Indochina & Myanmar - The Grand Circle guarantees you an amazing multi countries tour with a ton of interesting experiences. You will have a chance to set your foot on four beautiful countries in South East Asia. The first one is pristine Myanmar with magnificent Yangon which is well known for its sacred temples as well as colorful local markets. Then, you will move to Vietnam to explore the charming beauty of Hanoi Capital, stunning landscape of Halong Bay, poetic Hue, and serene ancient Hoi An Town. After discovering the S-shape country, your tour will continue with some famous highlights in Siem Riep, Laos such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon or Ta Prohm Temple. Your tour will end in Luang Prabang, Laos where you participate in the daily morning ritual of Arm Giving.
 

Tour Route: Yangon – Golden Rock – Bago – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake – Indein – Red Mountain Winery – Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Siem Riep – Angkor Wat – Luang Prabang.
Duration: 22 days/21 nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/End: Yangon/Luang Prabang
Tour Customizable: Definitely! Tell us your specific requirements.
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles

Brief Itinerary
MYANMAR
Day 1:
Yangon Arrival
Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock
Day 3: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
Day 4: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Temple Tour
Day 5: Bagan – Villages & Surroundings
Day 6: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Mingun
Day 7: Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing
Day 8: Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake
Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein – Cycling to Red Mountain Winery
Day 10: Inle Lake – Heho – Fly to Yangon – City Tour
VIETNAM
Day 11: Yangon – Fly to Hanoi – Evening Show
Day 12: Hanoi City Tour & Food Tasting Experience
Day 13: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Era Cruise (http://eracruises.com/en/itineraries/halong-bay-1-day)
Day 14: Hai Phong – Hanoi – Late Afternoon Fly to Hue
Day 15: Hue’s River Cruise & Royal Tombs
Day 16: Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Walking Tour
Day 17: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Eco Tour
CAMBODIA
Day 18: Hoi An – Fly to Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
Day 19: Siem Reap: Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm
Day 20: Siem Reap: Beng Maela – Fly to Luang Prabang
LAOS
Day 21: Luang Prabang City Tour with Morning Alms Giving
Day 22: Luang Prabang Departure

 
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Day 1: Yangon Arrival
On arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide and driver. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel for checking in and taking a rest. After having lunch, we will wander around the fruit market in China Town & Yangon’s city center. Admiring the golden sunset before having dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Yangon.Yangon China Town
Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock
Start your day by visiting the Golden Rock at Mt. Kyaikhtiyo which is an impressive pilgrimage site of Myanmar. Taking a light trekking on the summit through a bamboo forest to see thousands of pilgrims as well as hundreds of candles being lit up. After that, you can witness the stunning sunset over the golden rock. Overnight at Kyaikhtiyo.The golden rockDay 3: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will take a short walk to get a small cave. On the way, we will stop by some roadside shop to buy some unique products of the jungle. Afterward, we will go back to Yangon. On the way back, we will visit a local market at Bago town, as well as some highlights such as Kanbawza Thardi Palace, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, and Shwethalyaung Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.Kanbawza Thardi PalaceDay 4: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Temple Tour
Wake up early to take the flight to Bagan. Arrive in Bagan, we will soak into the bustling atmosphere of Nyaung Oo Local Market. Then, we will visit Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi to appreciate a ton of masterpieces describing Jarkarta.
Nyaung Oo local marketWe also visit Thatbyinnyu Temper which is the highest temple in Bagan. After having lunch, we will continue visiting the traditional industrial lacquer. Then, we will head to Manuha Shrine which is the ancient ruin of a condemned country to admire its impressive huge states of Buddha. We also visit Nanpaya Temper which is famous for its amazing early architecture with carved stones. We will visit Ananda Temple before finding a localrestaurant to have dinner. Overnight in Bagan.
Ananda Temple
Day 5: Bagan – Villages & Surroundings
Picked by the local guide in the morning, you will visit some serene villages in Bagan countryside. Visiting these transquil villages, you not only can enjoy a relaxing time in outside Bagan where you see typical villages and most charming people but also experience the unique culture and ways of life beyond Bagan. This off the beaten track day trip will give you an input into the village life in general and you see how simple these people live and yet how happy they are. Overnight in Bagan.
Dhammayangyi Temple

Day 6: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Mingun
You have a short domestic flight to Mandalay in this morning. Upon arrival, we will move to see Mahamuni Image which is a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. We will visit Mingun village where is famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda with the 90-ton Mingun Bell. Then, we will climb up to Mandalay Hill and admire the Burmese sunset as well as the panoramic view of the city.Mahamuni Pagoda

Day 7: Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing
Your day will start with a 30-minute scenic drive to Amarapura. Upon arrival, we will visit the famous Buddhist monastery of Mahagandayon, where more than a thousand monks live and study; before continue to see the U Bein Bridge. After that, we will visit Bagaya Monastery which is famous for its superb collection of Buddha statues.Mahagandayon MonasteryAfter having lunch we will take a boat trip to the former Royal Capital of Inwa. Your tour’s followed by a visit to Nanmyint Watch Tower which is the remains of the palace building name “the leaning tower of Ava” Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. Continue climbing up to Sagaing Hills to appreciate the magic sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.U Bein Bridge

Day 8: Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake
In the morning, we will take a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, we will get to Inle Lake which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Myanmar. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic boat trip to watch the man fishing and netting by foot as well as visit the fishing village floating on the Ywana River. After that, we will explore Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where the has weaving traditional job. Overnight in Inle Lake.Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein – Cycling to Red Mountain Winery
Wake up in the morning and we will visit Indein with many temples and ruins left over from the earthquake. In the afternoon, you will cycle to Red Mountain Winery enjoy the original wine of Myanmar. Situated on the hillside overlooking Nyaungshwe town and lake, Red Mountain Estate is clearly the only vineyard in Myanmar. Using French winemakers, they make different wines that can only be sampled in Myanmar or possibly in China. Overnight in Inle Lake.Day 10: Inle Lake – Heho – Fly to Yangon – City Tour
After having breakfast, you will start the Yangon sightseeing tour by the first visit to the colonial-style city center. Next, we will visit the 200-year-old Sule Pagoda which is the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi.
Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi
After a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake, we will visit the Bogyoke Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Your tour also includes an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments in Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The trip ends at your hotel in Yangon.Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 11: Yangon – Fly to Hanoi – Evening Show
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will take a flight to Hanoi. The rest of the day, you are free to relax or go sightseeing until the dinner time. After having dinner, you will enjoy an interesting water puppet show in Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Overnight in Hanoi.Water Puppet Show

Day 12: Hanoi City Tour & Food Tasting Experience
Today we will visit some valuable historical sites of Hanoi capital. The first one is Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his former stilt-house, President Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and One Pillar Pagoda. Then, we will visit Temple of Literature which is the first university of Vietnam. After enjoying a tasty local lunch, we will get to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology which is one of the most beautiful museums of the country. Visit this museum you can see a huge series of objects of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities as well as enjoy the interesting water puppet show. Next, we will visit to Hoa Lo Prison which is one of the most horrifying places in Indochina War. Spending a couple of hours on tasting Vietnamese Street Food around Hanoi Old Quarter. It‘s such an amazing experience to walk around the buzzing streets of the Old Quarter while enjoying the company of your tour guide who will inform you about the history and local customs. Do not forget to soak up the nightlife of Hanoi.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Day 13: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Era Cruise
After breakfast, we will head to the pier in Hai Phong city for the cruise. You will enjoy a tasty lunch in the luxury restaurant on the cruise. Then, we will get to Halong Bay and embark upon Era Cruise. In the afternoon you will explore a ton of stunning caves and islets as well as take part in many exciting activities in the bay. Era Cruise Halong BayThen you return to the Era Cruise to appreciate the golden sunset before enjoying amazing cooking demonstration which can whet your appetite. After having delicious dinner you can relax with the massage service or try your hand at interesting squid fishing. Overnight on the cruise.

Day 14: Hai Phong – Hanoi – Late Afternoon Fly to Hue
After waking up, you will relax with an interesting Tai Chi class before admiring the stunning sunrise on the top deck. Then, you will enjoy the buffet breakfast and preparing for discovering Cat Ba Island. You will visit Hospital Cave and climb up to spectacular Cat Ba Mountain. After that, you will return to the port and come back to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will take a flight to Hue.Morning Taichi in Halong Bay

Day 15: Hue’s River Cruise & Royal Tombs
After breakfast, we will visit Imperial Citadel which was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. Then, we will take a scenic cruise toward Thien Mu Pagoda which is one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Hue Imperial City

We will visit some royal tombs in Hue such as Tu Duc Tombs before going to Hoi An. Overnight in Hue.Tu Duc Tomb
Day 16: Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Walking Tour

Start your day with a visit to Da Nang City – the most worth lively city in Vietnam. Then, wandering around Cham Museum – the most favorite destination for international tourists. Walking along Han River and admire the spectacular of Ngu Hanh Son. We also visit Fine Art Stone Non Nuoc village which is famous for its amazing art on stone.
Cham Museum in Danang
We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon. We will start our walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Then we are back to our hotel.

Day 17: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Eco Tour
Today we will visit Tra Que Village to see & learn how the local farmers grow the herbs by using the organic fertilizers. Then, you will try your first hand at making rice papers and cycle along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand and discover all manner of photo opportunities. Tra Que Village FarmingAfter that, you will take a scenic river cruise to witness local fishermen working their craft and try your first hand at making traditional net fishing. You also have a chance to join the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant and soak into a colorful market in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.Hoi An Fishing Tour

Day 18: Hoi An – Fly to Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will take a flight to Siem Riep. Upon arrival, we will visit the most famous temple: Angkor Wat. As a World Heritage Site since 1992, Angkor Wat is renowned for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat was a temple dedicated to the Hindu God – Vishnu. It was constructed over a period of 30 years by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1151. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.Angkor Wat

Day 19: Siem Reap: Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm
After breakfast at the hotel, we start your tour with a visit to Roluos Group which served as the capital of Indravaraman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmer classical art. In the afternoon, we will visit the south gate of Angkor Thom which is one of the most popular with visitors.
Bayon Temple
The gate is on the main road into Angkor Thom from Angkor Wat, and it gets very busy at peak times. You also visit Bayon Temple which is the spectacular central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. After that, we will visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Dinner will be at a local restaurant whilst watching a traditional Apsara Dance show. Overnight in Siem Reap.Ta Prohm Temple

Day 20: Siem Reap: Beng Mealea – Fly to Luang Prabang
Start your day by getting to Tonle Sap Lake which is the largest fresh-water reservoir in Cambodia. Then, we will move to the dock to take a traditional wooden boat on a tour along the lake to visit the local floating village. In the afternoon, we will return to Siem Reap to visit the incredible jungle-covered temple: Beng Mealea before taking a fight to Luang Prabang.
Beng Mealea Siem Reap CambodiaAfter that, you will catch your flight to Luang Prabang. Local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport there and take you to your hotel for checking in. You will visit some highlight of Luang Prabang such as the National Museum, Wat Visoun, and the shrine of Wat Mai. In the evening, you will visit Night Market, where you can find an expansive collection of textiles, hand-woven by the local hill tribe people. Overnight in Luang Prabang.Wat Mai Luang Prabang

Day 21: Luang Prabang City Tour with Morning Alms Giving
Wake up early to participate in the daily morning ritual of Arm Giving. You will see a line of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings from the locals. After that, you will go back to the hotel to have breakfast. Buddhist Alms Giving CeremonyWe will visit Wat Xieng Thong which is one of the symbols of Laos. Then, we will take a canoe along Mekong River to head to Pak Ou Caves which is the meaningful religious site for local people. On the way, we will stop by a local village to know more about the locals’ lifestyle. In the evening, you will have a chance to join in the “baci” which is a traditional ceremony of Laos.Laos Baci Ceremony

Day 22: Luang Prabang Departure
You are free until be taken to Yangon International Airport for your flight home. Your trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation in twin shared basis
  • Private, Air-conditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals included as indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Gov’t taxes and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water

What’s Excluded?

  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Additional Remarks

  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on flight availability, road and/or weather conditions and room availability
  • Group of 10 persons and above will use the separate vehicle in Luang Prabang due to UNESCO restrictions on large coaches entering downtown Luang Prabang
  • Hotels listed above may not meet international star rating standards, especially in the remote areas where accommodation options are limited
  • Prices are subject to change at any time as a result of the VAT, Fuel Excise or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations