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Tour Overview

This 15-day tour will guide you through three of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations - Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand - where you will immerse in unique landscapes, cultures and arts. Take a boat trip to explore the largest and most mysterious cave in Vietnam's Halong Bay, enjoy scenic wooden boat rides on Myanmar's second largest lake with stunning sunset views, and take a short hike in Thailand's Elephant Village... Each activity will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take on an in-depth discovery ofHanoi and watch the wonderful Water Puppet Show.
  • Go kayaking to exploreone of the largest, most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
  • Shoot the golden Kandawgyi Palace Hotel floating in the Kandawgyi Lake.
  • Admirethe golden Buddhist pagodas in the ancient kingdom of Bagan & Mount Popa.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake for the serene sunset view.
  • Visit some of Bangkok’s oldest, holiest and largest temples.
  • Join a Silom Thai cooking class to make authentic Thai dishes.
  • Get up close and personal with wild elephants.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam! When you land at Hanoi airport, a local driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in and relaxation, you will be guided to the theatre to watch the wonderful Water Puppet Show, which is the most distinctive traditional folk stage show in Vietnam.

    After that, enjoy a welcome dinner with authentic Vietnamese cuisine at one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.

    Meal: Dinner

    Accommodation: Hanoi

    Hanoi Water Puppet Show
    Water Puppet Show

  2. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is an ancient city rich in historical relics, and today you will be taken on an in-depth discovery of the city's past glory.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum will be your first stop, then head to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and the Presidential Palace - a beautiful French building surrounded by gardens. After that, your guide will lead you to the One Pillar Pagoda, to tell you the legendary stories behind it.

    One Pillar Pagoda
    One Pillar Pagoda

    In the afternoon, you'll continue to the Temple of Literature, a quintessentially Chinese building dedicated to Confucius, and the Museum of Ethnology, a place to learn about the culture and history of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Then, hop on a local rickshaw through the Old Quarter of Hanoi at a very leisurely pace to enjoy French architecture and strong folk customs.

    We'll finish the tour at around 4:00 pm, then you can be free for the rest of the time to relax in Hanoi.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  3. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 am and drive about 3.5 hours to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site with the incredible natural landscape.

    Onboard the cruise, you will be given a general tour itinerary and safety instructions. Enjoy a bumper lunch at the luxurious restaurant with the natural beauty of the canals. You can lounge in the cabin with a view of the endless emerald sea through the large windows, or sunbathe on the top deck.

    Halong Bay Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise

    In the afternoon, drop anchor in a harbor where you can kayak to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. Or swim and dive in the warm water. About 1 hour later, reboard the cruise and take a short break, and then you'll join a unique cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a peaceful evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On Cruise

  4. Wake up early for a breath of fresh air on the deck, with close-up views of the oddly-shaped limestone islands rising out of the endless emerald sea. Witness the stunning sunrise over the sea and learn how to practice Tai Chi.

    After a cup of coffee or tea, explore the nearby islands in a rowing boat. Then return to the junk boat for breakfast and have an exploration of Sung Sot Cave - one of the largest, most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. Next, continue cruising past a fishing village with a unique way of life.

    Halong Bay Sung Sot Cave
    Sung Sot Cave

    Around 10:35 in the morning, the Halong Bay cruise sails back after brunch. Your driver will meet you at the dock at noon. Then he will escort you back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Meals: Breakfast & Brunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  5. Take an early morning flight to Yangon, Myanmar's most prosperous city. Upon arrival, the local driver and the guide will warmly greet you and take you to your hotel to check in.

    In the afternoon, your tour begins at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. It is famous for its 65-meter-long image of a giant reclining Buddha. Next, you will be guided to Kandawgyi Lake Park, where you can take a walk on the bridge and take photos of the golden Kandawgyi Palace Hotel floating in the Lake. As the sun sets, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most sacred stupa, which is 2,600 years old. Sitting on the top of a hill, the pagoda can be seen from most places of Yangon because the golden roofs illuminate the city.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Yangon

    Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
    Shwedagon Pagoda

  6. After breakfast, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, your local driver and guide will take you to Nyaung U Market, followed by Ananda Temple, one of Bagan's most famous and beautiful temples; and Shwezigon Pagoda, a Buddhist religious site dedicated to the bones and teeth of Shakyamuni Buddha.

    Bagan Nyaung U Market
    Nyaung U Market

    Continue your journey to Myinkaba Village, a lovely village famous for its traditional Mon-style lacquer ware, where you have the opportunity to watch the making of bamboo woven mats. Gubyaukgyi Temple is a highlight of the village, with a large number of beautifully preserved murals on its inner wall.

    Finish your day with a boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy River for a beautiful calm view.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bagan

  7. Take a 1-hour ride from Bagan to Mount Popa, an inactive volcano 1,518 meters above sea level. It is a famous pilgrimage site with 37 venerated Nat temples and cultural relics sites atop the mountain.

    Mount Popa Myanmar
    Mount Popa

    Due to the fertile soil, the hillside is covered with a large number of beautiful flowers and other vegetation. To reach the monastery at the top of the mountain, you need to climb 777 stairs. From the top, you can enjoy the amazing scenery of the surrounding area. If the weather is fine, you may see the Bagan and Ayeyarwaddy River.

    Near Mount Popa, you are invited to visit a sugar factory, where you can learn how to make sugar from palm trees. Later in the afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Bagan for a rest.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bagan

  8. Catch your flight to Heho after breakfast. The local guide will accompany you to Pindaya Cave, where you can feast your eyes on thousands of golden Buddha statues in various styles. After visiting Shan Umbrella Making Home Industry, head to Nyaung Shwe Wharf and take a boat ride on Inle Lake to marvel at the floating village and the largest and oldest monastery on the Lake - Ngaphechaung Monastery.

    From here, continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most revered temple in the Inle Lake area, which houses five ancient Buddha statues. You will learn the story of the temple with your guide. Finally, drive to the hotel and photograph the serene sunset over the lake.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

    Myanmar Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

  9. After enjoying breakfast, board the boat and head to Indein, a small village west of Inle Lake known for its market and two groups of ancient towers. Along the way, you'll explore the lively 5 Day Market, where you could learn more about the local culture and see a wide range of products. After that, sail an hour to the village of Indein. After a 30-minute walk to the top of the mountain, you see a large number of unrestored pagodas.

    Ancient stupas in Indein Village
    Ancient stupas in Indein Village

    After the tour, on the way back to the lakeside hotel, stop at Inpawkhon Village to watch the weaving of a rare fabric, silk made from lotus flowers growing in the lake. If time permits, we will take you to visit the silversmith and blacksmith workshops before returning you to your hotel to rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  10. Fly from Inle Lake back to Yangon and then on to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will escort you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the time is yours at leisure.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  11. Today we will visit some of the landmarks, such as the Royal Grand Palace (a dazzling building complex surrounded by well-maintained verdant gardens), the Emerald Buddha, and the Wat Pho (one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok housing over 1,000 Buddha images).

    Bangkok Grand Palace
    Grand Palace

    After lunch at a local restaurant, your guide takes you on a ferry to Wat Arun, an ancient temple enjoying the reputation of "Eiffel Tower of Thailand". Finally, visit Wat Traimit, a royal temple famous for its largest solid gold Buddha image in the world.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  12. You will be assigned a Silom Thai cooking class in the morning. Take a guided tour to a local market to shop for fresh ingredients. A professional chef will teach you how to distinguish Thai spices and how to make authentic Thai dishes. After a self-made lunch, fly to Chiang Mai for a fresh start.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

    Thai Cooking Class Thailand
    Thai Cooking Class

  13. Take a tuk-tuk to today's first stop - Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai's second oldest Buddhist temple, built in 1345. Afterwards, move to Wat Chedi Luang, which is the location of the largest Buddhist pagoda in Chiang Mai. After the tour, head to Warorot Market. It is the largest and most well-known market in northern Thailand. You can find local fruits, snacks, tea, clothes, etc.

    Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang
    Wat Chedi Luang

    In the afternoon, drive you to Doi Suthep Temple. It is the holiest temple in northern Thailand, and every local elementary school student knows its founding legend. Built in 1383, the temple is dedicated to a bone from the shoulder of the historic Buddha. Return to hotel after the tour.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  14. Today we will head southwest for an hour and a half to Elephant Village. Walk over the yellow Iron Bridge and the rice fields to a hilltop camp. Put on a Karen Tribe T-shirt and you can explore the jungle.

    Chiang Mai Karen Elephant
    Karen Elephant Village

    Your guide will lead you through the daily lives of elephants and give you the chance to get up close and personal with them. Bath elephants under the guidance of professionals, roam freely with elephants in the wild...

    Later, capture a panoramic view of the village from the hilltop's open-air balcony while enjoying a delicious lunch. Return to Chiang Mai around 2:00 PM.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  15. Today is the last day of your 15-day Vietnam, Myanmar & Thailand tour. Depart Chiang Mai for your onward flight. Wish you a comfortable journey!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • Flights from Hanoi - Yangon - Bagan - Heho - Bangkok - Chiang Mai;
  • Hotels & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Halong Bay Package;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots, performances, boat trips as mentioned;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Hanoi or off Chiang Mai;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any item 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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