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Classic Vietnam and Laos
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: from 930 US$ per person
  • Highlights: Visit Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - My Son Holy Land - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay with an overnight stay on-board a traditional wooden junk - Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Falls - Pak Ou Caves - Ban Chan.

    Departure date: On your request.
    Start from:          Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Finish at: Luang Prabang, Laos.

    This 15 day tour can be reversed starting either from Hanoi, Vietnam or Vientiane or Luang Prabang, Laos. Tour prices are subject to change depending on the flight schedule.


    ITINERARY

     

    DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL


    Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) you will be picked up and transferred by private car through the city to your hotel for check-in (hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in). The buzzing southern city, formerly known as Saigon, is a tantalizing mix of old and new. Free and easy.

    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
     

     

    DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS AND HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B, L, -)
     


    You will be picked up from your hotel lobby and depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08h00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.
    Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47's on display.

    Journey back to Ho Chi Minh City around noon and have lunch at a local restaurant.
    After lunch embark on a half day tour of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and 'American' wars.
     

    Finish the day with visit to Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale. Return to your hotel where the full day explorer ends. You will have dinner on your own.
    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

    DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA, CAI BE FLOATING MARKET  (B, L, -)

     

    This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.  The local traditional wooden boats, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination.

    On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.  Immerse yourself in a world of lush vegetation from the Mekong Delta as you pick through the fascinating and lively market, watching buyers bargaining for produce.

    After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Tan Phong Island. Next, take a rowing boat along the maze of shady canals. Head for a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits, and visit artisan workshops to see the handicraft producers of the village at work.
    Break for lunch at an orchard garden. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Afterwards, you will ride bicycles to villages, sightseeing and soaking up the rural ambiance or enjoy cooking class. If you prefer to relax, you can laze in a hammock.

    Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Arrive at your hotel around 17h30. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.


    DAY 4: HO CHI MINH CITY - FLIGHT TO DANANG - HOI AN (B, L, -)
     


    After breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years.

    Have lunch then take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. Hoi An is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday.
    Around the town we can see a numerous art galleries and tailor shops, get some made-to-order clothes if you like. Return to your hotel.
    Stay overnight in Hoi An.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

     
    DAY 5: HOI AN - MY SON HOLY LAND - HOI AN (B, L, -)

     

    08h30 You will be picked up for 50km drive from Hoi An to visit My Son Holy Land. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area. 
    10h30 Enjoy traditional music show (30 minute duration) then return to Hoi An for lunch after a relaxing break.
    The afternoon is left free to relax by the pool or on the sandy beach or wander the streets and discover Hoi An (Cua Dai beach is 3km far from Hoi An town). Many activities available such as swimming at the beach, walking, cycling… are surely make your stay here an unforgettable holiday.
    Stay overnight in Hoi An.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     


    DAY 6: HOI AN - HUE - HALF CITY TOUR (B, L, -)


    Following breakfast leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Its mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today. 

    Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.


    In Hue visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. 
    After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. On the pagoda grounds is the famous Austin car a resident monk drove to Saigon in 1963 to protest against the southern regime. The photo of his self immortalization is one of the most well known images of the war. Finish the day with a boat trip on Perfume River to see fishing village and sampan on the way back to Hue center.

    Stay overnight in Hue.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     


    DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR - FLIGHT TO HANOI (B, L, -)



    Start your day with a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see it’s abundance of fresh produce. After exploring the market take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in summer. There are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. 

    Back to your hotel for check-out. Lunch in local restaurant with local delights.
     

    After lunch depart for the rural area of Hue, passing scenic villages and green rice fields to reach Emperor Minh Mang Tomb, one of the most beautiful Emperor’s tombs in Hue. The tomb is particularly impressive being extravagant complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards, and lakes. Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

    From here transfer 30-minutes to Hue Airport for 1hr10min flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in. Free and easy.

    Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

     

    DAY 8: HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L, -)

     

    08h30 You will be picked up from your hotel lobby and depart for the city tour with visit to the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam's most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov) and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.
    Continue your visit to the Taoist Temple (Quan Thanh Temple) which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism or visit Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, was built in the sixth century (means “Stabilizing the Nation”). Lunch will be had in one of the city's finest restaurants.

    After lunch visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam's past.

    Next we go to visit Hanoi Old Quarter also known as the '36 streets'. Take a walking tour around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore life-style of Hanoians, culture or architecture with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.
    Return to your hotel where the full day trip ends.
    Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

     
    DAY 9:
    HANOI - HALONG BAY, THE WORLD HERITAGE - OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B, L, D)

     


    Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself.

    In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations.  Dinner is served on board.

    Stay overnight on board.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner on board.


    DAY 10: HA LONG BAY - HANOI (B, L, -)

     

     

    Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.

     

    On your return to Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat wends through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.

    16h30 Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends at your hotel around 17h00.

    Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast and Lunch on board.

     

    DAY 11: HANOI - FLIGHT TO VIENTIANE, LAOS (B)

     

     

    Have this morning at leisure for last minute shopping or sighseeing on your own until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for 1hr10min flight to Vientiane, a fascinating capital of Laos with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. This charming and easy going city will provide a smooth introduction to Laos. Arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
    Stay overnight in  Vientiane.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel.

     
     

    DAY 12: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR - FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG (B)
     

     
    After breakfast this morning, explore the major sights of the Vientiane capital including the oldest temlpe Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.

    Then, continue your tour with a visit to the Patuxay Monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, visit Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.

    In the afternoon visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. Pass by the major shopping area and the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques.

    Transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City of Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel.

     
     

    DAY 13: LUANG PRABANG - BIG BROTHER MOUSE - BAN KHIA LUANG - PAK OU CAVES (B)

     

     

    Start your day with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit then head north by car along route 13 before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. Here you will visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoying their new books. Continue to explore the rest of the village, where you can see local people weaving and visit the local temple. 

    Stop for lunch at the village (at your own expense), which can be either a western picnic lunch, or traditional Laos food such as sticky rice, lap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.

    After lunch and a relaxing break leave to Ban Khoklin passing through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. On arrival board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minute cruise to visit Pak Ou Caves. Upon reaching Pak Ou, disembark to explore the caves. Here you will see thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimetres tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.

    Cruise down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.


    DAY 14: LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI FALLS - BAN CHAN (B)

     

     
    Following breakfast we cross the Mekong River by boat to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. Then visit the morning Phousi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for traditional crafts, and you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay - a H'mong village, Ban Ou - a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene - a Khmu village.
     

    Journey on driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.


    DAY 15: LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE (B)


    The day free at leisure for last minute shopping or sighseeing on your own until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel.

    The tour ends.

     

    TOUR PRICES:

    Hotel Category 2013 Price per person in US$ in party of:
    02 03 04-06 07-10 11-15
    Standard Class

    1395 US$

    1229 US$ 1177 US$ 1005 US$ 930 US$
    Superior Class 1625 US$ 1456 US$ 1404 US$ 1232 US$ 1158 US$
    Deluxe Class 1911 US$ 1742 US$ 1689 US$ 1516 US$ 1442 US$
    Luxury Class 2126 US$ 1957 US$ 1903 US$ 1807 US$ 1657 US$

     

    INCLUDES:
    - Full transportation by private air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated (shared bus of 2 day Halong tour).
    - Entrance fees to indicated sights.
    - Boat trips as stated in above sights (shared boat of 2 day Halong tour).
    - Airticket of flight Vientiane - Luang Prabang.
    - All excursion trips and activities as tour program indicated.
    - Local English-speaking guides (for other languages supplements apply).
    - Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    - Accommodation in shared twin or double bedded room.
    - Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
    - The written approval letter for a Vietnamese visa on arrival (single entry).


    EXCLUDES:
    - Visa stamping fee on arrival (in Vietnam: 45 US$ per person; in Laos: 25 US$ per person).
    - All air tickets not mentioned in the program and above quotation.
    - Optional tours.
    - Surcharges for other language guides.
    - Personal travel insurance.
    - Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc…
    - Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
    - Drinks with meals.
    - Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.


    HOTELS IN USE:
    The following listed Hotels will be used according to the confirmed travel plan. When the confirmed hotels are not available, Viet Highlights Travel can replace the hotels with the same standard upon your agreement.

    Hotel Category Standard Class Superior Class Deluxe Class Luxury Class
    HO CHI MINH Beautiful Saigon Hotel Blue Diamond Hotel
    or Bong Sen Hotel
    Grand Hotel
    or Royal Hotel Saigon
    New World Hotel
    or Majestic Hotel
    HOI AN
    Vinh Hung 3 Hotel Vinh Hung
    Emerald Resort
    Vinh Hung
    Riverside Resort
    Sunrise Resort
    or Palm Garden
    HUE Holiday Diamond Hotel Park View Hotelor
    Huong Giang Hotel

    Imperial Hotelor
    Saigon Mornin Hotel

    La Rsidence Hotel
    HANOI Hanoi View Hotel Church Boutique Hotel Flower Garden Hotel
    or Silk Path Hotel
    Sheraton Hotel
    or Melia Hotel
    HALONG V'Spirit Cruise Phoenix Cruise Victory Cruise Bhaya Cruise
    VIENTIANE Inter Hotel Novotel Hotel Lao Plaza Hotel Green Park Hotel
    LUANG PRABANG Manoluck Hotel Villa Santi Resort The Grand Luang Prabang Villa Maly

     

    NOTE:
    - Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
    - For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
    - The prices above are based on two persons sharing one room. If you prefer a single room on your own, please pay single room supplement as follows:
     

    Hotel Category Price per person in US dollars for 14 night stay
    Standard Class 291 US$
    Superior Class 505 US$
    Deluxe Class 769 US$
    Luxury Class 1005 US$

     

    - Flights of Ho Chi Minh - Danang, Hue - Hanoi, Hanoi - Vientiane at extra cost US$ per person/ 3 routes on request (subject to availability at the time of final confirmation).
    - This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need or a mix of private and group tours to minimize the cost. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
    - Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
    - Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
    - Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

     

    NOTE:
    - Child definition: from age of 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 10 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
    - All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations.
    - Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Viet HighlightsTravel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
    - Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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