Highlights of Vietnam & Laos

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Overview

The northern reaches of both Vietnam and Laos are famous their long-standing beauty. Discover two countries blessed with gorgeous jungle, stunning waterfalls and mysterious caves on the Vietnam and Laos 8 Days tour.

From the proud capital of Hanoi and its many historical sites, we head to two of Vietnam’s most striking examples of karst mountain landscape in Ninh Binh and Halong Bay. We explore the beauty of the humble agricultural traditions that persist to this day at Tam Coc, as well as relaxing into an overnight cruise in one of the wonders of the ancient world.

The Vietnam and Laos 8 Days tour continues in Laos, a gorgeous country bedecked with thick vegetation and containing a strong religious heartbeat. We will see how nature and Buddhism interact around Luang Prabang, at the Pak Ou Caves, Kuang Si Waterfalls and on a cruise of the evocative Mekong River. We try local produce and discover a deep-rooted tradition of craft making, wrapping up the tour by observing the daily ritual of Laos’ iconic saffron-clad monks.

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Highlights

  • Exploring the attractions of Hanoi, its proud origins and its current standing in the modern world
  • Finding the perfect match of ancient history and pre-historic nature at Hoa Lu and Tam Coc in beautiful Ninh Binh
  • Cruising around Halong Bay, the emerald jewel in Vietnam’s crown
  • Drifting along the Mekong River at Luang Prabang and visiting its various local attractions
  • Trying your hand at farming and exploring the world of Laotian handicrafts
  • Taking a dip in the gorgeous waterfalls of Kuang Si

Itinerary

 Activities: Arriving in Hanoi and relaxing into its pace of life.

Once you have landed at Hanoi airport, our guide will find you and take you to your hotel. We will check you in and your Vietnam and Laos 8 Days tour begins!

Check-in will be at 14:00, after which the day is yours to spend as you like. You can continue your relaxation or head out into Hanoi’s Old Quarter to discover the unique way of life that operates here.

Make your own arrangements for your meals and stay overnight in Hanoi.

 Activities: Taking a tour of Hanoi’s highlights through its sites of ancient and recent history, while seeing how modern culture has developed since wartime.

Eat breakfast in your hotel and wait in the lobby at 08:00 for the guide. We head out on a tour of Hanoi, starting at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to see the national hero’s final resting place before continuing to his nearby former residence. Just around the corner, we see the One-Pillar Pagoda, then take the short walk to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s oldest university with over 1,000 years of Confucian education history within its walls.

Try out some of Vietnam’s most treasured cuisine for lunch and take the drive to the Museum of Ethnology. Here we will learn of the diversity between Vietnam’s 54 ethnicities and tread the wooden floors of full-scale hill tribe house replicas outside.

We head back to the Old Quarter to travel the colonial way – via cyclo. We skirt around the fringes of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple before taking an enlightening stroll down the web-like alleyways of Hanoi’s bustling centre.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Notes: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays, Fridays and during the months of September and October. Ho Chi Minh’s former residence is closed on Mondays and Fridays.

 Activities: Visiting the residence of ancient kings at Hoa Lu and enjoying the serene nature of nearby Tam Coc.

Between 08:00 and 08:30, our guide will collect you from your hotel lobby and take you about 2 hours south to Ninh Binh Province. We will see the sites of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital for 44 years, spanning the two rules of King Dinh and King Le who are immortalised in temples here.

Following this, we drive to Tam Coc and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. We head to the dock of the Ngo Dong River where we will board the sampan boats operated by the locals here. A rower will take us down the river using only their feet, through eerie caves and along the sides of gorgeous rice paddies sheltered by tall limestone mountains. 

We jump onto our bicycles after returning to the dock and cycle through scenes of village life and the glorious plateau of rice fields, stretching far across flat ground to the majestic mountain ranges in the distance.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Ninh Binh.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Transferring to Halong Bay and taking a wonderful cruise around one of the most recognised landscapes in the world.

Breakfast in the hotel is followed by a transfer to Vietnam’s northeastern corner – the resplendent Halong Bay. Embark upon your traditional junk boat across the bay, marvelling at the glorious tree-topped cliffs rising proudly from the ocean floor, and enjoying a delicious lunch as you do so.

As part of the 2-day, 1-night itinerary in Halong Bay, you will have the chance to kayak along the tranquil waters to discover various coves, lagoons and forested outcrops. There will also be a visit to a cave to hear about the natural formation of the bay, as well as the locals’ legendary tales that are irrevocably tied to the rocks found within. 

Your cruise will allow for plenty of relaxation time on the sundeck or in your cabin. There will be an informative cooking demonstration on board, followed by a glorious sunset between the peaks of the karst rocks. A wonderful dinner in the romantically lit dining room will precede evening activities, which include squid fishing, board games, socialising at the bar or retiring to your cabin for quiet reflection in Halong Bay’s nighttime tranquility.

Stay overnight in Halong Bay.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Activities: Finishing the second day of your Halong Bay cruise and heading to Hanoi airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Greet the sunrise this morning with tai chi on the sundeck, the perfect way to energise yourself for the day ahead. Head downstairs for breakfast and freshen up in your cabin before we dock at Titop Island. We have three potential activities here: swimming in the calm water, lying back on the pristine sands or scaling the 400 steps to the summit of the island, where your reward will be an amazing panorama over Halong Bay.

Return to the cruise for checking out and having one final lunch before the ship pulls into the harbour. Board the transfer car to Hanoi airport to catch your flight to Luang Prabang. Our Laotian guide will collect you on arrival and take you to your downtown hotel.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Cruising up the Mekong River, stopping at the holy Pak Ou Caves and finishing the day at the Nam Ou Riverside Resort.

We have a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, after which we head to the banks of the Mekong River to catch a cruise upstream. There will be glorious panoramic views of the countryside as we cruise northwards, and the opportunity for fantastic photos at the Pak Ou Caves, two riverside caverns full of glistening Buddha statues left my pilgrims to this holy place. After this, we dock at Ban Xang Hai village for lunch and perhaps a taste of the locally-brewed rice wine, famous throughout the region.

We cruise further along the Nam Ou River in the afternoon, stopping at the Nam Ou Riverside Resort to find utter serenity by its pool, which is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in the Nam Ou Riverside Resort.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Trying out ancient farming techniques, visiting local workshops, discovering the beauty of Kuang Si Waterfalls and heading back to Luang Prabang via the Bear Rescue Centre and a shop promoting diverse, traditional wares.

After breakfast on the gorgeous banks of the Nam Ou River, we depart for a series of rice farms in the rural surrounds of Luang Prabang. Settle into the mountainous landscape as we try our hand at working the paddies, or simply observe traditional farming practices from the balcony, using the opportunity to learn of the diligence and devotion of Laotian farmers.

We take the time after this to visit workshops dedicated to local crafts, such as bamboo weaving, sugar cane processing and blacksmithing. We take a walk around a fragrant organic garden afterwards and hear of the uses for these natural herbs in medicine and cooking.

We are treated to a very scenic lunch overlooking the rice paddies before pressing on to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls. These are the largest waterfalls in the Luang Prabang region and consist of three tiers brimming with water of the most brilliant turquoise.

Following this, we visit the nearby Bear Rescue Centre, which houses around 20 animals rescued from bile farms and given free and protective roam outside. Heading back to town, we stop at the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, a fantastic centre for beautiful crafts, made using traditional techniques. We can take one of the free tours to discover more about the centre’s history, heading to the bamboo terrace afterwards to watch sunset over the Mekong River.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Observing the religious traditions of Buddhist Laos and heading to the airport to end your Vietnam and Laos 8 Days tour.

We rise early for your final day in Laos, engaging in local tradition by observing the fascinating daily rituals of local Buddhist monks, clad in vivid orange robes. We will also visit a nearby morning market to see the early local scene.

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, our driver will take you to Luang Prabang airport for you departing flight, which signals the end of the Vietnam and Laos 8 Days tour. Our utmost thanks for joining us on this tour. Your company was appreciated and we hope to see you again soon!

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 Meals:  Breakfast

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Hanoi
Gondola Hotel & Spa
Gondola Hotel & Spa

A mere 2-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and a 3-minute drive from Dong Xuan and the weekend night market lies the lavish Gondola Hotel. Along with the open-plan communal areas like the restaurant and the rooftop bar, The Gondola Hotel features rooms with windows affording either lake or city views. Every room features effective air conditioning and a safety deposit box for your comfort and security. For working or relaxing, the accompanying lounging area comes complete with a desk and a flat-screen TV, while the en suite bathrooms come with either a bathtub or shower option.The Gondola Hotel is your home base for travelling around Vietnam. We are located just 10 minutes from Hanoi’s central Train Station and about 35 minutes from Noi Bai International Airport via car. The tour desk at the Gondola Hotel provides you with reliable information as well as the convenience of ticket buying and tour booking services. Motorbikes and cars are also available to rent from the hotel. Return back to the Gondola Hotel after a day of activities to a soothing massage, or head upstairs to our rooftop bar to enjoy a drink and the panoramic views of the city at sunset. The Gondola Restaurant provides a great mix of Vietnamese and European food throughout the day. 

MK Premier Boutique
MK Premier Boutique

A mix of traditional and modern motifs run throughout the MK Premier Boutique Hotel, with 65 rooms accommodating visitors to the wonderful city of Hanoi. With the historic Old Quarter on our doorstep, the MK Premier Boutique Hotel provides a safe and comfortable home base from which you can explore the city. For those times at the end of the day, The MK Premier Boutique Hotel offers a peaceful space where you can unwind, with a refined atmosphere accompanying your recuperation time.Discover the meaning of Vietnamese hospitality through the inviting staff, who will always be at your service during your stay with us. From the lobby to the restaurant and rooftop bar you will find well-trained staff with great English skills and a welcoming smile. We want you to enjoy your stay in Hanoi and will do everything in our power to make that happen.

Apricot Hotel
Apricot Hotel

The Apricot Hotel welcomes you to Hanoi!We are a proud group of Hanoian locals, passionate about Vietnamese culture, heritage and art, and are eager to share the wonders of our great country with you.Our 123 rooms are decorated with the finest examples of original art, sourced from local Vietnamese artists as a true expression of Hanoi. The delicate touches along the walls fit perfectly with the intricacy of our fine living aesthetic, which is evident throughout all rooms, lobby, restaurant, fitness centre, rooftop bar and swimming pool. Our unique Avanti Music Stage features classical piano music from 7pm to 10pm every night, providing you with the most relaxing means to end the day’s excursions. You will receive nothing buy 5-star service during your stay at the Apricot Hotel, as we want you to leave Hanoi with many positive memories forged both by the city and by us.To this end, the Apricot Hotel has the perfect location, just a few steps from the city’s centre of Hoan Kiem Lake and beautiful Ngoc Son Temple. From our gorgeous swimming pool, you can watch the interesting activity around the lake, and head out to find great local food right on our doorstep.Experience Hanoi in complete opulence at the Apricot Hotel, your luxurious home during your stay in Hanoi.

Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh Legend Hotel
Ninh Binh Legend Hotel

The Ninh Binh Legend Hotel stands tall in the heart of Ninh Binh city, soaring like the surrounding limestone mountains that are so emblematic of this beautiful province. Just a 5-minute walk to the city centre, 10-minute taxi ride to Trang An and a 15-minute drive to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc places the Ninh Binh Legend Hotel perfectly between the convenience of the city and the beauty of nature.Inside the 4-star hotel, you will find tastefully decorated rooms with an emphasis on comfort and practicality. In warm decoration, you will feel at home on the comfortable double beds, with all the amenities necessary to make your trip to Ninh Binh a leisurely and productive one. Large windows allow for natural light and splendid views of Ninh Binh’s perfect mountain scenery throughout.For your dining and recreation, the Ninh Binh Legend Hotel has you covered with two restaurants, two bars and a swimming pool, all looking out onto gorgeous scenery and granting a beautiful sense of freedom in one of Vietnam’s most beautiful provinces.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh

The award-winning Emeralda Resort is the peak of excellence for accommodation options in Ninh Binh, one of Vietnam’s most naturally blessed lands. This resort focuses totally on your relaxation, and to that end, abounds with lush tropical gardens sitting below skyscraping, forested mountains that are emblematic of Ninh Binh province. Along the quaint wooden walkways of the Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh, you will pass beautiful greenery between our individual rooms, detached and with a private balcony or terrace for your ultimate serene retreat. In the gorgeously appointed rooms, you will find plenty of space amid rustic decoration, housing extremely comfortable beds and seating areas flecked with many modern amenities. Around the Emeralda Resort, you will find a wealth of attractive facilities to enhance your experience of the world-beating nature surrounding it. The two outdoor and one indoor swimming pools offer open vistas of Ninh Binh’s majestic nature, while contemplative spaces like the Emeralda Spa and Wine Bar offer tranquility and class. Our two restaurants introduce you to Vietnam’s exquisite food, picked and imported from the finest regions around the country for your pleasure.

Halong Bay
V'Spirit Classic Cruise
V'Spirit Classic Cruise

 “V’Spirit” is short for “Vietnamese Spirit” – a national philosophy advocating warm hospitality to guests, which is what we can guarantee you on one of our Halong Bay Deluxe Cruises. The crew members that you will meet are professionally trained and experienced, committing themselves to show you the true meaning of V’Spirit.We have three wooden junk boats in our fleet designed in traditional Vietnamese style, yet loaded with contemporary amenities. Each of our deluxe cabins includes sea-view windows and a modern bathroom, with large, comfortable beds and plenty of extra space. Upstairs, you will find a classy restaurant where you will taste some of the best food available in Vietnam. The sundeck and the bar are fantastic places for meeting people and catching amazing views of the magnificent Halong Bay.As possibly the biggest highlight of any Vietnam Tour, Halong Bay is awaiting your discovery and V’Spirit is thrilled to be there with you. Our excellent customer service means that you can focus on the beauty all around you while we take care of everything else. As one of the top recommendations on Tripadvisor, we are proud to call ourselves one of the best Halong Bay Cruises and hope to have the fantastic time with your family, friends or have a great honeymoon time in otherworldly Halong Bay.

LaFairy Cruise
LaFairy Cruise

LaFairy Sails takes its name from one of the most magical areas of Halong Bay; Fairy Lake Cave, where colourful spotlights illuminate the walls and light reflected from the water dances on the ceiling.  This is the kind of magic that we want to share with you.The limestone karsts, caves and beaches of Halong Bay are well-discovered now, but we take you to areas less accessible to other cruises. We endeavour to explore parts of the bay still largely untouched, like the Ngoc Trai Area, with its sunny beaches and tranquil waters.The flavours of Halong Bay come alive on a LaFairy Sails cruise. Our restaurant features the freshest, local ingredients for all of our dishes and you can see first-hand the processes necessary to prepare such sumptuous food with demonstrations from our chefs.A LaFairy Sails cruise is fully furnished with a comfortable and air-conditioned cabin, featuring all the amenities expected from a modern cruise ship. Halong Bay is an essential destination for any Vietnam tour and LaFairy Sails lets you see it in an unforgettably unique way.

Perla Dawn Sails
Perla Dawn Sails

The true beauty of the isolated Lan Ha Bay opens up from the deck of the Perla Dawn Sails. Our Luxury Lan Ha Bay Cruise offers you the utmost comfort and sublime service as it glides quietly past the limestone giants of Lan Ha, revealing a quiet, peaceful bay far removed from the bustle of Halong. Based on the traditional junk boat design, the sleek wooden aesthetic of the Perla Dawn sails gives you the most authentic experience possible, with its 18 cabins providing a first-class voyage and a chance for you to see some of Vietnam’s most magical scenery in complete opulence. Perla Dawn Sails is one of the newest cruises in Lan Ha Bay which is suitable for a group with kids, and also for couples with honeymoon time.

Luang Prabang
Villa Chitdara
Villa Chitdara

Strategically situated in Luang Prabang Old Town, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Kuang Si Falls. This 3-star property features massage to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

Nam Ou Riverside Resort
Nam Ou Riverside Resort

Luangprabang View Hotel
Luangprabang View Hotel

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Inclusions

  •   Transportation by private vehicles equipped with A/C, and transportation by shared vehicles when operating as part of a group tour.
  •   Local English-speaking guides 
  •   Breakfast at the hotel and other meals mentioned in the itinerary
  •   All entrance fees where mentioned 
  •   Accommodation in the category chosen or similar 
  •   Flights: Hanoi – Luang Prabang

Exclusions

  •   Drinks during the meals 
  •   Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Personal insurance 
  •   Tips and personal expenses 
  •   Any service not mentioned in the itinerary 
  •   Vietnam and Laos Visa Stamp Fees 
  •   Hotel late check-out and early check-in
  •   Optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  •   International flights and airport tax
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Days
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