Vietnam & Laos Roundtrip
 

(Saigon, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane)
Private tour, daily departure
English/French speaking guide
Meals B&B except Halong Bay and one picnic lunch in Luang Prabang
Trip code: VI-2302

 




Day 1: Arrival - Saigon (no meals)
Be meet at Tan Son Nhat Airport from flightand be transferred to hotel in center Ho Chi Minh City. In this, the largest of Vietnam’s cities, you will see the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life everywhere, and there is something invigorating about it all. Constrasting images of the exotic and mundane abound. There are the street markets, where bargains are struck and deals are done; the pavement cafes, where stereo speakers fill the surrounding streets with a melodious thumping beat; and the sleek new cafes and pubs, where tourists chat over beer, pretzels, coffee and croissants. A young office worker manoeuvres her Honda Dream through rush-hour traffic, long hair flowing, high heel working the break pedal. The sweating Chinese businessman chats on his cellular phone, cursing his necktie in the tropical heat.
Enjoy your visite of China Tour, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market. Back to your hotel in Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon at hotel

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi tunnel – Saigon (B)
Drive from your hotel to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Be back at your hotel after 4 hours travel & visit.
Continue to visit Thien Hau pagoda, Former  Presidetial Palace, War Musem. Back to your hotel.
Overnight in Saigon

Day 3: Saigon – fly to Danang - Hoian (B)
Transfer to airport for flight to Danang
Upon arrival at Danang you will be greeted by our guide who will begin by escorting you on a tour of Danang City, including the Cham Museum, Marble Mountain. Continue to delightful township of Hoi An approximately 30 km away. Followed with a tour in Hoi An to the Chinese Assembly Halls, the Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky House. Following the tour there is free time to discover what else Hoi An has to offer. Whether it is in the silk shops having a new wardrobe tailored or cycling to the beach about 6 kilometers away, one thing is certain, you will not get bored in this town.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 4: Hoian – Danang – Hue (B)
After your breakfast in Hoian hotel, we continue to depart Hoian to Hue. Along the way we will travel over the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Our second stop will be Lang Co beach, for coffee and refreshments, then continuing on our way to Hue.
Take a scenic boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda.
You will visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, King Tu Duc’s tomb (Tu Duc is a king but also a poet, so his mausoleum is a poet garden),  King Minh Mang tomb (typical formal oriental style designed).
Overnight at hotel

Day 5: Hue – fly to Hanoi (B)
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our guide will welcome you at the airport Noi Bai airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city. Hanoi, a city between the rivers, built from lowland, Hanoi has many scenic lakes and sometime is called "city of lakes". Among its lakes, the most famous are Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Halair Lake, Bay Mau Lake, ... as the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered to be the cultural centre of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.. You will visit our legend/history about Hoan Kiem lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small street and its name (Old quarter if time permits). Attend the performance of Water Puppet show - an unique Vietnamese arts.
Overnight at hotel  

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay - overnight on cruise (B/L/D), no escort guide from Hanoi, guide on junk/cruise.
08.00: pick up at your hotel, drive to Halong Bay in abt 3,5 hours

PROGRAM WITH BAI THO TRADITIONAL WOODEN JUNK 
08h30: Pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi by private car. Travel to Ha Long city for about 3,5 hour drive. Upon arrival, checking in registration and then get on Bai Tho Traditional Wooden Junk and have welcome drink.
13:00 – 14:30: Fresh seafood set lunch while our Halong Sails is peaceful passing Burn of Incense, Dog, Fighting Cock Island and Halong fishing Village.
15:00 – 16:00: Visit the most magical and beautiful Sung Sot Cave.
16:30 – 18:00: Trekking and swimming at Titov island where you give you a chance to view panorama view of Halong Bay from the top and do kayaking nearby.
19:00 – 20:30: Fresh seafood set dinner on the bay.
20:30 – 11:30: Enjoy film or squid fishing in the night
Overnight on deluxe cabin

PROGRAM WITH BHAYA CLASSIC CRUISE
12.00 - 12.30 Check-in at Bhaya Café, Halong City. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a cruise briefing.
13.00 - 15.30 Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15.30 - 17.00 Visit the fishing village by tender (30 minutes each) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Discover the fishing village by local rowing boat 
Kayak into the village or swim near the boat 
Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.;
Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming, snorkeling, etc. 
17.00 Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. 
Happy Hour & Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.
19.30 Sumptious Seafood Set-dinner onboard.
21.00 Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
Overnight aboard Bhaya Classic

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi, guide on junk/cruise, no escort guide back Hanoi!  
PROGRAM WITH BAI THO TRADITIONAL WOODEN JUNK (B/L) 
06:30 – 07:00: Experience Tai Chi Lesson on the sundeck
07:00 – 08:00: Set menu breakfast.
08:00 – 09:00:Visit Luon Cave by small boat then the boat passes Man head island, Turtle Island.
09:30: Check out the cabin and clear the bills
10:00 – 10:30: Demontration of cutting flowers from fruits & roots.
11:00: Check out the boat to transfer to Cua Vang for lunch

PROGRAM WITH BHAYA CLASSIC CRUISE (Brunch) 
06.15 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08.30 Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
09.30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.
11.00 Disembark at Bhaya Café

Return to Hanoi by private car, arrive in Hanoi about 16.00 pm and drop off at your hotel
Overnight at hotel

Day 8: Hanoi – Vientiane (B)
Free at leisure or shopping till transfer (no guide) to the airport for your departure flight to Vientiane
Meet on arrival and you are welcome to Vientiane, the city of the moon – an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane.
Overnight at hotel

Day 9: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B)
Breakfast at hotel, if time permits, we will visit the Morning Market, the biggest shopping center in Vientiane. we depart to Wattay airport for departure to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to our hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty temples still remain in the town and surrounding areas. Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang,epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture; Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave (B)
Following breakfast, we depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion (a few hours) by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height.
En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away.
We arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon, and continue to drive outskirt of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, a well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

Day 11: Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfall (B, picnic Lunch)
An morning breakfast, before we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent by visiting various craft-shops, including silver smiths’ and also Hmong market in town, where some skilled embroidery-works of Hmong ladies can be seen.
Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)
After breakfast, we depart hotel to visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc, if time permits, the rest of the day is spent free for own experience in this charming town, till transfer to Luang Prabang airport for departure to next destination.


 

Valid from 01-Oct-2014 to 30-Sep-2015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$3180

$2120

 

Superior (3 star)

$3625

$2360

 

First (4 star)

$4740

$2850

 


Price inclusive

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a double room.
  • All airport transfers
  • Air-conditioned ground transportation
  • All boat, ferry and train transportation as noted
  • Kayak fee Halong Bay (2 people per kayak)
  • Admissions to all noted attractions
  • Intra-Vietnam airfares: Saigon - Danang; Hue - Hanoi (airport tax included), price is subject to change
  • Intra Laos: Vientiane - Luang Prabang(airport tax included), price is subject to change
  • Service of an English/French speaking local stationed guide
  • VAT and other taxes

Price exclusive
 

  • Flight to Vietnam and to/from Laos and departure taxes 
  • Immigration fees to Vietnam and Laos
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Meals other than noted
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature.

Hotels used for Standard class
 

City Hotel & room type Website
Hanoi Duc Thai (superior) or
Hanoi Holiday (superior room)
http://www.holidayhanoihotel.com
www.ducthaihotel.com
Halong Bay Bai Tho Traditional Junk
Hai Long Junk
http://www.halongsails.com
http://www.hailongjunk.com
Hue Hue Holiday hotel (superior room) www.hueholidayhotel.com
Hoian Vinh Hung 2 (standard room) http://www.vinhhunghotels.com.vn/hoi-an-vinh-hung-2-hotel.htm
Saigon An An 2 (standard room) http://www.anan2hotel.vn/html/
Vientiane B&P hotel, standard room with windows www.bp-hotel.com
Luang Prabang Ancient Luang Prabang hotel www.ancientluangprabang.com

Hotels used for Superior class
 

City Hotel & room type Website
Hanoi Medallion (superior)
Boss (superior)
http://www.medallion-hanoi.com
http://www.bosshanoihotel.com
Halong Bay Bai Tho Traditional Junk
Hai Long Junk
http://www.halongsails.com
http://www.hailongjunk.com
Hue Asia (deluxe room) or Orchid hotel (superior) http://www.asiahotel.com.vn
http://www.orchidhotel.com.vn
Hoian Hoian hotel, superior room or,
Hoian Homestay Orchid Garden
http://www.hoiantourist.com/hoianhotel/english/index.html
http://www.hoian-homestay-orchidgarden.com
Saigon Elios or Sapphire (superior room) http://www.sapphirehotel.com.vn
http://www.elioshotel.vn/
Vientiane Beau Rivage Mekong hotel www.hbrm.com
Luang Prabang Villa Maydou hotel http://www.villamaydou.com/

Hotels used for First class
 

City Hotel & room type Website
Hanoi Silk Path Hanoi (silk deluxe room) http://www.silkpathhotel.com/en/Home.html
Halong Bay Bhaya Cruise or Emotion Cruise http://www.bhayacruises.com/
www.halong-emotion.com
Hue Saigon Morin, superior room www.morinhotel.com.vn
Hoian Saigon Morin (superior room) www.morinhotel.com.vn
Saigon Grand hotel, superior room www.grandhotel.vn
Vientiane Green Park Boutique hotel www.greenparkvientiane.com
Luang Prabang Villa Maly hotel www.villa-maly.com

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R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
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