- Private trip and 100% tailor-made
- Discover the most beautiful sites in Vietnam and Laos
- Contemplate the beauty of nature and landscapes
- Discovery of Vietnamese and Laos culture, tradition and way of life
- Warm encounter with local populations
- Discovery of historical, cultural and spiritual remains, and beauty of Luang Prabang, Vientiane
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The spirit of travel
A trip to North Vietnam and Laos rich in colors during which you contemplate the splendid mountainous regions of North Vietnam and Laos, a magnificent stay with excellent memories: discovery of an ethnic mosaic, culture, tradition, colors, flavors and scents… and have the better understanding of the way of life and the ancestral customs of the inhabitants…
Program in brief:
Day 1: Vientiane – Arrival
Day 2: Vientiane – City discovery
Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (by flight)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – City discovery
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuang Si waterfall
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (by flight)
Day 7: Hanoi – city discovery
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh city (by flight)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – departure
Day 01: Vientiane – Arrival
Upon arrival in Vientiane,our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in.
Vientiane - the Lao capital Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.
After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure getting acquainted with the city.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 02: Vientiane – City discovery (B)
Spend this pleasant day exploring some of Vientiane‘s highlight. We visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane. This beautiful structure features remarkable frescoes and cloister wall where are laying almost 7,000 Buddha statues in all sizes. Nearby is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
We continue visiting the Patouxai, a version of own Arc de Triomphe. This imposing structure stands in Lane Xang Avenue and provides a beautiful view over the town center. The current national symbol of Laos That Luang Stupa which is the most venerable Buddhist monument. The golden stupa of this structure was built in Laos style but influenced by Buddhist beliefs
We follow it with a walk around the vibrant Morning Market, a flagship shopping destination in Vientiane. The market interior is crammed with shopping malls that sell everything from medicinal herbs, electronics equipment, silver jewelry, hand make silks to everyday sundries.
Finish the day by enjoying a walk along the Mekong riverbank, a good place to enjoy drinks and explore the authentic local way of life.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 03: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your free time at leisure before being transferred to the airport for the onward flight.
Upon arrival to Luang Prabang, our guide and driver will be waiting and take you to the hotel for check in.
Luang Prabang 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 Laos.
Free time after checking in hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 04: Luang Prabang - City discovery (B)
Today, we spend a full day exploring the key highlights that make the elegant tranquility of the charming town of Luang Prabang. Visit the Royal Palace featuring the combination of the French beaux-arts styles and traditional Laos architecture. The palace is now turned to a National Museum (close every Tuesday) boating the precious collections of the Royal artifacts. Drive or enjoy a leisurely walk on through the peaceful tree-lined streets to admire some of Luang Prabang’s famous temples including Wat Xieng Thong, a great masterpiece of mosaics and carved wood featuring traditional Lao style; Wat Vitsoun, the most ancient temple of Luang Prabang, was built with simple architecture and housed the Prabang Buddhas ancient statues and steles.
In the afternoon, visit Wat Mai, one of the town's most sumptuous monasteries, famed for its classic Laos architectural style. Climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and admire the panoramic sunset view of the Mekong and Khan rivers as well as the mountain range. At the end of the day, opt to stroll around the Street Night Bazaar where you can find the various handicraft collections. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 05: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuang Si waterfall (B)
This morning, get onboard a traditional long-tail boat to discover the famous Pak Ou Caves. Sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers, these twin caves are carved into the surrounding limestone cliffs, filled with hundreds of ancient Buddha images and statues.
Upon arrival, start exploring the magical cave systems: the lower cave houses a photogenic group of Buddha statues, silhouetted against the stunning riverine backdrop, the upper cave is a 7-minute climb up steps surrounded by lush trees. You will notice Buddhas in every position, every era of life, and every size line the cave walls and understand a sacred religious practice that depicts the devotion and commitment of Laotian to Buddhism.
This afternoon, enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive south of Luang Prabang, to visit the Kuang Si waterfall, one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights with a multi-tiered cascade of pale turquoise blue water flowing from the thick jungle above into perfectly sculpted limestone pools below. Follow the unpaved trail as it gradually climbs through the forest to reach different levels of natural blue pools, some are shallow and one central pool has a rope swing.
Take a leisurely hike through the natural park past the Asian Bear Rescue Center, housing 23 Asiatic Bears that were rescued from poachers
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Fly to Hanoi (B)
Have breakfast and enjoy the morning free at leisure until transport is provided to the airport for flight to Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to hotel.
Check in hotel and enjoy your free time.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 07: Hanoi - City discovery (B)
Today, we start our exploration of Ha Noi, seeing the most notable landmark of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Mon. and Fri. and Oct. to Nov). This imposing marble and granite monument was built towards Ba Dinh Square. We follow the footpath to the One Pillar Pagoda rising from the center of a square lotus pond, ascending on a single pillar and resembling a blossoming lotus flower.
The next place will be the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Hoa Lo Prison which was once known as “Ha Noi Hilton”
We continue the trip to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university, constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past.
After that, visit Ha Noi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and 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 with plenty of photo opportunities.
The final touch of the day is a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 08: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with thousands of spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Upon arrival, welcome aboard. Enjoy a welcome drink before check-in your cabin. While the boat is passing many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, a tasty lunch will be served on board with fresh seafood. Relax on the sundeck. Later on, the boat moves to a quiet area to dock for overnight stay. Lunch and dinner with Vietnamese food is served on board.
Overnight stay on board.
Note: The itinerary of boat in Ha Long may change without prior notice depending on situation.
Day 09: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B/Brunch)
The boat cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Breakfast or brunch is served while the boat then continues cruising towards the wharf.
After disembarkation, travel back to Ha Noi city then transfer to Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Upon arrival, you are met by our driver and taken to the hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu chi tunnel (B)
After breakfast, we depart to Cu Chi Tunnel and discover a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern districts. You will have a chance to get a feel of the underground life and learn a little more about the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return to the hotel in the early afternoon and have a short break.
We then enjoy the afternoon tour visiting the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later, of the President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Sai Gon on Apr 30, 1975.Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.
Finish of the day will be the visit to the retail Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L)
After breakfast, drive south of the city to the Mekong Delta, a remarkable agricultural area referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.
On arrival in Ben Tre province, we board a private boat to explore the Mekong Delta. Cruise among the river islands which have whimsical names such as Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. We make some stops at local houses to taste seasonal fruits, listen to traditional music performed by a villager ensemble, and sample honey tea. The interlaced canals are truly a lifeblood of the Mekong Delta; however, many channels can be accessed only by small boats.
We enjoy a short sampan trip rowing under the palm grove to venture into this maze of canals before we continue our motorboat to the coconut kingdom of Ben Tre. We will either take a horse cart or motorbike pulling cart to discover the traditional lifestyles, culture, and history of local people and visit some industry cottages. They may be brick-kiln ceramics, coconut candy and coconut handicrafts, etc.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy your free time.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - departure trip (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to rest or to make a personal discovery of the city as well as to make your last purchases until the transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the departure flight.
List of our hotels:
The hotels offered by Horizon Vietnam Travel are classified from 02 to 05 stars at the international standard, and comfortable with all the required services.
+ Standard Category: 2 stars. The rooms are correct, clean, and equipped with a bathroom, satellite television, and air conditioning.
+ Superior category 3 stars. The rooms are generally spacious, and the services and facilities are more numerous.
+ First class category: 4 stars. The rooms are luxurious and spacious and have a wide choice of quality services.
+ Deluxe Category: 4-5 stars. Hotels are of excellent comfort and have a wide range of excellent services. (swimming pool, spa, jacuzzi…).
+ On the other hand, we have developed fair tourism, through contact with the local population, the possibility of sleeping with the locals and sharing their daily life. The conditions of these accommodations that we offer you are well insured and with the best possible conditions.
Our services include:
- Private transportation with air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in the planned hotels or similar in the program with daily breakfast as mentioned
- Meals are provided in local restaurants of typical Vietnamese cuisine (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner included)
- The English-speaking guide for each city.
- All entry fees to tourist sites
- All the permission to enter the tourist areas
- Boat tours as described in the program
- 02 bottles of mineral water of 0,5 (l)/person/day
- Other services as mentioned in the program (bicycle, boat trip, etc...)
- All fees for all other services as clearly described in the program above.
Our services exclude:
- Airfare on all domestic and international flights (quote separately)
- Drinks and surcharge for special requests on foods and meals
- Entrance fees, guide service during free time & other personal expenses
- Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
- Surcharge for other language-speaking tour guides (upon request)
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa stamping fees
- All other services are not stated in the program.
Horizon Vietnam Travel gives you an estimated price per person on our website for the group of six people in low season with standard 2 and 3-star hotels.
The price of this trip varies according to the services chosen (category of accommodation, activities during the trip,...), the tourist seasonality of the year (Christmas and end of year holiday, Lunar New Year holiday in Vietnam), the booking delays and especially the number of participants of your group you wish to travel with.
Please note that Horizon Vietnam Travel only organizes private "tailor-made" trips for groups from 2 persons. We generally propose an offer including all the services on the spot from your arrival until your departure.
Depending on your wishes and your budget, this tour can be adapted and modified in terms of duration, content and departure date.
HORIZON VIETNAM TRAVEL calculates its prices as closely as possible in order to guarantee you the best price/quality ratio.
Our advice: the earlier you book, the better your chances of getting good rates, especially for air services, think about it!
Note: The price of international flights is not included in this estimate.
Please note that this tour is only a first draft and you can also customize it according to your wishes. We remain at your disposal to build your trip perfectly to your expectations and your budget
To obtain a detailed and personalized estimate, please contact us to request an estimate.