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14-Day Vietnam and Laos Highlights Tour

Tour route: Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho - Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay, Laos: Luang Prabang

Vietnam and Laos Highlights Tour
  • Tour code: IOT-0151
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Free at your leisure for the rest of the day.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, we will drive to Hoc Mon district to visit the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnel constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence.
In the afternoon, begin a city tour on foot from the Saigon River past the Opera House, Town Hall & Notre Dame Cathedral. Then visit Reunification Palace and the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can find ‘real Vietnamese foods’ and various nice things to shop.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho

Head for My Tho to take a boat trip on Tien River, visit My Tho Fish Market and four islands. Then ride a cart along one of the most beautiful villages to Mr. Muoi Hai’s house to enjoy honey tea. You’ll also have chance to row on a sampan along Mekong River.
Afternoon, get in a private vehicle driving to Can Tho. Later enjoy some leisure time on your own.

Overnight: Can Tho
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Hue

Today you’ll have a boat cruise on glittering streams along the endless waterway of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market before heading back for Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Hue. Have a good leisure time on your own after check-in.

Overnight: Hue
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Hue Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will first visit the majestic Tomb of King Ming Mang, then sail the Perfume River by Royal Dragon Boat to the serene Thien Mu Pagoda.
Later, transfer to visit cobbled paths through the grounds of the Imperial Citadel and tour the Forbidden Purple City. Absorb the energy, sounds and odors of the bustling Dong Ba Market

Overnight: Hue
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

After a relaxing breakfast, we head for Hoi An while enjoying the view of the coast and Da Nang from the top of Hai Van Pass on the way. When we get to Da Nang, visit Non Nuoc Beach and Cham Museum, in which relics and artwork dating back 1,000 years or more are on display. Upon arrival in Hoi An, the rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Hoi An Stroll

Breakfast at hotel. Get a real feel for this tiny town by taking a light excursion to the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, renowned Chinese Temple and former Vietnamese merchants' houses. Our guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics.
Board a boat and sail along the Huai River to Thanh Ha Pottery Village. At every turn you can see local people working on their crafts that have been handed down through generations. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Hoi An-Da Nang-Hanoi

Free in the morning and transfer to Da Nang airport to fly to Hanoi in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure on your own.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: breakfast

Day 9: Hanoi Sightseeing

Today, start a deep tour to Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. Later, proceed to the interesting Museum of Ethnology, a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then have a rickshaw ride along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. The last stop is the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake where you can watch a traditional Water Puppet Show in the afternoon.

Overnight:
Hanoi
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay

The next one day and a half will be a rich Halong Bay cruise. It starts with a 3-hour’s scenic drive from Hanoi to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities on board like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip. 

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Luang Prabang

Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until a big brunch is finished and then disembark the cruiser. Our guide and driver will meet you at the pier then drive back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Have a good rest when getting there.

Overnight:
Luang Prabang
Meals: brunch

Day 12: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Today you will enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River with an exploration of the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a cave temple with a huge stalagmite resembling an elephant's head. Stop at Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xang Khong where traditional crafts including weaving paper and drum making are still practiced. Climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. Also, you will have a chance to venture the night market and observe local life there.

Overnight:
Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 13: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

If you like, observe the alms-giving procession in the early morning at 5:40am, from which you’ll have an understanding of local people’s piety towards their religion. After that, set for the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun. Tour the Royal Palace Museum (which will be rescheduled if it happens to be Tuesday, the close day) then drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, a paradise which to fill your lungs with fresh air and serves as a wonderful chill-off site. 

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch





Day 14: Luang Prabang, Departure

Enjoy your leisure time before to be escorted to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

How could an Indochina tour be made without Thailand? We recommend a reverential city but it isn’t Bangkok - Chiang Mai is the right place you want to pierce if you want to see a city with a heart. With one hour’s flight from Laos you are already there!

Day 1: Arrival, Chiang Mai

Free on your own then fly to Chiang Mai. On arrival in the afternoon, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai. In the evening, sit down at the table of Khantoke dinner meanwhile watching a cultural show

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 2: Chiang Mai Full Day Elephant Safari - Elephant Riding

Catch your breath to Maesa Elephant Camp, which gives you a joyous close-up with these talented animals. In the afternoon, enjoy a brilliant white-water rafting along Mae Taeng River. Stop off at Orchid Nursery to learn how the locals grow orchids.
By evening, you have a chance to check out the lively Walking Street on your own.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch 

Day 3: Chiang Mai Cooking Class and Tiger Kingdom

Start the day with cooking lessons, including shopping at the local market and be taught how to make authentic Thai cuisine. Your excellent work serves as your lunch! Then we’ll have a Tiger Kingdom tour. Taking a photo with a 400-pound adult tiger or a baby tiger is at your choice! 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch 

Day 4: Chiang Mai, Departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time before to be transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

Meals: breakfast

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Vietnam and Laos Highlights Tour

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Clients: Judy Schultz

Travel Consultant:
Liz Ling
Dear Candy,

A group of five close friends recently returned from a most wonderful trip that was organized by your company and Liz Ling!

She was a true delight to work with, very responsive, very accommodating, very polite, not pushy, provided a well organized itinerary, and has excellent communication skills.    Having Liz as our Travel Consultant, made my life so much easier as the coordinator and planner of this trip with my friends.   

Everyone had a wonderful time and had only kind things to say about this vacation.

Your tour guides in the various cities were exceptional.   Their knowledge of history and delivery of this knowledge made it easy to understand and appreciate.   Their love and pride for their countries was evident.  Most of them asked about the Wall that our President Donald Trump wants to build, which was a fun topic to discuss.   You see the five of us do not agree on Trump, but we love that the guides were watching the sometimes comical politics of the USA.

Special recognition goes to Mr. Duangduean (Lo),in Luang Prabang, for a job very well done!   We loved the morning alms-giving ritual, a true favorite of ours, the morning market, the little village that was spinning and weaving silk and making paper.  We all agreed that of all the cities we visited on this trip, Luang Prabang was the one we would love to return to and spend a couple of weeks just absorbing the culture.

Other special recognition goes to Mr. Quang in Hanoi for ordering Banana Blossom salad for us, we all loved it and I have now visited our local Asian market, could locate the blossom and have made this dish for my family and they LOVED it!   Mr. Sopheak in Cambodia for the last lunch we had there, Madam Butterfly had some of the very best food we ate on the trip.  Ms. Thiranan in Bangkok for her recommendation of a Spa to visit our very last day, the best 90 minute massage of our lives!

I learned a lot about myself on this trip and the things that I want to focus on for our next big vacation.   If it is a private tour, like this one was, I would limit Temples and Churches to only a couple a day.  I would want the lunches provided to be at restaurants that other tour buses did not stop at.  You see, the very best lunches were those where the local people ate and not the very large places where the tour buses stopped.  I would include cooking classes and food tours, which Liz offered but I declined, and lastly I would want to visit more of the small family type villages and see them making their local products.  We all like to shop.

My husband and I will be taking our 17 year old grandson to Japan in the summer of 2018 and I hope to be using your company for that tour as well.   I will specifically request Liz Ling to assist with this trip planning.

Once again, many thanks to your company, to Liz and to all the tour guides for making this vacation one of the best of our lives.

My kindest regards,
Judy Schultz
Rating: March 14th, 2017

Clients: Sutanuka M

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
We booked 2 week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia with Indochina Odyssey tours. The most amazing part of our trip was our 3-4 days in Cambodia especially with our tour guide Sopheak and driver Sambo. They were not only considerate of all our particular needs such as dietary and physical difficulties of my parents but so very professional and kind at the same time. Sambo would also be ready with a cooling towel and chilled water bottles after our long walks to the temples and Sopheak won the whole familys heart. His nature and thoughtfulness in consideration of my parents health and abilities puts him as our favourite tour guide. My father and mother due to knee problems couldnt always climb the steps of the temples, but Sopheak always found them a comfortable place to sit and would accompany me to every walk, all the while also looking out for my parents needs. His knowledge of Camboda and his communication skills are wonderful. Hs English was excellent, and he is a good photographer also.Angkor Tom, Angkor Wat, Bantreay Srei... They were well worth visiting at least once in your lifetime WE all enjoyed the trip so much that we are looking forward to a trip with Indochina Odyssey Tours in Siem Reap again and wish to get Sopheak and Sambo in our next trip to. All the parties involved from our Travel Consultant Mr. Eric Kong to Sopheak the tour guide and Sambo the driver were awesome. If anybody is looking for great people, make sure to lock in the three people as mentioned above for your trip.
Rating: February 20th, 2017

Clients: Oakspring

Travel Consultant:
Christal Yao
Angkor Tom, Angkor Wat, Bantreay Srei... They were well worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Long walks and stair climbing in hot and humid climate can be strenuous; we're glad we did it while our knees and feet are working "fairly" well (though not perfect at our ages of late 60's). We enjoyed the tour thoroughly including hotel facility, driver, and guide. Mr. Sip Chamnan, our guide, and the driver took care of us very well. His English was excellent, and he is a good photographer also.
Rating: February 16th, 2017

Clients: Peg Schrader

Travel Consultant:
Bryant Yang
It has been a life long desire of mine to visit Vietnam. With the help of Bryant Yang of Odyssey Travel we have planned a trip that will fulfill this dream. Bryant was very patient with me as we developed the itinerary, listening to all of our wishes hopes and dreams and fulfilling them all while being mindful of our budget. He is a great sales person and I would highly recommend him and Odyssey for your trip to Vietnam. I will post more when our trip is complete!
Rating: February 15th, 2017

Clients: SiewChuin

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Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
We like the small group, private and customised arrangements made by Odyssey Tours for our 12-day trip in Vietnam.

It is very nice that the programmes are a unique and different from the usual groups tours. Well done and do continue to include more of such unique and customised programmes.

Overall, our travel consultant Eic Kong has been very professional, helpful and responsive.
Rating: February 14th, 2017
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