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North Vietnam and Laos Adventure

North Vietnam and Laos Adventure

Price: 1,488 $

Tour code: SD-02

Trip Duration: 12 days 11 nights

Operating: Upon request

Schedule: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Tay Trang border gate, Muong Khua, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khoang, Vientiane.

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Itinerary: North Vietnam and Laos Adventure 12 days
Start City : Hanoi
End City: Vientiane

Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
- Visit: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Tay Trang border gate, Muong Khua, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khoang, Vientiane.
- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi or Vientiane.
PRIVATE TOUR RATE: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Supp
Land tour/ pp 1,890 1,590 1,488 -
Flight: Phonsavan to Vientiane     95     95     95  
 Total/pp 1,985 1,685 1,583  

This is a private tour and departs daily. We recommend guests to start in Vietnam and end in Laos. 

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.( D)
Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the evening savor a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi's finest restaurants. Overnight in homestay

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay.
Spend 24 hours on a cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. Overnight in cruise

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi City Tour ( Brunch)
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and watch the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore the nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for brunch, then take advantage of the sundeck to admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Hanoi. Enjoy a 3-hour Hanoi City Landmark tour. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Hanoi  Mai Chau – Trekking (B, L, D)
Your driver and guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you along highway No.6 to Mai Chau: a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at a Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a live dance and music performance in the evening. Overnight in Mai Chau

Day 5: Mai Chau – Dien Bien Phu ( B, L, D)
Start the day with a simple breakfast with your host family. Farewell to your host of homestay drive to Son La. Let’s stop en route to visit villages of various tribes including the H’mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao and orchard, tea farm in Moc Chau plateau – Vietnam’s premier tea-growing region, before reach Son La (200km from Mai Chau) for a late lunch. In the afternoon, continue along winding mountain roads through North Vietnam’s stunning countryside. The most picturesque scenery here is Pha Din Pass, wellknown as a historical site during the 1st Indochina War ended in 1954, and a charming and dangerous pass at elevation 1,300m with breathtaking view. According to local legend, “Pha Din” means the connection between Heaven and Earth. On arrival, check in your hotel and spend rest of day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Dien Bien Phu – Cross border to Muang Khua (B)
Nestled in a heart shaped basin near the border with Laos, lies Dien Bien Phu. The famous historical battleground, where the Vietnamese successfully defeated the French, marking the end of French colonial occupation. 
Start the day early with a visit to the local market where you will meet charming Thai tribes in their traditional costume purchasing their farm products.
The next is military base and historical site of the First Indochina War. Drive 30 minutes out of city to the base of the Command of Dien Bien Phu Campaign (Muong Phang), located in a primitive forest in Muong Phang commune to the commanding bunker of General Commander-in-chief Vo Nguyen Giap and Hoang Van Thai.
Get back to the town and visit Dien Bien Phu Museum, built in 1984 on the occasion of the year 30th after Dien Bien Phu Victory before visiting A1 Hill - the most important camp of the French and Bunker of the French General De Castries.
After lunch, drive along the peaceful Muong Thanh Valley to the Tay Trang border gate to Laos where your Laotian tour guide and driver are await for you.
Crossing the border, continue through one of Laos’ most remote regions all the way to Muang Khua, a one-horse border town located on the banks of the Nam Ou River. Arrive in Muang Khua in the late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax, then take a brief walking tour around the town to visit the local market and nearby pagoda. Overnight in hotel.
Note: At Tay Trang border gate, the immigration normally closes during lunch break (12.00 - 13.30).

Day 7: Muang Khua – Luang Prabang( B)
You don’t want to miss the early morning Binthabat ceremony. Hundreds of monks will leave their pagodas and make a slow procession through town, starting at 5:45 AM and lasting for about an hour. You can easily find them in front of your hotel.
Return to the hotel for breakfast and then start a nice journey passing picturesque scenery along the Nam Ou River - Laos’s longest inland river. Enjoy the beautiful mountainous setting on a 6 hour drive heading to Luang Prabang. Stop for a lunch on your own (of simple local cuisine at Muang Ngoy). Then take the boat cruise to Luang Prabang before the sunset with a stop at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers to visit the Pak Ou caves - a pantheon of gold Buddha statues tucked into the nooks of the limestone cliffs. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai. Stop here to learn about LauLao (Laos whisky) and LauHai (Laos wine). On arrival, check in at the hotel then take an evening stroll through the quaint streets and enjoy the sunset over the river and surrounding lush countryside. The evening highlight includes a visit to the local night market in the city center, where ethnic minority people come together to buy and sell their wares. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Luang Prabang City Tour ( B)
Situated where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong, lies the fabled city of Luang Prabang - the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its lantern lit streets, lined with a mix of faded colonial mansions and sparkling mosaic temples, this city is known to enchant its visitors. Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a half-day tour through Luang Prabang. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture, before seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, relax in one of the city’s many quirky cafés or stroll along the beautiful riverbank. Overnight in hotel. (B, L)

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan.
Today drive from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khuang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is over 7 hours journey with spectacular views of Laos’ rain forests and mountain ranges. Along the way you will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun ( B)
Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG (de-mining organization) exhibition before heading out to see the great stone wonders of Xieng Khuang, the Plain of Jars. First you will explore Site 1 where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the enchanting plateau. Next, is the forested area of site 2 and a short scenic trek to Site 3, passing through the Thai Dam and Laos Leum village. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the old capital Muang Khoun and nearby villages of the H’mong and Thai Dam peoples. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Xieng Khuang  Vientiane ( B)
Today you take a short in-country flight from Phonsavan to Vientiane. Your driver and guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. After a short rest, set out on a sightseeing tour of Laos’ eccentric capital, visit all the city’s key attractions. Start the tour with a stop at Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Si Saket, filled with over 2,000 ceramic, gold, and silver Buddha images. Next we visit Haw Pha Kaew - the Royal Temple that once housed the famous Emerald Buddha, before continuing on to Laos’ most significant national monument: Pha That Luang. Conclude your tour at Patuxai, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Vientiane Departure ( B )
Have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a free morning at your leisure before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.

All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival, departure flights of passengers and real situation.
Remark: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

- All transfer and transportation with air-conditioning
- Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
- Entrance fees.
 -Homestay in Mai Chau
- Meals as indicated  in the program, please inform on other needs or vegetarian diety
- Local English or French speaking tour guide with good knowledge and experience (other language upon request).
- Mineral water and wet towel

Not included.
- Visa
- International and domestic airfare
- Single room
- Tax
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses, travel insurance
- Everything’s not mentioned in the tour
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