Heritage Trails of Laos and Vietnam

Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang - Vientiane - Pakse - Wat Phou - 4000 Islands - Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay

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The expedition guarantees you the chance to set foot in the most mysterious and beautiful historical sites as well as stunning world's heritages in Vietnam and Laos. You will also have plenty of time to enjoy mindblowing natural scenery and deeply discover the life of local people in the 2 countries.

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On arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our guide along with our vehicle. He will assist you with a transfer to your hotel in central town to check in.

The balance of the day is free at your leisure. Relax and stay overnight at the hotel

  • Meals: N/A.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Once you fill yourself up with a delicious breakfast at your hotel, our tour begins by a scenic cruise along a Mekong River towards Pak Ou Caves, where you will witness hundreds of Buddha statues surrounded by stunning limestone karsts. 

In the afternoon, we pay a visit to some beautiful temples in Luang Prabang including Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. There, you can learn more about the unique Lao architecture as well as Buddhism and history of this landlock country. 

Later in the afternoon, we climb to the top of mount Phousi to witness a breathtaking panorama as well as sunset over Luang Prabang and its tranquil outskirts. After that, we proceed to the Night Market to go shopping and observe the daily life of local people.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

8.00-8.30: After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected by our local guide, we proceed to the Elephant Camp, which is just 7km far from the central town.

On arrival at the Camp, meet our friendly camp manager and listen to a short briefing about elephants.

Enjoy riding on the elephants for a 3-kilometer route

Embark a traditional Lao long boat and cruise towards the stunning waterfalls of Tad Sae. There, you are free to swim or relax in the cool fresh water before getting transferred back to the Elephant Camp. A fulfilling lunch with local specialties will be served at the Camp.

In the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Luang Prabang

The balance of the day is free at your own pace, stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Treat yourself with a delicious breakfast at your hotel and get ready for our long drive to Phonsavan.

During the drive, you will have a plenty of photo opportunities as we will pass by idyllic spectacles of countryside in Laos. We make some stopover at local villages and beautiful sightseeing spots en route to stretch your legs and relax.

In the afternoon, we arrive at Phonsavan and pay a visit to some outstanding attractions like the Mines Advisory Group or UXO-survivors’ Information Center

Transfer to your hotel in Xieng Khouang, get done with the check-in and relax at the hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khouang

Treat yourself with a fulfilling breakfast at your hotel before our exciting trek to the symbol of tourism in Xieng Khouang – Plain of Jars. There, thousands of ancient jars of all shapes and sizes lying on the field will surely wow you. No one knows when exactly thousands these jars are created or constructed, but it’s sure more than 2000 years ago according to archaeologists. 

Once done at the plain, our guide will assist you with a transfer to the airport to board your flight to Vientiane – the charming capital city of Laos.

Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be greeted and picked up for a drive to your hotel in central town to check in. The balance of the day is free at your own leisure, overnight at the hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, get ready for an exciting Vientiane city tour.

The tour starts with a 25-kilometer drive to Buddha Park – home to hundreds of Buddha statues and mysterious structures.

Transfer back to Vientiane and make a stopover at the victory monument of Patuxai, of which top allows you to witness a stunning panorama of Vientiane city.

Afterwards, you will be taken to a local restaurant for lunch, where you will explore flavoursome cuisine of Laos on your own.

In the afternoon, the tour continues towards some important structures in Vientiane.

First, we pay a visit to Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Kaew, 2 of the most beautiful temples in the city, where you will have a chance to admire unique architecture and learn more about Lao Buddhism.

Proceed to Pha That Luang - an impressive symbol of Laos. Listen to the guide as he surely offers you an insight into the history of this gilded stupa.

Return to the hotel and relax at your leisure before escaping into the world of dreams

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Enjoy breakfast and get done with the check out at the hotel. After that, we transfer to the airport to board your early flight to Pakse at 6.30AM.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local guide and driver for a transfer to the former royal capital of Champassak. Afterwards, we proceed to the ancient temple of Wat Phou, which is surrounded by stunning Lao landscape.

Transfer to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch on your own.

After lunch, the tour ensues towards the Khong Island – home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins

Relax and stay overnight in Khong Island

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Khong Island

The day starts with a hearty breakfast at the hotel followed by a cruise to Si Phan Done – a group of beautiful islands on Mekong River. We pay a visit to some big islands of Done Det, Done Som to witness daily activities rustic life of local fishermen. Next stop will be Don Khone, the largest island in the area.

After lunch, we proceed to the stunning waterfalls of Khone Phapheng – the largest of its kind in South East Asia

Once done at the Waterfall, return to Pakse and enjoy the balance of the day at your own pace.

  • Meals: Breakfast. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

Once you full yourself up with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, get done with the check-out and packing until getting transferred to the airport to board your flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival in Saigon, we transfer you to your hotel to check-in and relax for a while. Enjoy your favorite dishes at a downtown restaurant and get ready for an interesting guided city tour. You will have a chance to learn more about the Vietnamese war at the War Remnants Museum as well as witness a giant collection of military exhibits. Afterwards, you will pay a visit to some outstanding attractions in Saigon such as Reunification Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Theatre and the City Hall. 

Later in the afternoon, we will proceed to the Ben Thanh market, the most famous shopping center for decades with a rich variety of local goods, souvenirs and specialties.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure before enjoying a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Today we will do an exploration to the outskirts of Saigon. First we drive to Tay Ninh to visit to Cao Dai Temple and extend your knowledge about Caodaism in Vietnam. Once you set foot in this temple, you will easily realize that The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are all worshipped.

Once done at Cao Dai Temple, you are transferred to a local restaurant to sample unique dishes of Southern Vietnam on your own.

In the afternoon, our tour ensues towards Cu Chi Tunnels, a not-to-be-missed attraction just outside of Saigon. This broad network of tunnels were built by the Vietnamese troop during the American  War. You will have a plenty of photo opportunities as well as the chance to hands-on crawl through narrow secret tunnels in Cu Chi.

Drive back to Saigon and relax at your own leisure

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up for a transfer to the floating village of Cai Be. There, you will have a chance to witness hundreds of boats carrying various kinds of goods from fruits, flowers, vegetable to food, beverages and local specialties.

Pay a visit to some local workshops nearby before proceeding to a local ancient house for lunch.

Explore the peaceful spectacles of Mekong Delta in the afternoon on a traditional bamboo boat, make a stopover at lush orchards and local farms.

Transfer back to Saigon and enjoy the balance of the day at your own leisure.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

You are transferred to the airport after breakfast to board your flight to Da Nang.

On arrival in Da Nang, you will be greeted and collected by our guide. He will assist you with a short drive to the charming town of Hoi An, where you will stay overnight.

Transfer to your hotel in Hoi An and get done with the check-in.

Located at the heart of Central Vietnam, Hoi An was the famous trading port of Vietnam in the past. Hence, this little town has been influenced by architecture, culture and lifestyle of different countries in the world.

Wander around the beautiful streets and admire the beauty of some famous structures such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Ancient House, Chinese Assembly Hall, Chua Ong Pagoda.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Once you fill yourself up with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, the guide takes you to My Son, which is located 40km from Hoi An. This temple must be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, although it was mostly destroyed by bombs in American War.

Transfer back to Hoi An and enjoy the balance of the day at your own pace.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Hoi An and get done with the check out before getting transferred to the airport to board your flight to Hanoi – Vietnam’s bustling capital city.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be collected by our local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center to check in, relax and stay overnight

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast and get ready for your interesting Hanoi city tour. The exploration starts by taking you to the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the House-on-stilt, One-pilar Pagoda) to learn more about the greatest Vietnamese president in the history as well as his simple lifestyle.

Once done at the complex, you will pay a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda and one of the city’s museum of History or Ethnology. 

The Hanoi city tour ends by an exciting Water Puppet Performance, where you can understand more about history, culture and custom of the country and listen to traditional folk music.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

After a fulfilling meal at the hotel, you are greeted and collected by the guide along with an A/C shuttle bus. The tour then begins with a 4-hour drive to Ha Long Bay through idyllic spectacles of Red River Delta. En route, we make a stopover in Hai Duong to relax and stretch your legs for 30 minutes.

Arrive in Halong Bay at around 12:30, embark the vessel and enjoy fresh welcome drinks. After checking into your cabin, you can relax on the sundeck before many interesting activities in Halong Bay ensue.

Halong Bay, one of 7 New World’s Wonders of Nature, surely wows visitors by its picturesque landscape, a broad network of limestone islets floating on the emerald water

In the afternoon, the cruise transfers you to the greatest caves in Halong – the Surprising Cave, where you can witness 3 giant chambers of stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes. Afterwards, we pay a visit to the Titov Island, of which peak allows you to admire the stunning panorama of Halong Bay.

Return to the Cruise and enjoy the sunset party on the sundeck. It is sure a good chance to get acquaintance with friends from all over the world

The night on boat is packed with various activities for you to join such as squid fishing, karaoke, playing cards etc.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay

The day starts with Taichi exercises on the sundeck followed by a western-styled breakfast with tea/coffee. Afterwards, we explore beautiful rock formations in Halong by rowboat.

Lunch is served with some delicious authentic Vietnamese dishes while the vessel cruises back to the harbor.

Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi on cruise’ shuttle bus

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and free to relax or go shopping until getting transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Vietnam

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Hanoi L'Heritage Quoc Hoa May De Ville Old Quarter Apricot
Halong Bay Lavender Cruise V'Spirit Cruise Glory Cruise Pelican Cruise
Hoi An Kim An Hoian Silk Boutique Belle Maison Dahana Hoi An Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Le Duy Hotel Le Duy Grand Muong Thanh Centre Majestic Saigon

In Laos

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara Luang Say Residence La Residence Phou Vao
Vientiane Lao Orchid Salana Boutique Hotel Settha Palace
Xieng Khouang Vansana Plain of Jars
Pakse Pakse Hotel Champasak Grand
4000 Islands Sala Done Khone Senesothxeun Hotel

In

Hanoi L'Heritage
Halong Bay Lavender Cruise
Hoi An Kim An
Saigon Le Duy Hotel
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hoi An Hoian Silk Boutique
Saigon Le Duy Grand
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Hoi An Belle Maison Dahana Hoi An
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise
Hoi An Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Majestic Saigon

In

Luang Prabang
Vientiane
Xieng Khouang
Pakse
4000 Islands Sala Done Khone
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Vientiane Lao Orchid
Xieng Khouang Vansana Plain of Jars
Pakse Pakse Hotel
4000 Islands Senesothxeun Hotel
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Vientiane Salana Boutique Hotel
Xieng Khouang
Pakse Champasak Grand
4000 Islands
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao
Vientiane Settha Palace
Xieng Khouang
Pakse
4000 Islands

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or double room with daily breakfast 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle 
  • Boat trip to Pak Ou Cave
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets
  • Laos visa
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Kt Wong Kwok Tai Wong

Hong Kong SAR China

"Great Experiences!"

December 2017

Kamea is a very good expert and she could be able to answer all my questions about Laos. And, she is so good to help me solve a lot of problems (i.e. local sim cards - quite affordable and all the river-view rooms, etc.,). We ... More +

Marie Patricia Geurts

Australia

"Brilliant Services!"

Octorber 2017

Both my son and I have been extremely happy with the personal tour booked. Both the tour guides exceptional! We felt really looked after, and as the tour was designed especially for us - very spoilt. The accommodation was superb, staff amazing - could not ... More +

Linda Anne Snyman

South Africa

"Amazing!"

July 2017

We had an absolute wonderful time. Every day or event was more than we expected. We were very impressed with our guides, our tour plan, our hotels, our transport and transfers and the good service we got from Kamea. Nothing was ever a problem, she ... More +

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