UNESCO-classified world heritage site. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Falls  (B,L)

In the morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum before heading off to KhuangSy Waterfall. The road is bordered by villages and rice fields and you will stop in some of these villages and also have a picnic lunch at the waterfall. You can swim in the waterfall which scatters into many basins. Return to Luang Prabang and spend the balance of day free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Tak Bat – Temples - Hanoi (B)
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Tak Bat – Temples - Hanoi (B)
In the early morning from around 5.30 to 6.30am, you will have chance to witness the famous Tak Bat ceremony (procession of monks). During the ceremony, devoted locals stand on the sidewalk bearing food in their arms which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes. As a guest witnessing the rituals, you are recommended not to wear revealing clothing and you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
 
After the somewhat humbling experience, your guide will take you to a local market which is a very animated place to be in the morning, to say the least. The sights, sounds and smells are sure to awaken all your senses. While walking through, you’ll have a chance to taste and savor some local snacks. But, don’t fill up too much, after your market tour you’ll then be taken to a welcoming local restaurant for a Lao breakfast. Then, to be sure you’re really ready for the Day ahead the early morning tour will end with cups of coffee relaxing by the Mekong.
 
Afterwards, visit this city found on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, LuangPrabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos. In particular, you will discover:
 
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City - a vast collection of sacred buildings and the most beautiful temple in the city.
Vat May - built at the end of the 18th century, a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols.
Vat Visoun - the oldest temple in the city with its wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou.
Vat Senna - the first monastery whose roof was to be covered with yellow and red tiles. 
 
Later today, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel to check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour  (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit his traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
 
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting can be arranged)
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Halong Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery.
You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Halong Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
Overnight onboard.
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B)
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi  – Danang – Hoian (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. 
A fantastic lunch will be served with fresh seafood before we finish the cruise and transfer to Hanoi Airport for flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel in Hoian for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Hoian Town (B)
Day 12: Hoian Town (B)
We will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore. You will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoian. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favorite clothes/suits/dresses if interested.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Hoian – Hue (B)
Day 13: Hoian – Hue (B)
Today we will have chance to enjoy the beauty of one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Lang Co with long white sandy beach will surely make you feel a real day of relaxation. 
 
Afterwards, we will transfer to Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline.
 
Upon arrival in Hue, we will transfer to hotel for check in. After that, we will catch a cyclo to the Royal Citadel. Once you reach here, you will absolutely agree with us that this World Heritage Site is the not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Hue Sightseeing – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 14: Hue Sightseeing – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Today will start with a bike ride to deliberately excurse Hue in an extremely astonishing way through local’s home region, immense rice field and peaceful rural areas. 
Riding along Perfume River, we will drop off and visit a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy. Continue the journey, we will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, the most beautiful ancient pagoda of Hue. Built in 1601, the pagoda has been improved many times under the reign of Kings during Nguyen Dynasty. This is good chance for you to rescue your mind from the daily pressure and breathe the fresh air as well as find a peaceful feeling for your spirit. The pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital and often the subject of folk rhymes about Hue.
 
Leaving the pagoda, we will embark a boat to visit the Minh Mang Mausoleum, an ancient tomb standing for long generations. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel to check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B)
Day 15: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B)
Our next destination is Cu Chi Tunnels, the historic shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. We will pay a visit to the traps, the mysterious way-in, the network of bunkers and the underground hermitage. Furthermore, there gives you a unique and wonderful chance to use real guns and bullets at rifle range as well as even creeping into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas.
 Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in war time, you will understand more about their former life.
In the afternoon, visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss. 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Free at your leisure before transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal till noontime only. Meals on your own. End of services.

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Inclusion:

  • Regional and internal flights in economy class (Bangkok - Chiang Mai; Luang Prabang - Hanoi; Hanoi - Danang; Hue - Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise and Mekong River Cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Laos visa
  • Thailand visa
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

 

Important notes:
 
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City tour (B)
Day 3: Bangkok – Fly To Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B)
Day 4: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B,L)
Day 5: Chiang Rai - Laos border - Pakbeng (B,L)
Day 6: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Falls (B,L)
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Tak Bat – Temples - Hanoi (B)
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoian (B)
Day 12: Hoian Town (B)
Day 13: Hoian – Hue (B)
Day 14: Hue Sightseeing – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 15: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

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This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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