Hanoi to Luang Prabang Overland
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Hanoi to Luang Prabang Overland

A breathtaking overland trip taking in some of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam and Laos.

Highlights include

  • Discovering Hanoi’s lively street food culture whilst sipping a cold local beer at a roadside stall
  • Sailing past the towering peaks of craggy limestone in the Trang An Ecosystem
  • Staying in a thatched-roof bungalow deep in North Vietnam’s paddy-fields
  • Exploring the remote caves that Laos’s communist leaders lived in during the “secret war”
  • Tracking animals on a night safari in Laos’s jungle
  • Trekking past cascading waterfalls hill-tribe villages
  • Soaking up atmospheric Luang Prabang with your private guide

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £4,500 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Indochina experts on 020 3411 6194 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

As every holiday is unique - Call our experts on 1-888-577-8452 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates or use the quote request form below...

Inclusions

Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Hanoi to Luang Prabang Overland

DAY 1 DEPART THE UK

 Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Hanoi

 DAY 2-4 HANOI

After recovering from your flight you’ll spend 3 days in Hanoi enjoying a range of exclusive, tailored experiences, accompanied by your private guide.

Rise early to explore the colourful, markets and stroll around the lake as the Hanoians practise badminton, t’ai chi and aerobics in the street. Immerse yourself in the old town which is dissected by Hanoi’s main railway artery; here the residents go about their daily chores almost oblivious to the slow moving trains!

Sip Vietnamese coffee, discover the city's lively street food culture and try a cold local beer at a roadside stall. Marvel at the French colonial architecture and discover the labyrinthine alleyways of the old quarter. Peruse the museum of your choice: ancient history, military history, fine arts or the serene Temple of Literature.

DAY 5 & 6 NINH BINH

With your guide and driver you’ll head about 2 hours south to the province of Ninh Binh and its ancient capital.  Spend 2 days exploring the region by boat and bike: the glorious landscape of rice fields and lakes surrounded by towering peaks of craggy limestone, and the meandering waterways of Trang An Ecosystem which are often compared with Guilin – China, or to Halong Bay. 

DAY 7 & 8 MAI CHAU FARMSTAY

If you’d like to add a further adventure to your itinerary then you could add a night or two between Ninh Binh and Mai Chai to explore Cuc Phuong National Park, one of Vietnam's oldest parks, Otherwise you’ll head northwest from Ninh Binh towards the Mai Chau valley where you’ll check into your resort in the paddy-fields.

During your stay there will be a chance to take a walk through the hills to the local villages, to learn how to cook local delicacies or help out on the farm.

DAY 9  VIETNAM/LAOS BORDER CROSSING

Most of today will be spent travelling through the mountains from Vietnam to Laos. The border crossing is about halfway between Mai Chau and the next stop, Sam Neua. Following completion of border formalities, you will transfer into the hands of your Laos guide and travel through stunning countryside and beautiful limestone karst scenery to the Sam Neua. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

DAY 10  SAM NEUA AND VIENG XAI CAVES

Today there is an optional walking tour around Sam Neua followed by a visit to the Vieng Xai Caves. This is where Laos’s communist leaders lived during the Vietnam War. An audio tour includes a visit to the leaders' caves and the Artillery Cave which offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

DAY 12  NAM ET NATIONAL PARK

Depart Sam Neua for the 3-hour drive to the village of Ban Son Koua. Here you’ll board a longtail boat for a cruise on the Nam Nern River to your jungle camp, where you’ll have lunch. Mid-afternoon you’ll depart for the night safari, stopping along the way at a salt lick where your local guide - a skilled hunter and tracker - will identify animal tracks. After sunset, relax around a campfire, and enjoy a BBQ dinner. A couple of hours after dark you’ll float down the river whilst your local guide looks for wildlife by torchlight. Accommodation is in basic, traditional Lao style huts in the forest. Surrounded by jungle noises, an amazing night is guaranteed!

DAY 13 NAM ET TO NONG KHIAW

Rise early for a morning jungle tour and then, after breakfast, cruise downstream, making a stop at a prime location for bird watching. Then it’s on to Nong Kiaw via more breathtaking scenery.

DAY 14 NONG KHAIW

Today you’ll cruise along the river and trek through hill-tribe villages, passing a number of cascades en route. When you reach the summit you'll be rewarded with what must be one of the best views in Laos. Here you’ll also enjoy a delicious Lao style picnic lunch, served on banana leaves, before hiking back down and boarding a longtail boat to take you back to Nong Khiaw.

DAY 15 NONG KHIAW  TO LUANG PRABANG BY ROAD

Today you’ll head south by road to Luang Prabang. The morning drive brings you out into rolling countryside where you can admire the beauty of the Nam Ou River and the surrounding rice paddy fields. Along the way you’ll stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River and crammed with thousands of Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Arrive in Luang Prabang around lunchtime where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 16 & 17  LUANG PRABANG

Spend two full days in wonderful Luang Prabang. Your guide will bring the city’s most beautiful structures to life, including the country’s most historic and enchanting temple Wat Xiengthong. You’ll also visit Mt Phousi, which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.

It's worth rising early one day to witness and partake in the daily alms giving to the monks. Your guide will also offer you the chance to visit the fresh market to see how the locals shop and take you to beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall for a luxury gourmet picnic breakfast before other tourists arrive.

DAY 18 FLY HOME

Depart Luang Prabang for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, we can tailor your trip to include a longer stay in Luang Prabang, a more in-depth tour of Laos or a beach extension in a neighbouring country.

Enhance your Experience+

Finish your serious travelling experience with a day or two of luxury crusing around Halong Bay. The Red Dragon is small, personal and friendly.  To really shake off the rigours of the journey how about the Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi? 


Customer Feedback
Our tour of Laos was a great success.The two days on the Nam Ou were a memorable experience. The Lanjia Lodge stay was excellent too.

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