Start city: Yangon
End city: Hanoi
Duration: 12 Days & 11 Nights
Departure: Private Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi
- Extendable with optional tours from Yangon and from Hanoi
Note: This private tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
- Visit vibrant hub of colorful Colonial facades in Yangon
- Experience the exiting horse cart ride through thousands of temples in Bagan
- Discover authentic locals’ life and various handicraft workshops on scenic Inle Lake
- Explore colonial architecture & bustling streets of century-old capital city Hanoi
- Adventure the colorful ethnic and charming hill station Sapa - Enjoy the enchanting overnight cruise at Halong bay, UNESCO World Heritage site
Our tour guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel to get settled in.
Your highlight for this evening is the dinner in Karaweik Palace overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. The dinner of fine Burmese food will be served followed by an amazing cultural show.
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan
This morning we will catch the morning direct flight to Bagan, Myanmar’s archeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about the Burmese Buddhist tradition. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plain to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer wear workshop and learn about this traditional craft. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from a hill or a pagoda in Bagan.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 3: Bagan Sightseeing
After breakfast, begin the day with an exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby, continue with sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, take note of the architectural difference in MyaZedi Pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple. In the afternoon, have a boat trip along Irrawaddy River to the Kyauk Gu U Min Temple. The Temple was built into the river bank of sand stone. In the lower section were skillfully laid stone bricks and the two stories above were built of earth bricks. A maze of about 500 feet long was dug into the sand stone wall, with many twists and turns, tunnels and cellars for meditation. Enjoy sunset on Irrawaddy River.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 4: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake
Catch a flight to Heho and drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900 meters above sea level and is home to the Intha people, famous for their one leg rowing technique.
Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images. This pagoda is also believed to be the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung Monastery. As you travel further toward Nam Pan village the cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will impress you with true traditional Intha life.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Day 5 – Inle Lake – Indein – Heho – Fly to Yangon
This morning, you will visit the “5 Days Market” which is held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
The boat will then take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns that have been left to nature for centuries. Catch an afternoon flight to Yangon.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Day 6: Yangon City Tour – Fly to Hanoi
Today we’ve arranged a guided city tour exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule Pagoda, the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. Visit the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. Take early evening flight to Hanoi. On arrival, the guide will pick you from the airport and take you to the hotel in the city center.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Today we have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Our city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Old Quarter, the Temple of Literature, West Lake, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Dinner on your own before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Lao Cai.
Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft berths cabin with A/C)
Day 8: Lao Cai – Fair Market – Sapa
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Lao Cai is a charming hilltop town near the Chinese border. Explore downtown Lao Cai and have breakfast at a local noodle restaurant. After breakfast our driver and guide will take you to one of the local markets (Bac Ha Fair Market on Sun/ Coc Ly on Tue and Can Cau on Sat). Wander through the stalls packed with handcrafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe people who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your way to Sapa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 9: Sapa – Trekking to Hill tribe villages – Night train to Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. You will take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Easy Trek (~ 3 km), Medium Trek (~ 6km) and Long Trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and become familiar with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Lunch at a hill tribe village and then we drive back to Lao Cai to catch the night train to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: on train (in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C)
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning, walk by yourself to a day use hotel nearby the train station for your short refreshment. Have breakfast at hotel before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Here you will spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing Halong Bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, we will cruise around some of Halong’s numerous islands. We will visit one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Spend the night on the junk lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Cruise on the Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi exercises on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk boat for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay, as we will navigate back to Halong City. Your cruise ends at noon and our driver will meet you at Halong Pier to take you back to Hanoi.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi – Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to the airport to catch your flight home.
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- 4 Domestic & regional flights: Yangon – Bagan – Heho – Yangon – Hanoi
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Return train ticket Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi (in a shared 4 berths cabin with A/C)
- Cruise on Halong Bay
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English speaking guides in every location
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- International flights
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Personal travel insurance
- Myanmar Visa fees (more at www.myanmartours.com/visa.html)
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