Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
This morning, your tour guide will take you to Ayutthaya for an excursion. Firstly, visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, which combines various types of architecture ranging from Thailand to China to Europe. Later, head to Wat Mahathat, where you could see the stone Buddha head in a tree. Continue to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. As a model of the Wat Phra Kaew, it has witnessed the historical changes of Ayutthaya. Don't forget the adjacent Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. There is a 17-meter-high bronze Buddha image drawing thousands of people to visit and worship. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Bangkok.
Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and take a short rest. Later, ride up the well-paved, winding road till you reach the magical staircase leading to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Elephant's Day Care
Today, you will make some new friends by visiting the inhabitants of Baan Chang Elephant Park. After leaving the hotel from around 8:30 to 9:00, 50 minutes later you will be meeting, playing with, touching, and bathing the elephants which live in this sustainable, ethical tourism park. After a vegetarian lunch for yourself, you will help prepare another for the elephants and then feed them. Before returning to Chiang Mai, the Elephant's Day Care ends with a visit to the nursery area to meet the delightful baby elephants.
Day 6 : Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang
Today you will have a cooking lesson, including shopping at the local market, and be taught how to make authentic Thai cuisine by a selected chef. Your excellent work serves as your lunch! Then you'll be escorted to the airport for your flight to the next destination - Luang Prabang.
Day 7 : Luang Prabang Tour
If you wish, observe the Morning Alms Giving Procession in the early morning at 5:40 am, from which you'll have an understanding of local people's piety towards their religion. And then, visit the Morning Market or Phousi Market. After that, back to your hotel for breakfast and enjoy your free morning. The half-day city tour this afternoon will take you to the Royal Palace Museum and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun housing many Buddha images. After that, you may climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and then explore the Night Market.
Day 8 : Luang Prabang Tour
After breakfast, you will enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues in various shapes and sizes. Along the way, stop at the Village of Ban Xanghai and Ban Xang Khong which are famous for Lao-Lao distilleries or traditional handicrafts.
Day 9 :Luang Prabang - Hanoi
In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, a paradise that fills your lungs with fresh air and serves as a wonderful playground. Then catch your flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel, free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 10: Hanoi Highlights
Today starts with a deep tour of Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. The afternoon is for a trip to the Museum of Ethnology, a research center, and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then you will have a rickshaw ride along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. The last stop is the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake where you can watch a traditional Water Puppet Show in the afternoon.
Day 11: Hanoi - Halong Bay
The next day and a half will be a rich Halong Bay cruise. It starts with 3.5 hours of scenic drive from Hanoi to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities on board like kayaking, swimming, and diving will add more fun to this trip.
Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise. Before disembarking the cruiser, you will enjoy a brunch on board at around 10 am. Then Your guide and driver will meet you at the pier and then drive to Hanoi airport for your flight to the Imperial City - Hue. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel and free at leisure in the evening.
Day 14 : Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
After a relaxing breakfast, head for Hoi An while enjoying the view of the coast and Da Nang from the top of Hai Van Pass on the way. On arrival in Da Nang, visit Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum, and the famous Marble Mountain. In the afternoon, proceed to Hoi An. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 15: Hoi An Sightseeing
Today starts with an eco-tour - drive to the fishing village. Board a join-in Hoi An eco-tour boat cruising on the Cua Dai River, learn the hands-on experience of casting a fishing net from local fishermen, then paddle the private Vietnamese bamboo basket boat to have unprecedented fun. Return to the join-in boat for refreshment and rest. In the afternoon, you'll get a real feel for this tiny town by taking a light excursion to the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, the renowned Chinese Temple, and former Vietnamese merchants' houses. Our guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics.
Day 16 : Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, head for Da Nang airport to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and then visit Binh Thanh Market and War Remnants Museum. Tan Dinh Church, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, Opera House, and City Hall, all within walking distance, are nice choices for a free stroll.
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing
After breakfast, set out to explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels led by a war veteran, who lived in the tunnels for years. Experience the mid-day service with the followers at the ornate temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. The rest of the day is for you to relax.
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho
Breakfast at your hotel, head for My Tho to take a boat trip on the Tien River, and visit My Tho Fish Market and four islands. Later, ride a cart through a beautiful village to the Mr. Muoi Hai's House to enjoy honey tea. After a sampan cruise along the canals of the Mekong River, you will be transferred to Can Tho. Check in to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time on your own.
Day 19: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap
Start with a boat cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market to see hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables, and fish jostling for trade. Then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Check in to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time on your own.
Day 20: Siem Reap Highlights
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the famous Angkor Thom Complex and be wowed by its South Gate, Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace, etc. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Get ready for an incredible afternoon with a visit to the jaw-dropping beautiful Angkor Wat. At the neighboring Bakheng Temple, you will watch a beautiful sunset view of the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle, which is listed as one of the 'Top 20 Most Beautiful Sunset Views in the World' by CNN. In the evening, enjoy Apsara Dinner Show at Angkor Village Resort.
Day 21: Siem Reap Highlights
If you like, take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to enjoy the stunning sunrise, you also have the chance for a friendly talk with the monks and nuns at a nearby pagoda. Start the day by visiting some local villages on the way to Banteay Srei Temple. Have lunch at a local restaurant for an exotic flavor. Ta Prohm Temple and Takeo Temple are your next stops before some leisure time in the late afternoon.
Day 22 : Siem Reap - Bangkok - Yangon
This morning, you will be escorted to the airport and fly to Bangkok for your ongoing flight to Yangon, Myanmar (No guide arranged to help you at Bangkok airport, you need to catch your flight to Yangon independently). Upon arrival, your local guide in Yangon will escort you to the hotel for check-in.
Day 24: Yangon - Bagan
After breakfast, travel to Bagan by flight. Upon arrival, you will visit Nyaung U Market, a very lively fair in the morning when people come and buy goods for life. Continue with tours to Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype for all Myanmar's stupas, and Htilominlo Temple, which was built in 1211 and decorated with the finest plaster carvings.
Day 25: Bagan Sightseeing
Get up early for an incredible sunrise view from Bagan Viewing Tower. After breakfast, you will go cycling along with beautiful temples and villages in this city. Visit Myinkaba Village, notable for the huge stacks of bamboo one sees everywhere, and Manuha Temple, the smallest temple built by an imprisoned King to show how he felt. In the afternoon, enjoy a 1.5-hour boat trip on the Irrawaddy River and visit Kyauk Kuu Umin, a temple built in the 11th to 12th century on the bank. Enjoy the mind-blowing sunset by the riverside.
Day 26 : Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay
Today you will take an early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, proceed to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery, an important center of Buddhist studies. Time permitted, observe the monks there having their last meal of the day in silence. Continue to visit City Harbor Bridge then enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 27 : Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay
Today you will cross the Ayeyarwaddy River by boat to Mingun for a deep tour - Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world, and Mingun Pagoda, a monumental uncompleted stupa, in the front of which is Settawya Pagoda. Stop off at Hsinbyume Pagoda, which stands out from other temples for its peculiar style. Later, return to Mandalay to visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a major pilgrimage site, Golden Palace Monastery with 200-year-old teak carvings, Teak Monastery, once part of the royal palace area of Mandalay Fort, and Kuthodaw Pagoda which contains the world's largest book. Cap off the day with a spectacular sunset viewing at Mandalay Hill.
Day 28 : Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake
After breakfast, you will fly to Heho and then be transferred to Inle Lake. Your tour starts with a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which houses five gold leaf-covered Buddha images. Watch the process of making traditional silks on wooden handlooms in a local village. It'd be fantastic to enjoy the sunset at your hotel then.
Day 29: Inle Lake Highlight
Breakfast at the hotel, you'll have a full day sightseeing of Inle Lake, including a local market and Indein Village on the western end of the lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you can watch peasants plough and harrow. This cruise is one of the most scenic boat trips on the lake. Lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is yours for leisure. Enjoy the peace here.
Day 30 : Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon - Bangkok
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly back to Yangon, then take another flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel and have a good rest.
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