Discover most highlights of Vietnam & Laos, from south of Vietnam along the coastline up to the north and then the lay-back neighboring country of Laos. This 18 days tour will bring you to many different experiences of ambient backstreets, haggling at her most fascinating markets or savoring local delicacies at any one of the local hawkers.
 

Tour Code: VTLA 01
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels – Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Duration: 18 Days/ 17 Nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/ End: Ho Chi Minh City/ Luang Prabang
Tour Type: Landscape, Nature, Folk Arts and Culture
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Vietnam Laos Tours

BRIEF ITINERARY

Vietnam Itinerary 14 Days
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Day 2: Saigon City Tour
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long & Can Tho)
Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon
Day 5: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Day 6: Saigon Free Day
Day 7: Saigon – Fly to Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary
Day 10: Hoi An – Hue
Day 11: Hue City Tour
Day 12: Hue – Fly to Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Laos Itinerary 4 Days
Day 15: Hanoi – Vientiane
Day 16: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Day 17: Luang Prabang
Day 18: Luang Prabang

 
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Vietnam Itinerary 14 Days

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)

Today, you have a full day to explore the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City including Notre Dame cathedral, General Post Office, Former Presidential Palace, Museum of War Remnants. After lunch, head to the center of China town to visit Buu Long Pagoda, Thien Hau Temple, and Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

war plane at saigon war remnant museum

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long & Can Tho) (B, L)

This morning, leave the city for the Mekong Delta. Arrive at Cai Be town, where is well known for its floating market. Take our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways and canals, visit some cottage industries, and stop at a lovely Bonsai garden for a fabulous lunch. Continue our exploration toward the township of Vinh Long where your awaiting vehicle will take us to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

pottery village in vinh long vietnam

Day 4: Mekong Delta (Can Tho) – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

After breakfast, start your trip with a boat cruise to the famous Cai Rang floating market. Visiting this floating market will let you see hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostles for trade. You can visit the lush orchards and are treated to delicious tropical fruits. In the afternoon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight.

enjoy coconut juice at cai be floating market

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh (B, L)

Following your breakfast, head to the legendary Cu Chi tunnels. After that, continue to go to Tay Ninh for visiting the most attractive temple in the south of Vietnam, the holy see of the Cao Dai religious sect. The religion is a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity, with a bit of Islam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

cao dai temple in tay ninh province

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City Free Day (B)

Today, you will have a day at leisure to enjoy shopping, etc. in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Danang – Hoi An (B)

After breakfast, catch a morning flight to Danang. Your local tour guide will welcome upon arrival and escort to Hoi An. On the way,  visit the Cham museum in Danang where fine artifacts of Cham people are displayed. You can also visit Danang beach before heading to Hoi An town. Overnight in Hoi An.

an artifact in cham museum danang

Day 8: Hoi An Walking Tour (B)

After breakfast, take a morning walking tour of the winding streets of the Old Town, visit Fu Kien Assembly Hall, the 200-year-old Tan Ky house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Museum, and the handicrafts workshops. Overnight in Hoi An

fu kien assembly hall in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (B, L)

In the morning, travel to the Holy Land of My Son which was a former Capital of the Ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam. Balance of the day will be at our leisure to do our endless shopping in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

the sanctuary of my son in quang nam

Day 10: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Today, embark on your northern journey to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. You can stop on the spectacular Hai Van Pass to behold the spectacular sceneries. In the afternoon, You are free to explore Hue City, interact with local people and taste traditional mouth-watering foods. Overnight in Hue.

hai van pass in danang vietnam

Day 11: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Spend a full day exploring cultural and historical sites, you will be transferred to the Citadel for visiting Imperial Purple city, followed by a boat cruise on the Perfume River to visit the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. Also worth visiting are the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. In the afternoon, take a visit to the famous Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.

the gate at minh mang tomb

Day 12: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B)

Today, catch a domestic flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be transferred to your hotel. After check-in and repose, your city tour starts with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. After lunch, continue with the visit to Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight, enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

water puppet show at thang long theater in hanoi

Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

In the morning, leave Hanoi then depart for Halong Bay. The journey takes us through the lush green fields of the Red River Delta to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay whose name means “an Ascending Dragon”. You will arrive in time for a delicious, fresh, seafood lunch on your junk which will cruise this secluded bay so you can marvel at some of the 2-3000 limestone peaks that emerge from the emerald water.

overview of halong bay

Later you have the opportunity to view a spectacular cave crammed with stalactites and stalagmites, and, weather permitting, to swim in the clear waters surrounding our boat. You can also kayak to explore some of the hidden charms in part of the bay before spending the night on board.

Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Wake up early this morning to hear the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. You will have breakfast as the sunrise before further exploration of Halong Bay by junk and to the lagoons by rowboat. Then visit Luon caves, floating villages, sail to explore the bay and have another fresh seafood lunch on board before approaching Halong wharf. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi

luon cave the must-visit destination in halong bay

Laos Itinerary 4 Days

Day 15: Hanoi – Vientiane (B, D)

Farewell Hanoi then transfer to the airport to take a flight to Laos. Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be transferred to the hotel. This afternoon there will be a tour of Vientiane. your tour includes the major temples of Vat Sisaket, Vat Phrakeo and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country’s most important monument. You will also see the Arch of Triumph, the National Museum, and the main market. Overnight in Vientiane.

vientiane patuxay monument

Day 16: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

In the morning, transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is best known for its beautiful scenery and high numbers of Ancient Temples. This former Royal Capital has a rich variety of architecture, from the old facades of French colonial homes to the glittering temple rooftops.

buddha statues at phousi hill

Then embark on a tour of this enthralling town visiting Vat Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery. Dating back to the 16th century this splendid temple is considered to be the finest in Laos. Next, visit the fine temples of Vat May, Vat Vixoun and Vat That Luang. Later in the day, go up to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the excellent views of the town and a great sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 17: Luang Prabang (B)

Today, take a trip to the Royal Palace Museum. The palace built-in 1904 is relatively new by Luang Prabang standards and is a mix of traditional Laos and colonial French design. Afterward, visit the morning market and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. The rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at in Luang Prabang.

traditional weaving at ban phnom village

Day 18: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Today, enjoy your free time before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Trip concludes.

What’s Included?

  • Local speaking English tour guide/s (Other languages upon requests)
  • All accommodations with daily breakfast
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • A/C transfers & transport by private coaches, with a reasonable supply of drinking water
  • Boat cruising in Halong, in Hue and in Mekong Delta
  • Domestic airfares with departure tax: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang, Danang – Hanoi
  • International airfares with departure tax inside Vietnam: Hanoi – Vientiane; Vientiane – Luang Prabang
  • Entrance fees to the sightseeing indicated

What’s Excluded?

  • Other meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Other expenses not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and Beverages

Notes: We choose only centrally located hotels with Western standard service & breakfast. However, we can also arrange good location and clean local hotel with lower prices. Please inquiry for details