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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get up close to the golden city, and merge in a city mixing spirituality and architectural beauty. Explore Mandalay and its treasures such as the Kuthodaw Pagoda and admire the details of its magnificent architecture. Discover the hidden gems of the city before heading to Amarapura, a former royal capital, and experience a late afternoon around the U Bein Bridge watching the sun casting long shadows and illuminate the people on their way back home.
  • Explore Myanmar’s most precious treasures the plain of Bagan. Largest archaeological site in Myanmar, the plain covers around 40km square and is a testament to the population’s Buddhist belief. Witness the remains of the past and enjoy the amazing view on the 2000 pagodas stretching in the horizon as far as the eyes can see. End your day by watching the sun setting down and shine through the shapes of the temples.
  • Why not adding a lake to this breath-taking mountain view? Explore the Inle Lake, located in the middle of a mountainous environment. Cruise past floating villages and discover the everyday life on houses on stilts.
  • Stroll around the local village of Indein and enjoy a mesmerizing view on the placid around on top of the summit. Explore and trek around the village to discover Sae Ma village and have a taste of the daily lifestyle of Burmese rural inhabitants.
  • End up in the mystic city of Yangon and explore its treasures such as the Shwesandaw Pagoda also called the golden Pagoda and make a time leap and discover the colonial quarter and its gems. Explore pagodas, cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues and witness a multicultural and cosmopolite city.

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1YANGON - Arrival

A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 14:00 pm.

Let the excitement commence!

Day 2Yangon - Mt Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock

Set off for a pleasant drive to Kyaikhtiyo, home to one of Myanmar’s most well-known landmarks. Renowned for its unstable location and religious significance, the ‘Golden Rock’ is a massive boulder covered entirely in gold leaf and precariously balanced right on the edge of a jagged cliff.

  • Allied War memorial park near Htauk Kyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers where you can make a brief stop.
  • Kin Pun, a small town at the foot of the mountain, switch vehicles to a public local truck for a winding, exhilarating ride the top of the mountain

Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo

Day 3Golden Rock - Bago - Yangon

Visit the Golden Rock

  • Merge in a totally different atmosphere gazing at the glinting boulder bathing in the purple and misty light of dawn.
  • Explore several stupas and shrines scattered on the ridge at the top of Mount Kyaikhtiyo

Take a return trip to Yangon, en route in Bago to explore the former capital of the Mon Kingdom

  • Browse through the colorful local market where vendors sell flowers, produce and spices
  • Visit a thousand-year old Shwemawdaw Pagoda which features a spire taller than the one of Shwedagon Pagoda and the 55-meter long Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha, which is recognized as one of the country’s most extraordinary images

Overnight in Yangon

Day 4Yangon - FLY - Bagan

Settle into a morning flight from Yangon to Bagan. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to Old Bagan for the exploration.

The plain of Bagan is the largest archaeological site in Myanmar and it covers around 40 km square and is a testament to the population’s Buddhist belief. In this magical and historical location, there are over 2000 pagodas spread out and punctuated by vegetation.

  • Explore the Ananda Temple, one of the highest in Bagan with its panoramic views over the plains of Bagan, this view will give you a taste of the impressive number of temples and their different styles
  • Participate in a traditional Buddhist ceremony, make food offerings to monks then receive a special blessing of the monk to ensure good luck and happiness
  • Learn more about the local culture and traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation with a visit of two workshops that produce the most famous Bagan products: lacquer and wood crafts in Myinkaba village
  • Visit Gubyaukgyi temple and admire the sunset while taking a carriage ride through the highest temple in Bagan – Thatbyinnyu

Overnight in Bagan

Day 5Bagan - Nyaung Oo Market - Minathu

After a short tour of the Nyaung Oo Market, we will resume our visit to the ancient and historical archaeological sites, with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful and richly decorated pagodas in the country.

Embark on a carriage ride and visit the village of Minnanthu, set a little apart from the ruins

  • Visit the Sulamani temple.
  • Visit the Tayoke Pyay and see its temple frescoes, and also enjoy the spectacular views and contemplate the pinnacle of the temple.
  • Visit the pagoda Dhammayazika

Enjoy dinner in Bagan and a puppet show.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 6Bagan - Mt. Popa - Salay - Bagan

Travel to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500m high, about 48 km southeast of Bagan to visit the Nat worship shrines, stupas, and monasteries at the summit.

Transfer back to Bagan, the largest archaeological site in Myanmar and it covers around 40 square kilometers and is a testament to the populations’ Buddhist beliefs.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 7Bagan - BOAT - Pakokku - Powintaung - Monywa

Take a boat trip from Bagan to Pakokku crossing the mighty Ayeyarwady River to reach Monywa

  • Pay visits to Pakkhangyi Kyaung Monastery and Pakokku Market
  • Phoe Win Hill and Shwe Ba Hill, the caves named after U Hpo Win famous alchemist who once live there and enjoy the beautiful scenes of the countryside.
  • Head to Powintaung, home to 947 sandstone caves, believed to hold some of Southeast Asia’s richest collection of mural paintings and Buddha statues

Overnight in Monywa

Day 8Monywa - Mandalay - Highlights

Depart Monywa for a drive to Mandalay, a busy trading city of upper Myanmar (about 150km – 4 hours) to the west of Myanmar and a commercial center of Chindwin Valley.

Upon arrival, pay visits to

  • Thanbokde Pagoda – a domed with over 500,000 Buddha images
  • Bodhi-tahtaung (one thousand sacred trees) with a thousand Buddha images sitting at the foot of each tree and enjoy the view from Aung Setkaya Pagoda, standing 130 meters high on the Pa Khaung Hills
  • Ledi Kyaungtaik, a teaching monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs
  • Kyaukka Village, known for its own distinctive kind of lacquer ware

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 9Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - U Bein Bridge

Depart for a visit the Jade Market then board a boat to go up the Irrawaddy River towards Mingun

  • Disembark in front of the Satowya Pagoda
  • See a model of the Mingun Pagoda, and receive an explanation of same, unfinished Mingun Pagoda, started in the reign of King Bodawpaya
  • See the Mingun Bell that weighs over 90 tons, the largest bell in the world to ring.
  • Visit the Hsinbyume pagoda

Continue the day around the hills of Sagaing approximately 20 km south of Mandalay, cross the metal bridge at Ava to sightsee Sagaing and its impressive panorama of pagodas that dot the surrounding countryside.

Stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge and enjoy the special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 10 Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin, the Flower City.

  • Spend the day exploring the local scenery.

​Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 11Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik - Mandalay

Train from Mandalay to Lashio (2:30 pm).

  • The train departs from Gokteik Bridge, 300m above the valley.
  • Picnic lunch on the train.

Overnight in Mandalay.​

Day 12Mandalay - FLY - Heho - Pindaya - Inle lake

Settle into a morning flight from Mandalay to Heho. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to Pindaya for a cave visiting.

In Inle lake, finding yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to, and dependence on water.

  • Cruise past floating villages and note the bamboo houses on stilts, specially designed to avoid flooding and their “floating gardens”
  • Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fisherman
  • Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images
  • Learn about traditional Intha handicrafts such as incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders, cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silversmiths in Nam Pan village

Overnight in Inle

Day 13 Inle Lake - Highlights - Indein

Boat down to the Southwest of Inle Lake through a long narrow canal to Indein village, known for its market and two groups of ancient pagodas.

Visit lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from the dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5-day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares.

Head to Pa-Oh village of Indein, located on the western shores of Inle Lake on an hour boat ride down a small canal

  • Stroll around the village and ascend to the summit for mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings
  • Visit Indein Pagoda complex which is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small overrun stupas
  • Embark on a gentle trek to Sae Ma village, observe the daily lifestyles of the rural inhabitants
  • Learn more about history and culture of the lake’s indigenous people and taste a delicious coffee and cake at Inthar Heritage House

Overnight in Inle

Day 14Inle Lake - Taunggyi - Kakku

Depart for an Inle Lake adventure with the starting point from Inle Lake to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State and to Kakku, 30km south of Taunggyi:

  • Visit more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world
  • Explore Kakku, a hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guidebooks lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory

Overnight in Inle

Day 15Inle Lake - FLY - Thandwe - Ngapali

Enjoy the last boat ride to Nyaung Shwe then be transferred to Heho airport to settle into a morning flight to Thandwe. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to arranged accommodation in Ngapali

Enjoy free time to leisurely lounge on the beach

Overnight in Ngapali

Day 16Ngapali

Enjoy free time to leisurely lounge on the beach
Overnight in Ngapali

Day 17 Ngapali

Enjoy free time to leisurely lounge on the beach
Overnight in Ngapali

Day 18 Ngapali - FLY - Yangon

Enjoy free time to leisurely lounge on the beach
Settle into an afternoon flight from Ngapali to Yangon. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation.
Overnight in Yangon

Day 19 Yangon - Highlights

Stroll around in beautiful Yangon for the day.

  • Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70m long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale
  • Catch a view of Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge and enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Visit legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious site for the Burmese, witness colors transform on the 100m chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf
  • Check out the dragons and incense of the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple
  • Explore the vibrant street stalls where vendors sell all kinds of fruit, vegetable, and other goods or simply just walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Yangon.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 20 Yangon - Departure

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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THE CULTURAL SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT 4 days/3 nights

The spirit

Be enchanted by the awesome Temples of Angkor and the history of Khmer Kings discovered at the magnificent UNESCO Heritage site.

Day 1 – SAIGON – FLY – SIEM REAP   Settle into a flight from Saigon to Siem Reap. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – TA PHROM – ANGKOR WAT   Arriving in Angkor Wat, you will rove among the ruins of the world’s most famous Hindu temple complexes, built for gods, and fit for kings: Baphuon (a temple in honour of another Hindu deity, Shiva) with its spectacular layered structure, the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers; the Royal Enclosure and its small and particularly significant temple, Phimeanakas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 3 – SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE Advance to an off-the-beaten-track site, an hour away from Angkor Wat, encountering stunning Cambodian countryside and uncovering more temples: visit Banteay Srei, called the citadel of women and come face to face with the meticulously restored enclosed temple of Banteay Samre, complete with carvings of lions and nagas. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 4 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – Departure Travel to Tonle Sap and find yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to and dependence on water. Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight

 

BEACH BREAK – Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

The spirit

Vietnam’s 3,444 km (2,140 miles) long coastline and tropical/ subtropical climate make it the perfect place for those who wish to spend their holidays swimming warm turquoise water and sunbathing on a white-sand beach, at all times of the year!

PHU QUOC – FLY from SAIGON Ready your senses for something truly exceptional, Phu Quoc is worth the wait. Extruding an atmosphere of elegant nonchalance, this island paradise celebrates the benefits of returning to nature…(Read more)

NHA TRANG Wide Boulevards, white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Nha Trang Bay is an attractive seaside stopover...(Read more)

CON DAO – FLY from SAIGON An hour flight from Saigon to the white-sand beaches, translucent water, well-preserved scenery. On the program: idleness, diving, trekking in the jungle and visiting the National Park to meet sea turtles…(Read more)

MUINE 4 hours’ drive from HCM, coconut trees, white sand, and ochre sand dunes, all on a canvas of deep blue sky. Just divine! You will have fun sledding on the sand dunes, and love the charming images of the animated port; A beach with a small market in that open fresh shellfish; and small round fishermen’s boats that are so special. Nature also offers you the sight of beautiful red canyons, the result of erosion in the rainy season….(Read more)

 LAOS – Luang Prabang – A natural wild and mysterious! /2 days 1 night

The Spirit

« History, Nature and Spirituality » are the word that resonates with travelers of this divine, landlocked country“The ancient kingdom of a million elephants” reflects its rich historical heritage by the splendor of its many temples dedicated to Buddha.

 1 – Luang Prabang – Highlights – Dinner on Cruise
Discover this serenity town, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site on Tuk Tuk to visit: The National Museum (Ancient Royal Palace), the Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Ahman, Wat Mai the richly decorated temple. See the Ock Pop Tok textile gallery. In the afternoon, embark on a traditional boat to cruise long Nava Mekong river. Enjoy dinner with Baci ceremony and traditional dance show. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy Waterfall – Ethnic Minority Villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfalls Khuang Sy about 30km from Luang Prabang. En route, visiting min0rity villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo, Khmu village of Ban Thapaene and weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper made from mulberry leaves.  Get to the waterfall, nestled in the lush tropical vegetation, a beautiful clear pool for swimming. Back to Luang Prabang for your departure flight.

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