Greater Mekong River Subregion Unique Experience
 

(Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Yunnan of China)
Private tour, daily departure
English speaking guide
Meals B&B
Trip code: VI-2305
 

 



Day 1: Arrive Bangkok (no meals)
Arrival at Bangkok airport, meet your English speaking guide at the meeting point's airport.
Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Bangkok city tour (B)
After breakfast your English speaking guide will pick you up to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual (chanting starts at 09.00 Hrs ) After this uplifting and often private experience visit  the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Wat Po is the oldest and largest Wat in Bangkok originated in the 16th
century and houses the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand as well as the greatest number of Buddha images. Wat Po is also the center for traditional Thai medicine and a learning center for Thai massage.
Continue to the Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majestic of the building and its throne halls; marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Take speed boat whisks you down the Chao Praya River and canals (Klongs) of Thonburi. You will drift past "floating kitchens" mobile shops and all kinds of colorful river scenery before stopping at the enchanting temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Your sightseeing day will end at the Royal Barge Museum.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Bangkok – Yagoon (B)
Fly from Bangkok to Yagoon on Airasia.
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaw for a short trip along the Yangon River. Then visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 4: Yangoon (B)
In the morning take the City Circle Train for a 2 ½ hours ride through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers, betelnut sellers, fortune tellers and continue sightseeing of Yangon: Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with it's Independence Monument and in the afternoon drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaws for a short trip along the the Yangon River, visit the Strand Hotel built in 1896, once described as the "leading hotel of the East" and proceed to Botataung Pagoda, where sacred hair relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined in it. Overnight in Yangon

Day 5: Yangoon – Bagan (B)
Morning take a flight to Bagan. Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments. In the afternoon visit to Mya Thitsa Workshop to see the various stages of the technique-s of lacquer production. It's amazing to watch 50 artists using many processes and this tradition of producing lacquer ware is recorded 170 years ago... and continues sightseeing of Bagan including Manuha Temple built in Mon style from 1059; Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Myinkabar), which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy sunset over terraces of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (B)
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 7: Inle Lake - Indein - Heho – Yangoon (B)
In the morning, visit one of the colorful markets in Inle Lake Area. Here in Inle Lake, the markets are not everyday. They are rotating on 5 days basics. Proceed by boat to Indein (appr. 1 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. Then take a flight to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 8: Yangoon – Flight to Bangkok – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)
Transfer to the International Airport, for the flight to Bangkok on Airasia then connect flight to Luang Prabang by PG flight.  
Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the potent local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand made of Jute Sar paper. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls - Vientiane (B)
Breakfast; this morning you may want to rise early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well known weaving village, return to the city to transfer to airport for your late afternoon flight to Vientiane by flight. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 11: Vientiane- Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at hotel, take city tour to see the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, and shopping at Morning Market to buy souvenir from Laos before transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to check in at hotel and overnight.

Day 12: Siem Reap – Bantey Srei temple (B)
Visit Bantey Srei temple, Banteay Srei is built largely of redsandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art. Continue to visit big cercle of Preak Khan, Neak Poan, Pre Up and Sara Srang
Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Angkor History Park (B)
AM: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom (this last capital was indeed a 'Great City' as its name implies and it served as the religious and administrative center of the vast and powerful Khmer Empire. It was grander than any city in Europe at that time and have supported a considerable population as high as one million) within Angkor Thom are Bayon (the giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most but not all sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points), Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper King. Back to Siem Reap Town.   
PM: Visit Ta Prom Temple then afterwards visit Angor Wat (Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus like towers rising 65 meters from the ground level. Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visitor to the temples of Angkor). Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Siem Reap – Phnompenh (B)
AM: Visit the Great Lake (Tonle Sap Lake) in Indochina with a 100km, in 1-2 hours cruise you will experience visiting the Fishing Villa where fisherman are living on the water, you will see how different their lives with other Fishing Villa around the world.  Back to Siem Reap Town, visit  Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’angkor, the place is in the Ministry of Education that was constructed in 1992, this place renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops. Free tour of different classes and workshops offer a glimpse into the unique skills training program, teaching young artists about the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian Artistry
PM: transfer to the bus station for departure to Phnom Penh 1230-1830 (Mekong Express Bus)
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in.  
Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Phnompenh city tour (B)
Visit Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the mosts conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (the Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha statues that were decorate and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Travelers will processd to visit Independent Monument which was constructed in 1945 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony, countinuing visit Wat Phnom.
In the after noon, traveler will be show back for Khmer rusin at Killing field and Toul Sleng museum (S21 prison). Over 2million Cambodian was killied on Khmer rusin.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Phnompenh – Chau Doc of Vietnam (B)
AM: After breakfast, you will shopping at the Centre market (call Psa Thmey) and Toul Tompong market, you will feel a bustling daily life of local people with Cambodian's special character through local specialties, their house, their face, Palaces and building of Khmer and Colonial style architectures.Transfer to the boat pier for speedboat to Chau Doc of Vietnam. Boat departs at 1300
Arrive Chau Doc at 1700, own arrangement transfer to Chau Pho hotel for check in. Overnight at hotel

Day 17: Chau Doc – Can Tho (B)
Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda
Depart Chau Doc for Can Tho with visit of Thot Not stork sanctuary
Arrive Can Tho, short visit of Can Tho city before checking in at hotel
Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Saigon (B)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Drive back Saigon
Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Saigon – Cu Chi tunnels – Tay Ninh -  Saigon (B)
In the morning, trip to Cu Chi, visit the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Continue to visit Tay Ninh, center of Cao Daism religion.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Saigon – night train to Danang (B)
Today, we will visit the bustling Saigon including Thien Hau pagoda, Notre Dame cathedral, former post office, former Presidential Palace, War Museum, China town with Ben Thanh market
In this, the largest of Vietnam’s cities, you will see the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life everywhere, and there is something invigorating about it all. Constrasting images of the exotic and mundane abound. There are the street markets, where bargains are struck and deals are done; the pavement cafes, where stereo speakers fill the surrounding streets with a melodious thumping beat; and the sleek new cafes and pubs, where tourists chat over beer, pretzels, coffee and croissants. A young office worker manoeuvres her Honda Dream through rush-hour traffic, long hair flowing, high heel working the break pedal. The sweating Chinese businessman chats on his cellular phone, cursing his necktie in the tropical heat.
Late check out not included.
Transfer to train station for night train to Danang, soft sleeper 4 berth comparment sharing (SE2, 1900-1236+1)
Overnight on train

Day 21: Danang train station – Hoian (B)
Pick up at train station at 1236hrs, transfer to Hoian
Check in at hotel
Explore Hoian charming town on foot.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Hoian – Danang - Hue (B)
Visit Marble Mountains and Cham Museum before going to Hue
Tradditionally, Hue has been one of Vietnam's main cultural, religious and educational centres. Today, its main attraction are the splendid tombs of the Nguyen emperors, several notable pagodas and the remains of the Citadel. Also, the local will nodoubt tell you repeatedly, the women of Hue are renowned for their beauty.
You will visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, King Tu Duc’s tomb (Tu Duc is a king but also a poet, so his mausoleum is a poet garden).
Overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Hue – train to Hanoi (B)
Boat trip on Perfume river to visit Thien Mu pagoda, King Minh Mang tomb (typical formal oriental style designed). 
Transfer to train station for overnight train to Hanoi on 4 person compartment soft sleeper sharing (SE2 1550/0540+1).
Overnight trip

Day 24: Hanoi – short citytour – Halong Bay with Bai Tho Junk (B,L,D)
Pick up early in the morning, transfer to Van Xuan for refresh and breakfast
Start at your hotel at 07:30, transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from outside, his former residence, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature
Continue to Halong Bay to board the Bai Tho junk
12:00 – 12:30: Welcome on board with welcome drink then check in deluxe cabin
13:00: Experience our fresh sea food set lunch while cruising
Heading to Bai Tu Long Bay
15:00: Visiting Vung Vieng floating fishing village
Unique trip by traditional rowing boat to visit one destination with two great sites as Vung Vieng – floating fishing village and Thung Cave (Cao Cave)
16:00: Free to swim at blue and clear sea water 
Heading to Ho Đong Tien (Fairy Lake) area to anchorage.
17:30: Enjoy trim class of flowers from fruits and roots  
18:30: Relax and enjoy sunset with cocktails.
19:15: Enjoy set fresh sea food dinner
20:30: Film collections.
Overnight on boat


Day 25: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – cyclo tour Hanoi – water puppetry (B,L)

06:00: Sunrise time
07:30: Breakfast.
08:30: Visit Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprise) with English speaking guide
Book and magazines collections
10:30: Transfer to Cua Vang restaurant for set asian lunch
11:00: Enjoy lunch
Return to Hanoi by private car, arrive in Hanoi about 16h00.
Visit Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple, explore Hanoi Old Streets by one hour cyclo ride In the evening and attend the famous performance of water puppetry.
Overnight in Van Xuan hotel.

Day 26: Hanoi - Overnight Train to Lao Cai (B)
21h00 in the evening pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, transfer to Hanoi train station for train to Laocai (Tourist Carriage, first class, 4person compartment with air-conditioning). The train departs approximate 2115 hours. Overnight trip
At approx. 05h20 AM: Pick up at Lao Cai station on arrival by train from Hanoi. A scenic 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains brings you to Sapa, approx. 1500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain of Vietnam, the Fansipan.
Breakfast at Hoa Sua restaurant
Time free to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape from your balcony. Continue a short drive by car brings you to the rim of a deep valley followed by a trekking which will take you to Ta Van village, home to Dzay and H’Mong minorities. Late afternoon stroll through the small alleys of the town centre. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 27: Sapa - Hekou - Jianshui (B)
Breakfast at hotel
Drive downhill Sapa to Laocai/Hekou Sino-Vietnamese boarder
0900 hours Hanoi's time (1000 hours, Beijing's time), our local Vietnamese guide will assist you with the cross-border formality then our local Yunnan guide will greet and accompany to Hekou.
Drive to Jianshui in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel

Day 28: Jianshui (B)
Breakfast at hotel
You will have time to appreciate the special architecture of the city: the Temple of Confucius set in a magnificent way with its glistening glazed tiles; the garden of the Family Zhu, a typical residential structure of Southern Yunnan built during the Qing Dynasty. Short walking tour in Jianshui to see the famous ancient wells still preserved in Jianshui.
Overnight at hotel

Day 29: Jianshui – Stone Forest (B)
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, visit of the Tuanshan village for its well preserved architecture and local village atmosphere and the Double Dragon bridge, one of the best example of a 17-arches bridge before heading to the Stone Forest
Overnight at hotel

Day 30: Stone Forest – Kunming (B)
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, discover one of China's most remarkable phenomena consisiting of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 200 million years ago
In the afternoon, drive to Kunming. On the way, you will visit the Golden Temple, a unique Taoist temple cast in bronze, and end Overnight at hotel

Day 31: Kunming – Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, drive to the Western Hills followed by a 10-minute chair-lift ride up the hill. From the top you will enjoy a beautiful view of Kunming and its surroundings before taking a path down to the famous "Dragon Gate". On the way you will also have the opportunity to visit the Huating temple, the largest Buddhist complex in Kunming.
Transfer to airport for departure or transfer to your hotel

 

     

 

 


Valid from 01-Oct-2014 to 30-Sep-2015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$8190

$5025

 

Superior (3 star)

$9040

$5415

 

 

Supplement for airfare Bangkok - Yangon - Bangkok - Luang Prabang at $585 per person (price is subject to change) 

Supplement for airfare Luang Prabang to Vientiane at $120 per person (price is subject to change) 

Supplement for airfare Vientiane to SiemReap at $250 per person (price is subject to change) 

 Price inclusive

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a double room.
  • All airport transfers
  • Air-conditioned ground transportation
  • All boat, ferry and train transportation as noted
  • Admissions to all noted attractions (Angkor Wat 2 day visitor´s pass)
  • Halong Bay overnight junk fee
  • Boat Phnompenh - Chau Doc
  • Intra-Vietnam airfares: Hanoi-Hue, Danang-Saigon (airport tax included).
  • Intra Myanmar: Yangoon - Bagan - Heho - Bagan (airport tax included)
  • Service of an English speaking local stationed guide
Price exclusive
  • Flight Bangkok – Luang Prabang (departure tax: $14), flight Vientaine – Siem Reap (departure tax: $11), and flight Yangoon - Bangkok (departure tax: $11) 
  • Immigration fees to Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China
  • Airport departure taxes (other than mentioned included above)
  • Meals other than noted
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Hotels used for Standard class with fixed hotels in Yunnan, China
City Hotel & room type Website
Bangkok Democ hotel, standard room www.hoteldemoc.com
Yangon Thamada/Superior room Not available
Bagan Thazin Garden Hotel/Superior room www.thazingardenhotel.com
Inle Lake Paradise Inle Resort/Superior room www.inleparadise.com
Luang Prabang Villa Ban Lao hotel, standard room Not available
Vientiane Hotel Lao, standard room Not available
Siem Reap Golden Orange hotel, standard room www.goldenorangehotel.com
Phnompenh Luxury World hotel, standard room www.hotelluxuryworld.com
Chau Doc Chau Pho hotel, standard room Not available
Can Tho Ninh Kieu 2, superior room www.ninhkieuhotel.vn
Saigon An An 2 (standard room) http://www.anan2hotel.vn/html/
Hoian Vinh Hung 2 (standard room) http://www.vinhhunghotels.com.vn/hoi-an-vinh-hung-2-hotel.htm
Hue Hue Holiday hotel (superior room) www.hueholidayhotel.com
Hanoi Duc Thai (superior) or
Hanoi Holiday (superior room)
http://www.holidayhanoihotel.com
www.ducthaihotel.com
Halong Bay Bai Tho Traditional Junk
Hai Long Junk
http://www.halongsails.com
http://www.hailongjunk.com
Sapa Thai Binh or Eden http://www.thaibinhhotel.com
http://www.sapaedenhotel.com
Jianshui Lian Hotel, standard room Not available
Stone Forest Tianqi Hotel, standard room Not available
Kunming Camellia hotel, standard room www.kmcamelliahotel.com

Hotels used for Superior class with fixed hotels in Yunnan, China
City Hotel & room type Website
Bangkok The Montien hotel, standard room www.hoteldemoc.com
Yangoon Inyna Lake hotel, superior room http://www.inyalakehotel.com/
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel/Deluxe room www.hotelbaganthande.com
Inle Lake Inle Resort/Duplex room www.inleresort.com
Luang Prabang Villa Maydou hotel http://www.villamaydou.com/
Vientiane Novotel, standard room www.novotel.com
Siem Reap Angkor Holiday Hotel, superior room www.angkorholidayhotel.com
Phnompenh Castle hotel, deluxe room www.hotelcastle.com.kh
Chau Doc Chau Pho hotel, best room Not available
Can Tho Kim Tho hotel, superior room www.kimtho.com
Saigon Elios or Sapphire (superior room) http://www.sapphirehotel.com.vn
http://www.elioshotel.vn
Hoian Hoian hotel, superior room www.hoiantourist.com/hoianhotel/english/index.html
Hue Asia hotel, deluxe room www.asiahotel.com.vn
Hanoi Medallion (superior)
Boss (superior)
http://www.medallion-hanoi.com
http://www.bosshanoihotel.com
Halong Bay Bai Tho Traditional Junk
Hai Long Junk
http://www.halongsails.com
http://www.hailongjunk.com
Sapa Chapa Garden Boutique hotel and spa or,
Sapa Rooms Boutique hotel
http://www.chapagarden.com
http://www.saparooms.com
Jianshui Lian Hotel, standard room Not available
Stone Forest Tianqi Hotel, standard room Not available
Kunming Camellia hotel, standard room www.kmcamelliahotel.com
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