With Myanmar Extension

Vietnamese Junk Boat in Halong Bay

Halong Bay cruise; Hanoi city tour; Charming, historic Hoi An; Superlative Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom; Colonial, Imperial Luang Prabang; Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda; Stunning Bagan: site tour; Mandalay: "Golden City"


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 13 Jan 2016Wed 03 Feb 2016 $6080
Mon 17 Oct 2016Mon 07 Nov 2016 $6080

Optional Single Supplement: $1325 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

This 22 day tour will give you a taste of the natural and cultural beauty that makes Vietnam such a delight to explore. Its beaches and lakes provide the perfect backdrop during any recreational time you have and its museums and ancient temples will satisfy any lingering curiosities. Gain a sense of awe when you drive past the impressive limestone peaks and caves of the Truong Mountains that had once bordered North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Don't worry about being deprived of the perks that come with the metropolitan life; there are excellent shopping opportunities throughout some of the smaller towns as well. Also, you will not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important religious sites of the world, Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The span of Indochina has so much to offer and you will venture even further into Laos to see such extraordinary spectacles as the Buddha images in the Pak Ou Caves. When you step onto the soil of Myanmar, you are stepping into the origins of Buddhism; there are striking monuments to be seen and legends to be heard. The country's natural beauty is not something that can be easily upstaged; the expanse of Mt Popa matches the grandeur of this nation's history.

Regions visited: Southeast Asia
Countries visited: Thailand; Laos; Vietnam; Cambodia and Myanmar

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.

Overnight in Bangkok (airport area).

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Bangkok, Thailand - Luang Prabang, Laos
Today we fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, a World Heritage Site.

In the 14th century, this city was established as the royal capital by Fa Ngoum, the first monarch of Lan Xang, the "Land of a Million Elephants." By this time, the city had already been the seat of local kingdoms for 600 years. According to legend, the site of the town was chosen by two resident hermits and was originally known as Xieng Thong --"Copper Tree City".

We have an orientation of this charming town, with its one main street lined with colonial era buildings housing shops and cafes. We have a chance to explore the town on foot and to climb to the top of Phu Si Hill. Looking directly downwards you can see that the former royal palace has a cruciform ground plan. We finish at Ban Phanom, a 300 year old weaving village is where shawls and sarongs are made from silk and cotton. The people in this area were originally from South China and were traditionally the King's weavers, soldiers and palace servants. The inhabitants make sarongs with dragon motifs, and shawls which are often dyed an indigo colour using a natural dye extract from a local plant. Some of the cloth woven in the village is embroidered with delicate silver and gold thread. Girls are taught from a very young age the skills which have been handed down from their forebears in Xishuangbanna District in China's Yunnan Province.

NOTE: The order of our sightseeing in Luang Prabang may vary depending on flight schedules that are subject to change.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Luang Prabang Area
An early departure today takes to the Mekong River for a boat journey to visit the Pak Ou Caves. The boat is long and quite large, covered, with comfortable seat cushions, life jackets and a WC.

The Pak Ou Caves are two clefts in the side of a mountain stuffed with thousands of old Buddha images. The site has long been sacred for the Lao, even prior to Buddhism, when they worshipped spirits. The lower cave has over 4,000 images, ranging from 3 inches to 9 feet tall, stuck into nooks and crannies. The upper cave's Buddha images are placed far back into the cliff, so it's handy to have a flashlight. A real highlight of a trip to the caves is the breathtaking view of the mountains, villages, and fishermen during the 2-hour boat ride.

We return to Luang Prabang and visit the Royal Palace, a museum containing a collection of 15th-17th century Buddha statues including the significant Golden Buddha. The last member of the Lao royalty to live here was Sisavang Vong's son, Crown Prince Sisavang Vatthana. The private chapel is one of the most interesting wings of the palace. Here you will see the priceless gold Phra Bang Buddha in Abhayamudra (dispelling fear). It is made from 90% pure gold and is said to weigh 50 kg (110 lb).

We finish with a tour of the 16th-century Wat Xieng Thong with its richly decorated wooden interior. Wat Mai is another old temple of classic Luang Prabang design with gracefully curved roofs. We see many 400 year old wooden Buddha statues at Wat Wisunalat.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Waterfall
Today we have an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall, a beautiful multi-tiered falls located 30 km from Luang Prabang. There is a flight of steps which one has to climb to reach a pool half way to the top. From there, you can look down to the pool below. Many local people come to Kuang Si for picnicking. Our journey to / from the falls is scenic and interesting, passing through small villages and rice fields.

We return to Luang Prabang and have an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Luang Prabang, Laos - Hanoi, Vietnam
Today we fly to Hanoi.

Hanoi is an attractive city with lakes, fine boulevards, and flourishing parks, as well as a public centre that is an architectural museum piece. Hanoi is situated on the right bank of the Red River (Song Hong) which is spanned by two bridges, the old Long Bien Bridge and the new Chuong Duong bridge.

Flight schedules permitting, we may accomplish some Hanoi sightseeing upon arrival.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Hanoi: City Tour
Today we have a full day of sightseeing, starting with the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, known to American prisoners of war as the Hanoi Hilton. This museum was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the American / Vietnam War.

We also see the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a site of pilgrimage (the building has been closed to visitors of late; probably an outside viewing only). The building was constructed from materials gathered from all over Vietnam. Modeled closely on Lenin's Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh lies at rest in this Vietnamese version.

We continue to the house on stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. Its construction and decor illustrates the importance of simplicity and modesty to this Vietnamese revolutionary. The building is elegantly crafted with lacquered and polished wood, following the model of a traditional communal house on stilts.

We will also admire the elegance of the One Pillar Pagoda, originally built in 1049. The temple is lotus-shaped and is situated in the middle of a water-lily pond.

We continue to the new Ethnology Museum, one of Vietnam's finest. Dedicated to the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, this museum provides educational displays and descriptions and provides a real insight to peoples found primarily in the high country.

Next is the Temple of Literature, the site of the first national university dating back to 1076 and one of Hanoi's best-preserved ancient sites. From here we walk to the Fine Arts Museum, housed within a large colonial building, where we will see contemporary Vietnamese art and handicrafts.

Tonight we will enjoy a (+/- one hour) water puppet show. This is a fantastic art form unique to Vietnam and derives from the Red River Delta area.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise
Early this morning we travel to Halong Bay. Upon arrival we have a 4-hour cruise on Halong Bay. We'll stop along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As we cruise our boat staff will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch on boat. On our leisurely cruise back to Halong, we stop to visit the floating fishing village and learn about the fishermen's daily life and legends about the bay.

Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water this area is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The islands are dotted with innumerable white sandy beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves. The name Halong means "where the dragon descends into the sea". Legend has it that the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon who lived in the mountains.

Overnight in Halong City.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Halong City - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An
Today we transfer back to Hanoi airport from where we fly to Da Nang. We continue by road to Hoi An.

Da Nang is situated on a peninsula at the point where the Han River flows into the South China Sea. We pass through the nearby Marble Mountains; five limestone peaks with marble outcrops known for their beauty and their caves. At the foot of Marble Mountain, an important religious site for the Chams, you can see many artisans crafting fine marble objects. Our destination is one of the most charming towns in Vietnam -- Hoi An. The ancient town of Hoi An (formerly Faifo) lies 32 km (20 miles) south of Da Nang on the banks of the Thu Bon River.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Hoi An: Walking Tour
Today we will be able to soak in the atmosphere of this small town (a World Heritage Site) on a walking tour. The unique architecture, the temples, the market will make Hoi An one of the highlights of your trip.

The Japanese Covered Bridge was built in the 16th century, perhaps even earlier. On its north side there is a pagoda, Japanese in style, which protects sailors. Its popular name reflects a long-standing belief that is was built by the Japanese, although no documentary evidence exists to support this. At the Tran Family Temple we will see the fusion between both the Chinese and Japanese styles. This temple has survived for 15 generations.

While in Hoi An, we'll also enjoy a boat trip on the river.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Hoi An - Hue
Today we travel by road to Hue. En route we visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang.

Hue was the capital of the old Nguyen Dynasty and traditionally one of Vietnam's cultural, religious and educational centres. Here there are splendid tombs of the emperors, several stunning pagodas and the citadel which houses the Forbidden Purple City, situated on the banks of the Perfume River.

This afternoon we tour the Citadel, a fortress surrounded by a moat that has a 10 km (6 mile) perimeter. At the Forbidden Purple City we can see the remains of the former home of the emperors. The city is built on the same principles as the Forbidden Palace in Peking (Beijing). It is enclosed by 7-10 m (23-33 foot) thick outer walls (Kinh Thanh), along with moats, canals and towers. There are ten gates which pierce the four walls of the citadel although many are in poor condition -- the city has not only been damaged by war and incessant conflict but also by natural disasters such as floods which in the mid 19th century, inundated the city to a depth of several metres. The complex has undergone partial restoration with the aid of UNESCO.

Overnight in Hue.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Hue: Perfume River & Imperial Tomb - Saigon
We begin our day by motorised sampan down the Perfume River to visit the delightful Thien Mu Pagoda, considered to be the finest pagoda in Hue. It was built in 1601 after an old woman appeared to Nguyen Hoang, the governor of Hue, and said that the site had supernatural significance. Later we visit one of the nearby Imperial tombs.

Later we transfer to Hue airport for our flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

Overnight in Saigon.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Saigon: Cu Chi Tunnels & War Remnants Museum
This morning we will visit the intriguing tunnels of Cu Chi, a complex underground system that housed 10,000 people during the height of the war and contained sleeping quarters, hospitals and schools.

From here we will continue to the War Remnants Museum (formerly the War Crimes Museum). The visit here is a sobering experience with its countless photographs and exhibits. We also see the Reunification Hall, formerly the site of Norodom Palace, the residence of the French Governor-general of Indochina. On 30 April 1975, NVA tanks smashed down the first gates and took control of Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Saigon, Vietnam - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Today we fly to Phnom Penh and have a tour of this city on arrival.

This is the capital and largest city in Cambodia. Engineered by the French, the city was once filled with beautiful tree-lined streets and colonial mansions. Today many of the old buildings exist, although they are in a severe state of disrepair.

We visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison, now a museum illustrating the atrocities committed by Pol Pot during the 1970s, and the nearby Choeung Ek, aka the "Killing Fields." Later, there may be some free time to roam in the central market of Tuol Tum Pong.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Today we fly to Siem Reap, gateway for Angkor Wat / Angkor Thom. On arrival we have a tour of the South Gate of Angkor Tom, Bayon Temple, Ba Poon, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper Temple.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei
Today we visit some temples a little farther afield, including the exquisitely carved Banteay Srei.

Banteay Srei is something of an anomaly. It wasn't built by a king, but rather a spiritual teacher, Yajnavaraha, the Brahman of King Jayavarman V, in AD 967. At that time it was called Tribhuvana Mahesvara, and stood in a town called Isvarapura. The name Banteay Srei means the "Citadel of Women", and is one of the first temples to be restored by the French. We also visit Ta Prohm, in its natural overgrown setting.

This afternoon we visit the magnificent grounds of the splendidly preserved 12th century temple of Angkor Wat. Considered the best example of ancient Khmer architectural, it is the largest and most impressive of all Cambodian monuments and generally regarded as one of the finest religious structures in the world. The construction mirrors the concept of the ancient universe and its bas relief carvings and intricate murals tell a fascinating story of life over 800 years ago. The "Apsaras", or Heavenly Dancers, have lost none of their grace and beauty as they dance frozen in time on the walls.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather, flight times and other scheduling considerations, the order in which Siem Reap area sightseeing is accomplished may change at the discretion of your Tour Leader.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Siem Reap, Cambodia - Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Today we fly to Yangon (Rangoon), likely via Bangkok. Yangon is Myanmar's former capital and main port. Founded in 1755 by King Alaungpaya, it grew into a trading port after the British annexed lower Burma in 1826 and became the capital after the whole of Burma fell to the British in 1890.

Later we visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden stupa dominates Yangon, and it is the spiritual rallying point for much of the population. Somerset Maugham said it was "like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul". The Pagoda is said to date back 2,500 years, and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its bell-shaped structure is covered in almost 60 metric tonnes of gold-leaf, and on top of the Pagoda there are gold and silver bells studded with rubies, sapphires and topaz. The diamond orb is encrusted with 4,350 diamonds and crowned with a 76 carat diamond. Legend has it that two Burmese merchants travelled to India and met the Buddha under the sacred bodhi tree.

Overnight in Yangon.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 17 Yangon - Bagan: Site Tour
Today we fly north to Bagan, where across 40 sq km stand thousands of pagodas and temples. Bagan was once the largest and most splendid city ever built in Burma and it was a rival to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Its pure Hinayana Buddhism had no rituals, no sacrifices and no priests; only monks, vowed to poverty and meditation.

Upon arrival we'll begin our sightseeing program,* which will include several temples that are unique or important in some way. Many of the monuments are undergoing restoration, and may be either closed or obscured on a rotating basis, but there are plenty to choose from! Our program usually includes Sulamani Temple, restored after the 1975 earthquake, utilising brick and stone, with frescoes in the interior; and Ananda, as important as it is huge. Considered to be the best surviving masterpiece of Mon architecture, Ananda is the finest, largest, best-preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. We'll aim to be at Shwesandaw Paya at the end of our day -- an excellent place from which to view the sunset.

* The exact order and content of our Bagan area sightseeing will likely vary depending on restorations, weather, group interest, and Tour Leader preference.

Overnight in Bagan.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18 Bagan Area
This morning we travel by bus to visit the monastery at the summit of Mt Popa. On the way, we stop at one of the roadside mills where you may watch docile buffalo slowly circumnavigating the central stone, grinding palm seed into oil. This is a good opportunity to taste some jaggery, the local candy made from palm sugar.

Mt Popa is an extinct volcano that dominates the area with its imposing expanse. At its foot is a magnificent rocky outcrop, a table mountain topped with shimmering gold stupas--this is the Popa Taungkalat, famously confused with Mt Popa itself. The Popa Taungkalat is the favoured home of 37 Burmese Nats (aminist spirit entities), statues of which can be found at its base. For centuries newly-crowned kings of central Burma made pilgrimages here to seek the Nats' prognosis on the future of their reigns.

We return to Bagan and continue our exploration of this stunning site, with visits to Payathonzu, with its outstanding wall paintings. Sula Mani is enormous and impressive. We finish at Ananda, as important as it is huge. Considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture, Ananda is the finest, largest, best-preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.

Overnight in Bagan.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 Bagan - Mandalay
This morning we fly to Mandalay, the "Golden City", founded in 1857 by King Mindon after a legend that told of the Lord Buddha's visit 2,400 years previously when he prophesied the founding of a holy city.

Mandalay is Myanmar's second largest city and the country's main cultural center. It lies on the east bank of the Irrawaddy, about 805km (500 miles) north of Yangon. Established in 1857 by King Mindon, it was Burma's last capital before it came under British rule. The magnificent Mandalay Palace was burned down during the Second World War and only a scale model remains in the palace grounds which are surrounded by a moat. However, many pagodas and monasteries still stand. Mandalay is famous not only for being a center of Buddhist learning and fine arts, but also for its gold and silver crafts, carving and weaving.

We see the Buddha images of Bagaya Monastery with its myriad Buddha images and vast collection of various antiques. We see the U Bein wooden bridge (named after the former town mayor), constructed out of materials salvaged from the forsaken Ava Palace. The bridge, the longest made from teak in the world, is about three-quarters of a mile in length.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20 Mandalay: Amarapura & Mingun
We have an early start for our drive to the ancient capital of Amarapura, the "city of immortality," described in its heyday as a microcosm of Burmese civilization. As a capital it was founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783, the year after he came to the throne. Bodawpaya died in 1819 and his grandson Bagyidaw shifted the capital back again to Ava in 1823. That was not the end of Amarapura though, for in 1841, during the reign of Tharrawaddy (the brother of Bagyidaw), it became the capital once more. Sixteen years later, with King Mindon in power, Amarapura was finally displaced by Mandalay.

Back in Mandalay we visit Shwenadaw Monastery before travelling to Mingun and the Myatheindan Pagoda. The seven wavy terraces around the pagoda represent the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, while the five kinds of mythical monsters can be found in niches on each terrace level. Mingun has two remarkable objects which we see on our tour, both the brain-child of King Bodawpaya -- the Mingun Bell and the Pagoda, a bizarre and incongruous sight.

We return to Mandalay.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 Mandalay - Yangon
Today we fly from Mandalay to Yangon. Time-permitting we may accomplish some Yangon area sightseeing today upon arrival.

Overnight in Yangon.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 22 Departure
Departure from Yangon.


Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Miracle Suvarnabhumi Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Bangkok
Country: Thailand

All rooms are spacious with minimalist decor, large bathroom which is nicely equipped. The hotel also has a variety of
... and services including all day dining at the coffee shop, sumptuous Chinese restaurant and traditional Japanese restaurant, fitness center & spa, out door rooftop swimming pool.

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Mouang Luang Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Luang Prabang
Country: Laos

A 10-minute walk from town on a quiet street, the Mouang Loung is adorned with traditional Lao temple-style roofs. The
... are clean, with parquet floors and marble-tiled bathrooms (all with tubs). Street-side rooms have balconies. There's an open-air Lao restaurant in the back, and just above it is an enormous balcony reserved for Baci ceremonies. Mouang Luang has the distinction of being one of the only hotels in town with a pool.

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Hotel Mercure La Gare

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Ha Noi
Country: Vietnam

Located opposite Hanoi Central Railway Station, Mercure Hanoi La Gare is an inviting oasis in the heart of the bustling
... centre. Situated close to the Old Quarter, this hotel features modern design and facilities, a French brasserie, internal courtyard and gym.
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Glory Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Hoi An
Country: Vietnam

Glory Hotel is ideally located about 500m from the heart of Hoi An, by one side the main road of
... Dai from the little town to the white sand beach.

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Festival Hue Hotel

Location: Hue
Country: Vietnam

Festival Hotel is rightly situated in the very heart of of Hue city, in close reach to to the relics
... the Old Charming citadel with easy access to the Royal Citadel, Antique museum, and other beautiful landscapes and tourist attractions.

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Duxton Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Saigon
Country: Vietnam

Located right in the heart of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, the Duxton Saigon is a luxury 4* boutique hotel
... a refined and relaxing environment. As well as a range of deluxe rooms, executive rooms and suites, the hotel also has a restaurant, bar, gaming centre, gymnasium, swimming pool, spa and business centre.
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Holiday Villa Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Phnom Penh
Country: Cambodia

Holiday Villa Hotel is a 3-star international hotel, built to reflect the best of French colonial design and style. The
... has 74 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. Holiday Villa is strategically located on the main business street, within the vicinity of shopping area and just minutes’ walk to famous Central Market (Psah Thmei). Phnom Penh International Airport can be reached within fifteen minutes drive.

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Somadevi Angkor Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Siem Reap
Country: Cambodia

This Siem Reap Hotel has 150 elegantly designed and well-furnished guest rooms, each with balcony, provide an atmosphere of tranquil
... You will enjoy the panoramic view of Siem Reap City.

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Tharabar Gate Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Bagan
Country: Myanmar

Perfect for exploring the archaeological zone, this hotel is situated right in front of the stunning historic gates of Bagan.
... stylish hotel features beautifully designed spacious rooms furnished in local teak wood with spectacular views of surrounding temples. The open air restaurant around the large pool serves local and international cuisine.

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Mt Popa Resort

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Mandalay
Country: Myanmar

Rising up from the scorched plains situated on a steep sided volcanic peak is the lushness of Mount Popa –
... 1 hour from the ancient city of Bagan is Perched midway to the summit of this legendary mountain, this is a truly unique experience with magnificent scenery of Popa Mountain affording unparalleled views of plains, valleys and distant mountains.

The Popa Mountain Resort, comprising tastefully designed chalets perched on the hill with magnificent views across the ravine, traditionally furnished and fully equipped with modern facilities amidst the lush hillsides.

The acclaimed restaurant and extensive terracing provides a perfect place to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery, and remains deeply committed to eco-tourism with the kitchen supplied by the organic produce from the resorts organic farms.

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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner (or lunch) at local restaurants and some hotels are included daily;. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.


Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

Our tours in SE Asia operate during the cooler, drier time of year, Nov-Apr. That said, however, the entire region experiences a warm-hot tropical climate with humidity and a chance of rain showers at any time. Inland regions of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia can experience extreme heat, especially Feb-Apr, when it is also very dry and landscapes are brown. Coastal regions-ie Central Vietnam-are cooled by sea breezes. Hanoi can be downright cold and damp, especially Nov. Overall you should prepare for warm, sticky weather with the possibility of rain and some chilly nights / mornings in a few locales.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Land transport throughout will be by private air-conditioned bus. Most of the driving days are not long, usually no more than four hours. Road conditions are generally not good and progress can be slow. Boats are used at various points in the itinerary, and vary from converted trawlers to small riverboats.

Flights within Myanmar provided by Yangon Airways or Air Mandalay, private airlines, who fly ATR 72 aircraft. Other internal flights via scheduled regional carriers.

The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.


Hotels used on tour are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4 star properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Laundry facilities are available at most hotels for a reasonable price. Safe deposit boxes are available in most hotels either free or for a nominal fee. Most hotel rooms are well equipped and likely include hairdryers and irons, minibar fridge, TV. All are air-conditioned. Most hotels provide complimentary purified drinking water. Some hotels have swimming pools. We try as best we can to use private hotels in Myanmar.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)