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Combining South East Asia and the up-and-coming country of Myanmar, on this group tour you will combine some of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia.

Type of travel: Public Transport
Group size: Average 10-14. Maximum 16.
Recommended age: 18-65
What you need to know:
* We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.

What's included:

65 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) in a guesthouse, 1 night(s) on Halong Bay junk, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains, 1 night(s) in homestays

44 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 2 Dinner(s), 8 Basic Breakfast(s), 9 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch Box, 1 Local Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es)

Bangkok Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha, Bangkok river taxi, Bicycle tour of Sukhothai, Full day trip to the Golden Triangle including Opium Museum, Giant Golden Buddha in Sop Ruak, White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Black House (Baan Dam), Trip to and up Mount Phousi to visit Wat Tham Phousi, Visit to witness the local Monks collecting Alms, Vang Vieng tuk-tuk tour to the Blue Lagoon, Visit the COPE Centre, Halong Bay overnight stay on a junk boat, Guided tour & entrance to caves, An evening trip to the Vietnamese Water Puppet Theatre, Half-day trip to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Museum, Presidential Palace, Stilt House and the famous 1-Pillar Pagoda, Visit the Forbidden Citadel with tour leader, Marble Mountain, Visit Hai Van Pass, Mekong Delta Overnight Excursion, Tour Leader local walking tour to Ben Tha nh Market, Opera House, Notre Dam Cathedral & Eifell Post Office, Independance Palace, War Remnents Museum (inc entrance to musuem), Countryside tuk- tuk trip to the Kampot Salt Fields, Entrance to the Genocide Museum & Killing Fields, Spider Market, Khmer Wine Tasting, Ride the Bamboo Railway (when operational), Guided Tour of Angkor Wat, Rickshaw City Tour of Melaka, An evening visit to the world famous Petronas Twin Towers (Entrance to the towers and observation platform NOT included), Visit the Batu Caves and Temple, Full Day Excursion in the Cameron Highlands, Penang Heritage Walk, Shan village walking tour, Palaung Mountain Village Walking Tour, Goteik Viaduct train journey, Half day Bagan orientation tour, Bike tour through Bagan, Elephant Conservation Centre, Shan mountain train journey, Day excursion on Inle Lake and local Intha lunch

Train, flight(s), Public Bus, Private VehicleWhat's excluded:
Visas and travel insuranceSpending money - budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extrasInternational flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms. Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.


 Day 1 Arrive Bangkok

Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is a crazy and chaotic city! Known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon pronounced or Krung Thep "city of angels" for short, Bangkok was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Bangkok is now the gateway to South East Asia for most travellers and international backpackers come and go and the streets are always buzzing and full of life.
1 night(s) in hotels at New Siam II or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 2 Bangkok

Today we will visit Bangkok Grand Palace, home to the revered Emerald Buddha. Admire the ornate architecture and visit the temples inside. Returning to hotel we will take a river taxi along the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok once had an elaborate network of canals and was given the nickname, 'Venice of the East', and although some of them have been filled in and converted to streets, many still exist today. Travelling through these canals you will see how the locals live along the riverside - you almost forget you are in a large, bustling city.
1 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 3-4 Sukhothai

Leaving Bangkok we fly to Sukhothai, Thailand's ancient capital. It is home to the ancient ruins of the former city. A popular highlight of Thailand, it was the capital of the Thai empire for approximately 140 years and translates literally to 'Dawn of Happiness'.
The temples and monuments have been since excavated and reconstructed in places, the restoration now naming the destination Sukhothai Historical Park.
The old city has many zones interspersed with lakes and bridges to island bound ruins, and covers roughly 70 square kilometers. We will take a bicycle tour around the World Heritage Site and explore the typical Thai architecture including the Wat Mahathat, one of the most spectacular Buddhas seated amongst the stone ruins .
2 night(s) in a guesthouse at Vitoon Guesthouse or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 5-6 Chiang Mai

Our journey takes us to Chiang Mai , the 'Rose of the North', where you have two nights to enjoy a Thai cooking course, relaxing massage, take in a night-time Thai kick-boxing bout (Muay Thai) or haggle the night away at Chiang Mai's famous evening street market.
2 night(s) in hotels at Winner Inn or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 7-8 Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

Leaving Chiang Mai head to the bus station to board our bus to Chiang Rai. The journey only takes 3.5 hours so you have the afternoon to explore. The next day we will have a full day tour to discover the surrounding area. We will head to the Golden Triangle viewpoint where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar all meet on the Mekong River and the old Opium Museum where you can learn about Asia's past illicit opium production. Next we will see the giant Golden Buddha sitting on a boat by the riverside and the stone elephants there to protect him.
We will also visit Wat Rong Khun, famously known as the White Temple. Many tour leaders have claimed that Rong Khun is the most fascinating temple they have visited and during your visit you'll be amazed at the decorations both inside and out! You can compare this with the Black Temple. Discover the stark contrasts not only in colour but in architecture and design too! We will return to our hotel in Chiang Rai which is situated near the popular Night Bazaar Market. All this exploring is hungry work so be sure to sample a freshly-cooked pad thai in this vibrant night spot.
2 night(s) in hotels at Baan Pordeedin Guesthouse or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 9-10 Luang Prabang

Today we have a flight to Luang Prabang. Many say that Luang Prabang is the most memorable town in all of Laos. Renowned for a fascinating history and some of the friendliest people, Luang Prabang refers to the holy Pra Bang, Laos' most sacred image of the Buddha given to Fa Ngoum.
We have two days to enjoy this sleepy town, which is located 300 metres above sea level on the upper Mekong. As you explore you will see that Luang Prabang is dominated by Phousi - the marvellous hill-top temple that sits in the middle of the town. We will ascend up to visit Wat Tham Phounsi and to admire the breath-taking views of Luang Prabang. You'll notice a combination of Lao, French and Lao-French colonial influence as you admire the city's buildings and architectural highlights - all of which you can see discovering the town on foot. We will also visit the monks at sunrise who collect alms that are donated by the locals.
2 night(s) in hotels at Treasure Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 11-12 Vang Vieng

As we make our way south from Luang Prabang we travel past stunning scenery to Vang Vieng. This peaceful town is situated on a plateau with stunning surroundings of limestone caves and waterfalls, and the area is inhabited by the Hmong and Yao tribes. The limestone caves are renowned in ancient mythology and have featured in the prose of many artists throughout time. Vang Vieng is an excellent place to try the local cuisine and there are markets to indulge in. Here we will take a tuk-tuk tour off the beaten track through some of Laos' most incredible scenery and see the local villages and paddy fields. Make sure you bring your swimming costume as we will visit the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip.
2 night(s) in hotels at Vilayvong Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 13 Vientiane

The capital of Laos is extremely quiet - so quiet that, before 1970, there was only one set of traffic lights in the entire city (a far cry from Bangkok!). We have time to admire this tranquil city with its many murals and markets. Many buildings you will see when you wander the streets are of religious significance. You may wish to hire a bicycle and explore the local streets and markets which are excellent here.
Laos was a victim during the Vietnam War and is actually the most bombed country in the world. During the fighting 270 million submunitions were dropped on Laos between 1963 to 1974, and many of those failed to explode, still remaining live in the ground.
In Vientiane, we visit the COPE Centre and learn about the UXO problem in Laos and how the country is managing the situation. We learn about the work undertaken by COPE to provide disability services for people affected by the bombing. As part of the exhibition, you can also watch a number of excellent documentary films where you can learn more.
1 night(s) in hotels at Mali Namphu Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 14-15 Hanoi

A short flight takes us to the colourful country of Vietnam, landing in Hanoi.
Hanoi offers a beguiling combination of tranquillity and chaos, from the elegance of its crumbling colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards, to the boisterous cacophony of street vendors and motorcycles. Much can be absorbed of daily life by wandering the streets of the old quarter, tasting local market food, and people-watching. For the culture buffs there are museums, temples and tombs which offer insight into a city rich in history and character.
2 night(s) in hotels at Golden Charm Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 16 Halong Bay

We depart Hanoi for the mystical Halong Bay, boarding a traditional Chinese sailing vessel which will take us out to the UNESCO world heritage site. The bay includes hundreds of islands with towering limestone karsts draped in verdant foliage. The boat - called a 'junk' - will be our home for the evening and staying overnight in the bay means we have time to explore caves, go swimming and soak in the beauty of the area.
Translated, Halong means 'Bay of Descending Dragons' and local legend describes a great dragon coming down from the mountains, gouging out the valleys and spitting out jewels which turned into the various islands. Tonight we are treated to dinner aboard our boat followed by a spot of night fishing if you're still awake!
1 night(s) on Halong Bay junk . No single room upgrade available.

 Day 17 Hanoi

This morning we'll do some final exploring around the bay, perhaps to see some of the large caves filled with stalagmites and stalactites that lay hidden behind the towering cliffs, before making our way back to the mainland, arriving back in Hanoi sometime in the afternoon.
1 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 18 Hanoi

Today your Tour Leader will take you on trip to visit a number of sights. Discover Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the Stilt House and the famous 1-Pillar Pagoda.
You can also visit 'coffee street' in the old quarter for a ca phe sua da (a milky iced coffee) for a caffeine fix, or grab some hearty bowls of Pho from the street vendors selling delicious Vietnamese street food. You can also head to the pretty Hoa n Ki?m Lake and try and spot the endangered large soft shell turtles that are hiding in the water, before crossing the red Huc Bridge to visit Jade Island where the Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of Jade Mountain) stands.
1 night(s) in hotels at Golden Charm Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 19-20 Hue

We'll have one more morning in Hanoi, the perfect opportunity to see some of the sites you may have missed before our cruise, before we head to the airport to catch our short flight to Hue. Before we leave, make sure you have visited the Temple of Literature, the country's first university and discover the stone tablets with the names of graduates from over the years.
The time-worn grandeur of Hue has been the stage of many battles from the dynastic rivalry and rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries, to French occupation and most recently as the site of the Battle of Hue, one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in the Vietnam War. Its location at the geographic heart of Vietnam has perhaps done it no favours, but uncovering its past and exploring its relics is a delight for travellers in a place where history interweaves and overlaps with modern life.
The picturesque Perfume River winds its way through the city, past the citadels and pagodas that make this a UNESCO world heritage site. Hue is also a centre of artistic and intellectual learning and the community of artists, poets and scholars that have called this place home contribute to making it captivating and engaging city.
Here we tour around the ancient forbidden citadel. The citadel was only for the emperors and those closest, with severe punishments if you were caught trespassing. Along the Perfume River we can visit the tombs of those who used to dominate the citadel.
2 night(s) in hotels at DMZ Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 21-22 Hoi An

We depart Hue and travel south to Hoi An. Our drive takes us up and over the famous and scenic Hai van Pass (ocean cloud pass) where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastline and rice paddies. The name of the road refers to the mist from the sea, and is renowned for its beauty, featuring predominantly on the British motoring programme Top Gear. Before arriving in Hoi An our short journey takes us through the city of Da Nang, along Non Nuoc Beach, more familiarly known as China Beach before stopping for a brief exploration of the hidden temples and caves of Marble Mountain, a small cluster of 5 mini-mountains on the south side of Da Nang. For those adventurous to head for the very top , amazing city and sea views are your just rewards.
While the journey from Hue is incredible, Hoi An is even better. Largely spared damage during the Vietnamese conflict, The old trading port of Hoi An is a UNESCO Heritage town offering an amazing central old town with small friendly streets dotted with an abundance of small family run shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Whether you want to stop for a nice cheap beer while watching the sun set over the river or splash out on an incredible seafood supper, Hoi An has it all within walking distance. One of the main highlights of Hoi An, other than its beauty, culture and history are the more than 300 tailor shops located all over town and on every street corner. Where else can you have designer, tailor made to measure clothes fitted and ready to take away the next day for less than an off the peg purchase back at home? If you love clothes and want something special or unique you may never want to leave Hoi An. If clothes aren't your thing why not rent a bicycle and take the short 5km ride through country lanes bordered by rice paddy fields to the wholly unspoiled Cua Dai beach for the day or join an organised excursion to visit My Son, another UNESCO World Heritage site located close to Hoi An and the location of some of Vietnam's best preserved ancient Hindu Temple ruins dating back hundreds of years to the Champa era?
2 night(s) in hotels at Hoang Trinh Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 23 Overnight Train to Nha Trang

Enjoy most of the day exploring Hoi An before catching an overnight train to Nha Trang.
1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains . No single room upgrade available.

 Days 24-25 Nha Trang

Situated on the beach, Nha Trang is a perfect place to relax. You can opt for a snorkelling boat trip or visit the sulphur mud bath spas. There are also a number of cultural sights including the Long Son Pagoda, Alexandre Yersin Museum and the Po Nagar Cham Towers.
2 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 26 Ho Chi Minh City

Today we catch a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This bustling and vibrant city, the former capital of South Vietnam and formerly known as Saigon until the end of the Vietnam War (around 1975) and the infamous 'Fall of Saigon' when the city was renamed after North Vietnam's illustrious and revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Originally a small fishing village, it is now the most important economic centre in Vietnam and is the largest city in the country.
Traffic in the city is fairly hectic at the best of times but getting around is surprisingly easy by taxi although drivers may not always speak English. Bus is the only form of public transport and motorbikes rule the road; there are around 3 million motorbikes cruising around the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Although we have one night in Ho Chi Minh, we will be returning after our overnight adventure on the Mekong Delta for two full days in which to explore and enjoy this vibrant city.
1 night(s) in hotels at La Felix Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 27 Mekong Delta

This morning we travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta, a region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River, the longest river in South East Asia, approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible more easily by rivers and canals rather than by road. The region produces half of the country's rice output which is more than Japan and Korea combined.
Once we arrive to the Delta, we board a long boat and begin our day exploring life in and around the river and its tributaries, visiting local workshops where the local people are always happy to see you and the children will follow you around wearing their western football shirts. Visit a local Bonsai garden, fruit orchard, ceramics workshop and local brickworks to discover how local needs are met without the modern technology we take so much for granted. Want to try the local 'snake wine' or 'rice wine' then today you get your chance when we visit a local homestay where you'll be invited into the family home and offered the local wines. Whatever you do, don't take the term 'wine' too lightly as these drink pack a powerful kick! During the day your guide will take you to a local home for a wonderful local seafood meal (quality non-seafood options are available). Don't forget your cameras.
1 night(s) in homestays . No single room upgrade available.

 Days 28-29 Ho Chi Minh City

The next morning after breakfast and before returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we take an early cruise on a traditional sampan through the famous floating markets and past the imposing Christian Church to visit local craft shops and a chance to support the local community by purchasing a gift or two for your friends back home. Whether it's a treat from the sweet and candy workshop or a souvenir snake wine, we're sure you'll find something of interest . Late in the morning we disembark our boat, say farewell to our guide and boat captain and head back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Your Tour Leader will take you on a walking tour where you will visit the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Hall. If you're less of a history buff and more in the mood to haggle for a bargain, don't worry - we will also explore Ho Chi Minh's largest market, the Ben Thanh Market. You can buy everything from cosmetics to live ducks here. There are also numerous food stalls at this market, and at the popular night market nearby. The food in Ho Chi Minh is some of the best and most diverse in all of Vietnam so make sure you eat well during your stay. There are also many bars and clubs to spend your evening in.
2 night(s) in hotels at La Felix Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 30-31 Sihanoukville

We fly to Cambodia heading to Sihanoukville .Originally started in the 1950's as an Cambodia's first deep water port, Sihanoukvulle, named after the King of the time .
We spend two nights here and there is plenty of time to enjoy the many beaches and snorkel in the sparkling waters. Enjoy sunset views from Wat Leu, an ornate temple situated on the forested hills.
2 night(s) in hotels at Grand Sihanoukville Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 32 Kampot

Today we travel to the French colonial town of Kampot located by the Praek Tuek Chhu River on the route to Phnom Penh. Is is famous for its pepper plantations and salt fields and we will take a tuk-tuk tour of the countryside
1 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 33-34 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia's bustling capital city with a turbulent past. Sitting on the juncture of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap river, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonised Cambodia during the 19th century. The city has grown from a small fishing village to what is now the industrial, commercial, cultural and historical centre of Cambodia.
During our time in Phnom Penh we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was transformed into one of the Khmer Rouge's most feared prison and torture camps during the Pol Pot regime. The building is now a haunting tribute to the thousands who died here and at the other 150 similar camps throughout the country in the late 1970's. Those who were detained at the camp were later taken and executed at the Choueng Ek extermination Centre, more commonly known as 'The Killing Fields', a site we also visit to learn more of and try to understand this wonderful country's turbulent past.
Whilst the aforementioned visits are included in the tour they are also entirely optional should anybody prefer not to visit and Phnom Penh has a lot more to offer including the Russian Market and National Museum. Or you could also take a stroll along the river's famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the bustling river traffic. Our Tour Leaders particularly recommend the Foreign Correspondents Club or F.C.C. as it's better known. You may wish to take a tuk-tuk ride around Phnom Penh (a tuk-tuk is a motorbike-taxi with an enclosed passenger cabin that can fit around 4 people).
2 night(s) in hotels at Pacific Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 35-36 Kratie

Heading away from the big city life, we head into the Khmer countryside to enjoy a couple of days in relaxing Kratie to enjoy some of the best Mekong River sunsets available. As well as being one of the very best locations to spot the fast becoming rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, Kratie is home to a number of interesting temples from different era's, a museum that hardly ever opens (ask your Tour Leader to try for you) and some marvelous countryside tours to see the other side of this wonderful country and its people. So, soak up the peaceful rural life, wander the central marketplace to pick up handmade souvenirs and admire the French colonial architecture, and the village homes built upon wooden stilts.
2 night(s) in hotels at Ly Cheu Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 37 Kompong Cham

Staying in close touch with the mighty Mekong River which so dominates Southeast Asia we travel slightly South to the riverside town of Kompong Cham and back into civilisation so to speak. Literally meaning 'port of the Chams' and referring to the local ethnic Cham people living in the province, Kompong Cham offers a chance to experience yet another different facet of the Cambodia that many miss when passing through.
Enjoy the colonial charms of the sleepy city, situated along the Mekong River. Watch traditional Apsara dances or visit Nokor Wat to admire the Angkor architecture.
You may also like to get a tuk-tuk or a boat down the river to Wat Maha Leap, one of the remaining wooden pagodas in Cambodia. Over 100 years old, it was one of the few pagodas not destroyed by the Khmer Rouge because they used it as a hospital. Monks since reformed it to it's original beauty and you can see the gilded patterns on the black wooden pillars that support the stunning blue roof in total contrast to the nearby, impressive Kizuna Bridge which at 1.5 km long is still Cambodia's 2nd longest and the first to cross the Mekong in Cambodia
1 night(s) in hotels at Monorom VIP Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 38-39 Battambang

Crossing from Eastern Cambodia to the Western side, our day's journey allows a visit on route to Cambodia' famous Spider Market where the more adventurous of you may can try the local delicacy, fried spider.
An important former trading city, Battambang is Cambodia's second most populated city, and appeals to tourists due to its vibrant personality as well as its cultural highlights and many nearby temples.
Soak up the cultural atmosphere in Battambang with it's blend of modern city and well preserved colonial architecture, admire the statues that pepper the streets, and the art deco buildings such as the Central Market and train station or visit Cambodia's most famous circus, Phare Ponleu Selpak.
Today we will taste the traditional khmer wine before making our way through the rice paddy covered land to the ride the famouse Bamboo Railway. In the evening - take an optional tuk tuk ride out to the Battambang bat caves at Phnom Sampeu where you will witness thousands upon thousands of bats streaming out of the cave and flying off into the sunset
2 night(s) in hotels at King Fy Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 40-41 Siem Reap

Siem Reap is our base for exploring the famous temples of the Angkor area. The name Siem Reap means 'Defeat of Siam' - today's Thailand - and refers to a century-old bloodbath which you can see commemorated in stone in the celebrated bas relief carvings of the monuments around the area.
Our first day we head out on our included excursion to the most famous temple, Angkor Wat, with a guide to give us an overview of the history and layout of the temple. Our remaining time in Siem Reap can be spent at our own leisure exploring this expansive site armed with our cameras and the knowledge from our guide.
There are over one thousand temples here which attract over one million visitors annually. The temples range from small ruins to the famous Angkor Wat, and the site is said to be the world's largest single religious monument.
Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu and has a dazzling array of beautiful ornate carvings. The many ceremonial structures and temples here were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire that spanned a period of approximately 600 years. These temples are some of the most famous in the world and take up an area of approximately 160 square kilometres.
There are superb photographic opportunities here at most times of the day so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged and your memory card is ready to go! Tuk-tuks provide a convenient form of transport around the area here, and you can hire a tuk-tuk and driver for the day if you wish. The Angkor area (in and around the Ta Prohm temple) was the site where the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie was filmed.
2 night(s) in hotels at Xing Angkor Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 42 Bangkok

Today we fly to Bangkok where we can enjoy dinner and spend the night before flying to the glittering lights of Singapore tomorrow.
1 night(s) in hotels at New Siam II or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 43-44 Singapore

Singapore may be small in size, but its larger-than-life attitude and modernisation will ensure your visit here is truly unforgettable. A major international hub, the city will house travellers and business people from all over the world at any given time. You would be forgiven for thinking you should be donned in a suit clutching a briefcase as you lose yourself between the ultra-modern high rise buildings. Like any major city, the shopping is excellent here (although not always cheap). There are many historical and cultural sights to see if you are after an insight into the tradition of this fascinating country. Visit Little India and Chinatown for a glimpse into the old way of life of the city. You may want to don your best travelling garb and try a traditional Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in the famous Raffles Hotel. Steeped in history, this spectacular colonial style hotel is beautiful to see as you make your way to the bar which is more relaxed than you may think as it is a must to throw your peanut shells on the floor! Singapore restaurants are not the cheapest you will come across in South East Asia but if you hit some of the market food stalls or the hawker centres you are sure to delight in an amazing selection of fresh, scrumptious food.
2 night(s) in hotels at Hangout @ Mount Emily or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 45-46 Melaka

Melaka is one of Malaysia's most popular destinations and was an important trading port several hundred years ago. The historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Portuguese settled here in the 16th century and their influence can be seen in much of the architecture around the city. There are many attractions in Melaka, from temples to churches, and mosques to museums. The destination is famous for its traditional Chinese Nyonya cuisine, which you can sample from one of the traditional Peranakan shop houses.
2 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 47-48 Kuala Lumpur

We arrive in Malaysia's lively capital, Kuala Lumpur. A major tourist hub, 'KL' (as it is usually referred) is modern, slightly congested, and it offers all the creature comforts of your average major city. High rises abound, shopping is excellent (and one of the city's major attractions) and its bustling day-to-day goings-on provide an insight into Malay business culture. There are many things to do here - both cultural and indulgent. During your time here, why not check out Berjaya Times Square in the Bukit Bintang area, the biggest mall in Asia - where the 8th floor houses a mini theme park consisting of several roller coasters and white-knuckle rides. Your tour leader will take you on an evening walk to the tallest twin tower building in the world, the Petronas Towers. If you wish you can choose to ascend to the Skywalk (this is at an optional cost.) There are also many colonial buildings to visit if you feel the need to step back in time and take a break from the modern high rises.
The next day we will visit the Batu Caves, a limestone hill with a number of caves. We will see the Murungan statue and visit the temple here.
2 night(s) in hotels at Ancasa Express or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 49-50 Cameron Highlands

Named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during in 1885, the Cameron Highlands is a highland region around 1500 metres above sea level. There are many things to do and see here, including: a butterfly farm, strawberry farms, rose gardens, a Chinese temple and vegetable farms. You also have a jungle trek amongst the cool, refreshing forest air. The region's fertile mountain slopes make it one of the best places in the country to grow tea, and there are many tea plantations. The Cameron Highlands is also a major supplier of vegetables to Malaysia and Singapore.
2 night(s) in hotels . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 51-52 Penang

We make for Penang. We will stay in Georgetown, which is the island's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Georgetown possesses a unique charm, blending old and new cultures. Peddlers exhibit their goods surrounded by modern buildings. Old buildings stand side-by-side with new businesses. Take a rickshaw tour and introduce yourself to this lively town or perhaps visit the 65-storey Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR), a prominent Penang landmark, which houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants.
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Mingood or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 53-55 Phuket

Heading back to Thailand we enjoy three nights on the buzzing rainforest island of Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Phuket offers some of the Thailand's most popular beaches where you can wash the dust from your hair and relax on white sand sipping your favourite cocktail or a local Chang Beer. Away from the beaches, Phuket offers so much to keep you busy including a visit to the aquarium, exploring Butterfly Garden and Insect World, visit James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, marvel at Phuket Big Buddha or wander the narrow streets of Old Phuket in total contrast to the busy beach resorts.
Discover the 'Temple of the Gold Buddha' (Wat Phra Thong) where the deity is half buried so you can only see the head and shoulders! For another jaw-dropping sight, visit the Big Buddha who stands tall at 45 metres high. This is also a great place to get panoramic views of the southern side of Phuket.
You may also like to visit Khao Phra Thaew National Park, where you can visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre and two waterfalls.
With 3 days here there's also plenty of time to visit and explore the island close to Phuket including Koh Phi Phi, Coral Island, Similan Islands or Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi all of which are accessible by ferry and/or speedboat from Phuket.
At night, Phuket really comes to life and whether your choice is a fine wine overlooking the sea or clubbing on until the early hours, Phuket has it all in abundance.
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 Day 56 Bangkok

Today we fly to Bangkok where we can enjoy dinner and spend the night before flying to the breathtaking country of Myanmar tomorrow
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 Day 57 Mandalay

Welcome to Myanmar, more formally named the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and previously and possibly better known in many countries as Burma.
Mandalay, a name that evokes splendours of old Burma, captured by Rudyard Kipling in poem Mandalay. 'This is Burma' he wrote, 'and it is quite unlike any place you know about!' Destroyed by a fire and heavily bombed during World War Two, the Burma of old is more difficult to find but when you do, it astounds you.
With a turbulent history, after thousands were killed in a military uprising, Burma changed its name to Myanmar in 1989. Myanmar today has only recently opened its border to travellers after the Military Junta, in control since 1962 was dissolved after years of internal struggle as recently as 2011. As this largely rural country remains unaffected by long term tourism it offers us a wonderful insight into Southeast Asian life.
You have a free day to enjoy Mandalay. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda with its old Buddha statue. Typically a lively temple, men put gold leaves into the statue. Here you can also shop around for the perfect souvenir, your own small statue made of bronze or wood. If you can't find what you are looking for, the marble carving street should have a treat in store. Walking through the Mahagandayon monastery complex, see hundreds of monks heading to prayers.
Tonight, you can visit the Yadanar night market to get a feel for the real Mandalay. Grab some traditional snacks before enjoying a beer at a famous beer station and a delicious meal at one of Mandalay's traditional BBQ restaurants.
1 night(s) in hotels at Oway Grand Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Days 58-59 Hsipaw

Heading into the Northern Shan State, we travel to Hsipaw, located in the east of Myanmar, Hsipaw is a scenic town steeped in history. Once a Shan royal city, the old palace still stands in the northern part of the town. In 1962 the last Sawbwa, Sao Kya Seng, disappeared during a military coup however his family still care for the old palace and it is possible to pay a visit, meet a descendent of the last Sawbwa and learn about the history of the Shan State over the last 50 years.
A popular area for hiking, Hsipaw is situated in a valley with a number of Shan villages surrounding it. In the late afternoon we can enjoy a guided walk through the paddy fields, passing villages, creeks, schools and monasteries along way. The guide will teach you about Shan life around Hsipaw and show you some home industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. He will explain why each Shan village has a spirit house built at the entrance of the village and make sure you will get to know the spirit of the local people in Northern Shan State
Hsipaw also as a fantastic central market where locals come to trade frequently. You may also enjoy watching the sunset from Five Buddha Hill, accessible by bicycle a few miles out of the town.
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 Day 60 Kyaukme

Heading east, Kyaukme is a small but bustling town with a vibrant Chinese quarter. Kyaukme is flanked by valleys filled with Palaung villages.
From Hsipaw, we will take a local bus today from opposite the beautiful colonial all-wooden post office a short 3 minute walk from the hotel. The local bus will stop at villages along the way, allowing locals to get on or off with their goods, whether that be livestock or vegetables. You will be able to purchase snacks from locals along the route or learn the language by engaging in conversation with your neighbour.
Kyaukme still sees few western tourists and on arrival your tour leader will be waiting for you to take you to the guesthouse where you can freshen up and drop off your luggage before embarking on a full day trekking. Palaung villages surround Kyaukme and with a local guide, you can gain a fascinating insight into the life of these people living in these remote hills. We stop en route in one of these villages for a local meal before returning back to Kyaukme for the night.
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 Day 61 Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast this morning, we board a train to take us from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin. This scenic train journey boasts astounding views as it travels along old train tracks built over 100 years ago. En route, the train will stop at small villages and vendors will climb on board to sell their wares whether they are drinks of local delicacies. Depending on how long the train is due to spend in each village, you may have time to get off the train and wander around. Some locals often spend time in the train station to try to teach themselves english by speaking to any tourists on board. After a few hours on board, we will cross the Goteik Viaduct. This bridge was built by the British in 1899 and at the time, was considered a masterpiece and the longest bridge in the world.
Travelling at walking speed, crossing the bridge will be a slow process as the engineer tries to limit any damage to the bridge by taking his time. This means there is plenty of time to capture photos of the valley below and the train navigating the tracks.
We arrive in the picturesque town of Pyin Oo Lwin this afternoon. The city was founded by the British in 1896 and retains its colonial charm. This afternoon you will have time to take a tour of the town and the old British colonial buildings.
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 Day 62 Mandalay

Leaving Pyin Oo Lwin, we take a shared taxi back to Mandalay where we spend the night. You will have time today to enjoy some of the sights of the town you didn't get to see when you were here earlier on in your tour. Arriving in the morning, you can enjoy a full day of sightseeing culminating at sunset by the bridge.,
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 Days 63-65 Bagan

Bagan is home to more Buddhist temples than anywhere in the world. They poke out of the trees and have a graceful aging process. It is here that the sunsets are some of the best in the world.
On arrival, we enjoy a half day guided orientation tour of the area where you will see some of the best temples in the region. Discover Ananda, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu, the latter being one of the highest monuments in Bagan.
The best way to see the many hundreds of temples in the area of Bagan is by bicycle and the day after arriving in Bagan, we take a guided tour of the site by bicycle The flat landscape makes a bike tour an easy excursion and your guide will show you some of the most spectacular ancient temples away from the crowds. Cycle through the palm trees and bamboo huts finding temples along the way. You can also climb some of the pagodas for impressive views over the temples.
With two full days in Bagan, should you want to visit the surrounding areas, you can take optional excursions to see what else the region has to offer. You can visit Mount Popa, the birthplace of the 37 'nats' of Myanmar which are the protective spirits. You can get off the beaten track by visiting rural villages as well as fruit and flower markets.
One of the highlights of Bagan enjoyed by many, is a sunrise hot air balloon ride offering stunning views over the temple zone. Of course seats are limited and can book up early so booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. Your Adventure Specialist will be able to advise on the best ride for you and how to book.
3 night(s) in hotels at Thante Nyaung Oo Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.

 Day 66 Kalaw

Leaving Bagan, on the way to Kalaw we visit the Elephant Conservation Centre. A community project only recently established here, protects the jungle, the wildlife that resides in it and the traditions of the local people living in the area. The project also protects some of Myanmar's endangered elephants which, without this protection, may have been hunted down and killed or sold into the tourism trade.
These elephants are 'retired' from working life and we will have the opportunity to wash and feed the elephants but riding them is strictly not allowed. Returning to the camp, we will enjoy lunch before continuing our journey to Kalaw. Travelling by private vehicle, we might make multiple stops on the way to Kalaw in local villages. We may learn how to make toddy and jaggery (palm sugar) from the sap of the toddy palm.
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 Days 67-68 Inle Lake

Leaving Kalaw after breakfast, we board our another train to take us to Inle Lake. This scenic journey travels through the Shan mountains and you can glimpse the local life as you travel en route. The train has been used by locals and westerners alike for over 100 years and has a distinctive colonial feel to it. This train can't be prebooked so you may be seated in the 'ordinary class' giving you a real taste of how locals travel by train.
Arriving at Inle Lake in the early afternoon, there is time to enjoy an afternoon excursion on the lake or in the surrounding hills. The following day, we spend a full day on the lake, travelling by boat between traditional villages built on stilts and inhabited by the Intha people. We visit floating gardens, pass some of the fishermen who row their boats using their legs, balancing precariously on the other. One of the main highlights of the excursion is the lunch made by a local family. You will experience authentic Intha food including the famous tomato salad, meat cakes steamed in banana leaves and more. You will also visit traditional markets in different villages depending on the day we travel. If time allows, we will also visit a cheroot factory where Burmese cigars are made, floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Intha Heritage House where Burmese cats are bred.
Well known for its weaving, on Inle Lake we have the chance to purchase souvenirs including the Burmese tote-bags and high quality silk fabrics. You can also try traditional Shan cuisine including Htamin Jin, a delicious meal of rice, tomato, potato or fish in round balls, wrapped in crisp fried onion and marinated in garlic.
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 Day 69 Yangon

Today we fly to Yangon, a city filled with British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences. Despite being a city, here it is common to see locals walking down the street barefoot with natural sunblock from the Thanaka tree rubbed on their faces. There is plenty to do in this bustling city from food tours, local markets, lakes and pagodas.
The largest and most beautiful pagoda is the Shwedagon Pagoda and it is the most religion site in Myanmar. It was originally built in the 6th century AD and has been rebuilt and developed over time to become the sprawling, golden site of today. It is also a meeting point for locals. Children play, monks chat and women gossip while it is possible to pick up some souvenirs from the shops outside the site.
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 Day 70 Bangkok

Today we fly to Bangkok where we can enjoy a final dinner and spend the night before the end of our tour tomorrow
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 Day 71 Depart Bangkok

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.