In 14 day vacation 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 then travel down south of Vietnam to Hoian and explore the lush landscape of the Mekong Delta and the bright lights and urban bustle of Saigon. This tour takes you deep into the tow beautiful countries, immersing you in our rich culture and elegant landscapes. Please contact our travel consultant for more details and the best offer.
Start City : Yangon
Visit Cities: Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Danang – Hoi An – Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta
Duration: 14 Days 13 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
2 days cruising to the majestic Halong Bay
Discover the charm of the Old Town of Hoi An – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Experience the country side life in Mekong Delta with the famous floating market
Explore busy city, Saigon
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Mingalabar! Your guide will welcome you at the airport and you driver will take you directly to your hotel. You are free at leisure to relax and recover from jetlag.
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 afternoon flight to Yangon.
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. 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 – followed by a welcome dinner at one of finest restaurant in Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
Enjoy breakfast at hotel 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: On board
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoi An
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 flight to Danang. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. Check-in and enjoy your time at leisure to discover the charming ancient town on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An – Cooking Class – Walking tour
This morning enjoy a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. Meet at the Hai Scout Cafe in Hoian’s Old Town. From there we will head to Hoian’s colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for today’s cooking class. Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 25min cruise along the Hoian River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Discover the school’s herb and vegetable garden before starting your cooking lesson. The class runs for about an hour and 15min and includes demonstrations from the school’s chefs as well as time to help prepare traditional dishes. At the end of class, enjoy an introductory lesson in the art of Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
In the afternoon, take a walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town center, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Rest of the day you are free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 11: Hoi An – Eco-tour (join-in group) – Fly to Saigon
After breakfast at hotel, get ready to become a real Vietnamese fisherman. On the Fishermen & the Waterways of a Past War Tour you will enjoy a wide range of experiences – from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. On this tour we provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. As well you will take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people all of ages.
Return to your hotel and check-out. Then, drive to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon. Meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in the city center. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 12: Saigon – City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels
After breakfast at hotel, set out on a guided city tour. Visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, visit the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City’s Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theatre and the City Hall. Finally, end up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. After lunch, you travel 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.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon
Today you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be’s colorful floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 14: Saigon – Departure
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
6 domestic/regional flights Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Heho, Heho – Yangon, Yangon – Hanoi, Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Saigon
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/).