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Explore Cambodia to Myanmar 20days 19nights

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DESTINATION Multi-Country
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 20 days 19 nights

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Visit and compare the most magnificent temples of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand to experience some of the amazing lesser-seen temples and religious sites. Visit spectacular temples and religious sites steeped in history of Southeast Asia’s most impressive countries and learn all about the famous landmark guided by expert locals.

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.

Glittering Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. Take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat complex and many other marvelous temple structures in Siem Reap, Cambodia.Embark on a fascinating boat trip to visit the stilted village on Tonle Sap Lake of Kampong Phluck.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Siem Reap Phnom Penh Yangon

 


Day 01: Phnom Penh Arrival

Meet and greet by our local English speaking tour guide at Phnom Penh international airport and transfer to hotel to check in. After a short relaxing break, visit the most remarkable sights Phnom Penh.

Start your visit to Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Continue to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

This afternoon, visit Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the city. From here, continue to The Independence Monument for your photo graph taking.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: None

Day 02: Phnom Penh

This morning, you will explore the recent dark history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. The museum is housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center.

The infamous ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek will also provide you an impression of the brutality of the regime. This afternoon, your leisure time at local hotel or visit local markets.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 03: Phnom Penh - Sihanouk Ville

Depart from Phnom Penh without guide for the short drive to Sihanoukville (3 hours). Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure for swimming and relaxation on the beach.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 04: Sihanouk Ville

Breakfast at the hotel.  Day free at leisure. No services provided.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 05: Sihanouk Ville - Kep

This morning transfer to Kep approximately 2-3 hours. Embark on a 1 hour boat trip to Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island), where you can spend the morning at leisure exploring the island’s beautiful beaches.

The cruise takes 25 min. On arrival you will settle for the day on a small local camp with a restaurant and other simple facilities. You can either profit of the beach or do a morning trekking in the island (about 2 hours).Lunch on the island. Later this afternoon, return to Kep and enjoy some time at leisure until dinner is served at your hotel.

Overnight in Kep
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 06: Kep - Takeo - Phnom Penh

This morning heat out for from Kep, first you will reach Takeo, a small town that is truly Cambodian in every sense. Here you will enjoy a simple but very tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Observing the life in the small city.

It is a must as basically anything beyond your imagination happens here in terms of transportation, market life and business. The little children are lined up along the road to welcome everyone with a “Hello Mister” phrase, even when you’re a woman. Take a boat from Takeo that will take you on the peaceful river to the archaeological museum of Angkor Borei and the temple ruins of Phnom Da. On the way, you will have the chance to see rural life in Cambodia.

On the way, you will pass Tonle Bati, a recreation area where the Khmers like to spend their leisure time. However, during the weekdays, nobody can be found there and the site is quiet and peaceful. Tonle Bati Temple is an Angkorian-style temple and remains largely intact. The pretty garden around it makes it a great treat. Continue to Phnom Penh city.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 07: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

This morning, take your domestic flight to Siem Reap by morning flight. Upon your arrival Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your English speaking local guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. After a short relaxing break, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an ecofriendly electric vehicle. 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, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Here, in a small contemporary pagoda in the vicinity of these famous monuments, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes.
Enjoy your wonderful dinner with Khmer Traditional dance show at Angkor Village Theater

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 08:Siem Reap

After breakfast, travel by private vehicle to the countryside of Siem Reap Province to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm afternoon light.

The so-called “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness and education. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities. Transfer back to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

After a rest at your hotel, depart by Tuk Tuk on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign.

Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Return to the hotel after sunset.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 09: Siem Reap - Yangon

This morning, free and easy until time to transfer to Siem Reap international airport for your departure flight to Yangon.

The Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small town called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755. He changed its name to Yangon, which means "End of Strife", but was anglicized as Rangoon by the British when they annexed Myanmar in 1885. It is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Moreover, its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South East Asia.

In the afternoon, a city tour includes Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda's 70m long reclining Buddha and at the end of the day Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 10: Yangon - Bago - Yangon

Leave Yangon in the morning for a journey by road to Bago (1:30hr driving), an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century.

Visit the beautiful 55 meter long reclining Buddha at Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Visit also the old Palace “Kambozathadi” and the huge 4 sitting Buddha’s “Kyaikpun”.

Just before Yangon, stop at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 allied soldiers.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 11: Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake

After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho a 1-hour scenic drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery on the way.

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

Stops for visits at the Nga Hpe Chaung (jumping cats) Monastery and its Shan Buddhas and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary. Your sight seeing also includes a visit to the weaving village of Inpawkhone, a cheroot factory where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.

If time allows us, we will go for an improvised walk through one of the villages. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 12: Inle Lake -Indein - Inle Lake

After breakfast, we head to the morning market on the lake. Rotating around villages on and near the lake in a 5 day rhythm, a colorful market visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes is held daily (except on new and full moon days).

From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Paoh village of In Dein. After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here there is a magnificent view over the lake. Return to the lake and finish the visits of the lake in the afternoon.

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 13: Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day leisurely around the Inle Lake. In the afternoon, transfer to Heho airport (1hr 30 min) for a domestic flight to Mandalay.

Upon arrival at Mandalay, transfer to your hotel. (1 hr drive). The Mandalay, it is famous among the International visitor by Rudyard Kipling’s “Mandalay” poem. Moreover, it has also long been known as a center of skilled craftsmanship and in former times supplied the Royal courts.  Enjoy the day at leisure and ending the day with enjoying a sunset view over town from Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 14: Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava -Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. You can have an opportunity to attend the daily meal of over thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery; Mahagandayon in Amarapura before visiting a silk weaving workshop.

Then, continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse and carriage the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort.

In the afternoon, we cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Visit Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda and U Min Thone Sae’ Pagoda.

Ending the day with a walking and enjoying the sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, constructed entirely from teak.

Overnight in Mandalay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 15: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Irrawaddy River towards the site of Mingun.

Mingun, famous for its huge unfinished pagoda, is also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Return to Mandalay.

In the afternoon visit Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha covered with gold leaf and tour the nearby workshops including crafts such as woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga tapestry and gold-leaf making.  Stop at Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyaiktawgyi Pagoda.

Overnight in Mandalay
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 16: Mandalay - Monywa - Monywa

In the morning, leave Mandalay for a 3-hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River.

On the way, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, where more than 500,000 Buddha images cover every wall and archway of this huge Buddhist temple.  Also visit Boditahtaung Pagoda and the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, 100m long and 27m high.

In the afternoon cross the Chindwin River by ferry and proceed to Po Win Taung by local open jeeps. This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South East Asia.

A few hundred meters from the caves is Shwe Ba Taung, another very interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs.

Overnight in Monywa
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 17: Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan

After breakfast at the hotel, leave Monywa along the little traveled eastern bank of the river passing traditional villages where farmers climb the palm trees to extract the juice from which they produce palm tree sugar.

Stop at Ma U Ma Le village to see simple and decent lifestyle of people in countryside and their ways of living. Continue to Myitchay 20 km south to Pakokku, a lively little village, typical Burmese city with a strong craftwork tradition producing colorful woven blankets, papier-mâché toys and the traditional sandals.  Short rickshaw ride through town.

In the afternoon we board a local boat for a 2-hr leisurely cruise downriver to Bagan. Thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Bagan
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 18: Bagan - Yangon

After breakfast at the hotel, we start our visits with the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, followed by  Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Continue to Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple, and Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. In the late afternoon transfer to Nyaung Oo airport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon, transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 19: Yangon

Visit start with Yangon Zoo. This afternoon, continue to ‘National Races Village’ at Thaketa Township.  Here you will have an opportunity to learn about the culture, traditions, and living style of the ethnic minorities of Myanmar.

A very diverse country, much of the population belongs to the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan people. Children and adults will enjoy learning about the lifestyles of these people and the colorful traditional outfits that they wear.  Traditional houses are on display to explore the living quarters found throughout the country, each with unique symbols and building styles particular to the people. 

Photos opportunities abound, as children are invited to try on the traditional dresses at each village. Additionally, the ‘National Races Village’ contains 7.5 acres of mangrove forests within the 117-acre village site which are being preserved for educational activities. Transfer back to Yangon and rest of your day at leisure at your hotel.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 20: Yangon - Departure

After breakfast, exploring downtown Yangon with a walk through streets filled with faded colonial atmosphere and busy everyday life.

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation based on 2 double dooms with breakfasts.
  • Transfers by private A/C vehicles.
  • Airport transfers from and to airport.
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Local English Speaking Guides in each destination
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary (incl 2 day Angkor Pass)
  • 3 domestic flights RGN-HEH + HEH-MDL + NYU-RGN on Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharge & current fuel surcharge.
  • Boat trips indicated in itinerary.
  • Haft day tour by Tuk Tuk
  • Boat as mentioned.

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
  • Visa on Arrival for countries
  • Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes (Cambodia USD25).
  • Domestic and international flight.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.

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