Discover most highlights of Vietnam & Laos, from south of Vietnam along the coastline up to the north and then the lay-back neighboring country of Laos. This unique 18-day Vietnam & Laos tour will bring you to a ton of different experiences of ambient backstreets, haggling at her most fascinating markets or savoring local delicacies at any one of the local hawkers.

Tour Code: VTLA 01
Duration: 18 Days/ 17 Nights
Date: No fixed dates
Tour Type: Landscape, Nature, Folk Arts and Culture
Tour Categories: Multi Countries tours, Vietnam Laos tours
Starts/ Ends: Ho Chi Minh City/ Luang Prabang
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnel – Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Highlights of Vietnam Laos Tour Itinerary 3 Weeks

  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City, the heart of Southern Vietnam
  • Discover the rustic sceneries and lifestyle in the Mekong Delta
  • Visit one of the most worth-living cities in the world and Hoi An ancient town, the vibrant trading center in the past
  • Step back in the history in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam
  • Reach Hanoi, the present capital as well as the city of one thousand years old
  • Behold the beauty of Halong Bay with a lot of interesting outdoor activities
  • Move to Vientiane to see the differences between the two capitals
  • End your Vietnam Laos tour in Luang Prabang, the great museum of Laos

BRIEF ITINERARYVietnam Laos Explorer Tour - 18 Days Map

Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long & Can Tho)
Day 4: Mekong Delta (Can Tho) – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Leisure day
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An – Sanctuary My Son
Day 10: Hoi An – Hue
Day 11: Hue – City tour
Day 12: Hue transfer to Danang fly to Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 15: Hanoi – Vientiane
Day 16: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Day 17: Luang Prabang
Day 18: Luang Prabang Departure

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14-Day Vietnam Tour

Your 18-day Vietnam Laos tour begins with 2-week itineraries in S-shaped country

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)

Upon arrival, we will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel. Tonight we will have dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)

Today we have a full day to explore the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City including Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Formal Presidential Palace, Museum of War Remnants. After lunch, we will head to the center of China town to visit Binh Tay market, Thien Hau Temple, and Ben Thanh market.

binh tay market vietnam laos tour

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long & Can Tho) (B, L)

This morning we will leave the city for the Mekong Delta which is among the best highlights in Vietnam. Arrive at Cai Be town, where is well known by its floating market. Take our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways and canals, visiting some cottage industries, and stop at a lovely Bonsai garden for a fabulous lunch. Continue our exploration toward the township of Vinh Long where we transfer to our vehicle to drive to Can Tho.

cai be floating market vietnam laos tour

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Mekong Delta (Can Tho) – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

After breakfast, start our trip with a boat cruise to Cai Rang floating market, the most famous and colorful floating market in the Mekong Delta. to see hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Visit the lush orchards and are treated to delicious tropical fruits.

mekong delta lush orchard vietnam laos tour

In the afternoon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh (B, L)

After breakfast, head to the legendary Cu Chi tunnels, which played a very important role in Vietnamese winning and is one of the best highlights to look back the Vietnam war. After that, we continue to go to Tay Ninh for visiting the most attractive temple in the south of Vietnam, the holy see of the Cao Dai religious sect. The religion is a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity, with a bit of Islam.

cu chi tunnels vietnam laos tour

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Leisure Day (B)

Today we have a day at leisure to enjoy shopping etc. in Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An (B)

We have a morning flight to Danang which is considered as the most worth-living in Vietnam and among the most famous destinations in the world. Our local tour guide will welcome upon arrival, and escort to Hoi An, on the way to there, visit the Cham Museum in Danang where fine artifacts of Cham people are displayed. Then explore My Khe beach and a craft village.

danang cham museum vietnam laos tour

After that, we head to Hoi An town that is regarded as one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site, owning ancient beauty of Vietnam. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Tour (B)

Take a morning walking tour of the winding streets of the Old Town, visiting Fu Kien Assembly Hall, the 200-year-old Tan Ky house, the Japanese cover bridge, Hoi An Museum, and the handicrafts workshops.

tan ky house vietnam laos tour

Day 9: Hoi An – My Son Holy Land (B, L)

Drive to visit Holy Land of My Son. This is a former Capital of the Ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam. It is one of four World Heritage sites listed in Vietnam. The balance of the day will be at your leisure to do your endless shopping in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

my son holy land vietnam laos tour

Day 10: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Embark on our North Vietnam journey to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam, stop on the spectacular Hai Van Pass as we cross it. Our journey takes about 5 hours. In the afternoon we are free at our leisure.

hai van pass vietnam laos tour

Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 11: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Spend a full day exploring cultural and historical sites, then we will be transferred to the Citadel for visiting Imperial Purple city, followed by a boat cruise on the Perfume River to visit the picturesque Thien Mu or Heavenly Lady Pagoda. Also worth visiting sites are the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang.

thien mu pagoda vietnam laos tour

In the afternoon, we will take a visit to the famous Dong Ba market. Overnight at our hotel in Hue.

Day 12: Hue – Danang – Hanoi City Tour (B)

We will transfer to Danang for our flight to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam via Hai Van tunnel and upon arrival in Hanoi to reach our hotel. Our city tour starts with the Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. After lunch, we continue with the visit to Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, enjoy the unique Water Puppet show which is one of the cultural highlights of North Vietnam dating back to the 11th century.

water puppet show in hanoi vietnam laos tour

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

From Hanoi we depart for Halong Bay which owns the marvelous beauty of nature, making North Vietnam become more attractive ever.

Our journey takes us through the lush green fields of the Red River Delta to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay whose name means “an Ascending Dragon”. We will arrive in time for a delicious, fresh, seafood lunch on our junk which will cruise this secluded bay so we can marvel at some of the 2-3000 limestone peaks that emerge from the emerald water.

halong bay vietnam laos tour

Have the opportunity to view a spectacular cave crammed with stalactites and stalagmites, and, weather permitting, to swim in the clear waters surrounding our boat. We can also kayak to explore some of the hidden charms in part of the bay before spending the night on board.

halong bay kayaking vietnam laos tour

Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Rising early to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. We will have breakfast at the sunrise before the further exploration of Halong Bay by junk and to the lagoons by rowboat. We will visit Luon caves, floating villages, sail to explore the bay and have another fresh seafood lunch on board before approaching Halong wharf. Return to Hanoi the late afternoon. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

halong bay cave vietnam laos tour

4-Day Laos Tour

Spend the last four days of your Vietnam Laos tour exploring the land of million elephants.

Day 15: Hanoi – Vientiane (B, D)

Saying goodbye Hanoi we transfer to the airport to take a flight to Laos. Upon arrival in Vientiane – the spiritual heart of Laos, we will be transferred to our hotel. This afternoon there will be a tour of Vientiane. Our tour includes the major temples of Vat Sisaket, Vat Phrakeo and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country’s most important monument. We will also see the Arch of Triumph, the National Museum and the main market which are also the recommended highlights in Laos’ capital.

Vat Phrakeo vietnam laos tour

Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.

Day 16: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

This morning we transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to Luang Prabang, which is the ancient town in Northern Laos and also considered as the heart of Laos culture. Luang Prabang is best known for its beautiful scenery and high numbers of Ancient Temples. This former Royal Capital has a rich variety of architecture, from the old facades of French colonial homes to the glittering temple rooftops.

Vat Visoun vietnam laos tour

Embark on a tour of this enthralling town visiting Vat Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery. Dating back to the 16th century this splendid temple is considered to be the finest in Laos. We will also visit the fine temples of Vat May, Vat Visoun and Vat That Luang. Later in the day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the excellent views of the town and a great sunset.

Day 17: Luang Prabang City Tour (B)

Today we take a trip to the Royal Palace Museum. The palace built in 1904 is relatively new by Luang Prabang standards and is a mix of traditional Lao and colonial French design. Afterward, we visit the morning market and the weaving village of Ban Phanom.

Ban Phanom village vietnam laos tour

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 18: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Today we have free time at leisure before transferring to the airport for the departure flight. The best Vietnam & Laos Tour 18 days comes to the end.

About Price

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!


If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can serve you better. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast – Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include Vietnamese, Cambodia and Western dishes to meet every diner’s taste.

Lunch – Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese or Laos restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese or Laos dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners’ tastes.

Dinner – Same as lunch. If you prefer not to eat Vietnamese or Laos food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.

What’s Included?

  • Local speaking English tour guide/s (Other languages upon requests)
  • All accommodations with daily breakfast
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary (17 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
  • A/C transfers & transport by private coaches, with a reasonable supply of drinking water
  • Boat cruising in Halong, in Hue and in Mekong Delta
  • Domestic airfares with departure tax: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang, Danang – Hanoi
  • International airfares with departure tax inside Vietnam: Hanoi – Vientiane; Vientiane – Luang Prabang
  • Entrance fees to the sightseeing indicated

What’s Excluded?

  • Other meals not included in the itineraries
  • Other expenses not included in the itineraries
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

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Hotels & Ratings

Ho Chi Minh CitySapphire Hotel
Hoi AnPhuoc An River Hotel
HueGreen Hotel Hue
Hoi AnMaison D’ Hanoi Hotel
VientianeInter City Hotel
Luang PrabangVilla Tawendieng Hotel