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Highlight: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Muong Lay - Dien Bien Phu - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Muang Singh - Chiang Khong - Chiang Rai - Bangkok

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Introducing Vietnam
Welcome to a world where the colours are more vivid, where the landscapes are bolder, the coastline more dramatic, where the history is more compelling, where the tastes are more divine, where life is lived in the fast lane. This world is Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber.

 

Nature has blessed Vietnam with a bountiful harvest of soaring mountains, a killer coastline and radiant rice fields, Vietnam is a cracker. Inland, peasant women in conical hats still tend to their fields, children ride buffalos along country paths and minority people scratch out a living from impossible gradients.

 

Vietnam is a nation of determined optimists who have weathered war after war, survived colonialism and communism, and are now getting to grips with the wheeler-dealer world of capitalism. Fiercely protective of their independence and sovereignty, the Vietnamese are graciously welcoming of foreigners who come as guests not conquerors.

 

Don’t believe the hype. Or the propagandist party billboards that are as common as statues of ‘Uncle Ho’. Believe your senses, as you discover one of the most enriching, enlivening and exotic countries on earth.

 

To escape the buzz of millions of motorbikes, head west to the watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages in the Mekong Delta. There’s adventure galore to be had on Phu Quoc Island and stunning white-sand beaches to relax on. Back on the east coast at Mui Ne Beach, you’ll be faced with a similar dilemma: action or inertia?

 

Hoi An might weigh you down - but in a good way - you’re bound to add kilos of made-to-order clothing to your luggage. With an estimated 300 to 500 tailors working in this beautiful city, this is fashionista heaven.

 

To feel the intellectual, cultural and spiritual heartbeat of Vietnam, make a stop in the old imperial capital, Hué. Home to palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, and host of the biennial arts festival, the Festival of Hué, it’s the place to go for historical, cultural and culinary stimulation.

 

In Hanoi, the country’s captivating capital, rise early to watch the city exercise by Hoan Kiem Lake, then pay your respects in person to Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (a truly surreal experience). See if you can locate ‘pickled fish street’ in the Old Quarter (it’s somewhere near ‘wooden bowls street’), and cool off with draught beer at ‘bia hoi junction’ (a truly rewarding experience).

 

Eventually you’ll be enticed out of the city by the stunning offerings of the country’s northern provinces. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Halong Bay and its 2000 limestone karsts, nor the experience of trekking around mountainous Sapa.

 

Vietnam has it all. Go expecting the unexpected, be ready for an adventure as much as a holiday, and Vietnam will deliver.

 

Introducing Laos

After years of war and isolation, Southeast Asia’s most pristine environment, intact cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on earth mean destination Laos is fast earning cult status among travellers. It is developing quickly but still has much of the tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple and even in Vientiane it’s hard to believe this sort of languid riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then, of course, there is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience anywhere in Asia.

 

Away from the cities, there is so much more to see; the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang Province, the forested mountains of Northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around the backpacker-haven Vang Vieng and in the deep south, past the market town Pakse, is Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), where the mighty Mekong spreads out and all the hammocks are taken.

 

The Lao wilderness is drawing travellers looking for nature, adventure or both. Kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s the community-based trekking that is most popular because it combines spectacular natural attractions with the chance to experience the ‘real Laos’ with a village homestay – while spending your money where it’s needed most.

 

There is undoubtedly a growing tourist trail in Laos, but that just means there’s plenty of roads off Rte 13 where you can make your own trail. After all, half the fun of travelling here is in the travel itself – the people you meet, chickens you share seats with, wrong turns you take and lào-láo you drink with the smiling family at the end of the road less travelled.

 

Introducing Thailand

Now a days the most preferred tour among the people of the world. Thailand tours would be a great pleasure to every category of the tourist as this Thailand tourism has a lot to offer to its visitors in terms of culture, tradition, hospitality, entertainment, adventure, nightlife, shopping and what not.

 

Thailand Tours
It is gradually recognized as a significant tourist destination not only among the Asians but also all over the world. Tours to Thailand would feature a lot of options for the tourists. Thailand hotels give a wide range of options for the guest’s stay. As on the one hand you will find the cheap Thailand hotels on the other hand you will have a wide range of luxury Thailand hotels. There is no limit to the Thailand tourist attractions on your vacations in Thailand. The tourists are hardly able to decide as what to watch and what to leave. From the zoological gardens to the beaches and from misty mountains to the plains Thailand is the destination to reckon with.

The local markets, the serpentine streets and the local people are a delight and a real charm to watch. The Grand Palace, Bangkok and the night bazaar, Chiang Mai are the two places that a tourist should not miss out. Thailand tours involves Pattaya as one of the proliferating tourist destinations in terms of popularity.

The great restaurants and the nightlife are the part and parcel of a good Thailand Tour. The temples and the shrines reflect the blend of Hinduism and Islam that is rarely found in other parts of the world. Watch the grandeur of the Royal palaces of Thailand and the museums that reflect the history of Thailand. The flower garden and the plenty of places of natural beauty make Thailand one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

 

Shopping in Thailand is yet another pleasure for the shop freaks on their Thailand tour Bangkok offers a lot of shopping points and malls where the guests can collect souvenirs and keep it as it is going to become the mark of their most memorable and pleasant memories of Thailand holidays. After a hard and tiresome day of shopping, sightseeing and adventure activities one is bound to get hungry.

Thailand tours features some of the best restaurants and food & beverage outlets for tourists. Taste the most delectable cuisines prepared using the finest condiments and spices. Menu offered includes Thai, Chinese, European and Japanese fare. In the evening take a stroll at the Phuket beach on your Thailand vacations. After a visit to this lovely place your tours to Thailand is sure to become the most endearing one.

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Introducing Cambodia
Cambodia, which was previously known as Kampuchea is located at the South East Asia. With a population of above thirteen million, this country is one of the most visited destinations of the world. The capital city of the country is Phnom Peh. The Geography of Cambodia is quite varied. This country borders with the neighboring countries like Thailand in the north and east, Laos in the north east and Vietnam in the east and southeastern part. Cambodia is distinctly marked by the special feature of lacustrine plain. The landscape of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River. Rice cultivation in huge amount can be seen in this place. The climatic conditions and the landscape favor the growing of rice in this country.

Cambodia is marked by the tropical monsoons. The country is marked by the presence of two distinct seasons- rainy season and dry season. The rainy season is between May to October. The dry season can be experienced during November to April. The best season to visit Cambodia is between November to January, when the humidity level remains low. The wild life of Cambodia is quite rich and interesting. You can find wide array of flora and fauna in this place. The Kting Voar, which is the snake eating cow, is the special attraction of the place.

Cambodia includes a Constitutional monarchy. The Cambodian people speak Khmer language. The currency that is in use in this country is that of Riel.

The Culture of Cambodia is rich and varied. Cambodia shows characteristic styles of dance, sculpture and architecture. You can find numerous temples and historic sites in this country. The Angkor Vat temple depicts the architectural excellence of the craftsmen. Some other important sites include Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek and others. Sightseeing can be an important activity in Cambodia. Cambodia celebrates various festivals and occasions with great pomp and glory. Some of the popular games of Cambodia include cock fighting and soccer.

Cambodia is served by the presence of four major airports- Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Riep Angkor VAT International Airport, Sihanoukville Airport and Battambang Airport. The transportation system of Cambodia is very convenient and easy and draws large number of visitors from all over the world. The country has two major rail lines. The various modes of transportation connect Cambodia with various cities and countries.

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Introducing Myanmar/Burma

‘This is Burma’, wrote Kipling. ‘It is quite unlike any place you know about.’ How right he was, and more than a century later Myanmar remains a world apart. Contemplate 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. Stare in disbelief at the golden rock teetering impossibly on the edge of a chasm. Encounter men wearing skirt-like longyi, women smothered in thanaka (traditional make-up) and betel-chewing grannies with blood red juices dripping from their mouths – and that’s just the airport! Meet the multitalented monks who have taught their cats to jump. Ride a Wild West stagecoach past grand British mansions. Trade jokes about the rulers who move capitals on the whim of a fortune teller. Indeed, this is Burma.

Isolated and ostracised by the international community, the country is in the grip of tyrants. Most travellers avoid a visit, backing the boycott, but the long-suffering people are everything the regime is not. Gentle, humorous, engaging, considerate and inquisitive, they want to play a part in the world, and deserve a brighter future. Turn back the clock with a trip to this time-warped country where the adventure travel of old lives on. This is the authentic Asia with creaking buses, potholed roads, locals who greet you like long lost family and not a 7-Eleven in sight. Forget the internet for a moment and connect with a culture where holy men are more revered than rock stars and golden buddhas are bathed every day at first light – in Mandalay, the Mahamuni Paya houses a buddha re-covered in gold leaf daily. Drift down the Ayeyarwady in an old river steamer, stake out a slice of Ngapali Beach or Ngwe Saung on the blissful Bay of Bengal, trek through pine forests to minority villages around Kalaw – there are so many experiences awaiting in Myanmar that one trip is simply never enough. It’s a country that fuels your emotions, stimulates your senses and stays in your soul.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Mountain adventure of Vietnam to Laos Tour

Detail Itinerary

Mountain adventure of Vietnam to Laos TourDay 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Meet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a delightful and exciting city. The Old French Quarter and the many lakes and parks give Hanoi a very special atmosphere. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River. It's history goes back more than 1000 years and the city boasts numerous buildings of historical significance from centuries old pagodas and back alleys to opulent buildings from the French colonial era. You won't be bored in this fantastic city.
Overnight: in Hanoi | Meals: None | Transport: Car

Day 2: Hanoi - Lao Cai
Today you have the opportunity to explore Hanoi on your own. Highly recommended is a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum.
We have arranged a late checkout for you (1800)
In the early evening you will be transferred to the railwaystation.You will travel to Lao Cai by overnight sleepertrain.
Overnight: Sleeper Train Vietnam | Meals: Breakfast | Transport: Car | Train

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa
In the early morning you will arrive in Lao Cai. Your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to Sapa. Sapa is only 38 kms from Lao Cai and it will take approximately one hour to get there. You can have breakfast on your own while waiting for your room to be ready. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Sapa, originally built as a hill station by the French in 1922, is well known for its spectacular scenery and the various hilltribes that live nearby. Sapa is at around 1500 metres elevation and it can become very chilly in the wintermonths (October until February).
Most visitors are here to visit the hilltribes (mostly H'mong, Dao and Kinh people) who live in the area. Especially worthwhile is the Saturday market, where various tribes come to sell/buy goods. The ground floor is for food products, but on the first floor the minorities sell their handicrafts, such as blankets, traditional clothes, hats etc.
Also during weekdays there are plenty of minority people of different tribes in Sapa.
Overnight: in Sapa | Meals: None | Transport: Car

Day 4: Sapa
Today you will embark on a daytrek to Hmong villages around Sapa. Your guide will be from the Hmong tribe and will tell you all about their customs, tradition and history. During this exciting walk you will be able to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Sapa to the fullest. In total you will walk about 8 kms today which will take from 4 to 5 hours. A picnic lunch is included.
Although you will not be the first foreigner to visit the villages the local people are welcoming and friendly. On clear days the scenery is simply breathtaking and there is nothing better than having a drink on one of the terraces and enjoying the views and the fresh mountain air.
Overnight: in Sapa | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: On foot

Day 5: Sapa
Today is a free day. It is possible to go on a one day trek around Sapa. Several Hmong and Dzay villages are within walking distance of Sapa. Terrain is mountaineous and you might have to cross the river more than once. Although you will not be the first foreigner to visit the villages the local people are welcoming and friendly. On clear days the scenery is simply breathtaking and there is nothing better than having a drink on one of the terraces and enjoying the views and the fresh mountain air.
Overnight: in Sapa | Meals: Breakfast | Transport: None

Day 6: Sapa - Muong Lay
Today you will drive to Muong Lay, formerly known as Lai Chau. Total distance today is about 200 kms and it is a fantastic drive. It will take approximately 6 hours. The day starts in spectacular fashion with the drive over the Hoang Lien pass. Enjoy the beautiful vistas.
Drive to Binh Lu. Continue to Tam Duong, which has been renamed Lai Chau*. Along the way you will pass numerous minority villages and there is plenty of time for a photostop. At the end of the day you will arrive in Muong Lay.
Muong Lay will be flooded in a couple of years time as part of a huge hydropower project on the Da River. You will have time to wander around this charming town.
Overnight: in Muong Lay | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car

Day 7: Muong Lay - Dien Bien Phu
After breakfast you will depart for another day of spectacular scenery and minority villages. Driving distance today is 105 kms which will take about 2 hours. You will see different ethnic minorities as in Laos. You will pass villages of Flower Hmong, Red Zao, amongst others. Not everyone wants his picture taken so please be considerate in this matter.
In the early afternoon you will reach the fertile valley of Dien Bien Phu. Dien Bien Phu was the site of a historic battle in 1953 in which the Vietminh defeated French forces, an Asian "Waterloo" for the French. The victory at Dien Bien Phu was an important step on the road to independence for Vietnam. The valley is dotted with villages of ethnic minorities.
After breakfast there will be an excursion to the historical sites of Dien Bien Phu in the morning. You will visit Hill D1, the Dien Bien Phu Museum and the former headquarters of French general De Castries. Most fun is to watch groups of Vietnamese having their pictures taken standing on top of French tanks.
Overnight: in Dien Bien Phu | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car

Day 8: Dien Bien Phu - Udomxai
After breakfast you will head for the border. From Dien Bien Phu it takes about 45 mins (38 kms) to the  Tay Trang-Ban Panghok bordercrossing.
The border checkpoint where you will enter Laos has been opened in 2007. Say goodbye to your Vietnamese guide and driver.You will have to have a Lao visa stamped already in your passport as there is no visa upon arrival available at this checkpoint.
After having completed immigration and customs formalities you will meet your new guide and driver and you're on your way to a new episode of this adventure: into the highlands of Laos.
First stop will be the village Muang Khua where you will have your first taste of Lao food as we will stop here for lunch. The drive from the border to Muang Khua will take about 4 hours. The road is in bad condition. Along the way you will enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
After Muang Khua you will set course for Udomxai, a drive of approximately two and a half hours.
Overnight: in Udomxai  | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car | Car

Day 9: Udomxai - Luang Prabang
In the morning you will have some time to walk around the market of Udomxai until we depart for the Pac Ou Caves set in a limestone rockwall. Pac Ou is 250 kms from Udomxai, a drive of about 5 hours. The road leads through the mountains and the views are spectacular. You will pass many villages of the Hmong minority. The Hmong build their villages above 1000m altitude unlike others. They usually still wear their traditional attire. Lunch will be in a local restaurant along the way.
There are two caves in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River: Tham Ting, the lower cave and Tham Phum, which can be reached by a long stair case. They are full of Buddha images of varying styles, ages and size.
After this visit you will board a private local slow boat and set course for Luang Prabang. This boattrip will take about one hour. At a leisurely pace you will cruise the majestic Mekong River until you reach Luang Prabang. Your stay in Luang Prabang will be one of the highlights of this trip
Overnight: in Luang Prabang  | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car | Boat

Day 10: Luang Prabang
The town Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the French colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. The town has been declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1995. From your hotel you can easily explore the town on foot which is what we recommend you to do today. Just breathe in the atmosphere, wander through the small alleys, visit the mystical temples (don't forget to dress properly and take off your shoes). Enjoy the wonderful Lao and French food. Go shopping for textiles (Luang Prabang has some of the best textiles of the country) or take a Bia Lao on one of the terraces along the Mekong River.
From Phousy Mountain you have a commanding view over the town. Luang Prabang has an attractive evening market in one of the side streets of Sakkarine Rd., the ideal place to find some great bargains to take home.
Overnight: in Luang Prabang | Meals: Breakfast | Transport: On foot

Day 11: Luang Prabang
After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel by your guide. He will bring you to the Elephant Camp, about 15 kms from Luang Prabang. The camp is located on the banks of the Nam Khan River. You will be introduced to your elephant who will carry you for an entertaining ride of 1 to 1,5 hours to the wonderful Tad Sae waterfall. There you can take a swim and have lunch. After lunch you will go back to the camp by local boat.
You will stay overnight at the Elephant Lodge, a renovated 100 years old farmhouse. In the afternoon you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings or engage in one of the activities offered by the Lodge.
Overnight: in Luang Prabang | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car | Elephant | Boat

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Muang Singh
Today you will depart early. The drive to Muang Sing is a long one. Muang Sing is 440 kms far from Luang Prabang and it will take approximately 8 to 10 hours to get there. It is a charming town located in a beautiful valley with endless ricefields and minority villages.
Muang Sing used to be part of a group of principalities loosely linked under the Muang Sing originally formed part of group of principalities loosely linked under the leadership of a political entity called Sipsongpanna in southern Yunnan province, China, the current Xishuangbanna district. It is now the commercial centre of a valley with numerous villages of differrent ethnic minorities, each with their own fascinating culture and traditions.
In the evening you can walk around Muang Sing, which is in fact a large village, and enjoy a delightful dinner in one of the small restaurant.
Overnight: in Muang Singh | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car

Day 13: Muang Singh
Muang Sing's main attraction are the different minorities that live in the vicinity. What better is there to explore villages by foot and that is what we are going to do today. With your personal guide you will embark on a full day trek through the Muang Sing valley. It is an easy walk as the valley floor is flat. You will pass through villages of K'mu, Akha, Thai Dam (Black Thai) and Hmong, amongst others. Your guide will tell about their traditions, their way of living and their history. Many of these minorities live in several different Southeast Asian countries. Your guide will prepare a tasty lunch which you will have along the way.
At the end of the day you will return to Muang Sing and look back on an exciting day with many impressions and pictures to take home. Enjoy a bottle of the ever present Bia Lao.
Overnight: in Muang Singh | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: On foot

Day 14: Muang Singh - Chiang Khong
Today you will depart early. First destination will be Luang Namtha, a drive of about 1 1/2 hours (50 kms). The road from Luang Namtha to Ban Houaysai has been upgraded recently. What once was a harrowing two day drive is now a mere 4 hour drive. The scenery is still magnificent. Enjoy the views. You will pass many small villages. The children delight in meeting foreigners.
After you have reached Ban Houaysai you will say goodbye to your Lao guide and driver. Cross the Mekong River to Chiang Khong by local boat.
After having your passport and visa stamped you will have to transfer to the hotel by yourself.
Overnight: in Chiang Khong  | Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Transport: Car | Boat

Day 15: Chiang Khong - Chiang Rai - Bangkok
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport of Chiang Rai. This will take about 2 hours (130 kms).
Fly Bangkok to Chiang Rai with Thai International **issued by Green Trail Tours**
Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: in Bangkok  | Meals: Breakfast | Transport: Car | Air | Car

Day 16: Bangkok - Departure
Check out time is 12:00 (noon).End of services
Overnight: No Accommodation | Meals: Breakfast | Transport: None

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  • Accommodation based on double/twin share

  • All American breakfast served in hotels

  • All private vehicles with chauffeurs

  • All internal flights specified in the tour

  • Private local tour guides (on-spot)

  • Other meals included in the tour

  • Entrance and visiting fees

  • Boat trip if specified in the tour

  • Mineral water during the tour

 

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  • Visa to Vietnam (tourists must obtain before traveling to Vietnam)

  • International flights to and from Vietnam

  • Airport departure tax if required

  • Travel insurance (trip, medical and personal)

  • Daily personal expenses

  • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels

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