Grand Indochina Journey 15 Days

This is the ultimate trip for those who admire traditional cultures, times of antiquity and archaeological wonders. Explore the magical temples of Angkor, visit the bustling city of Hanoi, cruise along the glimmering waters of Halong Bay and take a journey to the age old town of Bagan. This excursion combines the rich cultures of Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia to create a truly unique and charming holiday experience. This is truly a once in a lifetime trip.

See the best of Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar.

Route: Hanoi – Halong bay –  Saigon – Mekong delta – Siem Riep – Angkor Temple – Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – 16days

Departure: Daily

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Details Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

On arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be met by your team. If time permits, enjoy a brief driving tour of Hoa Kiem Lake, the French Quarter and Old Quarter of Hanoi on the way to your hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (Meals: B / L / D )

Explore Hanoi with a walking tour through the Old Quarter, a visit to historic Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the infamous Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) prison and the peaceful Temple of Literature, before an evening theatrical water puppet performance.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: B / L / D )

Leave Hanoi at 08h00 AM and arrive in Halong Bay around 12:10PM by car. Welcome on board and set sail through Bai Tu Long bay while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area around Mat Quy islet, Am islet. Mid-afternoon, get to Cua Van fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo boat row to through the village with a museum and a school among floating homes. Visit Tien Ong cave and enjoy sunset cocktails and canape before going back to your boat. Dinner is served on board

Day 4: Cruise Halong Bay  ( Meals: B / L / D )

Boarding luxury day boat, the Halong Sunset to cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas, deep in Lan Ha bay. Take a light bike along the coast, through rain forest to Viet Hai village. Enjoy your lunch served on board while your guide explains more about Halong culture and its rich natural beauty. In the afternoon visit fishing villages and kayaking around Ho Ba Ham area before anchoring for the night.

Day 5: Cruise Halong Bay  – Fly Saigon ( Meals: Buffet Brunch )

Start the day early to enjoy a Tai Chi class on top deck with an opportunity to admit the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the sea. Deep cruise into Bai Tu Long bay, passing Peal Farm, Phao Dai islet, Tam Cung cave, Hon Xep islet , Dau Moi temple while joining our chef for cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine art. Opportunity to cruise through famous L’Indochine movie site (subject to tide condition). Enjoy buffet brunch on board before arrival to the dock. Driver is awaiting for you there and transfer you back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Saigon – Mekong Delta Tours ( Meals: B / L )

Our car and tour guide will pick up at your hotel in the morning and transfer to My Tho. On arrival, cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Con Phung (Phoenix Island) and stop over a garden restaurant at a local house for Vietnamese lunch. The motorized boat cruise more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee – keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh with stop at bonsai garden in My Tho.

Day 7 – Saigon City – Cuchi Tunnels Fly Siem Reap ( Meals: B / L )

Today, experience the very best of Saigon on a half-day city tour. Soak up the history of Dong Khoi Street on a walking tour, visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, and the city’s biggest wholesale market in Chinatown. This afternoon, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels on the way to airport fly Siem Reap.

Day 8: Ta Phrom – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom Temples ( Meals: B / L / D )

Early morning, we enjoy the Tuk Tuk to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Phrom and come back to hotel for breakfast at 07:30.

Our next stop to visit today is Angkor Wat Temple, the biggest religious temple in the world. Built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is considered a masterpiece of Khmer architecture

Afternoon, visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, From the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple to the intricate bas reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments.

Day 9: Siem Reap – Kbal Spean – Banteay Srei – Pre Rup ( Meals: B / L / D )

Breakfast at hotel and today we head out through the countryside and villages for a full day tour to visit the 1000 lingas on  the top of Kbal Spean National Park

After lunch, we continue to visit the most beautiful temple of Banteay Srey. Built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V’s guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture. On the way back, stop at Pre Rup and enjoy the sunset.

Day 10: Siem Reap – Yangon ( Meals: B )

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transfer to the airport for the mid-day flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, Driver and staff from our office in Yangon will meet you and transfer you to hotel in central of the city for check in. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia.

After the refreshment, we drive out to begin your first Myanmar visit to Shwedagon pagoda – the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.

Day 11: Yangon – Mandalay. Mandalay Sightseeing ( Meals: B / L )

Our driver will transfer you the Yangon airport for the morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, Guide and driver in Mandalay will welcome you and show you the best of Mandalay – the former capital of Myanmar which known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.

Drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.

In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.

Day 12: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Bagan ( Meals: B / L )

Leave the city for Sagaing Hill, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.

After that, come to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself.

Take late afternoon flight to Bagan. Get picked up on arrival to hotel for check in.

Day 13: Bagan sightseeing ( Meals: B / L )

Start Temples exploration with a visit to Shwezigone pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha to Ananda, Sulamani Temple.

In the afternoon, visit Bagan archaeological museum and discover the traditional way that local people make the lacquer wares which features a part the Bagan fame.

We offer a beautiful sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River for today Or you may prefer to enjoy the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan the ShweSandaw pagoda.

Day 14: Bagan Sightseeing- Fly to Yangon ( Meals: B / L )

Continue our sightseeing today by a visit to Minkaba Gubyaukyi temple, experience the architectural difference in MyaZedi pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple.

This afternoon, enjoy the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby.

In the afternoon, take flight to Yangon and our driver in yangon will transfer you to the hotel in town. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your leisure.

Day 15: Yangon City Tour – Departure ( Meals: B / L )

Spend your full day exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule pagoda, the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake and visit to the grandiose gold pagoda complex: Shwedagon Paya. Explore the pagoda, walking among crowds of colorful robed monks and nuns. If your time is available we will stop for your own shopping at Scott market. Driver wil transfer you to the Yangon international airport for your departure.