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Tour Overview

The 12-day trip takes in mystical Cambodia and reverent Myanmar. Start at Angkor Wat and uncover the wonders of the world, then take a boat trip to the floating village of Kampong Phluk in Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. Head to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, to see the ornate Royal Palace and stunning Silver Pagoda. Then fly to Yangon for a new journey that includes exploring the historic heritage and natural landscapes in the famous tourist cities of Bagan and Mandalay.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore the stunning Angkor monuments at your own pace and capture the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
  • Have an out-of-this-world experience of taking a boat tour to witness the daily village life of Kampong Phluk.
  • Marvel at Cambodian iconic and historical Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda.
  • Admire the golden Buddhist pagodas in the ancient kingdom of Bagan.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake for a serene sunset view.
  • Visit some of Bangkok’s oldest, holiest and largest temples.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Siem Reap, the hometown of Angkor Wat! Upon arrival at the airport, your driver and guide will meet you at the exit and escort you to the hotel to assist you in checking in.

    You're free to spend the rest of the day.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  2. After breakfast, follow your knowledgeable guide into Angkor Thom City, the last capital of the Khmer Empire and the "heart" of Angkor's monuments.

    Our first stop is Ta Prohm Temple, where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. Over time, the temple was invaded by tropical trees, whose python-like roots penetrated the building, causing the internal stone towers and walls to collapse. Then go to Banteay Kdei, a very peaceful and tranquil temple, in stark contrast to the usually crowded Angkor Wat ruins.

    Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

    Continue our exploration to Victory Gate, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Palace area, Baphuon, and Bayon. Among them, Bayon Temple is a highlight. Here you can not only find the famous "Khmer smile", but also appreciate the rich and vivid relief on the cloister.

    In the late afternoon, take pictures of the sunset at the pyramid-shaped Pre Rup Temple.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  3. Today is the day to explore Angkor Wat, which is the name given to the ancient ruins of Angkor, once the capital of the ancient Khmer Kingdom. Stone carvings are everywhere, especially the relief is the essence, as well as the mysterious and peaceful smiling Buddha statues, very enjoyable to watch.

    Angkor Wat in Cambodia
    Angkor Wat

    In the afternoon, head to Banteay Srei, known as "the Gem of Angkorian Art". As the birthplace of Khmer classical-style architecture, it is famous for its gorgeous colors and exquisite reliefs.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  4. Drive about 45 minutes to Tonle Sap Lake in the morning, where you will embark on a boat journey to the mangrove forests.

    Take a deep exploration of Kompong Phluk, a relatively small village where people live almost entirely on fishing, shrimp harvesting, and related activities. Visit a local family and chat with them to get further insight into their unique culture and the region's fascinating natural ecosystem.

    Cambodia Kompong Phluk Floating Village
    Kompong Phluk Floating Village

    After the tour, catch a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's most prosperous city. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

  5. Take a tuk-tuk tour to Royal Palace, a complex of traditional Khmer architectural style and religious colors, completed with splendid minarets. Then visit the Silver Pagoda, which is named after the ground inlaid with 5,329 solid silver bricks. It is a royal temple that houses a large collection of national treasures like Buddha statues.

    Cambodia Royal Palace
    Royal Palace

    Afterwards, move to the National Museum of Cambodia, where you can enjoy many artifacts from different periods of the Angkor dynasty, including stone, bronze, porcelain, and wood. After all visits, take a flight to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. After checking in, feel free to explore the seaside city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Yangon

  6. Take an early morning visit to Myanmar's most sacred stupa - Shwedagon Pagoda. Sitting on the top of a hill, the pagoda can be seen from most places in Yangon because the golden roofs illuminate the city. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

    Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda
    Shwedagon Pagoda

    Later, move to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, famous for its 65-meter-long image of a giant reclining Buddha. Next, you will be guided to Maha Bandula Park, where you can see lovely views of surrounding heritage buildings, like City Hall.

    After lunch, wander the busy streets of Yangon Chinatown and Yangon Wharf. End today's trip by the river.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Yangon

  7. After breakfast, fly to Bagan, known as the "Land of Thousands of Pagodas". Upon arrival, your local driver and guide will take you to Nyaung U Market, followed by Shwezigon Pagoda, a Buddhist religious site dedicated to the bones and teeth of Shakyamuni Buddha.

    Bagan Nyaung U Market
    Nyaung U Market

    Rest at the hotel at noon. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan's highest pagoda with a jewel-encrusted umbrella at the top. Then take a horse cart ride for the sunset view.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bagan

  8. Catch your flight to Heho after breakfast. Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will escort you to your hotel on the banks of Inle Lake, the second-largest lake in Myanmar.

    The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  9. After breakfast, take a boat ride to Inle Lake. You can see a unique way the locals fish while rowing with their feet. First visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most revered temple in the Inle Lake area, which houses five ancient Buddha statues. Watch the traditional handicraft silk weaving process.

    Myanmar Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

    Continue our boat ride to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. It is the largest and oldest wooden temple in the Inle Lake area. The temple is famous for its cats that can jump through hoops. It sounds interesting, doesn't it? Head to the floating garden, made of water hyacinth and silt. In the end, photograph the serene sunset over the peaceful lake.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  10. Drive to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. After arrival, take a guided tour of the city to Mahamuni Image, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. On the way to Mahamuni Image, we'll take you to a gold paper factory where you can see how gold foil is made.

    Then move forward to Shwenandaw Monastery. It is famous for teak carvings from Buddhist mythology. Next, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, housing the largest book in the world.

    End your day with a breathtaking sunset at the top of Mandalay Hill.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Mandalay

    Mandalay Shwenandaw Monastery
    Shwenandaw Monastery

  11. Drive half an hour to Sagaing, Mandalay's famous tourist attraction with over 600 temples. Cross Innwa Bridge to visit Maha Ganayon Kyaung Monastery and witness the spectacle of hundreds of monks lining up for dinner. Next, your guide will take you to Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, famous for its egg-shaped design. Here you can drink green tea and chat with the monks.

    After a short rest, continue the bus ride to Amarapura, once the short-lived capital. It is famous for its U Bein Bridge, which measures 1,200 meters and is made of precious teak wood. Finally, visit Bagaya Monastery (a wooden Buddhist monastery built around 1770) and Nagayon Temple (which gets its name from the large serpent mouths that arch over the statue of The Buddha).

    Drive back to Mandalay and enjoy your free time.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Myanmar U Bein Bridge
    U Bein Bridge

    Accommodation: Mandalay

  12. Enjoy some free time after breakfast. After checking out, a local driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to your next destination or back to your hometown!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 11 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Flights from Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Yangon - Bagan - Heho - Mandalay;
  • Tuk-tuk, boat trips & performances;
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Siem Reap and off Mandalay;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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