In this 12 day Myanmar itinerary extended to North Vietnam: you’ll visit the best of Burma: Yangon, Bagan and The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay plus trekking to the hill tribe villages in Sapa, Vietnam…This tour combines the highlights of Burma and Vietnam on a trip that takes you from South of Myanmar up to the North. Start with a visit to the ancient Shwedagon pagoda, temple in Bagan and explore the legendary Inle Lake. Then travel to Vietnam to discover the colorful cultures of the hill tribe peoples and sail through the mystical Halong Bay. The package could be customized to your own travel interest. Please contact our travel consultant for more details and the best offer.
Start City : Yangon
Visit Cities: Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
Duration: 11 Days 10 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Yangon
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Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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Visit colonial buildings and the most beautiful pagoda of Myanmar in Yangon, former capital of Myanmar.
Explore the ancient city Bagan where there are thousands of pagodas and temples over green plain.
Relax and unwind at Inle lake, one of the most photogenic place of Myanmar
Visit Hanoi, its Old Quarter and discover the city in style
Discover the mystery of Sapa town with the famous hiking routes.
Relax on a leisure cruise on Halong Bay.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Mingalabar! Your guide will welcome you at the airport and you driver will take you directly to your hotel.
Your highlight for this evening is dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. A meal of fine Burmese food will be served followed by a beautiful cultural show of music and dancing.
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Discovery
This morning we will catch the early morning direct flight to Bagan, Myanmar’s archeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. 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 the Burmese Buddhist tradition. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plain to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer wear workshop and learn about this traditional craft.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 3: Bagan – Sightseeing
After breakfast, begin the day with an exotic horse cart 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 difference in 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 4: Bagan – Fly to Inle Lake – Discovery
Catch a flight to Heho and drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900 meters above sea level and is home to the Intha people, famous for their one leg rowing technique.
Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images. This pagoda is also believed to be the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “jumping cat” pagoda. As you travel further toward Nam Pan village the cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will impress you with true traditional Intha life.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 5: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake – Fly to Yangon
This morning, you will visit the “5 Days 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 beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns that have been left to nature for centuries. Catch an afternnon flight to Bagan.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Day 6: Yangon – City Tour – Fly to Hanoi
Today we’ve arranged a guided city tour exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule Pagoda, the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. Visit the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. If time permits, you will have time to shop in Scott Market before the late afternoon flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. On arrival, the guide will pick you from the airport and take you to the hotel in the city center.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour
Today we 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. Our city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Old Quarter, the Temple of Literature, West Lake, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Drive to Sapa – Cable car to Mt. Fansipan
After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at the lobby of the hotel then leave Hanoi for Sapa on a six hour journey on the Vietnam’s longest and modern highway which just opened to public in September 2014.
Upon arrival, check-in and get refreshment. Then travel to the cable car station for a journey up to Mt. Fansipan – the rooftop of Indochina.
The world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Legend, was opened to public use on February 2016.
At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented a certificate recognizing the system as the world’s longest three-rope cable car (6,292.5 meters). The facility was also named the three-rope cable car system with the world’s biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410m).
The cable car system stretches from Muong Hoa valley in Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan, known as Indochina’s rooftop.
Passengers used to spend two days climbing to Fansipan summit, but now it takes only 15 minutes thanks to this system. The dream of reaching Indochina’s rooftop, which used to be hard to do, becomes easier for everyone.
As soon as you reach Fansipan station in an altitude of 2,800m above sea level, 600 stairs await for you to climb up to the summit. Standing on the top of Fansipan, it seems that you are enjoying a life on heaven. Surroundings are range of mountains and cloud only. And then you return the station for a ride back to Sapa.
Start: 7:30 A.M – End: 17:30
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Day 9: Sapa Trekking to hill tribe villages – Homestay
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. You will take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Easy Trek (~ 3 km), Medium Trek (~ 6km) and Long Trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and become familiar with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Lunch at a hill tribe village and then trek to your homestay in Ta Van, where you will spend your night.
Prepare and have dinner with the host family and learn more about their daily life.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van.
Day 10: Sapa – Visit hill tribe market – Drive to Hanoi
After simple breakfast at homestay, your driver and guide will take you to one of the local markets (Sin Cheng or Cao Son on Wednesday/ Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday/ Can Cau on Saturday and Bac Ha or Muong Hum on Sunday). Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe peoples who come here to buy and sell their wares.
After lunch, farewell the Vietnam’s Northwest area for a journey back to Hanoi. Upon arrival, check in at hotel and enjoy your time at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi – Halong bay Cruise
Have breakfast before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Here you will spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing Halong 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 we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, we will cruise around some of Halong’s numerous islands. We will visit one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. 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). Spend the night on the junk lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Note: the itinerary is subject to change due to water and weather condition.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: On cruise.
Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Departure
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. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi to catch your departure flight home.
Good bye & Bon Voyage!
Note: Your departure flight must be after 18:00 PM
4 domestic/regional flights Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Heho, Heho – Yangon, Yangon – Hanoi
Sharing 4-soft berth cabin with A/C on night train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
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
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/).
12 day Myanmar itinerary
Myanmar & North Vietnam Discovery