Vietnam - Lao Adventure 17 Days from Hanoi to Vientiane
Tour code: VL0151
Type of tour: Private tour
Duration: 17 Days 16 Nights
Route: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Mai Chau - Xam Nua - Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang - Tad Sae Waterfall - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Wat Sisaket - Vientiane
Overview: Enjoy “Vietnam - Lao Adventure 17 Days”, you will have an opportunity to experience different kinds of activities to discover charm and excitement of Vietnam & Lao in this comprehensive long tour. Stroll around bustling Hanoi; experience on overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, prepare yourself moderately active to enjoy cycli trekking along the mountainous area of northern Vietnam – Mai Chau; immerse in the Plain of Jars, where we will see some hundreds of stone jar of different sizes laying on the fields
HANOI - HA LONG - MAI CHAU - XAM NUA - LUANG PRABANG -
TAD SAE WATERFALL - VANG VIENG - KHMU VILLAGE - VIENTIANE - WAT SISAKET
( 17 Days 16 Nights )
What make this tour so special:
- Hanoi orientation
- Sightseeing Halong Bay
- Exploring Black H'mong and White Thai minority people
- Walking on jungle
- Sightseeing at Mai Chau valley
- Luang Prabang orientation
- Visiting Elephant Camp
- Discovering the nature beauty of Vang Vieng
- Sightseeing Vientiane
- Visiting Buddha museum
- Exploring Pathu Xay or Victory Gate
- Day 1 : Hanoi
- Day 2 : Hanoi
- Day 3 : Hanoi - Halong Bay
- Day 4 : Halong Bay
- Day 5 : Halong Bay - Hanoi
- Day 6 : Hanoi - Mai Chau
- Day 7 : Mai Chau
- Day 8 : Mai Chau - Xam Nua
- Day 9 : Xam Nua - Xieng Khouang
- Day 10 : Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang
- Day 11 : Luang Prabang
- Day 12 : Luang Prabang - Tad Sae Waterfall
- Day 13 : Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
- Day 14 : Vang Vieng - Khmu village
- Day 15 : Vang Vieng - Vientiane
- Day 16 : Vientiane - Wat Sisaket
- Day 17 : Vientiane
Day 01 : Hanoi
Hanoi Arrive in Noi Bai Airport. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to our hotel in downtown Hanoi. Welcome drink and tour briefing in the afternoon (If you come in the afternoon, the tour briefing will be done at dinner time). In the evening, enjoy a special Water Puppet show and have welcome dinner with local delights. Overnight Hanoi.
Day 02 : Hanoi
"Cyclo" is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front.
Day 03 : Hanoi - Halong Bay
Hanoi - Halong Bay Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. On the way we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft centre. Upon arrival in Halong City we board a wooden boat for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Thien Cung Cave. After a short exploration of the cave we start our kayaking time paddling through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach Luon Cave, which is a tunnel thrusting through a mountain. Paddling through the tunnel to explore a beautiful secluded lagoon. We will meet the mortherboat, a junk in Chinese style, in front of the cave. Aboard the junk for dinner and overnight on the junk.
Day 04 : Halong Bay
Halong Bay After breakfast we start paddling to Van Chai Floating village and then continue paddling to Dark Cave.Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. After lunch we paddle to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon, along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel, to explore its beautiful beaches. Continue paddling to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Halong bay but much more interesting with lots of secluded beaches. Cruise back to Halong Bay for dinner and overnight on motherboat
Day 05 : Halong Bay - Hanoi
Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast on the junk and enjoy the sundeck of the junk while she navigates amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back to Halong City. Lunch on the junk before reach Halong Harbor for a drive back to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi we will have a stop in Dong Trieu Town for refreshment and visiting to a ceramic factory. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 06 : Hanoi - Mai Chau
Hanoi - Mai Chau Pick up at your hotel at and leave Hanoi for Mai Chau, the beautiful gate way to the mountainous area of northern Vietnam. On the way we will have a short stop for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau we will pick up our local guide and continue driving to Xa Linh Village, where we will have our lunch in a H'mong house before setting off on a beautiful trekking in the afternoon. After lunch we will begin our trek on the village's road and then walk on dirt path used by the locals. After 40nims we will reach Tra Day Village, home to a small community of Black H'mong minority people. From the Tra Day village we trek on rocky path to Hang Kia, a small and scenic village which is home to a group of Flower H'mong minority people. Tonight we will stay overnight with a H'mong family
Day 07 : Mai Chau
Mai Chau After breakfast in the house we will say goodbye to the family and begin an exciting trekking day. Right after the village we will walk on jungle trail for one hour. The trail could be a bit wet due to the dense trees that keep sunlight away. After that we descend the hill passing farm and terraces. The scenery is stunning with mountains, terraces and expansive valley. During the trek we will some breaks for snack, rest, and photographing. After crossing a small river we reach a village of White Thai minority group, where we have lunch in a local house. After lunch, you may wish to have a short nap in the house. In the remainder of the day we will walk on village road to reach Buoc Village, a beautiful village of White Thai minority people. The road runs zigzag along the valley and through lots of scenic village. Tonight we will have dinner and stay overnight with a Thai family.
Day 08 : Mai Chau - Xam Nua
Mai Chau - Xam Nua After breakfast we say goodbye to the hosts and take a short walk to the pick-up point where we start driving west to Laos. Lunch on the way before arriving at the border. Crossing the border we will meet our Laotian guide and will be transferred to Vieng Xai to visit some big caves, which were used as bomb shelter for Lao Army leaders during American War. Continue to Xam Nua, where we spend the night in a small hotel. Overnight in Xam Nua.
Day 9 : Xam Nua - Xieng Khouang
Xam Nua - Xieng Khouang This morning we head to Xieng Khouang, the capital of Phonsavan Province. The drive is long(6 hrs) but interesting as we drive through a mountainous area with stunning mountains, dense forest, winding rivers and rice terraces. Lunch will be in small local restaurant en route. Upon arrival in Xieng Khouang, we check in hotel and relax until dinner. If there is time, we can take a stroll around the town. Overnight in Xieng Khouang.
Day 10 : Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang
Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang After breakfast in hotel we take a short drive to the Plain of Jars, where we will see some hundreds of stone jar of different sizes laying on the fields. These stone jars date back from some thousand year ago and no one know what they were made for. From here we drive further west to Luong Prabang. Lunch will be served in local restaurant en route. We will arrive in Luang Prabang in the afternoon. After hotel check-in we can walk to the evening market. Overnight in Luong Prabang.
Day 11 : Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang Luang Prabang is a charming ancient town, which was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thank to its outstanding historical and cultural value. Today we take our time to explore some of most important monasteries in town and the royal palace as well as the museum. A special afternoon tour brings us to some more remote places and markets. We learn about the history of Luang Phabang as well as about the kings family and their former life. Overnight in Luong Prabang.
Day 12 : Luang Prabang - Tad Sae Waterfall
Luang Prabang - Tad Sae Waterfall Leave the town after breakfast we will proceed to the Elephant Camp about 15 km out of town and in the middle of a green surrounding. After crossing the small river we will be introduced to asian elephants and go out for a scenic ride. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 1,5 hr ride. Make our way through forests and along the Nam Khan river up to the waterfalls of Tad Sae. (in dry season we ride a village trail) After a visit and lunch break we will be instructed for the soft 4-hr kayaking back into town. Some easy rapids are along the way down to Luang Phabang and of course wonderful nature and great views. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 13 : Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng Another day through mountains and valleys and down to the small town of Vang Vieng which welcomes us with amazing limestone mountains laying along Song River and great outdoor activities. Lunch will be in local restaurant en route. Arrive in Vang Vieng in the afternoon. After hotel check-in we can take a stroll around the town or take a swim in Song River. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 14 : Vang Vieng - Khmu village
Vang Vieng - Khmu village Today we discover the nature beauty of Vang Vieng. We will be transferred shortly to the Khmu village of Viengsamay about 10 km north of Vang Vieng. From here we paddle down stream the Song River. On the way we stop to explore some stunning caves, take a short trek and visit to the Organic Farm, where mulberry tea and a variety of fruit wines are produced. Back to Vang Vieng Town. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 15 : Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Vang Vieng - Vientiane A short transfer brings us into the capital of Laos, Vientiane. Still a small town it is the centre of politics and education. Many temples and monasteries invite for sightseeing as well as the national monument. In the afternoon we have free time to explore the town or just hang out on the bank of the magic Mekong which lies right in front of the city. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 16 : Vientiane - Wat Sisaket
Vientiane - Wat Sisaket The city tour of Vientiane shows us the most exciting and interesting sights of this small and charming capital. Our sightseeing start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the Buddha museum where more than ten thousand Buddha statues in the niches can be seen. Continue to Pathu Xay or Victory Gate ( Arc de Triumph ) was first built in1958 . Moving on to That Luang, the national symbol and recognized throughout the world. This biggest stupa is also a gathering place for national Buddhism ceremony.
Overnight in Vientiane. After lunch in local restaurant we drive to Centre Market and have free time to shop around or get back to hotel.
Day 17 : Vientiane
Vientiane. Relax until we are transferred to airport for flight home. Trip concludes
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Private car/mini van with A/C
Boat trip on Ha Long bay
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English/ French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
All meals as per program
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- International airfare to/ from Vietnam & International airport tax in Vietnam
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