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Vietnam & Myanmar Impression

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh – Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake
From: $1234
  • Horse carriage in Bagan
  • The floating garden in Inle Lake, Myanmar
  • A fish market in Yangon
  • Hoi An old town
  • The painting of The Huc bridge and Ngoc Son temple, Hanoi
  • A corner of Saigon nowaday

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Overview
Tour Code: BTID10
This tour reveals to you the fascinating essence of Vietnam from its North, Central and South then Myanmar with Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake. Riding a cyclo through 36 ancient streets of Hanoi or practicing Tai Chi on a junk boat’s deck amid the mistic beauty of Ha Long Bay in the morning are just a typical part on your Northern experience. The central itinerary will treat you to a unique Asian cultural blend in architecture and lifestyles in the world heritage town of Hoi An along with elegant relics of tombs and citadels of the Nguyen royal dynasty in the former imperial capital of Hue. Down South in Ho Chi Minh City, apart from extensive sightseeing, you will come to appreciate the extraordinary courage and creativity of Vietnamese in war times manifested through a complex underground resistance base famously known as the Cu Chi tunnels.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, remains unknown to the world for centuries. It is the enigma makes the country becoming one of the most visited destinations in Southeast Asia. In this tour, you will have chance to discover this ancient land and its well-preserved spiritual rituals. Explore the expansive Buddhist temples and monasteries of Bagan, picnic beside ancient temples, taste local cigars, chat with skillful artisans. Glide silently past local Shan villagers and their centuries-old stilt houses on the serene waters of Inle Lake in this time-locked land and tour the colonial-era city of Yangon. A long list of interesting sites for visiting, refined local cuisine and comfortable accommodation are part of the package.
Itinerary Day by Day

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Meals: No
Accommodation: Larosa Hanoi hotel (3*)

Morning, start a city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Lunch at La Vong Restaurant (The Angler) with its famous signature dish “Cha Ca” made from river catfish fillets fried with herbs and onion, and is served with roasted peanuts and rice noodles. You will experience one of the best dishes in Hanoi and taste Hanoi local wine.

Afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long with its ruins and reconstruction, a UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage Site whose history dates back to 1010 and ranging over four dynasties of Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen. Proceed to the city’s central area to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Its name “Returned Sword” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Larosa Hanoi hotel (3*)

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Glory Cruise in Halong Bay (3*)

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Da Nang (lunch en route on the way to airport). Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hoi An. Hotel check-in and time at leisure.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An hotel (3*)

Morning, start touring Hoi An to discover the ancient charm of a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Last but not least, stroll through some villages and the vibrant local market to observe the local daily life still carrying an old-fashioned touch from the past.

Afternoon, free time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kiman Hoi An hotel (3*)

Morning, transfer to airport for flight to Saigon. Formerly named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor.

Fly from Danang to Saigon. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

At 6:30pm you will be picked up at your hotel to start the cyclo tour where you can experience the busy life of local people. Around 7:30pm, dinner will be at local restaurant serving Vietnam cuisine style at the Indochine Saigon Hotel. After dinner, your guide will accompany you to the Ben Thanh market for a walking tour to see the bustle of the night market. The tour will finish at your hotel at 9:30pm.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Elios hotel (3*)

Morning, transfer to Cu Chi District about 75 km Northwest of downtown Saigon (max 08 pax). Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, form a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Saigon that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral as a French-built neo-Roman cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, former Presidential Palace, Thien Hau Pagoda which was built in 1760 to worship a female Sea deity and Cho Lon, the city’s China town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Elios hotel (3*)

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Yangon, Myanmar. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

On arrival at the Yangon international airport, welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel for check in and has a rest (Check in time is 14:00 and early check in is subject to availability). The former capital Yangon is the largest city and the most important commercial center in Myanmar.

Afterwards, visit the 2,600 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese can be seen from almost anywhere in Yangon. You will start at the eastern staircase where you will find the shops selling various religious items and other unique objects. Upon reaching at the main platform, witness the colors transform on the 100-meter pagoda which is literally covered with over 60 tons of gold leaf. Then return to the hotel. Dinner will be on own account.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Green Hill Hotel (3*)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Nyaung U (Bagan). Featuring more than 2000 red brick temples scattered across an area of 41 square kilometers in the central region of Myanmar, Bagan is known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia.

Upon arrival, start your sightseeing in Bagan with a visit to the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda considered to be the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; constructed by King Anarahta in the early 11th century. Continue your visit to Kyansittha U Min, Htilominlo Temple and Gubyaukgyi Temple which has an exquisite mural painting of 13th century. Also visit to Manuha Temple built in 1059, and Nan Phaya which has been built in the 11th century by the Mon King Manuha. Then move on to some workshops of lacquer wares and wood crafts to learn about local production. Transfer back to your hotel for refreshment.


In the afternoon, drive to the jetty and board on a private boat along the majestic Ayarwaddy River towards Kyaukgu U Min. Enjoy the fabulous scenes of local lives on the water while cruising. Stop to explore a riverside village and observe the lives of the residents there before reaching Kyaukgu U Min, built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols according to the legend. After your exploration, a combination of a relaxing cruise and car will take you back to the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be on your own account.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: BawgaTheiddhi Hotel  hotel (3*)

OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN
Your glorious morning will start with an exciting hot-air balloon ride over this ancient city of Bagan. You will enjoy an exotic view when the sun begins to rise over the Ayarwaddy River. (Only available from October through March).

Today, you will explore the settlement of Nyaung U and neighboring villages. Start with a visit to the vibrant Nyaung U Market the busy market in New Bagan with great opportunities of photographing and mingling with the locals, watch how they earn their daily lives. Explore a local village nearby, and if you wish, continue to the lesser-known temples and monuments in the area for the remainder of the morning.

In the afternoon, you will visit to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece constructed in "Mon" style, one of Bagan's most wonderful temples. From here, you will continue by a horse cart for an excursion to Oak Kyaung Monastery decorated with multi-colour mural paintings, ThatbyinnyuTemple, Bagan’s tallest temple, gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork and, Sulamani Temple. Proceed to Shwesantaw Pagoda to enjoy the breath-taking sunset over the Ayarwaddy River and the various temples from the upper terrace of the temple. Transfer back to your hotel for overnight. Lunch and dinner will be on own account.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: BawgaTheiddhi Hotel  hotel (3*)

After breakfast, transfer by car about an hour to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, welcome by our guide and drive to NyaungShwe town located adjacent to Inle Lake through the scenic Shan hills. En route, stop to visit to the rural workshops that produce traditional Shan paper and handcrafted umbrellas. On arrival, take a short tour around this charming Shan town including visit to one of the tomato warehouse where the tomatoes are sorted and priced for sales and some of the many monasteries and nunneries in the town. Then aboard on a private motorboat to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most fascinating sights.

In the afternoon, observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and their floating gardens. Visit NgahpeChaung Monastery with the decoration of gold gilded wooden Buddha images and numerous teak pillars. This temple was famous for its jumping cats in the past. Proceed to the PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the most famous pagoda in the lake containing five sacred images of Buddha covered in gold leaf. Move on to some of the workshops making inconceivable woven items from lotus silk, cigar, blacksmiths or silver smiths. Return to hotel by boat. Lunch and dinner will be on your own account.


Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: HupinKhaung Dine Resort (3*)

After breakfast at hotel, visit the colorful floating market which rotates its location between the villages in a 5-day schedule (the market is closed on dark moon and full moon days). Then, take one-hour boat ride to the Indein Pagoda Complex, where you will walk through the bamboo forests and enjoy an exciting view of over a thousand of pagodas and stupa ruins.

In the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel and check out. Enjoy your last boat ride on the way back to NyaungShwe. Then, proceed by car to the Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, picked up by our guide and transferred to the downtown of Yangon to visit Bogyoke Market also known as  Scott Market, where you can find the extensive collection of traditional crafts and souvenirs (the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). After sunset, head to China town to visit the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese Temple and the lively night market. Then, you will return to the hotel for overnight. Lunch and dinner will be on own account.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Green Hill Hotel (3*)

After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer with guide to the airport for your departure flight onward.

Meals: Breakfast
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 
What's excluded
  • International & Domestic flight tickets 
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other service not stated in the program
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Hotels Used in This Tour
Larosa hotel Hanoi tours Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Address: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists.



Glory Halong CruiseHalong: Halong Glory Cruise or similar

Address: Tuan Chau Port, Tuan Chau Island, Halong, Vietnam

Description: Featured in each room, among other amenities, are desk, television, in room safe. Tours, room service, laundry service/dry cleaning are some of the extra comforts you'll find at this Halong cruise.

Facilities for recreation and leisure available include jacuzzi. Everything the cruise does is centered around the guest' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.



Thanh Lich Hue HotelHue: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar

Address: 33 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hue City Central, Hue, Vietnam

Description: Well-positioned in Hue City Central, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Central Hospital, Notre Dame Cathedral, Perfume River.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, express check-in/check-out, dry cleaning, 24-hour room service, laundry service.

The ambiance of Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is reflected in every guestroom. blackout curtains, shower, toiletries, bathrobes, clothes dryer are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, garden, massage, indoor pool. Thanh Lich Hotel Hue is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Hue.



Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tourHoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar 

Address
461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

DescriptionKiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation. Kiman Hotel in Hoi An is the ideal accommodation choice for a weekend break, mid-week indulgence, business trip to Hoi An or an overnight stopover.






Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similar

Address: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1 Saigon, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.


Yagon: Best Western Green Hill Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

Address: No. 12, Po Sein Road, Tamwe Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Description: Best Western Green Hill Hotel, located in Northern Yangon, Yangon, is a popular choice for travelers. The excitement of the city center is only 01.6 Km away. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Karaweik Hall, Bogyoke Aung San Museum, Yuzana Plaza.

At Best Western Green Hill Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are restaurant, luggage storage, 24-hour room service, coffee shop, elevator.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Best Western Green Hill Hotel.



Bagan: BawgaTheiddhi Hotel (Dlx) or similar

Address: No 10 , Myat lay Street , Anaw Ra Htar Block , Na Ra Theinga Quarter, New Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar

Description: Offering quality accommodations in the religious interests, culture, sightseeing district of Bagan, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies 6.7 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

50 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as separate shower and tub, television LCD/plasma screen, in room safe, desk, mini bar can be found in selected rooms. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including massage, spa, golf course (on site), outdoor pool, hot tub. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel hits the spot in many ways.



Inle Lake: Hupin Inle Khaung Daing Village Resort (Deluxe cottage) or similar

Address: Nyaung Shwe Township, Inle Lake West Corridor Rd, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Description: The Inle Khaung Daing Village Resort is situated on the west bank of Inle Lake, the second largest natural lake in Myanmar, situated 875 meters above sea level, 22Km long and 11 Km wide. Inle Lake sandwiched between the hazy blue eastern shan mountains, is famous as the unique place of leg-rowers in the world, with floating gardens and monasteries built on stilts. It is supposed to be the most beautiful scenic spot of Myanmar, well known as "Venice of The East".  The greatest event is the celebration of the Phaung Daw Oo buddha statues peregrination festival. Once in every year, during the seventh month of Myanmar calendar year, (mostly September/October) The inthas use to place the Phaung Daw Oo buddha statues on a decorated royal barge surrounded by canoes and power boats for the processing around the inle lake.  At that time, you can see the inthas' traditional and the unique leg-rowing competition.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for flight ticket by Vietnam airline: Subject to be changed without prior notice
•    Hanoi (HAN) – Hochiminh (SGN):              US$ 145/ pax/ way
•    Hochiminh (SGN) – Yangon (RGN):           US$320/pax/way
•    Yangon (RGN) – Nyanung U (Bagan):        US$135/pax
•    Nyaung U (Bagan) – Heho (Inle Lake):       US$102/pax
•    Heho (Inle Lake) – Yangon:                         US$135/pax


IMPORTANT NOTE:

• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 18 for dinner
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
• Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:

SPECIAL OFFER:
• [Free] Mineral water is available during transfers
• [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
• [Free] Traditional Gifts
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.
 

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