Laos and Myanmar in 17 Days

Tour Code: MD-17D16N-1

This 17-days journey will engulf you in a cultural experience of two unique and rich nations. Myanmar formerly known as Burma, is one of the few truly original travel experiences remaining in this much-traveled world. Decades of isolation have preserved here many of the traditional features that have been lost in other Asian countries. Laos, gem of the Mekong, is a country that known for its natural wonders from the Mekong River to Annamite Mountains. Here remnants of French colonization live side by side with both the ancient and the modern east Asia.

Start ~ Vientiane, Laos
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 2 out of 5

The Itinerary

On arrival in Laos, you’ll be met by your airport transfer team, who will accompany you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Meal is not included on this day.

After Breakfast at the hotel, discover the charms of Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River.

The highlights of the tour are:

  • religious museum, Wat Si Saket
  • Wat Ho Phra Keo, one of the most unique characteristics and former home of the Emerald Buddha
  • Pha That Luang, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of the city
  • Patuxai is a massive war monument and triumphal arch in the center of Vientiane

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

This morning, we will drive to Vang Vieng. Sitting on the banks of the Song river, surrounded by green rice fields and rising dramatic limestone mountains above the luscious paddy fields, Vang Vieng is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful adventure destinations. The driving time is around 3 hours.

On the way, we will stop at a dry fish village (Houei Mor Village) to learn and witness local fish products. Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, check-in your hotel and enjoy a short relax.

Then, drive to Jang Cave; this cave was used as a bunker in the early 19th century during the Chinese-Ho invasion. Next, we will cross the Song river to Blue Lagoon to marvel at its beauty and relax. There is an opportunity to climb up to Phoukham cave.

We’ll return to the hotel. You can explore the Street Night Market on your free evening.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our journey to Luang Prabang. The small town of Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos and has one of the most beautiful settings in south-east Asia. Sandwiched between the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is oh so pretty and ever so romantic! This old French colonial town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and nowadays it’s very popular with visitors to Laos.

This drive is around 5hours. On the way, we will stop at a street market at Phahom Valley to experience the local trade.

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, we will have free time until 4:30pm. Then, we will drive to Mount Phousi to climb up and watch the sunset over the Mekong river.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

In this morning, you will visit the highlights of this ancient capital described as below:

  • Wat Visoun – originally built during the reign of King Wisunarat (or Vixoun, 1501-1520) in 1513 (some suggest 1512) and represents the earliest style.
  • Wat Xieng Thong – one of the largest temples in Luang Prabang. A symbol of great historic importance, its structure has characteristics of 16th-century Lao architecture; where you will also see the impressive “Tree of Life” Mosaic – one side of this temple is a glass mosaic depicting the Tree of Life created in 1960 by Lao craftsmen.

In the afternoon, we will drive to the pier to enjoy a cruise trip along the Mekong River. Take in the picturesque scenery as the boat whizzes past verdant jungle and dramatic limestone cliff. At the confluence of the Mekong and Ou River, disembark the longtail boat and climb up several steps until reaching an opening in the limestone cliff face. One of Laos’ most respected religious sites, Pak Ou caves are crammed with several thousand Buddha statues, varying in size and poses, which have been left behind by Buddhist devotees.

Next, we will visit Ban Xanghai village, famous for the distillation of its local rice wine. Before returning to the hotel, we will stop at Ban Xang Khong Village. This village has specialised for many years in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Today is your free day in Luang Prabang.

Suggestions for your free time => You have a full day at leisure today to explore the atmospheric ancient capital independently. Side trips, such as trips up the river to Kuang Si Falls, can be arranged. Staying within the city there are a number of excellent cooking classes, plus great shopping opportunities in local craft centres.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for your departure flight to Yangon, Myanmar.  Then, transfer you to the Luang Prabang International Airport according to your flight departure time.

On arrival in Myanmar, you’ll be met by your airport transfer team, who will accompany you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off to explore Yangon city.

The highlights are:

  • Walk around the city center to enjoy the city being busy with the sellers on the street and also the pedestrians and Colonial Style buildings.
  • Next, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the colossal reclining Buddha
  • Karaweik Hall & Royal Lake for Photo stop
  • Explore Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) which is the best place for shopping in the country.
  • Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the soul of Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

In the early morning, take a short flight to Bagan.  Once at Bagan, your tour guide will take you around its wonderful scenery and architecture.

Bagan is a truly mesmerizing destination, and a favourite of many travellers.  Renowned as the city of four million pagodas, this is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia.  Today there are more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries — most built during the Bagan Dynasty, founded by King Anawrahta in 1044.


  • we’ll go to the lively Nyaung U Market. This Nyaung U Market provides a great photo opportunity, and also the chance for tourists to mingle with the local Myanmar people, and watch how they conduct their daily lives.

Next, we will start sightseeing as below:

  • Ananda Temple (the architectural masterpiece of a millennium)
  • Hti-Lo-Min-Lo Temple (a double-storied building with artistic stucco works)
  • Shwe-Zi-Gon Pagoda (considered a prototype of all future such temples)

If time allows, we will visit more places of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, join your guide for an e-bike tour of Bagan.

We’ll start our adventure by exploring the village of Taungbe. We’ll have about half an hour to ride around the village, and you’ll get to visit a small morning market and meet with a local family, who will share with you their story of local life in Myanmar. We’ll also visit a 150-year-old wooden monastery that’s in the village.

After another short ride, we’ll arrive at the spectacular Shwegugyi Paya. Its name translates to “Great Golden Cave,” so we’re going to say it’s pretty spectacular.

We’ll then ride to reach the next village, Myingabar, which is famous for its bamboo products. From there, it’s a 10-minute ride past toddy palm trees to reach Dhammayangyi Pagoda — the largest Buddhist temple in Bagan.

We’ll ride back to Nyaung U for lunch at the local restaurant, cost is on your own, before riding back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Your day will start with a beautiful sunrise from the upper deck of RV PANORAMA, enjoying breakfast on the upper deck under the warm sunlight and gentle breeze. Upstream from Bagan to Mandalay, exploring the Ayeyarwaddy will give you unforgettable memories. Delicious Myanmar cuisine will be served to you for lunch and you will have a relaxing time for sunbathing in the sun deck. As an additional service, our crew team will demonstrate different ways of wearing Myanmar Traditional Longyi (garment worn by Myanmar people) and Thanakha (fragrant paste made from the bark of Thanakha tree). Enjoy the gorgeous sunset moment and arrive at your destination. 

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to a promenade U Bein teak bridge, the world’s longest teak structure at 1.2 km / 3.4 mile long.

Next, you will visit MaharGandarYone monastery, where you can see a thousand Buddhist monks and novices line up every morning, at 10:30 am, to receive their meal of the day at MaharGandarYone Monastery.

Then, go to a “must visit in Mandalay” Mahamuni Buddha Temple.  Learn more about the craftwork for which Mandalay is famous by visiting workshops and cottage industries. You’ll see gold-leaf techniques, wood carving and kalaga tapestry weaving.

For lunch, we’ll go to a popular tea house. Tea houses are the centre of social and commercial life in Myanmar. You can see all kinds of people here, from business people and brokers to students and families all doing their daily business or just relaxing and socializing. 

After lunch, we’ll visit:

  • Mandalay Royal Palace, the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy
  • KuThoDaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book;
  • ShweNanDaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery), famous for its wood carving;
  • Evening highlights are Mandalay Hill where you can enjoy 360 – degree view of Mandalay from the top.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, take the short flight to Heho.  Once at Heho, meet your transfer team.  From here, it is a scenic one-hour drive to the village of NyaungShwe, the gateway to the magnificent Inle Lake.  Upon arrival, check in the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Looking down over the lake from the Taunggyi road, Inle lies in an enormous carpet of greenery. Dotted around the lake are the stilt-house villages and floating gardens of the Intha tribe. The Intha technique of leg rowing – where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion – is unique.

With our Inle Lake Boat Trip Day tour, you will experience a unique way of life that has lived on through generations, whilst exploring the culturally significant surrounds that form part of this beautiful region of Myanmar.

You will be provided with a life jacket and easy seat for each person on the boat.  This early morning tour offers magnificent scenery and the chance to observe the daily life of locals, who are mostly fishermen and plantation farmers.  Take good photos of leg rowers of Intha (people from Inlay) situated only in this part of the world.

Visit to the Phaung Daw Oo, the four revered golden Buddha images from the pagoda, which are ferried around the lake in a gilded barge shaped like a Hintha (the golden swan of Burmese legend) visiting all the pagodas in the area.

Visit to the SilverSmith Shops, Silk Weaving Workshops and the Lotus Weaving Workshop; all unique features of Inle Lake. Also visit a cheroot factory, where the cigars are still made by hand in the traditional way.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s back on the water, sailing in a southerly direction along the western bank towards InDein. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills.

Disembark at the central marketplace and follow the old covered path that leads to a 13th century monastery, and the very impressive ruins of over a hundred ancient pagodas, some still well hidden by the lush deep vegetation all around.

Upon reaching the main stupa atop a hill, stop to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding mountains, and down the valley to Inle Lake in the distance. Return to the lake and transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight back to Yangon.  On your arrival, you will be met by your transfer team and you will then be transferred to the hotel.  The rest of the day is your own leisure in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight.  Then, transfer you to the Yangon International Airport according to your flight departure time.

Meals: Breakfast

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