From Angkor Wat to Bagan

From Angkor Wat to Bagan
Starts
Siem Reap
Destinations
+ 6
Ends
Yangon
Siem Reap → Mandalay → Bagan → Inle Lake → Yangon → Myanmar

Highlights

  • Explore Angkor Wat complex, considered as One of Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Visit the ancient city Bagan where there are thousands of pagodas and temples over green plain.
  • Visit colonial buildings and the most beautiful pagoda of Myanmar in Yangon, former capital of Myanmar.
  • Learn about Buddhism in Mandalay, known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar.
  • Experience daily life of local people by a boat trip in Inle Lake.
Age range
< 18 year olds +5 more
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

The 12 day journey from Siem Reap – Cambodia with a transit flight in Bangkok (Thailand) to Mandalay, Bagan, Inle, Yangon – Myanmar (Burma). The trip covers the greatest heritage sites of these two countries in Southeast Asia…

 

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Orientation walking tour – Welcome dinner with Apsara dance.
    Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Orientation walking tour – Welcome dinner with Apsara dance.
    Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Orientation walking tour – Welcome dinner with Apsara dance.

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway into the Angkor temples. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srei and the legendary Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and drive you to city center. Take an orientation walk around hotel area and later in the afternoon explore the Psar Chass, also known as the “Old Market". In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner with the traditional performance of Khmer dance.
    Meals: Welcome Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  2. Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat – Rolous Group – Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village.
    Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat – Rolous Group – Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village.
    Day 2: Sunrise at Angkor Wat – Rolous Group – Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village.

    For the early birds and photographers, we offer morning tours for those who want to see the sunrise over the Angkor Wat. Drive back to your hotel for breakfast, then continue your Cambodian experience with a tour of the ancient capital of King Indravarman I (877-889), now referred to as the Rolous Group and known as the birthplace of classical Khmer art and architecture. In the afternoon, head out of town and embark on a short cruise along Tonle Sap Lake to visit the local floating villages. Stay there until sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  3. Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Banteay Srei – Angkor Thom – Sunset.
    Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Banteay Srei – Angkor Thom – Sunset.
    Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Banteay Srei – Angkor Thom – Sunset.

    Begin the busy but interesting day by a drive from the hotel to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty with its giant trees that have grown there for centuries. The temple became more famous after Tomb Raider was filmed there. Afterward, proceed further to visit Banteay Srei that is also one of the must see sites. This beautiful temple was built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V's guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture. Lunch of your choosing can be near Srah Srang at a local restaurant on the way for your convenience. After recharging battery, you’ll continue your exploration by a stop at Preah Khan meaning “Holy Sword”. This is one of the largest temple compounds in Angkor and is defended by four concentric walls. The main shrine and its adjoining buildings are richly decorated with Buddhist motifs and scenes from Hindu epics. Drive further through the North Gate of Angkor Thom to see the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple that’s known as the heart of Angkor Thom. You’ll also see the intricate base reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments on the way to get there. Once you reach the South Gate of Angkor Thom - the beautiful and old gate with its majestic doors and artifacts, you’ll begin a tradition boat trip along the water way where history, nature and culture come alive. You can also see the beautiful sunset at Great Wall. On the way, stop at Prasat Chrung temples located at the southeastern corner of Angkor Thom and they are dedicated to the Bodhisattva Lokeshvara (Avalokiteshvara). The uneasy access there keeps Prasat Chrung remain less touristic and pretty charming. From this point, you’ll enjoy the best sunset. Return later to the hotel and the rest of time is at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

  4. Day 4: Siem Reap free at leisure – Fly to Mandalay.
    Day 4: Siem Reap free at leisure – Fly to Mandalay.
    Day 4: Siem Reap free at leisure – Fly to Mandalay.
    Day 4: Siem Reap free at leisure – Fly to Mandalay.
    Day 4: Siem Reap free at leisure – Fly to Mandalay.

    Get transferred to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, with a stopover in Bangkok. Your local tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. After short refreshment, take a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, and Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world’s biggest book. Conclude the day by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.

  5. Day 5: Mandalay – Ubein Bridge at dawn – Amarapura – city tour – Sagaing.
    Day 5: Mandalay – Ubein Bridge at dawn – Amarapura – city tour – Sagaing.
    Day 5: Mandalay – Ubein Bridge at dawn – Amarapura – city tour – Sagaing.

    This morning, wake up early to enjoy the break of dawn at Ubein Wooden Bridge, the world's longest teak footbridge. Also, dawn is the best moment to experience authentic life of Burma and avoid the crowd. Wandering through the bridge and taking a deep breath to enjoy the fresh air, you might be able to experience fishing life on the nearby river, monks passing the bridge to temples, locals going to the market… All create a peaceful scene, no hustle, and bustle like the city. Then return hotel for breakfast and refreshment.

    Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.

    Later take the morning drive to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
    In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its finely carved teak wooden carvings, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s largest book and some handicraft workshops of gold leaf beating & silk weaving.

    Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Finally, from there you can admire the panoramic view of Mandalay.
    Meal: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

  6. Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Palace & Fly to Bagan.
    Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Palace & Fly to Bagan.
    Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Palace & Fly to Bagan.

    After breakfast, board a private boat and motor down the Ayeyarwaddy to Mingun, home to several unique pagodas, including the ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi —the remains of a massive unfinished Buddhist stupa begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Visit the 90-ton bell before heading to the distinctive architectural pagoda, Myatheindan. Return to Mandalay in the afternoon to visit Mandalay Palace — the Royal Palace of the last Burmese monarchy, constructed between 1857 and 1859 by king Mindon. Late afternoon, take a short flight to Bagan. Get picked up on arrival.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

  7. Day 7: Bagan temples exploration.
    Day 7: Bagan temples exploration.
    Day 7: Bagan temples exploration.
    Day 7: Bagan temples exploration.
    Day 7: Bagan temples exploration.

    Bagan is Myanmar’s archeological wonderland, where over 2,200 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions and Wetki-In Gubyaukgyi cave temple, Htilominlo temple and nearby temples. We then will arrange a break for lunch time. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to Ananda Temple before take a horse cart to nearby temples such as Dhammayan Gyi, That bin Nyu, Sulamani ect. It is one of the most recommended routes for any tourist, who wish to slow down the pace and closely accessible to sacred temples and local community.
    Later, in the afternoon, you will enjoy the enchanting sunset over the temple zone.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

  8. Day 8: Bagan Sightseeing - Sunset boat trip.
    Day 8: Bagan Sightseeing - Sunset boat trip.

    After breakfast, you will enjoy another day exploring Bagan. Drive and visit the best highlighted temples in the zone such as MyaZedi Pagoda, Minkaba Gubyaukyi, Manuha Temple, Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. Continue with sightseeing to Myinkaba village, Minnanthu village ect.
    In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer wear workshop and learn about this traditional craft. Ending the day with a short cruise along the Irrawaddy River at sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

  9. Day 9: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Red Mountain Winery – Inle Lake.
    Day 9: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Red Mountain Winery – Inle Lake.

    Leave behind Bagan plain for the morning flight to Heho where another driver and tour guide await to take you to visit the local market of Nyaung Shwe, one of a handful of towns along the banks of the immense Inle Lake. Later in the afternoon, drive further to east of the town up to Red Mountain Winery to experience the local winemaking facilities. Unwind and enjoy the fabulous views over Inle Lake while sipping tasty wine (optional at your own account). Check in the hotel for free at leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake.

  10. Day 10: Inle Lake Sightseeing.
    Day 10:  Inle Lake Sightseeing.
    Day 10:  Inle Lake Sightseeing.
    Day 10:  Inle Lake Sightseeing.
    Day 10:  Inle Lake Sightseeing.

    This morning, a boat takes you to a beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be relaxing to walk along the corridors and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries. Continue with the sightseeing to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed to be the holiest in Inle Lake; Ngaphechaung Monastery, once known as jumping cat pagoda. As you go toward Nam Pan village the various cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will attract your sense of traditional Intha life.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake.

  11. Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon – City Tour.
    Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon – City Tour.
    Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon – City Tour.

    Have breakfast at the hotel, leave by boat to the northern bank of the lake where the car and driver is wait for you. Take a nice drive to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, enjoy the city tour of Yangon, visiting its highlights such as Sule Pagoda, the heart of Yangon City; Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. Late afternoon, visit to the grandiose gold pagoda complex: Shwedagon Paya. Explore the pagoda then savor the sunset from the highest spire. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner of traditional Burmese cuisine at Karaweik Palace.
    Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon.

  12. Day 12: Yangon Departure.
    Day 12: Yangon Departure.
    Day 12: Yangon Departure.
    Day 12: Yangon Departure.

    You are free for last minute shopping at Bogyoke Market. Formerly named Scott’s Market, it is now the main tourist destination where you can find antique, Burmese handicrafts & jewelry shops, art galleries & clothing stores. Your driver will transfer you to the Yangon International Airport for your departure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

       

    2. Meals

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      Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotels, 2 dinners

    3. Transport

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      Private Car/Van with Air-Conditioning.

    • Flights

      Siem Reap - Bangkok, Bangkok - Mandalay by Bangkok Airways
      Mandalay - Bagan by Yangon Airways
      Bagan - Inle Lake by Yangon Airways
      Inle Lake - Yangon by Yangon Airways

       


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    Price Includes

    • Accommodations with daily breakfast
    • Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
    • 5 flights: Siem Reap – Mandalay – Bagan – Heho – Yangon
    • English speaking guide.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All entrance fees, boat trips, performance & excursions.

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    • International flights
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Early check–in and late check–out at hotels.
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    • Tips for guides and drivers
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