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Myanmar - Vietnam - Thailand - The Greatest Journey 23 Days / 22 Nights

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Myanmar - Vietnam - Thailand - The Greatest Journey 23 Days / 22 Nights

Truly come away from this trip with a deep understanding and wonder of South East Asia during your 23 days on the continent. This tour focuses on taking you to the highlights of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam. From cruising Emerald waters to experiencing Myanmar before the hoards of tourists come, this journey ensures that you come back home with all the bragging rights you will ever have. You also can relax throughout your journey as

DAY 1

Ho Chi Minh City arrival

You are warmly welcomed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh city by our professional guide, your airport pickup await to whisk you to the modern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City! You are able to check into your hotel and then explore! 1 night stay Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City 2 Nights
DAY 2

Ho Chi Minh City - tunnels

After your enjoyable breakfast you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels at 8am - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels dating back the 1960s during the war against the American army before coming back to the city for lunch. After lunch, you shall see the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Saigon's government quarter. This building is of neo-Romanesque architecture with two high square towers and iron spires. Another attraction is the Central Post Officem which is French-style designed, and the City Hall, known as "Hotel de Ville," is typical of the French architecture that would be seen in any village in France; During the day, you shall also visit the War Remnants Museum, featuring collections of weapons and photographs from the two Indochina wars. Our last stop is the Ben Thanh market, the biggest whole sales market in Ho Chi Minh city, formerly named as Saigon; You spend another night in Ho Chi Minh City. Read more

DAY 3

Mekong Delta

At 7.30 am., you are leaving for Cai Be, stopping admire the essence of Vietnam rice paddies in Tan An town. In Cai Be, you can take a motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market where you can observe the indigenous community trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Afterwhich you will have time to explore the small villages and plantations. Your next excursion is to Vinh Long which takes you through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. You come to visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made; You also get to Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Here you enjoy a special lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music; Last but not least, you take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden, then get back to Ho Chi Minh City for the flight to Da Nang City in Vietnam’s Central Region On arrival, you are welcome and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in; You stay overnight in Hoi An. Read more

Hoi An Ancien Town 2 Nights
DAY 4

Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, you are going to visit the 200 year-old Tan Ky house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, the former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful riverside market; Then you are free at your own leisure for shopping or relaxing on the beach; You spend another night in the beautifully illuminated Hoi An. Read more

DAY 5

Hoi An - Hue (B, L)

You are free at leisure for the whole morning, then leave Hoi An for Hue city - the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills; En route you have a look at the famous My Khe Beach and visit Cham Museum with the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world; Upon arrival in Hue, you are warmly welcome, then you get to the hotel for check-in; You stay overnight in Hue. Read more

Hue City 2 Nights
DAY 6

Hue full-day city tour

After breakfast, you get a special morning cruise on the romantic Perfume River (Huong River) to visit Hue’s oldest and most revered site Thien Mu Pagoda; Before lunch, you continue to visit the Mausoleum of King Minh Mang; During the day, you also visit the Imperial Citadel, the Purple Forbidden City, the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the Dong Ba market; You get back the hotel for another interesting night in Hue. Read more

Hue City
DAY 7

Hue - Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast, you say goodbye to Hue city for the flight to Hanoi. Upon pick up at Hanoi capital, you take a half-day city tour of some famous destination in Hanoi such as the impressive Museum of Ethnology, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword and the Ngoc Son temple; Sit back and relax during your one-hour rickshaw ride through the bustling old quarter streets of Hanoi before enjoying a fantastic traditional water puppet show (unique to Vietnam); You stay overnight in Hanoi. Read more

Hanoi City 2 Nights
DAY 8

Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

At 8.00 a.m., you are traveling this morning to Halong Bay on our private mini-van/bus. the drive of about 3 hours and a half takes you past some of the most beautiful vivid countryside and rice paddy life. When reaching Halong bay, you shall boarding your boat, an authentic traditional junk, and start your amazing cruise through this World Heritage Site. Lunch is served on board with a selection of the freshest seafood; You have a chance to discover “the amazing cave”, and have a swim in the tranquility of Halong Bay and its emerald water. Here you will cruise further into a peaceful water area to stay at a special overnight. You enjoy your dinner and relax while the sun is going down. Then you are free to swim in the phosphorous water, rest at your cabin, or come into a nice sleep under the stars amidst the magic of Halong Bay on the top deck.This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia; You shall sleep about this beautiful boat surrounded by the stunning stars and landscape of Halong Bay. Read more

Halong Bay 1 Night on Board
DAY 9

Halong Bay to Hanoi (B, L)

We advise you to wake up early in order to experience the beautiful sunrise and enjoy the fresh ocean air. Have a seat on the upper deck where you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the limestone islands rising from the emerald water of the bay; After a wonderful breakfast, you are to explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax, then get back to the jetty while brunch is served while you are cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations; You come back Hanoi at around 4.30 pm., check in the hotel & you have free time to go sightseeing in the busy Old Quarter Streets; You spend one more special night in Hanoi. Read more

DAY 10

Hanoi - Yangon/Myanmar

After breakfast, you have a great time to enjoy a city tour of this charming capital city including the Mausoleum of the nation's founder President Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda & the Temple of Literature; Once you have finished with your local lunch, you shall then be transferred to the airport for the flight to Yangon, Myanmar; When landing in the mysterious country of Myanmar you are welcome by our experienced tour guide before transferring to the hotel for check-in; You stay overnight at the hotel in Yangon. Read more

Yangon 2 Nights
DAY 11

Yangon - Bagan

After a nice breakfast at the hotel, you all take a morning flight to Bagan situated in Central Myanmar, on the east bank of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. You will once again be greeted at the airport of Nyaung U Airport and transferred to the hotel for check in; Afterwards you will first take a sightseeing tour around the colorful Nyaung Oo market, and Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine, then Ananda Temple, King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture. This is the opportunity to see Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest building on the Bagan plain, and Htilominlo temple , noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations; In the afternoon, it's time to observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Afterwards visit Manuha Temple, Myingabar Gubyautgyi Temple , an early period Pyu-style Temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mutual paintings in Bagan and Dhamanyangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork; Last but not least, you are in the wonderful time of the sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River from Buphaya or Shwesandaw Pagoda. You spend a night at the hotel in Bagan. Read more

Bagan 2 Nights
DAY 12

Bagan discovery

Optional: Balloon Over Bagan (BOB). It is a unique opportunity to see the Bagan with ‘BALLOONS OVER BAGAN’. You get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River as it has never been seen before. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km per hour. Eight/Six at sunrise last just under an hour and take off daily from October through March. The price is US $ 290 / pax. Due to the limited capacity, advance bookings at an early stage are highly recommended; After breakfast, you will visit a tropical village to see an old Noodle Cottage and observe the local indigenous daily life of the people in Taung Bi village; In the afternoon, you visit Kyaugu Umin Temple, which is an interesting rock cave tunnel, and Nagayon an elegant and well preserved temple containing many Buddha images, the main one which is twice life size and shelters under the hood of a huge serpent; You stay overnight at the hotel in Bagan. Read more

DAY 13

Bagan - Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Mandalay, the commercial centre and cultural tourism site, which was established in 1857 by King Mindon; When reaching Tada Oo International airport, you take some sightseeing to the ancient city of Amarapura, visit Mahagundayone Monastery to study the daily life of the monks observing Buddha scriptures, U Bein Wooden Bridge (1.2km long) across Taung Tha Man Lake; And then you continue to get to Sagaing and visit Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda, which is the copy of Mahaceti Pagoda in Siri Lanka and Sagaing Hill - the center of Meditation. At the end of the day, you are driven to Mandalay and do the check-in for the hotel; You stay overnight at the hotel. Read more

Mandalay 2 Nights
DAY 14

Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you transfer to the jetty to take a boat trip to Mingun. Here you have a good chance to view Mingun - an unfinished Pagoda, Mingun Bell, one of the world largest hanging bronze bells and Myatheindan Pagoda; After sightseeing in Mingun, you are going to sail back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, you take a series of attractions including Mahamuni Buddha Image, Zegyo Market and some of Mandalay’s cottage industries, such as weaving and tapestry making, Burmese candy making, Bamboo fan making near Eindaw Yar Pagoda, Atumahsi Monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery(Golden Palace Monastery), Kuthodaw (Maha Lawkamarazein Pagoda), which is famous as the world largest book of many stone slabs on which is inscribed the whole Buddhist Literature. You enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill; You spend another overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. Read more

DAY 15

Mandalay - Heho - Inle

You have a nice breakfast at the hotel, then get to the airport to leave for Heho. When arriving at Heho Airport, you are driven to Nyaung Shwe, and come to the hotel by boat to Inle Lake; Located at the 900 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar with hazy blue mountains as backdrop. Here you visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the most famous pagoda of the Shan State, Ywa-Ma village, gold and silver smiths’ workshop; After lunch time, you get ready to visit Jumping Cat Monastery and floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and the famous leg rowers; In the evening, it's wonderful to enjoy the sunset while visiting the Inle Lake by boat; You stay overnight at your hotel. Read more

Inle 1 Night
DAY 16

Inle - Heho - Yangon

After breakfast, you are transferring to the airport for a flight back to Yangon. On the way to the hotel, you take advantage of visiting Kabar Aye (the World Peace pagoda) and Maha Pasana (the great cave for Buddhist synod) before the check-in at the hotel; After lunch, you can do some shopping at Bogyoke Market (Scott’s Market) of hundreds of shops where you can find local products such as Gems & Jewelry , slippers, clothes, and so on; In the evening, you can wander through China Town and get to know the living style of Yangon citizens in the traditional and modern costumes; You stay overnight at the hotel in Yangon. Read more

Yangon
DAY 17

Yangon - Bangkok

In the morning, you shall start with the city tour in Yangon, including Sule Pagoda in the heart of the city, Chauktatgyi Reclining Buddha image of 230 ft (70 m) long in the pose of rest. The original image was built in 1907 and becomes one of the biggest colossal Buddha in Myanmar. You have a special evening visit to the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide. Its golden stupa is the ‘Heart’ of Buddhism Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues; You then transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you are welcome and transferred to the hotel for check-in; You stay overnight in Bangkok. Read more

Bangkok City 3 Nights
DAY 18

City temples tours - Bangkok

Awaking in Bangkok your tour awaits to whisk you off into the city. You shall go through some of the most interesting parts of this famous metropolis, including stops at the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimit), the home of a 5.5 ton Buddha image, found when the port of Bangkok was being expanded and dating back more than 200 years. The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), famous as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok; You also visit the Grand Palace, Coronation Hall and the holiest of all Thai Temples “The Emerald Buddha Temple” (Wat Phra Kaew), where the replica of Angkor Wat and the late Ayutthaya-style murals on the surrounding walls illustrate scenes from the Ramayana are included in the temple's compound; You spend another impressive night in Bangkok. Read more

Bangkok
DAY 19

Bangkok - Ayutthaya

After breakfast in the hotel, you get ready to travel by air-conditioned car/van/coach to Ayutthaya. Here, you can visit Bang-Pa-In, where used to be the summer palace of the late King Rama V with some exquisite art works and the temples; You return on the comfortable motor cruiser downstream to Bangkok. You enjoy the sights of the rural Thailand. Buffet lunch is served onboard (all beverages excluded); Arriving in Bangkok in the evening, you get to the hotel to stay overnight in Bangkok. Read more

Bangkok
DAY 20

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

You have breakfast at the hotel, and you are free at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai; Upon arrival, you are met, greeted and transferred to the hotel for check in before receiving some free time on your explore at your own pace; Then you will dine a superb dinner called Khantok (incl. hill tribe performance). After dinner, you are free at leisure in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar before returning to the hotel; You stay overnight in Chiang Mai. Read more

Chiang Mai 3 Nights
DAY 21

Doi Suthep Temple - Meo Doi

The journey begins with a visit to a Meo Hill tribe village. Since they originally migrated from South China, the physical features of the tribe are similar to the Chinese. They prefer to have big families with an average 8 members in a each. They practice shifting agriculture, mostly planting upland rice, corn and soybeans. Generally you will find the womenfolk's works harder than the men's. Their houses are not built on stilts but rather directly on the ground. Due to its proximity to Doi Suthep, this particular village is slightly more commercial and less traditional. Doi Pui was once famous for opium cultivation. It's 1500 meters above the sea level; The trip continues on to Wat Doi Suthep Temple. Driving up offers a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. After a while, you embark to the San Kamphaeng district, the heart of the silk and cotton home industries in order to witness the fascinating process of making and weaving these popular fabrics; You also move to the Bor Sang, the umbrella village, where the delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand-painted. From here, onwards to Thai Celadon, about 6kms north of Chiang Mai, exquisite ceramics are produced. These are modeled on the Sawankhalok pottery made hundreds of years ago at Sukhothai and exported all over the region. With its deep and cracked glazed finish, the style is very distinctive and some pieces are exceptionally beautiful. Last but not least, you observe the intricacies of both lacquer ware and silverware craftsmen; You get back the hotel to relax after a long day of interesting activities. Read more

DAY 22

Elephant Safari

After breakfast at the hotel, you start to embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area. Right here, you are surprised at how these well looked after elephants are well trained; Then, you board one of these gentle beasts and partake on a safari along the trails and followed by Ox-Cart ride back to the camp. A special lunch is served at the elephant camp; In the afternoon, you enjoy with local handicraft bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng river before returning to Chiang Mai with a break time at Orchid Nursery; You reach your hotel for another night in Chiang Mai. Read more

DAY 23

Chiang Mai - Bangkok -depart

After breakfast, you are free at your leisure till the transferring time to the airport for flight departure to Bangkok. The unforgettable Trip ends! See you in the next time!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3
Location Hoi An
Hotel Lantern
Day 5
Location Hue
Hotel Alba Spa
Day 7
Location Hanoi
Hotel Quoc Hoa
Day 8
Location Halong Bay
Hotel Glory Legend
Day 10
Location Yangon
Day 11
Location Bagan
Day 13
Location Mandalay
Day 15
Location Inle
Hotel 81 Hotel
Day 17
Location Bangkok
Day 20
Location Chiang Mai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Hotel Bay Saigon
Day 3
Location Hoi An
Day 5
Location Hue
Hotel Eldora
Day 7
Location Hanoi
Hotel The Light
Day 8
Location Halong Bay
Hotel Syrena
Day 10
Location Yangon
Day 11
Location Bagan
Day 13
Location Mandalay
Day 15
Location Inle
Day 17
Location Bangkok
Day 20
Location Chiang Mai
Hotel De Lanna
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ho Ci Minh City
Day 3
Location Hoi An
Day 5
Location Hue
Hotel Imperial
Day 7
Location Hanoi
Day 8
Location Halong Bay
Day 10
Location Yangon
Day 11
Location Bagan
Day 13
Location Mandalay
Day 15
Location Inle
Day 17
Location Bangkok
Day 20
Location Chiang Mai

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • All Airfares (internal Air tickets within Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Myanmar - Thailand)
  • FREE Vietnam Visa letter
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Cruise boat & overnight in Halong Bay
  • Meals and welcome drinks as mentioned in the itinerary indicated by B (Breakfast, L (Lunch) D (Dinner) under each day description.
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees, excursions & sightseeing tickets

Package excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips (optional)
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

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Karen, United States

This was a great trip. Amazing countries and sites with helpful, pleasant tour guides. All the travel and hotel went smoothly and I had a reasonable amount of free time to explore on my own. I recommend it very highly. One piece of advice that I would give is to bring several passport pictures with you. You will need 2 for Vietnam and 1 each for Cambodia and Laos. When you arrive, get in the "Arrival Visa" lines to get your visa on arrival. The forms the travel agency (or you download) gives you need to be approved at the airport prior to actually getting your visa stamps. Read more

Denise, Ukraine

Guided yet independent travel! You always have the support of the Legend team! We touched on many cultural sites on this tour, the guides were fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly! Recommended!

Victor, Russian Federation

The boat is not the newest available but the staff were quite friendly. With regards to the accommodation, the air conditioning was a bit deficient as it would not work when the boat was moving, and when it did blow in the cabin it was ineffective and blowed moist humid air.

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