20 Days Vietnam and Laos Panorama Highlights Tour

INT-VL-VLPT20 20 Days Vietnam and Laos Panorama Highlights Tour

The 20-day Vietnam and Laos panorama highlights tour will make you have a full awareness of Vietnam and Laos, you must immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes and the specail culture of these two countries in South East Asia.

visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to discover these amazing systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War, then visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon. You will discover the Mekong River and villages at the Mekong Delta region, essential to Vietnamese life and be taken to the largest floating market in Can Tho. Then relax, swim, and enjoy water sports at Mot Island. Travel to Hanoi and experience a fusion of French and Vietnamese. Wander throgh atmospheric streets in Hoi An Ancient Town, relax yourself totally.

 

TOUR CODEINT-VL-VLPT20

PLACES VISITED Saigon - Can Tho - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

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Trip Highlights

  • Vietnam: Travel to Hanoi and experience a fusion of French and Vietnamese, enjoy Halong Bay and it's many limestone islands on this private full-day tour, stroll through atmospheric streets in Hoi An Ancient Town and relax yourself totally, excursion to Mekong Delta and experience their local floating life
  • Laos: Wander along the tree-lined boulevards in Vientiane and observe how the locals live, prepare yourself to swim and have fun in the falls and enjoy the natural pools. visit Luang Prabang, a Shangri-La of golden

At a Glance

Saigon(2 nights)

Can Tho(1 night)

Nha Trang(3 nights)

Hoi An(2 nights)

Hue(2 nights)

Hanoi(2 nights)

Halong Bay(1 night)

Vientiane(2 nights)

Vang Vieng(1 night)

Luang Prabang(3 nights)

Itinerary Day by Day

20 Days Vietnam and Laos Panorama Highlights Tour

Day 1 Welcome to Saigon!

Flight: International flight will be on client's own arrangement

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel for check in. Rest is your own leisure.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 2 Best of Saigon

Meals: B

In the morning, fly to Saigon, upon arrive, your guide will meet you at the airport,and escort you to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover these amazing systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War. You'll have an opportunity to see the various weapons used in the war on display. Then learn about the innovative ways the guerrillas survived and fought back in the war. The impressive underground system they built remains to tell the story of the Vietnam War.

In the afternoon, see the highlights of Saigon and learn the history of these iconic landmarks.

You’ll explore some of the most important sights in Ho Chi Minh. Start by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. Constructed by French colonists during their settlement, discover its significance as the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia. Across the road is the Old Saigon Post Office, a neoclassical architectural building considered one of the main attractions in the city. Visit the Reunification Palace, home of South Vietnam’s President during the war. Then stop is Cholon, the Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh. Explore the thickly settled district rife with tea-houses and pagodas, and the famous Binh Tay Market. Finish the afternoon with a visit to the Emperor Jade Pagoda. Also known as the Tortoise pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon's finest.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 3 Saigon - Can Tho Mekong Delta Discovery

Meals: B / L

Today you will discover the Mekong River and villages at the Mekong Delta region, essential to Vietnamese life.

Your private guide and car will take you to the remote My Tho. This burgeoning capital rests in the Mekong Delta and is surrounded by beautiful countryside known as the "rice basket of Vietnam". First you'll Vinh Trang Pagoda which is decorated with mosaics made from broken pottery. Overlooked by a tall white Buddha, it is set amongst lovely gardens packed with flowers, shrubs, lotus pools and tombs and ornate gates which provide entry. Next, you'll take a boat ride along the river to view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages. You'll stop at the Tortoise Island where you'll enjoy lunch in the orchard.

After lunch you'll visit An Khanh, a small village that specializes in fruit orchards and coconut sweets. If time permits, you can take a short cycling trip through the island. Then enjoy seasonal fruit, honey tea, and delicious coconut candies all to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals. When the tour is finished, you'll transfer to Can Tho.

Upon arrive in Can Tho, you will check in hotel and have a rest.

In the evening, you may wander around the night market in the centre of the small town, or enjoy some drinks at the riverside bars.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4 Can Tho - Saigon - Nha Trang | Morning Floating Market | Flight to Nha Trang

Flight: Internal flight include in quotation and will be on INT's arrangement

Meals: B / L

Rise early in the morning for breakfast at your hotel where your private guide and driver will meet you to escort you to the pier of Can Tho for an adventure on the river. Your motor boat and captain will greet you and help you on board. You'll be taken to the largest floating market in Can Tho where local farmers bring their bulk produce for sale. The trip there will see the banks with various flowers scattered throughout.

When you arrive at the market, you'll see boats with colorful fruits and vegetables local to the region being traded in bulk. After this, you'll venture up narrow canals to find a local fruit farm hidden in the natural landscape of the creek. You'll have the chance to see local fruits such as mango, limes, jack fruit, durian and more being grown. Then you'll have the chance to sit and enjoy fresh cut fruit before returning to town by boat.

After the tour, relax at hotel for short time and check out, then you will be driven back to Ho Chi Minh airport for flight to Nha Trang, Upon arrive, you will transfer to your hotel for checking in.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 5 Full Day Nha Trang Excursion

Meals: B

Today you will fly to Nha Trang, Nha Trang may be a lively resort town known for its beaches, but it also has plenty of history to discover. Start at the top with the 8th-century Po Nagar Cham Towers on Mount Cu Lao, a temple named after a Hindu Champa princess and still used today for worship. Continue on to the 19th-century Long Son Pagoda with its 80-foot tall Buddha; finish up with the Cathedral, a reminder of French colonialism that is visited daily by the town's many Catholics.

Of course, no tour of Nha Trang is complete without a visit to the Dam Market, which dates from the early 1970s and is the local favorite for everything from clothes to dried seahorses to produce. This massive market is a must-see.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 6 Four Island and Snorkeling Trip

Meal: B / L

8:30am: Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit. Coming to Tri Nguyen Aquarium, tourists will have a chance to explore the ocean bottom and contemplate the life of marine species. Setting foot on Tri Nguyen Aquarium, tourists will actually feel like being lost in a real palace with an extremely attractive and abundant flora and fauna.

Continue to visit Mun Island where you can see lots of lives colorful coral and fish. You will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest. Named Hon Mun because in the south east of the island, it has high-rise cliffs with dangerous wattles forming caves and grottoes, especially its stone are as black as ebony, which could rarely be found in the other areas. In the black stone caves of Hon Mun, every year flocks of swallow migrate to the area and build their nets.

Due to the island’s location adjacent to the hot sea-currents from the equator, the sea bed of Hon Mun is suitable for the development of corals and various types of tropical sea creatures. Hon Mun is not only a place where marine researcher, oceanographers and tourists observe and explore the sea creatures’ life but also is the best place for snorkeling in Vietnam.

Then relax, swim, and enjoy water sports at Mot Island after taking in a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7 Flight to Hoi An | Hoi An Ancient Port Town

Flight: Internal flight include in quotation and will be on INT's arrangement

Meal: B

Today, enjoying your free morning until transfer to airport for flight to Nha Trang, Upon arrival, guide will meet you at the airport and escort to your hotel for check in.

In the afternoon, start to visit the Ancient Capital of Hoi An, which features the 16th century port town in its preserved state. Visit the Museum of Trade Ceramics which houses art and pottery dating from the 1,500’s to the 1,700’s. Continue on a brief visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, a temple from the 17th century featuring China's influence in the region. Enter the Ancient Town as the streets take on a magic of their own with old lanterns, French-style houses, intricately carved wooden doors and more Take a walk through the Old Tam Ky House to see it's imperial styles meshed with French overtures. Continue on to stroll along the river and see traditional boats and locals on bicycles passing by. You'll then approach the Japanese Covered Bridge which for centuries connected the Chinese and Japanese sides of town over the waterway. The old wooden structure has shown amazing resilience for more than 400 years.

At dusk, enjoy walking along the riverside as colorful lanterns light up the town. Then return to your hotel for an evening of relaxation.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8 Hoi An Culinary Tour and Cooking Class with River Cruise

Meal: B / L

This morning ,we will head to Hoi An’s bustling market and experience the amazing and colorful sights as you stroll through the market with your guide, who’ll introduce you to the ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine.

Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 30-minute cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Along the way, enjoy photo ops of local life on this scenic river. Upon arriving at the Red Bridge Cooking School, walk through its abundant herb garden and learn about the herbs that give Vietnam’s cuisine its distinctive flavors. Then head to the school’s open-air riverside building, a beautiful and breezy location for your cooking class. The chefs demonstrate the preparation of each dish (see menu below) and help as you learn to prepare the dishes yourself. To finish the day’s lesson, which takes about two hours, observe an introduction to Vietnamese plate decoration or food carving, which is truly an art in itself.

After the class, sit down and enjoy eating the delicious meal that you have made! At the end of your culinary tour, your guide will take you back on the boat to your starting point in Hoi An where your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 9 Mountain Coastal Road to Hue

Meals: B

Your guide will assist with check out. Then take a scenic ride along the mountain coasts of Vietnam (4 hours). Start by riding along the beaches of Danang where you'll see hundreds of traditional fishing boats scattered along the water with beautiful mountains lining the horizon. As you approach the steep and narrow ascent you'll find the scenery surreal. Along the way, there is a stretch of road which overlooks a beautiful bay with a small fishing village, perfect for a Facebook photo. Continue your climb to a summit where the clouds meet you. In Chinese, the summit is referred to as “Where the Clouds Meet the Ocean”. Onward through mountains, valleys, countryside, and shorelines you'll find numerous breathtaking scenes, great places to stop for photos. As you enter Hue, you'll be impressed by the many imperial signs and impressive houses and buildings. Check in to your hotel in Hue.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 10 Hue Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City

Meals: B / L

This morning start with a visit to the Perfume River, renowned for its natural scenery and numerous flowers which envelop it's shores. Along the river, you'll view Vietnamese daily life up close. Take a boat ride along the river to the Tomb of Minh Mang, featuring gardens, many steps, and beautiful decorations. Continue on visit Tu Doc, a complex with the private royal residence and a tomb which also houses the body of one of the wealthiest emperors in Vietnam. Legend has it that his body is buried with vast treasures in an inconspicuous place, which archaeologists have tried but failed to find. Visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a more modern ornately decorated tomb.

In the afternoon, press on to see the Imperial Hue Citadel – the old capital of Vietnam. This Citadel has a moat and wall perimeter 10 km long. View its vast gardens and structural relics. Walk through the outer perimeter of the city to see many of the national treasures and buildings inside. Venture further in to enter the Purple Forbidden City, which was off limits to the general public. Only royalty and the highest officials in the Vietnamese government were allowed to enter. Last stop of the day is the Dong Ba Market where you can purchase local fruits and foods.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 11 Hue - Hanoi | Water Puppet Show

Flight: Internal flight include in quotation and will be on INT's arrangement

Meals: B / D

Today, enjoying your free morning until transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you guide will meet at airport and escort to your hotel for check in , rest is your own leisure.

In the evening, dinner with a Water Puppet Show performed by the world renowned Thang Long Opera House. This performance features a talent unique to Vietnam. You'll watch as water puppets perform the folklore legends of Vietnam while live ethnic music sets the mood.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12 Hanoi - the 100 Year Old City

Meals: B

This morning, , you will start to Visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda. This 1,400 year old temple features ten tiers enclosed by gardens, including a bodhi tree grown from a cutting of the original Buddhist tree under which Buddha sat. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake where you’ll see the Tortoise Tower perched on the water. Enjoy a half hour cyclo tour through Hanoi’s the Old Quarter. The cyclo is a historic mode of transportation in the cities of Vietnam where a cyclist leads you while you sit in a canopied seat affixed to the front. Next, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, situated on a pillar made of a single stone, in the midst of a lotus pond. This pagoda was built by a 9th century emperor who saw it in a dream and regarded this as divine inspiration to recreate the structure in his vision.

You'll pass by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before visiting the highlight of this day - The Temple of Literature. This ancient university was erected almost a millennium ago and has hosted many of the most prominent scholars through Vietnamese history. The site features many gardens, pools, buildings, and ancient trees where Vietnam’s best and brightest studied under the guidance of Confucius teachings.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13 Hanoi | Cruise along Halong Bay

Meals: B / L / D

After breakfast, travel to Halong Bay, one of the Wonders of the Orient (3 hr. drive). Your cruise across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating wonder. As the boat sets sails, you will be greeted by the Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard.

During the afternoon, discover some of the treasures spread across the Bay of the Descending Dragon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you can attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

One of the highlights of your stay on board is the innovative and varied cuisine offered at Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.

Overnight in Halong Bay.

Day 14 Halong Bay | Back to Hanoi Airport | Flight to Vientiane

Flight: Internal flight include in quotation and will be on INT's arrangement

Meal: B

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant, followed by a visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around noon and transfer back to Hanoi airport for flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane airport, your private local guide from IndochinaTour.com will welcome you at the airport then escorts you to your hotel in Vientiane City. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, you can have a relaxing walk around the hotel to discover the city or stroll along the river bank to enjoy sunset.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 15 Vientiane City Highlights

Meal: B / L

Vientiane, the charming capital city of Laos with rich heritage of Buddhist culture, is waiting for you to discover.

You full day city tour will take you to visit the highlights of Vientiane. Your will firstly get to know some more history of Laos by visiting the National Museum, then visit the temple Wat Sisaket which is the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. The temple Wat Prakeo which housing the famous Emerald Buddha image really amazed the Indochina tour makers. Your full day Vientiane city tour will also visit the symbolic site That Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 16 Transfer to Vang Vieng | Boat trip on Nam Xong River

Meal: B

After breakfast, you will leave for the beautiful town Vang Vieng by taking Road 13 toward North. On the way stop at KM 52 Hmong Village for a short visit. Then visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang, which has one of the oldest Buddha statues dating back to 11th century. After visiting Vang Xang, you will stop for photos at the  fishing village of Ban Houy Mo, then continue to Vang Vieng, stopping for lunch en route at local restaurant. When you arrive in Vang Vieng, you'll take a boat trip on the Nam Xong River for natural beauty of Vang Vieng, You'll check in at your hotel, then have free time at your leisure.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 17 Transfer to Luang Prabang

Meal: B

Today, enjoying your free morning until transfer toward to Luang Prabang . Upon arrive, hotel check in and rest is your own leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 18 Luang Prabang: Buddhist Ancient City and Temples

Meal: B

After breakfast, start a visit to the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. See the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and representing classical Laotian architecture. Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

In the afternoon, Visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before heading out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Later this afternoon return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Finally climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Finally visit the famous Night Market, where you’ll find handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe peoplesliving in the surroundings.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 19 Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves | Khouang Si Waterfall

Meal: B / L

This morning, embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where Laos rice wine and rice whiskey is produced. . You'll be able to try some and learn about the process used to make it. Then on to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

Lunch will be served near the caves. You'll have the opportunity to try a local dish called "Orlam" which is a soup with vegetables and features a spicy wood that is partially edible. On return, disembark to visit the traditional weaving village of Ban Phanom, famous for its hand woven textiles.

Continue to explore the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 20 Farewell from Luang Prabang

Flight: International flight will be on client's own arrangement

Meal: B

Today, enjoy your free morning to airport for your international home or next destination flight.

Service End.

Service Inclusions:

  • Flight tickets with airport tax as listed in above itinerary.
  • Entrance fee and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private English speaking tour guide service.
  • Private van for land transportation with cold drinking water and soft drink provided in the car.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner.

Service Exclusions:

  • International air tickets.
  • Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Meals do not listed in itinerary.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel bell boys, etc.
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any).
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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