Welcome to Wonders of Southeast Asia
Day (1) Arrival of Myanmar (D)
After landing in Myanmar at the Mandalay International Airport, your local expert will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities for this arriving day, just relax at the hotel while waiting for your travel mates. In the evening we will venture out into the city to enjoy your first Burmese dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Mandalay, Myanmar
Day (2) Mandalay City Tour & Amarapura (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, your first place to visit is the Zay Cho market, the oldest and most important market in the city. Although its name means: ‘Cheap Market’ it is where everything which is imported from other countries enters Myanmar, such as farm goods, minerals, clothes. Much is imported from China and India as Mandalay is situated between these two countries. Exploring this bustling market will offer you a great opportunity to understand local commerce and a treasure trove for all photographers. It’s very colorful and the largest market in the country for upper or central Myanmar.
After the market, we will proceed to the marble carving village where you will see white limestone being carved into religious images and individual landmark monuments. The expertise and skill of the artists who create lifelike forms out of marble will fascinate you as they are able to turn cold marble into soothing faces with soft eyes and delicate features. After this excursion, we will have lunch nearby. As the afternoon begins to heat up, you will return to your hotel to relax and have the option of cooling in the pool.
In the evening, you will be driven to Amarapura to see the U Bein bridge which was built in 1846 and is considered to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world, 1.2 km. Walk across the bridge then return by boat to watch the sunset on Lake Taungthaman. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Overnight in Mandalay, Myanmar
Day (3) Cruising from Mandalay to Bagan (B/L)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will visit a bustling jade market. It is the largest jade market in the country for upper and central Myanmar. Not many tourists visit this working market as it is a serious place for sellers and buyers of jade, but you will definitely enjoy knowing you are part of the excitement of everyday activities. You will watch how jade dealers determine the qualities of the best stones, how it is cut and polished, and how merchants use their phones in this the ancient craft.
Afterward, we will drive to the Manyane Chan boat jetty to take a boat on the Irrawaddy River to the city of Bagan. The boat ride will take approximately 6.5 hours and promises to be one of your most memorable activities in Myanmar. During this trip, you will see how the mighty river influences the daily lives of many people who fish, wash their clothes on the rocks along the river bed, bath, gather water and depend on the river to sustain their farms. Hundred of water buffalos, cows other animals and will stop as you drift by, lifting their heads slowly to watch you. In addition, the scenery along the river will help you imagine the history of Myanmar, it’s political strife, commerce and everyday livelihoods of villagers. Lunch and coffee will be serviced on the boat. Expect to reach Bagan in the early evening. Once we arrive in Bagan you will check into your hotel, freshen up, go swimming or enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Bagan, Myanmar
Day (4) Touring the Market, Orphanage & Bagan Temple (B/D)
Have an easy morning, leave your hotel after breakfast to visit the Nyaung U market where you will see the local bustling morning lives, explore this market for a while, then venture out to visit the temple of Bagan and have lunch.
Following lunch, a special visit to an orphanage will allow you to meet Buddhist monks and one hundred orphans who live and receive their education at this orphanage. The orphans come from every section of the country. Sadly the children have lost one or both parents or have been abandoned. However, once you visit you see smiling faces of all ages, those who have made a home, friends and excel in learning. To help this orphanage, both the local villagers and guests offer rice and/or schooling supplies to help. Once we finish our visit to the orphanage you will return to your hotel to relax and avoid the afternoon heat.
In the evening, we will take bicycles and visit Minnunthu Village where the local craft is Lacquer Ware. You will have the opportunity to learn about the arts and crafts and/or continue biking to where we will climb a small hill that overlooks Began and it’s temples for lovely sunset view. Once you have watched the golden and orange sunset outlining the shapes of the temples, dinner will follow with a special treat. While dining you will be entertained with a Traditional Burmese Puppet show.
Overnight In Bagan, Myanmar
Day (5) Fly to Yangon & Shwe Dagon Pagoda (B/L)
Have breakfast at your hotel, then drive to Nyaung Oo airport to fly to Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar. It is an hour flight. Once you land at Yangon airport you will be taken directly to your hotel, to check-in, drop off your bags then head out to have a traditional Burmese lunch. This will be the last opportunity to shop for Burmese items at Bogyoke Market, which is the largest indoor market in southeast Asia.
Afterward, visit the world-famous site called Shwedagon Pagoda. According to historians and legends, the pagoda was built 2500 years ago, It is an important religious site for worship, but also houses 6th and 21st-century art which you can view. Afterward, dinner will follow at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Yangon, Myanmar
Day (6) Fly from Yangon to Chiangmai , Visit Wat Pra Doi Suthep Temple & 3D Art Museum (B/D)
Flying to Chiangmai Thailand, welcome to the land of smile your first day in Thailand and you will be transferred to your hotel then check in and be ready for your first time popular Thai meal lunch. Then you will be visiting the Wat Pra doi sutep Temple, this is the most famous and scare temple in Chiangmai and it has a long history with the age of over 600 years old. Then you will go visit the Art in Paradise 3d Art Museum. Then go back to the hotel and be ready for your lovely traditional cultural show dinner. Good night.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day (7) Visit Elephant Sanctuary & Night Market (B/L)
After breakfast you will be heading to the elephant sanctuary camp which is about an hour away from Chiangmai today is your outdoor adventure day and you will spend a whole day of your time with elephants in nature, and you will also learn how to arrange herbal medicine for those elephant in the jungle, and then back to hotel, relax at the hotel and after relaxed you will go to the famous Chiang Mai night market and will do some shopping. Good night.
Overnight in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Day (8) Old Wooden Temple & Cooking Class (B/L)
Relax day, after your breakfast, we will visit some old Wooden temple in the downtown and then heading to your Thai meal cooking class you will cook your own lunch and back to the hotel then checkout from the hotel and fly to Bangkok. Check in to hotel and dinner then good night.
Overnight in Bangkok, Thailand
Day (9) Visit Ayutthaya The Ancient Capital of Thailand (B)
Today you will make early visit to floating market and then continue your visit to the ancient capital of Thailand named Ayutthaya and you will have lunch there. Then come back to your hotel and get some relax and be ready for your dinner time at the Asiatique, the most popular waterfront market in Asia and you will be riding the Ferris wheel and do some shopping, spending your evening at Asiatique and have dinner there then drive back to your hotel and good night. A night out as optional in (Khao San Road)
Overnight in Bangkok, Thailand
Day (10) Grand Palace & Famous Temples of Bangkok (B/D)
After breakfast you will be visiting the famous Bangkok Grand Palace, then the world’s second largest reclining Buddha and it temple called Wat Pho, then you will have lunch at the river bank, after lunch you will get on the long tail boat and start for the Canal Tour, on the way you will visit Wat Arun temple. Then go back to the hotel and get some relax and take your own time until dinner, you will have cruise dinner tonight and it’s your last night in bangkok. Good night.
Overnight in Bangkok, Thailand.
Please Learn more about the places we will visit while we are in Thailand by clicking links below
Chiang Mai, Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai night bazaar,
Day (11) Fly to Hanoi Vietnam
After having breakfast at the hotel and make little late check out, we will drive to Airport, and on the way we will visit to the Marble Temple. After that continue driving to airport and, we will have lunch at airport before flying to Vietnam. Once you have landed at the Hanoi airport, you will transfer to your hotel and relax before leaving for dinner on your own. There are unlimited choices for you ranging from Italian, local or western. The evening is yours to enjoy as you will.
Overnight in Hanoi, Vietnam
Day (12) City tour of Hanoi, Religious Sites & Museums
Today is your first-day city tour in Hanoi. You will experience what is commonly known as the world’s, craziest motorbike traffic imaginable. There are ~4 million motorbikes in Hanoi being used as a daily transportation mode. You will have the chance to learn how to cross a busy street in Vietnam with a local guide. This is a type of Badge of Honor for a foreign visitor. Of course, this activity is optional but we will assure you that you will be well protected and prepared before.
Once you achieve your Badge of Honor, you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and give respect to Uncle Ho who is the national hero of Vietnam. Uncle Ho’s body has been preserved by being embalmed. You will learn about Chi Minh’s life and visit his home museum. Your visit to Hanoi will also include the French colonial Building used for former Indochina Governors and the bulletproof vehicles which Chi Minh received as a present from the Soviet Union and from Vietnam citizens who lived abroad.
After finished visiting Ho Chi Minh mausoleum you will visit The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university from the early century. Here you will learn a great deal about the past century of education. This will be followed by lunch.
Finishing lunch you will visit the most famous of prisons in Indochina called: Hanoi Hilton. You will also learn about the war between the Vietnamese against the French invasion, and Vietnam & American war. We will also visit the War Museum which will be followed by a return to the hotel to relax.
Once you are refreshed, you will take a fun rickshaw ride around the old quarter of the city where you will witness the daily living of everyday people, as well as colonial architecture styled building, followed by dinner. Return back to the hotel and prepare to wake up early tomorrow for Halong Bay.
Overnight in Hanoi, Vietnam
Day (13) Day One of Cruise Ship Adventure
After breakfast, you will be driven, for three hours, to Halong Bay, one of the World’s 7 Natural Wonders. When you arrive at Halong Bay you will check into your 4 Star Cruise Ship and have lunch, this is your luxury time to enjoy the stunning views of the bay. The cruise will be your home for a day. You will have a chance to swim at the beaches, hike the mountains, play beach volleyball and kayak as part of your day’s activities. In addition, there is a cooking class at sunset on the sundeck, then dinner and squid fishing, which is optional, at night.
Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Day (14) Day Two of Cruise Ship and Hanoi
Start your early morning with a mindful Taichi lesson while looking out onto the morning’s sunrise, this will be followed by breakfast. Once you feel recharged you will be ready to explore the sacred cave that has existed for millions of years. Spend time at the cave and enjoy the view of the bay until you return to the cruise ship for brunch, around 9:30 am. After brunch, be ready to say goodbye to your cruise and drive back to Hanoi, stopping on the way to visit a pearl farm. Once back in Hanoi check in to your hotel and get ready for a water puppet show which is the most popular traditional art show of Vietnam, followed by shopping in the old quarter and dinner.
Overnight In Hanoi, Vietnam
Day (15) Visit the world heritage site of Vietnam
Drive to Nin Binh the world heritage site of Vietnam and you will be first visiting the scare site of Different Buddhist Religion temple of the Bái Đính Pagoda the largest temple in Vietnam, then drive to Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex and stop for lunch then, you will be visiting on the most stunning view of Tràng An, a scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam renowned for its boat cave tours, the skull island and several Buddhist temples with the most stunning view on the lake you will be visiting. On 23 June 2014, at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be spending most of your day here and drive back to Hanoi. This is your last day of Vietnam and you will have buffet dinner at the local and western style buffet with over 50 different dishes the restaurant called The Sun.
Tip to learn more about Hanoi Vietnam please click the links below to learn more about each place in Hanoi.
Hanoi, Hochiminh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Military Museum, Hanoi Hilton, Old Quarter, Halong Bay Trang An, Bai Dinh Temple
Overnight In Hanoi, Vietnam,Vietnam
Day ( 16 ) Fly home
Your Departure day and what ever you like you will continue for your jurney or going back home we will drop you off at the airport. Have a safe flight back home. Hope to see you again soon and bye.