Treasures Of Laos And Vietnam 12 Days

  • Duration: 12 DAYS
  • Location: VIETNAM - LAOS
  • Places: 15 Seats
  • Prix: 1385 USD PER PERSON
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This trip is perfect for those who want to get away from hustle and bustle of big cities and looking for the real authentic experience. You will get an unforgettable experience visiting local villages throughout the trip, learning the traditional lifestyle of Vietnamese and Lao people and getting deep in their culture. You would be stunned by magnificent views of these two beautiful countries: explore the caves, waterfalls, have a boat ride along Mekong river, cycle through the rice fields, visit tropical orchards and cruise in one of the most beautiful bays in the world!

»Luang Prabang: Explore the sacred Buddhist temples and have a swim in Kuang Si waterfall

»Hanoi: Discover a different side of Vietnam's capital city, cycling around the village and rice fields

»Halong Bay: Enjoy an overnight cruise in the most magnificent bay of the country, one of the UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites

»Ho Chi Minh: Explore the underground Cu Chi Tunnels

»Mekong Delta: Learn the local lifestyle of the "rice bowl" of Vietnam and explore the floating markets.

DAY 01: WELCOME TO LAOS –  LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Today is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 02: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES (B)

After breakfast, we visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. And the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore 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 stop visit Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city and 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. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 03: LUANG PRABANG – KHOUANGSI WATERFALL (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your next adventure. Start your tour with visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai and then you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouray, a Hmong village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, all Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

OPTIONAL EARLY MORNING TOUR – 11 USD PER PERSON

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.

DAY 04: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI (B)

Have breakfast at hotel and spend free day at your leisure until our driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hanoi, your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 05: GET AWAY FROM BIG CITY WITH BA VI ECO TOUR (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel then you will be picked up by an experienced English-speaking guide and travel to Ba Vi, a countryside located at the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family. Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through stories of Mr. Duoc, who is a Vietnam War veteran and lived during those hard times.  He is also a green tea expert, you will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and will join the locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host Mrs. Chin and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden.

After that, you will wander around the village and mingle with local people. You will visit the local craftsman who has been skilled at making conical hats from a very young age and other workshops in the village to see how people there make tofu or shell the rice. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Then join your guides for a leisurely cycling trip along the country roads. Observe traditional Vietnamese rural life as the local people work in the paddy fields. Along the way, watch out for a water buffalo plowing a paddy field while ducks swim across the lake. Stop at another host family for foot bathing prepared by the recipes of Muong ethnic group and have a relaxing time before embarking on your private boat for a trip along the Da river.

Later, enjoy a transfer from Ba Vi back to your accommodation.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 06: EXCURSION TO THE NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLDS (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Get pick-up by the Cruise team around  7:30. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to better explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long Bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can opt to attend the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the day.

Overnight on cruise

Note: In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be canceled without notice. We will consider other replacement tour or refund based on the specific circumstances

DAY 07: BACK TO TRANQUIL CAPITAL (B/L)

Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 08: HANOI – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH (B)

Have breakfast at hotel and free time until our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your next flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 09: DISCOVER THE FASCINATING CU CHI TUNNEL (B/L)

07:15 – 07:30: Pick you up at your hotel.

The trip will take approximately one and a half hours driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by a video about how the tunnels were constructed and how people survived in the harsh conditions of the wartime. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, native Cu Chi tapioca will be served.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 10: DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MEKONG RIVER (B/L/D) – GROUP TOUR

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City around 8 am, we will head to Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway.

Arrive at Cai Be River Wharf around 10.am, we will get on a shuttle boat to reach Mekong Lodge, the green pearl of Mekong Delta. The boat transfer is part of the trip experience itself as it is your first contact with the Mekong’s fertile alluvial water, which shapes the richness of the land.

Disembark and welcome you to Mekong Lodge; our smiling staffs in local traditional costume await you at Mekong Lodge iconic front bamboo-shaped gate. Check-in your private bungalows and enjoy a delicious lunch in our Mekong Riverside Restaurant.

Take some rest and begin our private walking tour to discover the nearby village around Mekong Lodge. We will visit families making coconut candy and brick to see the traditional production of goods in Mekong Delta. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth, and generosity.

In the evening, get some hands-on culinary experience by joining our Vietnamese cooking class. Our chefs will instruct you to prepare the Mekong Lodge signature dishes. Have fun and some interesting recipes to take home with. Enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere.

Overnight at Mekong Lodge

DAY 11: EXPERIENCE THE FLOATING MARKET (B/L) – GROUP TOUR

Begin our second day with buffet breakfast, then getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade.

Come back to Mekong Lodge to continue the discovery of Mekong Delta with cycling on its tranquil winding lanes and crossing canals. Take in the fresh air, beautiful view and taste some freshly picked fruit in local orchards.

Around noon, cycle back to Mekong Lodge for check out (11.am) and our boat will transfer you back to Cai Be harbor for your coming back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 12: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE – HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.

Goodbye and safe travel!

Destination 3-star Hotel Website 
Luang PrabangVilla Chindara or similarhttp://www.villachitdara.com/
HanoiEra Hotel  or similarhttp://www.hanoierahotel.com/
Halong BayLegend White Dolphin or similarhttp://www.whitedolphincruises.com/
Ho Chi MinhPrague Hotel Vietnam or similarhttp://praguehotelvn.com/

UPGRADE TO 4 STAR HOTEL: 340 USD / Person

Destination 4-star Hotel Website 
Luang PrabangVilla Santi or similarhttp://villasantihotel.com/
HanoiTirant Hotel or similarhttp://www.tiranthotel.com
Halong BayFlamingo cruise or similarhttp://www.flamingocruisehalong.com/
Ho Chi MinhLotus Central Saigon or similarhttps://dgpmhotels.com/lotus-central-hotel/index.html

UPGRADE TO 5 STAR HOTEL: 1050 USD/Person

Destination 5-star Hotel Website 
Luang PrabangLuang Prabang View Hotel or similarhttp://www.luangprabangview.com/
HanoiApricot Hotel or similarhttp://apricothotels.com/
Halong BayEra Cruise or similarhttps://eracruises.com/en/
Ho Chi MinhThe Myst Dong Khoi or similarhttps://www.themystdongkhoihotel.com/

 

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INCLUSIVE

√Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

√All transportation mentioned above

√In-tour flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, including up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax operated by Viet Jet or similar

√Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)

√Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

√All the tours and excursions as per itinerary with experienced English speaking guide 

√Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

√All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

√Tissues and water on coach

√Service charges and government tax

√Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service

√24/7 hotline support guaranteed

√Vietnam Visa letter approval

√No extra charge after services confirmation

EXCLUSIVE

Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

Travel insurance

Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec

Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person; Laos: $35/person)

Other services not mentioned above

 

INCLUSIVE

√Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

√All transportation mentioned above

√In-tour flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, including up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax operated by Viet Jet or similar

√Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)

√Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

√All the tours and excursions as per itinerary with experienced English speaking guide 

√Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

√All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

√Tissues and water on coach

√Service charges and government tax

√Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service

√24/7 hotline support guaranteed

√Vietnam Visa letter approval

√No extra charge after services confirmation

EXCLUSIVE

X International flights and airport taxes

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

Travel insurance

Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec

Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person; Laos: $35/person)

Other services not mentioned above

BOOKING PROCESS

Don't be shy to drop us an inquiry email at sales@realisticasia.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.   

  • Step 1Double-check all single supplement fee (if any) or solo traveler surcharge (if you explore the journey on your own) and choose the date you prefer to go for the trip. 
  • Step 2Click "Book Now" on the date you want to go and fill in the form with your requirements (if any), then to confirm the booking can click on "Pay Now" and make 500 USD deposit to secure your place via the link payment by credit card (Payment fee 3%) or by American Express (Payment fee 3.85%)
  • Step 3: We will send you a voucher confirmation within 24 -48 hours after receiving the deposit.
  • Step 4Send us your scan copies of passports for the process of making a visa approval letter; All the information will be kept confidentially. Pack your suitcase and be ready for an exciting holiday with us

If you would like to make any adjustments or have any concerns about the tour, click on "Enquiry Now" and let us know your request by filling in the form and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note down your phone number in the email or any contact details that you prefer us to reach you, this will enable us to have efficient communication with you. Several email exchange to confirm your final tour program.

PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT

1. Payment Process

  • Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount of 100% internal-flight tickets and 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method.

After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.

  • Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted. 

2. Payment Type 

  • Online payment by Credit Card with ONEPAY: We accept American Express, Visa card, MasterCard and JCB card since Realistic Asia is a verified member of OnePay System. Your card information will be protected during the transaction by using the security system with OnePay. Your invoice will be created when you confirmed the booking and send you the guideline to deposit your spot. 

Kindly note: Payments by credit cards or American Express we apply a service fee of 3,85%. If you need more details and further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • By Bank Transfers: If you prefer to do the bank transfer, please contact us so we can send you the bank detail information. However, all the bank fee and foreign currency exchange have to be taken care at your end.

CANCELLATION

Realistic Asia must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment

CONDITION OF INSURANCE

  • Realistic Asia demands that all clients going on our trips hold proper personal medical insurance. If clients do not hold insurances and refuse to sign on before departure, Realistic Asia reserves the right not to carry out the trip.
  • Kindly acknowledge your acceptance of the above terms and conditions by signing and returning to Realistic Asia a copy of the present contract and of the attachment with all itineraries.

OTHERS CONDITIONS

  • Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge
  • Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
  • Any amendment/cancellation made after the confirmed booking is nonrefundable
  • Tour is available at the time of booking
  • Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
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