Adventure Through Indochina

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TOUR SUMMARY

Immerses yourself in the region's rich historic and cultural heritage. Vibrant and busting Bangkok is the quintessential Asian city that doesn't sleep – a great place to start your journey. With its laid-back charm, Laos is sure to captivate. The Mekong River remains its lifeblood, but we find the country's heart and soul in the former royal enclave of Luang Prabang. Cambodia beckons with the glories of the Angkor period that is still evident in the magnificent temples and monuments carved from stone. Phnom Penh is like a 'phoenix rising from the ashes', as it leaves its recent turbulent past behind.

Day 1: Arrive to Yangon

Day 2: Yangon City Tour Full day

Day 3: Yangon – Flight to Bagan

Day 4: Bagan free at leisure

Day 5-6: Explore Ancient Bagan - Bird watching experience - Bagan free

Day 7-8: Bagan – Flight to Mandalay - Explore Mandalay & Amarapura

Day 9: Mandalay – TaiChi Club - Boat to Mingun

Day 10: Mandalay - Drive to Kalaw

Day  11-12: Making traditional Shan Paper & Umbrella - Inle Lake free

Day 13: Explore Inle Lake

Day  14-15-16: Inle Lake - Heho - Flight to Yangon – Flight to Vientiane - Discover Vientiane Budda Park - Vientiane free

Day  17-18: Flight to Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony - Luang Prabang free

Day  19: Rice experience – Kuangsi Waterfall

Day  20-21-22: Shangrila Experience - Overnight in luxury Lodge - Taking care elephant -  Flight to Siem Reap

Day 23-24: Discover  Angkor Wat – Tonle Sap Lake - Explore Angkor Thom – Terrace of Leper King

Day 25: Siem Reap free at leisure

Day 26: Flight to Phnom Penh

Day 27-28: History of Cambodia - Silver Pagoda – Wat Phnom

Day 29-30: Phnom Penh Free at leisure - Departure

 

FULL ITINERARY

Day 01     Arrival Yangon (No Meal)

 

Day 02    Yangon Full Day Sightseeing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel, the tour sightseeing start for visit to the old colonial-style city center with city hall, Mahabandoola Park with Independence Monument, Strand road and Yangon Jetty by Car. Then continue visit to Botahtaung Pagoda and Ahma Mya Nan Nwe, a devotee to the Botahtaung Pagoda. She was known to be a dragon guarding the pagoda and Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market, is the most popular  market  (close  on  every  Monday  &  Public  holiday)  and  where  you  can  buy  luxury   item,handicrafts, food stuff, clothing, jewelry, fashion and consumer goods. At evening, visit to world famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Witness the golden dome light up sunshine at the sunset.  

Enjoy Int’l Buffet Dinner with Cultural Show at Karaweik Royal Floating Barge Restaurant. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 03    Yangon – Flight to Bagan Yangon-Bagan (By Flight ND-331/0900:1015 hrs) (Breakfast)

 

Early breakfast at hotel, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. At afternoon, visit by house cart to nearby temple to observe sunset. Overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 04 Bagan Half day (Breakfast)

 

Breakfast at hotel, morning leisure at hotel.

 

At afternoon, the tour continue visit to Ananda Temple it is a whitewashed masterpiece and with four standing Buddha Images, Thetbyinnyu Temple, Dhamayangyi Temple which is famous for its interlocking mortar thickest brickwork. Late afternoon, continue to Shwesandaw Pagoda for beautiful sunset and then transfer to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 05 Bird Watching Experience Half Day – Visit Shwesandaw Pagoda (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Breakfast at hotel, we have the experience for bird watching near Lawka Nanda Pagoda. We continue to visit to the one of Asia’s most popular archeological destination. We will visit colorful Naung U Market and visit some of Bagan most famous pagodas, including Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the most important reliquary shrine and house images of 37 Nats in Bagan.

Transfer to hotel and overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 06     Bagan Free time – Cooking Class (Breakfast/Dinner)

 

Breakfast at hotel, morning leisure time at hotel. This afternoon, we have experience for cooking class with local people. The class starts at local house at 4:30 pm and we chat, cook and enjoy dinner. Our aim is to introduce you not only to Myanmar food but also our culture, lifestyle and how food and dining is a key part of our social life. We are not professional chefs, we just love sharing food and stories with travellers. The class is at our house with local cooking equipment and traditional recipes- part of it is hands-on and part is demonstration. The menu includes soup, salad and main course. Then, back to hotel and overnight in Bagan.

 

Day 07  Bagan – Mandalay - Taste of Myanmar Snack & Sit at local Teashop

 (By Flight – K7-254/0925:0950 hrs) (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel, fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival Mandalay, transfer to hotel for check in and free time.

This afternoon, we have experience to try the taste of Myanmar Snack for today breakfast. We explore by trishaw and taste of famous Mohinga (noodle dish with fish soup), Shan noodles, Mandalay salad, Myanmar pancake and various sweet snacks and our guide will explain the detail some of the secrets behind this delicious food. Then, we sit at a local Teashop and have new wonderful experience that  you can never have in other parts of the world. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 08  Mandalay – Amarpuara - Mandalay (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to visit Amarapura. Highlights include Mahagandayon Monastery, which is a school for young monks, and observe the lunch process in morning, U Bein Bridge which is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km longest teakwood span in the world. On the way, visit to the tradition hand-weaving silk workshop.

At afternoon, sightseeing tour of Mandalay includes Mahamuni Pagoda, gold of hammering, Mandalay Palace, Kuthodaw Pagoda by surrounding 729 inscribed marble slabs, known as “the world’s largest book”, Shwenandaw "Golden Palace Monastery" to observe finest Myanmar wooden architecture, and visit Atumashi Monastery. Sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

 

Day 09 Mandalay – Taichi Club – Mingun (Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 07:00 Am morning, start Tai-Chi Club with open -air near Mandalay Palace. Then, get back to hotel to enjoy breakfast at hotel and morning free time at hotel.

At afternoon, transfer to jetty to take a private chartered boat for a cruise over the Ayeyarwaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, arrive in Mingun, famous for its huge unfinished pagoda also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Back to hotel and overnight in Mandalay. 

Overnight in Mandalay.

 

Day 10 Mandalay-Kalaw (By Private Air-conditioned Car) (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, drive by road to Kalaw. Kalaw is a former colonial British hill station on the western edge of the Shan Plateau in Myanmar and it is cool during the day and cold at night. There are many hiking trails amid gnarled pines and bamboo groves. Palaung Tribe Village is also famous for trekking and a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hill. At evening, transfer to hotel and overnight at Kalaw.

 

Day 11 Kalaw full day Trekking - Inle Lake (Breakfast/Lunch)

 

TREKKING OPTION

After breakfast, start Kalaw trekking with beautiful view of rice terraces in the valley surrounded by pine forest. Walk through pine forest along the way to Pa-O village and meet with local people working hard in the fields of garlic and rice harvest. See amazing view of the highest mountain in the area with several village at the bottom. Visit Pan Lone Village of Pa-O tribes of Mongolian origin women wears traditional costumes of indigo color dresses with bright red colored head scuff. We can learn about their interesting culture and traditions. Visit a family home and have tea together. Continue our journey for an hour to Sha-Pin Village of Danu tribes. Along the way we pass through thick pine forest with great views and visit a forest monastery. Have lunch cooked by our chef and have a rest for a while. Visit the village of Danu tribes at the top of the mountain with bird’s eye view from there and continue trekking for 2.5 hrs with the view of vast valley filled with rice terraces and small villages.

After that, drive by road to observe Traditional Shan Paper & Umbrella Making Experience before transfer to hotel in Inle and overnight.

 

BIKING OPTION

Drive from Kalaw to Hotel in Inle. On the way, we will visit to observe Traditional Shan Paper & Umbrella Making Experience. At afternoon, we will explore by bike around Nyaung Shwe through the forest and Shan Mountains offering a scenic view of rice paddies. At evening, enjoy a tasting of some  of the delicious wines as the sun sets over the lake and the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Inle.

 

Day 12 Inle Lake Free day (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel, leisure at hotel overnight.

 

Day 13 – 11 Aug 2017          Explore Inle Lake (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, morning visit one of the 5 Days rotation market (only on market day) and sightseeing for magical Inle Lake, which is located 1328 meters above sea level and 22 km long and 11 km wide. Highlights include the fisherman rowing in the one-legged style characteristic of Inle Lake boatmen and the gardens of grass and earth floating on the surface of this shallow lake used for growing vegetables. Besides the enjoyment of the scenery we can also visit the holiest religious site Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Silk Weaving Village of Inphawkhon, Burmese Cats House, Cheroot making and other cottage industries. Then, visit to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, a beautiful old teak wood building before transfer to hotel and overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Heho-Yangon (By Flight-1030:1140 hrs) (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Heho airport for domestic flight back to Yangon. Arrival at Yangon, transfer to hotel for check in and overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 15      Yangon – Flight to Laos – Vientiane arrival (Breakfast/-/Dinner)

Around 06:00 Am, transfer to Yangon international airport for your departure flight. (Please remind your hotel to prepare Breakfast box as you leaving early). Your flight will lay over via Bangkok for 2 hours before reaching Vientiane, Laos.

On arrival at the Wattay International Airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel in Vientiane capital city. The rest of the day is your own time at leisure.

The welcome dinner will be served at local Kualao Restaurant with local foods, traditional dance & folk song. Overnight in Vientiane.

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DMK 12:05 – VTE 13:15

 

Day 16    Vientaine – Budda Park (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. We then transfer out to see Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on  the Mekong Riverside meadow. Enjoy Lunch at Makphet Restaurant.

In the afternoon, we see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo. On the way  to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at  sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane

 

Day 17 Vientiane Free at leisure (Breakfast)

Today is your free day. Enjoy your relaxing time or explore the city on your own. Overnight in Vientiane.

 

Day 18    Vientiane – Flight to Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony (Breakfast, Dinner)

You are free in the morning before taking the flight to Luang Prabang. QV101 VTE LPQ 11:30 12:15 (NO GUIDE IN VIENTIANE). Lunch at your own arrangement.

Upon arrival, your city tour begins with a visit to the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. We still have time to visit the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful panoramic view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. In the afternoon, we will transfer directly to the local village of Ban Long Lao. Free for the rest of the day to stroll around the village to get familiar with the daily life of the villagers.

In the evening, we will join the Baci Ceremony, handled by the elders of the village to wish the good health and good luck for their guests. The dinner will be served right after the ceremony with the host family. Transfer back to hotel for your stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 19 Rice Experience – Kuang Si Waterfall (Breakfast, Lunch)

An 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 unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace.

Begin today's close-up look at daily Laotian life by heading out for a morning at a community-based living rice farm in the idyllic countryside outside Luang Prabang. Surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, you'll have an opportunity to experience rural life as a Laotian farmer would, trying your hand at various farm activities – or observing them from a traditional Lao rice house balcony, set amidst  rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm. You'll have time to check out nearby workshops where local bamboo weavers, blacksmiths and sugar cane processors practice their crafts.

Later on, we drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 20  Luang Prabang Free at leisure (Breakfast)

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

 

Day 21 Luang Prabang – Shangri Lao Experience – Overnight in Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • 8:30am to 9:00am:  Pick up by our English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby
  • Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants
  • Bareback Elephant Ride: Enjoy the impressive experience of a 1 km bareback elephant ride! 1 person per elephant.
  • Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae waterfall and relax, dip your feet or go for a swim in the clear, cool ponds
  • Mahout Training: Receive your mahout training on how to control an elephant like a mahout
  • Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant.  Buffet lunch served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options available)
  • Bring Your Elephant to the Jungle: Enjoy the unique experience of riding your elephant in the evening to her jungle hideaway where she gets to retire for the evening
  • Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Elephant Camp restaurant (set menu served with drinking water)

Day 22       Taking Care of elephants – Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Overnight:  Enjoy a relaxing night at our Elephant Lodge with stunning views of the Nam Khan river
  • Awake from your Slumber:  You won’t believe how tranquil and beautiful the Lao jungle mornings are!
  • Pick Up Your Own Elephant:  In the morning, retrieve your elephant from her jungle hide away
  • Bathe Your Elephant: Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan river for an exhilarating bathing experience!
  • Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at our Elephant Camp restaurant (set menu with coffee / tea and drinking water)
  • Depart: Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang between 10:00 am and 11:00 am

Day 23  Luang Prabang – Flight to Siem Reap (Breakfast, Dinner with Apsara dance)

 

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking our driver transfer to airport departure flight VN931 LPQ REP 14:35 16:05.

Arrival Siem Reap airport and our guide and driver will pick up and transfer you to hotel for check in. Dinner with Apsara Dance Performance. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 24   Explore Angkor Wat – Tonle Sap Lake (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel and today we will visit the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. The same afternoon, we will visit floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap where you can find schools, restaurants, hospitals and much more on the great lake of Tonle Sap. We take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 25 Bayon Temple – Ta Prohm (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel: Free at your own leisure in the morning.

The same afternoon, we will visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature and visit sunset at Pre Rup Temple. Overnight at hotel. 

 

Day 26  - 24 Aug 2017        Siem Reap free at leisure (Breakfast)

Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Siem Reap

 

Day 27 – 25 Aug 2017         Siem Reap – Flight to Phnom Penh (Breakfast)

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Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure until transfer you to airport for your flight to Phnom Penh.  Arrival  and  pick  up  from  airport  and  transfer  to  hotel  for  check  in.  Overnight  at       hotel.

 

Day 28 History of Cambodia through historical sites (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel: today we continue to explore the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable  to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle. Then we discover Phnom Penh’s Psar Toul Tom Pong, known as the Russian Market, a great place to hunt for souvenirs, curios, and silks.   Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

 

Day 29 Silver pagoda – Wat Phnom (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel and visit will continue to visit the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda is the pagoda which in the Royal Palace campus, where have thousand of silver tiles on the floor of pagoda and have the biggest golden Buddha statue. Silver Pagoda is in the Royal Palace Compound made of 5000 silver tiles. Raung Damrei Museum. National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. Next, proceed to Wat Phnom pagoda a 15th century stupa. Wat Phnom,  a  small  hill  crowned  by  an  active  wat  (pagoda)  marks  the  legend  of  Phnom  Penh   City.

 

Day 30-31 Phnom Penh Free at leisure - Departure (Breakfast)

Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Transfer to airport for your departure flight.

 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Domestic flights in Myanmar - Laos - Cambodia
  • Water and Tissues in car

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

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