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Welcome to Asia, the most populous, energetic, exotic and contradictory continent on earth. Across one vast landmass you’ll find sci-fi skyscrapers and whitewashed mountain monasteries, honking moped shoals and silent Taoist temples, neon cityscapes and saffron-clad monks bent in prayer. If you’ve come for the familiar, you’re in for a surprise. When you’re munching deep-fried grasshoppers with white pepper in Thailand, exploring the rice paddy fields in Bali and swimming with Burmese sea-gypsies.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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From USD $1,490.00 per person

Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of SouthEast Asia.

From USD $2,100.00 per person

Cycle Angkor to Saigon - A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam.

From USD $2,500.00 per person

Discover Angkor & Luang Prabang by Bike. Ride the hidden trails of Angkor National Park by bike after witnessing the sunrise over Angkor Wat and a private breakfast in the forest.

 



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From $2,999.00 per person

Combine the best of Cambodia & Vietnam. Gain insights into the region's past in Phnom Penh, venture to Siem Reap and witness the sun rising over magnificent Angkor Wat.

From $3,249.00 per person

A journey through Vietnam and Laos will leave you energised and inspired. Encounter welcoming people throughout, including Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang.

From USD $3,350.00 per person

This Cycle Angkor to Hoi An adventure links two of the region's famous locations, the Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire with the historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An.

 



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From $3,895.00 per person

Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

From USD $4,000.00 per person

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

From $4,029.00 per person

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane.

 



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This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor.

From $4,549.00 per person

On this fascinating Vietnam and Cambodia tour you’ll explore several of the world’s greatest treasures, behold spectacular scenery, learn about different cultures, and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals.

From $5,095.00 per person

Explore the colonial heritage of Singapore and Malaysia and discover the diverse culture of the region. A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region.

 



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The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai.

From $6,495.00 per person

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered. Journey from the beauty of Halong Bay to a spine-tingling encounter with the abandoned capital of Angkor Thom.

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Unseen Myanmar

If you are looking for a holiday to throw yourself into – this is IT! Step back in time and experience the incredible culture, history, food, people and lifestyles of Myanmar. This tour will take you around the major sights of Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay but you will also get to spend time in some lesser known cities. A truly wonderful and never to be forgotten itinerary.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon, 2 nights

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar is also called the “Garden City of the East” because of its many parks and beautiful lakes. This morning visit the Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and you are able to walk through and see many ancient relics and artifacts. We then visit downtown Yangon and from here we walk along Pansodan street to view its many large colonial buildings which are still in use today. It is also interesting to see the sidewalk markets including those selling old books and magazines dating from the 1960’s to today. We will then visit China town before going to the famous Scott Market, a sprawling complex which was built in 1926 and it is noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. This afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum, which is filled with artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar. We finish our tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. It is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia and is one sight that no visitor to Myanmar should miss

Day 3: Yangon – Golden Rock

This morning depart Yangon by car for a 5 hour drive to Kyaikhtiyo which is located in the Mon state. It is the site of the famous ‘Golden Rock’, a large boulder painted in gold, which appears to balance delicately on the edge of a cliff near the mountain top. It is believed to be balanced with the assistance of a hair of the Buddha and is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines. From the base camp we take a local truck to the beginning of the trail where you enjoy a 45-minute walk to the top where you enjoy mountain views and the Buddhist pilgrims at the Golden Rock.

Hotel: Mountain Top Hotel

Day 4: Golden Rock – Yangon

Enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise at Kyaikhtiyo before descending the mountain for transportation by “flatbed truck” back to base camp before driving back to Yangon. On the way we pass through Bago (formerly Pegu), the pre-eminent city of the region for centuries with a rich and complex history, primarily as the capital of the Mon kingdom. There are still vestiges of this culture that we can see as we visit Shwemadaw Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in the country. Then drive to Yangon. On the way we visit the beautifully landscaped Taukkyan War Cemetery, which commemorates 27,000 allied soldiers who died in WWII.

Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Day 5: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

You will be transferred to Yangon Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Heho. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred transferred to the unique and magical Inle Lake. Located about 900 meters above sea level and 20 km long by 6 km wide. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe Jetty, we start our sightseeing tour by long tailed boat to Innpawkhone Village where you can see the lotus and silk weaving industries. Our next visit is to Nanpan to see traditional boat making and cheroot (Burmese cigar) making factory. We then continue our visit to the Phaungdaw U Pagoda and if time permits, take a short visit to the Leshae Village where you can see the making of a Buddha image from dried flower powder. Later visit the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and the floating gardens. Transfer to the Inle Lake Princess for check-in.

Hotel: Inle Lake Princess, 3 nights

Day 6: Inle Lake

This morning visit the moving 5 days market (if today coincides with a good Inle market day) and then take a small canal leading to the Pa-oh Village of Indain. On the way, stop at Ywarma Village where you can see a silver smith and the Padaung tribes. Then, continue to the Indain area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school if we have chance. 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.

Day 7: Inle Lake

After breakfast, travel by boat to the southern end of Inle Lake for a journey to Sangha and Thakong Villages. This relaxing boat journey (about 3 hours one way) enables us to get off the beaten path and see unspoiled culture and the traditional life-styles of the ethnic groups living in the area. On the way we will visit Kyauktaing, a shan village who live on earthenware pottery works. On our trip we will see beautiful landscapes, flowering trees and settlements dotting both sides of the canal.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan

You will be transferred to Heho Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Bangan. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, sightseeing highlights include the Sulamani Temple built by King Narapatisithu; Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan, and Thatbyinnyu Temple which towers above other monuments of Bagan. We can also visit a Thanaka museum, dedicated to the tree bark and root of the Thanaka tree used in making a fragrant white colored paste which Myanmar women wear for skin beauty and protection from the sun. Visitors can learn how to make and apply the Thanaka paste. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa located on the banks of the Ayeyawady River.

Hotel: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Bagan, 3 nights

Day 9: Bagan

Start our visit to one of Asia’s most stunning archeological destinations with its more than 3,000 pagodas doted the plains along the legendary Ayerwaddy River. Sightseeing include some of Bagan’s most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas and Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with fine wall paintings. One of the most outstanding is the magnificent Ananda Pagoda, one of the most revered pagodas in all Myanmar and containing four tall standing Buddhas within. This afternoon we continue our sightseeing of more Bagan impressive pagodas and temples. Sightseeing highlights includes Manuha Temple built by King Manuha to represent his displeasure of captivity, Nanpaya close behind the Manuha and which is also Bagan’s first “gu-style” (cave) shrine and next to visit Gubaukgyi Temple, in the old Bagan village of Myinkaba, is an early period temple with well-preserved paintings inside. After that we will visit a lacquer ware craft shop to see the process of hand-making these beautiful pieces. Then visit Lawkananda Pagoda, a riverside stupa rich in history and where the sunset views are excellent.

Day 10: Bagan

After breakfast take a leisurely drive (about one hour) through the Bagan countryside to Mt. Popa, which supposedly rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that we can walk up to if we like (777 steps ! ) On the way to Mt. Popa we will visit a local toddy palm farmer at his hut and see how he collects the toddy palm from the palm trees to make the strong alcoholic toddy palm drink and also the toddy palm sugar candy. Return back to Bagan.

Day 11: Bagan – Mandalay

You will be transferred to Bagan Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival in Mandalay, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternonn visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda with its sitting Buddha covered in gold leaf. A particular highlight is the beautiful Shwenandaw Monastery, one of the last wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Next we visit the intriguing looking Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures. If time permits we will go atop Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Irrawaddy River.

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay, 2 nights

Day 12: Mandalay

After breakfast transfer to Mandalay jetty where we board our private boat for a short and pleasant ride up the Ayerwaddy River to the ruins of the Mingun pagoda, the site of what would have been the world’s largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the pagoda after the earthquake and now hangs in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. Return to Mandalay.

Day 13: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast, drive to the former British Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly Maymyo). It is located 42 miles northeast of Mandalay up a winding road, and at an elevation of 1070 meters and enjoys a cool and pleasant climate. Once the summer capital of the Raj in Burma, the town still retains much of the ‘hill station’ look, including horse drawn carriages and the Purcell Tower, a gift from Queen Victoria. The town is especially noted for the National Kandawgyi Gardens which cover nearly 400 acres. The gardens were laid out in 1915 by Sir Alex Roger and Lady Cuffe, a botanist from Kew Gardens in England. In 1924 they were declared a national botanical garden and forest reserve. A great variety of orchids and other flowers can be seen along with hundreds of tree varieties and many bird species. There is also an impressive butterfly museum and the Nan Myint viewing tower gives a wonderful view over the town and BE waterfall. Other sights include the bustling morning market, colonial era churches.

Hotel: Aureum Resort at The Governors House

Day 14: Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pain (Train) – Hsipaw

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to board a local train for a scenic journey over the Goteik Viaduct. Completed in 1901, it was the largest railway trestle in the world at the time. The bridge was designed and fabricated by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in the U.S. and then shipped to Myanmar. It is 689 meters from start to finish and 102 meters high above the gorge. From Pyin Oo Lwin, it is about two hours by train to reach the viaduct. Enjoy the rural scenery on the way and then the slow crawl of the train across the bridge with dramatic views from the carriages straight down. After crossing the bridge we disembark at the next village, Naung Pain and drive for about one hour to reach Hsipaw, one of the oldest and most important of the Shan cities. This small picturesque town is enjoyable to walk around and also a good place for easy day hikes to local villages. Enjoy afternoon sightseeing in the town and visit the 12th century Shan style Bawgyo Pagoda and watch a panoramic sunset from the top of Theintaung Hill.

Hotel: Mr. Charles River View Lodge, 4 nights

Day 15: Hsipaw – Boat Trip to Shan Village

After breakfast at the hotel, we take 1 hour scenic boat ride upstream on the Dokhtawadi River with its mountain and valley views and many fruit plantations. We disembark and enjoy a short trekking adventure up the hill slope through a fruit plantation for approx. 45 minutes to visit the old Tai (Shan) monastery which is 150 years old and sitting alone in the forest. On the way we pass through plantations of pineapple, papaya and oranges which are widely grown in the area. On arrival we learn the history of the monastery before returning to the jetty where we board our boat then continue to the river confluence where swimming is available for the more adventurous. On the return journey we include a visit to a Shan village which has typical houses featuring small, charming gardens.

Day 16: Hsipaw – Trek to Waterfall

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for a walk through rice fields to reach the Nam Tok Waterfall, which has a nice pool at its base. Visit a limestone cave on the side of the waterfall and climb up 100 ft. (30 meters) to enjoy a splendid view over an ancient pagoda and Shan Royal Tomb as previously seen on the path in the rice field. We return to Hsipaw for lunch after about four hours of walking. The reminder of the day is free at leisure.

Day 17: Shan Villages

After a local breakfast, we observe farmer’s villages by walking along trails with panoramic scenery including fields with seasonal crops, mountains and streams. We also learn about the style of living in the Shan villagesand the work by the housewives whose home duties include the making bamboo hand fans, basket weaving and cheroot rolling process.

Day 18: Hsipaw – Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast drive back to Pwin Oo Lwin. After check-in, we visit Pwe Kauk waterfall located along the Mandalay/Lashio road which were named Hampshire Falls by the British. On the way visit local Shan villages of the Yechando and Ye Negye. The waterfall is a pleasant picnic spot and is popular with locals on weekends. Proceed further to Peik Chin Myaung cave, a limestone stalactite cave located on the Lashio Road, 23 km from Pyin Oo Lwin. It is several hundred million years old and its name means numerous Peik Chin (local plants) which grow here. The entrance is approx. 6 metres wide and 500 metres long and where various Buddha images and pagodas of many different sizes are placed on the cave ledges and niches. Inside the cave, there are many underground streams and pilgrims collect this water as they believe it can cure skin-diseases, sore eyes etc. Outside the cave there is a three layer waterfall where locals can swim and there are local herbal medicine stalls and souvenir shops which are also of interest.

Hotel: Aureum Resort at The Governors House

Day 19: Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel and later drive to Mandalay (approx. 2 hours drive) and to the Sedona Hotel Mandalay. The remainder of the day free at leisure.

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay

Day 20: Depart Mandalay

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Yangon:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals:19 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Flight Ticket: Yangon / Heho / Bagan / Mandalay
Train:Train Ticket: Goteik Viaduct
Accommodation: 19 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Essential Myanmar

A wonderful combination of Myanmar’s major sightseeing with visits to Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay included. You will experience the best on offer in these cities and be enthralled in the feeling of stepping back in time while you travel around Myanmar.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon, 2 nights

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar is also called the “Garden City of the East” because of its many parks and beautiful lakes. This morning visit the Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and you are able to walk through and see many ancient relics and artifacts. We then visit downtown Yangon and from here we walk along Pansodan street to view its many large colonial buildings which are still in use today. It is also interesting to see the sidewalk markets including those selling old books and magazines dating from the 1960’s to today. We will then visit China town before going to the famous Scott Market, a sprawling complex which was built in 1926 and it is noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. This afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum, which is filled with artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar. We finish our tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. It is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia and is one sight that no visitor to Myanmar should miss.

Day 3: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

You will be transferred to Yangon Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Heho. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred transferred to the unique and magical Inle Lake. Located about 900 meters above sea level and 20 km long by 6 km wide. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe Jetty, we start our sightseeing tour by long tailed boat to Innpawkhone Village where you can see the lotus and silk weaving industries. Our next visit is to Nanpan to see traditional boat making and cheroot (Burmese cigar) making factory. We then continue our visit to the Phaungdaw U Pagoda and if time permits, take a short visit to the Leshae Village where you can see the making of a Buddha image from dried flower powder. Later visit the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and the floating gardens. Transfer to the Inle Lake Princess for check-in.

Hotel: Inle Lake Princess, 3 nights

Day 4: Inle Lake

This morning visit the moving 5 days market (if today coincides with a good Inle market day) and then take a small canal leading to the Pa-oh Village of Indain. On the way, stop at Ywarma Village where you can see a silver smith and the Padaung tribes. Then, continue to the Indain area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school if we have chance. 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.

Day 5: Inle Lake

After breakfast, travel by boat to the southern end of Inle Lake for a journey to Sangha and Thakong Villages. This relaxing boat journey (about 3 hours one way) enables us to get off the beaten path and see unspoiled culture and the traditional life-styles of the ethnic groups living in the area. On the way we will visit Kyauktaing, a shan village who live on earthenware pottery works. On our trip we will see beautiful landscapes, flowering trees and settlements dotting both sides of the canal.

Day 6: Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan

You will be transferred to Heho Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Bangan. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, sightseeing highlights include the Sulamani Temple built by King Narapatisithu; Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan, and Thatbyinnyu Temple which towers above other monuments of Bagan. We can also visit a Thanaka museum, dedicated to the tree bark and root of the Thanaka tree used in making a fragrant white colored paste which Myanmar women wear for skin beauty and protection from the sun. Visitors can learn how to make and apply the Thanaka paste. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa located on the banks of the Ayeyawady River.

Hotel: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Bagan, 3 nights

Day 7: Bagan

Start our visit to one of Asia’s most stunning archeological destinations with its more than 3,000 pagodas doted the plains along the legendary Ayerwaddy River. Sightseeing include some of Bagan’s most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas and Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with fine wall paintings. One of the most outstanding is the magnificent Ananda Pagoda, one of the most revered pagodas in all Myanmar and containing four tall standing Buddhas within.

This afternoon we continue our sightseeing of more Bagan impressive pagodas and temples. Sightseeing highlights includes Manuha Temple built by King Manuha to represent his displeasure of captivity, Nanpaya close behind the Manuha and which is also Bagan’s first “gu-style” (cave) shrine and next to visit Gubaukgyi Temple, in the old Bagan village of Myinkaba, is an early period temple with well-preserved paintings inside. After that we will visit a lacquer ware craft shop to see the process of hand-making these beautiful pieces. Then visit Lawkananda Pagoda, a riverside stupa rich in history and where the sunset views are excellent.

Day 8: Bagan

After breakfast take a leisurely drive (about one hour) through the Bagan countryside to Mt. Popa, which supposedly rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that we can walk up to if we like (777 steps ! ) On the way to Mt. Popa we will visit a local toddy palm farmer at his hut and see how he collects the toddy palm from the palm trees to make the strong alcoholic toddy palm drink and also the toddy palm sugar candy. Return back to Bagan.

Day 9: Bagan – Mandalay

You will be transferred to Bagan Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival in Mandalay, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternonn visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda with its sitting Buddha covered in gold leaf. A particular highlight is the beautiful Shwenandaw Monastery, one of the last wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Next we visit the intriguing looking Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures. If time permits we will go atop Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Irrawaddy River.

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay, 2 nights

Day 10: Mandalay

After breakfast transfer to Mandalay jetty where we board our private boat. Take a short and pleasant ride up the Ayerwaddy River to the ruins of the Mingun pagoda. The site of what would have been the world’s largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the pagoda after the earthquake and now hangs in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. Return to Mandalay.

Day 11: Depart Mandalay

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Yangon:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals:10 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Flight Ticket: Yangon – Heho – Bagan – Mandalay
Accommodation: 10 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Island Escape at the Boulder Bay Eco Resort

At Boulder Bay Eco Resort we strive to offer you a variety of activities. But, if you want to just relax on the beach or in one of our exclusive hammocks on your veranda, the choice is yours.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kawthaung & Sail to Boulder Bay Island

This morning fly from Yangon to Kawthaung. Upon arrival at Kawthaung airport, where your will board a boat and sail to Boulder island. Boulder Bay Eco Resort is located on the western side of the Mergui Archipelago. With Bungalows built entirely from renewable sources the resort can hardly be seen from the water. Overall a lot of attention has been paid to building with as little impact as possible, cutting trees only where absolutely needed and leaving the island in its natural state. The boat trip to Boulder Island will take approx 5-6 hours. Upon Arrival Island, enjoy your island stay in Andaman Sea.

Hotel: Boulder Bay Eco Resort, 3 nights

Day 2 & 3: Boulder Bay Island

Boulder Bay Eco Resort strive to offer a variety of activities. But, if you want to just relax on the beach or in one of our exclusive hammocks on your veranda, the choice is yours. Here is a list of some suggested activities.

  • Sea Canoeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Eco-Discover Walk
  • Trekking on the island
Day 4: Sail back to Kawthaung – Yangon

In the morning at (6am), depart the resort and sail back to Kawthaung. Arrive back in Kawthaung around noon and transfer to the airport for onward flight to Yangon.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Tuesday's:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners & Drinking water, Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee at the resort
Transport:Airport Transfers & Boat transfers: Kawthaung / Boulder Island / Kawthaung
Flights:Air Ticket: Yangon / Kawthaung / Yangon
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Island Hopping in the Mergui Archipelago

During this trip you will Island hop around the Mergui Archipelago. Snorkel in crystal clear waters and enjoy unspoiled nature of lonely islands and deserted paradise beaches.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Yangon – Myeik

This morning fly from Yangon to Myeik. Upon arrival transfer to the Eain Taw Phyu Hotel. Myeik is the busy port and an important center for the fishing industries, dried-fish factory, bird’s nests collecting and the rubber plantations. The city offers elegant wooden architecture and busy streets. It is also famous for the Myanmar pearls which are harvested by the Salon or Moken people (sea gypsies). Visit the city center and walk explore the lively and colorful life of the rural local people. Stroll through the busy and bustling market of Myeik. Walk further onto Bo Gyoke Street passing through old colonial era buildings compared with recently constructed modern buildings. Visit the Royal Pearl Trading shop. The building has been owned by the same family for over 150 years. Learn about the peal industry and how different pearls are cultivated. (The shop may closed without prior notice). We then visit a nearly hundred year old monastery and Buu Pagoda. In the evening proceed to the pagoda and enjoy a panoramic view and breathtaking sunset over the islands in Andaman Sea.

Hotel: Eain Taw Phyu Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Explore the islands in the Archipelago

Early this morning transfer to the jetty where your will board a boat to explore the beautiful islands of the Andman Sea. The Mergui Archipelag’s islands have smooth white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.  Perfect for a snorkel, swim or just to relax. Sail to Dome Island and visit Moken (Sea Gypsy) Village. A Local picnic style lunch box will provided. In the late afternoon sail back to Myeik. Upon arrival at the jetty, transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Explore the islands in the Archipelago

Early this morning transfer to the jetty where your will board a boat and sail to Marcus Island. Along the way we pass Kala and King (Kadan) Island. Spot some colorful birds in the mangrove forest between the islands. Observe the daily life of the fishermen during a short visit of one of the villages along the way. After cruising for approx 2 hours along pristine waters we reach the Marcus Islands. Now it is time to relax and kick back. Go for a snorkel or just enjoy the shade on the beach. A packed Lunch will be served on the beach together with fresh fruits and cold drinks. In the afternoon sail back to Myeik.

Day 4: Myeik – Yangon 

Morning fee at leisure until transfer to airport for onward departure flight to Yangon.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Yangon:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
Transport:Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & Join-in Boat Transfers to the Islands
Flights:Air Ticket: Yangon / Myeik / Yangon
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Yangon Stopover

For those with very limited time but who want to experience Myanmar this short stopover program will give a great taste of the culture and country around Yangon.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon, 3 nights

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar is also called the “Garden City of the East” because of its many parks and beautiful lakes. This morning visit the Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and you are able to walk through and see many ancient relics and artifacts. We then visit downtown Yangon and from here we walk along Pansodan street to view its many large colonial buildings which are still in use today. It is also interesting to see the sidewalk markets including those selling old books and magazines dating from the 1960’s to today. We will then visit China town before going to the famous Scott Market, a sprawling complex which was built in 1926 and it is noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. This afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum, which is filled with artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar. We finish our tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. It is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia and is one sight that no visitor to Myanmar should miss.

Day 3: Yangon – Twante – Yangon

Today take a local early morning ferry up the Yangon River to the pottery making village of Twante. In addition to the local atmosphere on the ferryboat, enjoy this quiet village and see the interesting process of making clay pots. Return to Yangon by car.

Day 4: Depart Yangon

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Yangon:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals:3 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Pandaw Cruise – Burma Coastal Voyage

The 10 night Burma Coastal Voyage will cruise the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung on board a classic 1960’s motor yacht. This cruise will include exciting stops at the old coastal ports of Moulmein, Mergui and Tavoy. In addition, we will explore several little known islands with opportunities to snorkel or kayak up rivers into the mangrove forests.

We have now fully recce’d these lively coastal ports, so evocative of Kipling, Maugham and Collis. Find them full of architectural interest, whether colonial or Buddhist.

Likewise we have identified key islands, some with communities of Baptist Karens loyal to the KNU, others with the Mokkein sea gypsies who speak a strange sort of Malay. But the majority are totally deserted with pristine white beaches, coral and diverse bird and sea life, not to mention the odd reptile like giant monitor lizards.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.

Day 1: Rangoon

Embark in Rangoon for lunch and set sail in afternoon down the Rangoon River and out to sea for the 90nm crossing to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing).

Day 2: Thanbyuzayat

Moor in the estuary at Kaikkame and transfer ashore to travel by car to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war graves there and then on to Moulmein for lunch and the day exploring this important colonial outpost that was annexed by the British in 1824. Visit old colonial churches and a splendid wood-carved royal monastery on the hill.

Day 3: Cruising

Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.

Day 4: Tavoy (Dawei) Creek

Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.

Day 5: Myeik

Anchor off Mergui (Myeik) for a full day exploring the many architectural marvels of this old British port town. Visit the house of the author Maurice Collis which is in fact on the site of the house of Siamese White, the 17th century English pirate who came to be governor of the province for the King of Siam.

Day 6: Lun Lun Island

Morning visit Port Maria in Lun Lun Island. This populated island is Karen and the KNU flag flies above each door and the local government is run by the KNU not Yangon. The Baptist Karens are very welcoming and keen to show their church. We also explore by tender or kayak the system of bays and creeks reaching inland from Port Maia. Afternoon sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays.

Day 7: Cruising The Archipelago

A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.

Day 8: Tann Shey Island

Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park. Explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.

Day 9: Phi Lar Island

Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common. Stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village on Phi Lar Island. This is a great place to buy giant lobsters that we serve fresh at dinner.

Day 10: Coxcombe Island

Moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, by swimming or kayak, depending on a low tide. Continue to Kawthaung, entry here depends on a mid to high tide but hopefully allowing an afternoon or evening walk about this bustling port city.

Day 11: Kawthaung

Disembark at Kawthaung for transfer to Kawthaung Airport for your departuare flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Accommodation:10 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise
Equipment:Kayaks & snorkelling equipment
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Gratuities: Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Myanmar & China

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseImperial China13 On Application From $4,995.00
CruiseMajestic Myanmar - Irrawaddy Cruise15 On Application From $7,490.00

Itinerary – Imperial China

China is a vast and varied land that uniquely blends the past and present. Explore culturally fascinating ancient wonders, and marvel at modern architecture. Explore iconic wonders and cruise the Yangtze River as you explore the Three Gorges.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive BeijingOn arrival in Beijing, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Beijing, Jianguo Hotel, 3 nights
Day 2: Beijing, Forbidden CityThis morning’s sightseeing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. After taking in this vast open space, continue on to the Forbidden City, former home to an ancient line of Chinese Emperors. As you explore, admire the superbly preserved traditional Chinese palatial-style architecture. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to explore. Tonight savour a delicious Peking Duck banquet at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of ChinaToday head for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea into the Gobi Desert for over 6,000 kilometres. Here, absorb fantastic views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Later, visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Dynasty Tombs and marvel at the statues representing Ming Dynasty Emperors. Stop at a jade factory for an insight into the 6,000 year-old craft of grinding and polishing jade. Then return to the city via Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest). This evening, you may wish to attend a dramatic kung fu show.
Day 4: Beijing, Yichang, Embark CruiseToday, enjoy a pedicab tour of Beijing’s old hutongs (alleys) and stop along the way to visit the home of a local Chinese family. Then head to the airport for your included flight to Yichang. Transfer to your river ship and settle in for your four-night cruise along the Yangtze River.
Stay: Four Nights: a premium Victoria Cruises river ship
Day 5: Three Gorges Dam, Xiling GorgeRelax today and take in the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River as you cruise through the Three Gorges region, considered by many to be China’s most picturesque area. Disembark to tour the Three Gorges Dam, a hydroelectric dam that spans more than 2.3 kilometres across the Yangtze. Later, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.
Day 6: Three Lesser Gorges, Wu Gorge, Qutang GorgeEarly risers may like to begin the day with a tai chi class on board this morning. After breakfast, today’s excursion takes you along the Daning River, home to the smaller but equally spectacular Three Lesser Gorges: Dragon Gate, Misty and Emerald Green. Following your exploration here, your cruise continues on through Wu Gorge, known for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces. After lunch, pass between the majestic Chijia and Baiyan mountains on the way to Qutang Gorge, the narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 7: ShibaozhaiArrive today at the base of a steep hill, into which is built Shibaozhai, a striking red pagoda. Disembark and explore the pagoda’s 12 floors - each of which contains a range of unique artefacts. There may also be an option to visit the ‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu (own expense), where you’ll see a number of shrines, temples and monasteries on Ming Mountain. This evening, enjoy a final dinner on board.
Day 8: Chongqing, Disembark Ship, Xi’anDisembark for the final time this morning in Chongqing, a port established in the 11th century that played a key role in World War II. From here, head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of rare animals are on display, including the famous giant pandas. Later, board an included flight to Xi’an. Enjoy a quintessential Chinese experience tonight as you indulge in a dumpling banquet and take in a Tang Dynasty show.
Stay: Golden Flower Hotel Xi’an, by Shangri-La 2 nights
Day 9: Xi’anYou’ll travel via a clay factory, where Terracotta soldiers are still made today, on the way to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Here, see the three excavation pits that contain countless sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses that were buried around 210 BC. Tonight, head to Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter where stalls are brimming with exotic treats and various souvenirs for sale.
Day 10: Xi’an, Shanghai, WuzhenAfter a morning at leisure, board your included flight to Shanghai. From here, travel to the ancient water town of Wuzhen, home to a network of beautiful canals and charming cobblestone streets. Tonight, check in to the Tong’an Guesthouse for your special overnight stay, before time at leisure this evening.
Stay: Wuzhen, Tong’an Guesthouse
Day 11: Wuzhen, ShanghaiBoard a boat for a cruise along the peaceful canals of Wuzhen, pretty waterways that offer a glimpse into ancient times. Back in Shanghai, enjoy an evening at leisure.
Stay: Shanghai, Hotel Equatorial Shanghai 2 nights
Day 12: ShanghaiThis morning take part in a tea ceremony at a teahouse in Yu Garden. Then visit a silk factory on the return to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner of dumplings at Din Tai Fung restaurant. Later, perhaps see an acrobatic show.
Day 13: Depart ShanghaiEnjoy a day at leisure then transfer to the airport.

 

Itinerary – Majestic Myanmar Irrawaddy Cruise

Take the road less travelled, uncover the mystery and intrigue that comprises Myanmar. See the awe inspiring landscapes, sights & age-old traditions of this culture from your world class cruise ship, where the service & facilities are second to none.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Embark ShipUpon arrival in Yangon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River where you’ll board the RV Princess Panhwar, your beautiful home for the next 14 nights. Settle in and enjoy lunch on board. Like a Local – marvel at Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: 14 Nights: RV Princess Panhwar
Day 2: MaubinAwake today to the glorious scenery along the Irrawaddy River as you cruise upstream. Arrive after lunch in Maubin, home to a number of universities as well as a range of Buddhist pagodas. During a walking tour, learn about Ba Maw, a prominent Burmese political leader, and visit the local market.
Day 3: Danuphyu, HinthataContinue along the Irrawaddy Delta and stop to explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Disembark to visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop. Later, cruise to Hinthata.
Day 4: MyanaungCruise to the sleepy township of Myanaung today where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour after breakfast. Stroll past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and a Roman Catholic church, before taking in the spectacle of the bustling colourful local market.
Day 5: Pyay (Prome), Sri KsetraToday take in views of the Akauk Mountains and their cliff carvings as you cruise towards Pyay, where you’ll disembark for a tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, the town originally served as a cargo transit point between Upper and Lower Myanmar. See a selection of gilded pagodas, including the Shwesandaw Pagoda, then travel to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra.
Day 6: ThayetmyoCruise to Thayetmyo, a town that once sat on the British colonial border between Upper Myanmar and Lower Myanmar. Here, take in the colonial houses and visit Myanmar’s oldest golf course, established in 1887. This afternoon, perhaps take part in a cooking demonstration conducted on board by your chef.
Day 7: Minhla, MagweStop in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Take a boat to visit Minhla fort, which was built to keep the British forces out of Myanmar. Later, cruise to Magwe to visit its market and Myathalon Pagoda.
Day 8: SalayCruise to Salay, a religious centre. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest wooden monastery. Then continue to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image from the 13th century.
Day 9: Tantkyi Hill, BaganClimb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. Back on board, capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Visit Ananda Temple, the best preserved of all the temples known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’. Have your camera ready for a special sunset viewing. In the evening back on board your ship, enjoy a puppet show.
Day 10: BaganEnjoy a full day to discover Bagan, beginning with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country’s most significant religious sites. After the pagoda, visit the Nyaung-U market. Mingle with the locals and browse the wares sold at this trade hub. Later, discover Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire. Continue to a lacquerware workshop and a local village.
Enhance Your Journey: At sunrise, perhaps ride a hot air balloon over the pagodas of Bagan.
Day 11: YandaboThis morning enjoy a lecture on board before an afternoon tour of the village of Yandabo, the site where the Treaty of First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. It’s also famous for its terracotta pots, made from the riverbank clay.
Day 12: InwaArrive today in Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. The city was abandoned as a capital after it was all but destroyed by earthquakes in 1839. Like a Local – enjoy a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery. You’ll also see the ‘Leaning Tower of Inwa’ – a watch tower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838. This evening enjoy a cultural show by the Mandalay fine arts school.
Day 13: Sagaing, MingunArrive in Sagaing and visit a silversmith’s workshop for an insight into how silverware is produced. Then visit a range of temples and monasteries, including the city’s central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin, as well as the egg-shaped Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, built in 1636. Later, cruise to Mingun and visit the 18th-century Mingun Pahtodawgyi. You’ll also see the Mingun Bell and the Myatheindan Pagoda.
Day 14: MandalayLike a Local – visit Mandalay’s Mahamuni Buddha Temple, where you may be able to add your own sheet of gold leaf to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill, to see what is thought to be the world’s largest book. Here, Buddhist scripture has been inscribed on some 729 marble slabs. Later, enjoy a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery, known for the carvings of Buddhist myths. Like a Local – early this evening, go for a stroll along U Bein Bridge, thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart MandalayDisembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Southeast Asia

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseGolden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy14ItineraryOn Application
CruiseFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River 13ItineraryOn Application

  

ITINERARY:        Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy

Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating journey along the Irrawaddy River. Start in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, with a walking tour of the city’s highlights and a visit to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda – considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the most important temples and watch the sunset over the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. On the Irrawaddy, encounter a tapestry of exotic flavors and partake in memorable interactions with the locals. North of Mandalay, cruise on the most scenic part of the river past lavish shrines, teak forests, and riverside villages lost in time. Tour bustling Mandalay and stop at nearby U Bein Bridge for an unforgettable sampan ride at sunset. See how villagers make candy from the toddy palm tree and take a walking tour through a pottery-making village to see the process from start to end. Present alms, offerings of food, to the monks at a monastery in Kya Hnyat. In Katha, visit a local market and an elephant camp for a ride through the teak forest. Interact with the local school children and visit a farmer’s home for a glimpse of daily life at the island village of Kyun Daw. Sail through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs as the river narrows before reaching Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the river. All this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, MyanmarWelcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country's largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: YangonThis morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks, including the High Court, City Hall, Central Railway Station, and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Stop along the way at a LOCAL TEA SHOP for a cup of tea/coffee with the locals. After lunch, visit CHAUKHTATGYI to see the massive reclining Buddha measuring in at 65 metres (213 feet). Afterward, continue to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the most important religious site in the country and a national symbol. Here, a truly enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa and locals come to pay their respects. Tonight, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon's best restaurants. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Yangon-Bagan (Embarkation)Late this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board the Avalon Myanmar to begin your CRUISE up the Irrawaddy. Get acquainted with the ship before your welcome reception this evening. After dinner, a TRADITIONAL PUPPET SHOW will be presented in one of the lounges. (B,D)
Day 4: BaganToday, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. It is estimated that during this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 104 square kilometres (40 square miles). Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness sunrise. After breakfast, your morning excursion starts with a visit to a LOCAL MARKET selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis-a versatile sheet of cloth worn around the waist by most local men and women. Then, stop at the ornate SHWEZIGON PAGODA, one of the country's most important shrines. You will also visit a LACQUER WORKSHOP to learn more about this ancient craft. After lunch, your sightseeing centres on the BAGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Highlights include ANANDA, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and DHAMMAYANGYI, the best preserved monument left standing. Also stop to see the exquisite and well preserved fresco paintings at SULAMANI. Your day ends with an OX CART RIDE to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Shwe Pyi Thar-CruisingThis morning, take a WALKING TOUR through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here you will visit a FARMER'S HOME to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy, a sweet and smoky candy, from the sap of the toddy palm. To harvest the sap a climber scales the toddy palm and hangs an earthen pot under a slit he cuts in the tree. The sap is then cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail north for Mandalay. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Sagaing-AmarapuraRelax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship's lounges or your suite. In the afternoon, visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA with its golden egg-shaped dome-unique among more traditional pagodas in Myanmar. Next, on to a SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP to learn how the local artisans turn silver into beautiful works of art. Lastly, explore SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. Cross the Ava Bridge to Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U BEIN BRIDGE, a 1.2-kilometre-long (three-quarter-mile-long) bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a SAMPAN RIDE on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. (B,L,D)
Day 7: MandalayThis morning, visit a TAPESTRY & WOODCARVING WORKSHOP to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then, stop at a GOLD LEAF WORKSHOP to see how it is made. Lastly, visit MAHAMUNI PAGODA, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick. This afternoon, visit KUTHODAW PAGODA and SHWENANDAW MONASTERY, the only remnant of former King Mindon's "Golden City" to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king's living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. This evening, enjoy a TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Kyauk MyaungToday, take a WALKING TOUR through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung. Here you will learn more about the pot-making process and see how they are formed, fired, and glazed. Most interesting is the eye-catching 227-litre (50-gallon) variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots could transport large quantities of liquor, fish sauce, peanut oil, and more, and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Kya HnyatThis morning, visit the village of Kya Hnyat with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will INTERACT WITH THE MONKS at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-coloured robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual. (B,L,D)
Day 10: TigyangVisit the small village of Tigyang for a WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. (B,L,D)
Day 11: KathaStart your day with a visit to the LOCAL MARKET, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell's novel Burmese Days. Here learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, journey a short distance to a local JINGPO VILLAGE. A subset of the Kachin, the Jingpo are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. As you sail north this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, with its distinctive round forehead. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Kyun Daw-Second Defile-BhamoThis morning, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a FISHERMAN'S HOME to learn more about daily life here and a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Katha. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. This afternoon, sail through the DRAMATIC SECOND DEFILE with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Continue to Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the Irrawaddy. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Bhamo (Disembarkation)-YangonAfter breakfast, disembark the ship and EXPLORE BHAMO by local trishaw and by foot. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14: YangonYour holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

ITINERARY:        Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River

Start in Siem Reap, where you will visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. Finally, in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap, CambodiaWelcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: Siem ReapThis morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Siem RiepToday, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at ANGKOR THOM where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D'ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town. (B)
Day 4: Siem Reap (Embarkation)This morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles) and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. (B,L,D) NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 5: Cruising: Kampong Tralach-Konpong Louang-Phnom PenhToday, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET WITH A LOCAL FARMER and learn more about his daily life. Lastly, visit the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to the ROYAL PALACE with the spectacular SILVER PAGODA and the NATIONAL MUSEUM, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cruising: Phnom PenhSightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Cruising: Wat Hanchey-Angkor BanThis morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cruising: Border Crossing-Long Khong A, Vietnam-Chau DocCross the border this morning into Vietnam. A sampan brings you to the village of LONG KHONG A, where cotton weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. After lunch, join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the river to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more. Before returning to the ship, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Cruising: Cu Lao GiengThis morning, enjoy time at leisure on board the ship as we sail to Cu Lao Gieng. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river. Stop at a LOCAL HOME, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed MOTOR CART to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Cruising: Ben TreThis morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made. Then, continue on to a LOCAL GARDEN where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B,L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi TunnelsThis morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join your travelling companions for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Cruise Director. (B,D)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh CityYour holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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