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Heritage Journey - 14 Days

Date post: 24/04/2014
Heritages Journey 14 days. This trip covers some of the highlights of Burma, a boat ride on the Irrawaddy, attend a cultural performance, visit Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, explore the Inle Lake area, wander through the streets of Mandalay, and travel to Bagan, the city of over 3,000 pagodas. Myanmar is a country caught in a time warp, isolated from the rest of the world for more than 30 years, making it a fascinating place to visit then continue to experience the finest of North Vietnam: The elegant city of Hanoi - Vietnam's captial and discover the World  Heritage Site Halong Bay on the luxury cruise...

Start City : Yangon
End City: Hanoi
or vice versa.
Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
- Visit: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hanoi
- Extendable with optional tours from Yangon and from Hanoi.

Day 1:  Yangon Arrival

Mingalabar! Welcome to golden land of Myanmar.
Upon arrival to Yangon International airport, our guide & driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to hotel in the central of the city. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. Your highlight for this evening is the cultural show at Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower. Enjoy the welcome dinner of Burmese cuisine and the traditional cultural show.
Meals: Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan

Today we fly to Bagan very early in the morning to Myanmar’s archeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside.  Have an early breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport to catch your short, in-country flight to Bagan. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold-leaf Shwezigon pagoda and learn about the Burmese Buddhist tradition. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda temple, stopping along the way in the Bagan plain to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer wear workshop and learn about this traditional craft.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 3: Bagan Sightseeing

After breakfast, We start with the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby, continue with sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, experience the architectural difference in MyaZedi pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan the ShweSandaw pagoda.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 4: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Popa, known as the most sarced site for meditation in Myanmar. Our guide will lead you to Popa Kalat Monastery where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Popa national park.
On the way back to Bagan, we will experience the traditonal palm work, cigar maker and peanut oil distillation.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Resort in Bagan

Day 5: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura

Heading to the airport for flight to Mandalay. Leave the city for Sagaing Hill, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay. Take the 30 minutes drive to Amarapura - being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image - a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill

Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.
Drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.
In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 7: Mandalay – Fly to Inle Lake – Discovery

Leave Mandalay for Heho. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900m above sea level and is home to unique one leg rower Intha people.
Upon arrival, board on motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is  Ngaphechaung monastery, known as jumping cat pagoda. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake

This morning, you will visit the 5 days market which is hold in different villages surround the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 9: Inle Lake – Heho – Fly to Yangon – City Tour – Fly to Hanoi

Leave Inle Lake for Yangon. Spend your full day exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule pagoda, the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. After lunch, discover the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon pagoda. The golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. Enjoy your shopping time in Scott market.
Leave Yangon for Hanoi. Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi City Tour

Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a full day City Tour.
The visit includes most of the City’s outstanding historical and cultural sites.
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites (include: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda) – closed on Monday & Friday
- Quan Thanh Temples & Tran Quoc Pagoda
- Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art, Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”)
Late afternoon, we will have a brief city tour: discover Hanoi Old Quarter on cyclo ride or open electric car. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 11: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang An

After breakfast in hotel, we drive over 2 hours Southeast on the  newly completed freeway to the picturesque Ninh Binh area . Discover Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties, before taking a sampan trip down the Tam Coc River. There are options to float down Trang An or Thung Nang Rivers famous for their charming grottoes and limestone karts mountains.
Should you feel adventurous climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Experience a night at picturesque & tranquil resort in this area.
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Resort & Spa in Van Long, Ninh Binh

Day 12: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay

After breakfast you will have over 4 hour drive along the country side of the Red River Delta to the UNESCO world’s heritage site of Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the East Sea (Bien Dong) (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Cruise in Halong Bay

Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Farewell Dinner

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Have lunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Our driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Hanoi. There are couple hours for refreshment at hotel before the Farewell dinner in one of the finest restaurants in town hosted by Travel Vietnam
Evening highlight will be a Water Puppet Performance – the unique form of Vietnamese art derived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Meal: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi Departure

You are free time until your departure flight. Our driver will transfer you to Noi Bai International airport for departure.
Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast.
Bon Journey!

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