Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar


ITINERARY: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Yangon – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Indein – Ngapali – Yangon

DURATION: 16 days and 15 nights on the spot

Day 1

Arrival in Luang Prabang (L)

Note: Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, it is possible to obtain your visa on arrival (VOA). Simply bring 1 passport picture along with between USD 30 and 45 / person in cash, visa fees varying from one nationality to another. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond your return departure date. Visa on Arrival forms are available before immigration counters.

Welcome by your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall.

Short orientation tour around Luang Prabang town and transfer to hotel.

Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel.

Check-in.

Then, short visit to Phou Si hill. The hill commands great views over the town, the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and the mountainous ranges. It takes you 328 steps to reach the top, and at sunset set, the changing colors of the sky are particularly spectacular. The light reflecting on the golden spire of the temple at the top is also beautiful. The stairs are lined up with flamboyant and frangipani trees providing a deserved shade as you walk up and down.

Once back to ground level, stop at the awakening Hmong minority people Night Market. It is held daily in the streets around the National Museum. Villagers come here to sell their handicrafts.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 2

Luang Prabang (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half day city tour with essentials:

Start with The National Museum that used to be the former Royal Palace. Inside the complex of the National Museum, you will see the “Prabang” sacred golden statue, giving its name to the town.

Then visit Vat Mai, the former royal temple.

Vat Sene, one of the most beautiful temples in town, with its red walls and golden bas-reliefs.

TAEC, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Depicts Laos ‘rich ethnic diversity with themed rotating exhibits. It is hosted in a former French colonial times judge’s mansion.

End with the Heritage House being a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional building, made of wood on poles, at the back of Vat Xieng Muane.

Drive to Ock Pop Tok weaving center, on the bank of the Mekong. Enjoy lunch at “Silk Road Café

Ock Pop Tok dyeing session. The Natural Dyes Class is an introduction to silkworms and silk types. In this class, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and complete their own color dyes. At the end of class you will take home 3 dyed silk skeins. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in their garden. Just to name but a few colors are turquoise, ochre, golden, ivory, emerald green, etc.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall – Luang Prabang (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a morning visit to the beautiful Vat Xieng Thong, one of the most emblematic temples in Laos. It is located at the top of the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet.

Then, continue to the pier to board your long-boat for a highly scenic 2 ½ hour boat ride up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. In Pak Ou, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.

Return to Luang Prabang.

Lunch at “Un Petit Nid”. This 1920’s restored mansion is an enjoyable place in a quiet part of town. The terrace with frangipani trees is pleasant.

Afternoon, depart to Kuang Si waterfall, 32 km south-west of Luang Prabang. En-route you will make stops to visit ethnic minority villages. Kuang Si is a good place to get more familiar with endemic and endangered Asian Black Bear at the Rescue Center.

It is also possible to hike to the top of the falls via a steep trail, and if the weather is good, you might enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water ponds at the foot of the falls.

Return to town and enjoy a game of Petanque with local residents. Another French legacy here. This balling game is extremely popular with Lao gentlemen. Civil servants and retired people are numerous to gather in the late afternoon and evening to share some happy moments together. Bottles of Beerlao are often around and chit-chat playing with friends is another opportunity to cheer on any occasion!

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar

Day 4

Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Leave Luang Prabang town by road down to Vang Vieng. A drive will take around 6 hours passing by ever green mountainous landscapes.

Stop en route to visit some villages along the way and recommend lunch a rest for lunch at Phou Pieng Fa restaurant. The site with amazing panoramic 360* views over the valley.

Arrive in Vang Vieng, in the second half of the afternoon.

Check-in at the hotel.

Light boating on the Nam Song River before sunset.

Accommodation in Vang Vieng.

Day 5

Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel.

Visit Tham Jang cave, then leave Vang Vieng and continue overland to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It takes around 3 hours.

Lunch at Makphet restaurant.

This afternoon, sightseeing starts with Vat Sisaket: the only temple left intact after the Siamese invasion in 1828. It shelters hundreds of statues of Buddha in its walls.

And continue with Vat Phra Keo, now used as a religious museum where you can see Lao and Khmer works of art. It used to host the “Emerald Buddha” that is now on display at Bangkok’s Royal Palace.

Continue to That Luang, the holiest place in Laos and object of an amazing pilgrimage in November. It is iconic and represented on all bank notes and official stamps. It is a golden stupa that crowns a small hill.

And conclude with Patuxai Monument, also called Anousavari, and enjoy a panoramic view over the city from the roof. It is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe that is located at the top of Lan Xang Avenue, the Champs Elysees of the Lao capital.

Accommodation in Vientiane.

Day 6

Vientiane – Buddha Park (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel.

Meet your guide at hotel, then visit Buddha Park. It is located around 30 minutes driving from down town, locally also call Vat Xieng Khuan. It contains numerous of religious sculpture mix up Hindu and Buddhist styles which it is over 200 statues along the Mekong River bank.

Return to town and stop en-route visit at Lao Disable Women’s Development Center and lunch at the restaurant on site.

Then, return to Vientiane and visit COPE center with a part of Lao history that is not very well known: the Secret War, which corresponds to the Vietnam War (also known as American War from a Vietnamese standpoint). Laos is unfortunately the country which has received the most bombs per capita in the entire history. Still today, a good deal of those unexploded ordnance (UXOs) explode as people work their fields and children play in the countryside. Laos is actively fighting the use of these cluster bombs and COPE Center will depict and inform visitors on these issues. And part of the complex is actually a medical center where disabled people get new hopes as they receive prosthesis and get new mobility after reeducation.

Free at leisure to stroll along the Mekong River and the local night market.

Accommodation in Vientiane.

Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar

Day 7

Vientiane – Bangkok – Yangon (Myanmar) (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flights to Yangon via Bangkok.

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be greeted by our tour guide with transport to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 8

Yangon – Bagan (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon airport for the flight to Bagan. Visit Bagan (the richest archeological site of Asia); the colorful Nyaung U Market, Shwezigon Pagoda (the most revered in Bagan), Kansithar U Min, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple (beautiful mural paintings of Jatarka), Sulamani Temple and the massive Dhamayangyi Temple.

Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 9

Bagan (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit to Thatbyinyu Temple (known for its great height), the magnificent Ananda Temple, Ananda Okyaung, Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, Manuha Temple and Nanphaya Temple. Then visit to a Lacquer-ware workshops, a Village to observe local village life, and enjoy a beautiful sunset at a temple.

Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar

Day 10

Bagan – Heho – Inle (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe (~ 1 hr), an ancient capital of Shan ethnic located at the entrance of Inle Lake and visit the small city. Then, transfer by boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. After check-in, sightseeing to explore the exquisite sights of Inle Lake; the multiple ethnic floating villages scattered along the water, the unique leg rowers and their fishing methods, and the breathtaking beauty of the lake itself with floating farms. This will be followed by a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Bazaar and Ngaphe Chaung monastery.

Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (OR) Nyaung Shwe.

Day 11

Indein – Inle (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit to the five days five day market which due once on five days at each village to see multi hill tribes come down from nearby villages. Then, boat drives to Indein, the ruined ancient Pa-O Pagoda complex in a beautiful picturesque corner. On the way back, stop to visit at silversmith workshop, blacksmith workshop, cheroot making cottage and boat fabrication.

Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (OR) Nyaung Shwe.

Day 12

Inle – Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Thandwe. You will be picked-up and driven to your hotel in Ngapali beach, an ideal place for everyone who loves the sea, sand, sun and seafood feasts by candle light.

Overnight at hotel in Ngapali.

Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar

Day 13

Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure at Ngapali Beach.

Overnight at hotel in Ngapali.

Day 14

Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. At leisure at Ngapali Beach.

Overnight at hotel in Ngapali.

Day 15

Thandwe – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. Once checked-in, you will visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed every Monday & public holidays!!)

In the evening, stroll around China Town.

Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Heart, soul and feet tour of Laos and Myanmar

Day 16

Yangon – Departure (B)

In the morning, you will be sightseeing the city center to study the hustle & bustle of Yangon, Colonial quarter, the Chaukhtut Gyi (reclining Buddha), and the Shwedagon Pagoda; the world famous glittering gold stupa, believed to have been built more than 2500 year ago.

Your guide will then accompany you to the airport for your international flight and bid you farewell!

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Each program is absolutely customizable in terms of duration, itinerary, stops, types of accommodation, inclusions and activities. Anything actually! In line with your wishes and budget constraints.