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Tales of Indochina

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,611

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$ 1,611

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 SIC

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 River Kwai Tour

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Located in Ratchaburi Province, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal 32 kilometres long be dug here to connect the Mae Klong and Tacheen. The Floating Market is an ideal place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables and other items from small boats. You will also be able to see traditional Thai houses and the way locals use boats in their everyday lives. Also enjoy a visit to the River Kwai. The Bridge over the River Kwai, still in use today, was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during 1945, and was rebuilt after the end of the War. The War Cemetery is the final resting place for the thousands prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the "Death Railway" (also known as Hell Fire Pass).

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Hotel

Duration25 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

Duration0 Minutes

Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be met by your local Destination Asia tour guide and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to relax from your long journey.

Yangon is a fabulous city to explore on foot. If time permits take a walk which will take in the hustle and bustle of Yangon's Chinatown as well as a number of the interesting colonial buildings that are synonymous with the city's past. City Hall, Strand Hotel and the Inland Water Transport Building are all classic examples of period architecture and your guide will be on hand to explain about them in more detail. Since you will be downtown, take in the opportunity to visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders. Please note the market is closed on Monday.

In the early evening, visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest which is a single 76 carats. One of the most magical times to visit the pagoda is early evening as the sun is about to set; to witness the serenity and calmness that abounds at this time of the day is an experience that will remain for a very long time.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant (depending on time of arrival).

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Chatrium Hotel Yangon

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    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

Yangon is a fabulous city to explore on foot, especially early, when the air is cool and the locals are starting to go about their daily business. Starting downtown, this morning's walk will take in the hustle and bustle of Yangon's Chinatown as well as a number of the interesting colonial buildings that are synonymous with the city's past. City Hall, Strand Hotel and the Inland Water Transport Building are all classic examples of period architecture and your guide will be on hand to explain about them in more detail. Also visit Yangon's small but authentic Little India where you may wish to take a break with an enjoyable lassi drink or a delicious Indian snack.

After lunch, continue to the National Museum. With its impressive collections, the National Museum affords an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages. Highlights include the Lion Throne (Sihasana) belonging to the last King of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min and a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses. Please note the museum is closed on Monday.

Continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi before heading onto Kandawgyi Lake, a large and peaceful pool of water east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. When the sun starts to set and the air gets cooler, have a stroll through Kandawgyi Park and enjoy the changing light over Yangon's golden landmark. Once it is dark the illuminated stupa forms the perfect backdrop for a picturesque walk. Whilst exploring the park that surrounds the lake, you will be able to take a look at the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional Royal Barge.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Departure Yangon

The first stop today will be a visit to Kalaywa Monastery. With over a 1000 monks and nuns of various ages, this holy learning centre is an interesting place to witness monastic life. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport in order to connect with your onward flight.

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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