Tours
The Best of Northern Indochina

Trip name The Best of Northern Indochina 
Trip code: VLI-05(VLV09&VLL06)
Trip duration: 12Days / 11 Nights
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: Hanoi –Sapa-Halong-Vientian-Vang Veng -Luang Prabang
Starts/Ends trip: Hanoi /Luang Prabang
Trip type’: Natural, landscape, historical & cultural.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2; Hanoi city tour /Hanoi –Lao Cai (night in train)
Day 3: lao cai –Sapa /sightseeing 
Day 4; Sapa sightseeing / Sapa –lao Cai /Lao Cai –Hanoi ( night in train)
Day 5: Hanoi –Halong bay (night in Junk)
Day 6: Halong bay –Hanoi 
Day 7: Hanoi - Vientiane 
Day 8: Vientiane– Vang Vieng 
Day 9: Vang Vieng– Luang Prabang 
Day 10: Luang Prabang– Full Day City Tour 
Day 11: Luang Prabang– Kuang Si Waterfall & Pak Ou Caves 
Day 12: Luang Prabang – Departure.

Day 1:ARRIVAL IN HANOI.(D)
Meet your guide of Viet Legend Travel and transfer to your hotel where your guide will offer advice and assistance as required.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 HANOI CITY TOUR /HANOI –SAPA.(B/L/D)

After breakfast, a full day tour included the One pillar pagoda, President Palace, Have a look at HCM Mausoleum, Quan Thanh pagoda, West Lake & Tran quoc Pagoda. A walking tour around Hanoi's vibrant, Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake by cyclo. After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature - the first Vietnamese university and the impressive Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy the water puppet show during the visit. We will catch the overnight train soft sleeper with AC to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 21.15 from Hanoi railway station.

Day 3 LAO CAI – SAPA - CAT CAT – SAPA.(B/L/D)
Up on arrive in Lao Cai Railway station at around 05:00, we will be met by a local guide and we transfer up to Sapa town where we will have our breakfast at a local restaurant. We may be tired after one night on the train but the fresh atmosphere and splendid view of the Northwest Mountain will make us relax completely and interest in our coming trip. Arrive at hotel after one hour driving we check in hotel (f the room available) before going out for our visit the town. Firstly in the morning we climb up the Ham Rong mountain for the overview of Sapa town and villages where will visit after that. After lunch we will have time to walk through the local market to Cat Cat village, home of H’mong, ethnic minority people. Once we walk to the village nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet the local minority people on the way and we will have chance to visit the home to share culture with families who live here.In the late afternoon we walk back to the town to join the local market. 
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4 SAPA – LAO CHAI - TA VAN - SAPA – LAO CAI-HANOI.(B/L/D)
After breakfast, trekking today by embarking along the buffalo paths and trails through several hill tribe villages, Lao Chai and Ta Van – home of Black H’mong and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor we can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds us. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. After that we return to Sapa by our waiting vehicle and transfer to Lao Cai railway station.
Overnight on the train.

Day 5 HANOI –HALONG- NIGHT IN JUNK.(B/L/D)
On arrival in Ha Noi, transfer from the station to mini hotel day use and breakfast,
After having breakfast, leave Hanoi by road for Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the traditional sailing junk with a fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave. Titov beach to Luon Cave. Enjoy dinner on board. 
Spending a night on board.

Day 6 HALONG –HANOI.(Brunch/D)
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome supper meal before cruising back to Halong City. En route, the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! Arrange luggage and checkout .
Arrive Halong then transfer Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: HANOI -VIENTIANE .(B/L/D)
After breakfast, free time for shopping until time to airport with guide & car to Vientiane.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting; Your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. 
Lunch & dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 8 VIENTIANE– VANG VIENG.(B/L/D)
We leave the capital early for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. Along the way we visit the busy and colourful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions. A next stop of our trip is Vang Xang, famous for its archeological site dating back to the 11th century. We reach our final destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. 
Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight in Vang Vieng. 

Day 9 :VANG VIENG– LUANG PRABANG .(B/L/D)
As part of our half-day tour of Vang Vieng, we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. 
We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals. Following lunch, we head north up route 13 to Luang Prabang. The stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. After a couple of photo stops, we arrive in Luang Prabang early evening. 
Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 10: LUANG PRABANG– FULL DAY CITY TOUR .(B/L/D)
Your full day city tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Today, we also visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. 
Following lunch, we visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before we head out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xaengkhong and Ban Xienglek. We then return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. The tour ends after visiting the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Note: the Royal Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. 
Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Day 11: LUANG PRABANG– KUANG SI WATERFALL AND PAK OU CAVES .(B/L/D)
First we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where 
you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang. 
This afternoon, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we disembark the boat to visit traditional villages, and continue taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. 
Overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Day 12 LUANG PRABANG- DEPARTURE (B)

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before transferring to the airport in time for your departing flight. 

Price Include:

 

  • Services of local drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
  • Services of local English speaking guides during all tours and transfers (other language guides available on request with additional fee)
  • Hotel accommodation just for twin share with daily breakfast, for single traveler must add the single supplement price.
  • 01 night in Junk in Ha Long bay with one lunch, one dinner & brunch on board.
  • 02 nights in trains : Hanoi –Lao Cai-Hanoi with tourist class
  • Admission fees for all sights visited
  • Boat trip on stated in each program
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary with B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner (all meal are set menu with Vietnamese & Laos food & service at local restaurants) If you have any specific food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies…please inform us in advance so that we can provide & notice to our restaurant.
  • Visa approval letter
  • Services charge & government taxes

Bonus:

  • 01 Country or city map /per room
  • Drink during the visit : 01 bottle 500mml/pax/day
  • Farwell present
  • Service 24/24 –English speaking of our consultant/tour operator

Price Excludes:

 

  • All airfares and airport taxes to & from Vietnam
  • All airfares and airport taxes to & from Laos
  • Single entry Visa on arrival stamping fee for Vietnam (25USD/PP & 2 recently pictures /pay directly at Visa Department upon arrival )
  • Visa on arrival stamping fee for Laos (35USD/PP & 2 recently pictures /pay directly at Visa Department upon arrival )
  • Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
  • Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)
  • Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend
  • Compulsory meal at hotels
  • Kayak in Halong
  • Admission fees during free time
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
  • All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes
  • Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
  • Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above
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