This trip goes through three Southeast Asian countries which are Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar giving you many exciting experiences as well as the knowledge of history and culture. We will visit a multitude of famous ancient monuments and landscapes, several tentative sites especially 2 World Heritage Sites Luang Prabang of Laos and Halong Bay of Vietnam. Do not miss this special trip and let’s check it out.
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival (D)
As you arrive at Vientiane, we will pick up and transfer you to a hotel. After that, we will visit some sight of Vientiane, the official capital of Laos.First sight is Wat Sisaket, a Buddhist wat situated on Lan Xang Road. The temple was built in 1818 on the order of King Anouvong (Sethathirath V.) and it is the oldest temple, housing more than 2,000 ceramic and silver Buddha images and Wat Prakeo, which used to house Emerald Buddha Image.Next stop, we will visit Patuxay Monument, a war monument in the center of Vientiane. It was built between 1957 and 1968 which has typical Laotian design, decorated with mythological creatures such as the kinnari.Before coming back to the hotel, we will take the time to visit Lao’s national precious heritage to admire well-known and sacred structures of That Luang Stupa. You will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known for Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.Stay a night in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake (B, L)
After breakfast, we will drive to Nam Ngum to visit a huge reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum River. On the way, we will stop at Ban Keun, which is popular for the production plant and the villages make rice wine whiskey.When arriving Nam Ngum Lake, we will explore some fisherman villages in varied islets on a long-tail. When the boat docked, we will walk around the island and learn the lifestyle of the local fishermen. After the trip, we will return Vientiane to overnight.
Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)
In this day, we will go by plane to get the next city Luang Prabang. The local guide will pick you up at the airport and head to the hotel. After short rest, we will visit the well-known stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. After that, we will come to Mount PhouSi, a 100 m high hill in the center of the old town of Luang Prabang. We can explore the sacred, gilded stupa and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the city and the Mekong River at sunset.At night, we will head to the Night Market. This is fair is open daily night, sold a lot of souvenirs and other interesting items.We will stay the night in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Kuangsi Waterfall (B, L)
Early in the morning, we will take part in the morning Alms Giving which is a very specific tradition in Laos. This country is the only Buddhist nation still maintaining this tradition.Then, we will go back to a hotel and have breakfast and continue the day visiting Phosi Market. This market sells a lot of characteristics of the rustic food, teas, and vegetables. We will visit a group of Lao ethnic minority at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village. After that, we will head to Khouangsi Waterfall to enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as participate in some form of entertainment such as swimming in the pool or wander around the forest.We will come back to the city and go to Wat Siphouthabath to enjoy the sunset and stay another night in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Multi Activities (Elephant riding + Soft trekking) (B, L)
After breakfast, we will drive to All Lao Service to visit “Elephant Park Project”. The land along Nam Khan riverbanks is where they use to protect elephants from poaching. We will have an hour to experience riding huge elephants here before heading to Fair Trek Project area and visiting Khamu communities live at the foot of the mountains. At noon, we will have lunch served at Ban Houay Fai then come back to Tad Sae waterfall to take a boat to get All Lao Services and spend the night in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
You have some time free before flying to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. The local tour guide will pick up and transfer you to the hotel. When you are ready, we will take part in one-hour cyclo tour in the old quarter. You could contemplate the beauty of old building designed follow French architecture, enjoy nicely street foods and do shopping. Next destination is a theater, we will watch Water Puppets performance there before going back to hotel and rest.
Day 7: Hanoi Orientation (B, L)
We will spend the day seven of the journey to discover Hanoi. Kick start with Ho Chi Minh complex. Here, we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Then, we will visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university which is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.After lunch, we will head to Museum of Ethnology. Here is a gallery of artifacts and customs of the peoples of Vietnam 54 Ethnic minority peoples. In addition, the museum also displays accommodation of the ethnics and the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum. We will overnight in Hanoi.\
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)
From Hanoi, we are going to Halong Bay, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place is a popular travel destination with thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizesAt Halong Bay, we will sail on V’Spirit Classic Cruise to explore the limestone mountains and visit some limestone islands. Then, you have some time to among the hidden areas of the bay to Bo Nau Cave area. After that, you will g o back to our ship and continue to go to Soi Sim Island where you can take part in some activities such as swimming on the beach or climbing to the top of the mountain to see the panorama of Halong Bay. Then, we will go back to the boat for dinner and spend a night on it.
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Early in the morning, you can participate in sports activities with indigenous people before we set off to discover an extremely interesting cave named Sung Sot Cave. Then, we will return to our boat and cruise to Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. On the way, we will enjoy Vietnamese foods on the boat at lunch time. In the noon, we will dock and head to the airport in Hanoi. We will fly to Ho Chi Minh City – the next destination.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)
You will be picked up at hotel and transferred to Reunification Palace, a very important building in the city. The next place is War Remnants Museum, a war museum, exhibit military helicopter, fighter, bomb, tank, attack bomber, and so on. After that, we visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. The building was built as Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century.
We continue to visit Giac Lam Pagoda after having lunch in local restaurant. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples here. It is officially listed as a historic monument by the Department of Culture of Vietnam.At Ben Thanh Market, a large marketplace in central H? Chí Minh City, you will have some free time for shopping. The market is considered the symbol of the city, is preferred by travelers. This is also where the supply of goods for the city.We will stay a night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Vinh Long. Beginning by visit to Vinh Long Market, this is the largest market of the town, selling a lot of rich foods. Then, we will use the boat to go to a number of brick kilns view indigenous people making ceramics, the orchards and traditional houses. In addition, you can also enjoy tea and music at home Ut Trinh before cruise into countryside on canals. In a peaceful atmosphere of the countryside, you will learn about the lives of the indigenous peoples of the Mekong Delta, the way they farm and fishing.In the late afternoon, we will return to Ho Chi Minh city and stay another night there.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Yangon (B, D)
You will have a few free hours to relax before we go to the airport to fly to the next destination – Yangon.We will be landing at Yangon International Airport where local guides will be awaiting for and transfer you to the hotel. We will dine Burmese food at the scene Karaweik Palace overlooking the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower while enjoying traditional performances.This night, we will stay at Yangon.
Day 13: Yangon city tour (B, L)
We will spend the day to explore the capital city. First stop is Sule Pagoda, located in the center of Yangon, then to Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake.After lunch, we will visit Shwedagon Pagoda. The temple is 99 meters in height, located on Singuttara Hill, west of Kandawgyi Lake. Shwedagon Pagoda is Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar’s most sacred because it is said to contain the relics of four Buddhas of a previous life. Then, we will be a delight to visit the bustling market area known as Scott Market before return to hotel.
Day 14: Yangon – Mandalay (B, L)
In the morning, we will fly to Mandalay and be welcome by local guides. Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. After checking in the hotel and take a short rest, we will visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery. In addition, in the late afternoon, we will go to Mandalay Hill to admire the panoramic view of the city in the sunset. This night, we will stay at Mandalay.
Day 15: Mandalay – Bagan Sightseeing (B, L)
We will fly to Bagan early in the morning. From the 9th century to the 13th century, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the latter region is the country Myanmar.The first place to visit is a bustling bazaar in Old Bagan named Nyang U Market. Then, we will drive to Shwezigon Pagoda, a Buddhist temple, was supposed to keep bones and teeth of the Gautama Buddha. In here, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the Burmese Buddhist traditions. We will continue to go to the next temple – Ananda Temple and some others temples surrounding as well as learning about how traditional pieces were made.After the trip, you will be transferred to the hotel in Bagan.
Day 16: Bagan – Mount Popa (B, L)
Depart our hotel and we transfer to the wharf. We then enjoy a down -stream journey on the Irrawaddy River to Sale town on a private boat. According to the river conditions we will adjust the time, but it may take us from 2 to 3h to arrive. We will visit the Yoke Sone Monastery, which is well known for its outstanding structure features many scenes about stories of the previous lives of the Buddha in the form of woodcarvings around the outside. Then we will spend about 1.5 hour to traveling Mount Popa, an extinct volcano. We also have chance to challenge ourselves to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. We will have lunch at local restaurant, then return to Bagan and photo stop at a local village and a toddy palm plantation.Overnight in Bagan.
Day 17: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the “5-Day Market” – a special fair held in different villages around the lake. This is a great opportunity to watch the fun and exciting products of indigenous people and soak up the atmosphere in this crowded.After enjoying lunch, you will be sailing to a very beautiful temple of Indein situated on a hill overlooking the lake. You’ll have the relaxing time period between the natural surroundings and watch the giant columns have been abandoned for centuries.After that, we will drive to the airport and take a flight to Yangon. We will stay the night at Yangon before come back home.
Day 18: Yangon Departure (B)
You will be free to explore the city before being taken to the Yangon International Airport to return home and end the 18-day tour.