As the staging point for a range of empires, Laos is steeped in history. Discover this often-forgotten location with the help of our tour guides. You’re sure to enjoy the gorgeous scenery, including many pristine waterfalls and greenery. Choose our Laos holiday tour to see the wonders of this beautiful landscape.
Depart London or your regional airport on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon.
Arrive in Saigon. You are transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
In the morning visit the Cu Chi tunnels, the system of underground tunnels created by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War to shelter from American bombing. After lunch, return to Saigon for a city tour to include the Reunification Palace – the former presidential palace of South Vietnam, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh market. (B, L)
After breakfast, head out of the city to the Mekong Delta to experience the daily lives of those living and working in this land of rivers, canals, and islands. On arrival at My Tho, join a boat and travel to one of the mid-river islands to see local handicrafts, sweet production, and the products of local orchards and plantations. You can experience a lunch of regional specialities such as the elephant ear fish. This trip is in small rowing boat along the small canals. Return to Saigon in the afternoon. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Danang. Transfer by road to the ancient town of Hoi An, once a vibrant port for regional trade, and now home to well-preserved old houses, temples, and streets. The walking tour to includes the Japanese Covered Bridge, the bustling market, and one of the Chinese temples. (B, L)
This is a free day! Enjoy exploring Hoi An yourself, or perhaps relaxon the nearby sandy beach or at your hotel pool. (B)
Travel by road to the former imperial capital of Hue, via the scenic Hai Van Pass over the mountains. On-route, stop at Danang to visit the Cham Museum, housing relics from the medieval Champa kingdom that flourished in this area, and the scenic fishing village of Lang Co. Once in Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel, the emperors' own forbidden city, with its palaces and temples. Also, visit the Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. (B, L)
Visit one of the imperial tombs, that of Tu Duc, with its beautifully crafted pavilions, temple, and lake, before enjoying the sights and sounds of Hue's main market. Then take a flight to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, and transfer to your hotel (B, L)
A city tour of Hanoi which includes Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his stilt house in the grounds of the presidential palace, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Then visit the Temple of Literature, West Lake with the Tran Quoc Pagoda (one of the oldest in Vietnam), Quan Thanh Temple, and the impressive Museum of Ethnology which records the lives and cultures of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. A visit to the Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple is followed by a one hour cycle ride around the Old Quarter. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show. (B, L)
After breakfast, drive through the Red River Delta to the coast and Halong Bay, a great natural wonder, where limestone forms have created numerous islets and rocky bays. Board your traditional junk for a cruise around this fascinating landscape. Depending on the weather and itinerary, there are stops at some of the islands, visits to sea caves, or opportunities for swimming, kayaking, or squid fishing. Seafood dinner is available on board the boat. (B, L, D)
Continue your cruise in the morning. After a delicious brunch on board, return to the dock and transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Transfer to your hotel on arrival for a chance to wander around this unique and serene town on the banks of the Mekong River.
This tour of Luang Prabang starts at the National Museum, formely the Royal Palace. Then visit some of the many temples for which the town is famous, including Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, Wat Xiengthong, and Wat Aham. End the day by climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for a panoramic view over the town and countrysude. Explore the exciting Night Market at the end of the day. (B, L)
After breakfast, head towards the beautiful Koungsi Waterfall, visiting the local villages of some of Laos' many ethnic groups along the way: Hmong, Lowland Laotian, and the Khmu ethnic minority people. Cool off at the pools of the waterfall or explore the surrounding countryside on walking trails through the forest. On-route back to town, stop at Ban Phanom village and witness the skilled hand-weaving women. The remainder of the day is free. (B, L)
This day is free until your flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. (B)
This is a city tour of Vientian. You’ll visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple, followed by Wat Phra Kaew that formerly housed the Emerald Buddha which is now in Bangkok and Phra That Luang. Also, visit Patousay, Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe, and the busy market. (B, L)
Transfer to an airport for early flight to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. This includes a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, full of treasures, and paved with silver tiles. Then, visit the National Museum, which contains an impressive collection of ancient Khmer art and sculptures. At sunset, walk along Sisowath Quay along the banks of the Mekong to experience river life and riverside stalls (B)
Visit the Central or 'Russian” market, packed with all sorts of goods for sale, before visiting the Museum of the Geoncide at Tuol Sleng, a high school that was converted into a detention and torture centre during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, and a vivid reminder to the tragic story of the country at that time. Then visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where many thousands were executed and buried in mass graves during Khmer Rouge time. You then transfer to an airport for a flight to Siem Reap. There, you’ll experience an evening dinner and Apsara dance show. (B, L, D)
Today, you’ll visit the great walled city of Angkor Thom that served as capital of the Khmer Empire from the 12th century. Pass through one of the imposing city gates and visit the Bayon, Baphoun, and the royal palace area, including the Terraces of the Elephants and of the Leper King. Then visit Ta Prohm, memorably still engulfed by jungle trees and vines, along with many of the lesser temples You’ll then climb the temple hill of Phnom Bakheng in the evening to see the sun set over the temple of Angkor. (B, L)
After breakfast, visit the greatest and largest of the temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat. This great temple, built in the 12th century, is a masterpiece of design and construction.
After lunch, take a trip through the countryside to the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, and a short boat trip to view the floating villages that cling to the shores of the lake, containing fish farms, houses and even hospital. (B, L)
You have the day free until an airport transfer for your flights back to UK (B)
PLEASE NOTE: B = Buffet Breakfast at Hotel – L/D = Lunch or Dinner at Local Restaurants
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