Ultimate Indochina

This epic 36-day itinerary has to be our greatest creation yet! Travelling through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, you’ll get to appreciate how diverse and unique each country is. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet the locals, sample the varying cuisine, and explore the ever-changing landscapes.

The itinerary kicks off in Cambodia at the Angkor Temples – where better to start, than one of the most iconic temple complexes in Asia? Is Angkor more impressive than the temples of Bagan? Later in the trip, as you travel through Myanmar, you’ll have the chance to find out!

Other comparisons can be drawn as you visit the contrasting Asian cities of Phnom Penh, Hanoi and Luang Prabang (to name a few), and cruise both the Mekong and the Ayeyarwady Rivers. Away from the rivers and cities, you’ll wonder at the awe-inspiring limestone karsts of Halong Bay and soak up the tranquil beauty of Inle Lake. If this all sounds quite busy, don’t worry, we have included some R&R time on the beaches of Hoi An, in Vietnam and Ngapali, in Myanmar.

Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Siem Reap - 4 nights

Siem Reap is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the ruined capital of a historic Cambodian empire, and one of the ancient wonders of the world. The town is booming thanks to these fabled ruins, but remains low-rise by royal decree, and retains much of its original charm. 100s of them lie scattered around Siem Reap, largely hidden by jungle. You’ll have plenty of time to discover them with a knowledgeable guide.

Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

On arrival in Cambodia, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Angkor Temples exploration

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Begin your exploration of Angkor Wat, and the complex of ruined temples and palaces around it. You’ll be driven between them, so you can fit quite a few in (if you want to), and our guides know when to see the ruins at uncrowded times. If you wish, start the day with the magical (but popular!) sunrise over Angkor Wat, and let your guide know what kind of pace you prefer, whether you want to fill your day with archaeology, or spend some of it on Tonlé Sap lake, or even back at your hotel pool.

Day 3 - Village Explorer

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Explore rural villages, and learn about the daily lives of the local people. You'll be a world away from Siem Reap - it's a perfect opportunity to get ‘off the beaten track’ and gain a better understanding of Cambodian rural life, along with insight into traditional Khmer culture; something few visitors are lucky enough to experience. You'll explore a local market and purchase supplies for your lunch, and travel by an (almost!) pollution-free ox and cart. Still widely used throughout Cambodia, the cart allows you to travel gently along the narrow sandy village roads. Spend time at the home of a local family, where there will be plenty of time to relax and chat (with your guide acting as interpreter) as they prepare lunch using your market produce. You can help if you wish; this is a fantastic opportunity to further your understanding of typical Khmer cuisine. You meal is likely to be very different from those offered in Siem Reap's more westerner-oriented restaurants!

Day 4 - Gourmet sunrise breakfast, Angkor Temples exploration, Landmine Museum

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You will be collected just before 5am from your hotel (it is worth it) and transferred to nearby Srah Srang – an expansive lake within the Angkor compound that was historically used by the local temples as a place for ritual washing. Here, a gourmet breakfast will be awaiting your arrival. Arranged by the renowned kitchen at the Heritage Suites, arguably the best in Siem Reap, the menu includes treats ranging from freshly baked croissants and fresh seasonal fruits, to eggs any-which-way and Cambodian fried rice, served alongside fresh juice, tea and coffee. Having enjoyed a leisurely breakfast as the sun rises over the water, continue your tour of the Angkor temples. On your return to Siem Reap there will be time to visit the excellent Landmine Museum of Mr Akira before returning to your hotel.

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Phnom Penh - 2 nights

Cambodia’s capital is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities, booming and blooming as the country recovers from its time under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime.

Day 5 - Drive to Phnom Penh, City Tour, Evening Food Tour

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Depart by car for Phnom Penh, with stops to stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee in Kampong Thom and at Skun Village, famous for its deep-fried tarantulas! Once you reach Phnom Penh, your guide will escort you around the Royal Palace complex, with its lavish ceremonial buildings. You’ll also have the option to visit the National Museum, which is full of intriguing artefacts from several millennia of Cambodian culture. At 5pm, climb aboard a tuk-tuk for a food-focused tour of the city. Stop for a cocktail at a lively bar on Sisowath Quay and watch the sun set over the river, before heading down to the river, where roadside stalls sell a variety of edible bugs. Your guide will be on hand to decipher the surprisingly tasty offerings! Continue by tuk-tuk to the Russian Market, which draws local diners with typical Khmer food such as banh cheo, chicken rice porridge and beef skewers. Choose what you fancy, pull up a plastic stool alongside the locals, and soak up the atmosphere. Your final food stop for the evening will be freshly BBQ’d seafood, before you return to your hotel, again by tuk-tuk, and probably ready to loosen your waistband...

Day 6 - Cycling to Phnom Oudong

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You’ll be driven out of town to hop on two wheels for a pleasant cycle through the countryside, taking in villages and rice fields with plenty of panoramic views to enjoy along the way. Your destination is Phnom Oudong, whose beautifully ornate white stupa sits amongst a cluster of historic buildings atop a hill with rewarding views across the surrounding plains. These are the remnants of an ancient capital of Cambodia, and the King’s main residence from 1618 to 1866. Its main temple was bombed by the Americans and the Khmer Rouge, but still possesses a beauty that no war has been able to steal from it. Enjoy lunch in the small village at the base of the hill before heading back to Phnom Penh, where the rest of your day is at leisure.

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Mekong Delta - 3 nights

Head away from the bright city lights and take things at a more leisurely pace with a private cruise through the waterways of the Mekong Delta. Despite its remote appearance, the Delta is one of the most densely populated areas of Vietnam, home to communities who make their living from the rich, fertile landscape. Your crew will navigate through the winding channels, stopping off at temples, small waterside towns and cottage industries where you can learn from the locals about life in the region.

Day 7 - Mekong River boat to Chau Doc in Vietnam

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You’ll make the border crossing by boat today as you travel down the Mekong River into Vietnam, winding through the stunning Mekong Delta scenery before arriving at Chau Doc. Much of this low-rise settlement is on stilts over the water, and it’s a great place to ease into the pace of Delta life and watch river life go by. On arrival, you’ll be taken straight to your riverside hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - Private Mekong Delta Cruise

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After breakfast, make your way to the Victoria Chau Doc jetty where you will board your private traditional sampan; the type of boat that has been used on the Mekong Delta waters for centuries. Your crew will consist of boat-driver, deckhand, and a local guide. Set off on a leisurely cruise passing along narrow canals, through peaceful countryside and under wooden ‘monkey bridges’ that the Mekong Delta region is well known for.

Lunch is served on board, before arriving in Long Xuyen, a typical provincial town situated on the riverbanks and home to an attractive floating market. During the afternoon there will be time to explore Tiger Island (Cu Lao Ong Ho), where there is a museum dedicated to Ton Duc Thang, the second president of Vietnam. Your evening meal will be served at a local house where you will be able to share experiences with family members and learn more about the traditional southern lifestyle. Return to your sampan for your first night on the river.

Day 9 - Continue your private sampan cruise

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Enjoy breakfast on board as your sampan cruises downstream towards Sa Dec, a charming town with numerous French and Chinese houses dating back more than a century. Disembark for a stroll: walking amongst its narrow streets, you’ll pass charming old French houses sitting side-by-side with centuries-old Chinese temples. Visit an ancient house dating from 1890 and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, 'the Lover' in Marguerite Duras' famous novel. Return to your sampan in time for lunch and relax until dinner is served. Enjoy your second night on the river.

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Ho Chi Minh City - 2 nights

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. The eclectic metropolis of the former Saigon has wide, elegant boulevards and neoclassical French architecture nestling beside the high-rise office towers that mark the city as Vietnam’s modern economic hub. Renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the north Vietnamese leader at the end of the Vietnam War, the city’s historic sites include remnants of this conflict alongside the grand cathedral and bustling residential wards electric with daily life: a cross-section of Vietnam’s past, present and future.

Day 10 - Cruise to Cai Be, Drive to Ho Chi Minh CIty

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Enjoy the final leg of your journey downstream to Cai Be. Observe from your boat life along the river banks and the stunning landscapes. Stop here and there at local home-factories, where you will be able to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialities are made. Your cruise concludes with lunch at the Longanier Restaurant, an exquisite colonial-style villa set in lush tropical gardens. After bidding farewell to your crew, meet your Selective Asia guide and drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11 - 'Old & New' City Tour

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Spend the day visiting some of Ho Chi Minh City’s key highlights, with your guide by your side to offer local insight, starting by exploring the back alleys and aromatic markets of District 1. We’ll tailor your tour to suit you, but we particularly recommend visiting the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Basilica, and the pink neoclassic confection that is Saigon Central Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel). Stop to observe a Viet Cong secret weapons store, now recognised as a National Historical Site, and continue to Cho Lon (HCMC’s Chinatown) to taste the locals’ favourite noodle dish, and visit the ornate Quan Am Pagoda, before finishing in fine style with a sundowner at the top of the Bitexco Tower.

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Hoi An - 3 nights

Hoi An, one of Asia’s most significant ports during the 1500s, has retained much of its original ambience despite the intervening centuries of weather, war and modern development, and is undoubtedly a highlight of any visit to Vietnam. Sample the city’s street food, find your favourite spot for Vietnamese coffee, and dine in style at the many restaurants exemplifying the town’s famous cuisine.

Day 12 - Fly to Hoi An

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Having flown to Danang and driven the short distance to Hoi An, the remainder of your day will be at leisure. In recent years, Hoi An, like nearby Danang, has lost much of its previous tranquillity - this tiny town now experiences an unprecedented number of visitors, especially in the evenings, with tourists keen to sample the famous dining opportunities - but it is a totally unique place, with its own character, and still a must for any first-time visitor to Vietnam.

Day 13 - Twilight Bites Jeep Tour

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Your day is at leisure until the evening when you’ll join your guide for a food tour with a difference. Tonight’s experience will give you a unique insight into Hoi An’s renowned foodie scene whilst travelling in your very own US military jeep. Over the course of the evening you’ll make a number of stops to sample the region’s specialities, as well as ‘bia tuoi’ (fresh beer), in local establishments off the tourist radar.

Day 14 - Hoi An at leisure

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Spend today at leisure, perhaps delving deeper into the city’s historic sights or simply relaxing beside the hotel pool.

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Hanoi - 2 nights

Since becoming Vietnam’s first capital in 1010 AD, Hanoi has been infused with centuries of history which enrich its attractive surface. Now the capital once again, the city has flourished into a vibrant hub of modern Vietnamese culture.

Day 15 - Fly to Hanoi, evening Vespa Tour

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Enjoy time at leisure until the evening when you’ll start a street food tour with a difference. Riding pillion on a Vespa, you’ll discover delicious Vietnamese specialities and hang out where the locals do. Sip a cool beer at a rooftop cafe, sample some of the city’s best Pho Cuon spring rolls on the shores of West Lake, drive along one of the most romantic and picturesque streets in the city, and fill up on Cha Ca, Hanoi’s signature grilled fish noodles. After eating, head to Ba Dinh square to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, before finishing the evening on a lighter note with a drink and some live music at a trendy bar.

Day 16 - City Tour

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Enjoy a morning tour of Hanoi. Your guide will be happy to personalise your programme, however we would recommend sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. For many the Temple of Literature is a highlight worth lingering over. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Of special note are the 82 remaining steles of stone shaped like turtles which are elaborately carved with the names of candidates that sat the Royal examinations. A walking tour through the Old Quarter will provide another fascinating insight into the character and history of the city, before moving on to Dong Xuan Market with its bustling stalls and brisk trading of day-to-day local goods.

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Halong Bay - 1 night

One of Asia’s most famous natural wonders, not to mention being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is shrouded in myth. Explore the bay aboard a traditional junk – the same style of boat that has sailed the bay for 100's of years – meandering between jagged limestone karsts, venturing into hidden caves and stopping at floating fishing villages, while enjoying the leisurely pace of life on the water. Early risers might start the day with a Tai Chi class, as the sun rises over the bay and the sound of sea birds fills the air.

Day 17 - Halong Bay Cruise

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Local legend tells how the gods sent dragons to Halong to defend the country from invasion, and the dragons spat out gemstones that turned into islands, creating a wall against the enemy. The truth is almost as evocative as the legend, with the bay displaying one of the most beguiling natural scenes you will ever witness. Cruise at a gentle pace, disembark onto smaller boats to venture into grottos and caves, stop to explore floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points, and dine on beautifully prepared fresh seafood. Each junk operates with a slightly different itinerary and on board facilities, so chat with us to choose the one that’s right for you.

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Luang Prabang - 3 nights

Luang Prabang - the ‘Jewel of Indochina’ - is regularly voted one of Asia's top destinations. This ancient, UNESCO-listed royal city at a junction of two rivers is surrounded by mountains, with Mount Phousi at its core rewarding climbers with panoramic views. It offers a definitive example of the fusion between traditional Laotian architecture and more recent colonial structures; its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrating a key stage in the blending of these two eras.

Day 18 - Cruise back to the mainland, fly to Luang Prabang in Laos

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Wake early to the calls of Halong's seabirds nesting around the limestone karsts, and begin the day with a Tai Chi or cooking class on deck as the sun rises. While you enjoy brunch, the junk will slowly turn back towards the mainland where you’ll be driven to Hanoi to catch your flight to Luang Prabang. You’ll meet your guide on arrival and driven straight to your hotel to check in.

Day 19 - Tak Bat, walking tour, weaving villages

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Rise before dawn to witness tak bat (the giving of alms to the monks who leave their pagodas to receive offerings of food from local residents) in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner. Get an overview of the country’s history at the Royal Palace National Museum, take in the city’s iconic temples, and get a deeper insight into Laos culture at the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre. See colourful woven textiles being made in the surrounding villages, then either opt to embark upon an energetic climb up Mount Phousi, visit Wat Prabath Tai for a more accessible sunset experience or head to Wat Aham’s colourful prayer hall in time for the daily chanting.

Day 20 - Explore independently

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Your day will be at leisure to continue exploring independently.

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Vientiane - 2 nights

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane, capital of Laos, is sometimes overshadowed by Luang Prabang’s superstar status, but this unusual, ‘village city’ has a distinctive character all of its own. Though hectic in comparison to the rest of the country, with a population of less than a million, it is actually fairly sedate when compared to other capital cities in Asia!

Day 21 - Fly to Vientiane, Night Safari & Sin Dat BBQ

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Fly to Vientiane where, on arrival, your day is at leisure until sunset, when you’ll veer off the beaten track for a tuk-tuk tour of the locals’ favourite night markets and streetfood joints, ending with a Lao-style Sin Dat BBQ.

Day 22 - City Tour & COPE

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Spend the morning seeking out the best of the capital, starting with a visit to Wat Sisaket - arguably the most beautiful temple in Vientiane - which houses thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue to Wat Phra Keo, former location of the famed Emerald Buddha statue which now sits in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Climb up on the roof of the Patuxai monument for fantastic panoramic views, then make a stop at the golden stupa of That Luang, the holiest place in Laos. Complete your morning at the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting the country’s day-to-day struggle with unexploded ordnance left over from the Vietnam War era.

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Mandalay - 2 nights

Mandalay, the ‘City of Gems’, is Myanmar’s second largest city, and its glittering economic centre. Named after the pagoda-covered hill that rises above its streets, Mandalay is a thriving hub of commerce, history and tradition. Its name still evokes images of British colonial rule and poetic romance, due in part to Kipling’s love affair with the city.

Day 23 - Fly to Mandalay in Myanmar, sunset over U Bein Bridge

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After breakfast, transfer to Vientiane Airport for your flight to Bangkok, where you will connect onto a flight to Mandalay.

Make an afternoon visit to the iconic U Bein teak bridge. Built in 1782, when Amarapura (now a township within Mandalay) was the royal capital, this impressive piece of engineering claims the title of 'world's longest teak bridge' and is still very much in use. Settle on the riverbank to watch the sunset (making sure you get there early to secure a good spot!), then enjoy an evening at leisure exploring the night market and the city’s fabulous eateries.

Day 24 - City tour, Sagaing sunset

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Explore the city’s key sights with a personalised guided programme. We recommend the eclectic stalls at Zaycho Market, the Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill, the Mahamuni Paya (where devotees add gold leaf to the Mahamuni Buddha) and the historic wooden palace of Shwe Nan Daw. Board a chartered boat at Mandalay Port and cruise along the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun for a walking tour of King Bodawpaya’s unfinished temple, the mighty Mingun Bell, and the enchanting Hsinbyume Pagoda with its wave-like roof. Drive to Sagaing, a monastic centre on the Ayeyarwady River, to visit some of the pagodas that cover the hillsides; get a scenic overview from the steep Shin Pin Nan Kaing Hill; or visit the 98 foot high Kaung Mu Daw stupa and a nearby paper doll workshop. End the day on a high by watching the sunset from one of Sagaing’s many viewpoints.

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Ayeyarwady River Cruise - 2 nights

Flowing for 1,350 miles through Myanmar, from Kachin State in the north to its mouth at the Andaman Sea, the Ayeyarwady (also spelled 'Irrawaddy') is Myanmar's largest river, providing a picturesque route between Yangon and the historic cities of Pyay, Bagan, Mandalay and Bhamo.

Day 25 - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

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Morning transfer to Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty to board the luxurious RV Pandaw for a noon departure. Your two night cruise to Bagan will pass dramatic scenery and you will witness unforgettable snapshots of life along the Ayeyarwady River. During your journey a number of shore excursions are arranged by the crew. Your day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the cruise and surrounding scenery.

Day 26 - Continue your cruise

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Enjoy another day of stunning scenery and fascinating river-life as you continue your cruise towards Bagan.

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Bagan - 2 nights

Sometimes written ‘Pagan’, Myanmar’s 9th century capital is one of the most significant ancient cities in South-East Asia, right up there with Angkor Wat. Now, 25 years after it was first nominated, Bagan has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With literally thousands to choose from, it's no easy task selecting which temples and pagodas to make a beeline for, so get recommendations from your guide, and perhaps indulge in a bird's eye view from a hot air balloon.

Day 27 - Bagan sunrise & temple tour

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Watch the sunrise over Bagan - one of Myanmar’s most beautiful sights - from the deck of the Pandaw, before disembarking and either heading to your hotel or beginning your tour of the temples. Whichever temples you choose to focus on, in true Selective Asia style we have a couple of gems up our sleeve, well off the tourist radar, which our guides will be eager to show you. With your head full of spires, visit a lacquerware shop to learn about this age-old process the region is famous for, and allow your guide to recommend somewhere for lunch. In the afternoon you may wish to visit the iconic temples of Ananda, where 1424 Buddhas line the walls, and Shwezigion Pagoda with its magnificent golden stupa. End the day with sunset over the temples, and return to your hotel for a well-earned sundowner.

Day 28 - Visit Chauk, Mount Popa trek & village visits

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Drive out of Bagan, passing fields and rural villages en route to the town of Chauk. Famous for oil and natural gas production, the town has grown from a tiny village to a thriving regional centre, and several ‘nodding donkeys’ punctuate the skyline. Mingle with locals in the vibrant central market, and enjoy a cuppa or two in the tea shops.

Your afternoon offers an insight into rural life as you trek for one hour to Popa Taungyar, a village not far from Mount Popa. Mount Popa was a sacred site long before Buddhist monks established their beautiful monastery on a cinder plug near its peak. Legend tells that the mountain is home to 37 ‘Nats’ - traditional spirits that are worshipped throughout Myanmar in tandem with Buddhism. During the walk, you’ll have many opportunities to admire the mountain rising from the plains, its crater often partially obscured by clouds. Stop for tea and a chat with a local family (with your guide acting as translator) and explore the village of Popa Taungyar with it's traditional houses and smallholdings before returning to Bagan.

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Inle Lake - 2 nights

As you approach the vast expanse of Inle Lake, the narrow tributary channels widen and before you know it you’re crossing the broad, tranquil water, with hills and mountains surrounding you in every direction. The panoramic view is beautiful, and the scale is breathtaking. As you take it all in, you’ll see passing fishermen move their boats swiftly over the lake using their unique foot-rowing technique. The region is home to several traditional tribal communities who live in stilted homes over the water, tending floating vegetable gardens and making a living from the lake.

Day 29 - Fly to Heho, boat to Inle Lake

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Fly from Nyaung U Airport to Heho and transfer to Nyaung Shwe, the main town in the region, on the shore of Inle Lake. Drive through picturesque rural Myanmar, watching the comings and goings of farming life, taking in the refreshing difference in climate at the higher altitude. At Nyaung Shwe board a small boat and cruise onto Inle Lake, passing local fishermen and taking in the stunning scenery, before settling into your resort and enjoying the sunset.

Day 30 - Visit In Dein & Ywama pagodas

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Spend a morning on the water, cruising in a southerly direction along the western bank as far as In Dein and Ywama, then navigating a narrow canal to a small Pa’O village. Disembark at the central marketplace and follow the old covered path to a 13th century monastery, and the evocative ruins of over a hundred ancient pagodas hidden by the lush deep vegetation all around. At the main hilltop stupa, pause to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding mountains, and Inle Lake in the distance. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax and soak up the unique atmosphere of the lake.

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Ngapali Beach - 3 nights

Ngapali is one of the most impressive beaches in South-East Asia, with long bays of fine white sand leading down to crystal clear waters. Rows of rustling palm trees are punctuated by a few bungalow-style resorts that have sprung up as the country’s tourist industry has flourished, but it still enjoys a relaxed fishing-village vibe, free from noisy beach bars. Rise early to watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch, then float over the coast in a hot air balloon, taking in the panoramic views of jungle clad mountains, meandering rivers and temples as the morning mist lifts.

Day 31 - Journey to Ngapali Beach by boat, plane & car

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Fly from Heho to Thandwe, and take a shared transfer to Ngapali Beach where you can unwind with a few days at leisure exploring, relaxing and laying back on those golden sands...

Day 32 - Balloon Flight

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Thought a trip to Ngapali was all about sea and sand? Well think again! Step away from the coastline and there are vast areas of untouched jungle and forested hills inland. The best way to glimpse this stunning landscape is from a hot air balloon. The pre-dawn wake up call is worth it! Take off as the sun rises and as the morning mist lifts, soak up the remarkable panoramic views of jungle clad mountains and meandering rivers, dotted with temples; the coastline in the distance. The flight typically lasts for 45 minutes, and as the jungle below gives way to patchwork fields your skilled pilot will bring the balloon down into a clearing (generally chased down by excited local children!). Back on terra firma you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine before returning to your hotel, in time for breakfast.

Day 33 - Beach time!

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Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and reflect on your experiences.

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Yangon - 2 nights

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was Myanmar’s capital until 2006 and remains the country's largest and most influential city. Its dusty streets are lined with an intriguing array of traditional wooden homes, imposing colonial-era relics, buzzing tea houses, and modern - although often already decaying - office blocks. Yangon’s skyline remains far more low-rise and green than many other South-East Asian cities, leaving space to enjoy the views. Rivers, lakes, parks and tree-lined streets separate the built up districts, and the gleaming spire of Shwedagon Pagoda - one of Myanmar’s most iconic sights - towers above the city.

Day 34 - Fly to Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda, Evening tour

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Once in Yangon, your day will be at leisure until a late afternoon visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda: the perfect spot to enjoy the Yangon sunset. Explore the surrounding shrines as the city’s residents make their daily prayers at this incredible landmark; investigating the makeshift food markets that spring up as evening draws in, for a taste of Yangon cuisine. As night falls, the pagoda is brightly illuminated; its golden surface shining against the dark night sky. Continue to Little India, where lively eateries tempt you in with delicious scents. Visit the Tamil-built Shri Kali Hindu temple, and wander through Chinatown to the Cantonese Kwan Yin (or Guanyin) temple, before finally reaching 19th Street, lined with restaurants and street food stalls. Settle here with a cold beer and a selection of street food while you watch life go by, or choose from a wide array of restaurants for dinner.

Day 35 - Experience Yangon's circle train & appreciate the colonial architecture

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Head for the bustling streets of India Town, at the heart of downtown Yangon, to explore the lively morning market, then hop aboard the ‘circular railway’ to weave your way through the city on this leisurely local commuter train, Disembark at Hledan, a University district, to visit the huge reclining Buddha at nearby Chaukhtatgyi Paya, then head to Sule Pagoda, one of the city’s great landmarks. Consult one of the pagoda’s fortune-tellers, and continue west to Mahabandoola Park and Burma’s Independence Monument to look out over the city’s grand colonial architecture. Pass along Pansodan Street to the jetty, as boat loads of people make their daily commute across the Yangon River, and see more colonial buildings including the General Post Office and the historic Strand Hotel. Head to a typical residential area, and stop to mingle with the locals over a cup of sweet chai.

Day 36 - Depart Yangon

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Transfer to Yangon airport in time for your onward journey.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

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The Moon Residence

Situated in the heart of Siem Reap, with the Old Market, shops and the river on its doorstep, The Moon Residence is a good value, locally owned and run hotel, in a brilliantly convenient location...

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Anise Phnom Penh

Conveniently located in the very heart of Phnom Penh, and just minutes by foot from all the key sites and attractions, the Anise hotel allows you to... See more

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Located on the banks of the Bassac River, close to Vietnam's border with Cambodia, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends low-rise, Colonial style architecture with the natural beauty of the river... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Northern Hotel Saigon

A convenient location is top priority when choosing a city hotel, and the Northern Hotel Saigon ticks this box... See more

Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... See more

Essence Hotel

A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake... See more

Bai Tho Junk

The long serving Bai Tho Junk company manage to deliver great value cruise experiences with safety at the forefront of everything they do. The company have been operating in the bay for years... See more

Villa Chitdara

Brilliantly located on Khounsua Road - the quiet central street that slips between Luang Prabang's main night market and Mekong River Street - leafy Villa Chitdara is a small but charming guesthouse... See more

Beau Rivage

The Beau Rivage is one of a kind in Vientiane; a self-styled ‘Art Hotel’. From the sculpture that greets you as you enter, to the artwork hung on the walls…

Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel

Yadanarpon Dynasty’s leafy location in the quiet zone of 65th street is hard to beat: a 10 minute walk from Mandalay Palace... See more

RV Paukan 2007

The RV Paukan 2007 is essentially a floating boutique hotel, a modern boat with a smart Colonial-influenced aesthetic, with wood-panelled walls and comfortable…   See more

Bagan Thande Hotel

Arranged along the riverbank, the Bagan Thande’s wooden bungalows are bright & elegant, their aesthetic traditional but modern enough to keep you comfortable... See more

Inle Resort

Perhaps the dark horse of our Inle Lake favourites, the Inle Resort just keeps throwing us surprises – of the good kind. Many are due to the recent arrival of the extremely... See more

Pleasant View Resort

Boasting a direct beach front location at the far southern end of Ngapali beach, the Pleasant View Resort enjoys a friendly and relaxed vibe... See more

Hotel G

Downtown Yangon bustles with street markets, food stalls and an upbeat atmosphere. Hotel G is conveniently located right in the centre of the action, just over a mile to Shwedagon Pagoda...

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First Class £7,001US$9,171 £6,548US$8,578 £6,078US$7,962

Viroth's Hotel

Not to be confused with the original, smaller Viroth’s hotel, this fresher 1950’s inspired Viroth’s Hotel opened at the beginning of 2015... See more

VMansion Boutique Hotel

VMansion is a welcome breath of fresh air in one of the South-East Asia’s most exciting cities. Located within walking distance of many of Phnom Penh's key highlights... See more

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Located on the banks of the Bassac River, close to Vietnam's border with Cambodia, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends low-rise, Colonial style architecture with the natural beauty of the river... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

Sister to the Liberty Central at Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh's latest riverside hotel, the Liberty Central Riverside doesn't disappoint... See more

Boutique Hoi An Resort

The Boutique Hoi An Resort enjoys a superb location, directly on Cua Dai Beach and just a five minute drive from Hoi An's delightful Old Town. Couple this with stylish accommodation and superb service levels and it’s easy to see why... See more

La Siesta Classic Ma May

La Siesta Classic Ma May is a welcoming boutique property just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake, within very easy reach of the many temptations of Old Quarter, and offers great facilities for a central Hanoi hotel...

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Dragons Pearl Junk

Modelled on traditional Chinese junks and an iconic sight on the waters of Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay, the Dragon’s Pearl is a lovely option for travellers keen to explore the region in comfort...

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Villa Maydou

Set in a pleasant garden in the very heart of the old town, the Villa Maydou consists of two wonderfully restored traditional Lao houses, both under the protection of the UNESCO world heritage programme... See more

Salana Boutique Resort

With one of the most central locations of any hotel in Vientiane, and a stylish interior that has made the rest in its class sit up and take notice… See more

Bagan King Hotel

Located in the heart of Mandalay, just a 5 minute walk from Mandalay’s Royal Palace and moat, the Bagan King Hotel may look a little un-inspiring from the outside, but... See more

RV Paukan 2007

The RV Paukan 2007 is essentially a floating boutique hotel, a modern boat with a smart Colonial-influenced aesthetic, with wood-panelled walls and comfortable…   See more

Bagan Thande Hotel

Arranged along the riverbank, the Bagan Thande’s wooden bungalows are bright & elegant, their aesthetic traditional but modern enough to keep you comfortable... See more

Inle Heritage Resort

Enjoying a location in the middle of Inle Lake, this unique property is accessible only by a one hour boat journey from Nyaung Shwe. From the locally crafted room furnishings, to the traditional cuisine served in the restaurant...

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Thande Beach Hotel

Right on Myanmar's lovely Ngapali Beach, with direct access to the sand from its best bungalows, Thande Beach is very pleasant and brilliantly located... See more

Sule Shangri La

Formerly known as Traders, Sule Shangri La is something of a landmark in itself within Yangon - its 21 floors place it amongst the highest buildings in the city. The views from many rooms are sensational...

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Superior £7,678US$10,059 £7,232US$9,474 £6,762US$8,858

Shinta Mani Shack

Funky and stylish, the Shinta Mani Shack enjoys a location in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter... See more

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Surrounding a beautifully restored French-Colonial villa, the Palace Gate Hotel & Resort serves up a well-balanced blend of classic luxury and modern chic...

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Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Located on the banks of the Bassac River, close to Vietnam's border with Cambodia, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends low-rise, Colonial style architecture with the natural beauty of the river... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

When researching a city hotel it’s all about a central location and the new Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint certainly ticks that box... See more

Naman Retreat

Contemporary style meets eco-friendly architecture at this new beachfront resort. The designers have used plants, natural stone and bamboo to create something refreshingly different from the other properties that line the stretch of... See more

Movenpick Hanoi

Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation... See more

Peony Junk

The beautifully appointed Peony Junk cruises from Halong Bay into less-visited Lan Ha Bay, and with only 24 cabins and plenty of communal space, on-board life feels peaceful and relaxing… 

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Maison Dalabua

This charming boutique hotel is located a short walk from Luang Prabang's historical centre and surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds... See more

Ansara Hotel

Ansara is a new boutique hotel located in the heart of Vientiane, just a short walk from the Mekong River and yet close to many of the city's main restaurants and places of interest… See more

Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

With commanding views in all directions, the Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is located at the foot of perhaps Myanmar’s most iconic landmark - its sacred hill... See more

RV Paukan 2007

The RV Paukan 2007 is essentially a floating boutique hotel, a modern boat with a smart Colonial-influenced aesthetic, with wood-panelled walls and comfortable…   See more

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Any hotel with a 12th century palace wall within its boundaries is likely to be impressive, and The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is a case in point. The perfect, cool, airy retreat... See more

Inle Lake View Resort & Spa

Located on the western banks of serene Inle Lake, the Inle Lake View Resort is unquestionably amongst the pick of the region's accommodation choices... See more

Bayview Beach Resort

Tucked away amidst coconut palms, towards the northern end of pristine Ngapali beach, the Bayview Beach Resort enjoys arguably one of the best beachfront locations... See more

Sule Shangri La

Formerly known as Traders, Sule Shangri La is something of a landmark in itself within Yangon - its 21 floors place it amongst the highest buildings in the city. The views from many rooms are sensational...

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Deluxe £9,429US$12,352 £8,983US$11,768 £8,512US$11,150

Shinta Mani Angkor

So much more than 'just another' deluxe hotel in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is very much part of the city's early heritage. Rebuilt from scratch in 2011, opening again in 2012... See more

Raffles le Royal

Sister hotel to the renowned Raffles in Singapore, the Le Royal is located in the heart of Phnom Penh, just yards from Wat Phnom - the founding place of the city - and within easy reach of many other key attractions, such as the Royal Palace and Central Market… See more

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Located on the banks of the Bassac River, close to Vietnam's border with Cambodia, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends low-rise, Colonial style architecture with the natural beauty of the river... See more

Song Xanh - Private Sampan

Undoubtedly the most romantic way to see the Mekong Delta is by private Sampan, meandering through the network of waterways… See more

Hotel des Arts

New hotels are opening up in Ho Chi Minh City on a frequent basis and existing properties are investing in makeovers to compete, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Step in Hotel des Arts... See more

Fusion Maia Resort

Absolutely superb, the Fusion Maia is winning accolades all over. 30 minutes from Hoi An, moments from 19 miles of immaculate beach, this is secluded villa living at its best... See more

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Opened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city... See more

Heritage Line Ginger

Newly refurbished, the Heritage Line Ginger is one of the first junks to cruise beautiful, unspoilt Lan Ha Bay... See more

Satri House

Previously a residence of Prince Soupha- Nouvong, Satri House underwent extensive renovation in 2008. The result is magnificent and for our money the hotel instantly became a serious contender for Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel crown... See more

Settha Palace

Located in the heart of Vientiane and within easy walking distance of the city’s main shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, Settha Palace was originally built at the turn of the 20th century.... See more

Red Canal

Although they’re only a short taxi or trishaw ride into downtown Mandalay and the night market, most guests would quite rightly question the need to ever leave the Red Canal. Put simply, it’s delightful... See more

RV Paukan 2007

The RV Paukan 2007 is essentially a floating boutique hotel, a modern boat with a smart Colonial-influenced aesthetic, with wood-panelled walls and comfortable…   See more

Bagan Lodge

Providing stylish luxury accommodation just south of ancient Bagan, the Lodge strikes a tempting balance between modern comfort and historic Burmese elegance... See more

Inle Princess Resort

The charming Inle Princess Resort is located on the eastern lakeside, with many of its thatched, stilted cottages lining the water, while others, to the rear, offer views... See more

Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa

This small cluster of 32 villas is thoughtfully set in 'U' shapes - so that everyone has a view out across the Bay of Bengal. Directly beach front, the Ngapali Bay Resort... See more

Savoy Hotel

Being located just off Rangoon's very own ‘millionaire’s row’ can have its advantages, namely the great restaurants and shopping (or window shopping) opportunities the neighbourhood has to offer... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

 

Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and possibly Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on all your visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

Make it yours!

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Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

Book With Confidence

For peace of mind when booking your future holiday to Asia, we have introduced flexible booking conditions & full financial clarity.