Multi-destination

Northern Indochina - Laos to Vietnam 14 days

Until recently the north-east of Laos was pretty much inaccessible for all but the most resilient of travellers due to immigration problems, appalling roads and lack of accommodation. Things are slowly being improved and whilst you should still expect a bumpy ride at times, it's well worth the effort.

This 14 day tour of Laos and Vietnam starts in the magical city of Luang Prabang, where you will have plenty of time to explore. Travelling east, visit the mysterious Plain of Jars and the Vieng Xai Caves, a virtual city to 23,000 people during the 'Secret War'.

Crossing the border into Vietnam at Na Maew, journey into the stunning Mai Chau Valley for some trekking and outdoor opportunities, as well as a visit to the ancient village of Ky Son, all before completing your journey in the culturally enticing city of Hanoi.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3-45-6
Standard$2,679$2,063$1,769

Villa Chitdara

Brilliantly located on Khounsua Road - the quiet central street that slips between Luang Prabang's main night market and Mekong River Street - leafy Villa Chitdara is a small but charming guesthouse...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Moon Garden Homestay

Set in the ancient village of Ky Son, the Moon Garden Guesthouse sits somewhere between a traditional homestay and upmarket guesthouse in truth...
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Essence Hotel

A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake...
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First Class$2,797$2,181$1,888

Le Sen Boutique

Beautifully located for exploring Luang Prabang, the Le Sen's leafy, secluded setting is only fifteen minutes stroll from...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Moon Garden Homestay

Set in the ancient village of Ky Son, the Moon Garden Guesthouse sits somewhere between a traditional homestay and upmarket guesthouse in truth...
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La Siesta Hotel & Spa

The La Siesta is a welcoming boutique property just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake, within very easy reach of the many temptations of Old Quarter, and offers great facilities for a central Hanoi hotel...
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Superior$2,929$2,312$2,019

Maison Dalabua

This charming boutique hotel is located a short walk from Luang Prabang's historical centre and surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Moon Garden Homestay

Set in the ancient village of Ky Son, the Moon Garden Guesthouse sits somewhere between a traditional homestay and upmarket guesthouse in truth...
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Movenpick Hanoi

Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation...
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Deluxe$3,514$2,899$2,605

Satri House

Previously a residence of Prince Soupha- Nouvong, Satri House underwent extensive renovation in 2008. The result is magnificent and for our money the hotel instantly became a serious contender for Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel crown...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle...
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Moon Garden Homestay

Set in the ancient village of Ky Son, the Moon Garden Guesthouse sits somewhere between a traditional homestay and upmarket guesthouse in truth...
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Opened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Those in need of further caving experiences should fly south to Dong Hoi and travel the 40km's to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, close to the Laotian border. Home to one of the world's largest known karst regions, with over 300 caves and grottoes, the Phong Nha Caves were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003 and have only been open to the public since 2011. Much of the network of caves remain unexplored, however the National Park contains what are believed to be the world’s largest and longest caves.
  • Stay an extra night and visit the magnificent Halong Bay, sailing its waters aboard a deluxe junk. The UNESCO protected bay is home to over 2,000 islands and a wealth of wildlife.
  • If you are looking to truly head ‘off the beaten track’ in Vietnam, consider Ha Giang, in the far north east. Accommodation may be basic, but visitor numbers are extremely low and the landscape is simply breathtaking!
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Laos and, possibly, Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Kate - Selective Asia consultant

'A brilliant combination. This journey through north-eastern Laos and north Vietnam explores some of the less-visited regions of these contrasting countries.’

Kate - Indochina tailor-made specialist
Northern Indochina - Laos to Vietnam