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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Mingalabar Myanmar. Welcome to Myanmar! You are met and welcomed upon arrival by a local tour guide. Privately transferred to hotel in the city. Checking into your accommodation and you will enjoy a comprehensive city orientation to visit the major attraction of Yangon - "Garden of The East". Visit the Kalaywatawya monastery, where more than 1,000 monks and nuns gather to study Buddhist scripture. Here you can get a glimpse into monastic life and see young novices go about their daily chores and studies. Donations of biscuits, candles, books and pencils are welcome. Afterwards, visit the Chauktatgyi Paya, a quiet temple that receives fewer visitors than other sites, located only a short distance north-east of Shwedagon Pagoda. The temple houses a beautiful reclining buddha whose crown is encrusted with diamonds and precious stones. The original statue was of a giant standing buddha, but it collapsed years ago and the reclining buddha was rebuilt in the classic enlightenment position. Attached to the temple complex is a meditation center, where a large number of locals gather to meditate.
"Go there at night" is absolutely worth for any 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 hotel and today you will enjoy more of Yangon’s fascinating attractions. On this tour, you’ll visit Sule pagoda, an important religious site in Yangon city, Continue your day with a visit to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. Enjoy very chaotic and fascinating adventure which is officially known as the Yangon Circular Railway to see the untouched corners of the city. Riding the train is an fantastic glimpse into the daily life of many Burmese people, seeing them commute to work from their villages and witnessing what the real Yangon looks like out of the city and stop a local Tea House to experience what locals do when exploring the city and followed by a stroll through Scott Market amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts. In the evening, set sail on a relaxing sunset cruise on the Yangon River, enjoying stunning views as the sun sinks beneath the horizon. Return to your hotel and spend your 2nd night in Yangon.
Breakfast and privately transferred to the airport to fly to Bagan. Met and welcomed upon arrival. Transfer to the hotel for checking in. 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.
Optional Sunrise Balloon Over Bagan: Early wake up and you will be picked up from your hotel between 5:30 am and 6:00 am, and taken to the launch site where tea and coffee is served while the crew prepare the balloons. Watching the inflation of the balloon and experiencing lift-off is spectacular. The balloon ride starts at dawn and lasts for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. On landing, you will be served a light champagne breakfast before transferring back to the hotel at approximately 8:30 am. Warm clothing is recommended, as it can be quite chilly. Back to hotel to relax for a while.
Breakfast and tour of Bagan today continues 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.
Breakfast and airport transfer to take a scheduled flight to Heho. On arrival you will be met at Heho airport and driven to Inle Lake. Transfer from the jetty in Nyaung Shwe to your hotel by long tail boat. Relax for the rest of morning and in the afternoon you will take a long-tail boat to explore a part of very beautiful Inle Lake, Burma's second largest lake. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. The area is famous for its floating villages and gardens, and the Intha leg-rowers. You will have the opportunity to visit floating villages that specialize in different handicrafts, including silk weaving and blacksmith villages, cheroots and paper-making workshops. You will also get the chance to see locals working in the floating tomato, chilli and flower gardens as well as Intha leg-rowers and fisherman. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and we will set off this morning for the Sagar region by a long tail boat (2.5 hours), the far southern area of Inle Lake. Remote but you can find and capture the most beautiful places in the Shan State with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. Along the cruising journey, you will enjoy full of amazing views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that can be made, the order of which will depend on the time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages. Visit the 'sunken' stupas of Sagar - 108 stupas from the 16th to 17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery that can be visited, and the village is also worth exploring. Next, visit the village of Thaya Gone is home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people, and is also known for its production of local rice wine. If desire, from the top of a small hill you can enjoy magnificient views of the lake and surrounding villages. You can also visit the Sae Khaung pottery village is of interest to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers, while Tar Kaung on the western shores of the Sagar area is home to more than 200 stupas. In the mid-afternoon begin your journey back to the main section of Inle Lake. The route looks quite different on the return, with other activities occurring on the water and in the villages. Rice noodles can be seen drying in the sun, spun cotton is hung out to dry and children are returning from school at this time of day. You will reach your hotel early this evening, in time to watch the sunset.
Breakfast and followed by a transfer to Heho Airport to take a morning flight back to Yangon where you will catch a scheduled flight to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Met and privately transferred to hotel. Checking into the hotel and you will spend your time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy your great breakfast at hotel and today is spent with a full day comprehensive cultural tour of Saigon. You will discover Vietnam's most exciting and bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh on this interesting half day tour. You will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon City. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral which is based on Paris' original monument, the Central Post Office plus the War Remnants Museum. Here at the war museum you will have the chance to gain an intense insight into the war through the eyes of the local people. This tour will also show how Ho Chi Minh is steeped in history with stops at historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace where Saigon's government ruled from throughout the American war. Break for lunch at famous PHO 2000 and then you will also visit the gorgeous 19th-century temple is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, and always attracts a mix of worshippers and visitors who mingle beneath the large coils of incense suspended overhead. On the way coming back to the hotel, you'll spend your free time to hang around Saigon's iconic Ben Thanh market - a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
This afternoon, travel out of the city and into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. You have the opportunity to squeeze into and crawl through the small tunnels once traversed by Vietcong guerrillas. Transfer you back to the city and spend your time to wander and join with locals at Saigon's iconic Ben Thanh market - a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, art and other souvenirs. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat Airport to take a 2-hour flight to Hanoi. Meet and greet upon arrival and you will enjoy a private transfer to check in the hotel in the heart of the city. Remainder of the day is at leisure. At 14:00, the tour guide will take you wander to visit the city's major attractions nearby the hotel and take an interesting cyclo ride to stroll through the bustling Old Quarters. In late afternoon, you will enjoy a fantastic show at the theatre nearby. This show is a delicate merging of tradition and innovation, where the poetic beauty of northern Vietnamese village life is presented in a novel approach. Marvel at how farming, building activities, traditional games and the lifestyle of northern villagers are recreated. Ancestral bamboo props, breathtaking cirque and rhythmic dance, juggling, and acrobatic movements are accompanied by distinct folk music from over 20 traditional musical instruments. Return to your hotel and spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast is followed by a comprehensive city orientation which you will have a chance to get closer to see ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. You will explore the city's historic landmarks and sights. The moring tour is spent with a visit to see the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilt where his belongings are on display and next is to visit One Pillar Pagoda - a historic Buddhist temple which was originally built in the 11st century and now is one of iconic temple of Hanoi city. Just a short distant drive will take you to visit the Temple of Literature which is made up of five temples and peaceful courtyards within one complex and parts date back to the 11th Century.
After a lunch break, you will then enjoy a visit Hoa Lo prison - South East Asia's top 5 macabre destinations which was used by the French colonists in French Indochina for Vietnamese political prisoners, and later it was nicknamed the 'Hanoi Hilton' by US prisoners of war (POWs) that housed American prisoners of war -- invited memories of a long and bitter war.
Breafast at hotel and we will depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay.
After breakfast, transfer to your day – trip boat with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch served on board by your private chef. Return to the mother boat for the night. Overnight aboard.
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Private transfer to hotel in Hanoi and to the airport to take 1-hour flight to Danang. Private transfer to hotel for hotel check-in. Remainder of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a 4 hour city of Hoi An tour orientation. Today you will discover the magnificent Ancient Quarter of Hoi An on a walking tour. Glance into the city’s glorious past as a trading port as you meander through narrow narrow streets and alleys, brimming with well-preserved buildings and if desire you can also sample and savor the city's unique cuisine. Visit the restored 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls and explore the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, then pay a visit to the delightful 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, and other historic merchant houses whose architecture have been influenced by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Soak up the atmosphere in the quarter’s colorful market, which offers an array of silks that you can get stitched into stunning garments within a day or two! Spend your spare time to wander or go shopping around. Return to hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Spend your whole 2 days at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and airport transfer for your scheduled outbound flight to next destination.