Laos and Vietnam Christmas Tour

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Dec 21 - 29, 2022
Group size: 1 - 10
Laos and Vietnam Christmas Tour
Luang Prabang, Laos

Vibrant Women Travel
  • LinkedIn verified
16 reviews

A$NaN
Dec 21 - 29, 2022
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

 21 - 29 December 2022

  • 8 Nights / 9 Days
  • Weather 15 - 22 C
  • Fitness - Med - walk up to 5km a day
  • Price Range - $$

Luang Prabang ~ Hanoi ~ Halong Bay ~ Ho Chi Min City (Saigon)

 This tour starts in Luang Prabang and ends in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon). These are your arrival and departure airports. 

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພະບາງ) slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem’s romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine.

Over the last 25 years Luang Prabang has seen a flood of investment, with once-leprous French villas being revived as fabulous boutique hotels, and some of the best chefs in Southeast Asia moving in. The population has swollen, and yet still the peninsula remains as sleepy and friendly as a village, as if time has stood still here.

Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town are aquamarine waterfalls, sweet cafes, night markets, blissful massages, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.


Hanoi

Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Negotiate a passage past the ubiquitous knock-off merchants and you’ll find the original streets of the Old Quarter. Defiant real-deal farmers hawk their wares, while city folk breakfast on noodles, practise t’ai chi at dawn or play chess with goateed grandfathers.

Dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past and witness the awakening of a Hanoi on the move.


Halong Bay

Towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay’s scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one-tourism hub.


Ho Chi Min City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.

Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.


Trip Highlights

  • Christmas Eve Celebration Dinner in Hanoi
  • Christmas present on Christmas morning! Please don't get up at 5am 😉
  • Visit stunning Kuang Si Falls and take a dip if you are brave enough (note it will be cold)
  • Private Baci Ceremony and dinner with local Laotian family
  • Luang Prabang local fresh food market tour and cooking class
  • Luang Prabang night market
  • Zoom around Hanoi's Old Quarter on a rickshaw tour
  • Visit Ho Chi Min Complex, Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Mins House on stilts in Hanoi
  • Whilst in Hanoi we will also visit the house of a dedicated local artisan born from a family with traditions for a private solo water puppet show
  • A day tour in Hanoi taking in the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Ethnological Museum
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay - Atmospheric and beautiful
  • Ho Chi Min City Tour - just hit the highlights!
  • Visit Binh Tay market- one of the biggest markets in Saigon
  • Visit the beautiful Cao Dai temple near Ho Chi Min City. This religion was established in 1926 and combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism & Confucianism.

Available Packages

Twinshare Room
Available until November 21, 20228 left

This room rate is per person sharing in a room with two single beds. This tour has a $500 deposit *You can nominate someone to share with on the registration form. If you don't nominate someone we will do our best to partner you up with someone. However, if we are unable to find you a roommate the single room rate will apply, we hope you understand. 

A$3,175
Deposit: A$500
Single Room
Available until November 21, 2022only 3 left

This tour has a $500 deposit.

A$3,875
Deposit: A$500

Available options

Add 3 Night Mekong Cruise Single
A$500
Add 3 Night Mekong Cruise Twin
A$500
Add Thailand Retreat deposit Single
A$500
Add Thailand Retreat deposit Twin
A$500

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Vibrant Women Travel
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Vibrant Women Travel provides retreats and inspirational journeys for women. Shared adventures in extraordinary places. Bespoke, curated, fully escorted, small group women’s travel. Experiences for the soul. We have developed our retreats and inspirational journeys with comfort, natural beauty, friendship, uniqueness, giving back and affordability in mind. Vibrant Women holidays are suitable for women over the age of 18. Our “meaningful holidays” are a blend of unique and exotic locations, activities and experiences. We hope you join us

Reviews

We had a great time. The high tea, the venue and company was fabulous. I'd do it again :)
By Mara S for High Tea and candle experience Morpeth on 06 Mar, 2022
So lovely to meet you and Doris Mara, hope to hang out again soon xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 06 Mar, 2022
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Tammie has a very clever way of making you feel special and so relaxed. Great location and activities. Would love to do another Self-care Sunday session!
By Desley G for Self Care Sunday Session on 04 Mar, 2022
You are so awesome Desley, its always a pleasure to have you join me for yoga, workshops or travel too xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 06 Mar, 2022
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This was a lovely outing with friends. High Tea was served in in such a pleasant and appropriate setting with china, silver and crystal abounding . The food served was lovely and quite filling. Various teas and coffee were readily available and topped up when wanted. We enjoyed ambling along the street till we reached the candle shop where we were educated on the soy wax candles and diffusers. Having to guess some of the various scents available was an interesting and fun activity and a different kind of interlude. All in all it was a relaxing, friendly and slightly different outing and very enjoyable - thanks Tammy.
By Katrina A for High Tea and candle experience Morpeth on 27 Feb, 2022
Oh thanks so much Katrina, I really appreciate your feedback and company xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 27 Feb, 2022
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I had a wonderful time on this Retreat. This was the first one I had done and I was travelling alone. Upon meeting Tammie I was totally at ease and impressed by her organisational skills. Tammie is a very friendly host with a great sense of humour. The girls I met were all lovely and like minded. The food was sensational...I would say some of the best I've eaten. Location was beautiful and the trip to Eumundi markets was really lovely. Tammie's special touches eg small gifts and organising the singer/guitarist on our last night were really appreciated. I came away feeling very relaxed and refreshed. I would highly recommend Tammie as a tour organiser and hope to join one of her tours in the not too distant future.
By Christine S for Rest ~ Relax ~ Replenish Retreat Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 07 Feb, 2022
Thank you so much for your review and attendance Christine :) It can be daunting doing something for the first time so I really appreciate you taking a chance on me and glad you enjoyed it xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 07 Feb, 2022
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My third retreat with Vibrant Women and it was, as ever, a blissful event. Tranquil environment, delectable food, inspiring and nourishing content and practices, topped off by fantastic company with like-minded and yet a diverse mix of individuals. I cannot recommend Tammie and Vibrant Women enough - whoever you are and whatever you're seeking, there's bound to be something in one of these retreats for you.
By kathy W for Rest ~ Relax ~ Replenish Retreat Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 24 Jan, 2022
Thank you so much for your glowing recommendation Kathy 💞 We do work really hard to put together interesting, informative and inspiring programs. Thanks for continuing to support us 🙏 Your beautiful personality (and photography) also enhances the whole group experience xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 25 Jan, 2022
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l have travelled with Tammie on many retreats: Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Awaba, Mount Alford and Port Douglas. Each retreat is a different experience with the same amount of care taken to ensure you feel safe and well catered for. There is always the right amount of adventure, local experiences and down time. The camaraderie between the women is warm and often hilarious. Tammie's organisational skills and attention to detail are smooth and seamless, which make for a most enjoyable experience. Western Australia here I come. Cheryl
By Cheryl N on 09 Jul, 2021