Overland Vietnam to Laos

Overland Vietnam to Laos

16 day(s) 14 nights
Overland Vietnam to Laos

Overland Vietnam to Laos

Tour Overview

An insightful travel to uncover the quintessial of two most enticing countries in Southeast Asia while soaking up the insider experiences like no other. 

Tour Highlights

This trip is an unique opportunity, expert-led exploration into the fascinating Khmer and Burmese culture where your camera's work will focus on the magnificent Angkor architect or stunning Bagan pagodas. 
 

Travel Itinerary

16 day(s) 14 nights from Phnom Penh
Welcome to Cambodia's capital city. 
Upon arrival, your Cambodia guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is left for your own leisure.
We will highlight your first evening with a welcome dinner at Malis, a very chic Cambodia restaurant with authentic Khmer cuisine.

Accommodation : hotel in Phnom Penh / Meal: dinner
After breakfast, start your exploration by cyclo - a unique mode of transport in Phnom Penh. You will stop by Wat Phnom, an excellent example of Khmer art and architect then we take time to admire the Royal Palace which houses many Buddham images.
The Silver pagoda which is located nearby will be your next stop, exposing Buddhas made from crystal, bronze, silver and gold.
To understand better the history of Cambodia, our guide will take you to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum exhibits artifacts and historical remnants of the Khmer Rouge. 
We then change the atmostphere as we wander through Russian market, a perfect place to buy  Khmer textiles and handicrafts.
Lately this afternoon, enjoy a leisure promenade along Mekong River, discovering the French architectural signature and mingle with locals in their public Khmer dance class.

Accommodation : hotel in Phnom Penh / Meal: breakfast
Depart from Phnom Penh this morning and you will shortly enjoy the rustic surroundings until you reach Kampong Cham, a former riverside trade port under French colonial era. Take a break to embrace the town and see Wat Nokor, a famous Buddhist temple with 11th-century Angkor origins.
Afterward, heading to Kratie.
Upon arrival, you will embark a short boat sightseeing to Koh Trong Island. Settle your evening at a hotel by the bank of Mekong River.

Accommodation : hotel in Kratie / Meal: breakfast
Today, you will go into the wild to spot the precious Irrawaddy freshwater Dolphin. The starting point will be Kampi village where you take a scenic ride  you’ll take a scenic ride to the dolphins’ preferred habitats. 
After your river adventure, we’ll head to the village of Sambo to visit Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy, known for its 100 Pillar Pagoda. The famous legend of “The Crocodile and the Princess” is believed to have taken place here, making it a significant cultural landmark. Enjoy lunch here on the pagoda grounds.
When you return to Koh Trong, you’ll have the option to take a horsecart or bicycle tour of the island. First, head to the island’s wat (temple), where a special activity awaits you. You’ll help cultivate the once-dense forest by planting your own tree in a project started by a local farmer. Your tree will carry your name as a memento of your contribution to environmental conservation. Your tour will continue with a stop at a Vietnamese floating village and a tasting of local fruits—the island is famous for its pomelo.
Overnight on Koh Trong Island
Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch
 
This morning after breakfast, you’ll leave Kratie and embark on a 5-hour drive by private car to Kampong Thom Province. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to stop at Phnom Santuk Mountain. If you wish, you can climb the 980 steps to the summit where a pagoda and splendid views over the countryside await.
Upon arrival in Kampong Thom, check-in to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps you’d like to take a cycling tour along the river or spend the afternoon relaxing by the hotel pool.
Overnight in Kampong Thom
Meals included on this day: Breakfast
Today your classic Cambodia tour will take you to an important cultural site: the little-known pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. Over 100 well-preserved temples built between the 6th and 7th centuries are clustered in the forest here. The site is currently under consideration to become Cambodia’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along shaded forest paths and discover ancient reminders of a once-glorious civilization.
The villages that surround the temple complex still practice traditional craftmaking using indigenous materials such as rattan and bamboo. We’ll stop at a village to observe production, and we’ll visit the community-run Isanborei Craft Hut to peruse the hand-crafted goods. All purchases support the community project to empower locals. Meanwhile, a simple but tasty lunch will be prepared for you by local villagers, and you’ll dine near the temple complex.
From here, it’s a 3-hour drive on to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Upon arrival, you’ll check-in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch
This morning, we’ll rise early for one of the highlights of your classic Cambodia tour: a sunrise visit of Angkor Wat. Watching the first light dawn on the largest religious structure in the world is a moving experience.
Next, tuck into breakfast at the nearby Angkor Café, then begin your in-depth exploration of the temple. Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain that was believed to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Within the temple, you’ll find its walls covered in stone carvings—the site boasts more than 2,000 Apsara dancers in stunning bas-relief. Angkor Wat is said to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people, and it is so revered by the nation that it is featured prominently on the Cambodian flag. It is the only flag in the world with a building on it.
This afternoon you have a chance to further explore the countryside with a trip to the Western Baray (reservoir). Here you’ll witness everyday Cambodian life—from water buffalo bathing and oxen pulling carts to farmers working their fields and children cycling to school. You’ll also visit the Angkor Silk Farm, just 15 kilometers west of Siem Reap, where you can observe the entire process of silk production, from the rearing of silkworms to weaving skeins of silk on wooden hand looms.
Later this afternoon, you’ll embark on a journey to view one of the Angkor complex’s most atmospheric temples: Ta Prohm. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries, Ta Prohm has been left largely as it was found. Overgrown by trees and vines, Ta Prohm is a moving sight as it crumbles gracefully back into the jungle that is reclaiming it.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included on this day: Breakfast
This morning, you’ll visit the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, the ancient city of Angkor Thom. The impressive entrance through the South Gate, carved with elephants and four giant faces, will no doubt leave an indelible impression. Stroll through this ancient city surrounded by 8-meter-high walls that create a perfect-square periphery.
In the exact center of the city sits Bayon temple, a masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire, as well as magnificent bas-reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.

Taking flight to Yangon.

Accommodation: hotel in Yangon
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Bago, also known as Pegu, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century. This morning, you will be picked up by our driver and tour guide at the hotel to depart for Bago. The first stop of the trip is the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun and the old palace of Kambozathadi. 
After that, we explore the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden religious site stands at 114 metres tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 km outside of the city. 

Our driver then will take you to the Snake Monastery is a pilgrimage site to see the 9 meter, and reportedly century old, Burmese Python. The monastery is devoted to a Buddhist abbot who was reborn as a python. After lunch, we visit a local market to see the typical Bago`s textile then head back to Yangon.

Accommodation: hotel in Yangon
Meal: breakfast
Our guide will meet  you at your hotel to start your interesting discovery of Yangon this morning from 8.30am to 9.00pm ( you choose).
This morning, you enjoy a guided walk to Yangon Old Quater beginning from Sule Pagoda, an outstanding landmark of Yangon with a rich history of more than 2,600 years.Continue your visit to Mahabondoola Park and Myanmar Independence monument. 

Taking flight to Heho. The transfer from the airport to the lakeside town of Nyang Shwe offers abundant of scenic changes from lush plantation to mountain vistas, dotted with secluded hamlets. Visit Heho market, beholding the local ethnic hill tribes in their most beautiful customs.
Upon arrival,you will take a motorized boat to navigate through stilt villages, unique floating garderns and witness the traditional work to produce chery root cigar, silk and black smith. A stop at Nam Khon village gives you a chance to see how Intha people make silk from lotus and other fabric. Sunset by your lakeside resort.

Accommodation: Lake side hotel    / Meal: breakfast
Rise up with a nice view through your window, catching the sight of local people passing by on their boat to go to work. Today`s highlight is the visit to Indein Village which rotates every five days around different villages in Inle. This is a beautiful opportunity to experience the diversity of Inle ethnic as well witnessing how they make their unique fair. For food adventurer, you will not miss the chance to taste the typical local cake or soup like a local.
After the market, embarking on a light trek up to capture the Buddhist ruin site which is very captivating and photogenic.
After breakfast, set off from your resort for a scenic boat ride through less-visited path with beautiful mountain backdrop to reach Inle.
Upon your arrival in Sagar, explore its faded, famous “ sunken” stupas whose history dated back to 16th century. We then visit a fascinating village of Pa- O tribe and its nearby monastery before returning to your resort.
Accommodation: hotel in Inle Lake / Meals: breakfast
After breakfast, enjoy a boat excursion winding through the small canals of Inle lake to see the lively Five Day market. This market attracts different local hill tribes coming to trade with fresh lake catch, farm produce, famous cigar, exotic foodshops and a wide range of local products that are totally unique. The market photographing time is followed with a guided walking tour to Indein ruins.
Taking flight to Bagan. 
The remainder of the day is left for your own leisure.

Accommodation: hotel in Bagan / Meal: breakfast
This day is reserved for discovering the outstanding mustsees of Bagan starting from Shwezigon Pagoda, Nyang U market to Shwesandaw pagoda, passing some of the most amazing temples and ruins.
There are plenty of photogenic chance to capture both Bagan`s panorama and rural village life, along with traditional work of rich handicraft produce including silk weaving and lacquerwar.
Sunset over Bagan`s temple peaks features some of the most memorable moments in this sacred area.
Accommodation: hotel in Bagan / Meals: breakfast
Our guide will be available today to craft a special itinerary either by bike or car, cruise to travel in the less-explored area of Bagan. You will have chance to see how local people make Bagan cigar, peanut oil and other traditional works.
Fly back to Yangon late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel in Yangon.
Accommodation: hotel in Yangon / Meals: breakfast
Enjoy your orientation tour of Yangon with a walk from Sule pagoda to Strand Hotel where you will encounter numerous of British colonial buildings and Emmanual Church. You will have chance to observe the local life on Yangon river side. Explore the sacred pagoda of Shwedagon, the best site in Yangon before taking your flight back home.
Meals: breakfast

Service Inclusion

Service includes

  • Visa arrangement for Cambodia, Myanmar
  • Private English speaking guides
    ( other languages are available/ request)
  • Private car transfer with A/C
  • Flight inside Cambodia
  • Flight from Cambodia to Myanmar
  • Flights inside Myanmar
  • Hotel rooms mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance and zone fees
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Boat trips where applied
  • Bikes, kayak where applied

Service excludes

  • Visa Fees
  • Flight from your country to Cambodia or Myanmar
    ( please let us know if you need support )
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuties

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