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Northern Trails Laos & Vietnam


Tour Code : VL018

19 Days. Overland across the newly opened borders from Phongsali in Northern Laos to Dien Bien Phu and across the valleys to Sapa and then to...


3 days

Halong Bay

2 days


2 days

Lai Chau

1 days

Dien Bien Phu

2 days

Muong La

2 days

Nong Kiau

1 days

Luang Prabang

4 days

Day 1 UK - Hanoi
Flight from UK to Hanoi
Day 2 Arrive in Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi spend the afternoon on a short cyclo ride of the old town and watch a water puppet show
Day 3 Hanoi (B)
Free day in Hanoi
Day 4 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B / L / D)
After an early breakfast you start with a transfer out to the internationally famous and stunningly beautiful Halong Bay, made world famous by James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies. Arriving just before lunch, you’ll embark on a traditional Vietnamese junk. Take lunch on board and enjoy the afternoon and overnight cruise as it provides you with fantastic views of the fabulous scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands which amazingly rise from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, some of which you’ll visit. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Day 5 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/ L)
The tour continues with a morning spent cruising on to the Man’s Head, Tortoise islands and then Luon Cave by small bamboo boat. After an brunch check out and continue to travel though Bai Tu Long to Bai Chay for disembark, meet the driver and guide to transfer you back to Hanoi. Spend the afternoon to relax before you depart for Sapa on the overnight train
Day 6 Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
Arriving Sapa early morning at 5am 5.00 arrive in Lao Cai. Visit one of the colorful tribal markets near Sapa before transferring to your hotel
Day 7 Sapa (B / L)
Explore Sapa town. In the afternoon, we take a 2km trek to Cat Cat Village of H'mong Ethnics. Take photos and meet & talk with locals to learn more about their daily life. Then take a drive to Tafin village (12km from Sapa) home to Red Dzao minority. Visit Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Take a look at Tafin Cave and a small hamlet of Black H'mong people. Evening is free time.
Day 8 Sapa - Muong Lay - Lai Chau (B)
Drive through the winding Tram Ton Pass the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. The views of the Northern mountain ranges are spectacular, the highest in Southeast Asia to Lai Chau.
Day 9 Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (B)
The road through the Lai Chau valley is breathtaking, hugging rice terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers. See many ethnic groups along the way, before arriving at Dien Bien Phu
Day 10 Dien Bien Phu (B)
The last stand of the French in Indochina; explore the history of the town and spend the afternoon at Pa Khoang Lake with a visit to the bunker around Dien Bien Phu.
Day 11 Dien Bien Phu - Muong La (B)
Remote is the days title cross the border into Laos to the most Northern Province of Laos Phongsali and its capital Muang Khua.
Day 12 Muong La (B)
Free day in Muong La
Day 13 Muong La - Nong Kiau (B)
Take a boat trip down the Nam Ou river to Nong Kiau
Day 14 Nong Kiau - Luang Prabang (B)
Continue by boat to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang
Day 15 Luang Prabang (B)
The world Heritage Site of Luang Prabang is famous for its colonial architecture, fabulous temples and tiered roofs. Walk around town, visit the local temples including the King’s Palace and take in sunset from the top of Phu Si Hill.
Day 16 Luang Prabang (B)
A half day trip to Kuang Si waterfall, with its turquoise cool pools and tiered waterfalls makes it a superb to cool off with a swim.
Day 17 Luang Prabang (B)
Free day at leisure in Luang Prabang
Day 18 Luang Prabang - Hanoi - UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi and the onward flight returning to the UK
Day 19 Arrive UK
Arrive UK

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Nong Kiau Bungalows

Nestled on the Nam Ou River, surrounded by limestone cliffs and magnificent views over the river and valley

Sada Hotel

Located near the centre of LuangPrabang, the hotel is a Lao traditional style property furnished mainly by real timber and teak wood promoting a real sense of comfort and class. Every piece of furniture in the hotel is exclusively designed and traditionally handmade by Lao craftsmen enhancing the overall local concept. The hotel also featurestropical gardens and free shuttle service to downtown which takes only 5-minutes.


Satri House

Satri House is one of the most exquisite places in this ancient city, designed with a style inspired by Lao culture and set in a truly relaxing environment. Here you can enjoy private moments to yourself and really unwind or sit and watch the everyday life of local people from your balcony

Luang Prabang View Hotel

The Heritage City in Northern of Laos. It boasts breathtaking with panoramic views of the countryside valley. The hotel’s construction began in 2007. It was a multimillion dollars project which took three years to complete. This truly magnificent hotel was restored to its original splendor and is easily among the best one can expect in this world Heritage City


Muang La Resort

A luxurious retreat in one of the remotest parts of Laos, traditional architecture, ambiance and tranquility make this for one of the best locations for a truly relaxing break.

Luangsay Residence Hotel

Our 5 star luxury boutique hotel is set on 14,000 sqm of land in lush and tropical gardens with great mountain views where you can enjoy the cool breeze while having a drink in our original colonial 1861 bar before perhaps moving to our restaurant La Belle Epoque to indulge in our Laotian or French inspired menu which features produce from our own organic garden

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