CAMBODIA OFF BEATEN TRAILS

This guided tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. From the bustling streets of Yangon to the awe-inspiring temple plains of Bagan.

Detials Itinerary:

Day 1 –: Arrival – Phnom Penh (-/-/-)
International Flight: Arrival flight is your own arrangement (not included)

Visa information: Cambodian Visa can be applied on arrival Siem Reap International Airport at $30. Be sure to bring two passport photos and your valid passport at least 6 months before departure Cambodia and has at least 2 blank pages available for stamp the visa. Note that some nationalities are required to get visa in advance at Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Cambodia in their country like Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria.

Private Transfer: Upon arrival Phnom Penh Airport, you will meet and greet by your Cambodian English speaking tour guide with a chauffeur transfer you to hotel for check in.

 

Sunset Cyclo Tour in Phnom Penh: We take to the streets of Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of the city riverfront area in late afternoon, as the sun begins to set and the city comes alive with locals exercising to popular music, families out for a stroll or taking advantage of the food vendors to eat their snacks on the lawns in front of the King’s residence. We begin at the corner of Koh Pich Island where the recent addition of a funfair has brought the area alive with parents and children as we then head past the Hotel Cambodiana and Chaktomuk Theatre and take a break on the riverbank, looking west towards the glittering Royal Palace with the last rays of the sun lighting up the sky behind it. We continue along bustling Sisowath Quay, in front of myriad restaurants, bars and cafes and venture into the side streets before ending our journey with the exercising work-out groups and colourful fountain lights at the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Park.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 2 –: Phnom Penh (-/-/-)

Morning Visit Royal Palace and National Museum: This morning we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king’s coronation took place. We then pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century. We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country’s most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.

Afternoon visit Toul Sleng and Killing Field: We come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping, photographing all the prisoners and many of these haunting black and white images are on display in the cells. Enemies of the revolution were killed here, as well as many Khmer Rouge loyalists, denounced by an ever more paranoid political party. It became a production line for killing, as those that worked within its walls were unwaveringly loyal to Pol Pot. The party did not make mistakes, so those sent here had to be guilty. The role of the prison was not to prove innocence but to confirm guilt. Tuol Sleng is a profoundly moving experience and not everyone will want to visit. However, it is key to understanding the hell into which Cambodia descended and how far it has come in the years since. We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.

Evening CLA On Stage Shows at National Museum: It is a series of 3 rotating shows at the National Museum of Phnom Penh, featuring a wide range of traditional performing arts. With more than Apsara dances, we offer you the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture and traditional arts through original and enjoyable pieces, set in the splendid gardens of the National Museum. In addition to giving a unique opportunity to experience Cambodian culture and arts, CLA (Cambodian Living Art) aims at creating regular, well-paid work for emerging arts professionals in the arts sector. Time: 7-8pm, doors open at 6.30pm. Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 3 –: Phnom Penh – Kratie (-/-/-)

Journey from Phnom Penh to Kratie via Kompong Cham: We leave Phnom Penh and travel northeast to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and visit the temple of Wat Nokor, an 11th century sandstone temple with a colourful modern wat set in its central courtyard. There are some intricate carvings at this temple and the kitsch contrast between the Hindu past and the Buddhist present is almost unheard of elsewhere in Cambodia. We then enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. We continue northeast to Kratie, a sleepy Mekong port and gateway to an encounter with the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit the upper reaches of the Mekong in Cambodia. We check into our hotel and leave some time free to soak up the atmosphere of this charming town, with its well-preserved colonial-era architecture.

Shared Ferry Transfer: From Kratie town, we take a shared ferry transfer to Koh Trong Island for overnight stay.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 4 –: Kratie (-/L/-)

Cycling Explore Koh Trong Island: This morning you will be taken on a tour of Koh Trong Island by bike. Koh Trong is a quiet island in the Mekong River facing Kratie Town. The peaceful island is a perfect place to get a slice of rural life in Cambodia. The locals here are very friendly, and you will be taken to visit a local community house, where you can assist in a community tree-planting program, and enjoy lunch at the community home. After lunch you will be returned to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings at leisure.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: Lunch at community house

Day 5 –: Kratie – Mondulkiri (-/-/-)
Shared Ferry Transfer: This morning, we will leave Koh Trong by a shared ferry transfer to Kratie town for our trip to visit dolphins.

Morning Boat Trip to see Dolphins: After breakfast, we leave Rajabori Villa by wooden motorboat to Kratie the we travel to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle creatures. Viewing is commonplace, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season.

Afternoon Journey from Kratie to Sen Monorom: After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we then travel south towards the small junction town of Snuol, our gateway to the wilds of Mondulkiri. After a (very) local lunch in the small town of Snuol, we pass through patches of lush forest and areas of cultivation and plantations. After Khau Si Ma district, the road snakes up through the mountains that give Mondulkiri its name of ‘where the mountains meet’. There is lush jungle hugging the road and locals claim to see tigers on this stretch at night. Nearing Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, the scenery changes again, jungle giving way to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands. The scenery is unique for Cambodia and dotted with traditional Pnong villages, the main minority group in Mondulkiri. On arrival in Sen Monorom, we check into a comfortable local hotel for the night.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None

Day 6 –: Mondulkiri (-/L/-)
Full Day Shared Tour to the Elephant Valley Project: We meet at the Hefalump Café after breakfast and travel to the nearby Elephant Valley Project which, with the support of the Bunong villagers, rescues and rehabilitates captive elephants who have suffered injury and mistreatment. Enjoy a unique ‘Walking with the Herd for a day’ experience. You will be introduced to two herds of elephants and get to know more about their history, character, behaviour and body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment, the stunning Mondulkiri countryside. Later we return to Sen Monorom. Please note that the daily activities often vary depending on the season and weather as the elephants are able to roam over a wide area, however a unique experience is guaranteed. The walk may be as part of a small group. The project helps protect the elephants and contributes towards schooling for local children and health care for Bunong villagers.

Accommodation: Shinta Mani Resort (Pool View Room)
Meal: Lunch arranged by EVP team
Day 7 –: Mondulkiri (-/L/-)

Full Day Jungle Trekking in the Seima Protected Forest with Sam Veasna Center: We start our adventure in the Seima Protected Forest, which covers 2000 square kilometres, at the Andong Kraloeng community site. The tented Jahoo Gibbon Camp will be our base as we wind our way through mixed evergreen forest and waterfalls with our target of seeing black-shanked Doucs and yellow-cheeked crested gibbons – the world’s largest known populations of both species – as well as macaques and langurs. The forest is also home to elephants, wild cats and other large mammals. There is an enormous diversity of birdlife, including the spectacular giant hornbill, which we will identify with the expert help of our experienced local guides. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: Lunch arranged by SCV Team

Day 8 –: Mondulkiri – Stung Treng (-/-/-)
Morning visit Bou Sraa Waterfall and Minority Village: We leave Sen Monorom after breakfast and head east towards the double drop waterfall of Bou Sraa, one of the most famous in Cambodia. Along the way, we stop at a Pnong minority village to learn a little about their way of life. We may be invited to drink some rice wine, as Pnong villagers are extremely hospitable and welcoming of outsiders. We continue to Bou Sraa and explore the falls. It is possible to access both drops and there are swimming opportunities for those who want to take the plunge. We return to Sen Monorom later in the day, perhaps stopping to visit another minority village along the way.

Journey from Mondukiri to Stung Treng: We continue our journey from Sen Monorom of Mondulkiri to Stung Treng via Banlung. It’s takes around 4hurs drive and upon arrival Stung Treng, we will have an overnight stay in local basic hotel.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 9 –: Stung Treng – Preah Vihear (-/L/-)

Morning Kayaking Adventure at Ramsar Wetland: Early this morning drive to Ou Svay from where you will start kayaking through the flooded forests to Vuen Sien village, located in the extremely remote Ramsar wetlands. The flooded forest supports a large variety of birds along the river. Enjoy the remoteness of the area, feeling completely at one with nature. We will stop on one of the many sandy beaches for a picnic lunch, before continuing to Koh Ky. On arrival at Koh Ky we will travel by boat to Stung Treng province.

Journey from Stung Treng to Preah Vihear: This afternoon, we leave from Stung Treng and continue our trip to Sra Em where we have overnight stay there. On arrival, we check into comfortable hotel.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: Lunch included
Day 10 –: Preah Vihear – Siem Reap (-/-/-)

Morning visit Preah Vihear temple: After breakfast, we travel north towards Preah Vihear temple. The snaking road up the mountain is very steep in places and we eventually emerge at the second enclosure of this king of the mountain temples and we explore the temple on foot. Some tourists cross over from the Thai side each day, but most have long gone and we have this incredible complex to ourselves. We continue onwards to the final level, clinging to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia below. The views from this most mountainous of temple mountains are breathtaking, the foundation stones of the temple stretching to the edge of the cliff as it plunges precipitously away to the plains of Preah Vihear province below.

Journey from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap via Koh Ker Temple: After our own local lunch, we continue to Siem Reap, Angkor. Enroute, we head into the bush to the remote Angkor capital of Koh Ker. The history of Cambodia is riven with dynastic spats and political intrigue and one of the most memorable came in the 10th century when Jayavarman IV (928-942) fell out with his family, stormed off to the northwest and established the rival capital of Koh Ker. Although the capital for just 15 years, Jayavarman IV was determined to legitimise his rule through a prolific building programme that left a legacy of 30 major temples and some gargantuan sculpture that is on display in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. We climb to the summit of Prasat Thom, a seven-storey step pyramid, more Mayan than Khmer, with commanding views over the surrounding forest. Nearby is Prasat Krahom or Red Temple, named after the pinkish Banteay Srei-style stone from which it is built. There are many more temples in the area, including the five towers of Prasat Ling, each enclosing a giant linga or fertility symbol, the biggest and best found in situ anywhere in Cambodia. After visit, we continue to Siem Reap and stay in comfortable hotel.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None

Day 11 –: Siem Reap (-/-/-)
Kbal Spean, ACCB, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum and Banteay Samre: We journey north to Kbal Spean. The original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle only discovered in 1969. The Khmers venerated its limestone bed with a riot of carvings, including thousands of lingams. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings.

After lunch we visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a rescue center for wildlife, which includes a range of monkey species, pangolin, civets, leopard cats and a boar. The tour lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Regular guided center tour operates from Monday to Saturday, starting at 9:00 and at 13:00 sharp, from the ACCB entrance gate next to the car park at Kbal Spean. The tour lasts approx. 1 hour 30 mins

We then head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man.
We also take the opportunity to visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the scourge of landmines and the shadow they cast over rural communities in Cambodia with a visit to this flagship museum promoting mine awareness and education.

Later we visit the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the genius behind Angkor Wat, this temple has been extensively restored.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 12 –: Siem Reap (-/L/-)

Early Morning Visit Ta Prohm (07:00am): We rise early morning to travel to Ta Prohm temple. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

Walking Tour from Ta Nei to Preah Khan: We started our walk tour to visit a little temple of Ta Nei to one of Angkor’s most impressive sights and offers a real insight into the size and scale of Angkor. We begin our walk at Ta Nei, a beautiful and very atmospheric temple set in the forest. After Ta Nei, we continue our tour to the mighty temple of Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’, built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sister temple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Look out for the curious two-storey structure that is almost Grecian in inspiration. This is one of the few temples originally dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism. The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

Lunch at Sala Kdei Khmer House: Enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch menu at Sala Kdei, an intimate location to eat and rest in the middle of the day while exploring the temples. Breakfast, sunset cocktails or a Khmer cooking class are also available at this gorgeous traditional wooden home on the banks of the Royal bathing pool at Sra Srang.

Afternoon Visit Angkor Thom & Bayon: Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the badly damaged Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. He began with existing structures such as Baphuon and Phimeanakas and built a grand enclosed city around them, adding the outer wall and some of Angkor’s greatest temples including his state-temple, Bayon, set at the centre of the city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate, as well as much of Jayavarman VII’s architecture is crowned with four giant faces. The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points.

Evening Visit Phare Modern Circus Shows: In the evening we head out to the home of the innovative circus performers from Phare Ponleu Selpak. Their regular modern circus show under the Big Top is proving very popular in Siem Reap and in each show they display a variety of disciplines including acrobatics, choreography, juggling, clowning, live music and much more. A pre-show dinner can also be arranged.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: Lunch at Sala Kdei
Day 13 –: Siem Reap (-/-/D)

Full Day Visit Beng Mealea and Kompong Khleang Village: This morning, we travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Constructed by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the builder of Angkor Wat, the forest has run riot here and it is hard to get a sense of the monument’s shape amid the daunting ruins.

We then continue south to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, which has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry. We explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers. We visit one of the pagodas here, built on the site of an ancient temple, and see the wall paintings. We then travel return to Siem Reap by road.

Dinner with Apsara Dance Shows: This evening, we will enjoy with our dinner and shows at one of famous restaurant in Siem Reap.

Accommodation: TBA
Meal: None
Day 14 –: Siem Reap – Departure (-/-/-)

Angkor Wat Sunrise and Exploration: Rising at the crack of dawn, we journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast. As the crowds return to their hotels, we venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet. We begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art.
Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before us, we then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.

Afternoon is free: This afternoon is free at your own leisure.

Private Transfer: Our guide and chaffeure will pick us up from hotel to airport for our departure flight from Siem Reap.

International Flight: Departure flight is your own arrangement (not included)

END OF SERVICES

Package Tour Price Person (Excluded Hotel Rate) Valid from 01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Number of Person Travelling together Package Price in US$ Per Pax (Not included Hotel Room)
1 Pax US$ 3232.00 per person
2 Pax US$ 1868.00 per person
3 Pax US$ 1657.00 per person
4 Pax US$ 1536.00 per person
5 Pax US$ 1472.00 per person
6 Pax US$ 1441.00 per person
7 Pax US$ 1421.00 per person
8 Pax US$ 1392.00 per person
9 Pax US$ 1361.00 per person
10 Pax US$ 1318.00 per person

What’s In:

– All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
– Meals as indicated in itinerary as: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, drinks not included
– English speaking guide (local guide, one guide one place)
– All entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary
– Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle
– 2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person on full day excursions
– All permissions and local taxes
– Hanuman arrival and departure gifts
– Public liability insurance
– Kayak boat
– Ferry transfer sharing
– Boat trip on Tonle Sap
– Circus shows ticket
– CLA shows on stage ticket
– Bike for cycling tour

What’s Not:

– Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
– All meals not specified and no drinks except complimentary water
– Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD30/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
– Overweight luggage
– Arrival/Departure flight to Cambodia
– Banking fees
– Early Hotel check-in
– Expenditure of a personal nature
– Tips and gratuities
– Other services not listed in ‘What’s In’
– Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expense, including repatriation in the event of accident or illness).
– Not including any additional charges from hotel during its peak season, the additional charge is to be advised up on the request of booking during peak season.
– Accommodation in double/twin shared room basis with daily breakfast as specified
NOTE: The regular hotel check-in time is @ 1400pm and check-out is before 1200pm

PRICE:From
DURATION:14 Days / 13 Nights
TOUR STYLE:Cultural & Heritage
DESTINATIONS:Phnom Penh, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap
TOUR CODE:
DEPARTURES:Daily (Private Departures)
STARTS:In Phnom Penh
ENDS:In Siem Reap
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At a glance

Highlights

  • Colonial Yangon & Swedagon Pagoda
  • Temples of Ancient Kingdom of Bagan
  • Mesmerizing Inle Lake, minorities & boat trips

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrival. Yangon sights and highlights
  • DAY 2: Flight to Bagan. Bagan temples & arts
  • DAY 3: Bagan local life & e-biking
  • DAY 4: Flight to Heho & boat excursion on Inle Lake
  • DAY 5: Indein, Cottage Industries, leg rowers boat ride
  • DAY 6: Free time to explore lake. Pm flight to Yangon
  • DAY 7: Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight

Tour Details

On arrival to Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide with a sign board and your name on it. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. After freshening up we will visit some of Yangon’s highlights; including colonial heritage buildings and bustling markets.

We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline.

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon domestic airport for a 1hr flight to Nyaung U/Bagan. Upon arrival we start our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan with visits to the areas main temples including the Dhamayazeka Zedi for a panoramic view of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We will also learn how Bagan’s famous sand paintings and lacquer ware crafts are produced during our visits to Htilominlo Temple and Myingaba Village. We conclude the day’s sightseeing with a horse or bullock cart to witness a magical sunset behind the temples (weather permitting).

Today we’ll set off on a guided tour exploring the back roads, villages and off the beaten trails temples of Bagan on E-bikes. E-bikes are easy and fun to drive. The ride will be mix of paved and small dirt roads to experience authentic local life. Afternoon will be free time for optional activities or own explorations and adventures in Bagan. In the late afternoon, we transfer to the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River for a private sunset cruise where local cocktails can be enjoyed on board along with views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore.

Our guides are flexible. All touring schedules and activities can be adjusted according to guests’ wishes

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the Bagan airport for the flight to Heho a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling main Heho market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).  Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. We boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

Free time for exploring the Inle lake in the morning. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe we drive 1 hour to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon we transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing & own Yangon explorations.

Breakfast at your hotel and free time until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

Yangon

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JASMINE PALACE HOTEL

Comfort

Modern city hotel in Yangon with excellent location. Jasmine Palace Hotel presents good value and high standards is the perfect base for exploring the city’s highlights.

Bagan

Bagan Umbra Hotel

HOTEL UMBRA

Comfort

Charming garden resort near Old Bagan. Hotel Umbra is one of our favourite hotels in Bagan. It was recently renovated and reconstructed. Particularly the Grand deluxe rooms are nice with modern and spacious facilities.

Inle Lake

RED CANAL HOTEL

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Mandalay

RED CANAL HOTEL

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What's Included

  • Private tours and transfers with air-conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Entrance fees or zone fees
  • English speaking guide(other languages guide can be provide with additional charges)

What's Not Included

  • Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
  • All entrance fees or zone fees
  • Domestic Airfares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • International air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Peak season surcharges & Compulsory dinners during Xmas & New Year’s
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and expenses of personal nature
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.

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