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Tour Overview

Embark on this 12-day journey through Laos and Vietnam, where culture, nature, and history converge. Explore the spiritual allure of Luang Prabang, partake in the serene Alms-giving Ceremony, and bond with elephants at Mandalao Conservation. Then, venture to Vietnam, uncovering Hanoi's historical gems and the enchanting waters of Halong Bay. Meander through the charming streets of Hoi An, delve into Saigon's vibrant life and embark on a Mekong Delta adventure. This meticulously crafted tour immerses you in the essence of Southeast Asia, creating lasting memories of its diverse landscapes and rich traditions.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Alms-Giving Serenity: Witness the spiritual Alms-giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang, a unique Buddhist tradition with saffron-clad monks.
  • Majestic Mekong: Cruise the Mekong River at sunset, embracing its serene beauty and vibrant riverbank life in Luang Prabang.
  • Elephant Bliss: Experience heartwarming moments with elephants at Mandalao Elephant Conservation, a day of feeding, bathing, and walking.
  • Halong Bay Magic: Sail through Halong Bay's stunning karst landscapes, explore caves, and enjoy cooking classes on a luxurious cruise.
  • Hoi An Charm: Stroll through Hoi An's ancient town, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge and colorful markets.
  • Historical Hanoi: Explore Hanoi's historical treasures, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature.
  • Water Puppetry: Immerse yourself in Vietnam's culture with a mesmerizing Water Puppet Performance in Hanoi.
  • Mekong Delta Adventure: Cruise down the Mekong River, meet local families, and savor handmade honey tea and traditional folk songs.
  • Saigon's Landmarks: Visit Saigon's iconic sites, such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and War Remnants Museum.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang's international airport, you will be warmly greeted by your guide and driver. They will be holding a sign with your name for easy identification.

    Your guide will provide you with a brief introduction to Luang Prabang and answer any initial questions you may have. After a smooth airport pickup, you'll be transferred to your selected hotel in Luang Prabang. Along the way, your guide can offer some insights into the city's history and culture.

    The rest of the day is free for you to relax, unpack, and perhaps take a leisurely stroll around your hotel's neighborhood to get a feel for the city.

    Accommodation: in Luang Prabang

  2. Rise early to experience a truly authentic Buddhist tradition, the Alms-giving Ceremony. Witness lines of saffron-clad monks walking in a silent procession, collecting alms from devout locals. Your guide will explain the significance of this ritual. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a chance to recharge.

    Laos Luang Prabang Alms-giving Ceremony
    Witness the Alms-giving Ceremony in the early morning

    Your morning continues with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, where you can explore the former royal residence and view the precious artifacts on display.

    Next, you'll visit Wat Xieng Thong, a masterpiece of Lao temple architecture. Marvel at its intricate designs and the shimmering mosaics that adorn its walls.

    In the late afternoon, you'll embark on a serene long-tail boat ride along the Mekong River, providing you with stunning views of the riverside landscapes and a chance to observe local life along the riverbanks.

    As the sun begins to set, enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Mekong River before returning to Luang Prabang.

    Accommodation: in Luang Prabang

    Laos Wat Xieng Thong
    Wat Xieng Thong

  3. Today is dedicated to an unforgettable experience at Mandalao Elephant Conservation. After breakfast, you'll head to this sanctuary, which focuses on ethical elephant interactions and conservation.

    Spend quality time with the elephants, participating in activities such as feeding, bathing, and walking with these magnificent creatures. Learn about the challenges of elephant conservation in Southeast Asia and the efforts being made to protect these gentle giants.

    Laos Mandalao Elephant Conservation
    The staff is feeding water to the elephant

    Your day will be filled with heartwarming moments and educational insights into the world of elephants.

    Accommodation: in Luang Prabang

  4. Check out from your hotel in Luang Prabang and head to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Upon landing in Hanoi, you'll have the rest of the day at your leisure to adjust to the new surroundings or explore the neighborhood near your hotel. Your guide can offer recommendations for local restaurants or attractions if desired.

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  5. Today, delve into the rich history and culture of Hanoi with visits to key landmarks:

    Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh: Pay your respects to Vietnam's beloved leader and learn about his life and contributions.

    The Temple of Literature: Explore this ancient university and temple dedicated to Confucius, a symbol of Vietnam's dedication to education.

    One Pillar Pagoda: Admire the unique architecture of this pagoda, which is perched atop a single stone pillar.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

    In the afternoon, the Museum of Ethnology provides fascinating insights into Vietnam's diverse ethnic groups and cultures. Take a leisurely stroll through Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter, where you can soak in the sights, sounds, and smells of this historic district.

    In the evening, enjoy a captivating Water Puppet Performance, a traditional Vietnamese art form.

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  6. Depart from Hanoi for the breathtaking Halong Bay, known for its stunning karst landscapes.

    Upon arrival at the bay, board your luxury cruise ship and settle into your comfortable cabin.

    Cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay, passing towering limestone formations. Your guide will explain the geological wonders and legends associated with these karsts. Stop to explore Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave), known for its natural beauty and legend of a young woman turned into stone.

    Vietnam Halong Bay Trinh Nu Cave
    Trinh Nu Cave

    Join a cooking class on board and learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy the leisure activities available on the cruise, including fishing and savoring refreshing drinks from the open bar.

    Accommodation: on the Board

  7. Wake up to the gentle sounds of Halong Bay and enjoy a peaceful morning coffee on the sundeck as the bay comes to life.

    Choose to explore the picturesque Halong Bay by kayak or engage in a serene Tai Chi session led by your instructor on the sundeck. After a hearty brunch, bid farewell to Halong Bay as you disembark from the cruise and return to Hanoi.

    Halong Bay Tai Chi
    Practicing Tai Chi on the deck

    Upon reaching Hanoi, your guide and driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Da Nang.

    Upon arrival in Da Nang, you'll be transported to Hoi An, where you can relax and unwind.

    Accommodation: in Hoi An

  8. Begin your day with breakfast at your hotel before setting out to explore the charming Hoi An Ancient Town.

    Your guide will take you to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, an architectural gem with a fascinating history. Visit the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, adorned with intricate carvings and stunning artwork. Spend time wandering through the colorful markets, where you can shop for local crafts, souvenirs, and clothing.

    Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Hoi An and immerse yourself in its unique blend of cultures and traditions.

    Accommodation: in Hoi An

    Vietnam Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
    Japanese Covered Bridge

  9. After a delicious breakfast at your Hoi An hotel, it's time to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

    Upon arrival in Saigon, your private guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your selected hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Saigon's vibrant streets, indulge in local cuisine, or relax at your hotel.

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh

  10. Dive into the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City by visiting its iconic landmarks:

    Central Post Office: Admire the neoclassical architecture of this historic post office designed by Gustave Eiffel.

    Notre Dame Cathedral: Explore the magnificent red-brick cathedral, a symbol of Saigon's French colonial heritage.

    Reunification Palace: Step into history as you tour the former presidential palace and learn about its role in the Vietnam War.

    War Remnants Museum: Gain insight into the Vietnam War through powerful exhibits and photographs.

    Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral
    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Experience local life by savoring a cup of Vietnamese coffee, whether you prefer it hot or iced.

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh

  11. Depart from Ho Chi Minh City and embark on a scenic drive to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta region.

    Upon arrival, board a traditional sampan boat and cruise down the Mekong River. Your guide will point out local houses, fish farms, and the picturesque countryside along the way. Stop at Turtle Island and interact with a local farming family. You'll have the chance to try handmade honey tea and enjoy traditional folk songs performed by the family.

    Vietnam My Tho Mekong River Boat Trip
    Mekong River Boat Trip

    Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Mekong Delta and learn about the daily life of the locals. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the evening, where you can reminisce about your adventures over dinner.

    Accommodation: in Ho Chi Minh

  12. Enjoy your last morning in Vietnam with some free time to relax, explore, or do some last-minute shopping.

    Your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination or back home, ensuring a smooth and comfortable departure.

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels with daily breakfasts;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guide services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, and bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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