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12D / 11N -  LAOS & VIETNAM : ENCOUNTERING PEOPLE OF THE NORTH

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Local Agent : Caroline

Duration : 12 days / 11 nights

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Originality 2018: Let yourself be guided differently and meet the locals

Set off to dicover Laos and Vietnam with our first combined tour. You will be able to soak up and observe the culture of the inhabitants of Northern Laos and Vietnam.

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DAYS SUMMARY
Day 01 ARRIVAL – LUANG PRABANG
Day 02 LUANG PRABANG
Day 03 LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG  
Day 04 LUANG PRABANG – BAN SOB CHAEM – NONG KHIAW 
Day 05 NONG KHIAW – MUANG KUA
Day 06 MUANG KUA – SOB HOUN – DIEN BIEN PHU
Day 07 DIEN BIEN PHU – SON LA – Village of HUA TAT
Day 08 HUA TAT – MAI CHAU 
Day 09 MAI CHAU – HANOI
Day 10 HANOI  
Day 11 HANOI – HALONG BAY
Day 12 HALONG BAY – HANOI - DEPARTURE

BEGINNING OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG

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Sabaidee! Welcome to the ancient Kingdom of the Million Elephants.

Arrival at Luang Prabang Airport and welcome by your English-speaking guide, transfer and settle down at the hotel.

Free time at leisure before meeting  your guide end afternoon for a small insight of the city by climbing Mont Phousi.

The Mount Phousi is a sacred hill located in the city-center. It is accessed by a long staircase winding through many pagodas laden with legends. From its summit, at the sunset, it offers a panoramic view of the city and rivers.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 02 : LUANG PRABANG 

Suggestion without guide:

The early birds will be able to go to the ritual of the Tak Bak, the offerings to the monks by the faithful, in order to follow the procession of the bonzes. Beware, this religious ritual, which is especially important for the Buddhist faithful, has unfortunately also become a tourist attraction, some paparazzi tourists stalking the photo of the monks who have become stars despite themselves, others disrupting the ritual by participating in it without knowledge of the rules to respect.

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, explore the city with a traditional mode of transport: Tuk Tuk. Former Royal Capital, nowadays classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, you will discover the many wonders that this city hides.

Small walk to discover the morning market and the local products used in the daily life Laotian

You will have the opportunity to visit:

- Vat May, a temple of the XVIIIe century, topped by its special roof with five sides and three sunshades,

- Vat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Royal City, the most beautiful of the city, vast set of sacred buildings; it is one of the jewels of Lao art,

- Royal Palace, nowadays National Museum,

Lunch at the TAEC Museum, to taste traditional food.

- Museum TAEC, whose collection allows to discover the great diversity and cultural richness of the various ethnic groups living in Laos (Laos, Hmong, Tai, Khmu, Akha ...) This museum is supported originally supported by a foundation in Australia is now funded solely by donations from individuals, entrance fees and proposed activities in-place. It supports local communities by developing, with women from different ethnic groups, traditional handicrafts, weaving, embroidery and small decorative objects of high quality.

After lunch you will attend a presentation about one hour on traditional Lao handicraft and how to recognize handmade and products made in machinery from China and elsewhere ... to give you the keys to understanding and help you to buy quality and responsible products throughout your journey.

You will end the day by taking a city tour and completing the visit of the temples according to the specified time.

Return to the hotel to have a rest.

Dinner on the other side of the Nam Khan bank at the Dyensabbai, a restaurant nestled in a green area with a view over  the river.

According to the season you will reach by foot crossing the bamboo bridge or by a small boat.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03 : LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG  

Breakfast at the hotel.

EASY TREKKING AND AN ORIGINAL PATH TO DISCOVER KUANG SY WATERFALLS.

In the early morning, you will be driven to the Hmong and Khamou village of Ban Long Lao. You will hike around 3 hours between cereal crops, rubber plantations, forest etc. to arrive at the summit of the impressive Khuang Sy waterfalls and then you will slowly come down. Possibility to bath in the clear waters of the basins downstream of the waterfall.

Lunch at the Carpe Diem restaurant located below the site, away from the crowds.

This restaurant offers fusion cuisine full of flavor in a dream decor... You will be surrounded by small turquoise basins and will be able to swim between two dishes! In addition, Carpe Diem pays 5% of the profits to the ASAS association whose purpose is to build access to drinking water and participate in the schools rehabilitation in isolated villages in Northern Laos.

After this bucolic and invigorating break, You will head back to Luang Prabang by joining a cruise to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.

Return to Luang Prabang at the end of the day.

Dinner – FREE – At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 :  LUANG PRABANG – BAN SOB CHAEM – NONG KHIAW

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, you go to the assault of North Laos in one of the most beautiful karst regions of the country.

Head towards Nong Khiaw you will arrive in the late morning after a stop on the way to visit the Pak Ou Caves which house a collection of a hundred Buddhas of all sizes.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Settle down in your bungalows located on the Nam Ou River shores when arriving at Nong Khiaw.

In the afternoon, departure by private boat for a nice stroll on the Nam Ou river, amidst stunning landscapes of karst cliffs to the village of Ban Sob Chaem, a small weavers village. Views of those of a postcard!

At the end of the day, return by boat to Nong Khiaw (3h round trip).

Nong Khiaw is a large village in Northern Laos, nestled in the heart of the karstic mountains and bordered by the Nam Ou River... A little air from the end of the world with bonus a breathtaking landscape... It will also be the opportunity to discover the Kamu and Hmong ethnic groups that still inhabit this region in the mountains of Northern Laos.

Dinner – FREE – At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 : NONG KHIAW – MUANG NGOI – MUANG KHUA

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, you will leave Nong Khiaw and cruise towards Muang Khua.
On the way, you will stop in Muang Ngoi and have a stroll in the surroundings of this small village.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Muang Ngoi.

In the afternoon, you will take the boat on the Nam Ou River to reach Muang Kua. (About 3 hours of navigation). Passing through amazing landscapes.

At the end of the afternoon, settle down at the guest house.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 06 : MUANG KUA – SOB HOUN – DIEN BIEN PHU

Breakfast at the hotel.                                                                       

Departure in the morning by road for approximately sixty kms winding through the hills until Sop Houn border post in Laos, facing the border town of Tay Trang in Vietnam (about 2 to 3 hours’ drive).

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AND WELCOME TO NORTH VIETNAM FROM DIEN BIEN PHU TO HALONG BAY.

Welcome by your Vietnamese guide at the Tay Trang border post around 10:00. You will drive to Dien Bien Phu. Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive.

Lunch in city-center in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will start visiting the historical sites, including the Dien Bien Phu Historical Victory Museum, which displays a battle model with a videotape summarizing the 57-day chronology.

The Battle of Diên Biên Phu is a key moment in the Indo-China war which took place from March 13 to May 7, 1954, and opposed the French Union forces to the Việt Minh forces in Northern Viet Nam.

You will also have a sight of the Muong Phang Village where General Giap's headquarters was located during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. It is also an opportunity for a nice walk in the mountains of Haut Tonkin.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07 : DIEN BIEN PHU – SON LA –  HUA TAT Village

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure in the direction of Son La. Mountain road with some tight corners. Pass through the historic pass of Pha Dinh at the top of which we have a panoramic view over the whole region.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

We arrive at our destination of the day, the village of Hua Tat, after about 6 to 7 hours of road and a total of 450 Km. We will stay in Mr. A Chu's house.

Upon arrival, we offer you a nice walk on the roads and towards the village of Hua Tat. The opportunity to meet nice people with the population H'Mong of the surroundings.

Dinner and Overnight at homestay on stilts. (You are here in the formula "homestay" it means that several small groups can stay at the same time).

Some information about Homestays:

- The living conditions are basic: mattress on the floor, a mosquito net provided per person, bed linen / pillow / duvet provided, no air conditioning (OK for a ventilator)

- The toilets are located outside the dwellings and are a common space (Western type)

- The showers are also located outside the room / house

- The alarm clocks in the inhabitants are done early in the morning: Rooster call, host family already woken up and in activity, etc.

DAY 08 : HUA TAT – MAI CHAU 

Breakfast at homestay (buffet).

In the morning, you will head towards Mai Chau, a small valley surrounded by green mountains and dotted with lakes, rice fields, rivers and houses on stilts of the Thai minority. Approximately 2 hours drive from the hotel.

Mai Chau is located 135 km South-West of Hanoi in the Northern province of Hoa Binh which is bordered by Son La in the West, Phu Tho and Ha Tay in the North, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh in the East, and Thanh Hoa in the South. Mai Chau has a population of about 47,500 inhabitants who belong to different ethnic minority groups such as White Thai, H'Mong, Zao, Muong, Tay, Hoa and Viet. The tribes of the mountains of Mai Chau are warm and welcoming, and are renowned for their craftsmanship - especially for their skills in embroidering clothes. Mai Chau offers a splendid view of the valley which is surrounded by lush greenery and houses on stilts inhabited mainly by the white Thai ethnic group.

On arrival in Mai Chau, lunch in a  homestay in the large traditional Thai house on stilts.

In the afternoon, you will explore the area of ​​Mai Chau to meet the white Thai villages and surroundings. Bike ride mainly easy on paved roads. Modular course according to your desires and the guide’s suggestions.

At the end of the day, transfer to the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 09 : MAI CHAU – HANOI

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, you will continue to walk between the rice fields by bike or by foot. Many stops according to our desires. An opportunity for immersing oneself in the daily life of local populations.

Lunch at Pom Coong village in a beautiful house on stilts.

Then drive back to Hanoi (about 4 hours’ drive).

Transfer directly to the hotel.

Dinner at Madame Hien restaurant, located in a former colonial mansion and run by famous chef Didier Corlou.

The cuisine is traditional and family-inspired; the setting is exceptional, one of the best tables in Hanoi.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 10 : HANOI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure at your time convenience for a panoramic tour of the Millennium City; a tour with few stops to visit the places and / or to discover the important buildings, including the unmissable "place Ba Dinh - Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh (exterior) - Single Pillar Pagoda".

Then, pass through the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and literati; it was the first university of Vietnam.

In 1070, Emperor Le Thanh Tong ordered the construction of a temple dedicated to Confucius. The Temple of Literature takes as an architectural model the literary pagoda of Kien Fou, the birthplace of Confucius. Divided into five inner courtyards, the building was the first university of Vietnam in which the princes and sons of mandarins came to study. It is considered the most complete representation of traditional Vietnamese architecture. The entrance to the monument is through the Cong Van Mieu Mon gate; then follows a series of courses separated from one another by small constructions. Thus, the pavilion Khue Van Gac, built in 1802 in honor of the prodigious writer, connects the second to the third court.

Lunch at the restaurant Nha An Ngon, where you will have the opportunity to see the preparation of food from all parts of Vietnam in a completely traditional way (including the famous Pho or Noodle Soup, emblematic of Vietnamese cuisine).

You will continue the discovery of the city with a stroll through the maze of streets of the old district of Hanoi (district of 36 streets and corporations or former merchant city). Densely populated, very noisy and with an anarchic circulation but this district nevertheless always keeps an old-fashioned charm.

Passing through the Dong Xuan Market dating back to 1889, the atmosphere is truly exceptional.

End of the course at the Ngoc Son Temple on the Sword Lake rebuilding.

Built in the 19th century and also known as the "Jade Mountain Temple", it stands on an islet connected to the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the heart of Hanoi. You will reach this temple by a majestic red wooden bridge, called the Huc bridge ("sunbeam").It pays tribute to several deities, including the god of literature, Van Xuong.

And at the end the day, traditional marionette show on the water, an ancestral tradition in Vietnam.

Original show according to the pure Vietnamese tradition which will astonish you by its virtuosity and its use of the water, needed as for  decoration and as for dramatic spring of the various narrations.

Dinner at the restaurant Ngon Villa located in one of the few pedestrian streets of Hanoi. Menu à la carte at your convenience. You will choose (and without restriction) all the dishes of your meal.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11 : HANOI – HALONG BAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

After your breakfast, departure to Halong Bay (about 4 hours’ drive). Stop en route for a tea or coffee break.

Ha Long Bay stretches over 1,500 square kilometers, with nearly 2,000 islands and islets, karst reefs dotted with caves that rise from the sea like strange sculptures. Ha Long means "the descending dragon" in Vietnamese.

Legend has it that a great dragon once left his den in the mountains to throw himself into the sea, digging deep crevices in the ground with his tail. When he plunged into the ocean, the water submerged the crevasses, creating a multitude of islands.

It is undoubtedly one of the most sumptuous landscapes of Southeast Asia. The bay’s waters are full of fish, crabs and shrimps.

Boarding at midday on your boat and settle down in your cabin.

Welcome drink onboard followed by a lunch buffet before starting cruising.

Your cruise then begins in the labyrinth of sugar buns of the bay. The setting is magical: 2,000 islands and islets dot its clear emerald waters.

Dinner and Overnight on boat under the stars, somewhere... in the China Sea.

DAY 12 :  HALONG BAY – HANOI - DEPARTURE         

Breakfast at the hotel.

You will continue the cruise with some stopovers. Check out of your cabin and return to Ha Long.

11h30: Disembarking and end of the cruise.

Before disembarking you will enjoy your lunch served as a brunch.

Then, return to Hanoi at about 4p.m. Free time at leisure to visit the city.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Transfer to Hanoi International Airport and continuation of your trip in South-East Asia.

END OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

PRICES IN $USD

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

 HIGH SEASON FROM 10/01/2019 UNTIL 31/03/2019
  LAOS  VIETNAM TOTAL

2 pers.

1 068 $ 1 131 $  2 199 $

3 pers.

824 $ 939 $ 1 763 $

4 pers.

703 $ 803 $ 1 506 $

5 pers.

652 $ 722 $ 1 374 $

6 pers.

599 $ 668 $ 1 267 $
       

Single room Supp.

+ 194 $ + 174 $ + 368 $


Excluding the period from 20/12/2017 to 05/01/2018, subject to special rates and mandatory dinner. Rates on request.

 

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY LOW SEASON
FROM 01/04/2019 UNTIL 31/09/2019
    LAOS VIETNAM TOTAL
2 pers.  989 $ 1 088 $ 2 077 $
3 pers. 755 $ 903 $ 1 658 $
4 pers.  639 $ 773 $ 1 412 $
5 pers. 589 $ 695 $ 1 284 $
6 pers.  539 $ 643 $ 1 182 $
       
Single room Supp. + 149 $ +168 $ + 317 $

TRIP CONDITIONS

Our prices include:

  • The transfers,
  • The excursions and visits mentioned in the program from day 01 to arrival on Luang Prabang on day 12 until departure from Hanoi,
  • The services of one or more English-speaking local guides from day 01 to day 12,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program [B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner],
  • Accommodation in a double / twin room with breakfast in the establishments provided for in the program (according to the definitive hotel list validated at the final confirmation of the circuit and its dates)
  • Domestic flights, rates mentioned separately and subject to special conditions, (20Kg in the hold and 7Kg in hand luggage).
  • One bottle of water per day per person,
  • Carrying of luggage (except logistical impossibility),
  • Authorization from the Ministry of Tourism of Laos,
  • The Asia My Way English-speaking follow-up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our prices do not include:

  • Drinks consumed during meals and / or outside (mini bar ...),
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned,
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance,
  • Tips ($ 4 / day / pers for guides, $ 2 / day / person for drivers and $ 1 / person for porters / waiters),
  • The "early check-in" or "late check-out" in the selected hotels and the mini bar or other drinks not included in the program,
  • All the services mentioned in the program (meals, visits, services) as well as the authorization fees for the use of cameras and cameras on certain sites,
  • Airport departure taxes and any fuel surcharges,
  • Visa fees Laos,
  • International flights.

our local agent

Caroline Debonnaire

Living in a universe without borders where open-mindedness is customary is my watchword. My Indian, Vietnamese and Laotian origins are for something. Wishing to travel the world, I did so everytime it was possible. From the African continent to South America, I finally come back to my roots. I settled down between Vietnam and Laos where to this day I live in peace, following the rhythm of the Mekong River  called "The Mother of the waters" as my ancestors did, before the events of 1975.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management, I was able to make my passion a full time job. During my travels, I became aware of the social and solidarity economy and the challenges of sustainable development. I therefore found my way: organizing trips accompanied by quality local guides, impregnated with an "adventurer" spirit off the usual tracks whilst giving travelers keys to understanding the visited countries. My conception of alternative tourism was born.

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