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Vietnam & Laos Discovery

Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Ho Chi Minh – Cuchi Tunnel – My Tho
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  • You may ride a xichlo (3 wheeled rickshaw) to discover  Hoi An
  • There are many tailor shops in Hoi An with ready-to-wear traditional costume
  • Buddha Park in Vientiane
  • A temple in Luang Prabang
  • Monks on Phousi Mountain Luang Prabang
  • The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple in Hanoi

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Overview
Tour Code: BTID09
Vietnam - Laos is an another interesting trip that people wish to have. Gaining good luck blessings, swimming in a serene waterfalls, riding elephants on tropical jungle safaris or around the local villages or watching a water puppet show, tasting rice wine, exploring rich-in-cultural tribes throughout Vietnam and Laos are the activities you will enjoy during the trip. Let's make a move to see how the other parts of the world look like. We are here to help you build up this fantastic trip.
Itinerary Day by Day

Upon arrival in Luang Prapang airport, you will be metand transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day Free

Meals: No
Accommodation: Laos Orchid hotel (3*)

Have breakfast at hotel then start an exploration of Vientiane capital by a visit to its major sightseeings including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the ancient royal temple of Wat Prakeo - house of the famous Emerald Buddha Image before. You'll visit Lao's national precious heritage, the well-known and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa where you can take some nice pictures of Patuxay Monument.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the rest of Vientiane on foot, including Wat Ong Tue; Wat inpeng and Wat Haisok then pass by the shopping area to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where you can find various goods, fresh food, local souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. Transfer to airport for late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Transfer to hotel where you overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Villa Chitdara hotel (3*)

Morning, you'll visit the Big Brother Mouse shop to take some books for the village visit then head northward by car along route 13, go along a unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village where you stop at a school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. You'll spend time to explore the rest of the village, see weaving and visiting the local temple. Lunch at the village. You can chose a western picnic lunch or traditional laos food such as sticky rice, fresh vegetables prepared and cooked by the villagers. After lunch drive to Ban Khoklin while enjoying beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields until you arrive Ban Khoklin, a private boat is waiting to bring you down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves where you find thousands of gold lacquered Buddha status of various shapes and sizes left here by pilgrims.

End of day continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Villa Chitdara hotel (3*)

Today you coss the Mekong River by a boat to reach the picturesque village of Ban Chan - a pottery village. You'll visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will find many things sold as local tea, dried buffalo skin, saltpeter along the chickens, vegetables and hild-tribe weavings. Continue to visit local villages of Laos ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay-a Hmong village, Ban Ou - a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene-a Khmu village Laos to watch they make their famous traditional crafts. End of day go to beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in a refreshing pools or just walk along the forest trails.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Villa Chitdara hotel (3*)

Today you are transferred to Vientiane Airport to board flight for Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Larosa Hanoi hotel (3*)

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder, and his rural style residence with a house on stilts and the Presidential Palace. Also part of this complex is the unique One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. The tour will continue on with a visit to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology showcasing the prominent cultural heritages of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.  Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Larosa Hanoi
hotel (3*)

Afternoon, after lunch we transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth.

Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Halong Glory Cruise in Halong Bay (3*)

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore and transfer back to Hanoi with your private vehicle, guide and driver. Free at leisure or shopping in Hanoi Old Quarter before transfer to airport for flight to Danang by.

Arrival Danang, enjoy a private transfer with your local guide to Hoian Ancient Town.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Lantern Hoi An hotel (3*)

Morning, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon, you are free for shopping in Hoi An ancient town and relaxing at Cua Dai Beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An hotel (3*)

Morning, transfer to Hue in your private vehicle. The overland journey will take you through the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam as you traverse the Hai Van, or “Cloudy Pass.” There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops at beaches en route.

Arrival Hue, check in the hotel and transfer to discover Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Stop by Dong Ba market, the city’s traditional commercial center, for shopping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel in Hue(3*)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight from Hue to Saigon by ….

Arrival Saigon, enjoy a private transfer with guide to hotel for check in.


Afternoon, continue city tour to visit War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam's wars with the both the French and Americans. Then, take a photo and visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel (3*)

Morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Then, we continue to visit visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old SaiGon Post Office , a neo-Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres; Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. During our tour we will also visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam.  It was built by the Cantonese community around the turn of the 20th century and is still buzzing with worshippers, many lounging in the front gardens.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Elios Hotel (3*)

Morning, after breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tien Giang Province, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea.  Go back Ho Chi Minh City and take a stroll through the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol. Conclude the day with a cup of Vietnamese coffee or beer on the street while watching the commotions of city life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Elios Hotel (3*)

After your final breakfast in Vietnam, you are free to do some last minute shopping and exploring before transferring to the airport for your flight departure.

Meals: Breakfast
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 
What's excluded
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport
  • International & Domestic flight tickets 
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other service not stated in the program
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Hotels Used in This Tour
Larosa hotel Hanoi tours Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Address: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists.




Glory Halong CruiseHalong: Halong Glory Cruise or similar

Address: Tuan Chau Port, Tuan Chau Island, Halong, Vietnam

Description: Featured in each room, among other amenities, are desk, television, in room safe. Tours, room service, laundry service/dry cleaning are some of the extra comforts you'll find at this Halong cruise.

Facilities for recreation and leisure available include jacuzzi. Everything the cruise does is centered around the guest' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.



Thanh Lich Hue HotelHue: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar

Address: 33 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hue City Central, Hue, Vietnam

Description: Well-positioned in Hue City Central, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Central Hospital, Notre Dame Cathedral, Perfume River.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, express check-in/check-out, dry cleaning, 24-hour room service, laundry service.

The ambiance of Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is reflected in every guestroom. blackout curtains, shower, toiletries, bathrobes, clothes dryer are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, garden, massage, indoor pool. Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Hue.



Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tourHoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar 

Address
461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

DescriptionKiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation. Kiman Hotel in Hoi An is the ideal accommodation choice for a weekend break, mid-week indulgence, business trip to Hoi An or an overnight stopover.






Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similar

Address: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1 Saigon, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.



Villa Chitdara Luang PrabangLuang Prabang: Villa Chitdara or similar

Address: Khounsua Road, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang Old Town, Luang Prabang, Laos

Description: Located in the charming old district of Luang Prabang, this beautiful guesthouse offers a secluded and relaxing retreat in the heart of a historic city. Situated on the peaceful Khounsua Road, Villa Chitdara offers 15 quiet and tranquil guest rooms, all tastefully decorated with wooden furniture and with private balconies. Guests can expect to have air-conditioner, cable / satellite TV, mini bar, hair dryer and complementary bottled waters provided as standard in their rooms. Just steps outside the hotel, many of the city's principal attractions such as Wat Xiang Thong, Wat Mai, and the Museum can be reached easily. In the morning, waking up to enjoy the complementary buffet breakfast in the garden before heading out to explore the city. For those who wants to keep in touch and stay up-to-date, Villa Chitdara offers wireless Internet access, free of charge. Villa Chitdara is an ideal place for an unforgettable stay in Luang Prabang.



Lao Orchid Hotel Vientiane
Lao Orchid Hotel or similar

AddressChao Anou Road, Vat Chanh, Vientiane

DescriptionThe hotel provides many types of rooms with affordable price. The rooms are quite large, tidy, simple decor with huge begs, and free Wi-Fi access. The best feature of the hotel perhaps is its location next to the mighty Mekong, and surrounded by many nice restaurants, boutiques, night market. For better view, choose rooms at the front on upper floors toward the river, street and a temple. 




Service Details During the Trip
IMPORTANT NOTE:
• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 18 for dinner
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
• Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:
Surcharge: Domestic airfare with taxes for flights by Vietnam Airlines (Subject to be changed)
•    Vientiane (VTE) – Luang Prabang (LPQ):     US$ 125/ pax/ way
•    Luang Prabang (LPQ) – Hanoi (HAN):          US$ 185/ pax/ way
•    Hanoi (HAN) – Danang (DAN):                      US$ 108/ pax/ way
•    Danang (DAN) – Saigon (SGN):                    US$ 108/ pax/ way

SPECIAL OFFER:
• [Free] Mineral water is available during transfers
• [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
• [Free] Traditional Gifts
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


Handpick hotels in toursWell-handpicked Accommodation 
Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.
 

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