- Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City
- Stroll around the Ancient Town of Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Discover the Imperial City of Hue (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Explore the Old Quarter in Ha Noi
- UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang
- Experience authentic moments & local life
- and more...
Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam) / Luang Prabang (Laos)
14 days - 13 nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam), Luang Prabang (Laos)
Ho Chi Minh is Viet Nam's largest city. Upon arrive you'll be met by your local guide and transferred downtown. The first thing you'll become aware of is the sheer number of motorcyclists in seemingly constant motion around town. About 92% of commuters travel by shared motorbike, sometimes carrying three of more people. Always keep your camera on hand as the traffic mayhem tends to offer fantastic photo opportunities!Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)
This morning your guide will present the historic overview of the city as you take in the main points of interest. It's an energetic city and the architectural disorder gives you some idea of the rapid growth over the past decade. The past and present may be found on the same block; French colonial heritage buildings flanked by a flashy Louis Vuitton boutique. Architectural highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883. The stone used to create it was exported in its entirety from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Viet Nam's largest post office. Continue to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Viet Nam until April 30, 1975. We end the architectural highlights with a stroll through the bustling Ben Thanh Market.
OR ~ Take an Art Tour: Join a passionate art specialist on a journey that takes a closer look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Viet Nam through the eyes of artists. From the grand halls of the HCMC Fine Art Museum to the fresh white spaces of leading contemporary art galleries. The tour is based on the personal experiences of artists who studied, fought, witnessed and documented major changes in twentieth century Viet Nam. This themed tour is not just for art lovers but for all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Viet Nam’s modern and contemporary history.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the Saigon airport for your flight north to Da Nang. Upon arrival it’s a short drive to the Cham Museum of Da Nang city. The museum houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham sculpture and artifacts, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. We continue past the striking Marble Mountains for photo opportunities and on to Non Nuoc Beach, immortalized for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. Our end destination is Hoi An. In a country ravaged by war, Hoi An managed to remain untouched, and as you wander the relatively traffic-free streets of this ancient seaport it is not hard to imagine yourself amidst the sailors and merchants of the 18th Century, when Hoi An was one of the busiest trading ports in Asia. And don’t forget that this is the town famed for its great tailors; so if you brought anything with you to be replicated—or want to have traditional Viet Namese dresses tailored —this is the spot.Overnight in Hoi An
Today your guide will lead you through Hoi An’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque riverside town was a major trading port between the 15th to 19th centuries. Mansions built by prosperous Japanese, Chinese, and European merchants characterize the enchanting Old Quarter. Appreciate the vivid sense of history as you walk the narrow streets visiting temples, houses, artisan workshops and the bustling fish market along the quay. Late morning, get involved in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. The chef offers us an introductory cooking class that leads into lunch together (not to worry, you won’t be obliged to cook your own lunch). After your market visit this morning, you will have gained a good understanding of local ingredients and the basic techniques of Viet Namese cuisine. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own or spend a few hours with the tailors of Hoi An.Overnight in Hoi An
Say good-bye to Hoi An as we drive northwards - direction Hue. Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was Viet Nam’s Imperial City and thus the seat of 13 Nguyen Emperors. Today, the city has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Tour the Imperial city of Hue, the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) pagoda – the most beautiful pagoda located atop a hill with magnificent views. Then sit back on a scenic cruise along the Perfume River.Overnight in Hue
Our explorations of the Imperial capital continue as we tour around Hue through shady, scenic landscapes to arrive at the majestic, serene tomb of Nguyen Emperor Tu Duc, set amidst fragrant frangipani trees. We also pass by the mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh before heading to the airport for the flight to the modern day capital of Ha Noi. Upon arrival, private transfer with guide to your hotel downtown.Overnight in Ha Noi
This morning we have a 3.5-hour drive to reach one of the newly declared 7 New Wonders of the World - Ha Long Bay. Journey through the impressive countryside of the North, by now you’ll have a sense of how distinctly different each region of Viet Nam is. Arrive at the pier by noon; board your luxury junk (flat-bottomed sailing vessel), your accommodation for the night. Cruise through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water. Lunch is served on board. Drop anchor in a bay, disembark to visit spectacular limestone caves or trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the evocative bay. Choose to swim near a secluded beach, or simply lounge on deck soaking up the atmosphere. Visit a floating fishing village and meet third-generation fishermen to learn about their traditional way of life at sea. The day rounds off at sunset with sundowners before feasting on fresh seafood for dinner.Overnight on board
Catch an early sunrise this morning from the deck with a traditional Viet Namese coffee in hand. Breakfast will be served on board. Continue cruising through the Bay with its limestone formations and small islands. Small, uninhabited beaches and grottoes carved out by wind and water action provide an ever changing backdrop for photography. Not to mention the images of distant junks, or round basket boats floating on shimmering waters. Drop off at the pier at around mid-day and transfer back to your hotel in Ha Noi. In the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy a performance of water puppetry, an art form that developed in the rice paddies of northern Viet Nam.Overnight in Ha Noi
(All museums in Ha Noi are closed on Monday & Friday) This morning, we travel by rickshaw cyclo (traditional bike-propelled cart) and by foot along tree-lined boulevards and through the 1000-year-old “Old Quarter”. Other stops on your visit include Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda, the hallowed “Temple of Literature”- Van Mieu as it is known in Viet Namese - the country’s most renowned temple complex. A Confucian sanctuary and academy, the centre once housed the country’s first university, founded in 1076. Take time to wander through the stone tablets and soak up a thousand years of learning with your local guide. After lunch at another of our favorite local spots, we leave you to enjoy the afternoon as you see fit. Depending on your interests, your tour guide will be happy to lead you to some of the city’s more interesting art galleries, or take you on a shopping tour for silks and linens (this is perhaps the best place in Viet Nam to pick up gifts for people back home). There are numerous historic sites to recommend or even a visit to the Museum of Ethnology to enhance your understanding of Viet Nam's diverse culture.Overnight in Ha Noi
A highlight of any visit to Luang Prabang is to wake before the dawn and bear witness to an ancient morning ritual - the alms offering to the Buddhist monks. Hundreds of saffron-robed monks take to the streets in search of their daily food offered by the lay community. You are welcome to make an offering or simply be a witness to the humbled procession. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos and originated with the Buddha’s own ritual 2,500 years ago. Watch the town come to life and then return to your hotel for breakfast.
Note: With the Morning Alms Giving, if you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulder, chest and legs should be covered. After breakfast we will visit this sacred town of many temples.
We’ll include a visit to the National Museum (closed on Tue), the former Royal Palace housing a collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue and numerous gifts from foreign dignitaries. Other must-see places include Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple that served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple said to be the most beautiful temple in town, epitomizing the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang’s architecture. Late afternoon, visit Phousi Hill climbing up 328 steps to the summit that provides a superb panoramic view of the whole town.Overnight in Luang Prabang, Laos
This morning we take to the river after breakfast. We cruise the Mekong River by long-tailed boat to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. The site is strategically positioned in a lime stone cliff overlooking the Mekong. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, serving as repositories for thousands of Buddhist icons, which range from mere centimeters to two meters in height. En route, typical Laotian villages are barely visible behind thick screens of riverbank foliage. Slender canoes bob by the shoreline and bamboo poles with floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Lunch is at a local restaurant on the bank of the Mekong River. Return to Luang Prabang by boat; continue by car to visit Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its wood paper making and Laotian silk weavings with natural dyes. Transfer back to town in the late afternoon.Overnight in Luang Prabang, Laos
Your morning is at leisure and defined only by your flight details home. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward connections. Safe travels homeward.
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Hoi An is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port. It is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyles, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually. UNESCO Inscription, 1999.
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