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Tour Code: MLC-08
Tour Route: Bangkok arrival - Chiang Khong - Mekong & Pak Beng - Luang Prabang - Phonsavan - Vientiane - Hanoi - Mai Chau - Tam Coc - Halong bay - Hanoi departure
Tour Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Bangkok / Hanoi
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Bangkok arrival
Day 02: Bangkok - Chiang Khong
Day 03: Mekong - Pak Beng
Day 04: Luang Prabang
Day 05: Luang Prabang
Day 06: Luang Prabang
Day 07: Luang Prabang - Phonsavan
Day 08: Phonsavan - Vientiane
Day 09: Vientiane
Day 10: Vientiane - Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi - Mai Chau
Day 13: Mai Chau - Tam Coc
Day 14: Tam Coc - Halong bay
Day 15: Halong bay - Hanoi
Day 16: Hanoi departure
DETAIL ITINERARY
DAY 01: BANGKOK ARRIVAL
Arrive in Bangkok where you are transferred to the comfortable and centrally located hotel. Free at your leisure to explore the city. Overnight at Bangkok.
Meals included: None

DAY 02: BANGKOK - CHIANG KHONG
Early morning we depart the hotel for a tour of Bangkok. This city tour is all done on the different forms of public transport available to the citizens of Bangkok (Skytrain, canal boat, ferry and bus), to give you a true taste of life in this busy and varied city. We visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), a must for first-time travelers to Bangkok. We also visit Wat Po, home of the famous Reclining Buddha. (When visiting temples and palaces in Thailand, please dress conservatively in order to respect the local culture). Following our tour we transfer to the airport for our flight north to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival into Chiang Rai we transfer by road to the township of Chiang Khong. This evening you can sit on the banks of the might Mekong and look across the river at Laos. Overnight at Chiang Khong.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03: CHIANG KHONG - PAK BENG
In the morning we transfer to the Thai/Lao border, once passed Thai Immigration we say good-bye to our Thai Tour Leader board small boats to transfer across the Mekong river to Lao immigration where you will be met by your Lao Tour Leader. Following immigration formalities being completed we transfer to the Huay Sai pier to board our private slowboat for the journey down the Mekong river, the 2 day journey is a chance to relax and take in the breathe taking scenery on our comfortable private slowboat. This evening we overnight in the little township of Pak Beng, a small traders town and now an overnight stop for tourists traveling to Luang Prabang. Please note that Pak Beng is a basic town, be prepared for the possibility of cold showers and limited electricity supply, a “Spirit of Adventure” is essential. Stay overnight at hotel in Pak Beng.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 04: PAK BENG - LUANG PRABANG
We reboard our private slowboat to continue our trip down the might Mekong River. Today we have a chance to stop at a village on the banks of the river. We also take an opportunity to visit Pak Ou Caves We reboard our private slowboat to continue our trip down the might Mekong River. Today we have a chance to stop at a village on the banks of the river. We also take an opportunity to visit Pak Ou Caves which house a number of Buddha statues. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 05: LUANG PRABANG
In the morning we have the option to rise early to view the procession of monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. The people of the town wait out the front of their houses with food for the monks to collect and take back to the temple. It is done early as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you ‘het bon’ or make merit, which should augur well for your next life! Following breakfast we visit the major temples, including the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers, and Wat Wisunalat, which is the oldest temple in the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the chance to walk around the local shops, which are well known for their hand-weaving and other interesting artifacts Here is a chance for the shoppers to try their hand at bargaining. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 06: LUANG PRABANG
We visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, an interesting structure that dates from the early years of the 20th Century and combines traditional Lao architecture with French colonial influence. The collection of treasures and artifacts reflects the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign, who was deposed in 1975. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries. A great optional activity is to sample a traditional Lao massage and herbal sauna. Another highlight of our stay is a journey 29 kilometers south of town to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls. Stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 07: LUANG PRABANG - PHONSAVAN
Today we take with us our spirit of adventure and travel on our private bus to remote Xieng Khuang Province, an area that was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. The high altitude means that the weather will be relatively cool. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. It is said that these jars are over 2000 years old, but there is no reliable way of dating them and archaeologists are still mystified as to their original purpose (opinions vary from burial urns to rice whiskey vats). We also visit the province’s old capital of Muang Khun that was largely destroyed in the bombing raids, as well as the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe who have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. The Hmong people wear distinctive costumes and live at high altitudes. We spent the night in a basic hotel in the small town of Phonsavan, which is the province’s current capital. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 08 & 09: PHONSAVAN - VIENTIANE
We visit the local market in the morning before transferring to the airport and flying back to Vientiane. This afternoon you will have free time to explore the laid back capital of Laos. A drink in a riverside bar, watching the glorious sunset over the Mekong River, is a great way to end the day. A city tour acquaints us with the major sights of the capital. We visit the imposing Patuxai monument (also known as the Anousavari, which translates as ‘Victory’ in Lao - hence the name Victory monument), which is Vientiane's version of the Arc de Triomphe and dominates the city's main thoroughfare. It has also been nicknamed the ‘Vertical Runway’, which refers to the fact that it was built in the 1960s from funds the US Government had given to the Lao Government for the expressed purpose of extending the runway at the airport! Wat Si Saket is the oldest temple in the city, while the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha image before it was taken by the Siamese in the late 18th Century. We visit both temples and the famous structure in Laos, the That Luang stupa. The afternoon is free for your own personal sightseeing. In the evening a stroll along the Mekong river or a cold refreshing drink at a restaurant on the banks of the Mekong is a great way to pass the time. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: VIENTIANE - HANOI
An early morning transfer to Wattay International Airport for our flight from Vientiane to Hanoi. Your Lao Leader will say good-bye to you at the airport and your Vietnamese leader will be waiting for you on arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport. Please note that there is an international departure tax of $10 USD, this tax can change without notice. Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities. This northern capital is a quiet, contradiction of its southern counterpart Saigon, although you will notice a change in pace compared to Laos. However, the many lakes and parks in Hanoi provide enjoyable escapes from the traffic. The afternoon is free to explore, and tonight you have the option of attending a performance of the Hanoi water puppets. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 11: HANOI
This morning we take a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying homage to Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. We also include lunch at the KOTO café – an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for underprivileged young people. All the staff you meet and support at this café have come from poor backgrounds. The afternoon is free but as you are heading in a region inhabited by hill tribe people, we highly recommend that you catch a taxi out to visit the excellent Museum of Ethnology, situated on the outskirts of town (closed on Mondays). Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
DAY 12: HANOI - MAI CHAU
We can leave some luggage behind at our hotel before heading southwest of Hanoi to Hoa Binh province. This area is home to many hill tribe people whom we have a chance to meet. We also have the chance to walk though some of the countryside, which is quite spectacular. The walking is not too strenuous; however, some physical preparation will enable you to appreciate it a bit more, as the terrain can be a bit hilly. Anyone of reasonable fitness should have no problems. After a short walk in the afternoon we arrive in the hill tribe village near Mai Chau, where we will stay overnight in a local longhouse. The accommodation is simple and dormitory-style, and the washing and toilet facilities are basic.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: MAI CHAU - TAM COC
We drive out of the beautiful Mai Chau Valley and continue to Tam Coc, where we head to the picturesque lake which is surrounded by limestone karst formations. Here we board a small boat (two people in one boat) and are taken around the lake and through some limestone caves. Late this afternoon you may choose to hire a bicycle and enjoy this peaceful landscape in your own time or just relax at the hotel and enjoy a sundowner watching the sunset over the mountains. The accommodation is basic, yet comfortable. Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh province.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: TAM COC - HALONG BAY
We continue by road to the coast, where we are confronted by craggy and spectacularly formed islands that are a feature of Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3000 limestone islands and rocky outcrops jutting out of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. We travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where we board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit one cave in the area and, in the warmer months, there is a chance to enjoy a swim. Conditions may be somewhat more communal compared to staying in a hotel, however it is a wonderful experience to be spending a night on the bay – weather permitting, the views at sunset are incredible. Bedding and towels are provided. Some boats have private facilities while on others, there are common showers – sometimes the water is hot and sometimes it’s not! There may also be the chance to do some kayaking (optional and extra cost involved) on Halong Bay. Accommodation on the Halong Bay cruise is on a twin share basis, due to the small number of rooms available on the boats. If you have paid a single supplement, please note that this does not cover the cruise, however, there is the possibility that you may still get your own cabin. Stay overnight on a junk cruise.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 15: HALONG BAY - HANOI
In the morning we sail back to the port, where we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital, we have free time to wander around and enjoy some of the city’s other attractions. Perhaps afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel or some last minute shopping in the Old Quarter. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16: HANOI DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until transfer to the airport to take departure flight to your home. End of services.
Meals included: Breakfast
INCLUSION & EXCLUSION
Inclusion
Exclusion
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • One night on deluxe junk on Halong bay Boat trip along Mekong river cross 2 countries
  • Air tickets Bangkok - Chiang Rai, Xieng Khuang - Vientiane, Vientiane - Hanoi with economy class
  • Private transfers and transportation with A/C on tour
  • Sightseeing and Entrance fees
  • English speaking guides
  • All meals list in the itinerary
  • Mineral water per pax per day
  • Thailand, Laos and Vietnam visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • All international flights to Bangkok and from Hanoi and airport taxes
  • Excess or overweight baggage
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities for local guides
  • Single room supplement
  • All optional programs
PRICE

Tour cost is upon your request !

You are interested in of this tour, please feel free to contact us at booking@asianatravel.com.vn or info@asianatravel.com.vn. One of our staffs will contact you within 24 hours when we receive your request.
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