Hidden Hills of Vietnam and Laos

Travel overland from charming Luang Prabang in Laos to Hanoi in Vietnam, visiting some of the hidden gems of these fascinating countries.
Charming Luang Prabang
Stunning landscapes in Nong Khiaw
Get off the beaten track on the exciting Nam Nern Night Safari
Visit the vast cave systems of Vieng Xai
Explore picturesque Pu Luong
Day 1: Luang Prabang, Laos
Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Kuang Si Falls
This morning head out to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls and visit a bear rescue centre.

Day 3:  Luang Prabang
Relax with a day at leisure.

Day 4: Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw
Journey north through a dramatic landscape of jungle-clad mountains and rice paddies. In Nong Khiaw trek to a viewpoint for spectacular views.

Day 5: Nong Khiaw
Today explore the surrounding villages by boat and on foot, travelling along the beautiful Nam Ou River.

Day 6: Nong Khiaw to Nam Nern Night Safari
Journey deep into the jungle of Nam Et-Phou Louey to experience the wonderfully remote Nam Nern night Safari. The highlight of this trip is the nocturnal wildlife-spotting as you drift down the river. Stay overnight in a traditional but basic Lao bungalow with shared bathroom facilities.

Day 7: Nam Nern Night Safari to Vieng Xai
After a morning jungle walk travel to Vieng Xai where the ‘bomb-shelter’ caves sit amid the Rocky Mountains. This vast network of caves houses a ‘hidden city’ which supported around 20,000 members of the Pathet Laos, a revolutionary group who operated here during the ‘Secret War’. Tour these incredible caves to see the city’s hospital, schools and even a theatre! This unique cave system offers a fascinating insight into Laos’ recent history.

Day 8: Vieng Xai to Pu Luong, Vietnam
Cross the border into Vietnam, where you will be met by your local guide and continue your journey to Pu Luong (6 hours).

Days 9-10: Pu Luong
Spend two days discovering the stunning scenery and rural villages surrounding Pu Luong.

Day 11: Pu Luong to Hanoi
Drive to Hanoi for your onward arrangements.