12-Day Laos to Vietnam Tour
This trip is specially designed for those interested in cultural and outdoor activities. Your knowledgeable guides will lead you as you explore Laos and Vietnam’s top attractions, which will give you an insight into local life and tradition.
Travel to Luang Prabang in Laos and experience up close its religious treasures and amazing wildlife by offering alms and interacting with elephants. Discover Vietnam from north to south by traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in this stunning wonderland and its rich culture and history.
- Pay your respects to Laotian Buddhist monks by offering alms and drift along the Mekong River, taking in its stunning views at dusk.
- Reawaken your body and mind in Luang Prabang by participating in elephant conservation activities.
- Indulge in the extraordinary seascape of Halong Bay and entertain yourself with various fun activities onboard
- Soak up Hoi An’s rich culture and history by leisurely walking in the old quarter.
- Hop onto a cyclo (rickshaw) and catch a glimpse of life in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Sample local specialties and get a close view of Mekong Delta’s fishing and farming traditions.
Itinerary in detail
This sample itinerary provides inspiration, yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful Asia trip in your way.
Day 1 Arrival in Luang Prabang, Laos
Upon arrival, your private tour guide and driver will greet you at the airport and then drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure.
Day 2 Visit the Highlights of Luang Prabang City
Wake up early and express your generosity by offering alms to Buddhist monks. Be a part of this sacred ceremony and witness how the orange worn by monks sets the visual tone of the city.
After having breakfast at your hotel, continue your exploration of the city by visiting a bustling morning market and the historic Royal Palace.
Move on to Wat Xient Thong, a fascinating specimen of traditional Laotian architecture. Then, drift along the Mekong River in a long tail boat and enjoy the stunning views of the town at dusk.
Day 3 Half-Day Mandalao Elephant Experience
Compared with other elephant interaction activities in Southeast Asia, the Mandalao Elephant Experience has been hailed as amazing by wildlife and ecology lovers.
Depart from Luang Prabang to Xieng Lom and meet beautiful elephants after a quick boat ride on River Nam Khan. Make your lifelong dream come true by spending half a day feeding, bathing, and accompanying the elephants in a natural way — no chains, no riding, and no tourist gimmicks, simply be their friend and enjoy their company as you walk alongside them through scenic forests.
After this rejuvenating experience, you can return to Mandalao for a fresh meal. Relax on a veranda overlooking the river and misty mountains before your lunch.
Day 4 Luang Prabang to Hanoi
After breakfast, you will take a flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. Airport transfers in both cities are included.
Day 5 Explore the Highlights of Hanoi City with Light Walking in the Old Quarter
The first chapter of your journey in Hanoi will begin with an introduction to its fascinating history and culture. We will take you to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, theTemple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda.
In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology, which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the old quarter to experience the daily life of Hanoians.
Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta.
Day 6Enjoy Cruising in Ha Long Bay
breakfast and lunch
Depart from Hanoi to the picturesque Ha Long Bay. It’s time to switch to a more relaxed vacation mode.
Enjoy the spectacular views and discover the mythical Trinh Nu Cave. Treat your palate with distinctive Vietnamese cuisine and practice your cooking skills at the Master Chef “Ha Long Bay Edition” Competition. Follow it up with more fun activities: swimming, fishing, and the various drinks available at the open bar onboard.
Day 7 Halong Bay to Hanoi to Da Nang to Hoi An
Lay back on the sundeck with a cup of coffee. The amber sky, emerald-colored water, and extraordinary landscapes will be a treat for your eyes. If you’d like to try some activities in the morning, kayak in the scenic Ha Long Bay or practice Tai Chi on the sundeck.
Disembark and drive to Hanoi after your brunch onboard. When you arrive at Da Nang Airport, your guide will pick you up and drive to Hoi An.
Day 8 A Half Day Walking Tour in Historic Hoi An
Hoi An is a city rich with culture and history. Many Chinese, Japanese, and European ships have anchored in this prosperous harbor in the past, which has had a massive influence on all aspects of life in Hoi An.
Wander through the ancient town and learn about to its illustrious past through its historic architecture: the old merchant houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the intricate woodcarvings of the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation. Before heading back to your hotel, pay a visit to a local market.
Day 9 Airport Transfer and Ho Chi Minh Arrival
breakfast and lunch
Your Hoi An tour comes to an end. Fly to the south of Vietnam and meet its charming capital city — Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore as you wish.
Day 10 Visit the Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
You will hear the story of this dynamic city from your knowledgeable guide during your visit to the iconic Central Post Office, the French-built Notre Dame Cathedral, and the historic Reunification Palace. You will also learn about the city’s turbulent history by visiting the War Remnants Museum, which exhibits extensive wartime items including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.
Gain insights into the Saigonese lifestyle and culture by enjoying a cup of coffee at a famed street café like the locals. You will also learn some simple words in the local language from your guide.
Day 11 Discovery of Mekong Delta and Ben Tre
Situated in the fertile Mekong Delta, Ben Tre is one of the rice- and fruits-producing areas in Vietnam. Take a motorboat ride though narrow canals to Turtle Island, where you will gain a better understanding of how the locals earn their livelihoods while passing by stilt houses, fish farms, fruit orchards, and local shops.
Row a sampan (a wooden boat) to a village and connect with the locals, while they treat you to handmade honey tea and traditional folk songs. Savor the local specialties during lunch at My Tho and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City Departure
It’s time to say goodbye. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for the onward flight.
Asia Highlights is more than happy to be part of your unforgettable Laos and Vietnam tour, and we hope to see you again soon.
Asia Highlights handpicked hotels
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- 4.5/5 points by over 600 travelers on TripAdvisor.
- 10 minutes to walk to the Old Quarter, great service and breakfast.
- Deluxe City View Room, 35sqm, extra bed available and city view.
- Customize the Tour According to Your Needs This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule.
For example, if you would like to spend more time in Laos, we can arrange a few extra days to explore Phong Pen .