Burma, Laos + Cambodia Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

This comprehensive Southeast Asia private tour is among our favorites for those choosing to immerse in the three most pristine Buddhist countries in the region. Though all three are less developed than their Thailand and Vietnam neighbors, rest assured there we have selected unique and culturally conscious luxury accommodations throughout your travels.

Best Travel Time: Fall Winter

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Buddhist Monk Offering

Sample Itinerary

15 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Yangon
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Meals:
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Saigon

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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inle Lake
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Day 2

Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be privately driven to the Governor’s Residence.

Meals:
Accommodations: Governor’s Residence

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Governor's Residence
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Day 3

Yangon Private Tour
After breakfast, you will begin your private touring of Yangon in Burma. Botataung will be one of your first stops, with stunning golden interior. You will continue your tour with the following stopovers: Gems Museum, Scott Market with outstanding local crafts, Musmeah Yeshua (the city’s only synagogue), the famed Shwedagon Pagoda, and The Last Mughal’s Tomb in Yangon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Governor’s Residence

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Shwedagon Pagoda
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Day 4

Fly Yangon/Inle Lake
Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, you will be privately transferred to the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort. Inle is one of Burma’s most picturesque places sitting on the Shan Plateau. You will be immersed into the unique methods of farming and fishing which sustain the local residents.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Prestine Lotus Spa & Resort

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Pristine Lotus Spa
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Day 5

Fly Inle Lake/Bagan
Upon arrival in Bagan, you will be privately transferred to Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort and have the balance of the evening to enjoy the amenities of this place.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

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Thiripyitsaya Resort
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Day 6

Bagan + Board for the Irrawaddy River Cruise
The sunrise hot air balloon ride is an experience that is not to be missed! We feel this balloon experience is among the best in Asia. You will board on the Irrawaddy River cruise navigating though the less accessible villages. During our last cruise on the Pandaw (2012), the two village stopovers were among the most interesting highlights of our entire Burma trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Paukan Vessel

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Baci Ceremony
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Day 7

Irrawaddy River Cruise
During the two hour journey, you may admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or sitting outside your own cabin. After breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of the Paukan Vessel guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Paukan Vessel

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Irrawaddy River Cruise
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Day 8

Arrive Mandalay
Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will check-in to the Sedona Hotel and freshen up. Mandalay stands as one of the country’s major cultural centers – nearly 60 percent of all monks in Myanmar reside in Mandalay. You will have the opportunity to visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay Hill, and end with the truly unique 1.2 KM Ubein Teak Bridge.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Sedona Hotel Mandalay

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Ubein Teak Bridge
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Day 9

Mandalay/Luang Prabang
Upon arrival in Laos, you will be privately transferred to La Residence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: La Residence

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Day 10

Luang Prabang
The ancient royal city of Luang Prabang is a place where time seems to stand still. It was mentioned by the New York Times as being one of the 43 most interesting places to visit! My family and I have always felt Luang Prabang to be among our favorite hidden treasures in Southeast Asia. The day includes participation in Buddhist monk offerings, the National Museum, and a Buddhist Baci ceremony.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: La Residence

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Kouangxi Waterfall, Luang Prabang
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Day 11

Luang Prabang/Siem Reap
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be privately transferred to Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor.

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Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat
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Day 12

The Temples of Angkor
Built during the height of the Khmer civilization from the 8th and 13th centuries, you will explore the ancient and lasting remains of this sacred site spanning 400 square kilometers.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Raffles Grand Hotel D’ Angkor

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Ta Prohm Temple, Angor Wat
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Day 13

Siem Reap
You will take a drive to Cambodian countryside and the sprawling jungle of Beng Mealea. You have the opportunity to make a water well donation to a local village. Your guide will drive you to the village to see your water well and the benefit you have given to the community.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Raffles Grand Hotel D’ Angkor

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Temple Ruins in the Beng Mealea Jungle
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Day 14

Ton Sap Lake
You will be met by your guide for a drive to Tonle Sap Lake, a floating village of Kampong Khleang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Raffles Grand Hotel D’ Angkor

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Tonle Sap Lake
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Day 15

Siem Reap/Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations:

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Baktheng at Sunset

Hotels

Similar to the other “luxury” hotels throughout Burma, the Governor’s Residence is in need of renovation from the many years of economic sanctions levied on the country. That being said, this Victorian (teak) boutique former mansion is our favorite hotel in Yangon. Located in the leafy embassy district of the city, the rooms have a nice aesthetic with local Burmese wares displayed throughout. The Governor’s Residence is a particularly special place in the evening, with the property and lush grounds illuminated.

Governor’s Residence (RL)

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Similar to the other “luxury” hotels throughout Burma, the Governor’s Residence is in need of renovation from the many years of economic sanctions levied on the country. That being said, this Victorian (teak) boutique former mansion is our favorite hotel in Yangon. Located in the leafy embassy district of the city, the rooms have a nice aesthetic with local Burmese wares displayed throughout. The Governor’s Residence is a particularly special place in the evening, with the property and lush grounds illuminated.

Located on a nicely landscaped hillside, accessible only by longboat, the Pristine Lotus property is our #2 preferred Inle Lake resort, on the occasion that Princess is full. Although the 49 split level chalets offer only partial lake views, the accommodations are spacious with updated amenities. Interestingly, a nearby hot spring provides hot water for all the chalets. Similar to the Inle Princess, Lotus has a very nice small spa and well-prepared restaurants. The Inle Princess is our favorite – that being said, there is not a big drop off when staying at the Lotus.

Prestine Lotus Spa & Resort

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Located on a nicely landscaped hillside, accessible only by longboat, the Pristine Lotus property is our #2 preferred Inle Lake resort, on the occasion that Princess is full. Although the 49 split level chalets offer only partial lake views, the accommodations are spacious with updated amenities. Interestingly, a nearby hot spring provides hot water for all the chalets. Similar to the Inle Princess, Lotus has a very nice small spa and well-prepared restaurants. The Inle Princess is our favorite – that being said, there is not a big drop off when staying at the Lotus.

The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River overlooking 800 years of history. Once a Government VIP guest hotel, the Thiripyitsaya is now a collection of 70 bungalow rooms amid a beautiful setting of tropical gardens. Although we feel this is the very best nongovernment hotel in Bagan, the rooms are dated and not really deserving of a 5 star status. Nevertheless, as with other hotels in Burma, the service here is heartfelt and sincere.

The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

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The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River overlooking 800 years of history. Once a Government VIP guest hotel, the Thiripyitsaya is now a collection of 70 bungalow rooms amid a beautiful setting of tropical gardens. Although we feel this is the very best nongovernment hotel in Bagan, the rooms are dated and not really deserving of a 5 star status. Nevertheless, as with other hotels in Burma, the service here is heartfelt and sincere.

This is the largest hotel (over 240 rooms) you will experience during your Burma private tour. Although registered as a 5 star hotel, the amenities and service more closely resemble that of a 4 star property. That being said, we feel that the Sedona Hotel’s clean and comfortable atmosphere makes it the best hotel option in Mandalay.

Sedona Hotel Mandalay (RL)

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This is the largest hotel (over 240 rooms) you will experience during your Burma private tour. Although registered as a 5 star hotel, the amenities and service more closely resemble that of a 4 star property. That being said, we feel that the Sedona Hotel’s clean and comfortable atmosphere makes it the best hotel option in Mandalay.

This beautiful 34-room luxury property has been among the top two or three hotels in Luang Prabang for quite some time. Though its hillside location overlooking the city is a bit far from the main Luang Prabang area, we feel the atmosphere here is quite special and reminiscent of the early 20th century French-colonial era. Kudos to the very nice spa and the infinity pool. Bev and I feel the food here is simply outstanding—our meals at La Residence were perhaps our favorite in the city during our last stay here. As a reference point for the quality here, the Orient-Express folks operate and manage the hotel.

La Residence (RL)

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This beautiful 34-room luxury property has been among the top two or three hotels in Luang Prabang for quite some time. Though its hillside location overlooking the city is a bit far from the main Luang Prabang area, we feel the atmosphere here is quite special and reminiscent of the early 20th century French-colonial era. Kudos to the very nice spa and the infinity pool. Bev and I feel the food here is simply outstanding—our meals at La Residence were perhaps our favorite in the city during our last stay here. As a reference point for the quality here, the Orient-Express folks operate and manage the hotel.

For the past several years Bev, Zen and I have felt the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor to be our favorite hotel in all of Cambodia. Built in the early 1930’s in the classic French-colonial style, the Raffles combines pampered and understated luxury with heartfelt Khmer service. You see very little staff turnover here as we see the same familiar smiling faces in each returning visit. Bev feels the string of shops at the hotel are most impressive in terms of quality and diversity (Cambodian and Laotian silks and artifacts). Zen loves the antique elevator and expansive pool, while I enjoy morning walks along the Raffles’ 15 acre French Gardens. Please do not miss one of the evening Apsara Terrace buffet dinner/dance performances (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday)—an amazing experience!

Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor (RL)

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For the past several years Bev, Zen and I have felt the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor to be our favorite hotel in all of Cambodia. Built in the early 1930’s in the classic French-colonial style, the Raffles combines pampered and understated luxury with heartfelt Khmer service. You see very little staff turnover here as we see the same familiar smiling faces in each returning visit. Bev feels the string of shops at the hotel are most impressive in terms of quality and diversity (Cambodian and Laotian silks and artifacts). Zen loves the antique elevator and expansive pool, while I enjoy morning walks along the Raffles’ 15 acre French Gardens. Please do not miss one of the evening Apsara Terrace buffet dinner/dance performances (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday)—an amazing experience!

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Location

Overview

Burma
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: High 70’s
Area
676,552 SQ KM
261,218 SQ MILES
Capital
Nay Pyi Taw
Population
48.7 Million
Language
Burmese
Currency
Kyat
Laos
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: Low 70’s
Area
236,800 SQ KM
91,400 SQ MILES
Capital
Vientiane
Population
6.4 Million
Language
Lao/French
Currency
Lao Kip
Cambodia
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: Low 80’s
Area
181,035 SQ KM
69,898 SQ MI
Capital
Phnom Penh
Population
14.5 Million
Language
Kmer
Currency
Riel

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