Northern Vietnam to Northern & Southern Laos Tour

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Pakse - Champassak - Vat Phou - Khong Island - Khone Phapheng Waterfall - Pakse

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The adventure promises to take you to the most beautiful and interesting places in Laos and Vietnam to learn more about nature, culture, history of these 2 Indochina countries. Furthermore, you will have a chance to join in various activities during the trip to not only challenge yourself but also gain memorable experiences.

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Welcome to Hanoi!

On arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our guide and driver. They will accompany you to your hotel in the city center to check in. The balance of the day is free at your 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 are an early riser, you will have a chance to encounter the Alms Giving Ceremony just outside of your hotel when thousands of local monks walked in lines in Luang Prabang streets to be given foods and offerings from local people. 

Afterwards, we pay a visit to the morning market to observe a bustling trading spectacle as well as a wide range of local specialties.

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. The tour continues with a visit to some not-to-be-missed attraction of Luang Prabang such as the former King’s palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. There, you will have a chance to learn more about Buddhism as well as unique architecture in Laos.

Later in the afternoon, we climb to the top of Mount Phousi to have access to the breathtaking sunset over Luang Prabang and its tranquil outskirts.

The balance of the day is free at your own pace before enjoying a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

After breakfast, the tour ensues with a scenic cruise on the Mekong River through idyllic scenery of Laos. We pay a visit to Pak Ou Caves, a mysterious temple houses thousands of Buddhist statues and hidden images surrounded by stunning limestone karsts.

Once done at the cave, we cruise back to Luang Prabang and make a relaxing stopover at the local villages of Ban Xang Khong and Bang Xang Hai, where you will be introduced 2 delicious rice wine in Laos.

The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Luang Prabang

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

The day starts by taking you to some idyllic villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, Ban Thepe, where you can interact with the friendly local people as well as observe their daily activities.

After that, we proceed to Kuang Si Waterfalls to swim and relax in the turquoise pools and join in various interesting games.

Once done at the waterfalls, we visit the Bear Rescue Center nearby before taking a trek along the forest trails.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, relax and stay overnight there. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

After breakfast, get done with the check out and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Pakse.

On arrival at Pakse airport, you will be greeted by our local guide. He will accompany you to your hotel in central town.

Check into your room and enjoy the balance of the day at your own pace.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

The day starts with a delicious breakfast at your hotel followed by a transfer to the Sinouk Coffee House at 9:30.

Upon arrival at the Coffee House, you’ll be transferred to a long-tail boat for a 2.5-hour cruise to Champassak to embark our vessel of Vat Phou.

Get done with the check in, enjoy set-menu lunch on board and relax for a while.

In the afternoon, the tour ensues towards Vat Phou, one of the most important and most beautiful temples in Laos, which sure guarantees you the chance to get an insight into architecture and history of this landlocked country.

We return to the cruise in the late afternoon and enjoy sunset as well as your favorite drinks on the sundeck. Dinner will be served on Vat Phou Cruise with many delicious local specialties.

Stay overnight on Vat Phou Cruise

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Vat Phou Cruise

Enjoy peaceful morning spectacles and the hearty breakfast on boat. Then we pay a visit to the idyllic village of Huei Thamo to approach the life of local people.

Return to the boat to relax and enjoy our set-menu lunch while Vat Phou Cruise slowly heads to Si Phan Don 4.000 Islands.

We pay a visit to another local village of Ban Deua Tia before reaching the largest island in 4.000 Islands – Don Khong.

Dinner will be served on boat. The balance of the day is free at your own pace before enjoying a comfortable overnight stay on Vat Phou Cruise

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Vat Phou Cruise

After breakfast, we cruise towards a small village of Ban Veuthong where we will transfer to a traditional boat to Khone Island.

The tour continues with a visit to the stunning waterfall of Khone Pha Pheng– the so-called ‘The Niagara of Indochina’. There, you will have a lot of photo and sightseeing opportunities.

Once done at the waterfall, you will be transferred to our vehicle to drive back to Pakse. Get done with the check-in hotel, freshen up and relax at your own leisure.

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

You are free to relax or go shopping before getting transferred to the airport for 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
Pakse Pakse Hotel Champasak Grand

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
Pakse
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Pakse Pakse Hotel
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Pakse Champasak Grand
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao
Pakse

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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