Myanmar & Laos
Southeast Asia is a special place, expecially when it comes to the hidden gems of Burma and Laos - two countries that should be high on every adventure seeker's travel list. Feel the energy, excitement, and thrill as walk through the markets and beautiful temple-dotted landscapes of Burma. A place where hope and possibilities for the future hangs in the air. Slow down, sit, listen and connect with the people –as it's the best way to appreciate what's truly golden about this land.
Itinerary | 8 Days
Day 1: Today we will arrive in Yagnon Burma where we will acclimatize to the altitude by having an introduction lesson to Burma, also known as Myanmar. In the evening, dine on a traditional welcome dinner of mohinga noodles, biryani rice, delicious curries, and traditional breads as we learn about the fusion of Burma’s culture, cuisine, and history. Accommodation: Yangan Hotel | Meals (D)
Day 2: On our first full day in Yagnon visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and take a tour to the reclining buddha - both absolutely stunning sites in Yagnon and some of Burma’s most sacred sites. You will spend the morning touring these religious sites, afterwards retiring to lunch at one of the best Burmese restaurants in Yagnon. In the afternoon enjoy a guided market tour, where you will meet and speak with artisans of all trades - including chefs, jewelry makers, textile workers, and carpenters. Accommodation: Yangan Hotel | Meals (B, L)
Day 3: This morning, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel before flying onwards to the Mandalay Region of Burma. Experience floating vegetable gardens, moored strips of vegetation lining the canals around the edges of the lake. Behind the floating markets is a regular food market, full of locals buying and selling vegetables and fruit, betal leaves, rice, spices, shoes and more. You will have the chance to tour the different markets on Inle Lake and try some delicious foods for lunch. In the later afternoon, take your belongings you purchased from the markets and continue on to Mandalay where you will check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening. Accommodation: Mandalay Hotel | Meals (B, L)
Day 4 - 7: After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, embark on an epic adventure overwater - an Irrawaddy river cruise on the Luxury Sanctuary Ananda River Boat. The Irrawaddy River is the longest river in Myanmar which flows from north to south originating in the Kachin River at the N’mai and Mali River’s confluence. The sources of these two rivers are found in the Himalaya Glaciers. On your ship, it will take you on a voyage to breathtaking beauty and discovery on the great rivers of Myanmar. You will go through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, and ancient towns. End your evening relaxing at the hotel with a traditional dinner. Accommodation: Sanctuary Ananda River Boat | Meals: (B, L, D)
Day 7: This morning, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast aboard your river boat before continuing onwards to Bagan - where we will have the chance to explore the regions famous temples. This temple town is one of Myanmar’s main attractions. You also have the option to take a hot air balloon ride over the temples. We will end our evening with a traditional dinner back at our hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. Accommodation: Sanctuary Ananda River Boat | Meals: (B, L, D)
Days 8- 9: On your last full day in Burma, you will have the choice to stay in Bagan and relax or do an optional excursion through Pindaya to to the high mountains of Burma where you will see Mount Victoria, and visit the Tattooed Chin Tribes. The road to sleepy Pindaya cuts across one of the most densely farmed areas in Myanmar. The beautiful landscape is the patchwork of fields and hedges run by villages. You will also have the chance to stop at the Pindaya caves – a massive limestone cavern filled with thousands of Buddha statues. Continue on to Mount Victoria, a short drive away - which is in the same region as the Tattooed Chin Tribes. The women of the Chin Tribe say facial tattoos are a sign of beauty. The tradition exists alongside other customs such as playing the flute through the nose. You will be guided to different villages on this tour, where you will have the opportunity to meet many wonderful women and hear their stories. You may even have the opportunity to take a hands-on cooking class with a local woman - learning how to make her traditional dishes that she has passed on for years - such as Mohinga, chapatis and curry, samosas, and khow suey. Accommodation: Village Huts | Meals (B, L, D)
Day 10: Pack up and get ready for your flight back home or embark onwards on a 4-day extension to Laos.
4-Day Extension to Laos
Today we will begin our day early and travel to Laos for an optional extension trip. You will get situated with your new accommodation and then we will set out for a Luang Prabang City Tour. Luang Prabang slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite Gallic cuisine. Photograph amazing waterfalls, trek your way through the city or take a kayaking trip. We will end our evening with a traditional Laos welcome dinner.
Day 1: After a delicious buffet breakfast at your we will travel to Vang Vieng and have an full-day adventure. Visitors will find themselves in stunning natural scenery. You will have the options to go cave tubing and rope swing into the crystal blue lagoon. We will have lunch on the farm with fresh produce, goat cheese and maybe help with the gardening? We will have the chance to hike and rock climb to see the best views of Vang Vieng. We will end the evening back at our hotel with a traditional Laos dinner.
Day 2: Today we will head to Kuang Si Falls – the local Laotians have insisted that these waterfalls are spectacular. They are proud of their clear waters and ice blue lagoons that are a dream to swim in. Your tuk tuk driver will take you through the Laotian countryside, over bridges, through rice paddies, and past work elephants to get you to these beautiful falls. We will spend most of the day hiking and enjoy the crystal blue waters. Then Caves near Luang Prabang City. Where the Nam Ou and Mekong River meet at Ban Pak Ou, two famous caves in the limestone cliff are crammed with Myriad Buddha images. You will have a guided tour through these caves and bask in all of its wonderful views. We will take a boat to get to these caves. In the evening, we will relax at the hotel with a traditional Laos dinner.
Day 3: Today enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the hustle and bustle of other Asian capitals. You will enjoy a delicious Laos-style lunch at a local restaurant then end the tour visiting some of the holiest sites in Laos. End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls. This area is very popular with locals who go to exercise in the park in the evenings and you can also browse the evening market for souvenirs.
Day 4: Pack up and get ready for your flight back home.
Trip Summary: Myanmar | 10 Days
Private Dates: Year Round
Next Group Date: 4 - 14 October 2017
Group Size: Capped at 16
Trip Cost: $3800 per person
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
Private dates upon inquiry.
+$1200 for Extension to Laos
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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