HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA & MYANMAR
COME AND EXPLORE TWO OF THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE SOUTHEAST!
The temple complexes of Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar are the two great wonders in the Southeast Asia. Both of them boast a vast number of historic temples, oft-photographed sunrises and sunsets, and a magnitude of scale unimaginable to anyone but an art historian. In Cambodia, discover the country’s fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh’s heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. In Myanmar, visit the awesome pagodas in Yangon, the ancient temples in Bagan, cruise on the magical Inle Lake and the cultural centre of Mandalay in Myanmar.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO PHNOM PENH (-/-/-)
Arrival by flight at Siem Reap International Airport by afternoon flight TBC meet & greet by our professional guide who will introduce you briefly history, culture and various aspects of Cambodia lives. Directly transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure in hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap. Lunch and dinner on your own account.
DAY 2 – PHNOM PENH – FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP (B/L/-)
Optional Tour: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
Phare Cambodian Circus young and talented artists performed in Siem Reap with always energetic and unique performances in the very heart of the Cradle and Civilization of Cambodia! Reserved seats in the front of the stage + 1 bottle of water + 1 gift from Phare Ponleu Selpak. (Price per person – USD 35)
Breakfast in hotel, transfer to South Gate of Angkor Thom, visit Bayon Temple located at the centre of Angkor Thom City. It is known for the 216 giant mysterious faces carve on the 54 towers, each posing a differing mysterious smile, keeping watch of each compass point. On the walls of the galleries are many bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, great battles and military processions during Angkor period and Phimean Akas, Baphuon, Terraces of Elephant and King Leper. Then visit Ta Prohm Temple was built in the memory of the King Jayavarman VII’s mother. When found by the French conservators at the end of the 19th century, they deliberately left this temple in the same condition as it was discovered.In the afternoon, visit one of the most popular temples of the Angkor Complex Angkor Wat Temple, and surrounding sites. This is the largest temple complex in the world, a marvel of art and architecture, both Hindu and Buddhist. Enjoy the Sunset view from the top of Pre Rup-temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account.
DAY 3 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – PHNOM PENH (B/L/-)
Breakfast in hotel, check out and directly transfer by overland to Phnom Penh, Capital city of Cambodia with optional stop on the way stop. Transfer to visit floating village on Tonle Sap Great Lake, the largest fresh-water basin in South-East Asia at Kampong Khleang Village. Cambodia’s Great Lake is one of the geographical wonders of the world. Getting the private sheltered boat ride is the best way to explore how people’s live and work and witness their daily activities, including fishing, schooling, selling their products by rowing their dugout around. Visit Kampong Kdei Bridge, Pre-Angkorian bridge. Stop at Skun to experience local people life in local market with its popular of Aping (black Spider Grilled). Check-in hotel in Phnom Penh upon arrival. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account.
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR – FLY TO YANGON (B/L/-)
In the morning city tour, visit Independence Monument and former King Norodom Sihanouk memorial Stupa. Continue to the Royal Palace – Silver Pagoda, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. Seeing the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. In afternoon, visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), which was the largest center of incarceration and torture in the country during the Khmer Rouge regime. Stop at Russian Market for a quick shopping for local handicraft products. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh. Transfer to airport with guide and take flight to next destination. FLIGHT _ 15:35 – 16:50 PG 934 (PHNOM PENH/BANGKOK) 20:30 – 21.55 PG 705 (BANGKOK/YANGON) Upon arrival to Yangon Airport transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Yangon. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account.
DAY 5: YANGON (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, experience 30 minutes on Yangon’s circular train used daily by local people. Visit one of the most major bazaars in Yangon the, Bogyoke Aung San Market (closed on Mondays and holidays) A place that surely you don’t want to miss. It is known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, variety of handicrafts, gems and jewel shops, art galleries, clothing and garment stores, traditional medicine, local delicacies and even foreign goods. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, travel back in time and enjoy amazing ,,Yangon’s Colonial Architecture” Explore impressive City Hall, Superior High Court, Independence Monument, General Post Office, House of Customs and the Strand Hotel, which is a Victorian style building which opened in 1901. All of these in the heart of the city, surrounded by a number of sacred pagodas and well-maintained parks. OPTIONAL TOUR (9 USD per pax): Visit of “Secretariat Office”, which has been sealed for many years and just recently unlocked for public access. Finish the day by walking tour and watching sunset over the magnificent golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises an impressive 98 meters from its base and is said to have been covered with tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. After the tour, return to the hotel and dinner on your own account.
DAY 6: YANGON – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho – FLIGHT TBC / YANGON – HEHO (1hr 10’). Upon arrival to Heho Airport, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (around 1h 30’) – getaway to Inle Lake. On the way, stop at a local bamboo umbrella factory where you will have a chance to make your own umbrella and take it away as a souvenir. Upon arrival to Nyaung Shwe get a board of local boat and start exploration of Inle Lake known for one-leg rowing fishermen, beautiful floating gardens and villages and always smiling Itha people. During the trip we will get off shore and visit the main sanctuary of the lake, the ,,Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda” and ,,Nga Hpe Kyaung”, one of the oldest monastery in the lake, renowned for its rich history and architectural structure. For lunch stop at the floating village and enjoy “Homecooked Lunch with local family”. After the tour boat transfer to the hotel, check-in and dinner on your own account
DAY 7: INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit famous 5-day rotating Nampan market – one of the most popular attractions. After boat trip to Indein the home of the Pa-oh tribe. Along the way, you will be greeted by many ancient pagodas in many shapes and sizes and in various states of preservation. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch visit Inpawkhon – the famous weaving centre of the Intha people; lotus silk weaving workshop; cheroot factory and silversmith workshop at the end. After the tour return by boat back to the hotel and dinner on your own account
DAY 8: INLE LAKE – HEHO – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay – FLIGHT TBC / HEHO – MANDALAY (30’) Upon arrival to Mandalay direct transfer to visit Golden Palace Monastery – a superb example of a traditional wooden building & Kuthodaw Pagoda which is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL TOUR (5 USD per pax): After lunch experience the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – “Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image”; Continue to Amarapura – famous for traditional hand crafts and workshops including woven silk; Kalaga tapestries and Gold leaf work shop. Enjoy sunset at the oldest teak wood bridge in the world U Bein. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account
DAY 9: MANDALAY – AVA – MINGUN (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to explore Ava (Mouth of the lake) popular for Me Nu Ok Kyaung (Me Nu’s Brick Monastery) and an authentic teakwood masterpiece the Bagaya Monastery. Next, visit to the “leaning tower” Nanmyint, one of the only structures remaining from King Bagyidaw’s palace. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Mandalay jetty for relaxing 1 hour cruise to Mingun. Upon arrival visit Pahtodawgyi Pagoda– well known for being the world’s largest unfinished pagoda; Hsinbyume Pagoda and the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world the Mingun Bell. After the tour return to Mandalay and enjoy the panoramic view over the city from Mandalay Hill. Dinner on your own account
DAY 10: MANDALAY – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to Mandalay Airpor for your domestic flight to Bagan – FLIGHT TBC / MANDALAY- BAGAN (40’). Upon arrival to Bagan direct transfer to visit Shwezigon Pagoda an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists; Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings & Manuha Temple. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Ananda Temple; Htilominlo Temple; Thatbyinnyu Temple one of the highest monuments of Bagan; Gawdawpalin Temple, Dhammayangyi Pahto Temple & Sulamani Temple. (OPTIONAL E-BIKE RENTAL during temple sightseeing: 6 USD per pax). At the end of the day enjoy marvelous sunset view from one of the elevated temples. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account. OPTIONAL (17 USD per pax): Dinner with an entertaining traditional puppet show.
DAY 11: BAGAN (B/L/-)
OPTIONAL – only in high season: ,,BALLOONS OVER BAGAN” – Get the best views of Bagan’s 2,000 temples and pagodas, all of which are nigh on impossible to visit on land, during an extra-special hot-air balloon flight. (300 USD per person / Duration approximately: 45min-1hr) Get this unique and exhilarating soaring experience of a lifetime. The flight would be early in the morning for you to watch the unparalleled beauty of the sunrise along the thousands of stupa and the Irrawaddy River.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast visit of the lively & colorful local market, “Nyaung U Market”. Afterwards, visit a lacquerware workshop. You will be welcomed in Min Nan Thu Village, a traditional craft village in Bagan. Meet the friendly villagers and get a glimpse of their daily routine. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL (supplement 17 USD per pax) : Lunch in a monastery with monk blessing. Around 4 PM set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view over Irrawaddy River. Enjoy the panoramic view of the setting sun. Apart from the river and the sunset, while on the boat you will also discover the riverside temples and villages, including the local peoples’ long-legged wooden houses roofed with palm leaves. After the cruise return to the hotel and dinner on your own account.
DAY 12: BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon – FLIGHT TBC/ FLIGHT BAGAN – YANGON (1h 20’) . Upon arrival to Yangon direct transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure by FLIGHT TBC
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