Plan a trip into the heart and soul of Indochina which will begin in Yangon. While on a boat tour of Halong Bay cruise through dramatic karst scenery, travel back into the world of the country's last emperors in Hue, soak up the old-world charm of Hoi An and overcome by the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City. In Cambodia, in Phnom Penh's heaving streets and the fascinating temples of Angkor explore the country's rich past and culture. The Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia tour will let you experience the delights of Indochina and the magical locations will leave you awe struck.
The wonderful trip in the heart and soul of Indochina will kick start upon arrival at Mandalay International airport. Upon arrival meet and greet our professional language guide who will then transfer you to the Hotel. Check in the hotel and rest for some time. Today, during the sightseeing tour you will visit Chauke Htat Gyi Pagoda which is a home to of inspiring 65 meter long and 16 meter high reclining Buddha image with 108 scared Buddhist symbols adorned both feet. Continue with the tour to visit Inya Lake. Here while strolling along the quayside you can try your hand at airing. Towards the noon time get acquainted with the local people and their lifestyle at the most famous market of Yangon- Hledan Market at the Hledan Center.
Afterwards, visit to Shwedagon Pagoda- the most popular and spectacular religious monument and 2,600 years old in Myanmar famous for its Golden Dome that rises 9-meters above its bases and covered with 60 tons of pure gold. To catch the magnificent view of the Shwedagon Pagoda visit Karaweik Palace that rests at the Eastern edge of Royal Kandawgyi Lake.
Spend overnight at the hotel in Yangon
Have a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel and set out for 1.5 hours’ drive to Bago. While Driving between Yangon and Bago stop at the Taukkyan War Memorial. This is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Myanmar, dedicated to soldiers from both the First and Second World War. After visiting, drive directly to Bago also known as Pegu is a town steeped in legend. The sites in Bago are spread out around the town and you’ll spend the day exploring under the guidance of an expert learning about the history and myths of the city.
First visit to see Shwethalyaung Buddha which is esteemed throughout Myanmar as the most attractive Reclining Buddha. Next visit Sein Thar Hlaing Pagoda, Hin Thar Gone Pagoda, Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. Then make your way to Kalyani Sima which is an Ordination Hall featuring 28 Meter high huge image of Kyaikpun Pagoda and also the place of King Bayinnaung.
After exploration of Bago, return to Yangon to spend overnight.
After the wonderful breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing of Yangon. During the tour explore the Historical Buildings of the colonial ear which once served as the government and commercial institutions. Next visit the MusmeahYeshua Synagogue-Myanmar’s only Jewish house of worship which is surrounded by traders from other faiths. Next offer prayers at the largest Cathedral in Myanmar- the Saint Mary’s Cathedral. The most stand out feature of the Cathedral is the interior featuring the exquisite stained glass windows and the wall of the Cathedral which are lined with famous biblical scenes such as the last supper and the fourteen stations of the cross. The masterful cravings make the images come alive in 3D fashion.
Later stroll through the eclectic Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market to have a look at the antique, Burmese handicraft and jewelry shops, art galleries and clothing stores as well as foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods. Continue the tour to the oldest colonial building in Myanmar- Holy Trinty Cathedral. The cathedral is famous for regimental plaques of the allied army and leather bound book with names of commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives during the war. Towards the evening in the Chinatown interact with the locals, enjoy amid the vibrant atmosphere, bargain with the shopkeepers for souvenirs and sample the exotic local dishes.
As the day retires, return to the hotel for overnight stay at Yangon.
Post breakfast check out of the hotel and set out to travel to Yangon International Airport for departure to Saigon. On the way to airport visit the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda famous for featuring the biggest marble Buddha Image in Myanmar. The Sitting Buddha Image is curved out from a single marble stone. You will also visit to Royal White Elephants Camp in Mindama Hill.
During the noon transfer to airport to board flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be received by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the City behind, take a 2.5-hour journey west towards the Cambodian border bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. The Cu Chi tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200km's of tunnels. It included hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters.
Later in the noon visit District one- the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. The journey will then make its way through some of the famous landmarks of Saigon like the central post office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Walk past by the elegant City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and old Opera House. Later visit Unification Palace which was formerly the Independence palace of the South Vietnamese President.
End the day with a leisure walk at the centre Ben Thanh Market where you can come across and purchase the traditional goods and handicrafts. Check in the hotel and spend overnight in Saigon.
Post breakfast set out to visit the city of My Tho- formerly a naval base but now a bustling port city in the Mekong Delta. The area is the final destination of the Mekong River. An incredibly fertile region its prime industry is food production. Life for villagers in the area revolves around the rivers and canals that make up the delta, people are more likely to transport by river than by road.
Upon arrival into My Tho you'll board a private boat for a cruise on the Mekong River. On the boat ride explore the island which boasts lush tropical gardens and sample tropical fruit. You'll continue to another island in the Mekong Delta where you'll learn more about another cottage industry, coconut candy. Visit a coconut candy factory and learn about the process of making this sweet. Thereafter return to My Tho for the journey back to Saigon City.
Post breakfast at the hotel either spend the free time at your own pace or go out to do some shopping till it’s time to travel to the Airport. Later you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward flight.
Upon arrival at SiemReap Airport cross through the immigration and meet professional language guide who will escort you to your hotel. Check in and rest for a while and spend the day at leisure. Explore the city at your own pace.
Towards the evening, head back to the hotel to spend overnight in Siem Reap.
Depart from your Siem Reap hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic surroundings on your way to the Angkor region. Stop first at the majestic Angkor Wat, a structure considered the masterpiece of the entire Khmer empire; marvel at its reflective pools and vast moat, then stroll through the galleries to see impressive bas-reliefs (carvings) depicting scenes of Ramayana, an epic Hindu poem. Next, venture to Bayon to become hypnotized by the smiling stone faces of the temple. Gain a fascinating insight into the temple’s ancient origin from your guide, hearing of vicious battles and attempting to decipher the intricate bas-reliefs that detail scenes of cockfighting and childbirth. Conclude your tour with a stop at Ta Prohm, a mystical enclave in which tree roots intertwine with ancient ruins. Return to the minivan and relax during the journey back to your hotel in Siem Reap, where the tour concludes.
After the breakfast at the hotel, depart from Siem Reap hotel to the Angkor region for a full day sightseeing tour to explore the ancient mysteries. The first stop on this full day tour is South Gate of Angkor very much famous amongst the visitors for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone.
Later visit the central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Wat- The Bayon Temple. Do not wonder where to go next. Simply head towards Royal Enclosureand Phimeanakas. To enjoy the best view of the whole Elephant Terrace without any obstacle you need to climb up the staircase .
The tour will not be complete if you didn't visited Terrace of the Leper King- largest temple of angkor Wat built during the12th century. The temple covers an area of about 210 hectares and is considered as the most complete temple. Before retiring back to the hotel visit jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm. Big trees and huge creepers embrace the stone foundations which symbolizes that man's creation is being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.
Post breakfast, head out of town and make way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way stopover at the Preah Dark village and follow with a visit to Banteay Samre Temple. Afternoon, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap and take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. The "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia will surely be a serene experience. Spend the rest of day visiting the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting. Stay overnight at Siem Reap.
Post breakfast check out of the hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Explore the city at your own pace until transfer to the airport to board domestic flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival at Phnom Penh, check in the hotel and spend rest of the day at your own pace strolling down the streets of the beautiful city.
Treat your taste buds with mouthwatering breakfast and then visit Independence Monument. Hire and ride a bicycle to the Royal Palace which was built in the year 1866 on the site of the old town by King Norodom. Later visit the silver Pagoda- famous for its 5000 silver tiles. The temple is located within the grounds of the Royal Palace and treasures inside the temple include a solid gold Buddha encrusted, a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant. Post lunch continue the trip to National Museum also known as Musee des Beaux-Arts. It was designed in the year 1917 by French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier. The museum houses collection of Khmer art , notable sculptures of all the ages.
The last destination of the day long trip is Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. Here experience the magnificent views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Spend Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Before starting with the city tour of Phnom Penh have breakfast at the hotel. The first stop for the day long tour is Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. They both are the live places that reminds of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. Here visit Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek which has been built in the memory of 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. Later during the noon visit Phnom Penh’s Psar Toul Tom Pong, also known as the Russian Market. The elegant market is famous for buying souvenirs, curios and silks. During the evening hop on a one hour cruise on the Mekong River. Spend overnight in Siem Reap.
Post breakfast set out for private full-day Hanoi tour. Hanoi is known as the 'Paris of the East' and is one of Asia's most charming cities. Starting in the morning the first stop is the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Next, visit the Temple of Literature. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the university's graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths.
Next stop is the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the Vietnam which houses a display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples. Afterward, head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.
After breakfast you are free at leisure before you are transferred to the airport for departure flight for onward destination. On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city at your own pace.
The morning comes with the breeze of a new day when our local guide picks you up from the hotel to experience Luang Prabang in its extreme tranquility and also the Tak Bat ceremony, monks' alms procession that takes places early in the morning on the street.
Then head to the holy Pak Ou Cave. Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. This is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions.
While coming back, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai which is famous for local rice wine. Head back to the city and proceed to visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts; before ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River.
After the breakfast in the hotel the private chauffeur will take you to Elephant Village. At the camp, enjoy strolling around and get acquainted with the locals. You will come across some giant elephants and later you can enjoy an elephant ride for about 30 minute in the nearby jungle.
Later set out on a long, windy hour-long journey from Luang Prabang is serene and scenic in and of itself. Kuang S Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destination in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty. If weather permits, we can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. That absolutely will be a nice experience to visitors. Splash around the turquoise pool or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the forest paths. While coming back to Luang Prabang, visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. En route, have lunch and get transferred to the airport to board flight for Hanoi. Spend overnight in Luang Prabang
Treat your taste buds with mouthwatering breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to onwards destination or back to India with memories which will last a life time.