Highlights of Vietnam and Laos
13 Days 12 Nights
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang
- Arrive Hanoi
Arrive at Hanoi Airport, meet your local representative and transfer to hotel.Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel or similar
- Hanoi (B/L)
Today you will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. First visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum from outside and his modest stilt house where he chose to live and work. We continue visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11thcentury. Nowadays, students come and pray for a good luck in their exams. Next, experience the Street Cuisine on foot. You will see other faces of local life in its most authenticity. First take a walk in to the old quarter to discover the most charming area of the city to find out how local live by their traditional work generation by generation. Then, passing by road-side market where you can see many fresh herbs, local ingredients brought here since the very early morning by the farmers from out-skirt areas. Hanoi Street food tour is symbolized as a meal with appetizers, main course, deserts. You would be amazed by the tastes of the local cuisine. Owners of the food stall will be very helpful to tell you how they prepare the dishes. Your lunch today included some specials of Ha Noi such as Bun Cha, Banh Cuon or Pho (noodle soup). Don’t forget to take seat on a small chair and try a glass of Bia Hoi – local draught beer at a small corner, and watch how the local life moving around you, and conclude what you have got after a great experience in a little Hanoi Old Quarter. Next, hop on a traditional bicycle rickshaws move at leisure pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Seat back and relax while your driver weaves through the busy streets, dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past French colonial houses. As the local do, we sit down at a local café by the Joseph Church, enjoy a cup of ‘Tra Chanh’ – green tea with lemon and chat with the youth. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the evening at leisure.
- Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, pick up by local guide, depart from your Hotel for a three hour and a half transfer to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh sea food will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner served on board. Overnight stay on board in Halong Bay.Accommodation: Huong Hai Sealife Cruise or similar
- Halong – Hanoi – Hoi An (B)
Breakfast is served while the junk cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes. Stop for a while to explore one of the most beautiful ones of the bay. The junk then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark at about 10.30AM. Your vehicle is ready to take you back to Hanoi and then straight to the airport for a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to Hoi An town. Check in your hotel and overnight stay in Hoi An.Accommodation: Moonlight Hotel or similar
- Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, leave your hotel, and on bike to local farm in Tra Que village. A short stroll will take you around the vegetable garden and then you can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, and picking vegetables and other gardening activities. After that, you will join the cooking demonstration with some local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, banh xeo or local pancake of people in Viet Nam middle region. Enjoy your lunch at Tra Que Village. In the afternoon, explore Hoi An Ancient Town, including the rich architectural fusion of 300 years old Chinese temple, 400 years old Japanese covered bridge, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchant home influences by visiting Hoi An narrow streets where each house façade is dangled with lanterns. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the evening at leisure.
- Hoi An - Hue (B)
After breakfast, pick up by local guide and take a land journey to Hue Imperial City via the cloudy Hai Van Pass. From the top of the cloudy Hai Van Pass to grab your own Vietnam central coast panoramic view.
Upon arrival, take boat trip on Huong River, or better known as the perfume river. The boat drops us off at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda which is also home to many young people who want to try out and learn from life as a monk. Continue the boat trip to visit Minh Mang Tomb.Accommodation: La Residencia Boutique Hotel & Spa or similar
- Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you are free at leisure till check-out.
In the afternoon, visit Imperial Citadel of Hue – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. After the tour, transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, meet by local representative and transfer to hotel in the city for overnight.Accommodation: Muong Thanh Grand Saigon Centre Hotel or similar
- Hue - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L)
Leave bustling Saigon behind, head out to un-touched areas not well-known by tourists in Ben Tre. Board the comfort of your Apricot Cruise, we have a full day of interesting experiences: see how local traditional methods utilize every bit of the coconut, learn how to make local cakes, boat rowing through winding water-coconut canals, bike riding along lush rural roads, sample tasty local cakes, tea with honey, and enjoy lunch served with Mekong specialties at Apricot Riverside Restaurant. Relax, enjoy the tour and have memorable experiences.
- Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast, explore Ho Chi Minh City’s historic starting with visit to the War Remnants Museum – originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from Vietnam War. We continue to visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and late President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in Apr 30, 1975. Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period and the last stop at the bustling Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Return to your hotel about noon time and rest of the day at your leisure.
- Ho Chi Minh City – Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, enjoy leisure time until your transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, meet by representative and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Accommodation: Sanctyary Luang Prabang Hotel or similar
- Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, we drive 30 minutes outside Luang Prabang to the elephant camp on the banks of the Nam Khan River for a half-day exciting Elephant Experience group tour. We get to know more about the elephants here, feeding the elephants as well as enjoying a boat trip ride on a traditional boat to Tad Sae Waterfall where we might have opportunities to swim and relax. Enjoy our lunch before heading back to the town.
Note: water levels at Tad Sae Waterfall will vary with seasonal conditions.
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour including the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Continue with the impressive stupa of Wat Mai and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple.
- Luang Prabang (B/L)
For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Visit Morning Market where you can find all ingredients for local food. Return to our hotel for breakfast. Later, we drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Along the way by the Mekong River you will see gorgeous landscapes of many rice fields, hills and villages. You will visit an ethnic minority at a village where their local culture has remained unchanged for centuries. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfalls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings. Enjoy a special picnic lunch prepared alongside the falls with local dishes before return to Luang Prabang and enjoy the remainder afternoon at leisure.
- Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer from hotel to airport for your homebound flight.
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
Tour Package Details
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – minimum 2 Person
|DAILY DEPARTURE||Land Package From||Single Supp|
|2021: April – September||2780||650|
|2021: October – December||2840||710|
|2022: January – March||2960||830|
LAND ONLY price includes Domestic airfare within Laos
HOTEL BLACK OUT DATES and FAIR/SEASONAL SURCHARGES MAY APPLY.
~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~
Your Tour Package Includes:
- Domestic airfare between Vietnam and between Lao.
- Return transfer between airport and hotel.
- Superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeing Tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
- Professional English Speaking local guide service.
Your Tour Package Does Not Include:
- International airfare from Canada to Vietnam and Laos
- Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
- Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
- Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance, Travel Visa and all personal expenses.
- Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Any items not specified as included.