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Vietnam Laos Holiday Packages

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam

Price: From US$ 789/ person
Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
Tour Destination: Luang Prabang - Phonsavan - Sam Neua - Vieng Xai Caves - Na Meo - Mai Chau Valley - Hanoi

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam Highlights:

Until recently the north-east of Laos was pretty much inaccessible for all but the most resilient of travellers due to immigration problems, appalling roads and lack of accommodation. Things are slowly being improved and whilst you should still expect a bumpy ride at times, it's well worth the effort.
Start in Luang Prabang before heading east to the ‘Plain of Jars’, Sam Neua and the Vieng Xai Caves, a virtual city to 23,000 people during the ‘secret war’. Cross into Vietnam at Na Meo and journey into the stunning Mai Chau valley for some superb trekking and outdoor opportunities before completing your journey in culturally rich city of Hanoi. Then you can extend your trip to Halong Bay or Sapa.
We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam in brief:

Day 1:  arrive Luang Prabang
Day 2:  Luang Prabang, Walking Tour (B/)
Day 3:  Luang Prabang, Big Brother Mouse Village (B/)
Day 4:  Luang Prabang, Phonsavan (B/)
Day 5:  Phonsavan, Plain of Jars (B/)
Day 6:  Phonsavan, Hintang, Sam Neua (B/)
Day 7:  Sam Neua, Vieng Xai Caves (B/)
Day 8:  Sam Neua, Vietnam: Na Maew, Mai Chau Valley (B/)
Day 9:  Mai Chau Valley, Trek & Cycle (B/)
Day 10: Mai Chau Valley Cycle Tour, Hanoi (B/)
Day 11: Hanoi, City Tour (B/)

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam Accommodation:

We deeply understand that acommodation is one of the most very important for all our tour so we carefully inspect or pick hotels, cruises, homestays to match general international standards of three, four, five star hotels that must be clean, comfortable, nice room, good breakfast, helpful staffs, good lacation...
Here some our suggested hotel list for this trip, specially we can book other hotels, cruise as you requested.

• Luang Prabang:   Villa Chitdara Hotel ***
Central Laos:      Auberge Plaine des Jarres Hotel ***
Central Laos:      Sam Neua Hotel ***
Mai Chau:           Mai Chau Lodge ***
Hanoi:                Silk Path Hotel ****

Tour Meals:

One of most special highlight in Vietnam travel, you can taste local food in each regions that we will arrange all lunch or dinner in Vietnamese food, and If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Cruises Mekong River can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that for the home stay, the meal will be cook by the house owner and they are well-trained for hygiene as well as prepare for good recipes

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal note: are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Maily Buffet breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Cruises Mekong River suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the are

Tourguides: All Tourguides or Tour escorted are local people who take you to all destionations that meantions in program!

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese speaking tourguides as request

Qualifications : Exellent foreign languages, professional presentaion skills, knowledges, helpfully, friendly,expreriences.

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam Full Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang you will be met by your guide for the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and regularly voted as one of Asia's premier travel destinations. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan rivers.
In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi, rewarding climbers of its 328 steps with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang, a city where time has seemingly stood still, is also an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional Lao architecture with structures built by the European colonial authorities in more recent times. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: (_/_/_)

Day 2: Luang Prabang - Walking Tour


Luang Prabang34

 

An option (although we highly recommend it; in fact, we almost insist) for early-risers (05h30) is a very special dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents. Ask your guide for how best to join in if you wish to. Return to your hotel for breakfast, or enjoy a pastry and coffee at one of the many stalls already doing a roaring trade.
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of this stunning city. Your circuit begins at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, (closed on Tuesdays). Visit Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. During Pimai (the Lao New Year celebrations in April), the Prabang - normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum - is put on public display in this temple. You will then continue on to the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang (quite an accolade!) - Wat Xieng Thong.
Also visit Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. You will also visit Wat Aham, where you will find the altar of the 'two geniuses of Luang Prabang’ and Wat That, where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred inside the large central stupa.
In the afternoon visit the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which gives an insight into the ethnic and cultural mix of Laos. Continue to the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek. Our final stop of the day is a climb Mt Phousi, which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Big Brother Mouse Village

Today, few books are available in Laos and they rarely reach the rural villages and the children that need them most. Big Brother Mouse is a locally run project committed to changing this by publishing books that help to make it fun and easy to learn to read. One means of circulating these books is reliant upon visitors to help with their distribution.
Start the day with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the morning’s visit. Heading north out of Luang Prabang you’ll soon leave the paved roads en route to Ban Khia Luang village. Upon arrival there will be ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. There is also the opportunity to explore the rest of the village and the local temple.
A traditional lunch is prepared and served by the villagers before returning to Luang Prabang where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Phonsavan

Morning departure by car for Phonsavan in the province of Xieng Khuang. It is a long drive (approx 8 hours total) but you will pass through some stunning Lao mountain landscapes and there will be plenty of opportunities to break the journey. Upon arrival in Phonsavan transfer directly to your hotel.
Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 5: Phonsavan, Plain of Jars

Your guide and driver are at your disposal all day to explore Xieng Khuang Province. As well as exploring more of the Jar-sites, also include a visit to the MAG (Mine Advisory Group) centre in Phonsavan.
The remainder of the morning is dedicated to exploring the mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’. En route to the site you will visit villages of the H’mong minority people where you can learn about the communities and their way of life.
The impressive archaeological sites are covered with hundreds of mysterious jars, scattered across the surrounding plateau. The biggest jar measures over three meters in height and many are believed to be more than 2500 years old.
There will be plenty of time to explore the three main sites and, due to its remoteness the crowds are likely to be a little thin on the ground! Continue on to Muang Khoune, the old capital of Xieng Houang. This area was heavily bombed during the Indochina War and the more recent Vietnam War from across the border. Take time to visit former French settlements and the temple of Wat Phia Wat.
Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 6: Phonsavan - Hintang - Sam Neua

Today’s drive is long and in parts the roads are windy and slow. However the mountainous landscape is breathtaking and there are plenty of opportunities to break the journey at small villages and look-out points. You will also stop have the opportunity to stop at the village of Hintang where you will discover mysterious menhirs or standing stones. No one is quite sure who built them or why, one theory is that they mark burial sites.
Arriving in Sam Neua in the late afternoon, the remainder of your day is at leisure - Sam Neua is compact enough to wander around in an hour or so, and there are some interesting markets and restaurants to check out.
Overnight in Sam Neua.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 7: Sam Neua, Vieng Xai Caves


Hmong Maichau Mai chau overview Mai Chau village

 

Make a morning visit to the Vieng Xai Caves that provided shelter to up to 23,000 Laotians during nine years of aerial bombardment during the ‘secret war’. The caves have only recently become accessible to visitors and it is hoped that the opening of some of the 480 caves will help to bring investment into one of the poorest regions in all South-East Asia.
Having had time to explore the caves, and enjoy lunch by the beautiful lake in the centre of town, return to Sam Neua where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Sam Neua.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Day 8: Sam Neua, Vietnam: Na Maew, Mai Chau Valley

Morning transfer to the border point of Na Maew. Upon crossing into Vietnam, you will be met by your new guide and continue by roads to the spectacular Mai Chau Valley. During your time in and around Mai Chau there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy some light trekking or cycling, visit several minority tribe villages, explore caves, visit local schools or simply relax in one of the most picturesque regions in Vietnam. The programme is very flexible and your guide will be happy to discuss alternative activities if required.
In the evening, return to the extremely comfortable Mai Chai Lodge, where you can also enjoy some traditional dances performed by the local Thái tribe people.
Overnight in Mai Chau.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Crossing into Vietnam at Na Maew (Laos)/ Nam Xoi (Vietnam).

Day 9: Mai Chau Valley, Trek & Cycle

Today can be as active or as laid-back as you choose, with the option of staying close to the lodge and enjoying some short walks in the rice paddies, exploring the nearby Mo Luong (soldier) cave and relaxing around the swimming pool appealing to many.
For those that wish to make a little more of their day, it's an hours drive to a H'Mong Village where you can walk to nearby villages, speak with H'Mong people and enjoy a picnic lunch at a local home.
In the afternoon return to Mai Chau where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Mai Chau.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 10: Mai Chau Valley Cycle Tour, Hanoi

Once again your programme remains flexible although you will be departing for Hanoi in the early afternoon and therefore staying within in the vicinity of Mai Chau is advised. For many a gentle stroll to the Thái villages of Pom Coong and Lac will appeal.
After lunch, return to Hanoi where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation's capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam's capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Day 11: Hanoi, City Tour

Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, however we would recommend sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. For many the Temple of Literature is a highlight worth lingering over. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Of special note are the 82 remaining steles of stone shaped like turtles which are elaborately carved with the names of candidates that sat the Royal examinations. A walking tour through the Old Quarter will provide another fascinating insight into the character and history of the city, before moving on to Dong Xuan Market with its bustling stalls and brisk trading of day-to-day local goods.
After lunch, consider visiting the very popular Ethnology Museum or the central Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American POW's during the war. Alternatively your guide will be happy to discuss alternative places of interest that you may wish to consider.
In the evening we recommend staying in and around the Old Quarter where there is a large selection of excellent restaurants and cafes to choose from. There is also the amazing 'street-food' such as Pho to be found on every corner!
Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)
Additional tour ideas for Hanoi

Overland Tour Laos To Vietnam Price & Inclusions:

Tour Price:

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date or spcial requests. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Tour Inclusions:

•    Private tour
•    Private transportation as indicated in program
•    Double room at hotels in places as indicated in program
•    Meals as indicated in program (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
•    All admission cost at places mentioned in itinerary
•    English speaking tour guide
•    Boat trip at places.

Tour Exclusions:
•    Other meals and drinks/ personal expenses
•    International air fares/ airport taxes
•    Visa to Cambodia & Laos & Vietnam.

 
 
 
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