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This 16 night multi-centre holiday is a real feast for your senses, transporting you to Myanmar for 8 nights followed by another 8 in Vietnam.

Explore this fascinating country that just recently opened its door to Western travel. Countless temples, stunning landscapes and friendly locals make will make your trip an unforgettable experience before flying off for a second adventure.

Picture yourself floating along on a traditional boat on a relaxing lake surrounded by lush green vegetation without a care in the world. The multiple destinations on this tour allow you to visit local markets, bustling cities, ancient monuments and museums packed with fascinating artefacts. Vietnam is a diverse country combining history with modern life and you’ll experience the best the country has to offer in places such as Ha Noi, Halong Bay and Hue, Hoi An, Saigon and many more.

Amazing South East Asia is just waiting to be explored. Book your trip now and make 2018 a memorable year.  

This 16 night multi-centre holiday is a real feast for your senses, transporting you to Myanmar for 8 nights followed by another 8 in Vietnam.

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DAY 1 YANGON ARRIVAL

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. After a brief freshening up at the hotel, begin the orientation tour of Yangon. Explore this commercial capital, the largest city in Myanmar with a population of over 5 million. Its tree lined wide avenues, shady green parks and beautiful lakes give Yangon the reputation of one of the most charming and lively cities in Asia.
The orientation tour of Yangon includes the Sule Pagoda, quite unusual in that its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, City Hall and the colonial buildings. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating History of Yangon. You will learn about the unique architecture dating from the colonial time, and you will have the chance to discover some hidden treasures.
In the afternoon, head to Chinatown and immerse yourself with the locals. For your first night in Myanmar, you might want to celebrate around a beer and a delicious barbecue on 19th Street (on your own account). The place is very lively and interesting, especially at night.
Overnight in Yangon.

Accommodation:Grand United Chinatown or Similar

Meal: No
Visit fee: Yes.
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car.

DAY 2 YANGON – SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, you will be immersed to the ‘real’ Yangon with a fascinating morning excursion “like a local”, through the city and its suburbs. Start with a ride on the ‘Circular Train’, a famous transportation in Myanmar. Enjoy watching the busy morning activities on the train: the locals go to work and the sellers show their fresh goods. (Train ride is 20-30 minutes; basic carriage with no air conditioning). Jump off at one of the stations and take a ride on a trishaw (the most famous local transportation in Myanmar), through a local neighborhood. Visit nearby colorful markets to see fresh goods such as bananas and coconuts being sold as well as fresh fish, vegetables and other items. Then it’s time to take a break- with the locals! Sit at a tea shop, sip on sweet tea or coffee and taste a variety of traditional Myanmar snacks.
In the afternoon, visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda – which houses a spectacular reclining Buddha. Don’t miss a photo stop at the distinctive Karaweik Hall and the Royal Barge on Kandawgyi Royal Lake while you stroll in the relaxing park.
At sunset, visit the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the metropolis, one of the wonders of the world. It is the spiritual centre of the country.
Overnight in Yangon.

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 3 YANGON – FLIGHT TO BAGAN

Early morning, you will be picked up by your driver and then transferred to the airport for the flight to Bagan. The Bagan archaeological zone is one of the richest historical sites in Asia and the main tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is considered by archaeologists, historians and photographers alike as one of Asia’s holiest cities along with Varanasi in India and Angkor Wat in Cambodia as it displays the greatest collection of Buddhist sculptures, lavishly decorated monuments: temples and pagodas decorated with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries.
During its Golden Age, in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the City of Four Million Pagodas”. While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that number drastically, what remains is quite incredible. We will visit several small villages, and the principal pagodas including: Shwezigon Pagoda, the first monument built in pure Myanmar style, a prototype for later pagodas, is one of the oldest and loveliest temples and remains an important place of devotion for the Burmese; Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of the early style temple architecture. Built in 1066, the gilded and whitewashed Ananda is among the most elegant temples, with delicate decorations in glazed tiles along its base and terraces; Gubyaukgyi Temple, strongly influenced by the Indian culture; Shwesandaw pagoda, which displays a clear affinity with the Mon civilization with a steep stairway directed to the terraces.

For sunset, we take you to an elevated location, offering stunning views on the Bagan plain and its majestic temples.
Overnight in Bagan.

Accommodation: Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide in Bagan only.
Transfer: Private car

DAY 4 BAGAN – SIGHTSEEING

This morning after breakfast, visit to the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals gather to sell their fresh product. Then, we will take you to several hidden villages, to learn more about the village life of the inhabitants of Bagan. Discover their unbelievable handicraft and the agriculture methods that they have been using from generation to generation. You will have many opportunities to interact and exchange with the people from Bagan; a real human experience that will remain in your memory forever.
Bagan is also famous as the center of Myanmar’s thriving lacquerware industry. In the afternoon, the tour includes a stop at a local lacquerware workshop to watch the skilled artisans at work on the various stages of production.
Overnight in Bagan.

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 5 BAGAN – FLIGHT TO HEHO

After breakfast, transfer to the airport by your driver for the flight to Heho, the gateway to the Southern Shan State. Upon arrival, an hour drive to Nyaungshwe and transfer to your hotel. Natural and famous for its scenic beauty and the Inthar, the native lake dwellers, Inle lake is a hidden spot of scenic beauty.
You have the rest of the day for explorations of the lake and environs by a longtail boat. View the traditional lifestyle of the inhabitants of the area, the Inthar, best known for their unique leg-rowing technique and peculiar cultivation of floating gardens.
Other highlights today, in addition to the beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds you, include a visit to the venerable Phaung Daw U Pagoda, the holiest place in the southern Shan State. The Inthar and their unique fishing method, the floating gardens and villages, the friendly hill tribe people will leave you a lifetime of memories.
Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Accommodation: Hotel Amazing NyaungShwe or Similar
Meal: Breakfast.
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide in Heho only.
Transfer: Private car

DAY 6 INLE - INDEIN SIGHTSEEING

Today, spend a full day aboard a boat exploring the breathtaking lake, surrounded on both sides by high hills. You will have a chance to visit the market, which is held once in every five days. It is one of the best opportunities to see hill tribe people coming down to sell their products and to buy provisions.
Situated on the western shore of the lake, the Indein temple complex is often referred to as a mini Angkor. After a short and pleasant walk through a bamboo forest, the mysterious monuments appear, some still covered in vegetation. The internal wall of the ruins, dating back to 1054 AD and nearby shrines will take you back in time and make you feel like explorers.
In the afternoon, visit Impawkhone, a silk weaving village, a traditional blacksmith workshop, a cheroot (the Burmese cigars) making workshop and surrounding villages.
Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Accommodation: Hotel Amazing NyaungShwe or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 7 HEHO – FLIGHT TO YANGON

Breakfast at the hotel and last moments to enjoy the beauty of the lake until the time to transfer back to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon, visit to one of Yangon’s fabulous bazaars- an endless jumble of color, clamor, heady aromas and contraband goods. The Bogyoke Aung San Market also known as Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) has an enormous array of antiques, handicraft and art goods. This will be a wonderful opportunity to pick up some souvenirs to bring home.
Overnight in Yangon.

Accommodation: Grand United Chinatown or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide in Yangon only.
Transfer: Private car

DAY 8 YANGON - FLIGHT TO HA NOI

After breakfast, free time at leisure before getting to the airport for flight to Ha Noi.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in and relax.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Accommodation: Quoc Hoa or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: No
Guide service: English Speaking Guide in Ha Noi only.
Transfer: Private car

DAY 9 HA NOI – CITY TOUR

Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, spend a day touring the capital. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. End the morning with a visit to the Museum of Women.
In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. Follow this with a walking tour through the old quarter of the city. Continue to Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a leisurely ride on a rickshaw around the city and through its hidden alleyways followed by a water puppet show in the early evening.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes.
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car.

DAY 10 HA NOI – HA LONG

After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the stunning Halong Bay. On arrival, board a shared junk for a 24-hour excursion navigating through some of the most truly breathtaking views in the country. The junk passes by numerous islets and stops at a natural cave. Finally enjoy a swim in the jade waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (if the weather permits). A delicious seafood lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnight on the junk.
Note: the private guide is not authorized to accompany passengers on board the junk. For the duration of the cruise he will be replaced by a local guide.

Accommodation:V’Spirit or Similar

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking guide.
Transfer: Private car.

DAY 11 HA LONG – HA NOI – FLIGHT TO HUE

After breakfast, the cruise continues navigating past limestone karsts, many of which form highly photogenic shapes. The cruise ends around 11 am. Drive back to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in and relax.
Overnight in Hue.  

Accommodation:Emm Hue or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 12 HUE – CITY TOUR

After breakfast, take a boat for a short cruise on the Huong river. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda which is located on the river bank and is an iconic seven-story pagoda considered the unofficial symbol of the city.
In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, a complex covering an area of 520 hectares comprising three circles; the Hue Capital Citadel, the Royal Citadel and the Forbidden Citadel. Continue to Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum, built according to the laws of geomancy. Before returning to the hotel, take a walk through Dong Ba Market, where you can find anything from fabric and gold to fake watches, fresh flowers and street food.
Overnight in Hue.

Accommodation:Emm Hue or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 13 HUE – HOI AN – WALKING TOUR

After breakfast, drive to Danang via the spectacular Hai Van Pass, visit the Cham Museum, probably best museum in the world focusing on the ancient kingdom of Champa. Continue on to the charming old town of Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port during the 15th to 19th centuries. Many of the buildings in the town reflect historical architectural styles and the whole town is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Check-in to the hotel, have lunch and then enjoy a walking tour in the old town. Visit Phuc Kien Pagoda and the Japanese wooden bridge. End the day with a visit to a lantern making cottage and learn how to make this handicraft yourself.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation:Lotus Hoi An or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English speaking guide
Transfer: Private car.

DAY 14 HOI AN – FREE DAY

After breakfast, free time at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: No
Guide service: No
Transfer: No.

DAY 15 DA NANG – FLIGHT TO SAIGON – CITY TOUR

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon.  
On arrival, visit the War Remnants Museum and discover some different perspectives on the war. Then head to the historical heart of the city and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral (outside visit only due to its renovation). The red bricks of the cathedral walls were originally from Paris, France. From there, take a short walk to the old Central Post Office. After that, visit the best-preserved buildings from the colonial era, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville now home to Saigon’s municipal authorities. Continue to Catinat building. Built in 1927, in an art deco style, it has once again become a hub for fashion conscious Saigonese and contains many designer boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés.
Overnight in Saigon.

Accommodation: Vien Dong or Similar

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 16 SAIGON – TAY NINH – CU CHI – SAIGON

After breakfast, depart to Tay Ninh and discover the Holy See Temple, the largest of the eclectic Cao Dai religion. Observe a colorful midday mass.
In the afternoon, drive to Cu Chi located outskirt of Ho Chi Minh city. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are the immense network of connecting underground tunnels which is over 250 km length used as Military Campaigns during Vietnam war.  The Tunels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat and serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches.
Return Hochi Minh city in the early afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast
Visit fee: Yes
Guide service: English Speaking Guide
Transfer: Private car

DAY 17 SAIGON – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, free time at leisure till transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Travel Details

What's included

Accommodation at selected hotels.
Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle.
Domestic flights
Return flights to London UK
Private cabin in a sharing junk in Halong Bay
English speaking guides for tours.
Entry fees for sightseeing.
Meals as mentioned: breakfast,lunch and/or dinner.
Taxes: V.A.T.

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