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Our 08-day Highlights of Cambodia & Myanmar will takes you a journey of exploration of temples and history of Cambodia and Myanmar. Wander amongst most beautiful temples, watch carved apsara dancers as it sets over Angkor Wat and visit the stilt villages on Tonle Sap Lake. Head to Myanmar where you could explore Bagan’s archaeological zone, learning about their history and cultural significance. Then cruise through stilted villages, watch the fishermen trawl on Inle Lake before wrapping up the adventure at Yangon’s glittering Shwedagon Pagoda.
Itinerary Idea in Detail
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Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival
Upon arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses English speaking guide and driver and provided with a transfer to your hotel for check in.
In the afternoon, start our exploration of the Angkor Wat Temple complex, the largest religious monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Built in the first half of 12th century, the Angkor Wat was built to resemble Mount Meru, home of the gods. Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu). The temple is decorated by more than 1500 Apsara dancers. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolises the soul of the Khmer people. Lay back and and watch the stunning sunset.
After that, return your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
After breakfast, take a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom by “remork” - Cambodia’s tuk tuk. Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. It is surrounded by 8m tall walls, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square.
We enter Angkor Thom through the ancient South Gate. From the gate, we head to Bayon Temple, located in the center of the city of Angkor Thom, 1500 meters from the south gate. Stroll around and take some photos of this enigmatic temple.
Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King are our next destinations. Both terraces contain extensive sculptings of Devatas, Apsaras, mythological animals and demons. They were restored during the 1990’s and 2000’s by the EFEO.
After that, we drive through Victory Gate and take a visit to highlights of the Small Circuit. Start the tour with Ta Prohm Temple, known for the huge trees and the massive roots growing out of its walls. Next we will visit Banteay Kdei, meaning "A Citadel of Chambers". It is a Buddhist monastery which was built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries AD. Then take a short walk to Srah Srang Baray - a reservoir at Angkor.
In the afternoon, we embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia, declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. There are more than three millions of Cambodian inhabiting around the lake and 90% of them earn a living by catching fish and making agricultures. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluk, a floating village built on stilts on the Tonle Sap. On the way, we will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests. Observe daily life of villagers, explore floating schools, markets and more.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Siddharta Boutique Hotel
Day 03: Siem Reap - Yangon - Bagan
Free at leisure until our drive transfers you back to the Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight to Yangon, Myanmar.
On arrival in Yangon International Airport, clear the immigration customs, then move to the domestic terminal for domestic flight to Nyaung U Airport. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Relax at your hotel.
Begin our Bagan sightseeing tour with the guide by a visit to the Nyaung-Oo Morning Market which offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles. Morning time is the best time to visit market, you would see it at its liveliest and ways of life of local people.
After that, we visit pagodas and temples including Shwezigon Pagoda, served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country, Ananda Temple which is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.
Then, we move to visit Thatbyinnyu Temple - the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene. Afterwards, take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the afternoon, we will drive Myingabar Village to visit a Lacquer Ware Workshop - one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts. We continue to visit Dhammayangyi Temple - one of massive temples in Bagan. It was built in 12th century by Narathu King. It is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history.
To finish our today’s tour, take a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset. Enjoy sunset from the temple then be transferred back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel
Day 05: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake
After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred back to Nyaung U Airport for an early morning flight to Heho Airport.
From Heho, we will take a scenic one-hour drive to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's most anticipated destinations and all the hype is justified. The lake is 22km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes in Taunggyi Dist of Shan State. On the way, we will stop to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is just a short walk north of Nyaung Shwe Town. On arrival at the Nyaung Shwe Town, transfer by local boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. Check in hotel and take a short break.
Then, we take an excursion by boat on Inle Lake where you could see the famous leg-rowing fishermen, local methods of fishing and see their floating villages & gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown.
The highlights also include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, a wooden monastery built on stilts and the oldest & largest one in Inle Lake. If the time permits, we also visit handicraft workshops such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. Return to the hotel then free at leisure.
This morning, we will take a visit the lake’s five-day market for unique insight into the local cultures of the area. The market is called “five-day market” because the local people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5-day-period. Villagers from the surrounding hill tribes come to the market to sell and trade tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic to cheroots. There are some people selling lacquerware, Buddha statues, carvings, longyis, Shan bags, textiles, ornamental objects and other hand-made goods for both local use and trading.
Note: The market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day.
From the market, we continue broad down a small canal leading to Indein Village. On arrival at the village, we will visit Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, two groups of ancient pagodas. Explore the area on foot and wander through the beautiful pagodas. Then, climb up to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas. Enjoy magnificent views of the lake below from this vantage point.
After enjoying the visit to Indein, return to the boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in hotel on Inle Lake.
Day 07: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
This day, you will be transferred to the Heho Airport for your flight back Yangon. Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Yangon’s downtown for check in.
After a short break at your hotel, we will take a soft sightseeing of Yangon by a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is built in 1966 and houses a striking reclining Buddha image that measures an impressive 65 metres long and 16 metres high, then Sule Pagoda - known in Burmese as the Kyaik Athok Zedi, is surrounded by busy streets, a market and colonial era buildings.
After that, we walk around and take some photos of Yangon City Hall, Yangon Region Court, and Independence Monument which is located in Maha Bandula Park.
In the late afternoon, we will visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon’s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. Its massive bell-shaped golden spires are plated with 60 tons of gold, while the tip of the stupa is inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. Then transfer back to your hotel to relax.
This morning, we ride to the outskirts (a 45 minute journey) of Yangon and visit Yangon's Circle Train where you will have opportunity to closely observe Burmese daily life. Then we take a visit to Insein Market, where locals come to buy and sell their wares and taste a bowl of Myanmar’s famous breakfast noodles, mohinga, in a popular tea shop.
After that we head back to Yangon’s downtown to visit Scott's Market, where you can find largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewellery, slippers, longyi etc... Transfer back to your hotel.
Free at leisure until you guide come to pick up and transfer you back to the Yangon International Airport for your flight home.