12-Day Laos and North Vietnam Tour with Mekong Explore Cruise

Destinations: Vientiane-Paklay-Ban Thadeua-Kuang Si-Luang Prabang-Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi

Featured Highlights:

Welcome to Vientiane! Your cruise will depart at approximately 14:00. Settle into your cabin as we begin our 6 day cruise. Upon your arrival, you will be given a short guided tour of this wonderful capital city, including a visit the national symbol, the famous Luang temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe.

 

Day 1: Vientiane

Day 2: Vientiane Departure

Day 3: Mekong River discovery

Day 4: Paklay Highlights

Day 5: Ban Thadeua

Day 6: Kuang Si- Luang Prabang

Day 7: Luang Prabang Highlights

Day 8: Departure from Luang Prabang –Hanoi Arrival

Day 9: Hanoi Highlights

Day 10: Sapa Discovery

Day 11: Sapa- Hanoi

Day 12: Hanoi Departure

 Day 1: Vientiane

Welcome to Vientiane! Your cruise will depart at approximately 14:00. Settle into your cabin as we begin our 6 day cruise. Upon your arrival, you will be given a short guided tour of this wonderful capital city, including a visit the national symbol, the famous Luang temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe.Return back to the ship and enjoy a welcome dinner on board followed by relaxation time in the evening.

 Day 2: Vientiane Departure

Today you will cruise upstream through the untouched, formerly inaccessible parts of the Mekong river.Enjoy your lunch and dinner on board. Spend the night on a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but the sights and sounds of pristine nature.

 Day 3: Mekong River discovery

Today you will witness some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes in Laos as we sail up the mighty Mekong River. As you take in the beautiful scenery, we will visit some local villages along the shores. Enjoy natures breathtaking wonders such as hills covered in tropical vegetation and rock formations along the river banks as we continue to sail.At the end of the day, we will make another stop along the sandbanks where we will spend the night. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.

 Day 4: Paklay Highlights

Today you will cruise across the Mekong, stopping to visit the small riverside community of Paklay, famous for its colonial architecture. The beautiful landscape is interwoven with local small villages and herds of cattle.Upon your return to the ship, enjoy a nice dinner and have a lovely, relating evening as we continue to sail along the river.

 Day 5: Ban Thadeua

As we cruise through Ban Thadeua, enjoy the spectacular views as we make our way back towards Luang Prabang. As we sail, see if you can spot the local fishermen catching fish near the shore.Enjoy your last evening on board with a lovely farewell dinner.

 Day 6: Kuang Si- Luang Prabang

Once we have sailed for a couple of hours, you will take a bus tour to visit the Kuang Si Falls, the most famous waterfalls in Laos. On the way, you will stop to stroll through the small local villages.You will arrive in Luang Prabang in the afternoon, where you will sadly say goodbye to your wonderful Laotian crew, you local guide will greet you at the pier and take you to your hotel for Check-in.The rest of the day is yours to explore the city on your own.

 Day 7: Luang Prabang Highlights

In the early morning, you can join a traditional alms ritual and accept a blessing by the local monks. After breakfast, you will enjoy a city tour by visiting Wat Xiengthong, the stunning Golden City Temple, Wat Aham, which has depictions of Buddha's life painted on the walls and finally, the Royal Palace Museum, to have a chance to learn about the Lao history and culture.Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 Day 8: Departure from Luang Prabang –Hanoi Arrival

Today you can just relax until it's time for your guide to take you to the airport for your ongoing flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi, your friendly local guide will greet you at airport and then take you to your hotel to check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax, settle in and, if jet lag permits, do a little exploring on your own.Overnight in Hanoi.

 Day 9: Hanoi Highlights

After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning touring around Hanoi city. Begin with a visit to The Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House, Presidential Palace and Museum. Then, its on to, the One Pillar Pagoda, this temple rises from the centre of one pillar and is said to be have been built in the shape of a lotus. Finish your day with a stroll around the Fine Arts Museum; showcasing pieces from a range of historical periods.

Your afternoon will be spent at the fascinating Ethnologic Museum, where you can learn a bit about the many different ethnic minorities in Vietnam. After this, you'll be taken to visit the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake; you can find out all about the very interesting mythology that surrounds it. The tour ends with a special Vietnamese treat – you will take a cyclo or rickshaw around the picturesque Old Quarter.You can relax until the evening, when you will be able to enjoy a cultural treat – a famous Water Puppet Show at the theatre. After the performance, you will be taken to the train station for your night train to Sapa, this mountain town is famous for it's fine, rugged scenery and it's cultural diversity.Overnight aboard the train to Sapa.

 Day 10: Sapa Discovery

In the early morning, you will arrive at Lao Cai train station and be met by your guide, then you'll drive to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have the chance to have some breakfast and take a short rest.Once you feel rested and refreshed, you'll begin the tour of this fascinating area. The first stop will be a visit to a hill-tribe village and the beautiful paddy terraced fields. You can ask your guide about their rich and unique culture.After lunch, you will be able to go trekking in this amazing rural area and go and visit a small local market. You can spend the rest of the day hiking or exploring on your own.Overnight in Sapa.

 Day 11: Sapa- Hanoi

In the morning, you'll get more of an opportunity to appreciate the stunning natural beauty of Sapa, by taking an trip to the Tafin Village of Dzao. In amongst the mountains, you will find the dramatic 'Silver' Waterfalls.After lunch in a local restaurant, you will be taken back to Lao Cai train station for your overnight train to Hanoi.Overnight aboard to the train to Hanoi.

 Day 12: Hanoi Departure

enjoy a leisure time in the morning, Upon your train arrive in Hanoi, your private guide will be waiting to meet you at the train station to take you back to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Vietnam is a unique cultural experience and hopefully, by the time you leave, you will have a new appreciation for this incredible country and it's people.

       Inclusions:

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees  as listed;

  • All meals as listed;

  • Transportation as listed;

  • Accommodations as listed;

  • Domestic flights, car transfers as listed;

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide.

       Exclusions:

  • Visa Fees;
  • International Airfares;
  • Tips and other Personal Expenses;
  • All other services not clearly mentioned.

Passion Indochina Travel will provide you with a dynamic professional local private tour guide, a private chauffeur and a transportation that suits your style and gives you pleasure, comfort and security through every points of your destination.All our tour guides in our company are registered English Speaking Guides, they are passionate about their city and they take pride in sharing it with others.With our private local tour guide, you’d get the chance to see and learn more among the historic places in the world and their cultures. Be amazed with the breathtaking scenery of Asia and enjoy some once in a lifetime adventure!

Private Tour Guid

The tour guide is always punctual on every destination he/she is needed. You will be picked up at the airport and will be escorted to your hotel and tend to your stuff til their services is needed again. They will also assist you at the airport at every departure, seeing to it that you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All the tour guides in all your choices of destination are Locals. Since they know all the areas of the tours you're taking, they make sure that they share to you all the information may it be historical facts, dates and anecdotes or tell stories about the tour sites to make it more interesting and entertaining. They would also suggest the best spots for picture taking.Our tour guides are also flexible when it comes to the itinerary changes if there's any unexpected reason and will be more than accommodating to any alternative suggestions just to ensure that you will have an incredible experience.

Private Chauffeur Services

Arrive in the comfort of your style. Depending on the group size, and the tour packages of your choice, we would accommodate you with the best transportation and a professional Chauffeur to assist you wherever and whenever you need. They would be happy to transport you.