Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel inHanoi. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 2: Mekong Delta (B/L)
After breakfast we travel out of Ho Chi Minh city and spend full day floating through waterways on an exploration of the lush Mekong Delta region. Upon arrival Cai Be province, we take a boat ride visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market, an interesting style of market in the Mekong Delta. Everyday, the boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we can see local people being selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats.
Leave Cai Be, we will see the coconut candy, rise crispy cake, rice paper making workshop… continue to visit the local house and strolling on the village paths. For lunch, the local people will serve you the local delicacy - an Elephant’s-Ear fish. After that you walk around the village to sea local's daily activities if you wish. We will visit Vinh Long local market before return to Saigon in late afternoon. Free evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city - Danang - Hoi An (B)
In the morning, enjoy the city tour to explore the major points of interest inSaigon. We come to see the Reunification Palace, was once the symbol of the South Vietnamese government. We continue to Old Saigon Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh market before transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to the ancient town ofHoi An. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 4: Hoi An - Hue (B)
This morning, we will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful local markets.
We then travel by road for three hours to Hue, the last Imperial City of Vietnam. In the afternoon we begin to see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. End the day with a visit to Dong Ba market.
Overnight in Hue
Day 5: Hue - Hanoi (B)
Today we take a boat trip along the romantic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the well-known religious site in Hue. Afterwards, travel outskirts of Hue to visit royal tomb of King Tu Duc before heading to airport to take flight to Hanoi, the charming capital of today Vietnam.
Upon arrival, we explore the fascinating Old Quarter on a cyclo tour, passing its lively narrow streets. In the evening, enjoy the unique art of Water Puppetry.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. We then enjoy three hour scenic drive to Halong Bay, crossing paddy fields and villages in the Red River Delta with one stop for refreshment en route (20 mins). Upon arrival Halong, we take a 4-hour fantastic cruise on a traditional junk through the emerald waters between the limestone outcrops and long corridors. We visit Dau Go Cave "Grotto of the Wooden Stakes" and take a short walk away to visit the Thien Cung Cave "Grotto of Heavenly Palace", famous for its stalagmites ans stalactites. A seafood lunch will be served on board.
Continuing on, the trip passes Con Cho Da (Stone Dog), Lu Huong (Incense burner), and the many other strangely-shaped islets in this area. 1km on from Lu Huong Islet, the trip reaches Ga Choi (Fighting Cocks) Islet.
Then cruise back to Halong Tourist Wharf for return Hanoi in the early evening.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi - Vientiane (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to take flight to Vientaine, the capital ofLaos. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
After a short rest, we start to visit the major sights of the capital including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in town dating back to 1828. We will also visit Haw Pha Kaew, the former Royal temple of Laos Monarchy, now converted into a museum and Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos and the Patuxai Monument, reminiscent of the Arc de Triumphed in Paris. From there, we explore the Central Market.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 8: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B)
The morning we visit the National Museum (Revolutionary Museum) where we see varied antique items and legend of Laos’s history fighters and leaders from the ancient times to new revolution period and free for shopping. We then board a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best – preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.
On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel then we’ll local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails. After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave (B)
Today we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Continue to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then take a boat ride upstream on the Mekong River toPak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we overland local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan, continue seeing the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belongs to royal family patronage and near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
Optional: Early this morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. This is the highlight of tour prior goodbye to this charming city.
Have breakfast before 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. We continue visit the silver smith’s and Fine Arts School and the Central Market before catch a flight goodbye to this ancient city.
(B) : Breakfast
(L) : Lunch
(D) : Dinner
Hotels to be used:
In Ho Chi Minh City:
Deluxe: New World Hotel/ Caravelle Hotel/ Renaissance Riverside Hotel/ Legend Hotel/ Equatorial Hotel or similar
Superior: Rex Hotel/ Kim Do Hotel/ Continental Hotel/ Grand Hotel/ Park Royal Saigon Hotel/ Windsor Plaza Hotel or similar
Standard: Bongsen 1 Hotel/ Palace Hotel/Vien Dong Hotel/ Metropole Hotel/ May Hotel/ Thang Long-Oscar/ Tan My Dinh II Hotel/ Le Duy Hotel or similar
Economy: Empress Hotel/ Chancery Hotel/ Saigon Hotel/ Elios Hotel or similar
Deluxe: Victoria Hoi An Resort/ Palm Garden Resort/ Golden Sand Resort/ Life Heritage Resort or similar
Superior: Hoian Beach Resort/ Hoian Riverside resort/ Hoian Trails Resort or similar
Standard: Ancient House Resort/ Hoi an Hotel/ Vinh Hung Resort or similar
Economy: Thuy Duong 3 Hotel/ Vinh Hung 2 Hotel/ Hoai Thanh Hotel/ Sea and Sand Hotel or similar
Deluxe: La Residence Hotel & Spa/ Imperial Hotel/ Pilgrimage Village Resort or similar
Superior: Saigon Morin Hotel/ Huong Giang Hotel or similar
Standard: Green Hotel/ Park view Hotel/ Festival Hotel/ Asia Hotel or similar
Economy: Duy Tan hotel/ Hoa Hong Hotel or similar
Deluxe: Melia Hanoi Hotel/ InterContinental Hanoi Westlake/ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel/ Sofitel Luxury Hanoi Hotel or similar
Superior: Zephyr Hotel/ Sunway Hanoi Hotel / Fortuna Hotel/ Serenade Hotel or similar
Standard: Rosaliza Hotel/ Maison D’Hanoi/ Jasper Hotel/Majestic Salute Hotel/ Galaxy Hotel/ Hoa Binh Palace Hotel or similar
Economy: Gia Bao Hotel / Hong Ngoc Hotel / Anise Hotel/ Flower Hotel or similar
Deluxe: Settha Palace Hotel or similar
Superior: Lao Plaza Hotel or similar
Standard: Inter City Hotel or similar
Economy: Day Inn Hotel or similar
In Luang Prabang:
Deluxe: La Residence Hotel or similar
Superior: Villa Santi Hotel or similar
Standard: Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel or similar
Economy: Sanakeo Hotel or similar
* All flights & hotels are subject to availability
This Private Journey will depart on your desired date. It can also be taken in reverve starting in Luang Prabang and finish in Ho Chi Minh City.