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Unique Journey from Vietnam to Laos - 12 Days

Unique Journey from Vietnam to Laos - 12 Days

Saigon, Dalat, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Vientiane, Luang Prabang
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$1,225 /pp
If you are a natural lover, the tour is completely appropriate with you. Taking the tour, you will have chance to discover many fantastic natural wonders, particularly including Halong Bay, a famous World Heritage recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam. Give it try, surely you will love it!
Highlights:
 
  • Visit and discover the natural beauty of Tiger Falls in Da Lat, the city of fog.
  • Luxuriate in the fabulous blend of tradition and modernism within the neighborhoods of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.
  • Cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay where there is unforgettable scenery.
  • Take part in the Tak Bat ceremony on the streets of Luang Prabang in Laos.
  • Venture into the rich history of the Pak Ou Cave.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Once Around Town

Day 2
Grand Exploration (B)

Day 3
Afternoon in the Trees (B,L,D)

Day 4
Down from the Mountains (B/L)

Day 5
Capital Brightness (B)

Day 6
Sailing on the Bay (B/L/D)

Day 7
The Incredible Earth (B,L)

Day 8
A Change of Pace (B)

Day 9
The Colors of the Countryside (B)

Day 10
Bright Dedication (B/L)

Day 11
Returning to Wonder (B)

Day 12
The Endless Allure of Marvel (B)

Day 1: Once Around Town
Day 1: Once Around Town
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh Airport, welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest centre of economy, politics and culture in the south of Vietnam and also an attractive tourist destination. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 2: Grand Exploration (B)
Day 2: Grand Exploration (B)
In the morning, the flavour of a traditional breakfast will wake you up and then we will come to visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda known as Phuoc Hai Pagoda. The temple was built by a Chinese in the early 20th century in honour of Ngoc Hoang and famous for numerous wooden pictures covering roof and floor. 
 
The Yama Temple in the pagoda is the most attractive position to tourists thanks to its 10 wooden carving picture describing the scenery of 10 Hell Gate waiting for human.
 
Like many other pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City, the Jade Emperor Pagoda is always crowded with visitors and local guests. Visiting this place, don’t hesitate to buy a little turtle at the entrance and release into the large river at the middle here for luck praying. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 3: Afternoon in the Trees (B,L,D)
Day 3: Afternoon in the Trees (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will depart to one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, the foggy city Dalat and visit the particular Tiger Fall.
 
In 1950, the place was a deep forest with plenty of wild animals, of which the fiercest animals are tigers “Lords of forest”. There was a big tiger which often lived in a cave close to the fall. At that time a local hunter tried to kill the tiger, but it didn’t die; it just got injured in one leg so it became fiercer and fiercer, screaming destroying the surrounding area and then it went away from the cave. Since then, people gave the name Tiger to the waterfall. At the flower garden of the site, tourists can see a big statue of a tiger and a family of tiger around a big mushroom. We can also see a statue of a brave man in a proud posture which reminds us of the hunter.
 
The waterfall has 25m in height and 10m in width. At the foot of the waterfall, the flow of water falls down strongly, making the dense mist covering the area. The white water then follows the rocks and flows into the primitive forest. 
 
In the afternoon, we will visit Cu Lan Village known as the green paradise. Located in the foot of Langbiang Plateau, the village is habited by K’Ho minority. From the height looking down, you will see pretty wooden houses immersing in the neglected nature, a large green area and an immense lake. In the evening, you can join the locals for their traditional carnival and try regional wine.
 
Transfer to a local house for a local dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Down from the Mountains (B/L)
Day 4: Down from the Mountains (B/L)
The morning comes with a tranquil atmosphere of village paddy fields, also a particular landscape of a traditional Vietnam. Leaving the village and say goodbye to the friendly villagers, we will transfer to visit Thai Phien Flower Village which owns a vivid scenery thanks to the colours of diverse flowers. The village is not only a large flower producer but also an ideal place for visitors to visit and enjoy the beauty of flower. 
 
The colourful picture of the large greenhouses shining like rainbows, filled with budding poppies and local flora species that help cultivate a deeper connection with a flourishing culture.
 
Transfer to Dalat for hotel check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 5: Capital Brightness (B)
Day 5: Capital Brightness (B)
Enjoy your breakfast and we will depart to the airport for flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in.
 
Then we will stroll around the city and visit Hoan Kiem Lake, a famous natural fresh lake in the heart of Hanoi. 
 
Sit on the bank of river and relax with the breeze flow through your hair, surely you will find a little peace in your time here. Enjoying the cool weather and contemplating the beauty of trees looking themselves in the water and also visiting Ngoc Son Temple are interesting experience you should not bypass. 
 
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. This ancient monument is dated back to 11th century and continues mesmerizing visitors alike in its connection with the past and the architecture continued beauty. Its structure combines between the Le and Nguyen Dynasty style. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 6: Sailing on the Bay (B/L/D)
Day 6: Sailing on the 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 2000 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.
 
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
Day 7: The Incredible Earth (B,L)
Day 7: The Incredible Earth (B,L)
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. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Afterwards, we return to the harbour and transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 8: A Change of Pace (B)
Day 8: A Change of Pace (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in.
 
Then, we will visit Patuxay (means Triumphal Arch) particular in Lane Xang Boulevard. It used to be called Anou Savary. Patuxay was built in 1958 with the subsection and exterior simulating the Arc de Triumphe in Paris but the above section and interior including the Lao architecture and embossment. Visitors standing on the highest stair here can see panorama of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: The Colors of the Countryside (B)
Day 9: The Colors of the Countryside (B)
Wake up with a breakfast and a sweet cup of coffee, you will be picked up and transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang city - located on the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples.
 
After settling in hotel and check in, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos! 
 
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destinations in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty. If weather permits, we can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. That will be absolutely a nice experience to visitors. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 10: Bright Dedication (B/L)
Day 10: Bright Dedication (B/L)
In the early morning, the local guide will take you to Vat Nong Temple to witness the Tak Bat ceremony of monks. During the ceremony, devoted locals will stand on the sidewalk and there are bearing food in their arm. When a procession of monks wearing orange robes passes, the locals will offer the foods to them. If you concentrate to witness, you will easily realize that the ceremony occurs in a quiet and respectful ambience and there is no word between monks and locals. As a tourist, we should not wear revealing clothes and we should pose photos from a suitable distance to show respect. 
 
Subsequently, We will continue the trip on a traditional boat and cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Cave. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the cave, you will see that this is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 11: Returning to Wonder (B)
Day 11: Returning to Wonder (B)
The full day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: The Endless Allure of Marvel (B)
Day 12: The Endless Allure of Marvel (B)
Free at your leisure or explore the town on your own. Afterwards, we will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
 
End of the tour!
 
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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Internal and regional flight ticket in economy class (Dalat - Hanoi; Hanoi - Vientiane; Vientiane - Luang Prabang) 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non-private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Laos visa
  • 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.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Once Around Town
Day 2: Grand Exploration (B)
Day 3: Afternoon in the Trees (B,L,D)
Day 4: Down from the Mountains (B/L)
Day 5: Capital Brightness (B)
Day 6: Sailing on the Bay (B/L/D)
Day 7: The Incredible Earth (B,L)
Day 8: A Change of Pace (B)
Day 9: The Colors of the Countryside (B)
Day 10: Bright Dedication (B/L)
Day 11: Returning to Wonder (B)
Day 12: The Endless Allure of Marvel (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

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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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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