Vietnam & Laos Exclusive Tour, 14 days

Tour Overview

Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, stopping at Vietnam’s most treasured attractions on the way, and explore two contrasting sides of Lao, with a stops at bustling Vientiane and charming Luang Prabang.

This tour starts in thriving Ho Chi Minh City, where we will tour the city’s colonial buildings, vibrant markets and war memorials, including a trip to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. We will explore the lush Mekong Delta by boat, cruising past floating fish farms, rice fields and verdant islands. We will discover the picturesque town of Hoi An, strolling to the main attractions such as the Japanese Covered Bridge. We will ascend the sensational Marble Mountain and visit the beautiful Cham Museum, before reaching the ancient citadel of Hue. We will boat down the Perfume River, exploring temples, mausoleums and markets in the surrounding countryside. In historic Hanoi, we will see the city’s most captivating monuments, museums and pagodas, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. We will experience one of the most scenic regions in Vietnam, Ninh Binh, absorbing the peace and beauty of this rural area. We will cruise through spectacular Halong Bay, taking in magnificent limestone islands, secluded coves and enchanting caves. In Laos, we will explore the gorgeous town of Luang Prabang, with it’s majestic temples and French colonial architecture, as well as visiting the mystifying Pakou caves. Finally, we will discover the lively capital of Laos - Vientiane - exploring its attractions and learning about the city’s diverse influences.

Tour Information

  • Easy
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Culture

Tour HighLight

+ Experience the bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City, touring the city’s colonial buildings, lively markets and the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels

+ Enjoy free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City and try local delicacies

+ Delve into the Mekong Delta, visiting traditional riverside villages and experiencing the peace of this region

+ Stroll through the charming town of Hoi An to see the most beautiful buildings and take in the town’s unique atmosphere, with free time to relax on the beach

+ Climb or take a cable car up Marble Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding region and visit the famous Cham Museum

+ Discover the ancient capital of Hue, with a tour of the citadel and an excursion down the Perfume River, visiting Mausoleums and Pagodas in the surrounding hills

+ Visit the historic sites of Hanoi, learning about the city’s culture and heritage

+ Experience the staggeringly beautiful and peaceful Ninh Binh region, enjoying stunning vistas of mountains and rice fields

+ Cruise overnight through Halong Bay on an traditional boat, absorbing the splendid scenery and impressive caves in the area

+ See the best of the picturesque town of Luang Prabang as well as the nearby Pakou caves

+ Tour the key attractions in Vientiane, taking in the best monuments and temples in the city

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Ho Chi Minh

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: No

On arrival at  Ho Chi Minh Airport, you are met by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You may have some time free to relax or discover at your own leisure. The bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, still called Saigon by many locals, was originally a fishing village built up on a vast swampland, but it has developed into Saigon under the French domination. The effervescent development has bought Ho Chi Minh some cosmic changes from a war-torn city to a thriving metropolis. However, the architecture, local culture and lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh are still a reconciliation among French, American and Chinese influences. This fast growing city is now punctuated with elegant international hotels and exclusive restaurants, crowded with motorbikes, cars and vociferous cyclo drivers, and excited by numerous shopping areas, sidewalk cafés and noodle stalls. They have formed a dynamic urban area in very special sense and make for an endless exploration in this  south Vietnamese gem.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

Drive to Cu Chi and explore the  Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh and Enjoy a half day city tour, including Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office , War Remnant Exhibit then take a walk in Ben Thanh Market.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh

Travel by road to Mekong Delta and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to explore  Mekong Delta. Visit Unicorn Island and Ben Tre with cottage industries. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh with stopover at China Town.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Hoi An

Spend a half day exploring Hoi An on a walking tour. Visit Japanese Bridge, Museum  of Trade Ceramics, Phung Huong Ancient House, Chua Ong Pagoda and Phuc Kien Assemby Hall. Have free time to relax on Cua Dai Beach and do some shopping activities.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue

Take a drive north to Hue. En route, visit Marble Mountain, Cham Museum, Hai Van Pass. Arriving in Hue, check in hotel and visit Hue Citadel.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hue – Hanoi

Relax on a boat trip along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Emperor Minh Mang. Take drive to see Khai Dinh Mausoleum and Dong Ba Market. Fly to Hanoi  and check in hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Hanoi

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Bich Dong - Tam Coc

Drive to Ninh  Binh.  Visit  Dinh & Le Temples in Hoa Lu  and ride your bike to Bich Dong Pagoda. Enjoy boat trip to see the scenic scenery of Tam Coc.

OVERNIGHT: Ninh Binh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

Drive through the Red River Delta, catching a look at roadside villages and rice fields. Arrival in Halong Bay Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.

OVERNIGHT: Halong Bay MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Halong Bay – Hanoi - Luang Prabang

Get up early to join the Tai Chi exercise or explore the bay at dawn. Visit Surprise cave and have brunch on cruise before heading back to Hanoi.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11

Luang Prabang

Spend  this day exploring Luang Prabang Town.  Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. Walk up  to Phousi hills,  visit this hill top temple and catch view of Luang Prabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 12

Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall

Take a boat trip along Mekong River to visit Pakou Cave. En route , stop to see Ban Xang Hai. Explore Pakou Cave and drive to Kuang Si Waterfall.  Visit some hill tribe villages and relax by this waterfall.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13

Luang Prabang – Vientiane

Travel by air to Vientiane. Spend this afternoon seeing Vientiane with  Wat Sisaket, Haw Pha Kaew, Patouxai and That Luang Stupa .

OVERNIGHT: Vientiane MEALS: Breakfast

Day 14

Vientiane – Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to  airport for departure

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

12 nights at hotel and 1 night on cruise  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

12 nights at hotel and 1 night on cruise  on twin sharing basis

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Excursion to Cu Chi and Tay Ninh  with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

Sightseeing tour of Hoi An with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Hue with entrance fee

Boat trip in Hue

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi with entrance fee

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang with entrance fee

Boat trip in Luang Prabang

Sightseeing tour of Vientiane  with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Ho Chi Minh/from Vientiane , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam and Laos

Travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  these countries  without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

1.VIETNAM

Vietnam custom regulation: free import of 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.  

2.LAOS:

Laos  custom regulation: free import  of  200 cigarettes or 500 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;  2 liters of alcohol or wine or 5 liters of beer;  1 item of perfume or eau de toilette; personal effects.

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 2,000 (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.

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