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This 16-day tour of Vietnam and Myanmar offers a perfect choice for explorers interested in cultural identity and unique traditions of the two countries. Vietnam and Myanmar combine perfectly to create a holiday that effortlessly blends adventure, a generous splash of luxury, and plenty of relaxation. There is not much to mention about this offer but a lifetime travel experience.
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Activities: Fly to Hanoi, explore Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, enjoy a welcome dinner
Upon your arrival, you will be met with a warm greeting from your guide and then transferred to your hotel for check in. If time allows, take a short tour the Old Quarter. Once a bustling area where merchants and artisans gathered to sell their products, Hanoi Old Quarter consists of many small, meandering streets with special names. Then, take a few walk to breathtaking Hoan Kiem Lake for beautiful views over the lake.
Evening is great time for you to get very first taste of Vietnam unique culinary. Your welcome dinner is at one of the finest local restaurants- cozy atmosphere, friendly and professional staff and culinary experience which are for sure to bring absolute satisfaction for you.
Activities: Visit the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex (include: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda), Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the city museums, watch Water Puppet Show at Theatre
After breakfast, set off your full day city tour with the most highlighted sites of the capital including: The Temple of Literature which is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Visiting the Temple of Literature you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place.
Ho Chi Minh complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum- where famous President’s body is stored, HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda- an ancient one built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty.
Tran Quoc Pagoda- one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and one of the city museums (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art or Hoa Lo prison).
In the early evening, take in the cultural ambiance through a traditional Water Puppet Performance- a great way to finish your beautiful day.
Activities: Transfer to Halong Bay, board a ship for a cruise around Dinh Huong and Ga Choi, visit one of three caves Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot, stop at an island to dip in water
This morning, set off your amazing journey to another charming land- Halong Bay. One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is the single most popular trip from Hanoi. The beauty of the bay and its 3000 islands is so awesome that an excursion there should be considered an essential part of any visit to Northern Vietnam.
After 3.5-4 hour drive, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular and memorable sightseeing of your trip. The boat trip will take you far from shore, and simply meander among the islands and inlets. When exploring the bay, you will have a feeling of relaxation with peaceful atmosphere. And more interestingly, the limestone islands bearing strange shapes, numerous caves with numerous magnificent stalactites will make you lost in the maze of fairyland.
Visiting this enchanting land, you will not only be fascinated by stunning views over the Bay, but also be astounded by the fresh seafood served in an excellent menu.
In the afternoon, your cruise will stroll around some beautiful islands such as Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. En-route, you have chance to delve in one of the largest caves of Halong (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Make a stop at an island for a dip in the waters of the East Sea.
Activities: Enjoy a Tai Chi class, go to Soi Sim Beach or join a cooking demonstration, transfer to airport, fly to Danang, check in hotel in Hoian
Try to wake up early in this morning to enjoy the most beautiful moment on the Bay. Halong Bay is beautiful in every moment, especially at sunrise – the Bay is truly a masterpiece of nature. Nothing can portray the magical beauty as the first rays of morning sunshine down on the crystal-clear sea surface. Take in the fresh moment at very first sunrays with a Tai Chi class on the top deck. Then, there are 2 options for you to choose: going to Soi Sim Beach for a fresh swimming or joining a cooking demonstration for unique Vietnamese cuisine.
Say goodbye to the beautiful land after a brunch on board for a flight to another breathtaking land- Hoian. Upon your arrival, transfer to Hoian for check in hotel.
Activities: Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky house and the Japanese Bridge, take a boat to visit a handicraft village
Today, you will start your new day with a discovery around Hoian- the most ancient city of Vietnam. Hoian fascinates tourists with its own romantic beauty. Visiting Hoian you will have the opportunity to admire green moss roof, shimmering lanterns in the night or century-old wooden houses with intricate carvings.Take a half-day walking tour along streets of the town centre. The highlights will be: Chua Ong Pagoda. The Ong Pagoda like most other pagodas in the region is a place engaged in not just a place of worship and meditation, but also a cultural hub, preserving the heritage of the land. The Ong Pagoda is also popularly called the Quan Cong Temple. The Chinese Assembly Hall located on Tran Phu Street, facing Thu Bon River.
Nowadays, even though not all of the halls stay the same, the five remaining ones (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese) become famous attractions of Hoian. The 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Japanese bridges for long have a reputation for their pure beauty of being graceful curves and the inspiration from Zen spirit.
In the afternoon, you have chance to take in the local life at a ceramic village with a short boat trip to the nearby island. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Activities: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, visit the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, Opera Theatre, the City Hall and Ben Thanh Market
After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City - the most bustling and fast growing city of the country. Upon arrival, visit The War Remnants Museum which was opened in September 1975 and focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.
The Reunification Palace- a historical relic of an era that ended only 40 years ago. It is known as the famous historical witness which passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonists. The palace was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City.
Notre Dame Cathedral - a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters. At the time it was built, the Notre Dame was the most beautiful cathedral of this kind amongst all French colonies.
Saigon Central Post Office -one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. The Central Post Office was built around 1886 – 1891 based on Villedieu’s design, a famous French architect.
Opera Theatre and the City Hall- two interesting sites to admire the elegant architecture.
Ben Thanh Market- the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Activities: Visit Cai Be market, some local workshops, enjoy lunch at an ancient house, take a rowboat to venture deeper, visit a nursery garden, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City
Spend all day exploring the fertile land of Mekong Delta. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cai Be. Cai Be, one of the many well-known floating markets in the western region of southern Vietnam was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. The Cai Be Floating Market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the locals’ life in the western region. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats. Make a visit some local workshops before enjoying a fabulous lunch in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards at an ancient house.
Your afternoon sightseeing will start with a traditional rowboat for a deeper venture into the countryside. You will be impressed with a unique experience while floating through narrow canals. Make a stop at a nursery garden to learn more about production methods of famous fruits and vegetables throughout the country.
The final stop in your cruise is in Vinh Long- where you will be taken back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Activities: Fly to Yangon, check in hotel, enjoy dinner and watch cultural show
After breakfast, spend time exploring the city on your own before being transferred to the airport for a flight to Yangon. Upon your arrival arrive at Yangon airport, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Yangon is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying and beyond appreciation, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital.
In the afternoon, take your time to relax or explore the city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a fabulous dinner with Burmese food in Karaweik Palace overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. Wrap your beautiful day with a unique cultural show.
Activities: Fly to Bagan, visit Nyang U Market, Shwezigon pagoda, Ananda temple and other temples, visit a local lacquer wear workshop, watch sunset from Shwesandaw pagoda
After your breakfast at the hotel, take a flight in the early morning to Bagan- the World Heritage Site. The thousands of temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else on earth.
Start your journey with a visit to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan- where you can get a glimpse of the local’s lives. Continue onto the impressive Shwezigon pagoda. The golden Shwezigon Paya in Bagan is one of the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar, for it served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country and marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism.
The next destination in your trip is another famous temple- Ananda. Ananda temple is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture. On the way, make a stop to visit some other surrounding temples.
In the afternoon, get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to lacquerware workshop. Here, you will have chance to learn more about traditional techniques of craftsmen and admire unique and beautiful products. As the day comes to a close, transfer to Shwesandaw pagoda for stunning sunset over surroundings.
OPTIONAL SPECIAL DINNER IN BAGAN
Starting in October, the luxury river cruiser Belmond Road to Mandalay will open its doors to a limited number of outside guests on Friday and Saturday evenings for an exclusive dining experience mid-river near Bagan. Diners will have the opportunity to experience Belmond’s signature five-star service and cuisine while enjoying our newly-renovated dining venue on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space on any ship in Myanmar. The Road to Mandalay Grill is the perfect spot for an unforgettable meal in one of the country’s most incredible cultural destinations.
Contact our travel consultant for more details.
Activities: Drive to Mt Popa, admire statues, reach the top for beautiful views, learn traditional palm work of the locals, take a short cruise for sunset
This morning, leave the temple field for a drive to Mt Popa. Mount Popa is an extinct volcano on the slopes of which can be found the sacred Popa Taungkalat monastery, perched dramatically atop a huge rocky outcrop. While reaching the mountain, and take in the quaint statues. Upon reaching to the mountain top, you will find a 360 degree panorama and a labyrinth of shrines to explore. You also have chance to learn more about the local life through the introduction to the traditional palm work of the locals.
Drive back to Bagan then take a short cruise for stunning sunset over the Irrawaddy River.
Activities: Fly to Mandalay, travel to Sagaing Hill, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda, take a drive to Amarapura to visit Mahagandaryone Monastery, walk through Ubein Bridge, admire Mahamuni Image
Today, take a flight to Mandalay- which retains rich history and traditional culture. Continue drive to Sagaing hill to learn about the different Buddhist education systems for monks and nuns.
Make a visit to Buddha Cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda to admire their beautiful Buddha images. Your journey will be continued with a drive to Amarapura. Amarapura is known with the ancient Buddhist architecture bearing the stamp of history of Myanmar. The Mahagandhayon Monastery is one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Myanmar. Coming to Mahagandhayon, visitors will experience the pure life of the monks and learn more about Buddhism.
Take a leisure walk through Ubein Wooden Bridge- a beautiful 1.2 kilometre structure built from teak planks and said to be the longest of its type in the world. Make your final stop at Mahamuni pagoda to admire its Buddha image, the most highly revered Buddha image in the country.
Activities: Take a boat to Mingun, visit Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, watch sunset at Mandalay Hill
After breakfast, embark a private boat down river to Mingun- which is famous for its unique ruins. Start your tour with a visit to the massive brick Mingun Pagoda- an unfinished pagoda built at the end of the 18th century, and was the largest pagoda in the country. Continue onto the Mingun Bell. The bell is housed nearby the Paya in a Zayat, an intricate Burmese style pavilion with a multi tiered roof. The bell measuring almost 4 meters high is the largest working bell in the world.
In the afternoon, make your way to Mandalay palace- the first palace to be built in Mandalay, by King Mindon when he shifted his capital from Amarapura in 1861, to fulfill an old prophecy. Continue onto Shwenandaw Monastery. The monastery is the most significant of Mandalay’s historic buildings, since this Golden Palace Monastery remains the sole major survivor of the former wooden Royal Palace built by King Mindon in the mid-nineteenth century.
Make a visit to Kuthodaw pagoda which comprises of a gilded pagoda, hundreds of shrines housing inscribed marble slabs and several pavilions. The pagoda is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Wrap your day with a stunning view at sunset on the top of Mandalay Hill.
Activities: Fly to Heho, take a boat to explore Inle Lake, visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda, Ngaphechaung monastery, cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses
This morning, take a flight to Heho for an exploration of the majestic Inle Lake. . Inle lake is the country's second largest lake and features floating villages, gardens, various tribes nearby and fishermen who row with their legs.
Upon your arrival, take a motorboat to travel around the lake. Your scenic boat tour will pass through villages with stilted houses and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Make a stop at Phaungdawoo Pagoda- the most highly revered monastery in the Inle Lake area. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in gold leaf.
Don’t miss out on Nga Phe Chaung monastery- an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing. Proceed to the village of Nam Pan to visit cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses. Here you can see Inn Thar people using their traditional silk weaving techniques to create unique and high-quality products.
Activities: Visit market, take a boat to visit temple of Indein, walk along corridor, enjoy columns
Fill up your new day with a visit to the bustling morning market- where the locals flock together to sell their fresh produce. Your own lunch followed by a boat trip to Indein. Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. Take a delightful walk and climb to the top of Indein Pagoda complex to see great views over the lake and the hundreds of small stupas which dot the hill.
Activities: Transfer to Yangon, visit Sule Pagoda, Chaukhtayi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, discover Shwedagon Pagoda, go shopping at Scott Market
This morning, say goodbye to the majestic Inle Lake and depart for Yangon. Highlights in your Yangon exploration include Sule Pagoda- an excellent landmark which is said to be over 2.000 years old, Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake- surrounded by a green, tree-filled park.
Your stunning journey will continue after your own lunch. This afternoon, you will explore the impressive Shwedagon Pagoda. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument with 99 metres high. This pagoda has enhanced the beauty of the lake and the garden manifold. Finish your wonderful day with a beautiful afternoon market.
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Wonderful trip in Myanmar!
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An excellent trip to Myanmar
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Wonderful cruise in Bagan
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Very helpful and friendly!
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Fantastic holiday in Bagan and cruise to Mandalay
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