This new walking holiday will take you on a unique and active journey through the colourful highlights of north Vietnam and Laos, from the precipitous limestone islands of Halong Bay on the South China Sea, through the mist shrouded mountains and gravity defying rice terraces of North Vietnam, to Luang Prabang and the banks of the mighty Mekong River in Laos. We begin with a day to explore the smoky streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and a relaxing overnight cruise on Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Then, as we work our way north, we’ll enjoy 3 days hiking through remote villages and rice terraces, sleeping in traditional wooden stilted homestays and meeting the friendly people of the Thai and H’mong tribes. We’ll also stay overnight in the old French mountain hill station of Sapa, gateway to the Tonkinese Alps (including views of Mt Fansipan (3143m) the highest peak in Vietnam), and spend time in Dien Bien Phu, where we learn all about the town’s fascinating war history. Crossing into Laos, our first night will be spent at the riverside community of Muong Khua, where striking limestone crags dominate the horizon. Here, we will board our traditional long boats and begin our 3 day journey down Laos’ Nam Ou river to Muong Ngoi, travelling on foot and by long boat, this will surely be the highlight of our holiday. During our expedition we will stay overnight in simple bungalows in a remote H’mong village, where they still wear traditional dress, and spend the night at a camp in a stunning riverside location. From Muong Ngoi we drive to our journey’s end amongst the beautiful fusion of French colonial architecture and Buddhist temples that is Luang Prabang, 'The Jewel of South East Asia'. This holiday has a real focus on getting in and amongst life in some of the most rural areas of Vietnam and Laos and meeting the exceptionally friendly people who make their home there. Expect memorable walks, delicious and fragrant food, stunning scenery, simple and characterful accommodation and lots of cultural interaction.
A unique 3 day journey down Laos’ Nam Ou river on foot and by long boat
Overnight junk cruise and kayaking on UNESCO Halong Bay in Vietnam
Meet the hilltribes of Vietnam and Laos on guided walks with village homestays
Discover Hanoi, Sapa, Dien Bien Phu and Luang Prabang