Day 1: Arrive in Saigon via flight
Meet your tour guide at the airport and transfer to your desired hotel for check-in.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour
Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with over nine million inhabitants and five million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Transfer to Dong Khoi street to discover some of the beautiful French colonial buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Admire Saigon’s historic French colonial landmarks before your visit to the former Presidential Palace. Continue on to District 5 to visit an 18th century temple built by the Cantonese congregation. Complete your day with a visit to the first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam.
Day 3: Cai Be (Mekong Delta)
Discover the Mekong Delta, south west of Saigon and visit Cai Be, a two hour drive from Saigon. On arrival, board the charming Mekong Queen, a wooden motorboat, which will help you get closer to the daily life and agricultural activities along the Mekong River. Lunch is served at an ancient Mandarin house where four generations of family members live together. Either walk or be rowed in a sampan along the small canals back to the Mekong Queen before returning to the pier for your transfer back to Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon to Hanoi
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the charming city of Hanoi, Vietnam’s 1000-year-old capital city with its ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Continue to visit must ‘sees’ including the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides; the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, the serene Museum of Ethnology that offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter; followed by a show at the water puppet theatre.
Day 5: Hanoi / Halong Bay
On arrival in Halong Bay, board your desired junk boat and settle into your cabin. After lunch, enjoy visits to a cave and also a fishing village before returning for a cooking class with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.
Day 6: Halong Bay / Hanoi
Rise early and greet the day with a refreshing Tai Chi class on the upper deck then spend the morning cruising around the bay stopping off at opportunities to enjoy the water and islands (weather permitting). Cruise back to Halong for your return transfer to Hanoi arriving back by the evening.
Day 7: Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang in Laos, once referred to as the jewel of Indochina. Start your day with a visit to the Royal Palace, which is now a National Museum. Continue with the exploration of the main Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang and a rare opportunity to interact with the monks before ending the day with a climb to the top of Phousi Hill for a sunset watch over Luang Prabang town.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Hill tribes visit
Start the day with a drive to Ban Nayang village, home to the Tai Lu minorities, who migrated from China in the late 18th century and walk a short distance to the village. Observe the distinct weaving style of the villagers, who produce table cloths, wall decorations and scarves. You are invited to interact with the local people and learn about their efforts to preserve their traditional working methods and crafts.
Day 9: Luang Prabang / Vientiane
Enjoy a visit to all essential landmarks the city of Vientiane has to offer including Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Keo, Wat Si Muang, and also Patouxay monument, Laos' version of the Arc de Triomphe. End the day at That Luang, regarded to as the holiest site in Laos.
Day 10: Vientiane departure (your own tickets, flight information to be advised)
Enjoy the morning at leisure until your departure flight.