Highlights of Vietnam and Myanmar Tour

You will have the best itinerary to discover most of highlight of Vietnam and Myanmar within 17 days. More than this, the pacing of the trip is not to rush as you still have some half day free to relaxing or discover the destination on your own. You will have a chance to take the city tour in Saigon, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Yangon, enjoy the Water Puppet show and 1 night stay in the Junk on legendary Halong Bay, take the boat trip on Thu Bon River, visit Cai Lay – the authentic area of Mekong Delta as well as discover the best highlights of Myanmar such as Bagan – the land of thousand temples, the hidden charm of Mandalay as well as amazing Inle Lake.

Destinations: Saigon → Cai Lay → Hoi An → Hue → Hanoi → Halong → Tho Ha → Yangon → Bagan → Mandalay → Inle

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Day 1: Arrival – SAIGON

Upon arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport,you will meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in Saigon. In the afternoon, our guide will take you for an orientation walk along Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue streets where you can get the great view of famous city hall in Saigon.
Meal: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 2: SAIGON – CAI LAY

Morning we drive 2 hours from Saigon to Cai Lay, a small but fertile town in the Mekong Delta through the new national free way. Upon arrival, drop off at the town’s local pier and start boarding our small motorized boat for a 30 min boat trip on one of the small branches of the Mekong River. Witness the lively life on the water of the locals. Disembark at Cam Son bridge where you start a leisure cycling trip (alternative transportation is our “xeloi”, a fun local transportation) into a deep Mekong Delta exploration. The ride is about 7km on shady narrow village roads curving over tiny canals and past fruit gardens and sleepy villages. Many kids will greet you with a big smile and “xinchao” or Hello. During the village road, you will have a chance to stop and visit local factories, fish farm, rice paddies to learn briefly about the local economy, business. Arrive at a lush orchard with diverse tropical fruits. Have a friendly chat with the owner – a former veteran with interesting topics about his motherland as well as his daily life both past and present. He will be very happy to walk you around his garden. Enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh fruits picked right from the trees. Then relax with a sampan ride to visit a local ancient house, have a brief interaction with these friendly residents in their 100 year‐old house before tasting their hosted lunch with traditional dishes of the Mekong land. Bid farewell to the family then drive back to Saigon.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 3: SAIGON CITY TOUR – DA NANG- HOI AN

Morning visit Reunification Palace – the former Presidential Palace of Southern Vietnamese Government before 1975. Then visit Notre Dame Cathedral,Central Post Office and Historical Museum and enjoy the water puppet show there. After lunch at Ngon Restaurant, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a departure flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival, visit the Cham Museum in Danang then transfer to Hoi An along the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach. Stop to take the photos of the well-known beach with the name China Beach in Vietnam War and Marble Mountain. Upon arrival to Hoi An then check in at hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 4: FULL DAY HOI AN CITY TOUR

Morning take a walking tour to Hoi An ancient town. Visit ThangLoi Handicraft workshop in Phan Chu Trinh Street. You will have the chance to experience all the typical traditional handicraft of Hoi An, such as wood carving, mat weaving, lantern making, silk worm raising, spinning and weaving, table cloth making and embroidery picture. These handicrafts made great contribution to upgrade living standard of local people since Hoi An turn to be popular destination for the tourists. Then take a walk to Hoi An ancient town. We will start the walk from small alley from Phan Chu Trinh Street to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. This is the typical ancient street of Hoi An, that can show you great atmosphere of the ancient town. Visit the Japanese Cover Bridge – the symbol of Hoi An. After that visit Tan Ky, the most well-known and authentic ancient house in town. Then take a walk along the Nguyen Thai Hoc – the ancient street of Hoi An to the market of the town. Visit the local market of Hoi An and PhucKien Congressional Assembly Hall, the communal place for Chinese community from Fukien province in China as well the worshiping temple to ThienHau, the Goddess protecting people on the sea – that was so important for the Chinese Merchant and Fishman in the past. Then you have free time for discovering the town on your own or shopping.
Afternoon depart for the cyclo trip to Cam Nam Village (this is exclusive discovery feature of ICT). The cyclo will take you from the town to Cam Nam Bridge. You will have the first stop for the photo opportunity of the activities and scenery on the Thu Bon River. Then the cyclo will take you along the Thu Bon River bank, where you can have another photo stop for panorama view of Hoi An from other side of river. You will ride along the riverside and cycle through local villages of Cam Nam. This is untouched area by tourism with very friendly and hospitable local people. You can see their daily life activities or even viewing the interior of their house and their life through always opened doors. The cyclo trip will be ended at green small canal covered by water coconut trees. Embark on the boat and take a cruise to Thu Bon River. You can experience the local daily life along river, such as fishing, farming, catching clam …. Come back to Hoi An around sunset time.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 5: HOI AN – HUE

Morning drive from Hoi An to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Upon arrive in Hue, check in then have lunch at the hotel. Afternoon take thecyclo trip from your hotel over famous Trang Tien Bridge to Dong Ba –the famous whole sales market in Hue. The cyclo even can take you by the area selling food in the market along Perfume River. From the market, we will follow the river bank toward to the area around the ancient citadel of Hue, getting over the streets, local shops for the over view of daily life and architecture of this famous citadel. The ride will be ended at Noon gate – the main entrance of Imperial Citadel for the walking tour to the inner area of the citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 6: HUE CITY TOUR

Morning we drive to visit Thien Mu pagoda, the symbol of Hue city then take a walk around Kim Long Village. It will be great chance to learn about lifestyle of local people there. Visit the hundred years old ancient house that belong the Mandarin of Royal Court in the village and talk to 84 years old lady – the granddaughter of the mandarin in the house. At noon, experience the vegetarian lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda and interact with the nuns there. After lunch, visit TuDucTomb, discover beautiful and impressive architecture of this unique construction in Hue as well as the story of the King there.Back to the hotel.The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 7: HUE – HANOI

Morning drive to PhuBai Airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda in the area nearby. Lunch at Seasons of Hanoi restaurant then check in your hotel. Afternoon visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi then take the walk to discover attractive area of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Noi

Day 8: HANOI – HALONG BAY

In the morning drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay by Red River Delta with beautiful rice field and activities of local people along the way. Upon arrival to Halong, embark to the Junk on Hon Gai International Harbour. You will be welcomed by the cruise staff, enjoy the welcome drink, cruise briefing then check in your cabin. The junk will start cruising on magnificent Bai Tu Long bay while you enjoy lunch on board. It also a great chance to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay. In the afternoon you will visit the secluded cave of ThienCanh Son then take a short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking. Back to the Junk, relax and get ready for dinner.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Junk in Halong Bay

Day 9: HALONG – THO HA – HANOI

In the morning you can admire the sunrise on the bay from sun deck of the Junk. Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee then have the breakfast in the open air. After breakfast, you will have a chance to visit VungVieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. Then back to the junk for more leisure time for swimming in the middle of the bay. The cruise will be back to the harbor while an a la carte lunch is served. At noon, disembark to the port and drive back to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products before 20th century. Upon arrival, take a short local ferry to the village. Visit a local home of Mr. Viet, where you can see how rice paper has been made and have the interesting talk with him about his family and his life. Mr. Viet was NVA (Northern Vietnamese Army) who liberate Saigon in 1975. After spend time in his house and talk to the owner for deeper understand about life of local people in the village, we will visit 400 years old pagoda that still remains all original architecture and Buddha statues, specially the holly and peaceful atmosphere that have not been touched by the tourist. Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past. Walking over to the end of the village to the dike, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake. Drive back to Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Noi

Day 10: HANOI – YANGON

Morning is free at leisure at the hotel till departure time for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon International Airport, you will meet our guide transfer to the hotel. After check in the hotel and refreshment, we will start orientation tour in Yangon. First, we will visit Sule Pagoda. Well-known as the Land Mark in city centre, legend said that the Pagoda is 2,000 years old and the central Stupa is still enshrining a hair of the Buddha. Then from Pagoda, we will take the walking tour to the charming and interesting area with its old colonial architecture buildings such as City Hall, High Court, etc. This area is really reflecting the special identity of the city from old British colonial time.
You also will have time to visit BogyokeAung San – the central market of Yangon with interesting collection of Jade, Petrified wood and local handicraft.
Evening great sunset at marvellousShwedagon Pagoda& its pagoda bazaar. The massive and magnificent gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda (100 meter high), is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of the Buddha and is the holy place for local people to meet devoted Buddhists at meditation and pray.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 11: YANGON- BAGAN – WHOLE DAY SIGHTSEEING IN BAGAN

In the early morning, transfer to airport and leave for Bagan – the placealso known as the “City of Four Million Pagodas.” Many of the pagodas and temples are small and simple—but the number of them is staggering. Although Bagan’s centuries-old shrines, pagodas, and stupas do not actually total in the millions, there are well over 2,000 of them scattered along the remote 16-square-mile plain, flanked on one side by the Irrawaddy River. This qualifies Bagan as the largest temple city on the planet, as well as one of the most important archaeological areas in all of Asia. The majority of ruins in Bagan were constructed between the eleventh and 13th centuries, a time when Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire.
Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel.
After that we will take the tour to Bagan. Firstly, visit of village market in the town of Nyaung-U: a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and wander among stalls that feature locally-grown crops, rattan items, tea leaves, and colorful traditional clothing. Then we make a short stop to see ShwezigonPaya, a beautiful gold-domed pagoda constructed early in the twelfth century that is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Our guide then will take you for the walk to visit the Lacquer ware village where you can learn how the local people manufacture this well-known handicraft of Myanmar.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will have time for resting in the hotel before continue the tour to visit Anada Temple – one of the finest in architecture and most revered temples with its four standing Bagan style Buddha images and huge carved teak doors from thousand years ago. There are different Pagodas to visit today but the will be no repetition, as they all beautiful, interesting and different. In the late afternoon, we’ll head to a nearby jetty, where we’ll board a boat to gain a new vantage of the Irrawaddy (also called the Ayeyarwady). The people and the country’s economy depend on this natural resource, as you will undoubtedly observe by the countless number of barges, bamboo rafts, and fishing boats that ply the waters around us. From on board, we will be able to observe how everyday life plays out along the riverbanks.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 12: BAGAN HALF DAY TOUR – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY

We will wake up early today to get to ShweSandaw Pagoda – the best location where we can have the amazing panorama views of Bagan and it’s pagodas and Stupas in the dawn. This is also the best place for taking photos of Bagan. Witnessing the morning sun illuminating the ancient temples of Bagan is an unforgettable experience.
Then we will have very pleasant walk to discover the area of Khayminga Temple for a panoramic view and visit of the beautiful complex of the Pagoda and Stupas on the beautiful site in the dawn in the great harmony with nature. After that, return to the hotel for breakfast.
Then we will continue visiting Dhammayangyi Temple – the widest temple in Bagan. From a distance it resembles the early step pyramids of Egypt. The sides at the base of the structure are almost 78 meters long, while the central core of the temple measures 25 meters long. There are four entrances that each contain a seated Buddha image on a pedestal, the main entrance is the Eastern one. The Western sanctum contains images of the Gautama Buddha and the future Maitreya Buddha, side by side.The temple grounds are surrounded by a wall with huge arched gates that lead to the pagoda. To prevent further deterioration the terraces of the temple are closed to the public.
After that, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, check in your hotel in Mandalay. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 13: MANDALAY CITY TOUR

In the morning, we take a short drive to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Upon our arrival, we’ll visit the world’s longest teak bridge. The U Bein footbridge stretches almost three-quarters of a mile over Thaungthaman Lake, and is heavily utilized by the local monks in maroon robes who carry alms bowls back and forth to monasteries. Constructed of more than 1,000 teak posts, the U Bein has withstood the elements for over two centuries. Then we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery. It is not only the most reputed and well-known monastery in Myanmar but also known by all tourists from all over the world for its unique value like a person with good perfume attracts people all around without being seen. The name of the monastery means “The sense of perfume”. Drive back to Mandalay.
We’ll explore several highlights of Mandalay, which briefly served as capital of the last Burmese kingdom in the mid-19th century. We first visit the MahamuniPaya, home to a highly venerated Buddha image, one of the most sacred in Burma. Over the centuries, devout Buddhists have been applying gold leaf to the 13-foot-high seated Buddha; that gold surface is now estimated to be about six inches thick.
We will also come to visit Jade market – the biggest market for wholesales selling Jade and precious stone in Mandalay. This is unique and very interesting market o discover.
After lunch, we will visit Shwenandawkyaung or Golden Palace Monastery – a very magnificent building beautifully carved in wood, dating back to 19thcentury. It is of great interest, not only as a fine example of a traditional Burmese wooden monastery, but also as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Palace that had been totally destroyed by bombs. And then visit to KuthodawPaya – the world’s largest book of 729 marble slabs inscribed the entire Tripitaka, that have been recognized by Guinness book.
Late afternoon, we will come to visit Mandalay Hill 230 meters in elevation, is the natural landmark of Mandalay, a vantage-point for a full panoramic sunset view of the city.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 14: MANDALAY- SAGAING-INNWA (AVA)

This morning we will drive to Sagain for sightseeing. Visit KaungHmuDawPagoda : built in 1636 by King Thalon to comnerorateInwa’s establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar) , visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, where hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. This is perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today.
Then we will visit Soon OoPonNya Shin Pagoda nearby was constructed in 1312, U Min Thonzeh Pagoda, U Min Chaukzeh Pagoda & U Min Koezeh Pagoda.
Afternoon take the sightseeing For Innwa. Firstly you take by small boat across the Ayeyearwaddy River. Start the sightseeing at MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery (aka), Me Nu OkeKyaung: a brick and stucco monastery built by Nanmadaw Me Nu, the chief queen of Bagyidaw, of her royal about U Bok (NyaungganSayadaw) in 1822 & located on the south bank of Ayeyawaddy River and north edge of Inwa, BagayaKyaung: the largest measures 60ft in height and 9ft in circumference, and NanmyintHmyawzin (Nanmyint watchtower)

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 15: MANDALAY – HEHO – INLE LAKE

In early morning, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Arrive in Heho and drive to NyaungShwe village, the starting point of the trip into the Inle Lake, passing through breath-taking scenery in many ways, with great panoramic picturesque landscaping, Pa-O and Danu women in colorful traditional dresses and their ethnic villages. It is also famous for Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is elegant ancient monastery with its oval-shaped windows.
Arrive at NyaungShwe, a traditional long boat (motorized) will take you to Inle Lake, the vast, beautiful and picturesque nature lake, 900 meters above sea-level, 22 km long and 10 km across, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The boat will take you passing through breath-taking scenery in many ways, with great panoramic picturesque landscaping. You can see the local fish men fishing on the traditional boat with typical way of rowing their boat by one leg – the most well-known image of Inle Lake, witnessing the local traffic on the lake as well as other ways of fishing by local people. Inle lake is vast area but you always can see some activities on your on your boat ride. It is ideal way for taking the photos of the lake. We will cross the lake then and visit NgaHpeKyaung – a stunning wooden Pagoda and monastery built on the stilts with beautiful selection of Buddha statues inside. From the pagoda, you also can have the great view of the floating garden – very amazing way of local people growing their vegetable on the surface of water with very well-known tomato farm.Then we continue to Nampan, a village built on stilts over the water. Here, we’ll visit workshops to learn about cheroots, popular cigars made by hand and wrapped in tree leaves, and see how Inle Lake canoes are built. We also will come to visit one of the typical families living on the house on the stilts in the village before cruising to In Paw Khone village- well-known for silk weaving workshops and the technique and creation of the fascinating design of the silk products from unique material from special silk taken from lotus stem.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will take the brief visit of PhaungDawOo Pagoda – famous for 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are enshrined in the center of the building. Millions of local people have come to pray and stick the gold leave around the Buddha statues. Images that are so laden with gold their features are unrecognizable.
The boat then will take you to visit the workshop of weaving by the Padaung tribe – very famous as long neck lady tribe. They came from their village on the other side of the lake, but you can meet, interact as well as learning about their interesting custom in this workshop.
The last place to visit in our long but interesting day on Inle Lake is Mine ThaukBrige – over one kilometer wooden bridge built by local people on the side of the lake. It is very scenic place for watching the sunset, taking photograph and mingle with local people. Coming back to the boat station across the lake again in the sunset time.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 16: INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON

Morning take a flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon transfer to the hotel for check in.
Then we will visit Kandawgyi Park, one of the most scenic places in the city with beautiful lake, lovely wooden bridges, green and impressive vegetation. This is also can be the ideal place to mingle with local people.
Enjoy evening sunset at Botahtaung Pagoda, which is hollow type, like maize inside decorated with glass mosaic and it means the Pagoda guarded by one Thousand vanguards. It is located by the river bank and close to Habrour, attracted by the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. You can visit Nathida Jetty and its surrounding to discover the daily working life of Myanmar People.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 17: YANGON – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, free time at leisure. You can be relaxing at the hotel or discover Yangon on your own until the departure time to the airport for the flight home. End of Vietnam and Myanmar Tour 17 Days.

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Tour Prices

Price in USD per person in sharing double room
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Services included:

  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver;
  • Air ticket Saigon- Da Nang, Hue – Hanoi, Hanoi – Yangon, Yangon – Bagan, Bagan –Mandalay, Mandalay – He Ho, He Ho – Yangon:
  • Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room);
  • Meals as indicated: breakfast, lunch, dinner;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights;
  • Water puppet show;
  • Cyclo tour, boat trips;
  • Join cruise on Halong Bay;
  • Water & cool towels on the van.

Services excluded:

  • International Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fees & Travels insurance
  • Other meals not mentionned on the tour program
  • Early Check in and Late Check out
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Camera or Video Camera fees
  • Tips and gratitude to guides / drivers / porters at the hotels & Airports
  • Credit card fees (6.6%) only Master and Visa Card or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Personal Expense such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Mini bar, etc….
  • Drinks at meals and purify drinking water and snow Towel along in program
  • Myanmar Visa Fees 30 USD
  • Other services not mentioned above including

Remarks

• Possible supplement for period of Christmas and New Year may be applied and will be advised upon reservations.
• In case if you would like to take more time for Dinner, you will be charged 10% of full day rate per every extra hour.
• Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction. If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to forward surcharge for any higher category respectively reduction for any lower category. In case you request the quotation with specific hotels, rate may change. All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority.
Thingyan (Myanmar Water Festival) Transportation Surcharges (12 – 17 April 2016)
Please note that during this period the following surcharges will apply on any transportation services in the following destinations (below charges are based on similar surcharges levied during the same event, 12 – 17 April 2016 and are subject to change at short notice; they serve as indication only!):

Vietnam
Country of World Heritages

Discover all the ust-seen destinations of Vietnam such as Saigon City, Mekong Delta, Hoi An Acnient Town, Hue Imperial Citadel,  Hanoi Capital and Halong Bay…

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Unveilled Land

There stand the myriad of the outstanding Myanmar destinations for all guests to explore. This tour draw your focus on Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake…

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