Myanmar and VietnamBurma and Vietnam
14-days Classic Myanmar and Vietnam trip
Welcomely in Myanmar, the land has just opened to the outside and is now awaiting to explore its own distinctive buddhistic ancestry. After your journey to Yangon, the former Myanmar capitol, but now one of the most advanced cities in Myanmar, your tour leader will welcome you at the international airports and accompany you to your accommodation.
At night, welcome Myanmar' s regal look welcome diner on a swimming sailboat. Ascend early in the day and head to the Shwedagon Necklace, the biggest necklace with genuine Yangon paint. Take the opportunity to come to the early bird market in the early hours of the day and experience a calm and very tranquil ambience to see the locals and friars praying in front of the bird market.
Return to your hotels for your morning meal. In the morning we will see the lying Buddha (Chaok-Htat-Gyi) and Mahabandoola-Plain. Relax after luncheon, take an afternoon walk around Bogyoke Market and then Bogyoke Market in Yangon's famed China Town and Yangon Jetty.
End your outing on the riverbank, where the colonial-style street gives the old Myanmar experience. In the mornings you will have free afternoon to catch the transfers to the Mandalay airfield. After your arrival in Mandalay, your tour leader will pick you up at the Mandalay International Airports and accompany you to your accommodation.
At the end of a break at the motel, you' ll see Mahamuni Image, where the locals are praying and pasting the golden piece of cardboard onto the Buddha to bless him. The Mahamuni painting takes you to a golden mill to see how the humans produce the sheet-glass. Shwenandaw, a monastery dating back to the nineteenth centuary, is famous for its carvings of Buddhist myth.
The Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddha ist the biggest Buddha story ever written. Mornings about 30 minutes driving to Legaing, the main city of the Legaing Division in Myanmar and the Ayeyarwady Rivier, 20 km south-west of Mandalay on the opposite shore of the city.
First, you' ll be visiting Maha Ganayon Kyaung Monastery to see several hundred Buddhist friars at 10:15am. You will then be taken to the U Bein Bridges, which are 1.2 kilometres long and the longest teak wooden bridges in the whole canyon. Drive on to Kaung Mu Taw pit; the domed pit stands up to 46m.
There are 812 columns of stones at the foot of the podium, each with a depression and a picture of a nat. Drive on to Sagaing hill, the mound has a series of small marshes and with many Buddhist centres and Soon U Ponya Shin mausoleum. It is on Sagaing mountain.
In Sagaing, you will have dinner at the village eatery and a brief rest, then you' ll be taken to Amarapura,'City of Immortality' 11 km from Mandalay and the old pagodaawgyi sanctuary, constructed in 1820 in the old city Inva. Early mornings transfers to the international airports for the internal flights to Bagan.
After your check-in in Bagan, your tour leader will greet you at the international airports and take you to your accommodation. Bagan, where you will be thrilled by the thousand Buddhist couples spreading out in the area of the ancient city of Bagan. You' ll be visiting the Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals buy groceries in their everyday lives, the Shwezigon Nyaung Oo Market, the biggest genuine golden colored Nyaung Oo Nyaung Oo in Bagan.
Relax in the hotter hours of the afternoons. Then, you' ll have a ride at sundown, scale the Shesandaw Pagoda at sundown and take the horse-drawn carriage back to the city. Transfers to the Aiport for the connecting flights to Heho, where you will be collected and brought to your lakefront in Inlesee.
Situated in the highlands of Myanmar, Inle Shores is about 3,000 ft above sealevel. You' ll be able to experience a different ambiance and a different ambiance from the central part of Myanmar. Once you have checked in at the guesthouse, you are free to spend your free time relaxing. Today's excursion is made with a long stern to see the lives of In-tha (name of the native population living on the lake), their own uniquely beautiful swimming farmhouses and the lives of the swimming town.
You' ll also see the indigenous fisherman paddle the vessel with one foot and the Long Neck Ladies resettled from the Myanmar -Thai borders. Transfers to the Yangon Airfield for the connecting flights to Yangon, then connection with the Saigon Airline, the business centre of Vietnam in the south.
After your check-in in Saigon, you will see your host at the international airports and be accompanied to the hotels. On the Saigon river in the evenings, you will be able to have a welcome meal on the Saigon cruiser, where you can admire the wonderful landscape of Saigon at noon. From Saigon to My Tho, take a full days trip to explore the Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam's "rice bowl".
We will take a personal cruise through the Mekong Delta to the centre of the Mekong Delta, take a cycling excursion (about 1 hour) to explore the towns and a cruise through the small channels. Return to Saigon in the afternoons. Later in the day you will see the Cu-Chi Tunnels to see the complicated system of tunnels that the Vietnamese constructed during the wartime.
After lunch, return to the town for a tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Pot Office, the city's Chinatown with the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai). Take a flight to Danang and book into the Hoian hotels. Visiting the Holy Land of My SON in the mornings, you will explore the destroyed sanctuary that was destroyed in the fourth world war.
Returning to Hoian, you' ll be visiting the historic old town of Hoian with its colourful village square, Tan Ky's old house, Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old covered overpass. They can also see the locals, breed silkworm and produce silks for the up-and-coming Hoi An textiles industries. At night the locals will put up the flashing lights, it will give you the impression of travelling back in history.
Indulge in the free time of the day to unwind. After your arrival in Hanoi you will be picked up from the international airports and accompanied to the hotels. Arrived in Halong Bay City, you will be greeted on a 4 hours long boat trip in the breathtaking cove where you will stop on the way to one of the region's lime-cave.
While you cruise, the boating team serves you a rich luncheon with shellfish. You will return to the harbour after 4 hrs, get back in your vehicle and drive back to your accommodation for another overnight in Hanoi. Mornings you will have a half days sightseeing trip to some of Hanoi's highpoints.
The Hoan Kiem Lake, the one-column pagoda, the temple of literature and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and its former residency (closed on Monday, Friday and all of Oct. and Nov.). After lunch you will be transferred to the international airports for your home trip.