HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOUR
Day 1: ARRIVAL - HO CHI MINH CITY SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOURS + SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO CU CHI TUNNELS + HO CHI MINH CITY
Day 3: HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO MY THO - MEKONG DELTA CRUISE TOURS - HO CHI MINH CITY
Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLIGHT TO DANANG – DA NANG AND HOI AN SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 5: HOI AN OVERLAND SIGHTSEEING TOURS VIA DA NANG TO HUE – HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT IMPERIAL CITADEL AND TU DUC ROYAL TOMB
Day 6: HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT ROYAL TOMBS + BOAT TRIP ON PERFUME RIVER
Day 7: HUE - MORNING FLIGHT TO HANOI - HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 8: HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO HALONG BAY – HALONG CRUISE TOURS - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
Day 9: HA LONG CRUISE TOURS - HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS - WATER PUPPET SHOW
Day 10: HANOI - FLIGHT TO VIENTIANE - VIEN TIANE SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 11: VIEN TIANE SIGHTSEEING TOURS – FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG - LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Day 12: LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO PAK OU CAVE
Day 13: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOURS - DEPARTURE
DAY 1: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: ARRIVAL - HO CHI MINH CITY SIGHTSEEING TOURS (-/-/-)
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 2 : HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HO CHI MINH CITY TOURS + SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO CU CHI TUNNELS + HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/-)
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HO CHI MINH SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO MY THO - MEKONG DELTA CRUISE TOURS - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
O/N in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLIGHT TO DANANG – DA NANG AND HOI AN SIGHTSEEING TOURS ( B/-/-)
Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sites in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past
O/N in Hoi An.
DAY 5: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HOI AN OVERLAND SIGHTSEEING TOURS VIA DA NANG TO HUE – HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT IMPERIAL CITADEL AND TU DUC ROYAL TOMB (B/-/-)
Upon leaving Hoi An we make our way northwards to Hue. The winding roads begin as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here we make stop to admire the stunning view north to Lang Co village and south to Danang City. Once arriving at Lang Co, we have a pleasant break by the beach before we head towards Hue. This small and quiet town was once Vietnam's feudal capital from 1802 to 1945. We visit the massive citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. The next stop is an elaborate mausoleum dedicated to Emperor Tu Duc. We see this masterpeice and enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River giving us a chance to visit the beautiful riverside Thien Mu Pagoda and catch the spectacular sunset. The sightseeing also includes Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many fantastic eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
O/N in Hue.
DAY 6: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HUE SIGHTSEEING TOURS AT ROYAL TOMBS + BOAT TRIP ON PERFUME RIVER (B/-/-)
DAY 7: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HUE - MORNING FLIGHT TO HANOI - HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
Later on, We follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and the History Museum with an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. Later on, we will take a short visit at Hilton Prison where Vietnamese soldiers did captured & detained American pilots from 1967 till 1973 to learn more about the history of Vietnam war against American Imperialists.
Afterwards we drive to the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. They are some major highlights set by the beautiful West Lake. We also visit the old quarters and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. In front of this lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance.
If time permits we enjoy a short cyclo ride through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places.
O/N in Ha Noi.
DAY 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO HALONG BAY – HALONG CRUISE TOURS - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/-/-)
At around 12:00, you will reach to Halong Bay recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994. The islands in Ha Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwestern part of Ha Long Bay. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Ha Long Bay in the world. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values.
On arrival at 12h30, We are welcome on the traditional boat and have welcome drink. Start the boat trip to visit Halong Bay with outstanding natural beauty of many Islands such as Con Cho Island, Dinh Huong Island, Canh Buom Island, Ga Choi Island and have fresh seafood lunch served on board.
In the afternoon, you will have opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cave in Ha long Bay- Sung Sot Cave or Suprising Cave, then wimming on Titop or do kayak to visit Luon Cave. Watching sunset. Fishing with seine and owing bamboo boat (on request)
Dinner and overnight on boat.
DAY 9: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HA LONG CRUISE TOURS - HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS - WATER PUPPET SHOW (B/L/-)
O/N in Ha Noi.
DAY 10: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: HANOI - FLIGHT TO VIENTIANE - VIEN TIANE SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
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 in Vientiane
DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: VIEN TIANE SIGHTSEEING TOURS – FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG - LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOURS (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 in Luang Prabang
DAY 12: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO PAK OU CAVE (B/-/-)
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. Lunch is at a riverside restaurant.
We arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon, and continue by car to outskirt of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, a well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.
Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang
DAY 13: HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM AND LAOS TOURS: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOURS - DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
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• Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
• Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar one
• English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
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