11 DayEssential Vietnam and Cambodia Vacation is another great itinerary that allow travelers to discover best destinations in Myanmar and Vietnam. Generally we have been planned following tour package for those with limited time but with interest to visit both countries in less than two week.
Note: The itinerary is extendable upon request, make sure to check our our Vietnam Tour Packages
You will be warmly welcomed on arrival at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time before a welcome dinner at a chic restaurant and an overnight stay in Saigon
In the morning you will have a half day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel for what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War.
In the afternoon you will take a private city tour of HCMC, the country’s commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You will visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If desired, you can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum. Next you will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city’s most upscale shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. You will stay overnight in Saigon
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, a city with rich history and culture, reflecting the strong architectural influence of China and France. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. Then, in the late afternoon, you will be enchanted by the stories told in the water puppet show, a must see in Hanoi! You will then stay overnight in this charming metropolis
Today you will have a fullday city tour and shopping adventure in Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. You’ll explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Then, you can enjoy people watching at stylish cafes before shopping for impressive modern art in the city’s many galleries. You will also visit Hanoi’s main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature and the very impressive Museum of Ethnology. IT is one of the finest museums in Vietnam, with many exhibits, pictures and model houses of the 54 ethnic minorities inhabiting Vietnam. You will then have an overnight stay in Hanoi
In the morning you will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City you will be welcomed on board for a fourhour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As you are cruising, the boat crew will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch. Afterwards, you’ll sail back to the harbor and rejoin your car back to head back to Hanoi for another overnight stay.
Note: Your stay in Vietnam could be extended with 1 more day to experience our exciting Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
Get ready for a flight from Hanoi to Yangon, the largest city of Myanmar. arrive and check in at your hotel. spend the rest of the day at your own relaxation.
In the early evening, you will visit the Strand jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and where you will see Yangon’s River, which offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities. You will then embark upon an evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda (a true landmark and one of Myanmar’s greatest wonders). Next, you will have a world class buffet dinner at Karaweik Hall, a luxury modern restaurant which is in the form of a huge Myanmar mythical bird and sits at the water’s edge. You will then stay overnight in Yangon
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. Located in the Ayeyarwaddy Basin of central Myanmar, Bagan has about 2,000 pagodas and temples representing Myanmar cultural heritage from the 11th-13th Century AD.
Highlights for this morning will be a visit to the stunning Shwezigone Pagoda (a prototype for later Myanmar pagodas), Ananda Temple (considered by many to be the most beautiful of Bagan temples), Kyansittha Umin (a small tunnel with 13th Century mural paintings), Gubyaukgyi Temple (built by Prince Rajakuma, son of King Kyansittha). During your one hour lunch break at the river facing restaurant, you can observe daily life on the Ayryarwaddy River.
After lunch, you will visit lacquer ware makers and see how to produce quality lacquer ware, and industry which is thought to have begun in Myanmar (specifically around Bagan) around the 12th or 13th Century. You will continue your tour by visiting Bagan’s most massive shrine, the Damayangyi Temple (extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides) and Thatbyinnyut Pagoda (the tallest in Bagan, standing almost 200 feet high).
You will also have a chance to take an optional pony cart ride among the ancient pagodas and temples. You will this section of the tour at the terrace of the Shwesandaw Pagoda (a great spot to view the sunset over Bagan). You will then be thrilled to have a special dinner, during which you can watch a traditional puppet show at Nanda restaurant before an overnight stay in Bagan.
There will be an early morning transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will take an excursion to Amarapura, which means “City of Immortality” and which was founded in 1783 AD. You’ll then visit Mahaganthayon Monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar.
Next, you will enjoy the serenity of the U Bein wooden bridge (constructed in 1849 and measuring about three quarters of a mile long) and Taung-Ta-Man Lak (which always enchants visitors). After your hotel check in, you will continue your tour by visiting visit Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image (the most ancient bronze cast Buddha image in Myanmar) and the reconstructed Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace.
This golden palace represents Myanmar’s sovereignty and independence, which arouses national patriotic spirit among Myanmar people. Then you will be on your way to the handicraft workshops, where you will witness tings such as bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving. In the afternoon, you will visit Cathode Pagoda, which is often called the world’s largest book because it is home to a set of 729 huge stone slabs, on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed.
You will finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, a natural watchtower where visitors can watch the sunrise or sunset over the city plains. You’ll then have an overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Heho. Upon arrival, you will take a scenic journey to Nyaung Shwe Jetty, traveling through the hilly and winding road over the Shan Plateau. After hotel check in, you will enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake for the whole day.
Your sightseeing will start with a visit to the Phaungdawoo Pagoda, which houses five small Buddha images. The temple is also home to an annual festival, usually held during the month of October and which is the biggest occasion held in the Inle Lake area.
The next must see stop is Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s and where you can see the popular jumping cats leap through hoops. You will also have the option to see “Padaung” or the “Long-neck Karen” hill tribe.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to local silverware, silk, lotus and iron workshops. If time permits, you can ask your guide to go and see the Shan paper makers, before and overnight stay at your hotel on the lake
You will take a boat transfer to the jetty and a car transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, you will continue your Yangon city tour with a visit to Lawka Chanthar, the world’s biggest marble Buddha and royal white elephant.
On the way, you may stop at the Naga Cave Monastic School, where you can learn the Myanmar monastic education system. You also have the option to visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding areas, which offer numerous photo opportunities.
After lunch, you can go shopping in the Bogyoke market (formerly “Scott Market”) where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics, lacquer ware and so on. You can also visit China Town markets selling fresh fruits, flowers and local delicacies.
Time permitting, your guide will bring you to the famous MK gems shop, where high quality gems are displayed in eight different decorated show rooms. This is just one example of why Myanmar is the world number one producer of precious stones. In the late evening, you will visit the International Business Centre (IBC) building, on the bank of Inya Lake, before an overnight stay in Yangon