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Tales of Indochina

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,531

This Southeast Asia tour skips the usual circular route, focusing on three of Indochina’s unique highlights. Enjoy bustling Bangkok, the majestic temples of Angkor, and the sights of mysterious Yangon.


This 8-day Indochina trip departs from Bangkok, taking you to three very different countries in the region before ending in Yangon.

Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities, and with good reason. In this corner of Asia, the past is treated with great reverence and respect that inspires the future of Thailand. You’ll stay right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and enjoy a half day tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Po, home to the gigantic Reclining Buddha. Within the Palace walls, see the ancient Thai court, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha among others, as you explore the royal family’s former home. A dinner cruise shows you the splendour of the Palace – and nearby Wat Arun – from the river at night.

A day trip takes you out to Ratchaburi, home to a floating market dating back to the 1860s. Enjoy a taste of traditional Thai commerce here, before admiring the world’s highest stupa, Phra Pathom, and a unique cultural show incorporating Thai boxing, sword fighting, folk dance, elephants, and even a traditional wedding.

Fly to Siem Reap, a small but delightful city in Cambodia made famous by its star attractions, the Temples of Angkor. A full day tour takes you to Angkor Thom, the ancient city of the Khmers, where you’ll see the many faces of the Bayon, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and more. You’ll also explore Ta Prohm, a temple that’s been left largely in its untouched state, adding an extra layer of adventure to your day. Finally, you’ll have time to explore Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple and the spiritual heart of Cambodia. See the historic to-and-fro between Hinduism and Buddhism as you admire its stone carvings, until the setting sun brings the temple’s stone walls alive with colour.

Though Myanmar isn’t quite ‘undiscovered’ by tourists, it is a new addition to the Indochina trail for most travellers. You’ll explore Yangon, including the Sule Pagoda, which dates back over 2500 years. Then visit the reclining Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. Myanmar’s recent politics are just as fascinating, and in the afternoon, you’ll visit the house of General Aung San, now a museum dedicated to the father of modern-day Burma. It is also the childhood home of his daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi ("The Lady"). Visit the Kandawgyi Royal Barge and the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda before returning to your hotel. A visit to Kalaywa Monastery highlights your final day in Myanmar.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,531

Itinerary

Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is ideal for leisure or business travellers. There were 396 spacious studio style rooms and suites.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

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    Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok



    Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and ...

    Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is ideal for leisure or business travellers. There were 396 spacious studio style rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Half Day Grand Palace and Temple Tour

Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendour and pageantry of the past.

Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.

Please note that modest dress is expected on this tour.

Duration4 Hours

Manohra Dinner Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Pier to join the Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise, a romantic and unique culture experience. The cruise sets sail at 7:30PM. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on this elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. It's a spectacular and memorable experience as Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings. Manohra can accommodate a maximum of 70 guest diners and en route you will pass the famous Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the magnificent Grand Palace, The Royal Barge Boathouse, and numerous other temples and fascinating landmarks. A delicious Thai set Dinner (Gold Menu) is included and features delicacies such as Thai dumplings, prawn skewers, spicy soups, regional curries, stir fries, fresh seafood, and a traditional Thai dessert. The cruise concludes at 10:00PM and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Floating Market and Sampran Riverside with lunch

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a visit to the famous floating market in Ratchaburi Province. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal be dug here to connect the Mekong and Tachin rivers. The Floating Market is an ideal place to witness the traditional ways fruits and vegetables were sold and to see the way locals continue to use boats in their everyday lives. Continue to Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's highest stupa, then visit Sampran riverside village. Here you will have the chance to engage in a variety of Thai arts and crafts workshops, including pottery, martial arts, music and dance, food and herbs, weaving and silk processing. Later in the afternoon, return to your Bangkok hotel.

Duration10 Hours
Day 4

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Within the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park. The Hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap and only 7km from the International airport.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

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    Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa



    Within the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The hotel has been designed ...

    Within the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park. The Hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap and only 7km from the International airport.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Full Day Angkor Temples incl Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat

This morning, you will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom, last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Continue to visit Thommanon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in it's natural state since its 're-discovery' by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. This afternoon, you will visit to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism.

Duration10 Hours
Day 6

Siem Reap City Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Arrive Yangon

Upon arrival into Yangon, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Chatrium Hotel Yangon

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    Chatrium Hotel Yangon



    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in ...

    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in Colonial Style with revived Asian and Eastern architectural design featuring the splendour of bygone days. The traditional décor and the gallery-like atmosphere of the lobby area, together with outstanding service from the staff, assure an experience true to the spirit of traditional Asia.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Yangon

Today begins with a Yangon city tour which will take you to the diplomatic area, highlighting some of the rich colonial architecture dating back from the British occupation to the downtown area. Stops will be made at famous landmarks including the Sule Pagoda, which is over 2500 years old and occupies the centre of the city. This is an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. Continue onto the beautiful Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, famous for its Reclining Buddha.

After lunch, visit the General Aung San House Museum which is a museum dedicated to General Aung San, considered to be the Father of modern-day Burma. Established in 1962, the two-story museum was Aung San's last residence before his assassination in July 1947. It is a colonial-era villa, built in 1921, where his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi grew up as a child. His place in history as the Architect of Burmese Independence and a national hero is assured both from his own legacy and due to the activities of his daughter. For many years, the museum was opened only for three hours each year. The museum formally reopened on 24 March 2012. There will be time for a photo stop at Kandawgyi Royal Barge. Before sunset, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous landmark in Yangon and the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese. It is 99 metres and dominates the skyline of the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Departure Yangon

Today you will have an early start to the day and visit Kalaywa Monastery. This holy learning center covers 17.016 acres of land on the second highest hillock in Yangon. Upon arrival here you will be delighted to see the green and verdant trees and plants growing all over the area. You also get to observe Instructor and student conducting purity of Buddhist Scriptures as well as modern academic studies. After the monastery tour enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Remainder of time at leisure until it is time for your departure to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily (except April)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please enquire.

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