10 DAYS - GLIMPSE OF VIETNAM & LAOS

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•         Route: Luang Prabang – Hanoi - Halong– Hochiminh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta

•         Travel style: History & Culture

•         Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights

•         Tour Code: ACIND10D-1

•         Arrival: Luang Prabang

•         Departure: Hochiminh

 

OVERVIEW

Glimpse of Vietnam and Laos program has become an active traveling experience that combines two countries with connecting border together. Start from Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam then Ha Long - the sevent wonder in the world after that you'll fly to Ho Chi Minh - the bustling city and drive to Mekong Delta to know the lifestyle of people living along this mysterious river. Next stop is Luang Prabang - the cultural heritage of Laos. This trip will link two different countries with various historical marks as well as local's lives and culture.

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES – BAN XIENGMENE
  • DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS – RICE EXPERIENCE
  • DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI
  • DAY 5: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR
  • DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
  • DAY 7: HALONG – HANOI – HOCHIMINH
  • DAY 8: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR
  • DAY 9: HOCHIMINH – CAI BE – MEKONG DELTA
  • DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – DEPARTURE

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Join pilgrims at the sacred Pak Ou Caves
  • Get up at the crack of dawn to see one of the unique Alms Giving Ceremony
  • Take a riverboat along the Mekong River
  • Experience rice farming activities
  • Cool off in the turquoise clear water of Kuang Si Falls
  • Explore the 36 ancient street of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Relax with a Vietnamese traditional puppet show
  • Stay overnight on wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • See the contrast between the past and present of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Boat through intricate waterways and lush islands of Mekong Delta
  • Taste fresh local products

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
  • Private services & daily departure
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
  • Surcharge for booking during Peak season at hotel (Xmas, New Year, Chinese New Year)
  • Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:
    • Flight ticket from Luang Prabang to Hanoi: US$200 per person
    • Flight ticket from Hanoi to Hochiminh: US$155 per person

 

SPECIAL OFFER

  • [Free] Mineral water is available.
  • [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
  • [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • 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 services not specified in the itinerary

 

HOTEL CATEGORY

Place

Standard (3*)

First class (4*)

Deluxe (5*)

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi

Adamas Hanoi hotel

Superior Room

www.adamashanoihotel.com

The Ann Hanoi Hotel

Superior room

www.theann.com.vn

Movenpick Hotel

Superior Deluxe room

www.moevenpick-hanoi.com

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Legend room

www.sofitel.com

Halong

V'Spirit Cruises

Superior cabin

www.vspiritcruises.com

Pelican Halong Cruise

Deluxe cabin

www.pelicancruise.com

Starlight Cruise

Deluxe Cabin

www.starlightcruiseshalong.com

Paradise Luxury Cruises

Superior cabin

www.paradisecruises.vn

Hochiminh

Thien Tung Saigon Hotel

Superior Room

www.thientunghotel.com.vn 

Aristo Saigon Hotel

Premier Deluxe Room

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Colonial Deluxe

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.caravellehotel.com

Luang Prabang

My Dream Boutique

Classic Garden room

www.mydreamresort.com

Le Bel Air Boutique

Deluxe room

www.lebelairhotels.com

Kiridara Hotel

Deluxe room

www.kiridara.com

Kiridara Hotel

Deluxe room

www.kiridara.com

All other alternative hotels will be used in case the above mentioned hotels are fully booked

 

DETAIL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel. After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES – BAN XIENGMENE

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.

Today we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, firstly stopping at Xiengmene, where we visit Wat Long Khun, and the limestone cave Tham Sakkarin, and a tour around Ban Xiengmene village. Following a picnic lunch, we then continue by boat up the Mekong which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS – RICE EXPERIENCE

Morning, we drive to Living Land Lao Organic farm at Phoung Van village. Upon arrival, your guide and the representative of the farm briefs about the historical and activity of the farm.  Today attending a half day of rice experience including growing ride until stream ride. We also have time to visit the Organic products after rice experience. 

In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, newly opened January 2014; it is now one of the must-see spots in Luang Prabang. We return to the city by late evening, for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI

Morning, free at leisure for sightseeing around this charming town before taking the flight to Hanoi.

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 5: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue 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.

Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to HoanKiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for 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 in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. 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: overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay

DAY 7: HALONG – HANOI – HOCHIMINH

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 SoiSim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for flight to Hochiminh city.

Arrive in Hochiminh, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in and time at leisure.

Meals: Brunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 8: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR

Morning, welcome by our guide and transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 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 labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is 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.

Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica as a French-built neo-Roman cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, former Presidential Palace, Thien Hau Pagoda which was built in 1760 to worship a female Sea deity and Cho Lon, the city’s China town. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 9: HOCHIMINH – CAI BE – MEKONG DELTA

Morning, 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 TiengGiangProvine, 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 spend time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – DEPARTURE 

Leisure time until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for departure.

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