1 Ho Chi Minh City
Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer
to hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will
take an orientation tour around central Saigon
2: Saigon (B)
breakfast, we embark on a full day tour of the largest and most
vibrant city of Vietnam. In the morning we'll see the famous sights
in the city centre, taking in the Reunification Palace, the War
Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Colonial Post Office,
Opera House, City Hall and Ben Thanh Market, etc...
the afternoon we'll visit Cho Lon - Saigon's China Town - to see
the Museum of Traditional Medicine and the elaborately ornate Thien
Hau pagoda. End the tour at a trendy café to watch life go by.
3: Saigon- Caodai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple of Caodai
Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese religion combining
aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius into
a single religion. There's a chance to observe the impressive noon
service of adherents.
afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network of
underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain how the
Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Known as the
"Iron Triangle" during the war of the 60's, the story of Cu Chi
is one of struggle, determination against all odds, and eventual
victory. Now the tunnels are a major site of interest for tourists
and historians, and those interested in Vietnam's military history.
4: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho in Mekong Delta (B, L)
the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and journey to Mekong Delta,
a world that lives and works on the waters.
in My Tho, a prosperous town just 80 km from Saigon, we take a boat
to an insular village to visit family workshops producing handicrafts
and candy from coconut. Tasting seasonal tropical fruits in an exuberant
orchard, we ride a horse cart to a typical Delta house and enjoy
folk music by amateurs.
by local sampan through the small canals and side arms of the river
to further experience river life. For lunch we'll sample regional
specialties such as Elephant Ear Fish, Rice Ball, etc… After a pleasant
break we travel to Can Tho where we take a spin around Ninh Kieu
Quay - bustling and exciting with river life on Hau River.
Day 5: Can Tho - Hanoi (B)
morning, we take a boat to the extraordinary market of Cai Rang.
Famous as one of the largest markets on the complex of waterways
that comprise the Mekong Delta, hundreds of boats packed with local
produces gather and make for an exciting maze. Boats come to us
from all sides, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc…
Sellers advertise their wares by hanging samples high atop bamboo
poles so that their customers can find from afar. It is a great
view of how commerce actually happens in the Mekong.
boat tour is capped off with an orchard visit and we drive to the
airport for a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Meet up with
our local guide on arrival and travel to the hotel in the city centre.
6: Hanoi (B)
we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding attractions
of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials to Ho
Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single Pillar
Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding of the
two driving forces in Vietnam culture.
we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection
of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country.
we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series
of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have
done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old house on
Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.
Later we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre
and enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created
by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.
7: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
morning we journey east to Halong Bay, Vietnam's greatest natural
wonder. Board a beautiful traditional wooden junk and spend a full
day and night cruising the bay's 3000 magnificent limestone islets.
the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning
lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity
for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Stay overnight aboard.
Kayaks are available if specified at time of booking.
8: Halong - Hanoi - Yangon, (Myanmar) (B, L)
up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En
route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite
comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!
and return to Hanoi for a flight to Yangon, the largest city of
Myanmar. On arrival we'll be greeted and escorted to the hotel for
9: Yangon (B)
tour today starts from the very centre of Yangon, taking in the
Sule pagoda, the Mahabandoola Park, the colonial courthouse and
the city hall. We then explore the Chinese quarter and the Indian
quarter with stops to visit the beautiful Chinese temple Kheng Hock
Keong and enjoy Burmese high tea. Continue along the famous Strand
Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbor.
the afternoon, we'll visit Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda to see the huge
reclining Buddha image, and then the Shwedagon Pagoda with its glistening
stupas covered with 60 tons of pure gold. The pagoda is regarded
as the holiest monument of Myanmar and a wonder of the world. There'll
be time for us to saunter the Scott Market for better knowledge
of local life and shopping opportunities.
10: Yangon - Bagan (B)
to Yangon airport for a morning flight to the ancient city of Bagan
in upper Myanmar.
our guide upon arrival and we tour the most important pagodas and
temples such as Shwezigon, Ku Byauk Gyi, Khay Min Ga, Ananda, the
Mon-styled Manuha, Nanbaya and Gu Byaukgyi. We also visit the city's
central market and a lacquer ware village in Myinkaba. Conclude
the day at a vantage tower, watching the sun set onto the land of
11: Bagan - Salay - Mt.Popa - Bagan (B, L)
breakfast we drive east toward Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing
1518 meters high. Challenge
the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug to the
animistic shrine called by the locals as "Nats" and get rewarded
with panoramic views of the area.
lunch at Mt. Popa Resort then head back to Bagan. En route, we'll
call at a toddy palm plantation. The remainder of the day will be
12: Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay (B)
morning we fly to Mandalay and continue overland to Amarapura.
the 200-year-old U Bein Teak Bridge, Bagaya Monastery with a superb
collection of Buddha statues, and Mahagandayon monastery that houses
over one thousand monks. Later, drive a short distance to Mandalay
and check into the hotel.
we contemplate the spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers
of gold leaves at the Mahamuni pagoda, Shwe Inbin monastery, Shwe
Nan Daw Kyaung as the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example
of a traditional wooden building. Tour Kuthodaw pagoda, known for
the huge book of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.
Conclude the day watching the magnificent sunset from the Mandalay
13: Mandalay - Mingun-Ava - Sagaing -Mandalay (B)
to the jetty to take a private boat across the Irrawaddy River towards
the former capital of Mingun.
is famous for its huge unfinished pagoda housing Mingun Bell, the
world's largest uncracked ringing bell, and the beautiful white
pagoda Hsinbyume. From Mingun we continue by boat to Inwa (Ava)
then enjoy a horse-drawn carriage to Namyint Watch Tower, the leaning
tower of Ava, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery of brick and stucco.
a visit to the impressive wooden monastery of Bargaya Kyaung, we
continue to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees. Hillsides
are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. At the end of
the day we return to Mandalay for the night.
14: Mandalay -Heho - Inle Lake (B)
Mandalay and fly to Heho. On arrival, meet our local guide and continue
by road to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's best-known sights and our
base for the next few days.
region is home to Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent. After checking
into the hotel we'll be taken on an enjoyable boat trip to see the
famous leg rowers, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent
scenery. We will also visit the Phaungdaw U Pagoda, one of the main
shrines in Myanmar which date back to the 18th century; the Nga
Phe Kyaung Monastery and the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
15: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B)
After breakfast we take a 30 minute boat ride to the village of
Thalee Oo, a typical lakeside village with both water and land-based
through the houses on stilts, we disembark at a jetty to begin our
walk on a flat and shady bullock cart road through the heart of
the village. Thalee Oo is an Intha village whose population lives
mainly off the land growing peanuts, tomatoes, garlic, sugarcane,
rice and vegetables. The walk is extremely pretty with traditional
bamboo houses on either side and adjacent to a clean stream used
for daily washing. It also has good views across cultivated fields
to Inle Lane and the Shan Hills beyond. Stop and chat with some
of the friendly Intha families while observing their daily life.
45 minutes we stop at a local wooden rice mill to see the process
of separating grain, husk and bran. Climbing uphill for 30 minutes,
we reach the small PaO village of Ywa Thit renowned for its bamboo
basket weaving. The PaO ladies still wear traditional black tops
and brightly colored checkered towels as turbans. After admiring
the stunning view of Inle Lake and the Shan Hills from our vantage
point, we descend for 30 minutes before continuing along a flat
path through the village of Alae Myaung back to the lakeshore and
our boat. Afternoon we transfer to Heho Airport and catch a flight
back to Yangon.
After breakfast we will travel by boat to the western shore of the
lake, where we will find the beginning of a long stair path leading
to the well hidden Inn Thein Pagoda complex. Here we will see one
of the most amazing historical sights on the shore of the lake consisting
of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and vegetation.
on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional
ways. Walk in an easy pace along one of the many creeks, passing
through rice fields to the village of Sae Ma. Afternoon we transfer
to Heho Airport and catch a flight back to Yangon.
A market tour can be arranged instead of the two tour choices above
if there is a market today.
16: Departure (B)
till transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.
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Departures- 4+ Star hotels
-30th Sept 2015
-30th April 2016
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