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Myanmar - Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia (16 days 15 nights)
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Arrive Yangon International Airport, You will meet your tour guide after clearing immigration and customs control at Airport. Transfer to the hotel for check in.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Flight to Bagan (B)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo).
From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
On arrival, transfer to hotel.
your journey begins with a visit to colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods before visiting the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history.
This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing along ancient temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Flight to Mandalay (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bagan Domestic Airport for flight to Mandalay.
The last capital of Myanmar Kingdom before the annexation of British in 1885. The period of kingdom was very short, but the name Mandalay become well known by “Rudyard Kipling”. The royal palace wall surrounded by the moat is one of the great things to see and it has been re-created after 1945, by 2nd War World.
Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, drive straight to the city for an hour where we can pass through the country side area with different vegetations. First stop at Mahamuni Buddha, it has covered with thick layer of gold leaves and continue to a craftsman’s workshop to see puppet, tapestries and gold leaves making. Then, drive to hotel for check in.
Comprehensive afternoon sightseeing in Mandalay includes Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Golden Palace monastery), a special wooden building built by Royal family and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s largest book), the golden stupa surrounded by 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Enjoy a sunset from Mandalay Hill (for the group up to 6pax, we need to change with local truck to drive up to the top).
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 4: Visit Amarapura – Ava- Sagaing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Today you discover some of the former Burmese capitals around Mandalay. Your first stop is 18th century capital Amarapura, where you will attend the daily meal of over a thousand monks in the Buddhist monastery, Mahagandayon.
You then continue to Ava (Inwa), the capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, located on the island between Irrawaddy and Myitnge rivers. Exploring around Ava by horse cart, and pass through the rice paddy fields with ruined stupas and old palace wall with dry moat. Continue to the wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung and Nanmyin Watch tower will give you to see the view with river. If time permit, visit to some village homes to see local ways of making bamboo slides for roof, cane mats and alms bowls or pass by with horse cart.
In the afternoon, visit to picturesque Sagaing Hill, which is the living center of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas, monasteries and nunneries. You conclude your day with a walk over U-Bein bridge at sunset, the longest teak span in the world constructed over 200 years ago.
Day 5: Flight to Inle Lake (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Airport for a flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake.
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ who jump through hoops in the air! Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 6: Inle Lake-Heho/ Yangon (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Leave your hotel by boat and transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Yangon.
The tour continues to Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image, follow by the drive around royal lake with floating barge to see the atmosphere of Yangon city from different parts. Then, an extended visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, and the golden dome Pagoda is the place to see the local ways of life and belief, as well as visitors can watch the world’s go by.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 7: Yangon - Hanoi (B) by flight
Breakfast at hotel.
Explore Yangon starting from the city centre near Sule Pagoda to enjoy the bustling life of Yangon and its people. Then visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott’s Market), where shopper’s favorite place.
Then to Yangon international airport for your departure flight. Pick up at Hanoi airport and transfer your hotel. Night in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi city tour (B)
9h00 AM Visit to HoChiMinh Mausoleum, HoChiMinh's House-on-stilt, HoChiMinh Museum,Van Mieu (Temple of Literature). Lunch
P.M: Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple. Cyclo tour to visit Old Quarter of Hanoi and Dong Xuan Market
Day 9: Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D) on Huong Hai Junk/Deluxe cabin
8.00am pick you up at your hotel and drive to Halong, on the way to Halong city you will enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields (harvest time: 5th month and 10th month of Lunar New Year), water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
12.15pm: Arrive in Halong, board Huong Hai Junks. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape.
1.30pm: A fantastic cruise in Halong Bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi - Fighting Cock island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot - Amazing Cave, and a swim at Soi Sim beach or TiTov beach.
7.30pm: Enjoy dinner on board
9.00pm: Fishing or relax and spending a night on board
Day 10: Halong bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
7.00am: Sunrise breakfast with tea, coffee, milk, cake, etc.
8.00am: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat, then cruise to pass so that tourists can have a look Man's head island, Tortoise island from the Junks.
9.00am: Arrange luggage and check-out
9.30am: Set brunch (breakfast and lunch) before back to Halong dock and have a short break.
11.45am: Arrive Halong pier.Back to Hanoi.Overnight at hotel
Day 11: Hanoi – LuangPrabang (B) by flight
Transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to LuangPrabang. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by the UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 12: LuangPrabang – Pakou – Luangprabang (B)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 13: LuangPrabang – KhoangSi Water fall (B)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails. After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 14: LuangPrabang – Siemreap (B,D) by flight
After breakfast, we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Also the Central Market is not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, you have free time to explore the town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you will be met and welcome by our friendly guide then transferred direct to your hotel. Start your visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. It is time to visit one of the great wonders of the world, symbol of the heart and soul of the Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Then view wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills. Tonight you will enjoy dinner with Khmer Apsara Dance Show. Overnight at hotel
Day 15: Siemreap tour (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel, We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, and Neak Poan. Visit Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples. Overnight at hotel
Day 16: Siemreap – departure (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel - visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia, and Les Artisan D' Angkor. Free & leisure at your own time for rolling at local markets or shopping until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure.
List of Accommodation in this trip ( or similar )
|Cities||Superior Class||First Class|
|Hanoi||HoaBinh Palace hotel||Sunway|
|Luangprabang||Sala Prabang||Villa Santi Hotel|
|Siemreap||Casa Angkor hotel||Prince D’Angkor hotel|
|Yagon||Yuzana hotel||Chatrium hotel|
|Bagan||Arthawka hotel||Bagan Thande hotel|
|Mandalay||Hotel Queen||Ayarwaddy River View Mandalay hotel|
|Inle lake||Sky Lake hotel||Inle Resort|
Our services include:
• Accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
• English-speaking station guide (different guide at each place)
• Porter fees at the airport
• 4 Domestic flights in Myanmar: Yangon/Bagan/Mandalay/Heho/Yangon
• All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
• Horse cart tour in Bagan
• Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions
• Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
• Boat trip at sights mentioned
• Flight from Hanoi – Luangprabang – Siemreap
• Meals as mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Our services do not include:
• International tickets
• Visa arrangements for Myanmar & Viet Nam & Laos & Cambodia
• Visits not mentioned in the program
• Drinks and personal expenses
• Tips and porters at the hotels
• Any other items not mentioned
• International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
• Flight from Yangon to Hanoi and Siemreap - Yangon ( You should contact us for international air fares when you have the fixed departure date)