Laos Myanmar Tours

Myanmar and Laos Highlights

Number of days: 13

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Yangon or reverse

Highlights: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Vientiane, Luang Prabang

A unique tour in Myanmar & Laos to discover the hidden face of Golden Triangle area. Laos combined with Myanmar tour ensures exotic and mixed experiences of the stunning scenery with mysterious, untold stories of underground society there.

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * Yangon (formerly Rangoon) — the economic center, known for its pagodas and colonial architecture

    * Bagan — an archaeological zone with thousands of pagodas near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River

    * Mandalay — former capital of the Konbaung Dynasty built around the Mandalay Royal Palace and main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar

    * Inle Lake — a large shallow lake good for beautiful boat trips, visiting floating villages inhabited by the Intha people, hiking, and also a source of excellent silk

    * Vientiane - Capital of Laos: a charming city filled with villas and boulevards.

    * Luang Prabang - Entry point into Laos and UNESCO World Heritage listed town which retains original character


    ACTIVITIES


    Cultural Tours / Museums & Galleries / Shopping / Walking Tours / Boating 


    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    Day 01: Arrive Yangon

    Day 02: Yangon City Tour
    Day 03: Yangon - Bagan (flight)
    Day 04: Bagan - Popa / Bagan 
    Day 05: Bagan - Mandalay (flight)
    Day 06: Mandalay - Mingun / Mandalay 
    Day 07: Mandalay - Heho (Inle Lake) (flight) 
    Day 08: Inle Lake – Yangon – Vientiane (flight)
    Day 09: Vientiane City Tour

    Day 10: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (flight)

    Day 11: Luang Prabang – Park Ou Caves

    Day 12 (11 Sept): Luang Prabang – Koangsi Waterfalls

    Day 13 (12 Sept): Luang Prabang – Departure 

    INCLUSION: 
    (1) 12 night accommodations with daily breakfast
    (2) all internal flights in tour
    (3) sightseeing with local tour guides
    (4) all entry and zone fees
    (5) ground transports ( car / boat )
    (6) porter charges at airport and jetty

    EXCLUSION: 
    (1) visa fees
    (2) international flights
    (3) Personal expenses ( drinks/laundry/souvenirs)
    (4) tipping at hotels and guides
    (5) airport departure tax
    (6) meals (lunch & dinner)


  • Day 01: Arrive Yangon - Transfer to Hotel

    Arrive in Yangon where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel and time at leisure. Overnight in Yangon.
    Meal: None.




    Day 02: Yangon City Tour

    In the morning, Sule Pagoda, 48 meters golden dome and walking tour to explore a great city on foot and this tour takes in the best of colonial Yangon. Botataung Pagoda where we can see the Buddha hair relic. Afternoon visit Bogyoke or Scott Market, a famous shopping center to enjoy display of Myanmar handicraft, Gems Shops. In the evening, visit world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, this Pagoda dates back about 2600years enshrined 8 sacred hairs of the Buddha, claimed to be the world richest golden dome rises 99 meters and plastered onto the sides of this pagoda with 60 tons of pure gold. Return to your hotel.

    Overnight in Yangon.

    Meal: Breakfast.

    Day 03: Yangon - Bagan (flight)

    This morning we head for the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan. Check into the hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. 
    In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi colour mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
    Meal: Breakfast.




    Day 04: Bagan - Popa / Bagan 

    This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan (optional) and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) - a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It's time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort ( 1hr drive ) for our lunch. The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain.
    After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, enroute stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
    Meal: Breakfast.





    Day 05: Bagan - Mandalay (flight)

    After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Nyaun U airport for flight to Mandalay. When you arrive at Mandalay airport, drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries, two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake and observe the lunch process of thousand of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel. 
    After refreshment, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel.
    Meal: Breakfast.





    Day 06: Mandalay - Mingun / Mandalay 

    After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay
    After lunch, drive to Ava, 30-minute to the south of Mandalay, was known in the west as the Kingdom of Ava. Stop by a tributary and cross it with a ferry. Travel by pony-cart around Ava to Nanmyint leaning tower which gives a birds' eye view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River; Bagaya wooden monastery; Aungmyaybonza Monastery made of brick and stucco. Though the Royal Palace has gone, the Pagodas, Temples and Monasteries still remain. Return drive to Mandalay and see the silversmith work place on our way back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay
    Meal: Breakfast.


    Day 07: Mandalay - Heho (Inle Lake) (flight) 

    After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. Transfer by road to Inle Lake and transfer to our hotel by long tail boat across the lake. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.
    Meal: Breakfast



    Day 08: Inle Lake – Yangon – Vientiane (flight)

    We are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon, connect the flight to Vientiane, Laos with one stop in Bangkok. On arrival in Vientiane, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.

    Meal: Breakfast




    Day 09: Vientiane City Tour & Visit Buddha Park

    Morning, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Hor Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

    Afternoon, take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred status of Hindu divinities and Buddha. Overnight in Vientiane.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 10: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (flight)

    Moring, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 11: Luang Prabang – Park Ou Caves

    After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass.

    Visit The National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages.

    We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced.  On our way back, we pass by a few more local villages and see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 12: Luang Prabang – Koangsi Waterfalls

    An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession.

    Later in the morning, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Phanom, another well-known weaving village, and return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath.  Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

     


    Day 13: Luang Prabang – Departure

    After breakfast, you will be free at leisure. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure. 

    Meal: Breakfast

     

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

  • Myanmar Visa

    Myanmar requires a visa for all foreigners visiting the country. It is valid for 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three months from the date of issue. You can obtain a visa from Myanmar Embassies in the various countries. The international points of entry and exit Myanmar are Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport. Show your passport (with valid entry visa) and disembarkation card on arrival to the Immigration officer at the International Airport (Yangon or Mandalay). A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all tourists & businessmen, applicable at any Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad.

    Types of Visa

    A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days.
    A Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on a case by case basis.
    Visa on Arrival (Pre Arrange Visa) is granted to Package Tourists who have booked prepaid package tour from one of licensed travel and tour companies.
    This arrangement requires minimum of two weeks lead time for the tour companies to prepare.

    Requirements for Visa Application

    Requirements for Tourism Visa Application
    1. Passport: valid for more than 6 months.
    2. Application for Entry Visa.
    3. 1 piece passport size colorful picture, white background.
    4. A recommendation letter from employer addressed to: Visa section, Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, give brief description about occupation, purpose of visit, intended arrival and departure dates. Package tour travelers are requested to provide a copy of the package program.
    5. Air tickets reservation.
    6. Visa fee of 200 RMB for tourist visa payable in cash.

    TIPS:


    • The country code is +95, and the internet access code is .mm.
    • Time Zone = MMT (UTC+6:30)
    • International airports are in Yangon and Mandalay.
    • The country is divided into states, divisions, townships, wards and villages.
    • Business Hours is usually from 9am to 5pm for private companies and 9:30-4:30 for government offices. Working days are from Monday through Friday. Public holidays are also included.
    • Major Credit cards are not widely accepted. Cash is always more convenient. National currency is Kyat.
    • Electricity is 200 volts AC, 50Hz.
    • Taxis are available everywhere. There are over 250 Buses lines running through Yangon everyday. For exclusive transport, there are car rental services.
    • Domestic highway bus terminals are Aung-Mingalar and Dagon-Ayeyar, both about 10 miles from downtown Yangon.
    • Common local unit of weight is peiktha (viss), which equals to 3.6 pounds.
    • Most common unit of measure is feet and inches.
    • Clothing should be light, casual cotton wear, sandals or slippers are best for summer.
    • A cardigan or light jerkin for winter and quick drying clothes and an umbrella during the rainy season.
    • Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary. Carry a bottle with you throughout the day.
    • Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person. Yangon Airport arrival hall has a selection of duty free shops with a full range of items at a good price.

    • LAOS: 

      Passports

      Passport with at least six months remaining validity required by all nationals.

      Visas
      (a) A 15-day visa on arrival is now available for nationals arriving at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport or Friendship Bridge; visas are not extendable. 
      (b) A one-month visit visa is available from the Laos embassy provided the applicant has a guarantor in Laos; visas can be extended by up to a further two months. 
      (c) A one-month business visa is available from the Laos embassy; applicants require authorization from the organization they will be visiting in Laos before applying for a visa; visas can be extended until the completion of business. 
      (d) A five-day transit visa is available for nationals transiting through Vientiane International Airport; nationals require proof of onward journey within five days. 
      (e) Multiple-entry visas are only available from the ministry of foreign affairs in Laos.

      Climate: 
      Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April.


      Required Clothing
      Lightweights and rainwear, with warmer layers from October to March and upland areas.

      Travel Tips: 
      Most visits are trouble free.

      The threat from terrorism in Laos is low. However, travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including places frequented by foreigners.
      Travellers should be aware of and respect local conventions at all times.
      Unexploded ordnance in rural areas is an ongoing danger.
      Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Laos have resulted in human fatalities, the last one of which was in 2007. As a precaution, travellers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds is likely; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. 
      The Lao government prohibits sexual relationships between foreign citizens and Lao nationals except when the two parties have been married in accordance with Lao family law. Penalties for breaking these regulations can range from fines to imprisonment.
      Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty.
      It is illegal not to carry an ID document, and fines for not having one for presentation are high.


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