Grand Indochina Tour (Burma – Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia) – 28 days

This complete tour within Indochina will surely create an outstanding journey in Myanmar, North of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. All the best reserved highlights are included in this flexible travel plan. 
Enjoy the cuisines, the culture, the trekking, the beaches, the journey, the vibrant cities, the temples, the warmly hospitable people… oh, and the little matter of Angkor Wat, along with lesser known, far less visited but equally impressive temples!

Yangon Mekong boat to Pak Ou Ha Long Angkor_Wat
DETAIL ITINERARY
Day 1: Yangon arrival (Meals: Welcome Dinner)
Our Laos Tours Expert tour guide & driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Begin your first Myanmar tour to visit Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 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 from this vantage point.
Next place of your Burma tour will be Sule Pagoda in the heart of Yangon city.
Your Burma tour highlight for this evening is the dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and amazing cultural show.
Overnight in your hotel in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake – Half Day Tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Continue our Myanmar tour to Inle Lake. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, 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 Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight in your hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 3: Inle Lake – Indein – Mandalay (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
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.  Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.
After enjoying your visit to In Dein, return to your boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (Meals: Breakfast)
Drive to Mandalay pier, you’ll visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7 metres tall. This is the world’s largest uncracked bell. Just south of the bell you’ll also visit Mingun Pagoda, a giant brick structure built in the late 1700s and although it was unfinished due to economic troubles it is still an impressive site. Mingun’s other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.
In the afternoon, begin with a walk up Mandalay Hill. Rising 240 metres above the city, the hill provides a great viewing platform of the surrounding countryside, Irrawaddy River and city centre. At the base of the hill you’ll stop to visit Shwe Nandaw Kyuang- or Golden Palace Monastery- which is noted for its intricate wood carvings and to Kayuktawgyi Pagoda to view the huge marble Buddha. The marble is from Sagyin quarry and took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transfer the rock from the riverside to its current location. Finally we’ll visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.
Overnight in your hotel in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Bagan (Meals: Breakfast)
Leave the city for Sagaing Hill where you will learn about the schooling of monks, visit Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda, Sunooponnyashin Pagoda and finally take in the panoramic view of Mandalay.
Our next stop is Amarapura, famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery and the best place to experience the daily lives of the monks in Mandalay. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Leave Mandalay for Bagan.
Overnight in your hotel in Bagan.

Day 6: Bagan Discovery (Meals: Breakfast)
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 constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
Begin your first experience to visit Nyaung Oo Market where dozens of vendors come to sell their fresh produce and products.  The market is at its busiest early in the morning as the locals come to do their shopping. This is a great opportunity to observe the daily lifestyle of the friendly locals. Then continue to the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas.
Next, visit Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas mural paintings.  Continue to the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
Take break midday to escape the heat and enjoy lunch at your leisure.
This afternoon visit the New Bagan area and one of its many lacquer-ware workshops.  Here you can observe the traditional technique of making these handcrafted products from start to finish. The process takes incredible skill and patience and Bagan’s craftsmen are well renowned for their fantastic lacquer products.
As today comes to a close, travel to the boat jetty and embark on a sunset cruise.  Enjoy a cocktail and a stunning view of Bagan as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River.
Overnight in your hotel in Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan Sighseeing – Yangon (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, start your Burma sightseeing day with a visit to Minkaba Gubyaukyi temple; experience the architectural difference in MyaZedi pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple.
This afternoon, enjoy the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. Leave Bagan for Yangon.
Overnight in your hotel in Yangon.

Day 8: Yangon – Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (Meals: Breakfast)
Today you will say goodbye to Burmese and catch your flight to North of Thailand, Chiang Rai. Upon arrive at Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai airport, you will be picked up and get transfer to your hotel in the Golden Triangle where offers a great panorama view overlooking Mekong River and 3 countries of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burmar).
Overnight in your hotel in Golden Triangle.

Day 9: Free to explore the Golden Triangle (Meals: Breakfast)
Today you are free to discover the surroundings by yourselves or just relax at your hotel. There are a plenty of excursions that might suit your interests such as: Bird Watching, Hall Of Opium, Silk farm, Doi Tung Royal garden, Burmese border, Hot Spring, etc.
Overnight in your hotel in Golden Triangle.

Day 10: Transfer to Chiang Khong – Cross border to Huay Xai – Pakbeng (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to Thai immigration in Chiang Khong and across the Mekong to Laos immigration at Ban Houei Sai. From 08.30AM, a cruise’s guide will welcome you in front of the Lao immigration office. After the VISA registration, take the tuk tuk to the slow boat pier and embark your private Shompoo boat.
During the cruise, the boat will take its first stop in Pak Tha, to get signed the boat documents. Lunch is served onboard. We stop then a second time for visiting a Kamu village along the Mekong River. The boat will arrive at Pakbeng before the night.
Overnight in your hotel in Pakbeng.

Day 11: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
At 8:30am, the boat leaves Pakbeng. On the way, one lunch served on board and 2 stops: visit first Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images, go then to Ban Xang Hai, a lao lao whiskey village.
Arrive in Luang Prabang boat pier at Ban Don Mai around 4:30pm, a guide and driver of Laos Tours Expert will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. At your own leisure in the evening.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 12: Luang Prabang city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong – the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit Wat Visoun which entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts.
Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Enjoy your walking free street through the bustling Hill tribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes in the evening.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 13: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Enjoy a short drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will have a chance to make the most of beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. After passing the entrance gate, you will visit the Bear Rescue Center where now cares for 23 bears. Most of the bears arrive at the rescue centre as very young cubs having been confiscated by the Lao Government from illegal poaching and trading. It is likely that they would otherwise have been destined for a life of torture in a “bile farm” outside of Laos.
Continue your steps up to the chain of falls to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Sitting under the shade of big trees and swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vientiane (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we drive from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive (approximately 8 – 10 hours) with spectacular view of Lao rain forest and the mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your first impression of Laos by visiting Wat Sisaket – the oldest surviving monastery in Vientiane with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Next stop is Patuxai Monument (or also called Anusawali by Laotian) – the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, where you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views over the city. Then we move to the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol – Pha That Luang, and Wat Si Muang – the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane.
On the way back to the town, enjoy some shopping in the biggest market in Laos – Talat Sao. You can buy some souvenirs such as silk and silver jewellery and get insight into daily life of the people of Vientiane.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 16: Vientiane – fly to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
Today you will catch your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Upon arrival, you are welcome at the airport and being transferred to your hotel in city center. Then you will have short tour briefing and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, the best way to get to know the ancient laneways and local people. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi with Travel consultant of Laos Tours Expert.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 17: Hanoi city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake where each morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree-lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day on your own to see the city so goodwalking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
– Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
– Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
– One Pillar Pagoda
– Ethnology Museum
– Opera House
– Hoa Lo prison, which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
– West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda
In the evening, attend a Water Puppet show – the unique form of  Vietnamese artderived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 18: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, leaving Hanoi by road for Ha Long Bay cruise, enjoy drive though the rural area with scenic view of rice paddy field in the Red River Delta. You may be lucky enough to see cows or pigs on motor bike or Vietnamese kids ridding on water buffalo flying kites. On the way, enjoy famous Vietnamese Coffee at Vietnam Handicraft Center. Upon arrival, check in Vietnamese traditional cruise in Ha Long Bay. Journey along the spectacular limestone islands, floating villages while having sea food lunch, then disembark to visit ‘Sung Sot’ or Surprising Cave, one of the most beautiful grottos in Ha Long Bay . The next stop is Ti Top Island where you could swim on sandy beach or climb up to the top for panoramic view. In the evening, you will be delighted by candle light dinner on board with seafood dishes.
Overnight in on cruise.

Day 19: Halong Bay – Hanoi – fly to Da Nang – Hoi An (Meals: Brunch)
Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out tothe nearby cave on a row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Returnback to the Junk where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long baywhere the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will met your guide & driver for the tripback to Hanoi, then transfer to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Da Nang where your guide and driver will welcome and take you to the hotel in Hoi An town.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 20: Hoi An Walking tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Located on the north bank of the Thu Bon river, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Enjoy Hoi An walking tour through the Old Quarters to see the town’s landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple. Free at leisure in the afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 21: Hoi An – fly to Saigon – city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for your flight to Saigon. Start your day tour in Saigon by a visit of Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, Xa Loi Pagoda, where keeps the glass vase that on its central altar contains the heart of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who felt so strongly about the in humane treatment of his fellows that he committed suicide by burning on June 11, 1963 as a final protest, visit Ben Thanh market and China town.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 22: Saigon – Mekong Delta day trip (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and we will drive to Cai Be. The program will start with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rice paste, coconut candy, and pop-rice pop-corn is made.
Visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce and Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof.
A delicious lunch will be served at an ancient house over 170 years old or under the shade of local orchards on An Binh Island
After lunch, a traditional rowboat will take you deeper into the countryside on small canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. You’ll see the traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and the activities of the local farmers to see how they catch fish or pick up fruits using the ancient customs of the Mekong Delta.
Another stop can be made at a nursery garden where you will discover how the growers of the Mekong Delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables.   You can meet Mr Tiger and his son who are successful in Vietnam agriculture. We will enjoy different types fruit from his garden and homemade rice wine while listening to traditional music
The cruise will end at around 3.30 PM in Vinh Long town. Then we will drive back to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 23: Saigon – Cu Chi – fly to Phnom Penh (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Return to Saigon in time to catch your flight to Phnom Penh.
Overnight in your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 24: Phnom Penh city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
The morning is spent learning more about these terrible years, through visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and Cheung Ek, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. It is an incredibly moving experience, but these are two visits you will be glad to have made. During your visit to Cambodia, you will barely meet a single person who didn’t lose a member of their family during these years, yet they are all willing to talk openly about it with you. They wish you to hear about it and see these places, to ensure that it never happens again.
In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. If time permits there is also the option of visiting the National Museum, which houses the worlds leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city.
Overnight in your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 25: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, take a short flight to Siem Reap – the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and depart for the Tonlé Sap, driving down the eastern side of the lake.
Arrive at Kampong Klaing, a remarkable village built entirely on stilts, where there is time to explore the various houses, school and shops before boarding your private boat. Cruise along a short tributary, passing fishermen and children playing in the shallow waters before arriving at a typical floating village where you may either disembark or cruise amongst the waterways.
At the head of the tributary you will continue out on to the ‘Great Lake’ and continue travelling north to Kampong Phluk; a ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass through the tree tops whilst seated in your boat. Nearby is a fishing village where you can also learn more about the traditional methods used for generations.
Returning to the mainland, meet your driver and return to Siem Reap. Arriving late afternoon, the remainder of your day at leisure.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 26: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (Meals: Breakfast)
Visit to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone.
Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 27: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (Meals: Breakfast)
We drive to Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
It is time to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat . The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 28: Siem Reap – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure for last minutes shopping before transferred to the airport and catch your flight home.

Price per person
Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Land Tour $US 3,570 $US 2,911 $US 2,635
Flights $US 1,550 $US 1,550 $US 1,550
Total $US 5,120 $US 4,461 $US 4,185

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic & Regional flights as mentioned in the itinerary
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
– Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
– Local English speaking guide
– 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge

Service Excluded:
– International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
– Travel insurance, Entry Visa fee for Myanmar – Laos -Vietnam – Cambodia
– Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels