Northern Vietnam to Northern & Central Laos Tour

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Nong Kiaw - Pak Ou Caves - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

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Overview

The expedition guarantees you the chance to set foot in the most charming attractions 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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Welcome to Hanoi!

Upon 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 city center.

Get done with the check in and enjoy the balance of the day at your own leisure.

  • Meals: N/A
  • 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 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 Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to board your flight to Luang Prabang.

On arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang, you will be greeted by our local guide and driver and then transferred to your hotel in city center. 

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

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

If you can wake u early in the morning, you will have chance to see the one-of-a-kind alms giving ceremony when thousands of local monks walked in lines in Luang Prabang streets to be given foods and offerings from local people.

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then be picked up by our guide and driver for a visit to some ethnic villages of Ban Quay, Ban Ou, Ban Thapene, where you can learn more about local people’s life and unique customs.

Once done at the villages, the tour continues with a drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls to swim and relax in the dreamy turquoise water.

In the afternoon, the tour ensues back towards some outstanding structures in Luang Prabang such as the Royal Palace, 2 beautiful temples of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Mai (if time permits)

Transfer back to the hotel and relax at your own leisure

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and get transferred to Nong Kiaw. It will take you 3-4 hours to drive to this rustic village through dreamy landscape of northern Laos.

Upon arrival in Nong Kiaw, get done with the check in and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Kiaw

The day starts by a delicious breakfast at your hotel followed by an exciting cycling trip along the basin of Nam Ou River.

We pay a short visit to a lesser-known cave of Tham Patok and drive towards several ethnic villages of Thai Lu, Khmu, Lao, Hmong through majestic landscape with forests and mountain ranges. 

Our picnic lunch will be served when we reach a gorgeous stream near the local village of Phayong. After lunch, our riding trip continues with a visit to another village of Ban Sob Khan, where you can extend your knowledge about ethnic people’s customs and culture.

Return to Nong Kiaw in the late afternoon and enjoy the balance of the day at your own pace.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Kiaw

Treat yourself with a fulfilling breakfast and get done with the check out. The tour starts with a scenic drive along the Nam Ou River.

Transfer to a small boat to visit Pak Ou Cave – a famous Buddhist temple surrounded by impressive limestone karsts – home to thousands Buddha statues.

Once done with the cave, we continue cruising downstream the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang and make a stopover at a local village to see the process of producing Lao whisky.

Arrive in Luang Prabang in the afternoon, check into your hotel and relax.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Treat yourself with a fulfilling breakfast and get done with the check out. Today, our tour ensues towards the alluring town of Vang Vieng on the road 13. We make a stopover en route to stretch your legs and enjoy our hearty lunch 

After a 5-hour drive, we reach our hotel in Luang Prabang. Check into your room and relax at your own pace

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in LuangPrabang

After breakfast, we will explore lesser-known attractions outside of Vang Vieng. We pay a visit to Tham Xang or Elephant cave – a mysterious Buddhist temple surrounded by stunning limestone formations. Don’t forget your swim suits as you will have time to enjoy swimming and relaxing in its fresh-watered stream.

The cave exploration continues with one of the most stunning caves in Lao - Tham Loup or Deep Cave, where houses a broad network of stalactites and stalagmites.

Afterwards, you will have more swimming and tubing opportunities in Tham Nam Cave before we return to Vang Vieng.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in VangVieng

Once you fill yourself up with a hearty breakfast, our tour starts with a short bamboo raft ride on Namsong River. You will have a chance to enjoy fresh atmosphere and admire the stunning scenery as well as the rustic life of local people. We then pay a visit to the village of Ban Huai Ngai on the way back to Vientiane.

We then have the whole afternoon to explore Vientiane city as well as its outstanding structures. You will pay a visit to Wat Sisaket – the oldest temple of the city, the former Royal Palace and the impressive gilded temple of That Luang Stupa – symbol of the country.

Later in the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to witness the panorama of Vientiane city and its peaceful outskirt on the top of Patuxai Monument.

You will be transferred back to your hotel in late afternoon. The balance of the day is free at your own leisure before enjoying a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

After breakfast, you are free to relax or go shopping until our vehicle pick you up for a drive to the airport to board your departure flight.

End of services!

  • 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
Nong Khiaw Nong Kiaw Riverside

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
Nong Khiaw
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Nong Khiaw Nong Kiaw Riverside
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Nong Khiaw
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao
Nong Khiaw

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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