This trip is the great combinations between the highlights of the two countries: Vietnam & Laos. From the historic city of Hanoi Capital to the World Wonder Halong Bay to the bustles and hustle Saigon to legendary Cu Chi tunnel, from the colorful temple of Dadaism to the lush green of the Mekong delta. Together with the World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. This is a memorable12 day journey of history, culture, relax and fun.
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival (/D)
Upon arrival in Vientiane we will be transferred to our hotel. This afternoon there will be a city tour around Vientiane. Although it is a capital city, Vientiane has the feel of a small provincial town. The wide boulevards are almost devoid of traffic and with its many temples; the city retains the feel of another age. Our tour includes visits to the major temples of Vat Sisaket, Vat Phrakeo and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country’s most important monument. We will also see the Arch of Triumph, the National Museum and the main market. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B/L/)
This morning we transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is best known for its beautiful scenery and high numbers of ancient temples. We embark on a tour of this enthralling town visiting Vat Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery. We will also visit the fine temples of Vat May, Vat Vixoun and Vat That Luang. Later in the day we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the excellent views of the town and a great sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang (B/L/)
Today we take a trip to the Royal Palace Museum. The palace built in 1904 is relatively new by Luang Prabang standards and is a mix of traditional Lao and colonial French design. Afterwards we visit the morning market and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. Free at our leisure in the rest of the day. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B/D)
Leaving Laos we continue travel to Vietnam by airplane, up on our arrival we will be picked up and transfer to Hanoi city central where's our hotel location. Tonight we will have dinner at one of the fine restaurant in the city. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L/)
We depart for Halong bay in the morning when we get there; we take a private junk to visit the majestic Halong bay. The 4 hours boat journey will take us around the seclude bay (now is listed in the World Heritage site). We will pass the Dog islet, Cockfighting islet, Tuttle islet…we will stop to visit at Dau Go and Thien Cung caves. Seafood lunch will be served on boat. Disembark we will be transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi City Tour (B/L/)
A full day explore the charming colonial city of Hanoi, we start our morning by visiting Ho Chi Minh complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, His House on the stilt, One Pillar pagoda. After that we visit the Hanoi Hilton (the prison that keep the American pilots when their aircraft were brought down during the war). After that we visit the Temple of Literature. And having one hour on the Cyclo (the pedal rickshaw) to see the Old Quarter. In the evening we enjoy the unique water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opening time: Open from Tuesday to Thursday and weekends from 8am to 11pm. Closed on Mondays and Fridays. The mausoleum is closed for two months of the year, usually October and November, when Ho Chi Minh’s body is maintenance by Russian expert.
Day 7: Hanoi - Fly to Hue (B/L/)
Morning free at the leisure until we transfer to the airport for an hour flight to Hue culture city. Arriving Hue we can look forward to exploring the superb sights of the city. In the afternoon we explore the Citadel, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B/)
This morning we make our way down to the Perfume River. We pause at the best-loved architecture pagoda in Hue, Thien Mu pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda). After that we continue to go to the elaborate Tu Duc Tomb. In the afternoon we travel by vehicle to Hoi An along the Highway 1A. We stop over at Hai Van Pass, Me Khe beach, and Marble Mountain. Tonight we stay in the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An Ancient Town (B/)
Hoi An is a quaint riverside town popular among tourists for it charming architecture, souvenir and tailor shops, and café. Some of the lovely buildings in the narrow streets have change a little over some hundred years. It now listed as World Heritage site. In the morning today we enjoy the walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Old town visit FuKien Assembly Hall, the 200 year old Tan Ky house, the Japanese Cover Bridge, Hoi An Museum, and the handcrafts workshops. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/)
Transfer in the morning for the early flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival we will be pick up and transfer to our hotel. After check in we leave Ho Chi Minh City for the legendary Cu Chi Tunnel, which was dug and used by Viet Cong during the second Indochina war. It is likely that guide was once soldier here and their insight will help us to understand the tragic part of Vietnamese history. Some part of the tunnel has been dug out bigger for accommodate foreigners- more than touch of irony here! It is also the chance for us to try some shots of the AK47, the rifle that use by Viet Cong during the war. We return Ho Chi Minh City in the early afternoon. We tour around the city to visit the highlight of Ho Chi Minh City including: Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Formal Presidential Palace, Museum of War Remnants. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/)
After breakfast we leave Ho Chi Minh City behind and head to Vietnam's rice basket of Mekong Delta. We will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until we arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River, where we will visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Next we will have a boat ride on the Mekong, visit local homes and orchards, a coconut candy workshop, a honeybee farm, take a sampan ride on palm-shaded creeks, try a taste of seasonal fruit and honey tea and enjoy a performance of traditional Southern singing. We return to Ho Chi Minh City about 6pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B/)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
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