Enjoy the beautiful view of Vietnam with Hanoi – the capital city and the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, explore Halong - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire Myanmar with its realm of stupas, monks and monastery, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. This tour will leave you with wonderful cultural experience and unforgettable memories!
Visit Halong – a UNESCO World Heritage.
Experience the underground life during the US – Vietnam War at Cu Chi Tunnels
Admire the famous one-leg rowing and floating gardens at Inle Lake.
Take a city tour to go around Yangon
Day 01: Hanoi Arrival (None): Car
Upon your arrival at the airport in Hanoi, you are met and picked up by ODC Travel local tour guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B/L): Car
With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mon & Fri & all afternoons and from Sep 10 until Dec 10 for re-embalmment); an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. A short walk from the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda – resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, it is shaped like a lotus flower on its stalk. Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”.
Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture. The serene Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mon) is 30-min drive out of town and offers a chance to get to know Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups better. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple than take a cyclo (pedicab) tour ride around Hanoi old quarter. Enjoy the special Vietnamese traditional Water Puppet show before back to hotel.
Day 03: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D): Car - Cruise
Morning depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the Junk Cruise.
Day 04: Halong - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh (B/L): Air Plane
Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having lunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way. Continue to airport for flight VN1165 (19h00 - 21h00) to Ho Chi Minh city. Pick up on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 05: Ho Chi Minh City Tours - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L): Car
In the morning, the tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and today you will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Ho Chi Minh city. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post Office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Touring the building and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Break time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we drive to Cu Chi district, 50 km to the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh city, the tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh city. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh (B/L): Cruise - Car
This five hour river cruise takes you through Vietnam’s most productive agricultural area which produces 38% of the country’s annual food crop. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of coconut palms, sugar-cane groves and fruit orchards from the vessel as you head to the Cai Be floating market. Here you can cruise through the colourful barges full of fruits and vegetables and then proceed to local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.
The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. Along the way you will find the local people engaged in their daily tasks and see brightly coloured Khemer pagodas. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Arrive at La Residence de Phu An resort where you will be welcomed and served Vietnamese culinary delights. You will then walk along a narrow canal to an air-conditioned vehicle that will transport you back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh - Yangon (B/L): Air Plane
After breakfast at hotel, you are free until check out and transfer to the airport to take onwards flight to Yangon. Upon your arrival at Yangon airport. Welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, sightseeing of Yangon start with Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with its Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule; while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital. Then drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaw for a short trip along the Yangon River. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 08: Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake (B/L): Air Plane - Cruise
Take a morning flight to Heho. On arrival drive to Nyaung Shwe, a town at the north of Inle Lake. From there take Inthar Style outboard to have excursion in Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century. In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake). Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 09: Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake (B/L): Cruise
In the morning, visit one of the colorful markets in Inle Lake area. Here in Inle Lake, the markets are not every day. They are rotating on 05 days basics. Proceed by boat to Indein (appr. 01 ½ hour drive) to see the ancient Bagan + Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression that you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 10: Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay (B/L): Car
After breakfast, drive to Nyaung Shwe and visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, this is more than 150 years old. This monastery is a favourite of photographers because of its unusual oval shaped windows. You should also not miss the Shwe Yan Pyay Pagoda just beside the monastery. There is cave like corridor around the stupa and the walls are decorated with amazing glass mosaic and also have many Buddhas in the niches. Then drive to Heho and take a flight to Mandalay. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Then drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. One famous song in Myanmar said “if you want to live long, you have to go Mandalay Hill”. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 11: Mandalay - Sagaing - Amarapura – Mandalay (B/L): Car
Early morning drive to Sagaing, 21 km southwest of Mandalay. Visit Kaunghmudaw, an enormous dome shape pagoda and after a short visit to the silversmith home industry proceed to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous Pagodas, monasteries and nunneries. In the afternoon, proceeds to Amarapura the "City of Immortals". Amarapura was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in Mandalay.
On the way, visit Bagayar monastery, in which variety of Buddha images from 16th to 020th century are displayed. You can also visit to a library, where they stored the old palm leaf books on which Buddha scriptures were written. Then also visit to a house of hand weaving looms, where, they produce silk and cotton textiles. Amarapura’s silk has a very unique pattern, sometimes; some patterns even take 03 months to finish a longyi. Then enjoy sunset at U Bein teak wood bridge, which is over 150 years old. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 12: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay - Yangon (B/L): Car
In the morning, drive to Kywezon jetty to watch the busy riverside activity and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 01 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell, see the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Then come back to Mandalay and transfer to Mandalay airport for the flight back Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 13: Yangon City Tours (B/L): Train
In the morning take the City Circle Train for a 02 ½ hours ride through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers betelnut sellers, fortune tellers and and and…. then continue sightseeing of Yangon: the splendid National Museum, including the gem-studded royal regalia and the Lion Throne of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last kings of the Myanmar Kingdom. In the afternoon you have enough time to wander around the sprawling Bogyoke Market through fascinating local neighborhoods. You can also explore evening market in China town. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon Departure (B): Air Plane
After breakfast at hotel, check out and free at your leisure for shopping until transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your departure flight. End of services.
- Hotel accommodation based on twin or double sharing / daily breakfast at hotel
- One night on deluxe junk on Halong bay
- Private boat trip on Inle lake & Mekong delta
- Private transfers and transportation on tours
- Entrance fees on tour.
- Air tickets: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh - Yangon - Heho - Mandalay - Yangon on economy class and airport taxes
- Meals as detail in the tour itinerary at local restaurant
- English speaking tour guide
- Mineral water and cold towel on bus daily
What's Not Included
- Visa arrangement to Myanmar & Vietnam
- International air ticket and airport taxes to Hanoi and from Yangon
- Drinks & other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Tipping / Gratuities for tour guide and drivers
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
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