SPECIAL COMBINED PROGRAM

MYANMAR, THAILAND, VIETNAM (IN A NUTSHELL)



MYANMAR
OFFICIAL NAME Union of Myanmar
CAPITAL Nay Pyi Daw , Yangon (formerly)
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Yangon & Mandalay
LANGUAGE Myanmar, Secondarily English
MAJOR RACES Kachin, Kayar, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine, Shan
RELIGION Theravada Buddhism (87%), Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists
POPULATION As of 2005 the population is estimated to be about 54.3 million
AREA 677,000 square kilometers (261,228 square miles)
CLIMATE: Summer months - February through mid-May;
Rainy period - from mid-May through late October and
Winter seasons - November through January.
CURRENCY Kyat (Pronounced as chat)
Notes: Kyat 1000, Kyat 500, Kyat 200, Kyat 100, Kyat 50, Kyat 20, Kyat 15, Kyat 10, Kyat 5, Kyat 1.
Foreign Exchange Certificate (FEC): 20 units, 10 units, 5 units, 1 unit.
VOLTAGE 220V
TIME 6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+6:30)
BUSINESS HOURS Government Offices: 09:30 to 16:30 hrs
BANKS: 10:00 to 14:00 hrs
Companies: 09:00 to 17:00 hrs

THAILAND
COUNTRY NAME Kingdom of Thailand (Prathet Thai, meaning "land of free")
ADMINISTRATION 76 provinces, each subdivided into Amphoe (district), Tambon (sub-district) and Muban (village)
CAPITAL Bangkok (Krung Thep, meaning "city of angels")
GOVERNMENT Constitutional Monarchy since 1932
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES Myanmar - west and north, Lao P.D.R. - north and northeast, Cambodia - southeast and Malaysia - south.
LANGUAGE Thai and English is widely understood
PEOPLE Thai (80%), Chinese (10%), Malay (3%), and the rest are minorities (Mons, Khmers, hill tribes) Ethnic Thais form the majority
RELIGION Buddhism (95%), Muslim (4%), others (1%)
POPULATION Over 62 million
AREA 513,115 sq. km
CLIMATE: Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons-hot and dry from February to May; rainy with plenty of sunshine from June to October; and cool from November to January.
CURRENCY Thai Baht (THB), which is, as of September 2006, approximately US$ 1 = THB 38
VOLTAGE 220 volt AC (50 cycles)
TIME GMT+ 7 hours
BUSINESS HOURS Commercial company: from 8 am to 5 pm (5 days a week).
Stores: from 10 am to 10 pm (7 days a week)
Government offices:8.30 am and 4.30 pm (Monday to Friday except on public holidays)
Banks: from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays)

VIETNAM
COUNTRY NAME The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
CAPITAL Hanoi
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES China - north, Lao P.D.R. and Thailand - southwest, and Cambodia - south
LANGUAGE As Viet (Kinh) ethnic group occupies more than 90% of the population, it becomes the official language of Vietnam. Other 53 ethnic groups has its own language
PEOPLE There are 54 different ethnic groups in which Kinh ethnic group occupies nearly 90% of the whole population, the rest of over 10% is the population of 53 groups
RELIGION Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism
POPULATION 76,324,753, as of April 1999
AREA 513,115 sq. km
CURRENCY Vietnamese Dongs (US$ 1=15.750.000 VND)
TIME GMT+ 7 hours
BUSINESS HOURS All state-owned companies work from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Banks opens at 7.30 am or 8.00 am and close at 3.30 pm, closed on Saturday afternoons and Sunday. Private shops open from 8 am or 8.30 am and close at 9 pm or 10 pm

SPECIAL COMBINED PROGRAM (sample program)

(MYANMAR - The Land of Pagodas, THAILAND - The Land of Free, and VIETNAM - The Land of Hidden Charm)

TOUR ID: EMT (MTV)
Free & Easy Cultural Tour
Tour Duration: 15-day/14-night
Featuring: (Yangon, Amarapura, Mandalay, Mingun, Sagaing, Bagan, Pindaya, Kalaw, Inle - Myanamar) (Bangkok, Pattaya - Thailand) (Hanoi - Vietnam)

Day 1: Arrive Yangon – The Garden City

Greeting day and welcome to Myanmar! Today you will arrive in YANGON, the capital and main gateway to Myanmar and transfer to your hotel for overnight. Your hotel offers great view of Shwedagon Pagoda or Kandawgyi Royal Lake.

 

 

 

Day 2: Fly to Mandalay - Amarapura en route  

Today we fly to Mandalay, arrive at 'Tadaoo' International Airport in Mandalay, the Royal Capital City of Myanmar Monarchs. On our way to Mandalay, we'll visit Amarapura, the Royal Seat of Power before Mandalay, to witness the daily life of the Buddhist monks at MAHA GANDARYON MONASTERY. Then have a stroll on famous U BEIN Wooden Bridge dating back over 200 years spanning the Taung Tha Mann Lake. Onwards to our hotel for the next two nights.



 

Day 3: Around Mandalay - Boat ride to Mingun and Sagaing Hills Sunset

This morning after we enjoy a breakfast, we’ll set out for a scenic journey on the great Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun on board a small private boat. Tour the Mingun and see huge unfinished Pagoda and world largest ringing bell. Return to Mandalay for lunch break. This late afternoon, we'll drive to Sagaing Hills, which is considered to be Buddhist retreat, dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Here we also have the chance en route to see the silversmiths producing. This evening, we'll enjoy another sunset from Sagaing Hills.

 

 

Day 4: Down River-cruise to Bagan - river civilization has hardly changed in hundreds of years

Today we'll board simple Chinese-built double-decker vessel for voyage experience and sailing through the heart of 'Middle Myanmar' with a varying landscape. Small towns and villages pass by all along the way are remote from the modern world today and offer a glimpse of a timeless. We'll reach the ancient city of Bagan in late afternoon. Onwards to our hotel for the next five nights.

 

 


Day 5: Touring Bagan - explore the 'First Myanmar Empire'
 

There is great sightseeing in Bagan. Highlights of our day include NYAUNG OO Local Market where you can take a walk along the market stalls offering a variety of fresh farm produce and a range of uniquely Local items and souvenirs to take back home, SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th cent Bagan Sunsetury as the first Buddhist monument built in Myanmar style, ANANDA TEMPLE, which has four huge Buddha Images in standing position and reliefs depicting the Buddha from his birth to his Enlightenment, its adjacent brick monastery to see the well-preserved murals from the early Bagan era and THATBYINNYU TEMPLE, the highest white stucco building in Bagan. We'll drive back to our hotel just to avoid the intense noon heat. Later this afternoon we'll set out again to see some spectacular and important sites including MANUHA TEMPLE, built by the exile King Manuha of Thaton dating back to 1059, in the Mon Style, NANPAYA TEMPLE, said to be the place of King Manuha's palace site, and we'll stop at the LACQUER WEAR WORKSHOP to witness their whole process of lacquer ware products. To crown off our day, we'll climb on the perfectly situated temple to enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the mountain ranges in the distance. The land and scenery of this glorious region will make for an unforgettable experience.

Day 6: Fly to Heho - Pindaya caves and Pineland night

This morning we depart for the airport and board your flight to Heho, gateway to explore southern Shan State including Lake INLE. On arrival, we'll drive to PINDAYA to see its natural limestone caves filled with over 8,000 Buddha statutes. Here in Pindaya you'll have the chance to see some of the town's people cottage industries - making Shan paper and umbrella. After a spectacular drive, we'll reach the lovely hill station of KALAW, which was a popular hill station in the British days, and it's still a peaceful and quiet place surrounded by pine trees. Your room is generally ready for immediate check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure for your own discovery.

 


Day 7: Inle at leisure - Venice of the East
 

Today we'll drive to NYAUNGSHWE and transfer by boat direct to discover INLE Lake that highlights the natural wonder of this magnificent vast waterway, exploring its amazing PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA which is the most revered sacred site in southern Shan State. Some other highlights around the lake are local fishermen using their unique fishing method, leg-rowers, weaving cottage, silvery shops, floating garden and NGA PHE CHAUNG MONASTERY also know as jumping cat Monastery. Enjoy lunch on the broad terrace at your hotel while enjoying the passer-by boats across the lake. Late afternoon we make an excursion to the ancient stupas complex of INN-DEIN. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvelous INN-DEIN creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. A chance here to see the farmers plowing and harrowing by water buffaloes in paddy fields on its both side. Overnight at a hotel located right on the lake. 

Day 8: Back to Yangon - Marvel the Amazing SHWE DAGON

This morning we depart for the airport and our flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in this capital city, we transfer to our hotel. This evening we'll make a special visit to Great SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the most spectacular religious on earth. Witness the Golden Dome, covered with 60 tons of pure gold, glistening as the sun sets.

 


Day 9: Depart Yangon and Arrive BANGKOK
 

The morning is yours to relax or explore more of Yangon on your own. Here you have a chance to do some last minute shopping at more than 70-year-old BOGYOKE (Scott) market. Later you'll be transferred to Yangon international airport for onwards flight to Bangkok, THAILAND. On arrival at Don Muang Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel.

Day 10: Bangkok

Today we're off for a day of great sightseeing in Bangkok including the amazing Grand Palace, the official residence of the King of Thailand until the middle of the 20th century. In the grounds of the palace is also Wat Phra Keow, the temple of the Emerald Budha. After lunch, we proceed to the Golden Budha Temple (Wat Tri Mitr) and Wat Pho, where we will see the reclining Budha Image. After that, we will go to the Wimarnmek Throne. On the way, we will pass by some historical sites in town, like The City Pillar Shrine, The Democracy monument, The Golden Mountain (Wat Srakat), The Equestrian Statue of King RamaV The Great and The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall. Back to the hotel and free evening at leisure.

Day 11: Bangkok - Pattaya (Tiger Zoo – Ripley’s Believe it or not)  

We start our day traveling by bus from Bangkok to Pattaya (2h30). On the way, we will have lunch and visit the amazing Tiger Zoo, which claims to have the largest number of Bengal tigers in Asia. After that, we will visit the Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum. The attraction is located in front of the beach and in a shopping complex. After the museum, feel free to explore the area. At your option, in the evening you can also go to the famous Tiffany’s show.

 

 

Day 12: Nong Nooch Garden – Mini Siam  

After breakfast, we will go to Nong Nooch Garden & Elephant show, where we’ll also have lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the world’s wonders miniatures at Mini Siam. At appropriate time, we will take the bus back to Bangkok.

Day 13: Depart Bangkok and Arrive Hanoi  

There is a free time for your own exploration of the town and catching up on some shopping areas. The trip ends after transfer to airport for onwards flight to Hanoi, VIETNAM. Meet on arrival at Hanoi / Noi Bai International airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Afternoon City tour (if time permits) includes Ngoc Son & Quan Thanh Temples and the old quarter of Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant. This evening enjoy water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art.
 

Day 14: Touring Hanoi  

Breakfast at hotel. Full day Hanoi City tour: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole October-November) and his residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, Army Museum. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue to visit Temple of Literature built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university, Fine-Art Museum and Dong Xuan market. Have shopping at Ha Noi Old’s Quarter. 


 

Day 15: Hanoi Departure  

Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport, Hanoi for departure to complete this special combined trip.

NOTE: This is just a sample program, and this combined itinerary can be tailor-made Myanmar - Thailand - Vietnam/ Myanmar - Thailand - Cambodia/ Myanmar Thailand - Laos (or) Myanmar - Vietnam - Cambodia/ Myanmar - Vietnam - Laos. You name it we have it!

 

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