TI02: Hightlights of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar - 29 days from BKK

Destinatios: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong bay cruise - Hue - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Heho - Inle - Yangon.

Highlights: Bangkok city, temples tour, Chiang Mai cooking class, Elephant tour, Luang Say cruise to Luang Prabang, Pak Ou caves, Luang Prabang city, Hanoi capital city of Vietnam, Halong bay cruise, Hue, Hoian ancient town, Ho Chi Minh city, Cu chi tunnels, Mekong Delta, Angkor temples in Siem Reap, yangon - the former capital of Myanmar, volcanic Popa Mountain, amazing Madalay city, boat trip in Mingun, Inle lake in Heho,

Amazing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam Holiday in brief:

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Day 5: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
Day 6: Chiang Rai
Day 7: Chiang Rai - Houi Xay - Pakbeng
Day 8: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Day 11: Luang Prabang – Flight to Hanoi
Day 12: Ha Long bay Cruise – the World heritage
Day 13: Halong Cruise – Hanoi – Hue
Day 14: Hue City Tour
Day 15: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 16: Hoi An Free Day
Day 17: Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels– Ho Chi Minh
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh – Flight to Siem Reap
Day 20: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat
Day 21: Siem Reap – Petit Circuit – Grand Circuit
Day 22: Siem Reap – Flight to Yangon
Day 23: Yangon - Bagan
Day 24: Bagan - Mt Popa - Bagan
Day 25: Bagan - Mandalay
Day 26: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay
Day 27: Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya
Day 28: Pindaya - Inle
Day 29: Inle - Heho - Yangon

A great Indochina holiday to visit 5 countries, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanamar. So many different things to experience during the tour and will stay with you throughout life!

Since this is a private Indochina tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry formand give us as much information as possible about your Vietnam trip or drop us an email at info@vivutravel.com. Our professional Vietnam travel consultants will be at your service.

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Bangkok Arrival (None)

Not a filthy third world capital anymore, Bangkok has adopted the chic that makes it as a top-tier Indochina tour destination. Today, you will make the first-time encounter with the City of Angles.

At the airport, Vivutravel's Thailand tour guide will greet you with a friendly Sawadeka. Check in upon arrival and have some free time in this amazing city.

Stay overnight in Bangkok.

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Day 01

Bangkok – Chiang Mai (Breakfast, Lunch)

Putting up its 21st-century facade for Thailand tour makers, however, Bangkok still keeps its old-school religious pride of holding so many temples and shrines that make the city appealing to Buddhists and Indochina tour makers alike.

Today you will have a city tour visiting Bangkok's most famed temples. Wat Traimit, the Temple of Golden Buddha, famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold Buddha image; and then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, the major landmarks and hottest Thailand postcard image, also a top must-visit site for the Thailand tours. Wat Po follows up, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, noted for its reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas).

Have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue to visit the most famous tourist place in Bangkok: Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct difference in style between the Thai-styled Wat Phra Kaew and the more European-styled designs of the Grand Palace. After this place we go back to the hotel and free at leisure.

In the evening, Vivutravel's Thailand tour guide will escort you to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai. Arriving in Chiang Mai at around 9pm, check in and have a relaxing night rejuvenating yourself for tomorrow's Thailand holiday!

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 02

Chiang Mai (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, you will break into the mist on a motorcycle all the way to Wat Umong, an amazingly unique temple favored by a great number of Thailand tour makers. Right inside the forest, the temple demonstrates essenence of harmony as you walk in.

Monks feed deer in the early morning and every Thailand holiday spender can give food to the turtles and fish in the pond surrounded by big trees. Signs with Buddha's words of wisdom are fluttering between tree branches, composing a noteless symphony with leaves rustling. One of the most mentioned features of Wat Umong of Thailand travel guidebooks is the underground temple and tunnels filled with miniture Buddha images are worthy a look-see. You will enjoy some hours of stay in this temple out of the norm.

Later, we will be back to Chiang Mai main town and take a tour in the oldest temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man before a yummy lunch in a nice local restuarant. In the afternoon, we will take the local transfer, Song Taew or Double Bench, to climb up the mountain to visit Chiang Mai's most famous temple:Wat Doi Suthep Temple. With the white elephant legend, the temple has become one of the most visited sites in Thailand for all Thailand tours.

Later, you will be taken back to hotel for a relaxing afternoon. When the night falls, Chiang Mai is putting up her best dress to present you a spectacular dinner show. As an overview into Thai culture, Kantoke Show impresses Thailand tour fans not only by its outstanding performance but also the cultural soul.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 03

Chiang Mai (Breakfast, Lunch)

Don't miss a Chiang Mai cooking class in your Thailand tours! Today, you will spend a couple of unforgettable hours at the cooking school learning about the authenic Nothern Thai cuisine.

In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to hotel. Have some leisure free time wandering in town. Why not check out Chiang Mai Walking Street?

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 04

Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (Breakfast, Lunch)

Elephant ride seems to be always a perfect photo to awe your friends back home for your Thailand holiday. Today, we are going to ride these sweet creatures another way: bareback! Sounds scary? Well you won't be after a show-how given by professional mahouts at Ran Tong Elephant Training Camp.

Ride your own elephant, give it the order by hands, you don't need a mahout to whip your giant friend. On elephant's back, you will go through the jungle and reach Mae Sa Waterfall, where you and your giant friends would have so much fun bathing together in the water! Special memory, yes, that is what it is all about for your Thailand holiday!

We will be back to Chiang Mai before lunch. After a quick lunch, you can stretch out legs while we are boating up to Chiang Rai along Mae Kok River. While other Thailand tour makers consider an overland drive to Chiang Rai is the right way to go, you, luckily enough, have an out-of-ordinary experience with Vivuttravel, which including the riverfront villagers waving hello to you from distance. The boat trip will take us about 4 hours and we will get to Chiang Rai at evening.

Check in upon arrival and have a free night in Chiang Rai. Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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Day 05

Chiang Rai (Breakfast, Lunch)

Chiang Rai, a border town sitting in peace by Mae Kok River, what brings you so much attention from oversea Thailand tour makers? Today is time to find out!

In the morning, we will take a lovely short boat trip to Chiang Sean. History has blessed with this old little town with rich and vivid tints, and the town itself is noted for an overview of 3 countries, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, at Golden Triangle. Regardless a somewhat bland stand at Golden Triangle.

Today we will visit the less-known yet richfully informative museum, House of Opium. Opium has been the major economic support of the region before tourism finally took over and yesterdays deserve our attention and learning. We will take a free stroll in town before lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Chiang Rai, and take a tour in the famous Wat Rong Khun. 'You haven't seen all the temples till you see this!' as some Thailand tour fans claim, the white exterior is overcasted with tiny mirrors that shine out the entire temple shimmering right in front of you. Path leads you to the inside passing by the fire-burning hell where thousands of hands reaching out for mercy, which might get you thinking the real meaning of life and where the true faith lies.

This is not the only reason why Wat Rong Khum becomes a must in Thailand tours in Chiang Rai, more awaits for your visit. Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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Day 06

Chiang Rai – Houi Xay – Pakbeng (Breakfast, Lunch)

Early in the morning, our Thailand tour guide will escort you to the pier of Houi Xay for Luang Say Cruise to Luang Prabang, Laos. As the boat slowly leaving shore, those happy moment spent with your Thailand tour guide would stuck in memory as you can still see him/her waving goodbye.

Here hoves your new Indochina holiday passion: Laos! One stop will be at a minority village for your free stroll. At dusk, we will get to Pakbeng, a modest town by the Mighty Mekong. Your Laos tour guide waits for your arrival and takes you to check-in. Later, you will be invited to a nice dinner in a local restaurant.

Stay overnight in Pakbeng.

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Day 07

Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today your cruise will take you to a humble village by the Nam Ou River, where you can get encounter with local folks and talk about their daily events.

Later, the Laos tour guide will lead you to the famous site of Pak Ou Caves, where Buddha figures of all sizes are stilling inside darkness witnessing sunrise and sunset over the Mighty Mekong for God-knows how many years.

As a must-do for all Laos tours in Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves always reward the international Laos tour makers with unique yet somehow surreal feeling. Get out of the caves, you will have lunch on board.

In the afternoon, you will see the outline hoving up in woods as your cruise boat slowly approaching to Luang Prabang. Finally, here you are! Vivutravel's private Laos tour guide will give you the warmest welcome and take you to hotel for check-in. After refreshing, you will be invited for a Lao dinner with traditional Lao dance, making a perfect introduction for your Laos holiday in Luang Prabang.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 08

Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch)

Early in the morning, little birds will wake you up.You might be feeling drowsy from the warmth of sleep.However, no sooner has a line of walking monks emerged than you get clear-headed. Morning alms collecting supports most of the monks in Luang Prabang, and this ritual also enjoys great prestige over other Laos tour attractions.

After giving alms to monks with respect and best hope for them, you will visit Luang Prabang's most famed attractions: the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping towards to the ground in the classical architectural style of Luang Prabang temples.

Have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham are two of the major seats of Buddhism in town. At dusk, we will climb up Mountain Phousii for a peaceful sunset.

Dinner cruise over the Mekong River with a traditional Lao dance show will engrave your memory for this Laos holiday. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 09

Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch)

Get tired of the Buddhism images or temples? Plunge yourself into nature! This morning, as driving to Kuangsi Waterfall, we will stop at Asian Bear Rescue Center, where kinds of endangered Asian bears are being taken good care of.

Later, we will travel to the famous Kuangsi Waterfall for a cool-off. Have picnic lunch in this stunning natural setting. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Luang Prabang. Enjoy a free kick-back in the cafe.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 10

Luang Prabang – Flight to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy a free morning in Luang Prabang. Have lunch on your own and we will fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tourguide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.

Arrive at your hotel (check in if room is available) It is time to refresh after long journey before we take you for a walk to explore old quarters of Hanoi then invite you a beautiful welcome dinner and a unique show of northern rural Water Puppet art form.

Overnight in a Ha Noi hotel.

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Day 11

Ha Long bay Cruise – the World heritage (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam Holidays. We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields.

At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires...

Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay.

During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

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Day 12

Halong Cruise – Hanoi – Hue (Brunch)

It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi Airport for your afternoon flight with Vietnam airlines to Hue. Pick up and transfer to your hotel, evening free at leisure in Hue.

Overnight in a Hue hotel.

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Day 13

Hue City Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are interested in Vietnam history, Vietnam culture, Temples, Pagoda... then Hue is the must see city of your Vietnam trip, because Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City and "must see" Vietnam Tours.

After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to Imperial Citadel before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and visit Hue's best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Return to the hotel. Free at leisure.

Overnight in a Hue hotel

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Day 14

Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years and for sure, Hoi An is a wonderful destination for all kinds of Vietnam Tours.

This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre.

Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

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Day 15

Hoi An Free Day (Breakfast)

There is no better place for break during your Vietnam holidays and Hoi An Ancient Town - highlight of any tour to Vietnam that noVietnam Toursmaker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang Beach.

Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

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Day 16

Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, our private Vietnam tour guide in Hoi An will pick you up for the drive to Danang airport for the flight with Vietnam airlines to Ho Chi Minh, a nice stop of your travel in Vietnam.

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Toursand cities to visit in Vietnam.

On arrival, we will do short city tour including Reunification Palace, Vietnam War musuem, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

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Day 17

Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels– Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail.

In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days.

Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

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Day 18

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh – Flight to Siem Reap (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, we continue our Vietnam travel with the interesting visit to Cai be floating market. 6 am : Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for Cai Be by private ca, stop to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields.

On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made.

Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long.

Return to HCMC for the flight to Siem Reap, one of the most exciting Indochina tours, the home of the Temples of Angkor. Upon your arrival, our private indochina tour guide and driver will welcome and transfer to your hotel for check in (if room is available).

Free at leisure and overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 19

Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (Breakfast, Lunch)

Siem Reap is no doubt a surprise for your Indochina tours.

In the morning: After breakfast, transfer to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Pimean Akas.

In the afternoon: Transfer to visit the famous temple of Cambodia, Angkor Wat then continue to visit the Bakheng Hill temple with Sun Set included from the top of this hill, back hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 20

Siem Reap – Petit Circuit – Grand Circuit (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, visit group of Petit Circuit, Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, Ta Promh, Banteay Kdei and Sras Sarng.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit group of Grand Circuit, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Meborn & Pre Rup, then take the boat trip to explore the Tonle Sap lake.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 21

Siem Reap – Flight to Yangon (Breakfast)

Free day at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Yangon, the fist stop of your Myanmar holiday, the former capital of Myanmar, you will be greeted warmly by our guides and transferred to your hotel for check-in. For the first day in the peaceful capital, an opening city tour will be the best selection for you. We will start at the Strand Road and experience the life of the people along the Yangon River.

Afterward, walk in the Pansoedan Street with solemn French colonial buildings which stores a part of the Burmese history. Leave the streets, we explore the pagodas and temples, and the first is the Sule Pagoda - a gold-covered stupa located at the center of the downtown Yangon then move to the City Hall – a prominent French colonial building of the capital.

Closing the morning with Mahabandola Garden – the perfect place for relaxing in the morning with grass field and flowers.

In the afternoon, continue exploring the other slices of the life in the capital by visiting the Bogyoke market where you can find anything in Myanmar, from common product like clothing foods to luxurious goods like gem, jewelry and souvenirs. Then, visit a glass factory and see how they blow the glass before peek into a natural warehouse. o complete the city tour, enjoying the sunset view from the Shwedagon Pagoda – a golden pagoda of the capital – is seemed to be the best ending for the day.

Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 22

Yangon – Bagan (Breakfast)

The second day of your Myanmar tour, leave Yangon, we will fly to Bagan - the plain of the temples and stupas. With the quantity of more than 2000 (exactly 2200), one day is not enough to visit the entire temples and stupas here but enough for experiencing the best and most essential of the area.

Begin with Shwesigon Pagoda – a 12th century stupa with typical style. Then we will take a temple visit with many stupas like Htilomilo temple – a 13th century temple with the name of the king at the time and sophisticated carvings, Anada Temple – with four golden Buddha toward the four directions, Anada Okkyaung - a brick monastery with 18th century mural paintings.

In the afternoon, after being full with delicious lunch, we will continue the journey with Manuha Temple – one of the oldest temple of Bagan and erected in the 11th century, Nan Phaya Temple – a Hindu temple with intricate carvings of Brahma. Completing the day in the sunset of the Bagan’s solemn ancient monument.

Overnight in Bagan.

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Day 23

Bagan – Mt Popa - Bagan (Breakfast)

Today we will move to the South to visit the volcanic Popa Mountain. This mountain, in the history and myth, has been considered as the abode of Nats – the most powerful spirit of Burmese. With 1518 meters in height, this mountain is the great choice for anyone like hiking.

At the top of Popa are monasteries and pagodas where the pilgrims usually come to pray and join in the festival. Before passing through the palm trees and coming back, remembering taking some photos from the top of the mountain where you can enjoy the whole view of the area.

Overnight in Bagan.

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Day 24

Bagan – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Mandalay will be our heading point today. Mandalay is the second largest and the last royal city of the country. We will reach here in the morning after 6 hours on the public Express bus then visit Amarapura – a former capital of Myanmar and a beautiful township nowadays, Mahargangaryoni Monastery – meet and experience the life of the monks.

Afterward, move to the South and visit Sagaing – a 15th century ancient city with numerous monasteries, Kaungmutaw Pagoda – a white egg-shaped design temples locating in the northwestern of Sagaing, Ywadaung village – a traditional village with silver wears and spectacular Sagaing Hill.

Close the day with the sunset on 1.2 - Km - long U-Pein wooden bridge before coming back to Mandalay.

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Day 25

Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay (Breakfast)

A boat trip will take us to Mingun – a town on the opposite bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. Mingun Pagoda will be the first place. Mingun Pagoda, actually, is an uncompleted monument with a giant bell inside and marble footprint of Buddha.

In the afternoon, explore the bamboo mat weaving village and experience the life of the locals before visit a series of temples and pagoda such as Mahamuni Pagoda – with numerous gold-covered Buddha statues, Shwe Kyaung Monastery – a 20th century important monastery with the other name as "Golden Palace", Atumashi Monastery – a late 19th century monastery built by King Mindon, Kuthotaw Pagoda – also a 19th century pagoda with marble inscriptions, white stupas and shrines.

End the day on the Mandalay Hills and enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.

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Day 26

Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya (Breakfast)

A morning flight will take us to Heho and then drive to Pindaya. In Heho, Inle Lake is seemed to be the center of attraction with wonderful surrounding scenery such as forests, vegetable farms, wheat fields, etc.

After about one hour, we will reach Pindaya caves with stalactite and stalagmite. This cave boasts numerous Buddha images of various types. Overnight in Pindaya.

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Day 27

Pindaya – Inle (Breakfast)

Continue experience the natural beauty of the second-largest lake of Myanmar, Inle Lake with unique scenes along the banks and on the surface like the incredible leg-rower fisherman.

Afterward, visit a morning market with many sellers and vendors selling their goods, a great chance for shopaholic people. In the afternoon, heading to Paungdawoo Pagoda – a Buddhist pagoda on the bank of the lake with Buddha statues inside, Ngaphae chaung Monastery and other typical places such as silversmiths workshops, traditional weaving industry , blacksmiths and cigar making factory.

Overnight in Inle lake.

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Day 28

Inle – Heho – Yangon (Breakfast)

The last day of your Myanmar travel, in the morning, visit Indein Village (45 mins) on the western shore of the lake. Then visit ancient Shweinndein Pagoda, a moundering maze of stupas. The ruined stupas were found in the bushes years ago.

After lunch on own, transfer to Heho Airport to fly back to Yangon where you connect with your departure flight home.

Vivutravel thanks you so much for your travelling with us. We wish you all the best, goodbye and see you again!

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Inclusion:

  • Private transportation as program
  • 06 domestic flights: Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Hanoi - Hue, Danang - Ho Chi Minh, Yangon - Bagan, Madalay - Heho, Heho - Yangon.
  • 03 international flights: Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Yangon, 
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)
  • Accommodation as indicated

    Exclusion:

    • Early check-in & late check-out
    • Visa to Thailand, Laos, Myanmar
    • Stamp fee to Vietnam at the airport
    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    • Drinks
    • Other meals
    • Insurance

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      - Please tell us your type of travel, length of travel and activities that you are interested in. For example; Family with kids, Couple's vacation, Honeymoon, Friends, Shopping, Sightseeing, Leisure and Relaxing, Cuisine & Cooking, Kayaking, Caves & Grottoes, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Minority, Adventure & Discovery...

      - Please tell us where and what you want to visit. If you do not know much about Vietnam and Indochina, just give us your travel plan and ideas and we will create a suggested tour for you.

      - Most of our tour guide are English speaking tour guides, but if you want another language like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese... we can always arrange. Please tell us what you do you expect from your guides, for example; you want a guide with sense of humor? Good knowledge in history & culture? Male/Female guide? Talkative/untalkative? Young/Old guide?

      - Please advise if you want breakfast included only or also lunch and dinner. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian, the food you can eat or can't? If you want local food in local restaurants or western food in tourist restaurant...? Actually, you do not have to send us all information, but the more we know, the better we plan your holiday.

      2. After having received your inquiry, one of our professional Vietnam travel consultants will email and give you a proposal.

      3. If you accept the proposal (you may modify it till you are satisfied with it), we will calculate the tour cost and send you the tour price. If you accept it, please confirm that you would like to book it.

      * How Travel Experts at Vivutravel Service you?
      "Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at Vivutravel.

      Everyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

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      1-on-1 Travel Consultant
      After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

      Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in Vietnam and Indochina, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

      * How to proceed to book Vietnam and Indochina tour with you?
      When you decide to book your Vietnam and Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full names (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details in and out Vietnam/Indochina for airport transfers / pick up & see off.

      * How to pay the deposit and the balance?
      Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher then deposit request of about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), make wire transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.

      Balance: You can pay the rest 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)

      * How to enjoy the tour?
      Our job is to make your holiday a memorable experience. To make sure you will have a great time, there are something that we should share;

      When you request the tour: Please let us know your personal interests so our travel consultants will design and include in the itinerary, or take notes for the hotels, tour guide, restaurants...

      Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.

      When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.

      Tour guide: Please let us know what do you expect from your tour guides and we will arrange the right ones for you.

      * Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
      Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.

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      * Do you offer any discounts?
      Yes, we offer discounts for;

      - Family with kids and children < 12 years old
      - Disable people
      - Old people (> 65 years old)
      - Second trip with us
      - Big group

      * How can I pay you the money?
      1) Credit card; (secure online payment gateway via Onepay)
      ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)

      Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

      OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

      OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

      2) Wire transfer (bank transfer)
      3) Cash
      4) Western union
      5) Combination

      * Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
      We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.

      * What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
      We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.

      However, we DO accept late reservations, things are possible at Vivutravel

      * What about Cancellation policy?
      In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

      General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

      - Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
      - 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
      - 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
      - 5 stars hotelS, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

      However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

      * Can we get refund?
      For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

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      * How do I get a visa?
      Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

      Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
      a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

      1) Full name on passport
      2) Passport number
      3) Date of birth
      4) Nationality
      5) Date of arrival
      6) Date of issue
      7) Date of expire
      8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

      You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

      b) How long does it take?
      It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

      c) Get the stamp
      Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

      Download the form that you will need to fill your personal information at airport/border here

      * Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
      The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

      * Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?
      We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can change money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

      * Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
      Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

      Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

      * Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
      Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

      * When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
      Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

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      * Tipping
      Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

      - US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
      - US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

      Note:
      - Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

      - Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

      * Shopping
      Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

      Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

      Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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      We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
      Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

      Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

      Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

      Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
      2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40: 
      We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

      3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
      Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

      4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
      Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

      5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
      Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

      Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

      Private Guide & Transfer
      Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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      Tour Guide:
      We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

      Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

      Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
      1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

      2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

      3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

      4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

      5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

      6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

      7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

      8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

      9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

      10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

      11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

      12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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      Transportation:
      Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

      Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
      - Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

      - Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

      - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

      - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

      - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

      - Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

      Tipping
      Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

      - US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
      - US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

      - Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

      - Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

      Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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      Breakfast:
      Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

      Lunch
      Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

      If allergic to some food
      We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

      Dinner
      Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

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      This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

      Planning the tour:
      Prompt response in 0.5-10 hours
      Supported by private travel consultant
      Unlimited changes, no charge

      Our guarantee:
      Quality service and affordable price with added value
      Use of excellent local guides
      Use of well-selected hotels
      Use of comfortable vehicles
      Worry-free & one-stop service
      Excellent customer care

      Methods of payment:
      Deposit 30% in advance after the tour is confirmed
      Balance paid on arrival in cash, credit cards, traveler's cheque
      Online and secure payment by bank transfer or credit cards