The Rivers of Myanmar and Laos
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : The Rivers of Myanmar and Laos

Experience the natural beauty and cultural wonders of both Myanmar and Laos passing through Thailand en route. This holiday includes slow-paced river journeys along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar and the Mekong River in Laos, a fantastic way to absorb the magic, the scenery and to get a feel for local-life in some of the sleepiest corners of Southeast Asia.

Highlights include

  • Traversing the lush green border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos - aka The Golden Triangle.
  • Six days on the rivers getting a sense of the contrasts and similarities of scenery and culture of the three countries.
  • Exploring a variety of remarkable and varied historic buildings.
  • Getting an authentic taste of local life from the cities to the hill-tribe villages to the river-side communities.

 As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £5350 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Southeast Asia experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

Inclusions

Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : The Rivers of Myanmar and Laos

Day 1 Depart the UK

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Yangon.

Day 2-4 Yangon  Colonial Architecture and Golden Pagodas

On arrival in Yangon you’ll be met by your private guide for the transfer to your hotel. The first afternoon/evening is free for you to relax.

During your stay you’ll explore the city on our carefully crafted signature tour getting a feel for the contrasts of local village and urban life. Observe day-to-day life on a morning trip on the local “circle” train, enjoy a street food dinner with refreshing local beer, take in the faded colonial architecture, take a rickshaw ride to a local market and visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, whose recognisable golden stupa dominates the city's skyline.

Day 5 & 6 Bagan   Extraordinary archeological zone 

From Yangon you’ll fly north to Bagan. The sights here are extraordinary and you’ll have plenty of time to take it all in with your guide. Your tour of the famous archaeological zone will be timed to ensure you enjoy sunsets and other quiet moments away from the crowds.

Day 7 & 8 Irrawaddy River Cruise 

Board your cruise boat travelling along the Irrawaddy River from Bagan towards Mandalay. This is a fantastic way to take in the scenery at a leisurely pace with comfortable accommodation, great dining and expert guiding. En route you’ll pass Yandabo Village, famous for its pottery as well as other traditional country towns and villages.

Day 9 & 10 Mandalay   Buddhist Heritage and Ancient Capitals

After disembarking the boat your guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. Here you’ll spend your time exploring ancient capitals, colourful markets, Buddhist heritage, intricate carvings and sunrise at the famous U Bein Bridge, taking advantage of various modes of transport as you travel around with your guide.

Day 11 & 12 Lake Inle  Life On The Lake

It’s a short flight from Mandalay to Heho where your private guide will meet you for the transfer to Inle Lake. En route you’ll pass paddy fields and streams and there will be option to stop and explore caves. When you reach the lake you will board a private boat for the journey to your hotel. Towards the end of the day you have the option of a fascinating sunset canoe trip on the lake.

You’ll spend a full day exploring Inle Lake including a private boat tour of the floating gardens and farms that move around on the water surface. You’ll see the local fisherman rowing in their one-leg style and perhaps taste some local wine. If you didn’t get chance to do so at Bagan, Inle is another location where you may like to treat yourself to a Hot Air Balloon Ride for aerial views of the lake.

Day 13 & 14 Keng Tung  Explore the rural hill-side villages

A 30 minute flight takes you east and off-the-beaten-track to Keng Tung in Myanmar’s east. The culture and language is quite different to central Myanmar and the area is home to a variety of ethnic villages dotted around the jungle clad hills. This is a fantastic location for some light hiking, our travel experts will help you tailor an itinerary with guided trekking suited to your ability and timescale. You may wish to explore the Dhat Zoam Doi pagoda or tribal villages where you can see production of Shan paper and sake rice wine. You could opt to visit the Loi Mwe Hilltop Town (used as a base for the British army headquarters before the Japanese invasion in World War II) or to explore the markets, where trade includes locally-produced silver alongside exotic fruit and vegetable produce,

Day 15 & 16 Lanjia Lodge  The golden triangle

From Keng Tung you’ll begin the road journey to Thailand. The journey takes you south from Keng Tung to Tachileik where you’ll cross the border. The road journey from the border to Lanjia Lodge runs close to the Mekong River, skirting along the lush green border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos - aka The Golden Triangle.

Check in at Lanjia Lodge for 2 nights, this is a responsibly run lodge where you can experience the lifestyle of the local community whilst staying in comfortable accommodation. Here you’ll begin to form a picture of the contrasts between the 3 neighbouring countries whilst taking in some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 17 & 18 Luang Say Cruise  voyage to Laos

It's a short road journey to the Thai/Laos border where you’ll board the Luang Say Cruise for your river voyage along the Mekong River. This is a fantastic way to see the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Laos unfold before your eyes and get a feel for how different it is to the flatter scenery of the Irrawaddy. This is a smaller boat than the cruise in Myanmar as there is no overnight accommodation on board, however this gives you the opportunity to stay overnight in a lodge in Pakbeng and in safari-camp style accommodation at Kamu Lodge where you can explore the local community or take part in activities like cycling.

Day 19-21 Luang Prabang  Mysterious and charming city

The cruise brings you down the river and into Luang Prabang, a beautiful, mysterious and charming town deeply evocative of a bygone age. Luang Prabang is one of the highlights of Southeast Asia and here you’ll get to experience the allure first hand with your guide either walking or using bicycles to explore the city.

This is the kind of place where it's best to allow a little extra time for relaxing and just breathing it all in. During time with your guide you’ll watch the significant ritual of the local Buddhist monks collecting their alms at dawn then head to the Kuang Sii Waterfalls for a picnic breakfast. You’ll explore the historic sites of the UNESCO town itself, enjoy the night markets and perhaps play a game of petanque with the locals (a popular sport in Laos - a legacy of the French!).

Day 22 Fly Home (or stay)

Today you’ll depart Luang Prabang for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively your holiday can be tailored to include a stop back in Thailand or a wider exploration of Laos, perhaps including the capital Vientiane and the 4000 Islands in the South. Call your travel expert to discuss your preferred itinerary.

The Rivers of Myanmar and Laos Experiences

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

Here are the experiences & activities within this holiday as standard...


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