South Vietnam to Laos

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Discover the natural heart of Indochina on South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour – an extensive tour through the remote areas of southern Vietnam and neighbouring Laos. We focus on taking you through the glorious scenery of these two landmark-laden countries as well as giving you a look at some of the standing architectural wonders that showcase some of the best religious architecture in Southeast Asia.

We start South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour in Ho Chi Minh City and discover a city keen to heal the scars of war. We explore the resplendent nature that lies on its southern doorstep – the magnificent Mekong Delta, lifeblood of the southern Vietnamese and provider of outstanding tropical scenery.

From here, the South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour moves across the border, where we find various awe-inspiring natural assets strewn across the Bolaven Plateau, just outside of Pakse. Here we will discover soaring limestone mountains and the thick jungle that encircles and sits atop them. We meet members of hill tribes, welcoming and hardworking people who add so much to the rich ethnic tapestry of Laos.

We explore the area of 4000 Islands, a series of stunning islets straddling the border with Cambodia and providing a unique ecosystem for the rare and wonderful animals here. We wrap up the South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour with visits to Laos’ breathtaking Buddhist temples, as well as the Hindu temple of Wat Phou that has been standing for 1,500 years.

Along the way, we enjoy excellent local food, comfortable travel by plane, car, jeep, motorboat and raft, as well as high quality and sometimes attractively remote accommodation. Our team of local Vietnamese and Laotian guides will professionally show you the way, while our local partner hosts will give you a warm taste of their exotic daily lives.

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  • Learning of Ho Chi Minh City’s troubled history and current role as Vietnam’s emerging metropolis
  • Traversing the Cu Chi Tunnels, the extensive underground network that helped the Viet Cong to secure victory against Saigon
  • Greeting the daily morning sights at the Mekong Delta’s floating markets, exploring its humble islands and its gorgeous backwaters
  • Discovering ethnic life in the heights of the Bolaven Plateau and seeing its many stunning waterfalls, mountains, jungle and rice paddies
  • Sleeping in very remote locations, in a comfortable tent on a coffee farm and in an ethnic Suay house in the jungle
  • Exploring the beauty of Khone Island and the 4000 Islands, situated in the luxuriant tropics of the Laotian-Cambodian border
  • Finding peace at Laos’ incredible Buddhist architectural wonders, Wat Phou Salou and Wat Chomphet, while discovering its Hindu past at the remarkable Wat Phou


 Activities: Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, check into your hotel and begin the South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour with a free afternoon.

Once you have arrived in Ho Chi Minh City’s airport, our guide will collect you and take you to your downtown hotel. After checking in, you have the rest of the day to yourself. Perhaps you could check out some of the museums that exhibit the various histories of Saigon through its long and turbulent past.

 Notes: Check-in time is 14.00. Make your own arrangements for your meals and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 Activities: Learning of the extreme lengths to which the Viet Cong went to defend their homeland in the Cu Chi Tunnels and returning to Ho Chi Minh City for a half-day city tour.

After your included hotel breakfast, our guide arrives at 08:00 to take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 2 hours northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Here we will find an underground network covering 250km below the jungle’s undergrowth, where Viet Cong hid for years, storing weapons, treating the wounded and planning strategies against Saigon. 

A short introduction video will outline the tunnels and their uses before we dig deeper by seeing the subterranean network first-hand. After some time examining the various rooms and hearing of the tribulations undergone by the Viet Cong while down here, we climb back out and find some of the scars of war in the shell of an American tank and some of the bomb craters created by B52 bombers.

Following lunch at a restaurant nearby, we return to Ho Chi Minh City and start the city tour. We begin in the west of the city at the Giac Lam Pagoda, the city’s oldest pagoda standing since 1774. We then head to Cho Lon, an enclave for Chinese residents and Chinese culture, where we will find the small, but very ornate Thien Hau Pagoda. We stroll around Cho Lon for a while before finishing the tour at Ben Thanh Market, where our guide will help you to haggle for any jewellery, clothing, food, electronics or art that may grab your attention.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Cruising around the Mekong Delta at Cai Be floating market before checking out village life on its various islands.

Have an early breakfast today; our guide will meet you at 07:00 and take you 100km south to Cai Be floating market for your boat trip in Mekong Delta.

We board a boat and paddle down the vast Mekong River, where vendors at Cai Be sell anything and everything from the wooden decks of their humble boats. We dock at Tan Phong Island in order to take a walking or cycling tour around the idyllic examples of daily Vietnamese life. We pass by fruit orchards, small schools, modest churches and pagodas, and some of the traditional houses where residents create handicrafts, tools and accessories from dried water hyacinth and coconut leaves.

Returning to the boat, we head down smaller watery alleyways that offer many opportunities for quiet relaxation. We cross the majestic Mekong to reach An Binh Island. A manmade canal will carry us to the Ut Trinh Homestay, where we will have lunch with our warm and welcoming host. Unwind in the gorgeous grounds of the homestay with a cup of tea to the sounds of peaceful traditional music.

The nearby village contains many workshops where the locals contribute to the Mekong Delta’s most productive trades – rice and coconut. We will see examples of coconut candy, rice paper, coconut leaf accessories, rice popcorn and many other inventive uses for the versatile foods. After this, we head to the large brick kilns where clay is fired to create wonderful pottery, used for anything from housing houseplants to making soy sauce.

Re-board the boat for one final cruise to Vinh Long city, where we will be transferred to Can Tho city. Check into your hotel and explore Can Tho’s wonderful food scene for dinner.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Can Tho.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Heading to Cai Rang Floating Market and having a tour through the backwaters before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

We rise early for breakfast and an unmissable experience at Cai Rang floating market. Even by 6am, the market is in full swing as vendors float solitarily or in groups, displaying to potential buyers the fruit, vegetables, clothing, motorbike parts, old camera equipment and anything else they have managed to acquire. We will float gently along the verdant banks of the Mekong, keeping an eye out for great deals and the excellent floating kitchens where delicious meals and snacks are made and sold. 

We continue on our boat through shaded backwaters - very romantic tunnels of water lying beneath overhanging nipa palm and coconut trees on the banks either side of us. After a serene cruise, we return to village of Cai Rang and take the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will have your final day in the southern capital of Vietnam.

Make your own arrangements for lunch and dinner and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 Meals:  Breakfast

 Activities: Arriving in Laos and exploring the various natural and agricultural wonders of the Bolaven Plateau.

Take breakfast in your hotel and await your transfer to the airport, in order to catch your flight to Pakse, Laos. Once landed, your new local guide will collect you and take you to the Bolaven Plateau, famous for both its cooler temperatures and stunning scenery comprised of mountains and waterfalls. 

In this place, high above the Mekong Valley, we visit a tea plantation and the beautiful Tad Fane Waterfall, with two chutes of water cascading down 120m. We visit a humble coffee plantation after this, eventually arriving at our accommodation at the stunning Sinouk Coffee Resort, where we will have dinner.

Make your own arrangements for lunch. Stay overnight at the Sinouk Coffee Resort.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

 Activities: Swimming at Tad Moun Waterfalls and joining Mr Khamsone at his coffee farm to enjoy the seclusion of these tranquil surrounds.

Have a leisurely breakfast this morning; at 09:00, we meet our Jeep tour expert and discuss the day’s events over coffee. We climb into the Jeep after this and take the half hour drive to the Tad Moun Waterfalls, where the wider river and gently tumbling falls provide the perfect conditions for a cooling swim.

At about 11:00, we continue onto Mr. Khamsone’s coffee farm along paths flanked with lush greenery and resplendent views of distant mountains. Arriving at the farm, we are greeted by our friendly host and given a demonstration on coffee production in the Bolaven Plateau. After an informative tour, we try the many different types of coffee grown here under the care of Mr. Khamsone.

A scenic picnic lunch will follow before we walk to a neighbouring cave, where villagers hid from bombers, tanks and foot soldiers during the Laotian Civil War. We continue our walk around the farm and its surroundings, spotting views of the magnificent Phou Sanark Volcano and relaxing in the truly tranquil setting as the sun descends over the hilltop villages.

We head back to the farm to join Mr. Khamsone’s wife in preparing for dinner. This is a great chance to learn from our friendly hosts about Laotian food as well as the demands of living high in the plateau. Our accommodation will be a comfortable tent under the stars on the beautiful coffee farm.

Stay overnight on Mr. Khamsone’s family-run coffee farm.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Activities: Meeting the Laven hill tribe at the village of B Setkhord, enjoying a picnic by a waterfall and staying overnight in B Darisa, of the Suay hill tribe.

Enjoy breakfast and rendezvous with the guide at 09:00. We take the Jeep for 1hr to a remote village called B Setkhord, home to one of Laos’ many ethnic minorities, the Laven people. We will take a tour of the village and meet members of the colourfully clad Laven tribe, who will share with us their customs and traditions. Surviving through fights for Laotian independence against France, as well as the Laotian Civil War, this village has many stories to tell.

We continue our Jeep ride to a nearby waterfall, which provides the perfect setting for a gorgeous picnic lunch. After this, we take the high-altitude roads to a local commune called B Darisa, where the Suay hill tribe lives. Here we will find many examples of beautiful houses built of wood and bamboo, with roofs thatched from straw and coconut leaves in the traditional, ancient way.

We have the afternoon to relax in this peaceful and hidden village, learning more about our Suay hosts and absorbing the attractive atmosphere of a simple life where family connections are cherished above all else. We will stay at a homestay in a very tranquil setting tonight.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight at B Darisa.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Visiting the Tad Phaxuam Waterfall and heading to the ancient Khmer temple ruins of Wat Phou before staying the night in Champasak.

Have a local breakfast in the village before setting off to a lively market attended by multiple hill tribes in the region of Tha Teng. We will make brief stops at the villages of Ban Bong Neua and Ban Kokphung, homes to the Alak and Katu tribes respectively, on our way to Tad Phaxuam Waterfall. We will have a while to relax here by the multiple trickles of water, or the combined cascade of water caused by heavy rain. We leave the Bolaven Plateau after this and arrive at the town of Champasak in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we visit Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century. This temple predates even Angkor Wat in terms of religious buildings built by the Khmer, and was constructed in a similar vein to honour the Hindu god of Shiva. Wat Phou’s political influences in the past gave it high significance in the Khmer Kingdom, and it is still widely revered to this day by the now-Buddhist population of Laos, though its sandstone structures have eroded considerably over time.

After a good amount of time here, we finish at Champasak town to discover the French architectural influence in the centre of the province.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight in Champasak town.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Driving to Khone Island, visiting its village and exploring the 4000 Islands through the Liphi Waterfalls and other natural phenomena in the area.

We begin the day with breakfast and by driving into Laos’s deep south, where Khone Island stands resolutely in the Mekong River. We board a long tail boat and cross the gorgeous river to Khone Island, heading first to Ban Khone, a village soaked in French colonial history through its many stately buildings and the remains of its railway system.  

We jump into a tuk-tuk and discover the 4000 Islands, named for the natural occurrence of thousands of small islets unveiling themselves as the Mekong’s water recedes over the dry season. We head to Liphi Waterfall, an inclined cascade of rapids running between and over jagged rocks, named locally as the ‘Corridor of the Devil’. We will keep an eye out for the rare and beautiful Irrawaddy dolphin, which is sometimes seen jumping clean out of the Mekong River.

The rest of the day will be spent in beautiful surroundings on Khone Island. You are free to do as you wish, but we recommend taking a cycle around to enjoy the tropical scenes, or simply finding a spot on the luxuriant banks to watch a vivid red sunset descend over the Mekong.

Make your own arrangements for dinner and stay overnight on Khone Island.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Admiring the waterfall at Khone Phapheng, taking a boat cruise and engaging on a city tour of Pakse through two of its most important temples.

Enjoy breakfast and take the boat back to the mainland, where we will disembark at Ban Nakasang and continue southwards to Khone Phapheng, one of the most naturally abundant areas in Laos. This is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia if measured by volume, and its consistent, gushing water is an awe-inspiring site. We stop here, just a few miles from the border with Cambodia, to enjoy a vibrant and wonderfully unhampered ecosystem.

A long-tail boat will take us back to Ban Nakasang and then a car will return us to Pakse. The Se Don and Mekong rivers account for much of the wonderful greenery of Pakse and its surrounding area, making it a fruitful and worthwhile capital of Champasak Province,

Check into your final hotel and make your own arrangements for lunch. Our guide will meet you in the early afternoon for a tour of Pakse, starting at Wat Chomphet, where you will find the largest statue of the sitting Buddha throughout the country. Later, we take the climb to the top of Wat Phou Salao, where you can join the multiple golden statues of Buddha watching over the town below and admiring the river and the soft hills that surround it.

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

 Meals:  Breakfast

 Activities: Heading to Pakse International Airport to end your South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour.

Relish your final breakfast before our driver conveys you to Pakse International Airport for your onward flight and the end to your South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we hope that we have the chance to host you again in the future!

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Mr. khamsone’s Family
Mr. khamsone’s Family

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Champasak Grand Hotel


  •   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 program 
  •   All entrance fees where mentioned 
  •   Accommodation in the category chosen or similar 
  •   Flights in tour: Ho Chi Minh City – Paks


  •   Drinks during the meals 
  •   Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Personal insurance 
  •   Tips and personal expenses 
  •   Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Vietnam and Laos visa stamp fees
  •   Hotel late check-out and early check-in
  •   Optional tours if mentioned in the itinerary 
  •   International flights and airport tax
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