This 8 day Vietnam and Laos tour package covers the popular attractions in two Indochina countries. The diverse culture, the richness of beautiful landscapes in line with the long history leave their marks on the monuments of some most visited destinations in Vietnam and Laos. Natural sceneries, historical relics, authentic local lifestyles will provide you a glimpse into the charming beauty of these two countries. Indochina Tours is happy to be a friend during your Indochina travel package within 8 days in Vietnam and Laos.
 

Tour Code:
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Start/End: Hanoi/ Chiang Rai
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Luang Prabang
Tour Type: Explore and Experience
Tour Categories: Vietnam Laos tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
Highlights:

  • Visit the capital of Hanoi and experience a fusion of French and Vietnamese
  • Cruise along Halong Bay to marvel at its many limestone islands
  • Wander around the Buddhist ancient city & temples in Luang Prabang
  • Get a closer look into the local lifestyles in some Laos ethnic villages
  • Prepare yourself to swim and have fun in the Kuang Si Waterfall and enjoy the natural pools

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Cruise along Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Buddhist Ancient City & Temples
Day 6: Full day Kuang Si Waterfall Relaxing & Laos Village
Day 7: Mekong River Cruise & Pak Ou Cave – Back to Luang Prabang
Day 8: Luang Prabang Depart

 
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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Welcome to Vietnam – The land of unique culture and incredible natural landscape!
Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your local tour guide and private driver will welcome you at the airport and then escort you to the hotel. Check in hotel and relax.
Welcome dinner with traditional Vietnamese food will give you the first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and their culture.

Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi Vietnam Laos Tour

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

Hanoi has a rich imperial history dating back over a millennium, and an amazing diversity of local ethnic groups weaving the fabric of the city’s rich tapestry. Start your day on the outskirts of the city by visiting the Museum of Ethnology. The museum provides an insightful glimpse into the country’lengthy history through various photos, objects, and artifacts depicting the lifestyles of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Next, drive back into central Hanoi to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. From here, continue to Bun Cha Huong Lien to have lunch. It is a famous local spot where President Barack Obama dined with Anthony Bourdain.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Vietnam Laos Tour Packages

In the afternoon, head to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Square. The area surrounding the complex is a traffic-free zone filled with botanical gardens, monuments, memorials, and pagodas. Get a closer look into the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to Ngoc Son Temple, situated on a small island in Hoan Kiem Lake and accessible by a classically painted wooden bridge.

One Pillar Pagoda Hanoi Discover Vietnam Laos in 9 Days

End your day by walking through the iconic Hanoi Old Quarter. The best way to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and admire the charming colonial architecture is to wander at a leisurely pace, stop for a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee or a snack from tantalizing street vendors. Then you can choose to back to the hotel with your guide and driver, or enjoy your own dinner at your pace here and make your own way back afterward.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Egg Coffee Hanoi Vietnam Laos Tour 9 Days

Day 3: Hanoi – Cruise along Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take a 3-hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature in the world. Your cruise across Halong Bay starts around noon cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and sailing among famous islets. Then visit and discover the Thien Canh Son Cave which has the beauty of mystery with a complex stalagmite system inside. The cave’s wavy dome is covered with hundred thousands of twinkle stalactites, resulting in the wonderful light grow all over the cave. Reach out from the stalactite beauty, there is a breathtaking painting of the top view from the cave are waiting for you to enjoy. After that, relax by swimming or kayaking along the bay. Your lunch and dinner will be served on board with many innovative and varied cuisine.
Overnight on board.

Kayaking Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam Laos 9 Days

Day 4: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)

Wake up early and start your day with Tai Chi while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Continue your cruise to Vung Vieng Fishing Village to discover the daily life of the fisher communities by bamboo boat.

Vung Vieng Fishing Village Halong Bay Vietnam Laos 9 Day TourThen, take a short visit to the Pearl Farm to learn about the exhausting process and the years that you have to wait before a pearl can be harvested. You will see a worker opening the oyster and observe the way e removes the real gem. Visiting the farm, you also can buy pearls or other jewels as a souvenir for your beloveds.

Disembark in Halong City around noon and transfer back to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel by your local tour guide and driver.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Pearl Farm Halong 9 Day Vietnam Laos Tour

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Buddhist Ancient City & Temples (B)

Following your breakfast, start your Luang Prabang city tour to visit the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), home to a range of interesting artifacts. Soak up the oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong which represents classical Laotian architecture with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. Then discover the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

Wat Xieng Thong Laos Vietnam Laos 9 day Tour

Your afternoon journey starts with a visit to 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 in the afternoon, travel back to the city for a short trip to Wat Mai and an adventure journey to Mount Phousi. Climb to the top of the mountain to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and Mekong River. Last but not least, don’t miss to stroll around the famous Luang Prabang Night Market and enjoy the bustling atmosphere and witness the daily life of local people.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang Night Market 9 Days in Vietnam and Laos

Day 6: Full day Kuang Si Waterfall Relaxing & Laos Village (B, L)

In the morning, you can choose to wake up early in the morning to observe the traditional alms-giving ceremony, a daily ritual in which the monks collect ‘alms’ or offerings from faithful local residents. Please tell the tour guide your decision a day in advance so that he/she can prepare some offerings for you, or you can buy the food on spot. There are 2 options: Watch the quite procession in one side of the streets or participate in the ritual by adding your own offerings to the bowls of the monks. Please remember to dress appropriately (shoulders, chest, and legs should be covered) and behave politely during the ceremony.

Luang Prabang Alms Giving CeremonyAfter the morning procession, follow your guide to Luang Prabang’s biggest market, Phousi Market. Troll around the buzzing marketplace and see out oddities like dried buffalo skin, unique tropical fruits, and traditional handicrafts, etc. Next, swap city life for rural living as you head out into the countryside and enjoy the scenic drive to Kuang Si Waterfall. Along the way, stop at the H’mong village of Ban Quay and the Lao village of Ban Ou to learn about Laos’ ethnic hill tribes. Arrive at the Khmu village of Ban Thepene, which lies just below the falls, have a short break and have lunch.

Kuang Si Waterfall Luang Prabang Vietnam Laos ToursAfter lunch, follow your guide to the Kuang Si Waterfall with a short hike through the rainforest to the falls. Enjoy free time to swim and relax in the clear waters beneath the falls. Afterward, pay a visit to the Khuang Si Bear Sanctuary, home to a number of rescued Asiatic black bears before returning to Luang Prabang. Don’t forget to make a final stop at Wat Siphouthabath to view the sunset – the perfect end to the perfect day tour!
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Khuang Si Bear Sanctuary Luang Prabang Indochina Tours to Vietnam and Laos

Day 7: Mekong River Cruise & Pak Ou Cave – Back to Luang Prabang (B, L, D)

Today, you will embark a boat and cruise to Huay Xai, the small town locates at the border of Laos and Thailand. You will enjoy a continental breakfast while cruising to the Pak Ou Village which is located at the mouth of the Nam Ou River. You will have a shore excursion to visit the Pak Ou Cave and feast your eyes on the Tam Thing Caves of Thousand Buddhas.
A buffet lunch will be served on board while the boat keeps cruising upstream the Mekong River to a hill tribe village where you can observe the traditional process of Laos whiskey production. After that, cruise back to Luang Prabang around sunset and relax.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Pak Ou Cave Discover Vietnam and Laos 9 Days

Day 8: Luang Prabang Depart (B)

After breakfast, you will be free until the driver arrives to take you to the airport for your departure flight. Trip ends!

What’s Included?

  • Experienced English speaking guide/s for pick-up at airport & bus station & each day tour
  • Centrally-located accommodations with daily breakfasts as indicated in above list/table
  • Reasonable mineral water per person each day during the tour
  • Transfer by Private high-quality coach/ bus of 45- seats in each country
  • Entrance fees visit all sites as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

What’s Excluded?

  • All your flights
  • Vietnam and Laos visas
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expense (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides and drivers