Vietnam & Laos Highlights
Vietnam is filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands and rainforest regions, team with exotic wildlife and islands and beaches are among the finest in all of Southeast Asia, and its cuisine is very possibly the most delicious. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, located in the Red River Delta in the centre of North Vietnam has many ancient architectural features including over 600 pagodas, numerous lakes and parks. But travellers seem to have forgotten Laos. There are a few grand (but relatively unheard of) attractions. Travellers who are drawn by the laid-back lifestyle and have the opportunity to watch sunsets on the Mekong will simply explain the attraction by revealing that the true meaning of "Lao PDR" is Lao - Please Don't Rush.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: EXPLORE THE FASCINATING LIFE ON THE MEKONG RIVER.
This private luxury tour visits the highlights of Vietnam and Laos. Stay at the best luxury hotels in Vietnam and Laos, and enjoy personalised private touring with your own guides and drivers.
Start in Saigon, the vociferous, crowded capital city whose colonial French boulevards contrast sharply with pagodas and roadside noodle stalls. Explore the vast underground network of tunnels, which the North Vietnamese used for guerrilla warfare during the Vietnam War.
Continue to Central Vietnam and visit the ancient merchant town of Hoi An, a world heritage site. Explore an Imperial city of the Champa Empire (4th-12th century), a large complex of over 70 religious architectural remains. Then take a spectacular overland coastal drive to Hue, the former Imperial Capital in central Vietnam.
Next, transfer to Halong Bay where you will board the luxurious Chinese style junk, the Emeraude. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to the magnificence of the bay itself. Its air-conditioned cabins, en suite bathrooms, award-winning cuisine and spacious deck space set the stage for the voyage of a lifetime.
In Laos you will visit the incredibly romantic Luang Prabang, a world Heritage Site with Buddhist temples, museums and cultural attractions. The best way to experience this charming city and its surrounding is on a bicycle. Your private guide will lead you to the most interesting places, nearby villages where you can meet charming Lao people and experience their unique culture and simple way of life. The tour concludes in Luang Prabang.
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Silk from Paradise: Laos – The Luang Say Residence – Luang Prabang
The fine art of silk production and weaving is known in Laos since ages. But the skilful designs and high quality of the Lao silk are not yet known outside the country. Discover with us the Lao silk in a half day excursion in Vientiane.
You will see the rearing of silk worms and their cocooning and learn about the different kinds of Mulberry trees to feed the silk worms. Experience how the the cocoons are turning into silk threads. Try the hand reeling and dying of the threads yourself or learn how to handle the weaving loom.
For this experience we cooperate with Mai Savanh Lao, an organization with their base in Vientiane, which aims to generate sustainable income for families in remote areas of Laos. The families are organized in a network reaching all over Laos from North to South, from farmers that cultivate the silk worms to the women weaving the silk. This network provides educational courses, quality control and support for their production and gives the producers and their families an opportunity to engage in dignifying work under fair conditions.
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We make no extra charge for hotel add-ons or minor changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam.
There are only three international airports in Laos. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane; Luang Prabang International airport and Pakse International airport. Lao Airlines is the national carrier and monopolises the majority of flights in and out of the country, though many code-share with other air carriers.