Best of Vietnam & Laos 13 Day Tour:
- land in Hanoi - Halong - Khmu Villages - Luang Prapang - Explore Laos
- Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
- Departure: land in Hanoi - Halong - Khmu Villages - Luang Prapang - Explore Laos
- From: $1599
|Day 1||Arrive Hanoi||N/A|
|Day 2||Explore Hanoi||B/L|
|Day 3||Cuc Phuong National Park||B/L|
|Day 4||Embark Ha Long Bay Cruise | Bai Tu Long Bay||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Thien Canh Son Cave||B/L|
|Day 6||Disembark | Return Hanoi||B/L|
|Day 7||Fly to Luang Prabang||B|
|Day 8||Khmu Village Trekking||B/L|
|Day 9||Baci Ceremony at Ban Khomkhuang||B/L|
|Day 10||Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves||B/L|
|Day 11||Elephant Conservation Center||B|
|Day 12||Elephant Conservation Center | Return to Luang Prabang||B/L|
Arrive to Hanoi, meet driver and head to your hotel. Settle in and rest up for the remainder of the day.
After breakfast, meet up with your guide and driver set out towards Hoan Kiem Lake to see Hanoi's morning rituals. Many Vietnamese, mostly women of varying ages, wake up early and start the morning with some exercise. Typically, they do group Tai Chi or aerobics in the park surrounding the lake. It is very interesting to see how the local people start their busy day routine with mindful exercise. Feel free to join them!
Marvel at the French architecture of the buildings and community houses which have been carefully restored by UNESCO. Along the way, stop to taste the local cuisine, including springs rolls and other snacks common in Hanoi. To finish the morning, pay a visit to the Huu Tiep. Lake, better known as ‘B-52 lake’, where US B-5 bomber wreckage can be seen.
In the afternoon, head to the Old Quarter to enjoy a local lunch and visit the Temple of Literature. Built in 1076 as Vietnam's first university, this temple was used to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins, and other members of the elite class. The university operated for 700 years, and now its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam's past.
Finish your day with a walk along the Hanoi railway tracks, which at times are located just meters away from houses. End the day tasting local draft beers at the typical and well-known Bia Hoi. Return to your hotel and enjoy a free evening on your own.
This morning set out early to visit Cuc Phong National Park.. Head back to Hanoi and enjoy a free afternoon and evening.
After breakfast, set out for your 3.5-hour journey to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone Karst landscape. On the way, visit Yen Duc Village to enjoying water puppets show. Continue onto Ha Long Bay, and embark your cruise at Hon Gai Harbor.
After check-in, enjoy welcome drink, cruise briefing, and set out to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. Once in the area of Cap La and Tra San, enjoy a chance to paddle around by kayaking or swim near the ship. In the evening, the ship will cruise back through the bay to its overnight anchorage in Cong Do. Relax and enjoy your evening on the bay.
After breakfast onboard the ship, visit Vung Vieng fishing village by rustic row-boat to meet the local people, pass through the floating school and fish farms.
Return to the boat for lunch on board, then it is back to Hon Gai Harbor where your shuttle bus will be waiting you to take you back to your hotel in Hanoi. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Hanoi on your own.
Spend a leisurely morning before you transfer to the airport for your flight on to Luang Prabang in northern Laos today. Spend the rest of your day exploring your new surroundings.
Return home or connect your trip with another extension option in neighboring Thailand or Cambodia and Myanmar
Spend 13 days on a focused tour of the highlights of North Vietnam and Laos. Spend a few days touring Hanoi including a cruise on the mystical Ha Long Bay. Travel then to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Spend time trekking through rural Khmu villages and interact firsthand with elephants on this great introductory tour of Vietnam and Laos.