Vietnam and Laos: Ethnic Villages and Untraveled Roads
Travel across the border between Vietnam and Laos near Hanoi, visiting Muong and Thai villages along the way. Cross into Sam Neua Province in Laos, famous for its woven fabrics. Then head to the mysterious Plain of Jars, Laos's answer to Stonehenge, before turning towards Luang Prabang. From this charming city, you travel north to Luang Namtha and Muang Sing, home to Thai Lu, Thai Dam, H'mong, Lang Ten, and other ethnic groups. You can stay in local homes and charming boutique hotels, take a boat out on the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers and see the most adventurous side of Laos and Vietnam.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $4295.00 per person (based on groups of four or more)
Dates: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Sunday, March 23, 2014 and Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive in Hanoi|
|Day 2||Tour Hanoi|
|Day 3||Drive through Hoa Binh and Mai Chau on your way to Ban Sai|
|Day 4||Head to the Na Meo Border and then continue to Sam Neua|
|Day 5||Sam Neua, Caves and Hmong Villages.|
|Day 6||Sam Neua to Nong Khiaw via the stone forest and villages.|
|Day 7||Boat ride down the Nam Ou River via Pak Ou Caves to Luang Prabang.|
|Day 8||Luang Prabang touring, Arts and Ethnology Center and National Museum and different watsSunset on Mt. Phousi|
|Day 9||Visit the Khouang-Si Waterfalls, weaving villages and Phousi food market|
|Day 10||Drive to Xiengkhuang, stopping at Hmong and Khmu villages, and cave|
|Day 11||Visit Plain of Jars, local villages, Tai Sam Cultural Hall, hot springs|
|Day 12||Visit UXO Laos (www.uxolaos.org) , wood workshop and fly Vientiane. Visit That Luang stupa, Patuxai, and walk along Mekong|
|Day 13||Wat Prabaht and Wat Phonson. Drive Hit Boun. Visit Hmong Market.|
|Day 14||Drive Kong Lor Village and cave by boat and foot, as well as other villages. Return to Vientiane|
|Day 15||Sightseeing in Vientiane and visit to textile galleries, Wat Sisaket, Wat Si Muang, and Haw Phra Kheao|