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Laos Tours > Mekong Delight

Mekong Delight
15days/14nights
Trip code: LA-MKD15

Day1.   Bangkok - Chiangrai
Arrive in Chiangrai airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remain of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Chiangrai 

Day2.   Chiangrai – HoueiSay – Pakbeng
This morning you have an early morning transfer from the hotel to Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand. After passing through immigration, you cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos where your guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point. After completing border formalities, you board the LuangSay Cruise ready for the trip downriver. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited, unchanged countries. This once-powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang (Million Elephants) was founded in the 14th century with the help of the Khmers, and it went on to become one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until its demise in the late 19th century. Bisected and bordered by the Mekong River, omnipresent symbol of Indochina, Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. It is a peaceful place, and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. Laos is Old Asia preserved. As you journey downriver you will stop at some tribal villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu. Overnight in LuangSay Lodge. (B, L, D) 

Day3.   Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Breakfast, as you sail downriver, you'll pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves with their thousands of Buddha statues. You arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and transfer to your hotel. This evening. You can take a stroll around this enchanting little town, overnight in Luang Prabang (B, L)  

Day4.   Luang Prabang – City Tours
Breakfast, we are exploring this charming city of UNESCO world heritage site, The Luang Prabang is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, in a beautiful mountain setting. From 1353 until 1545 it was the capital of Lane Xang before power was transferred to Vientiane. Despite the move Luang Prabang reMained the seat of monarchical power, and when the kingdom broke up in 1694, one of the deceased king's grandsons established a rival kingdom to those in Vientiane and Champassak. Though weakened, the Luang Prabang royalty endured until 1975, when after the reign of 63 kings it was formally dissolved. You spend the day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-La’s of Southeast Asia. You will visit Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in the country, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as Buddha and Atacular artifacts including the Prabang, a large holy image, which was given in the 14th century by the Khmers to King Fa Ngum. At sunset climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Phousi where you will catch a lovely view out over the town and the river. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B)

Day5.   Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall
This morning you may want to rise early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.  Breakfast, we excursion to Khouangsi waterfall. On the way, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. Time permitting you may also wish to drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, overnight in Luang Prabang (B)

Day6.   Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng - Vientiane
After a leisurely breakfast, you begin the drive south to Vientiane, on the way; drop off visiting minority villages along 13th north route, via Vang Vieng where unspoiled natural resources remained and enjoying the view of mountain and beautiful landscape. After a short stop, we are heading out to Vientiane, a capital city of Laos, built by the French on the site of Wieng Chan, the 16th century capital of Lane Xang. Wieng Chan was already bristling by the time Europe was emerging from obscurity, and today is a small bustling city that retains an air of Its French colonial past. Overnight in Vientiane (B)

Day7.   Vientiane – City Tours
Breakfast, AM: this morning you begin your sightseeing with a visit to the market. The market is a wildly colorful and olfactory delight - amid baskets piled with rice, eggs, and tea, ducks, pigs and fish both alive and dead, are food stalls selling noodles, soup, and 'food to go' wrapped in banana leaves, existing cheek by jowl with sellers of jasmine, orchids, and marigolds - the latter being woven into garlands for temple offerings. From there you begin a Walking Tour of the city's old Wats beginning with the venerable Wat Sisaket with its many wall niches holding small Buddhas, Wat Prakeo - a former royal temple, the major Wats of Wat Mixai, Wat Ong Tu, Wat Hai Sok and Wat In Paeng, ending with some French colonial houses. PM: you pay a visit to the studio of Carol Cassidy, an American who has Don Done much to advance the Lao weaving tradition. Later this afternoon you visit Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Lao sovereignty and a Buddhist shrine, overnight in Vientiane. (B)

Day8.   Vientiane – Hanoi
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi , Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ‘s most striking colonial architecture. (If time permits) we enjoy a short cycle ride around the old quarter streets. Overnight in Ha Noi.(B)

Day9.   Ha Noi – Halong
After breakfast, we start our city tour with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the President Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We then continue our trip to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university and the History Museum, which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. After a visit to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple, we make our way to Halong Bay, stopping at pottery village. Overnight in Ha Long.(B)

Day10.  Ha Long – Hanoi
Today, we embark on a boat cruising around Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. A five-hour cruise provides a fantastic view of the magnificent bay, dotted with some 3,000-limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of many beautiful caves. A seafood lunch on board is some of excitement of the trip. We then return to Ha Noi, arriving in time to see an evening. Performance of Ha Noi’s famous water puppets. Overnight in Hanoi (B)

Day11.  Hanoi – Danang – Hoian
An early afternoon flight to Danang. The sightseeing tour of central Vietnam begins with Hoi An Town, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquility and charm of the town with its low tiled houses and assembly halls scattered along the small streets make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. After checking into hotel, we will have time strolling around the town to explore the lively Central Market and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the many temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Overnight in Hoi An. (B)

Day12.  Hoi An – Hue
Heading out of town, we drive north to Hue, Vietnam’s imperial capital between 1802 and 1945. Along the way, we make stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains before arriving in Danang City for a visit to the Cham Museum, home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures. We then follow the road hugging the central coast before crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass and dropping down to the fishing villages of Lang Co. On arrival in Hue, we enjoy a cruise on the Perfume River, stopping at bustling Dong Ba Market and the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda, and then visit the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Overnight in Hue. (B)

Day13.  Hue - Ho Chi Minh
The royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc is also visited, this morning before we board a flight south. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. A half-day sightseeing tour takes us in the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (B)

Day14.  Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh
Heading out of town, we travel by road to My Tho Province. On arrival, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the Mekong Delta, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyles close-up. We pass through the lush green vegetation before arriving at an orchard where there are some opportunities to visit the various fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch followed with seasonal fruits, we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with fascinating temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. (B)

Day15.  Ho Chi Minh - Departure
There is a free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh. The tour ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure. (B)

 

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Hanoi
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Halong bay HaLong Hotel Heritage HaLong Halong Plaza
Hue Ngoc Huong Century Riverside Saigon Morin
Hoian Vinh Hung II Hoian Beach Victoria Hoian
Saigon Dai Nam Hotel Rex hotel Caravelle Hotel
 
Price includes:
Price excludes:
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned
  • Domestic airticket with airport tax
  • Accommodation in twin shared 
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  •  Join boat cruise LuangSay and Halong Bay
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Meals: 3 lunches and 2 dinners Wat Phou
  • Domestic gov't tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling

 

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival US$30.00/pax
  • Int’l airport departure tax US$10.00/pax
  • Domestic airticket with airport tax
  • IInt’l air tickets to/from Laos or Vietnam
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Meals:(lunch or dinner, quoted separately)
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others not stated.

 


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