Highlights of Laos & Northern Vietnam

Luang Prabang - Elephant Camp - Tad Sae Waterfall - Vientiane - Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay

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Within 12 days, the expedition allows you to not only set foot in the most beautiful attractions in Vietnam and Laos but also get an insight of culture and history of the 2 countries. What is more, you will be taken to some remote area  to understand more about rural life and customs of local people.

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On arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you will be greeted by our guide along with our private vehicle. He will assist you with a transfer to your hotel in city center.

Get done with the check in and relax at your own pace

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

The day begins with a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel followed by a full-day city tour to outstanding attractions in Luang Prabang. 

We first pay a visit to the former King’s Palace, where you can see a broad collection of priceless exhibits related to Lao royal family in 20th century. Proceeding to Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, you will get an insight into Lao culture and history.  

The tour continues with a visit to some beautiful temples of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Mai and Wat Sene, which will sure offer you a chance to learn more about unique architecture in Laos as well as the country’s rich religion.

Later in the afternoon, we climb to Mount Phousi for a breathtaking panorama over Luang Prabang city and its outskirt at an elevation of 100 meters

After transferring to your hotel, the balance of the day is free at your own leisure

  • 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 and our ride today.

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

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then be transferred to the airport for the flight to Vientiane.

Upon arrival in Vientiane, our local guide and driver will welcome you and accompany you to your hotel in city center. 

The balance of the day is free at your leisure

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

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

We begin by a visit to National Museum, where you can witness a broad collection of exhibits to learn more about the country’s history and culture.

Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Sisaket – 2 of the most beautiful temples in Vientiane, where you will have a chance to admire unique architecture and learn more about Buddhism in the country 

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

Next on this honeymoon tour in Laos will be the Patuxai Monument, of which top guarantees you an astonishing panorama of Vientiane and its idyllic outskirts.

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before getting transferred to the airport by our guide and vehicle. Say goodbye to Vientiane, board the flight to Hanoi – the charming Capital city of Vietnam.

On arrival at the airport in Hanoi, you are collected by our local guide. He will assist you with a drive to your hotel.

Get done with the check in and relax at your own leisure

  • 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.

Transfer to Hanoi train station to board the night train to Lao Cai

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight train to Lao Cai

Arrive at Lao Cai train station in the early morning and board our vehicle for a 1-hour uphill drive to Sapa.

Get done with the check in, freshen up and enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel. After that, you are free to stroll around and explore local market and nearby structures.

10.30: Gather at the hotel and get ready for our guided Sapa exploration. We take a 1-hour drive and a short walk to Muong Hoa, a picturesque valley surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, local villages and lush rice paddies. From here, you will have a chance to admire the highest mountain peak in Indochina – Fansipan (3143m). 

The tour ensues to a nearby H’mong village of Y Linh Ho, where you can observe the rustic and peaceful life of Vietnamese ethnic families and learn more about their strange customs.

After a picnic lunch, we start trekking for about 2 hours up and down hill to get to the H’mong village of Lao Chai and the Zay village of Ta Van. There, you will have an opportunity to visit local bamboo houses, local schools and many simple structures that you don’t see often in anywhere else.

Don’t forget to bring camera as the scenery around the villages will surely allure you.

The balance of the day is free at your own pace before staying overnight at the homestay in Ta Van Village.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Homestay

After a fulfilling breakfast with local specialties, say goodbye to Ta Van and continue trekking to other local villages of Giang Ta Chai, Hau Thao. Once done at the villages, enjoy your lunch and some rest before driving back to Sapa in the afternoon. 

On arrival in Sapa, you are free about 2 hours to relax, take photos or go shopping before getting transferred back to Hanoi

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight on the train to Hanoi

Once arrive at Hanoi train station in the early morning, you will be collected by our guide to a local restaurant for breakfast. Afterwards, our shuttle bus will transfer you to Halong 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 our 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 you by its picturesque landscape – a broad network of million-year-old 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 to freshen up your mind and soul followed by a western-styled breakfast with tea/coffee. Afterwards, we explore impressive grass-covered limestone islets in Halong by rowboat.

Lunch is served with some delicious authentic Vietnamese dishes while the vessel cruises back to the harbor. After lunch, you have relaxing time 

Transfer back to your Hanoi through tranquil spectacles of Red River Delta’s countryside and drop you off at your hotel

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

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you are free to relax or go shopping before getting transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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  • 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

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

In

Hanoi L'Heritage
Halong Bay Lavender Cruise
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise

In

Luang Prabang
Vientiane
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Vientiane Lao Orchid
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Vientiane Salana Boutique Hotel
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao
Vientiane Settha Palace

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or double room with daily breakfast 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle 
  • 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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