Grand Tour Myanmar – Laos – Cambodia

Code: AEMT - 02
21 Days/ 20 Nights
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Tour code: AEMT – 02

Type of tour: Multi-countries

Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights

Itinerary: Yangon – Nyaung Shwe – Mandalay – Amarapura – Bagan – Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Pakse – 4000 islands – Dongalor – Katrie – Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap – Bangkok

Advantages: An exceptional trip that you can discover all of three extraordinary countries in three weeks: the authentic Myanmar, the charming Laos and the splendid Cambodia.

PACKAGE PRICE IN USD PER PAX:

Hotel 4*

Price

Group of 2 pax

$ 4850

Group of 3 – 6 pax

$ 4695

Group of 7 – 10 pax

$ 4530

THE PRICE INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation with double room and breakfast in 4* luxury hotel
  • Meals(dinner): in locals restaurants as mentioned in program
  • Transportation with a/c
  • Speaking-English guide
  • Sightseeing and visit tickets and fees as mentioned in program
  • Boat in program
  • Domestics flights + airport taxes in Myanmar, in Yangon – Luang Prabang and in Laos
  • Drinking water

THE PRICE EXCLUDED:

  • Fees of issuing visa at the airport: Myanmar: $ 50/pax, Cambodge: $ 30/pax, Laos: $ 30/pax
  • International flights and airport taxes of departure and return to your country
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Drinking in meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Insurance

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for detail: info@vietnambestvacations.com

Day 01: Yangon arrival – city sightseeing (D)

Arrival in Yangon international airport, welcome by our local guide then transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon, we explore the octagonal‐shaped golden Sule Pagoda and the city of Yangon by a stroll at the Maha Bandoola Park to see colonial‐style high court and city hall. Visit China Town and India Town to see local life of Yangon people.

Then we visit to the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset at the pagoda and take the best photos.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Golden Rock (B, D)

Leaving Yangon in the morning, enjoy a scenic journey by road to Golden Rock (Drive via Bago: 194 km – 5 hours).

Late morning, arrive at Golden Rock base camp and transfer to transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a one hour ride. The ‘upper area’ must be traveled by foot, at present, and the walk is approximately 4 km (1 hour). Once at the pagoda, you can enjoy a spectacular view, which is particularly beautiful at sunrise or sunset. The whole site has a magical feeling.

Overnight in Golden Rock.

Day 03: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B, D)

Early sunrise time, strolling around the hill sites & return to hotel & breakfast there. Then back to base camp by the truck. Arrive base camp, continuous drive to Bago, an ancient Mon capital city.

On arrival in Bago, visit to local market. Continue visit to over a thousand years old, Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Proceed to Shwe Tha Lyaung Pagoda, reclining Buddha, which is among one of the country’s most impressive image statue, is 180 feet long and 52 feet high.

Then proceed to Yangon on the way sightseeing at Allied War Memorial Cemetery.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 04: Yangon – Inle lake sightseeing – Nyaung Shwe (B, D) (Flight)

Transfer to airport for a flight to Heho. Arriving in Heho, welcome by our local guide and transfer to hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

In the afternoon, skimming along the waterways in a long‐tail boat, catch a first glimpse of floating gardens, stilt houses and fishermen propelling their skiffs with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit the infamous Phaung Daw U Pagoda, which enshrines five Buddha images believed to have been carried to this area by the widely‐traveled 12thcentury King Alaungsithu.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 05: Nyaung Shwe – Kakku – Nyaung Shwe (B)

This day you will have a very interesting visit to Taunggyi and Kakku. On the way you can visit Shwe Yan Pyay in Nyaungshwe. After 1 and a half, you will reach Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State then visit the local market. Continue to Kakku, the non‐touristic attraction with many stupas of Myanmar and Shan style located harmoniously. Return to Inle Lake. On the way back to Inle Lake, you can visit the Htan Cave which is a small copy of Pindaya and Indein.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 06: Nyaung Shwe – Mandalay city sightseeing (B, D) (Flight)

Morning transfer to airport for a flight to Mandalay. Arriving in Mandalay, transfer to hotel in city center.

This afternoon, visit Imperial Palace, Golden Palace Monastery, Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagoda also known as the world biggest book.

The highlight of this day is the panorama from the peak of Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 07: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Amarapura (B, D)

Today sightseeing tour starts with a cruise to Mingun, home to the biggest ringing bell in the world. On the bank of Irrawaddy River, there stands the uncompleted temples and Hsinbyume Pagoda which

reflects the history of Mandalay in unique architecture.

This afternoon we drive to the city to the Buddha land of Sagaing. This religion hub presents the education for monks with different level. Visit Sagaing University, followed by another visit to Buddha cave and U Min Thonze Pagoda, Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Tupayon temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay.

After we drive to Amarapura, known as the former kingdom of Inwa. It’s time to enjoy sunset over Ubein Bridge on Maha Ganayon Kyaung lake ‐ the longest teak bridge in Myanmar.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 08: Mandalay – Bagan heritage tour (B, D) (Flight)

Morning transfer to airport for a flight to Bagan.

Arriving in Bagan, head into the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. At this bustling market, locals meet daily to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and

lacquerware. Continue to the gold‐plated Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house relics of the Buddha brought from abroad.

From here, drive to the small village of Wetkyi‐inn to see the wonderful Gubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Your morning excursion also includes the Htilominlo Temple, which houses four Buddha figures on the ground floor and four more on the first floor. After your own lunch, continue your exploration of the city’s treasure trove of Buddhist art and architecture.

Visit Ananda Temple, home to four great, gilded Buddha statues. Enjoy sunset from Shwesandaw ‐ the second highest temple to end this day.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 09: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan (B)

Head southeast to Mt. Popa in the morning. Mt. Popa is well‐known as a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by some Burmese people and the nat museum, which is home to 37 life‐size nat statues sculpted from teak. Hike up for 777 steps to the summit for an exotic scene throughout the Bagan plain. In the afternoon, back to Bagan, on the way stop at a

cottage industry village to learn the local product as well as to see the collection of juice made from the palm trees, and its conversed type to brown sugar.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 10: Bagan local life & temples – Yangon (B, D) (Flight)

After breakfast, arrive in Taung Bi farming village to discover the local life and how to make their rice noodle.

We also explore the other temples of Bagan which consists of more than 2500 temples and pagodas.

This archaeological site brings us to the scared history of ancient Bagan capital with the development of Buddhism including Mahabodhi, Dhammagangyi, Thatbyinnuy.

Afternoon transfer to airport for a flight to Yangon.

Arriving in Yangon, transfer to hotel in city center.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 11: Yangon – Luang Prabang (B,D)

Transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for a tour guide displaying a welcome signboard with your name. Transfer to your hotel for check–in then take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty still remain in the town and surrounding areas. visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc…; Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; drive outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, the well-known village for its wood papers and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes . In afternoon, we continue to visit Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple, which more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture, then climbing up Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang after then explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang and Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves ( B/D)

After breakfast, embark on a two hour cruise in a long-tail boat on the Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. En route, typical Laotian villages are barely visible behind thick foliage. Wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles can be seen everywhere while floats mark the location of nets and fish traps and observe local weavers and whisky distillers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the sanctuaries which consist of two large caves. Both repositories house thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeters to two meters in height. Enjoy your lunch at local restaurant (Manivanh restaurant). After lunch, returning to Luang Prabang by car and continued Drive for Ban Phanom, which lies hidden along the Khan River. Here is where the women weave while men fish on the river. This is a good chance to experience the real Laos rural lifestyle. Return to Luang Prabang late afternoon and enjoy your day free at leisure.

Day 13: Luang Prabang – Kuangsi Waterfalls (B/D)

You have the option to wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an awe-inspiring sight. Please tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so he/she can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos. Watch the town come to life in the morning then return to the hotel for breakfast. (If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulders, chest and legs should be covered). Return to hotel for having breakfast then depart for a one hour drive south to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the Kuang Si waterfall. Stop en route at Phosy market where you can observe the locals trading in fresh produce. On arrival, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Kuang Si waterfall. For the more adventurous, continue to the top of the main waterfall where you may choose to swim in a large pool. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquil surroundings of the park before you transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle. (It is recommended to wear proper walking attire if trekking to the top of the waterfall.)

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Vientiane by flight (B,D)

Free time this morning in Luang Prabang. Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport flight to Vientiane then visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16 century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc deTriomphe”. Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Enjoy lunch at Khua Lao Restaurant before being transferred to your hotel and the rest of your day is free at leisure and overnight in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane – Pakse – Wat Phou (Flight) ( B,D )

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Pakse. Your guide and driver will meet you at the Pakse airport. Situated at the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedone Rivers, Pakse is the capital of Southern Laos. In the morning enjoy a short tour of Pakse visiting its colonial and Chinese-style buildings as well as the huge local market where fresh produce and local wares are for sale. After that we will be driven 1 hour to Wat Phou. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features quadrangular pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary itself. The temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples and overnight in Pakse.

Day 16: Pakse – 4000 Islands (B,D)

Heading for the area known locally as Sipandon (meaning ‘4000 Islands’). In this beautiful area the Mekong River reaches 14 kilometers wide and thousands of small islands dot the waterway. Travel first by car for around 2 hours to the village of Ban Nakasan. From here you will take a local boat to the peaceful islands of Done Det and Done Khone, where plantations and simple villages are almost all you will find. We recommend bicycles as the best way to explore, or a tuk-tuk if you prefer. Start with a short boat trip will give you the chance to spot the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. Please note that sightings are far from guaranteed, but the mornings and late afternoon are best, when the water is cooler. Visit the impressive Lippi falls, which are on the west of Don Khone, very close to the Cambodian border. Their original name, Tad Somphamit, means “trap spirit” and the locals revere these falls as they believe they act as a trap for bad spirits. The islands played an important role during the French Colonial rule as they linked Laos to Cambodia and Southern Vietnam. To overpass the waterfalls, a railway and bridge were built, the perfect place to take your time and soak in the view. Continue your exploration and ease in to the slow pace of life, observing locals and taking your time. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure and overnight in Don Khone.

Day 17: 4000 islands – Dongalor border – katrie (Cambodia)

Upon arrival at Laos-Cambodia border, welcome by tour guide. We leave Stung Treng province and take the National Road No 7 till Kratie.

On the way, we will visit the famous 100-column pagoda built in the 16th century by king Angchan Reachea 2. There are 100 wooden colomns in memory of his daughter Vorakpheak killed by a crocodile of Mekong.

Next, we will visit the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center and Kampi Dolphin pool, the most inhabited dolpin pool in the Mekong River. We will take a local boat and discover the mighty Mekong. On the way to Kratie, we will take a break at the Phnom Sombok temple.

Day 18: Kratie – Phnom Penh (B,D)

After breakfast, we go to Phnom Penh. Short break in Chhlong village to admire one of the most ancien wooden houses of Cambodia. In Kompong Cham, we will visit Wat Nokor as famous as Nokor Bachey pagoda, an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist temple made of sandstone and laterite with a large reclining Buddha and numerous alcoves containing Buddha images.

Continuation to Phnom Pros (hill of men) and Phnom Srei (hill of women). The common legend told about these hills is that two teams (one of men and one of women) were competing to build the tallest mountain before sunrise. As the story goes, the women lit a fire at night, which made the men believe that the sun was rising. They stopped working, and the women won the competition. Thus men still need to ask the women's parents for permission, and Phnom Srei is higher than Phnom Pros.

Afterwards, we will go to Skuon where is sometimes known in the local language as "Spiderville", famous with international visitors to Cambodia for its fried spiders.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 19: Phnom Penh – Tonle Bati (B,D)

After breakfast at hotel, heading to Tonle Bati, a small lake along National Road No 2, about 35 km from Phnom Penh, a popular destination of locals. that has bamboo shacks built out over the water and a fishing area of locals and tourists. Close to the lake, along the road to Takeo, it is Ta Prohm, a most protected from 12th century built by king Jayavarrman VII.

Back to the city and departure to Silk island, Koh Dach – the charm of traditional Cambodia at the gate of the capital. About 50 km to the nord of Phnom Penh, in the middle of Mekong, it give a timeless parenthesis beside the agitation of the city. Discover the island of weavers. Visit a workshop, temples and villages on foot or by bike. Back to the city.

Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 20: Phnom Penh – Battambang (B,D)

Morning: visit the city, central markets, colonial quarter, post office, Sisowath quay in front of royal palace, visit Chrouy Changvar. Heading to the Nord-ouest, in direction of Battambang.

Stop at Kompong Loung village, next at Phnom Udong, a Cambodian ancient capital and crowning city of the kings. It is made up of a row of stupas and shrines in a variety of conditions that can be thoroughly explored at a comfortable pace in a high hill where you can find a great view of plain surroundings. Phnom Penh Oudong was ruined by Americans and red Khmers but remains a beauty which any war could not take away. On the way to Kompong Chnang, take a break at a pottery village before heading to the north to Pursat province, a celebrate village about marble sculptures.

After lunch, we continue the trip to Battambang, a city beside a river which has the most protected colonial architecture of Cambodia.

Battambang now is back with the ameliorated infrastructures which give the tourists the comfort.

Overnight in Battambang.

Day 21: Battambang – Siem Reap/Departure Bangkok (B,L/D)

We will transfer to Wat Kor district to visit a local village and discover the Cambodian rural life. There, we will learn about the paddy harvesting, the fruit culture and how to make palm sugar. We arrive next to Phnom Banan temple that is well conserved. After more than 350 steps, front of your eyes is a fantastic countryside view with scattered small villages in the rice paddies and palm that is characteristic of Cambodia.

Afterwards, continue on to Bamboo Railway Station. The Bamboo Train was founded by villagers to facilitate the goods transportation. The train is so simple: a platform, 4 wheels and a small motor. Sit down on the platform, we will go to till the next gare (8km) across the paddies.

We will leave Battambang to Siem Reap with a break in Puok district to visit the Silk National Center and discover Cambodian silk. We will know the fabrication from the beginning to the end of silk.

Lunch or Dinner (depend on your flight)

Arrival in Siem Reap and transfer to the airport for the departure flight to Bangkok.

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