This tour combines the highlights of Vietnam with the fascinating Luang Prabang of Laos, it is an ideal trip for those traveling to these two of Indochina’s most popular destinations for the first time.
Begin in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s most dynamic city. Private touring with your personal guide and driver, learn about the city’s history when visiting French colonial-era landmarks, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee while exploring the busy Cholon neighborhood (Saigon’s Chinatown) and city’s famous pagoda. Take an excursion into the countryside to visit Cu Chi Tunnels.
Travel to Hoi An, a peaceful port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxury beachfront resort, explore the best of this centuries-old town. Private touring the colorful backstreets, the vibrant morning market, well-preserved homes, historic temples and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Visit the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, and the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, which is famous for the gleaming woodcarvings on the beams, walls and the altar.
Next, travel to Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital and cultural center. Visit Hanoi’s most important historical attractions, such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Ride on a rickshaw to see the charming Hoan Kiem Lake and leafy boulevards lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants. One day, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, enjoy a private street food tour and sample the best Vietnamese food by walking through the narrow streets. Learn about its history and traditional architecture, and see why each street was named after the product it sells. Afterwards, attend a Hanoi's renowned water puppet show.
Continue to Halong Bay, the bay of splendid limestone formations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a traditional Vietnamese wooden junk for an overnight cruise, explore the amazing limestone islands and visit serene floating villages as well as gorgeous limestone caves.
The tour concludes in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town along the Mekong River in northern Laos. Experience the best of Luang Prabang and its surrounding region with your personal guide and driver. Visit cultural attractions, including the Royal Palace and Wat Xieng Thong temple. Learn about Buddhism and its central role in Lao culture, take a memorable cruise on the Mekong visiting craft villages and caves filled with Buddha statues.