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Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

Summary : Journey into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Your in-depth Myanmar and Laos adventure travel experience includes visits to the Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon at sunset, a truly ethereal sight; the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan; the floating gardens of Inle Lake; and more monuments, temples, and markets than imaginable. Combining river cruising and overland travel, this Myanmar and Laos tour is deliciously comprehensive, immersing you at once in the natural and cultural wonders that make this corner of the world so magical.

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Day 1 – 2
USA / En Route

Board your independent flight to Myanmar.

Day 3
Yangon, Myanmar

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the Governor’s Residence Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with lunch on your own. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4

Today’s introduction to this fabled city includes the old colonial-style city center, of the stunning golden-spired temples of the Shwedagon Pagoda and the National Museum. Dinner and overnight at Governor’s Residence Hotel.

Day 5
Yangon / Mandalay

After breakfast, visit Chauk Htat Gyi and a monastic orphanage, then make a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge before your flight to Mandalay. On arrival transfer to the Sedona Hotel; here, enjoy dinner and overnight for the next two nights.

Day 6

Today drive to the World Heritage Site city of Amarapura and visit a workshop where Kalaga tapestries are made. After lunch return to Mandalay to visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, which consists of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.

Day 7
Mandalay / Embark R/V Pandaw

After breakfast board the colonial riverboat, R/V Pandaw, for a two-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River to the ancient capital of Bagan. Enjoy a sunset dinner on the top deck, overnight on board.

Day 8 – 9

Disembark the R/V Pandaw in Bagan—a World Heritage Site and one of the greatest architectural sites of Asia. Over the next two days, you will see a variety of significant temples. Visits include Sulamani, a Bamar-style temple that houses four seated Buddha images; the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda; Ananda Temple, which houses four standing Buddhas; and the adjacent Thatbyinnyu. Also make a photo stop at the temples of Dhammayangyi and visit the Moe Moe lacquerware factory. Spend two nights at the Bagan Resort Hotel.

Day 10
Bagan / Heho / Inle Lake

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, tour the Pindaya Caves, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. You also have the opportunity to visit local homes where families produce Shan paper and parasols, then drive to Nyaung Shew on the edge of Inle Lake. Dinner and overnight for two nights at the Inle Princess Resort.

Day 11
Inle Lake

This morning take a boat tour of Inle Lake visiting the Phaung Daw U Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung, one of the oldest lake monasteries in the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then observe traditional handicrafts being made.

Day 12
Inle Lake / Heho / Chiang Saen

Enjoy a morning at leisure, then transfer to Heho for a short midday flight to Tachilek. Cross the border into Thailand in time for dinner and overnight at the luxurious Antantara Golden Triangle Resort.

Day 13
Chiang Saen

After breakfast visit the center of the Golden Triangle where you can see both Laos and Myanmar across the river. You may also visit the Hall of Opium Museum. Return to the hotel for lunch with the afternoon at leisure.

Day 14
Chiang Saen / Houeisay, Laos / Mekong Cruise / Pakbeng

After a ferry ride across the Mekong into Laos, begin two days of cruising on the Mekong River, making stops to observe rural life and visit with minority tribes-people. Arrive in Pakbeng and transfer to the riverside lodge, with breathtaking views over the Mekong. Dinner and overnight at the Luang Say Lodge.

Day 15
Pakbeng / Mekong Cruise / Pak Ou / Luang Prabang

This morning your cruise continues with a stop at Ban Baw to observe the production of rice alcohol and a visit to the famous Pak Ou caves of Tham Ting. Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to Luang Say Residence, your base for two days, in time for dinner. Afterwards there is free time to explore the bustling night market on your own.

Day 16
Luang Prabang

A full-day tour of this World Heritage Site showcases the capital of the first Lao Kingdom. Stroll the back streets to witness families, cottage industries, and lovely temple complexes, such as the renowned Vat Xieng Thong. In the afternoon choose a guided tour of several temples, or explore the enchanting neighborhoods and interesting shops on your own.

Day 17
Luang Prabang / Vientiane

After breakfast visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts. Also visit Vat That Luang, Ban Hat Hient, and the marketplace, then drive to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. In Vientiane transfer to the Lao Plaza Hotel to enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 18

Today explore the new capital of Laos. Your itinerary includes Vat Si Saket, Ho Phra Keo, and Pha That Luang—the Great Sacred Stupa and most important national monument in Laos—and the Talaat Sao Market. This evening enjoy your last overnight at the Lao Plaza Hotel.

Day 19
Vientiane / Bangkok, Thailand / USA

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Bangkok and connect with flights to the USA.


All accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary; group transfers; guided excursion as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees at sites; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within Myanmar and Laos; emergency medical coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000)*; evacuation coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000)*.

Not Included:
All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/trip cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.

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