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Heritages Trail Of Laos And Vietnam In 12 Days

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  • 12 Days 11 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction

This Heritage Trail Of Laos And Vietnam In 12 Days trip is perfect for those who want to get away from hustle and bustle of big cities and looking for a real authentic experience. You will get the unforgettable experience of visiting local villages throughout the trip, learning the traditional lifestyle of Vietnamese and Laotians, and getting deep into their culture. You would be stunned by the magnificent views of these two beautiful countries: explore the caves, and waterfalls, have a boat ride along the Mekong river, cycle through the rice fields, visit tropical orchards, and cruise in one of the most beautiful bays in the world!

Places You’ll See
Itinerary
Start in Luang Prabang and end in Hanoi! With the In-depth Cultural tour Heritages Trail Of Laos And Vietnam – 12 Days, you have a 12 days tour package taking you through Luang Prabang, Laos and 6 other destinations in Asia. Heritages Trail Of Laos And Vietnam – 12 Days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Welcome to Laos - Luang Prabang Arrival

Your Laos and Vietnam trip begins with your arrival in Luang Prabang. Your private driver will meet you at the airport, holding a signboard with your name. He will escort you to your accommodation right in the heart of the town. The tranquillity 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. You can easily explore Luang Prabang at your own pace or relax at the hotel after the flight.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2 Luang Prabang Sightseeing and Pak Ou Caves (B)

Today, we enjoy a short guided tour to the city’s oldest temples of Wat Sene 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. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside along the way. Visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. On the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is produced. On return, we take a short drive to another small village Ban Phanom, which is famous for its hand weaving. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3Luang Prabang - Kuang Si 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, the shrine of Wat Aham, and Wat Mai. Then visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups such as Hmong village Ban Ouray, Laoloum village Ban Ou, and Khmu village Ban Thapene. After exploring the villages, we will take you to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

OPTIONAL EARLY MORNING TOUR

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 4Luang Prabang - Flight To Ho Chi Minh (B)

Relish the remaining moment in Luang Prabang before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh. When you arrive at Than Son Nhat Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the time is free for leisure. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 5 Learn Vietnam War's History With Visit To Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and depart for Cu Chi tunnel. The trip will take approximately one and a half hours drive. Upon arrival, you will have a short introduction followed by an introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed, and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of wartime. 

Then, spend your time exploring the remaining area and tunnel systems, which included the living areas, kitchens, and bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers. All this was to help people living inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purposes during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla food during the war) will be served.

Then you will return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 6Discover The Mighty Mekong River And Floating Market (B/L/D) - Group Tour

Depart from Ho Chi Minh and head to the Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Upon arrival at Cai Be, you will board the boat and explore Cai Be floating market, where local farmers sell their goods right from the boat. Then visit Com candy craft village, where you can see the production process of candy nuggets and try freshly made candies. The next destination is the bee farm for a cup of honey tea. Then take a boat cruise to Tan Phong Island to visit local orchards and Uncle 5 On’s house to enjoy the garden folk music. Have a cup of tea with the fruits here while listening to music. 

From here, head to your resort to have lunch and some rest. Around 4 p.m., you can join the activities organized by the resort by picking vegetables and slapping the ditch to catch fish. After that, you will join our chef to cook your dinner

Overnight in Cai Be.

Day 7Cycle In The Countryside of Mekong Delta (B) – Group Tour

After breakfast, you take a cycling trip around Tan Phong Island to understand more about the daily life of the people on the island. On the way, enjoy the freshly picked fruits. Then return to the resort and learn how to make jackfruit leaf cake, which you will taste after. Around 11:30 am. check out your room and take the ferry to the pier, where our driver will meet you and transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 8Ho Chi Minh - Flight To Hanoi (B)

Relish the remaining moment in Ho Chi Minh before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Hanoi. When you arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the time is free for leisure. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9Get Away From The Big City With Ba Vi Eco Tour (B/L)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel then our experienced English-speaking guide escorts you on the trip to Ba Vi, a countryside located on the outskirt of Hanoi.

Arrive at Ri village, enjoy the welcome drink and snacks and meet your first host – Mr. Duoc, who is a Vietnam War veteran and tea-farm owner. Listen to the stories of Mr. Duoc’s life during the war while enjoying the drink and then visit his tea plantation. You will learn how to pick the best tea leaves to make the most wonderful beverage in Vietnam. Carry on with the tea production at his small workshop, where most of the work is manual.

Then, have a short drive to Moc village, where you will meet your next host Mrs. Chin, who will teach you how to cook local Vietnamese dishes. Later have the meals you made for lunch in a beautiful tropical garden. 

Have a short break after lunch, and join Mrs. Chin for a walk around the village. You will visit some local families to understand the rural lifestyle and learn how tofu, conical hats, and other local products are made. Then have a cycling trip through beautiful paddy fields. Wrap up your countryside tour with traditional feet soak in warm water with herbs, following the traditional recipes of the Muong ethnic minority. It will relax you (and your feet) after cycling around the village. Then your driver will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10Hanoi - Overnight Cruise On Halong Bay (B/L/D) - Shared Cruise

In the morning, check out of the hotel, and get picked up by the Cruise team. 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 will board the cruise and enjoy the fantastic views of limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. Have an utterly delicious seafood lunch and enjoy the time at the sundeck exploring the Bay. 

The cruise will stop in a secret place where you will spend time kayaking or swimming, so you can explore the karst grottoes closer. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise.

Day 11Halong Bay - Back To Hanoi (B/L)

Rise early today to view the sunrise at the wonder of nature with breakfast served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class on the sun deck will awake your mind and muscles.

Then head off to visit the limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration return to the boat to check out and enjoy the brunch while the cruise is sailing back to the harbor. Later you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hanoi. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12Time To Say Goodbye - Hanoi Departure (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip to Laos and Vietnam. Complete the hotel check-out formalities, after which you can visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later your private driver will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back home. Trip Ends.

Goodbye and safe travel!

Accommodation

Hotel list (3 star hotel)

Luang Prabang: Villa Chindara 
 
Ho Chi Minh City: Lotus Central Hotel or similar
 
Mekong Delta: Mekong Eco-Lodge or similar
 
Hanoi – Dal Vostro Hotel or similar
 
Halong Bay – Le Journey Cruise or similar

Upgrade 4 star hotel: Pay extra USD/ person

Luang Prabang : Villa Santi or similar
 
Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Saigon Hotel or similar
 
Mekong Detla: Mekong Lodge or similar
 
Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar
 
Ha long Bay: Renea Cruise or similar

Upgrade 5 star hotel: Pay extra USD/ person

Luang Prabang: Luang Prabang View or similar
 
Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Saigon  or similar
 
Mekong Delta: Vinpear Hotel or similar
 
Hanoi: The Oriental Jade Hotel or similar
 
Halong Bay: Athena Royal Cruise or similar
What's Included
Inclusive

Flights

Luang Prabang – Ho Chi Minh (with 20 kg luggage allowance)

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (with 20 kg luggage allowance)

Guide

Experienced English Speaking Guide 

Meals

Daily Breakfast

B: Breakfast

L: Lunch

D: Dinner

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let Realistic Asia know the food option that you prefer.

Transport

– Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services by private car

– Air-conditioned bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay (2-way)

– Air-conditioned bus or private cars for the excursions

Additional Services

Exclusive

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet. You can check out the details here.

International flights & departure taxes

Beverage, personal expenses, tips and gratuities

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

Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec, 31 Dec and 21 Jan (Tet)

Public holiday surcharge (Christmas and New Year, Tet holiday in Vietnam, Laotian New Year) if applicable

Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

Visa stamp fee fees (Vietnam:$25; Cambodia: $30)

Services not mentioned above

Requirement Document For Exemption Quarantine

Required Documents:

  • A Certificate of Vaccination (fully vaccinated) with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. Those previously infected within 3 months must have received 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.
  • Travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
  • A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (all travellers).
  • A confirmed payment for a 1-night stay at SHA+, AQ, OQ, or AHQ accommodation, and 1 RT-PCR test. ( Only applicable for Thailand Part)
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000

Applying for a Thailand Pass

(1) Register for a Thailand Pass at https://tp.consular.go.th/ (available from 1 November, 2021).

(2) Upload the required document (along with the valid visa/re-entry permit, if required), and allow 3-5 working days for the approval process. Wait for the approval of the Vaccine Certification and paid accommodation, including the RT-PCR test.

(3) Confirm the approval, and receive a Thailand Pass QR Code (or COE).

Applying for Cambodia Visa:

Visa on arrival is temporarily suspended. The clients can only apply for e-visa:  https://www.evisa.gov.kh or at Cambodian Embassy in their country.

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FAQ

Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

  • Deposit

In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 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. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

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.

  • Payment Policy

All the tour packages on this website operate on a pre-payment basis. Payment can be made either using a major credit card as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB and Unionpay not including credit card transaction fee (Please add in 3% fee for Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Unionpay or 3.85% for American Express to the total amount of payment each time).

After receiving your payment, we will issue you the hotel voucher and/or final confirmation itinerary, which can be sent to you by fax or e-mail.

  • Payment Methods

We will create a unique payment invoice using OnePay for you to make payment after processing your booking.

– Online payment by Credit Card with OnePAY: We accept American Express, Visa card, Mastercard, JCB card and Unionpay since Vietnam Tour Fun 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.

About OnePAY

OnePAY is a leading online payments and financial transaction processing company in Vietnam. Established in 2006, during the early days of e-Commerce in Vietnam. As representative of Mastercard Internet Payment Service in Viet Nam, OnePAY now leading online payment market.

– By bank transfer: 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.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated 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.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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