Spirits of Indochina – 13 Days

Price from: US $1725

This spectacular and unforgettable regional tour traverses 3 countries and learn the religious life of local in Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Start with the charming ancient city of Luang Prabang, we move to Chiang Mai and explore its varied temples. The trip connects Laos with Thailand and Myanmar to visit the greatest Heritage sites of Southeast Asia… The tour could start from Luang Prabang and end in Yangon or vice versa. Please contact our travel consultant for more details and the best offer.

Start City : Luang Prabang

Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Luang Prabang – Bangkok, Chiang Mai – Mandalay, Bagan – Yangon
Duration: 13 Days 12 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Luang Prabang

PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Supp'
Land Tour/person 0 0 0 0
Flight/person 570 570 570
Total/person 2,190 1,875 1,725
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Visit Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visit the exciting and dynamic Bangkok
Go to Chiang Mai, the land of misty mountains and colourful hill tribes
Learn about Buddhism in Mandalay, known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar.
Visit the ancient city Bagan where there are thousands of pagodas and temples over green plain.
Visit colonial buildings and the most beautiful pagoda of Myanmar in Yangon, former capital of Myanmar.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Welcome to Luang Prabang – the former capital. Our guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After checking in, take some time getting oriented with your hotel and enjoy the evening taking in new sights and sounds at the night market.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 2: 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 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall – Fly to Bangkok

This morning, drive to beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Afterwards, transfer to Luang Prabang International airport where you take your flight to Bangkok. Welcome to Bangkok! Your driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel for check in. Free time and relax.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

Day 4: Bangkok – Floating market – Tiger temple

After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave Bangkok for Damnoen floating market which is about 110km West of Bangkok. On the way you will visit farmhouse and watch local people making sugar from coconut. Once you arrive in Damnoen floating market you will be impressed by various boats with different shapes and sizes used by local to carry their goods. You will get on a long tail boat to go around this colorful floating market to see how people here living, selling and buying goods. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then take 40 minutes ride to Tiger temple. We manage to arrive early to catch up with walking the tiger activities. Tiger are brought out to the main area in front of the Tiger Enclosure. At this time visitors have a chance to watch the tigers and take photos. Then back to Bangkok.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok  

Day 5: Bangkok – City Tour – Night train to Chiang Mai

After breakfast has been served at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to a Harbor on Chao Phraya River to embark on a boat and explore the traditional Thai klongs (canals) and see the still-active waterborne life of the Nonthaburi residents. Then, visit Wat Arun which is known as Temple of Dawn – one of the most well-known sites in Bangkok. It is best seen from the opposite side of the river. After visiting this Wat, you head to the Grand Palace which is the official of the King of Siam since 1782, made up of numerous buildings, halls, and pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. It is located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. Inside the Grand Palace complex is Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the most beautiful and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The following visit is Wat Pho – the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple has a long list of credits: The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education institution.
Afterwards, transfer to Bangkok Railway Station for your night train to Chiang Mai.
Farewell with your driver and guide and spend the night on train.
Meals: Breakfast    
Accommodation: On night train (1st class cabin with A/C)

Day 6: Chiang Mai – Elephant Camps

You will arrive in Chiang Mai in early morning. Pick-up by your guide and driver, they will take you to a local restaurant for a light breakfast. And then we will visit one of the popular Elephants Camp, where you can see the Elephants at work. You have a chance to ride the elephants crossing the river into the forest. After lunch, enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure along the river for around 45 minutes. Onwards to an orchid farm where there are many beautiful species of orchid. And after that going back to the hotel and free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Wat Doi Suthep – Fly to Mandalay

This morning your driver will transfer you to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will take you on a guided tour to the most famous and interesting temple in the city – Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep – 3,500 feet above sea-level, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. You will have a panoramic view of the city from this height. Afterwards, 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, welcome by our guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy your time at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 8: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Palace

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 9 : Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Ubein Bridge

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 10: Mandalay – Mt. Popa – Bagan

Leaving the Mandalay monasteries behind, we begin the drive to Mt Popa. Join the pilgrims as they ascend Mt Popa and admire the crazy statues that line the walk along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Once at the peak guests can relax and bask in the glorious views of Bagan. After that, we drive to Bagan.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

Day 11: 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Bagan – Fly to Yangon – City tour

Transfer to Nyaung U airport for your flight to Yangon. Your guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and take you directly to the city center. After refreshment, set out for your guided city tour. Visit the famous Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon, then discover the most outstanding pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. If time permits, spend time wandering around the Scott market for shopping.
Afterwards, check-in at your hotel and enjoy your time at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 13: Yangon – Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport for your flight home.
Goodbye & bon Voyage!
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

INCLUDED

3 regional/domestic flights: Luang Prabang – Bangkok, Chiang Mai – Mandalay, Bagan – Yangon
Night train from Bangkok – Chiang Mai on 1st class cabin with A/C.
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.

EXCLUDED

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/).

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