Vietnam & Laos Explored

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Day 1
Depart London in the morning, Asia-bound.
Day 2
Change planes in Bangkok and fly directly on to Luang Prabang. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing. Having had time to recuperate, visit the evening market.
Day 3
Explore Luang Prabang on a tour with your guide, using electronic bicycles as your means of transport. The morning tour includes visits to the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong and the 'Water Melon' Stupa. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax and explore at your own pace.
Day 4
Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls and the surrounding countryside. Return to the town in the afternoon and, once again, you are left free. You can't enjoy enough leisure time in Luang Prabang!
Day 5
Fly to the Laoation capital Vientiane in the morning and head straight out on a city tour with your guide. The first stop of the tour is the the Patuxai Monument, providing orientating views over the city and then it's the National Museum, Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Keow and Wat That Luang and the Golden Stupa.
Day 6
The morning is free for you to further explore Vientiane – highly recommended is a visit to the COPE centre. Fly on to Vietnam early this evening and on arrival in Hanoi you are transferred to your central hotel.
Day 7
Full day city tour of Hanoi, taking in Ho Chi Minh's former home, the Temple of Literature and perhaps the Fine Arts Museum and the Women's History Museum. The tour ends in the Old Quarter with its narrow streets and bustling markets, the perfect place in which to get lost (deliberately!).
Day 8
This morning drive east, for an overnight cruise around Halong Bay. During the afternoon there is chance to swim or hire a kayak.
Day 9
After a spectacular sunrise over Halong Bay, the cruise is over by midday and a short drive brings you to Haiphong, where you arrive in time for your flight south to Central Vietnam and Hoi An.
Day 10
This morning your guide leads you on a walking tour of Hoi An, with its maze of tiny cobbled back streets. The afternoon is left free to further explore on your own.
Day 11
You have the day free to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps a jeep safari to the Cham ruins at My Son or a long day visiting Hue? There is always the option of simply relaxing on the beach.
Day 12
A relaxed final morning in Hoi An before flying from Danang to frenetic Saigon. En route to your hotel visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, once used by the Viet Cong. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 13
Discover the city of Saigon this morning, taking in the main sights including Rue Catinat, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the Museum of War Remnants. You may also like to be taken to Cholon (Chinatown) to visit the Thien Hau Pagoda, with its spiral incense coils and Binh Tay market. This evening transfer to the airport for your homeward bound flight.
Day 14
Arrive back in the UK today

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

This itinerary focuses on the highlights of Laos and Northern Vietnam. The itinerary begins with time in Luang Prabang, with its unique collection of temples, colonial architecture and blissfully relaxed atmosphere. You have plenty of time in Luang Prabang to explore at your own pace or to take a guided tour on electric bicycle. The famous Kuang Si Waterfall is a must visit and will provide you with a chance to cool off in the inviting water.  Next up is a stop in the sleepy capital, Vientiane where you will enjoy an illuminated guided city tour. We also recommend a visit to the COPE centre, a charity that has helped the rehabilitation of local people with mobility issues.

Bid a fond farewell to Laos as you head over to Vietnam for a stay in the capital, Hanoi. Discover the charming French colonial quarters with a walking tour, as well as discovering the home of the “Father of Vietnam”, Ho Chi Minh. From Hanoi it is an easy drive where you will board a converted rice barge  to drift among stunning limestone karst scenery on Halong Bay. A short flight will bring you to Hoi An, a Unesco World Heritage site and many people’s favourite location in Vietnam. Choose to base yourself at a beach hotel or stay nearer the the town centre where you can wander at leisure enjoying the unique atmosphere after dark when the  colourful lanterns illuminate the town. Your adventure culminates with a stop in the bustling and modern city of Saigon. Here you will take in the main sights including Rue Catinat and the Reunification Palace. There is also the option to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels,which gives you the opportunity to understand how the Viet Cong were able to live and fight in the network of underground tunnels.

3 nights Luang Prabang – 1 night Vientiane – 2 nights Hanoi –  overnight cruise around Halong Bay (2 days/1 night, full board ) – 3 nights Hoi An – 2 nights Saigon

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