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Charming Northern Viet Nam And Laos 13 Days

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Start city: Hanoi
End city: Vientiane
Duration: 13days 12nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Destination: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang and Vientiane

By joining this tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the most highlighted sites in the north of Vietnam and Laos. From Hanoi, you will have a short trip to Sapa, the mountainous area in the north-west of Vietnam, then, an overnight cruise in one of the most beautiful heritage sites - Halong Bay, before visiting charming Laos with its ancient capital Luang Prabang.

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival (B)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. Take a rest and visit the city on your own.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour - overnight train to Lao Cai (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to Ba Dinh Square. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda, which was built in the 11th century in the shape of a lotus according to the legend of the King’s dream. Your tour continues to the Temple Of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam’s most successful scholars. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will be driven to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups, followed by a visit to the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors, it’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. The Old Quarter is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.
Later in the afternoon, you will have a ticket to the Catru Music Show before transferring to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train.

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)
Arrive in Lao Cai inthe early morning. Have breakfast in Lao Cai and be met and transferred by van to “the town of fog” of Sapa. Check in your hotel and enjoy free time visiting Ham Rong Mountain with its scenic spots: Gate of Heaven, Garden of Orchid , and the Silver Waterfall.

In the afternoon, join a trekking tour to Cat Cat village, 3km south of Sapa which is a steep and very beautiful hike down to the valley. Dinner is on your own, withfree time to discover the typical “Love Market” to taste grilled eggs, sugarcanes, sweet potatoes … Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you are driven to Lao Chai. This place is home to black H'mong and Dzay (or Nhang) ethnic groups. Continue your visit to Ta Van village, where Black H’mong people live. Enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch you will be driven to Lao Cai station for the night train to Hanoi. Have dinner at a local restaurant in Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong (B, L, D)
On arrival at Hanoi station you will be transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. Depart Hanoi by road for the drive to Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong and board a traditional sailing junk. While cruising the exquisite waters, sample the local fresh seafood. This fantastic cruise on Halong Bay features Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Fighting Coq Island, Finger Island, Hoa Cuong Island and the mystery of Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave). Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board.
(The hotel for the day, used in Hanoi to refresh after the night train is NOT included, and the rate will be available upon request.)

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Brunch)
Wake to freshly brewed coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising to Man’s Head island, Tortoise Island and Bai Tu Long Bay. Take small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board, transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi - Luang Prabang (B)
You will have free time in Hanoi before transferring to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, you visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. Climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city as the setting sun as it is reflected on the Mekong River. From here, you visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles, made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 8 : Luang Prabang visiting (B, L)
After breakfast, you will have a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. You then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong River, which also gives a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, you stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. On the return, you will stop at the local villages of Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan and then continue to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family near the Sackarine Caves. Once back in Luang Prabang city you take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 9 : Luang Prabang - Kouangsi waterfall (B, L)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will have the opportunity to visit the local village of the Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village, Ban Thapene and Khmu Village. After visiting the villages, you then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you may cool off by splashing around in the turquoise pools or walking along the forest paths. You’ll continue to Ban Phanom, another well-known weaving village and return to Luang Prabang by the late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 10 : Luang Prabang - Xieng Khoang by road (B, L)
After breakfast, you will visit the The National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Today you leave this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964 and 1973. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. You see very few other travellers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about others lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we make many stops at our leisure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and its' nearby villages.
Overnight in Xieng Khoang.

Day 11 : Xieng Khoang - Vientiane (B, L)
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site encompassing hundreds of large stone jars scattered throughout the plateau. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and its' nearby villages which are home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people who possess an interesting local culture and a vibrant history. You will then board a short flight to the charming and fascinating Lao capital Vientiane. On arrival you check into the hotel. After a short rest, you will visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong.
Overnight in Vientaine.

Day 12 : Vientiane city tour (B)
After breakfast, you see the major sights of the capital, including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon you will transfer to see the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 13: Vientiane departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Our prices include:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transport by private car with AC
  • Round trip train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • English-speaking guides
  • Water
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Our prices exclude:

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
  • Beverages & other personal expenses.

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