Laos & Vietnam Overland

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Day 1
Fly from London to Luang Prabang
Day 2
Arrive in Luang Prabang and the remainder of the day at leisure, allowing time to relax after the long flights.
Day 3
Cycling tour of Luang Prabang, taking in the Royal Palace Museum, Wat May, Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Phousy and ending up for sunset at Phousy Hill.
Day 4
Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall, before an afternoon at leisure to relax in to Luang Prabang.
Day 5
River Journey from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, via the Pak Ou Caves. Afternoon cycling tour to Tham Pha Thok.
Day 6
Full day trek around the Muang Ngoi region, a 1 hour boat trip from Nong Khiaw up the Nam Ou River.
Day 7
Road journey from Nong Khiaw to Sam Neua, passing through wonderful (and remote) scenery along the way.
Day 8
Full day tour of the Vieng Xai Caves, where the Pathet Lao leaders lived during the "Secret War". Also visit local markets.
Day 9
Cross the border in to Vietnam and drive to Mai Chau, passing through Thanh Hoa province, one of the least visited and unexplored provinces in the region. Stop along the way at several Mong villages and at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
Day 10
Morning cycling tour in the countryside surrounding Mai Chau and afternoon visit to a handicraft market in a nearby minority village.
Day 11
The end of the road to Hanoi, where you have an afternoon city tour taking of all the major sights.
Day 12
Morning transfer to Halong City, where you will board your traditional Vietnamese junk. Spend the afternoon cruising around Halong Bay' s thousands of limestone islets and caves.
Day 13
Wake up to see sunrise over Halong Bay. Continue your cruise before returning to the mainland. Head back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Day 14
Final full day at leisure in (or around) Hanoi. Fly from Hanoi to London Gatwick with Vietnam Airlines in the late evening.

A rather intrepid overland journey from Laos through the remote mountain in to Northern Vietnam. As well as the major sights of Luang Prabang, Hanoi and Halong Bay, this route takes you far off the beaten track to remote hill tribe villages and territory tragically affected by the French and American wars.

3 nights Luang Prabang – 2 nights Nong Khiaw – 2 nights Sam Neua – 2 nights Mai Chau – 1 night Hanoi –  overnight cruise around Halong Bay (2 days/1 night, full board ) – 1 night Hanoi

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