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SOUTHEAST ASIA 16DAYS 15NIGHTS

CODE GCMCSA16D15N
DESTINATION Multi-Country
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 16 days 15 nights

Booking Package


Explore the culture of three similar yet vastly contrasting countries and compare way of life in small, rural villages in each led by expert local guides.  Visit the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and many other marvelous temple structures in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  

Observe the rural communities and local life in the enchanting cities of Vietnam as you journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi via Hoi An and Hue. Investigate the way of life on the majestic Mekong River and learn its significance to local existence.

Gain a lot of valuable information of Myanmar culture, traditions and customs in the occasion of visiting to villages, workshops, local markets, etc. Have soul at peace and mind at ease as you present in holy lands of Myanmar including temples and pagodas complex. 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Siem Reap Halong Bay Yangon

 


DAY 01: BANGKOK - SIEM REAP

You will take flight to Siem Reap from Bangkok. Arrive Siem Reap – Meet with tour guide for transfer to check in at hotel.  In the afternoon, depart to visit Rulous group Preah Kô, Bakong and Lolei. 

The first edifice to be built was the temple of Preah Kô in 879 AD by King Indravarman I. This temple is composed of 6 brick towers still partly covered by stucco and was dedicated to his predecessor Jayavarman II. The king is represented as the god Shiva.

The second temple is the Bakong temple, built in 881 AD by the same king. This was the state temple and also the largest of the city. The temple is the representation of the Mount Meru home of the gods.

At the end you will continue your journey by cow cart from Bakong to the Roluos through the country side. This ride will take about 45 minutes and will allow you to discover beautiful landscape and the real life of the Cambodian people. The Roluos group was the first town created by the kings of Cambodia.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 02: SIEM REAP

In the morning, tour to the Great City of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall; each side of the city is 4 km long.

It draws a perfect square you access this town through 5 gates; 4 of them represent the cardinal points and the 5th one the Death Gate was the one used for the dead exiting the city.

After passing through the south gate, you will go down along this shady road to the Bayon temple. This temple lies exactly in the center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. Each tower has 4 faces. This is the only temple in Cambodia depicting scenes of the everyday life at the time of the empire. From the Bayon continue by walk to the Baphuon recently re-opened to the public.

There you will pass by the Phimeanakas the location of the Royal Palace. The only remaining are a pound and a temple. The Palace was made of wood and did not survive the time and the wars. Then continue to the Terrace of the Elephants. This Terrace was the place where the parade was done for the king. Next is the Terrace of the Leper King, depicting the water world.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat is the biggest religious edifice in the world: the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple was built by Suryavarman II. In early 12th century Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Merou, home of the gods. Considered as the masterpiece of the Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the King’s funerary temple that is why the temple is oriented to the West.

Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II made during his reign. As well Angkor Wat is well known for the 2000 Apsaras dancers decorating the all temple. But like most says, it takes a life time to discover all the wonders of this temple.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

DAY 03: SIEM REAP - DANANG - HOI AN

In the morning, free at leisure OR visit the Artisans d’Angkor. Artisan d’Angkor was established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts.

Among the workshops available for visit are wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing. Then, transfer to airport for flight departure. Arrive Danang, transfer to Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 04: HOI AN - HUE

Hoi An is a major Asian trading port in the 17thand 18thcenturies whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

Leave Hoi An early in the afternoon for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Arrive in Hue late in the afternoon and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Hue
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 05: HUE - HANOI

Depart your hotel this morning for your full day tour of Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.car.

We drive along the romantic name of perfume River by road and bring you by tranquil settings of gardens and lakes where Hue’s best-known religious sites, the Thien Mu Pagoda and the mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang are located.  This afternoon, we continue your tour to the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 06: HANOI

This morning meet your guide at your hotel and depart on your tour after breakfast. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Mondays and Fridays), as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969.

The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Your tour continues to the National Fine Arts Museum, located in colonial France’s former Ministry of Information, which has an eclectic mix of contemporary Vietnamese art, religious pieces, lacquer-ware and sculptures. Your next stop will be the Temple Of Literature, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

This afternoon we continue to visit to Hoa Lo Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war). Your tour will also include the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake (one of the oldest in Vietnam) and Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty). The last stop of the day before returning to your hotel will be the Museum of Ethnology where you observe Vietnam's diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of artifacts and dress used in daily life.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 07: HANOI – HALONG BAY

Your early morning departure from your hotel to Halong Bay takes you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. You observe everyday life of Vietnamese Villages as you see villagers work the local rice fields.

Take live pigs to market on bicycles or motorbikes, and plough the fields with their large water buffaloes. Arrive in Halong and board the Emeraude, a wonderful replica of one of the classic steamships of the colonial era of French Indochina. A welcome drink is served on the sundeck. With 37 luxurious air-conditioned cabins, a restaurant, two bars and a sundeck, this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience. Lunch is served on board at 1:00pm.

While cruising on the emerald green waters of the bay try a traditional Vietnamese foot massage or high tea which is served on the sundeck in the late afternoon. Enjoy watching the sun set, as cocktails are served on the sundeck at 6:30pm followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner between 8:00pm and 11:00pm. Before retiring to your cabin, return to the sundeck for a nightcap and take in the quiet serene beauty of the stars.

Overnight in Halong Bay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: HANOI – HALONG BAY

Your early morning departure from your hotel to Halong Bay takes you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. You observe everyday life of Vietnamese Villages as you see villagers work the local rice fields.

Take live pigs to market on bicycles or motorbikes, and plough the fields with their large water buffaloes. Arrive in Halong and board the Emeraude, a wonderful replica of one of the classic steamships of the colonial era of French Indochina. A welcome drink is served on the sundeck. With 37 luxurious air-conditioned cabins, a restaurant, two bars and a sundeck, this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience. Lunch is served on board at 1:00pm.

While cruising on the emerald green waters of the bay try a traditional Vietnamese foot massage or high tea which is served on the sundeck in the late afternoon. Enjoy watching the sun set, as cocktails are served on the sundeck at 6:30pm followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner between 8:00pm and 11:00pm. Before retiring to your cabin, return to the sundeck for a nightcap and take in the quiet serene beauty of the stars.

Overnight in Halong Bay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: HALONG BAY - HANOI

Early morning offers a Tai Chi class on the sundeck between 6:00am and 7:00am.  If Thai Chi doesn’t interest you, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea as you view the awakening of Halong Bay’s boat people. 

A wholesome breakfast is served before cruising back to Halong City. Arrive back at Emerald’s exclusive private pier at 9:30am for disembarkation where your guide waits to take you back to Hanoi.  Arrive back in Hanoi around 12:30pm. Free time at leisure and overnight in Hanoi

Overnight in Hanoi
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 09: HANOI - YANGON

Breakfast at hotel, and then we transfer to airport for flight to Yagon. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

If time allow this evening, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf.  As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline before transferring back to your hotel.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 10: YANGON - BAGAN

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers of constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

On arrival, your journey begins with a visit to Tayokye Pyay, an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan.

Continue to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods before visiting the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 11: BAGAN - POPA - BAGAN

After breakfast, full day trip from Bagan to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a height of 1518 m, about 48 km south east of Bagan.

Mount Popa has played and important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-Taung Kalat volcanic peak is impressive (the climb is optional!).

Continue in direction of Salay, known today as an important center of Buddhism with many living monasteries. Throughout its past, Salay created its own unique style of Bagan era architecture and you can see one of the nicest and oldest wooden monastery halls at Yok Sone Kyaung monastery. After that, transfer back to Bagan.

Overnight in Bagan
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

day 12: BAGAN - MANDALAY

After an early breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. 

This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture.

Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remain unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court.  

Take a midday break for lunch (client’s account). We recommend joining the locals at Too Too or Daw Lay May, two fabulous Burmese restaurants that are teeming with businessmen, students and others at lunch time.  We then will head near to the canal where there are many monasteries and old colonial buildings. A short stroll through this tranquil area showcases a different side of Mandalay, where traditions remain unchanged and large shade trees fill the grounds.

Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Mandalay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 13: MANDALAY - HEHO - INLE LAKE

After breakfast, transfer to Airport for a flight to Heho. From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.

Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake. Inle Lake is one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.

Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ who jump through hoops in the air! We make our way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images and the royal barges used during the pagoda’s annual festival.

Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of Inthar people. Inpawkhone is also known for its weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time consuming process that results in high quality materials famous throughout the country. We also visit a cheroot factory where local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.

If time permits, enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 14: INLE LAKE - INDEIN - INLE LAKE

After breakfast, we’ll start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days)

This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares - if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain the local produce and goods for sale. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein.  

Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area.  Climb the covered stair way to the top which is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.

Should time allow, we’ll stop at Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake’s indigenous people and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake (snack break not included).

After enjoy your visit to In Dein, return to your boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon. Overnight on Inle Lake

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 15: INLE LAKE - HEHO - YANGON

After an early breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon.Your sightseeing begins with a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha.

A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, it is believed that the original structure was built in the 11th century then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century.

The 8-sided central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa and the city skyline from this vantage point.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 16: Yangon - Departure

Depending on flight time back home. 

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation double/twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a driver and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
  • Stationary English speaking guide (one place- one guide).
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited.
  • Lunch or dinner if mentioned in itinerary with (L,D)
  • 4 domestic flights RGN–NYU-MDL-HEH-RGN with Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharges & current fuel surcharge
  • Normal visa processing fees
  • Entrance fees for visiting Angkor visits (pleases bring one passport photo for Angkor Pass)

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights to and from Vietnam or Cambodia
  • Vietnamese visa stamping fees at the Vietnam Embassy abroad
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc....
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival: USD20/person, please bring 1 passport photo)
  • Any domestic flights not mentioned

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