Experience Northern Laos in five activity-packed days. Begin by immersing yourself in the unique energy of Laos’s current capital, Vientiane, an historic city simultaneously described as metropolitan and sleepy. Interact with the planets friendliest giants; the Asian elephant.
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Welcome to Myanmar, Mingalabar Yangon. You are met and welcomed by a local representative upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, privately transferred to a hotel in the city centre. Check in and settle into your accommdation, followed by a comprehensive city orientation with a guide expert. Venture into the Garden City of the East, with its evergreen and cool tropical trees, shady parks and lovely lakes. Go to the Railway Station to catch a ride on the Yangon Circle Line Train. The slow-travelling train loops through the outskirts of the city providing an opportunity to observe the life of rural Myanmar. After 45 minutes, disembark at Insein Market where vendors gather daily to sell a wide range of items including food and dry goods. Enjoy exploring the market and meeting friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon. Arrive in the city, proceed to have a coffee or tea break at the Strand Café, an establishment from colonial times with a distinguished history. After tea, explore the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most iconic and revered Buddhist temple. Gilded with gold leaf, the 8-sided central stupa is almost 100-meters-tall and surrounded by 64 lesser stupa. The guide will explain the intricacies of the pagoda complex and explain why the temple is so revered among locals.
"Go there at night" is absolutely worth for visitors who want to see the best of Shwedagon Pagoda. When you get there, you will have a great opportunity to see Yangon's most famous and iconic temple as the sun sets and the golden spires of the temple glow. You will learn about the history, religious significance and daily prayers that the pagoda welcomes each day. You will have the opportunity to participate in candle lighting, with your guide there to explain the meaning behind this cultural tradition. A truly moving experience at one of Myanmar's most awe-inspiring temples! Back to hotel and the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and an interesting tour is spent with a nice introduction of Yangon by hopping on a tour of the city’s grand colonial architecture via “Elephant Coach” - a restored antique Chevrolet bus. These Elephant Coaches are unique to Yangon and feature teak interiors decked out with Shan textiles and elaborate woodwork. visiting Sule pagoda - a 2,5000 year Burmese stupa, which is located in the heart of the city, an important religious site. Explore the major cobblestoned bazaar of Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can practice your bargaining skills. Witness Royal Family treasures, including the pure gold and intricately carved Royal Lion Throne, at the National Museum. Continue your day with a visit to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, watch as intricate carvings and colourful murals depict the life of Buddha and a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. Back to hotel to relax. Return to your hotel, with time to relax. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast and followed by a private transfer to the airport to fly to Mandalay. Meet and greet upon arrival by a local tour guide. Checking into your accommodtion and the day begins with a city orientation. First, visit the Mahagandayon monastery which comes alive very early in the morning with the glorious scene of monks getting ready to start the day: the monastery is always peaceful and quite, Mahamuni Temple, Golden Palace Monastery. Next, visit Mandalay Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Drive to Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. Today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Welcome Cocktail and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by Lunch. After cruising upstream for two hours we arrive at the Mingun Pagoda Complex. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will accompany the guests during the visit.Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the two hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill. After breakfast passengers wishing to visit Sagaing can go ashore with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide. We resume our downriver voyage at 10.30 hrs and we will sail all day long.In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We visit the Pot workshops and the monastery. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Cast off early in the morning for the last leg of our journey. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty around 9:30 hrs after a hearty breakfast. Upon disembarkation, you are met by a local tour guide and you will be privately transferred to hotel. You will be at leisure for the remainder of morning. This afternoon is spent with a comprehensive cultural tour to see Bagan's historic temples and highlights. The excursion begins with a visit to Tayoke Pyay Temple. You will be taken to visit temples around Minthu village including Thamanpaya, Thambula and Payathonzu.Next, visit the most beautiful temple in the region, the Ananda Temple. It is the largest, best preserved and most revered of all the temples in Bagan and it is believed that the temple was built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha. You will continue the exploration with a visit temples and pagodas nearby Ananda Temple. End the day viewing the sunset over the plains and temples of Pagan from one of the smaller temples to avoid crowds. Back to the hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and today begins with another excursion begins with a visit to Nyaung U market, before continuing to Shwezigon Pagoda, which was built as the most important religious shrine. You will then visit Hnget Pyit Taung, a hillock on which a pagoda built by King Pyusawhti stands. The tour ends at Lawkananda Pagoda which is located close to New Pagan Township. Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059 on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is believed the Buddha's tooth relic is enshrined inside the pagoda and it is still used as an everyday place of worship. Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Optional: If you are a morning person and wish to have an intimate and luxurious experience, The morning Balloon Over Bagan premium service will be a great choice. The sunrise balloon ride provides a lasting memory with your friends, family or your lovers. Drifting serenely in a balloon over Bagan (Bagan) as the sun rises and seeing its myriad pagodas and temples dotted in the plains below is one of the most memorable experiences on your journey through Myanmar.
Breakfast at hotel and we will go straightly to the airport to take a scheduled flight to Heho. Met and welcomed by a local representative upon arrival. Privately transferred to Pindaya, driving through the mountain fields of the Shan Plateau will bring you to the magnificent Pindaya Caves. Home to thousands of Buddha images, labyrinthine chambers are carved out of a limestone ridge, overlooking a picturesque lake. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the local paper crafts with a house visit before you move on to the century-old Sing-gaung Monastery. Finish the day by driving to Nyaungshwe – Inle Lake’s largest village and the former capital of the Shan kings – where you’ll board a boat to transfer to your waterside accommodation.. Your evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Wake early for a morning market visit where you’ll see the Pa-oh, Inthar and Shan peoples – sometimes in traditional dress – congregate on the lakeshores. From here, journey by canal on to Indein where you’ll have some time to explore on foot, visit a local school and walk among Alaung Sitthou, a stunning collection of ancient stupas. From here, summit a short staircase to views out over the town to the lake beyond. Should time allow, stop at Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people and enjoy a coffee and cake snack.
Breakfast and followed is a private transfer to the airport to catch a scheduled flight back to Yangon where you will connect an international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. You will be met and welcomed by a local representative. Enjoy a private transfer to hotel in the city centre. Checking into your hotel and remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel and followed a drive to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom atop 4 giant faces that religiously represents compassion, sympathy, equanimity and charity. Stroll around Bayon temple consisting of more than 200 smiling faces in stone, admired by interesting temples including Baphuon, Phimeanakas, terrace of leper king and terrace of elephant. Enjoy Khmer set lunch at Khmer traditional house restaurant.
Afternoon, we continue to unlock the intricately carved, beautiful red-pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei - considered to be a Jewel of Khmer art which features elaborate decorations and its finest details. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a “precious gem”. On the way back, we have a short visit at palm sugar village and other various local handicrafts.
In the evening, your dinner will be held at a very delicious Khmer restaurant - The Viroth’s, the unique beautiful setting and garden before going to watch unique Phare Circus performance. This show is widely considerred as Siem Reap’s most unique, authentic top rated evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Transfer back and overnight at hotel.
Rising at the crack of dawn, we journey out to visit the Cambodia's iconic image, and one of the most mystical temples, Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century and it is believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. We stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast. As the crowds return to their hotels, we venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet, beginning at the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. After the Angkor Wat, we will We set off to explore Ta Prohm temple adorned with the stunning, amazing tree roots where Lara Croft Tomb Raider was filmed. Return to the hotel and remainder of today you will spend relaxing at hotel until 16:00 pm.
At 15:00, you will enjoy a scenic drive to outskirt to see scenic countryside. Experience remote areas outside of Siem Reap. Along the way you’ll pass through villages, meet friendly locals, and drive along rice fields. Gain a better insight into the rural life of the farmers and their families. Return to your hotel after the tour. Your evening is spent relaxing and free. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast and airport transfer to take a scheduled to Luang Prabang (Laos). When you arrive, transfer to your hotel. If time permits, your tour guide will take you to wander to visit the charming ancient town of Luang Prabang, visit lively markets and some other attractions.
Go out there at night! Go out to wander the Luang Prabang Night Market - Gorgeous little Luang Prabang in Laos is quite the tourist hot spot these days yet still retains its sleepy Laos charm and the Luang Prabang Night Market is one of the best of it’s kind in the world and delughts tourists with it’s crafts, trinkets and sreet food, but every day you’ll see market activity on the streets. Luang Prabang markets are fascinating and diverse at night and packed with interesting street food to try while lined with chic little restaurants. Let’s explore.
If you’re a morning person, you want to experience something differently. Rise early and start the day before dawn with a visit to witness the tradition of Tak Bat, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks silently walk through the streets at dawn to collect alms (offerings of food). As the sun rises, orange-robed monks emerge from their temples and walk barefoot down the streets of Luang Prabang, collecting offerings from local residents. This beautiful, tranquil ceremony highlights the spirituality of the Lao people. Afterwards, return to your hotel by tuk-tuk for breakfast.
After breakfast and refreshments, your tour guide will meet you and today is spent with a comprehensive city orientation. You'll visit the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Museum. By visiting the museum, you will dive into the history of Laos and gain some valuable insights of this intriguing country. We’ll then continue on to Wat Mai, famed for its golden bas-relief and known as one of the most splendidly decorated temples in Laos. Next we’ll head to Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang’s holiest site. We will walk along the Nam Khan River to visit Wat Xieng Thong. Built in 1560 by King Setthathirat, this temple is covered with ornate carvings and mosaics. Stop for a sumptuous lunch of regional dishes at Tamarind, one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants. After lunch, we’ll leave the city and ride into the country, riding to Phosy Market. At this lively hive of activity, you can join the locals and buy some fresh fruit or produce to try. You’ll have your guide on hand to help identify items that you may not see at your grocery store back home! Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast at hotel and today is a special day as you will experience an ethical elephant sanctuary and considered as one of the best places to visit in Luang Prabang. The sanctuary is situated in the 500-acre property is located about 30 minutes away from Luang Prabang’s Old Town, and is an ideal home for its elephants to roam free – unchained. No bull hooks, no riding, no chaining. With the guidance of their mahouts who use verbal commands, the elephants socialize in their natural groups, play and bathe in the river and eat plenty of bananas and corn supplied from the villages nearby. This half day tour is a golden chance for you to interact responsibly with the resident elephants, and while the elephants may not be able to roam the wild again they are given every opportunity to perform their natural behaviors. On this experience, you will also enjoy 2-hour trek and it will take you through beautiful Lao jungle, past traditional Lao farms, and past the cool Huay Nok stream, where you may experience elephants playing joyfully in the water. As you walk alongside the elephants on a small dirt path listening to their gentle footsteps and the sounds of the jungle around you, you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals. Following lunch you will take the short ride back into Luang Prabang.
At 16:30, you will also participating another special ritual ceremony, the Baci Ceremony. As evening falls, you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness one of Laos’s oldest traditions, the baci. A ritual based on mixed animist and Buddhist beliefs, the baci is performed to call back escaped spirits to the body. The Lao people believe this is an important ritual to hold before major life events, such as births, weddings and long-distance travels, as well as for proper greetings and farewells.
Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing after two unforgettable experiences with us in Luang Prabang. Sleep well!
Bid farewell as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight today.