Day 1 Ho CHi Minh City
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city characterized by wide boulevards and French colonial architecture. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2 Cu Chi tunnels + Saigon city tour (B-L)
Visit renowned Cu Chi tunnels in the morning where a small community located in the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, known for its network of deep tunnels that provided shelter and an effective source of infiltration for the Viet Cong during the later years of the Vietnam War.
The tunnels, which reached hundreds of miles in total length, housed storage rooms, makeshift hospitals and sleeping quarters. Heavy bombing by U.S. forces did not halt movement through the tunnels, making this an unusually successful defense against the weaponry of the American troops. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark on a Saigon city tour, seeing Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight stay in Saigon
Day 3 + 4 Hoi An; Art & craft experience (B-L)
Fly to Danang in the morning and proceed to the Cham Museum, which contains 300 stone art treasures and the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Continue on to Non Nuoc, formerly China Beach, which stretches north and south from the surrounding mountains. Check in to your hotel, perched on an arc of powder-white sand.
The next morning, visit to the ancient town of Hoi An on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Wander along its ancient winding streets, marveling at the tile-roofed wooden buildings and perusing vendors’ wares, which include colorful handmade lanterns —a Hoi An specialty. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 + 6 Hanoi; Charming capital of Vietnam (B-L)
Fly to Hanoi, where you are met and transferred to your colonial style hotel. After check in, travel by cyclo through the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. Later, see a traditional Vietnamese roi nuoc (water puppetry show) performance.
The following day, pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s house; the simple structure, which belonged to the revolutionary guerrilla leader, is located among banyan and milkweed trees. Continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first Vietnamese empire independent from China. Complete the Hanoi discovery with a visit to Vietnam’s first university named temple of Literature.
Day 7 Halong Bay on a luxury cruise (B-L-D)
Travel overland to Halong Bay (the “Dragon Descending to the Sea”), where you board the luxury junk (boat). Relax over lunch and begin your passage into the magical Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Sail to a spellbinding limestone grotto. Take a dip on a quiet beach or simply soak up rays on the sun deck.
In the afternoon, visit a small village, where you interact with local fishermen. Back on board the wooden junk, watch the sunset over cocktails. Then, make your way to the dining room for dinner and latter fishing from the Junk’s deck. Overnight stay on board the traditional Junk
Day 8 Luang Prabang, Laos (B)
Greet the day with an on board tai chi session at sunrise. After breakfast, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view over the scenic Bay. Disembark and travel overland to Hanoi, where you fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, the “Land of a Million Elephants.”
Upon arrival, you are transferred to your luxury resort and spa overlooking the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, partake in a baci ceremony, during which a village elder ties lengths of blessed white string around your wrist. Said to protect the wearer, legend holds that the strings must not be removed for at least three days. Overnight stay in Luang Prabang
Day 9 + 10 Luang Prabang stay and sightseeing (B)
Explore the artifact-rich National Museum of Luang Prabang, formerly the Royal Palace. It houses the gold Buddha image, which is believed to be nearly 2,000 years old. Continue to Wat Xieng Thong, taking note of its low, sweeping roofs. Inside, richly decorated wooden columns support a ceiling vested with dharma-wheels. Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a stunning, private museum housed in a grand colonial courthouse.
Begin the following day at Phoussy Hill and Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, witness a silk-weaving demonstration at Ock Pop Tok. In the afternoon, explore Kuang Si Falls, its multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations into a series of cool, turquoise-green pools. You may opt to visit the nearby bear rescue center, which protects and rehabilitates the rare Asiatic Black Bear.
Day 11 Luang Prabang departure (B)
End of the Vietnam and Luang Prabang, Laos tour, no activity planned, our driver will transfer you to the airport for departure flight.
Prices for best of Vietnam & Luang Prabang
|Price tag per person||High seasons||Low seasons|
|2 Persons||US$ 2511||US$ 2389|
|3-4 Persons||US$ 2220||US$ 2115|
|5-6 Persons||US$ 2120||US$ 2105|
Prices are valid throughout 2017 except during Christmas & Vietnam Lunar New Year, around Feb.
High season month: 1,2,3,4,10,11,12
Low season month: 5,6,7,8,9