Indochina Discovery – 23 Days
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Price from: US$3,155 / person

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this 23 day journey. The trip covers four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendor of Angkor Wat to elegant ancient Luang Prabang, the best of Myanmar and the key sites of Vietnam. Every day activities are carefully selected and put together in to the most authentic adventure of Indochina.
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Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap - Battambang - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Can Tho - Saigon - Yangon - Bagan - Sightseeing - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Inle Lake
Duration:  23 Days 22 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi

  • PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
    Group size2 persons4 persons6 personsSingle Supp
    Land Tour/person2,8532,3902,160 767
    Flight/person995995995
    Total/person3,8483,3853,155

    INCLUDES

    • 7 regional/domestic flights: Hanoi – Luang Prabang – Siem Reap, Saigon – Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Yangon
    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
    • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

    EXCLUDES

    • International flights
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
    • Tips for guides and drivers
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Myanmar Visa (more at www.burmatravel.com/visa).

    TOUR NOTES

    • Above prices subject to availability and subject to change.
    • Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.
    • Amounts payable to third parties not included.
    • International airfares not included unless otherwise specified.
    • Please check all prices, availability and other information with your Burma Travel consultant before booking.
    • Burma Travel general booking conditions apply.

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk. For the culturally minded, and those who wish to get under the skin of the place, then the French colonial influence dating back to the mid-19th century in Vietnam’s cities and towns are an absolute magnet. Visit a trio of French colonial legacies: the Opera House, Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel and St. Joseph Cathedral. Spend time discovering the Old Quarter, before savoring a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
    Meals: Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
    Day 2: Hanoi – City Tour
    Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
    Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as you sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: on cruise.
    Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Luang Prabang
    Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the Halong jetty and take you back to Hanoi to catch your regional flight to Luang Prabang – Laos.
    Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
    Meals: Brunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
    Day 5: Luang Prabang – City Tour – Pak-Ou Cave
    Luang Prabang is known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Witness the morning ritual by hundreds of monks from the various monasteries as they walk through the streets collecting alms.
    After partaking in an alms ritual, you will take the cruise along a Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, where you will discover gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the limestone caverns. Embark on a cultural tour of Luang Prabang in the afternoon, you will visit the Royal Palace (official name “Haw Kham”) which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. If time is permitted we will explore the gilded temples Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodations: Hotel in Luang Prabang
    Day 6: Luang Prabang – Visit hill tribe villages – Kuang-si Waterfall
    After breakfast, our tour guide and driver will come to your hotel, 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 the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang and rest of the time at leisure
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang  
    Day 7: Luang Prabang – Fly to Siem Reap
    Enjoy your time at leisure until transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your flight to Siem Reap.
    Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway into the Angkor temples of Cambodia. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, your tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and drive you to the hotel to check in. Spend the rest of the day to enjoy the pool of hotel or take a short walk to Old Market in the center of Siem Reap City on your own.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
    Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
    Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a “tuk-tuk” ride to visit Angkor Wat. Sunrise is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded gold by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back again on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
    Day 9: Siem Reap – Battambang
    Today we travel by car to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then drive to Battambang arriving in the afternoon. Check in to your hotel then enjoy a walking tour through the city’s bustling boulevards lined with quaint French colonial buildings.  Next we will visit some of Battambang’s signature hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave, Phnom Sampov, used as an execution field under the Khmer Rouge. Take a slow 30 minute ride on the Bamboo train before returning to your hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang
    Day 10: Battambang – Phnom Penh
    Today we drive from Battambang to Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh.  Get a taste for Cambodia’s rural life and stop en route at Kompong Chnang to visit the floating village in Kompong Luong. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax then try out your best bargaining skills on a walk through the city’s expansive “Russian Market,” where you can find anything from motorcycle parts to valuable gems.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
    Day 11: Phnom Penh – Speedboat to Chau Doc
    After breakfast, start learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent history on a guided tour the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”. You can also visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (if time permits). Then board the speed boat trip along Mekong River to Vietnam. Visa formalities may take up to 45 minutes at the border. Continue by river to Chau Doc, where you will meet up with our guide and you will be taken to the hotel.
    Later in the afternoon, time permitting, feel free to take some time and explore the area surrounding the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc.
    Day 12: Chau Doc – Can Tho
    After breakfast at the hotel, check-out of the hotel, drive to Tra Su cajuput forest, which is renowned for not only its almost-untouched natural beauty but also its sanctuary of flora and fauna. Take a boat trip into the forest, you will immediately feel like you are harmonizing with nature because of all of the impressive pictures of cajuputs, the fragrance of the flowers and the music-like noise of birds, insects and animals making people relaxed and comfortable. From the observation post, you can overlook the forest with an area of nearly 900 ha, home of many birds and animals, including some rare ones. Afterwards, drive to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the afternoon, check-in at hotel and enjoy your time at leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
    Day 13: Can Tho – Floating market – Saigon
    Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country-side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Afterwards, visit the Binh Thuy ancient house – built in 1870 with French style in architecture but still remained trational features of Southern style.
    In the afternoon, drive to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
    Day 14: Saigon – City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels
    In contrast to Hanoi, Saigon is famous around the world for its key role in the Vietnam War. It also has amazingly well preserved colonial architecture. Among the buildings you must check out are the Notre Dame Basilica, which was constructed entirely from materials imported from France, Saigon’s central post office; and the American influenced Independence Palace. You will also visit the War Remnant Museum before traveling outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
    Day 15    : Saigon – Fly to Yangon – City Tour
    Enjoy your time at leisure before driving to Saigon airport for your flight to Yangon.
    Step out of French colonial Indochina, we will enter the era of British colonization in Burma.
    Welcome to Burma (Myanmar)! Your guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and start your guided city tour. You will visit the colonial city center, with its many cultural and architectural delights such as the Strand Hotel, Yangon City Hall, Custom House, etc. Travel past faded colonial buildings, busy street markets, and glittering temples. Stop by a local tea shop to imbibe in the local life and customs and of Yangon.
    End your tour at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.
    Afterwards, check-in at your hotel and enjoy your time at leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
    Day 16    : Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Sightseeing
    Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Bagan. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer ware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
    Day 17    : Bagan Discovery
    After breakfast, we begin with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. Continue with sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple; take note of the architectural differences between MyaZedi Pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
    Day 18    : Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura
    Transfer to airport for your flight to Mandalay.
    Known as the hub of Buddhism, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monasteries. The most fascinating and intriguing part of the day will be the time studying the monks during their worship and meals.
    Upon arrival, your guide and driver will take you on a short drive. Twenty kilometers outside of Mandalay rests Sagaing Hill. Discover the numerous Buddhist monasteries; visit Buddha Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
    The next stop is Amarapura. Famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery, Amarapura is the best place to experience the way of life for monks in Mandalay. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type, to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 19    : Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill
    Drive to Mandalay pier to embark on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell, the 90-ton ringing bell (second largest in the world).
    In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite woodcarvings and gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 20    : Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
    Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names and the Botanical Gardens to the south of town. Visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where a colorful array of items are for sale including locally-produced jams and fruit wines.
    This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905.  Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk though the beautifully-landscaped gardens.
    Return to Mandalay in the late afternoon.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 21    : Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake
    Arrive Heho airport and drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
    Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and believed to be the holiest pagoda in Inle Lake. Our next stop is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “Jumping Cat Pagoda”. As you travel closer to Nam Pan Village, have a look at cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses. These sites will give you a true sense of traditional Intha life.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast
    Day 22    : Inle Lake Discovery
    This morning, visit the “5 Day Market” which is held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
    After lunch, the boat will take you to the beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It is relaxing to walk along the corridors and enjoy the giant columns that have been left to the nature for centuries.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
    Day 23    : Inle Lake – Heho – Fly to Yangon – Departure
    Enjoy your time at leisure until transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, catch your departure flight home.
    Goodbye & Bon Voyage!
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: N/A.

    NOTES

    Please be aware that flight time, hotels and all others logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are cancelled or delayed Burma Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.

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