Overviews

The adventure takes you to the famous attractions in Bagan such as Shwesandaw Pagoda, Shwezigon Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple. You will also have time to visit local villages to learn more about unique customs and culture. Check out our Myanmar day tours for more explorations in this beautiful country.

Highlights

  • Bagan - capital of the first Myanmar Empire; one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia
  •  Kyauk Gu U Min, a unique cave-like pagoda that is blissfully free of tourists
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Trip Code: VNZA-839

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Starting: Bagan, Myanmar

Finishing: Kyauk Gu U Min, Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

Itinerary Expand All

On arrival, Vietnamtour.co.za's guide and driver will meet you from the airport and take you to the bustling market of Nyaung U in Old Bagan. Located in the northeastern part of Bagan, Nyaung U Market is Nyaung U Village’s local market. Here locals gather every day to buy and sell everything from fresh produce and meats to flowers and pottery. Afterward, move onto to Golden Shwezigon Pagoda to learn more about the local Buddhism.

Proceed to the Bagan plains to marvel at the numerous temples and stupas dotted over the plain. On the way, stop to visit Ananda Temple - one of the four main temples remaining in Bagan. Ananda temple is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture.

As the day comes to a close, pay a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda for a breathtaking view over the region at sunset.

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and continue your excursion. You will pay a visit to some other famous monuments in Bagan including Dhammayangyi Temple, Htilominlo Temple.

Continue your trail to the rural village of Minnanthu near central Bagan to get an authentic experience of the rustic local life. The locals here live on houses built in traditional way of Myanmar countryside.

A visit to the village is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern life as you have chance to take in the peaceful atmosphere of the region.

Strolling around the village, you could see some local monuments dated back to centuries ago like Tayokepyay Temple, Laymyatnar Temple, Nandaminnya and Payathonzu temple.

Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Today, you will explore Mt Popa with a drive through the planes. Mount Popa is a solitary peak topped by gold stupas. It is an extinct volcano which is believed to be home to the ‘nats’, ancient Burmese animist spirits.  To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Along the way, you will pass by many shrines with local pilgrims.

Head back to the base of the shrine for a drive back to Bagan. Your stop is the village of Shwe Hlaing after around 20-30 minute drive.

Exploring the village, you are offered a great chance to witness first-hand the traditional production of palm toddy including the step of collecting the liquid to the step of creating the drinks and sugars.

Your traditional lunch will be served under the shade of toddy trees in the beautiful local setting. This is a great way to experience the unique lifestyle of the locals here.

In the afternoon, head back to Bagan.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the Bagan jetty for a cruise upriver on a private river boat to Kyauk Gu U Min.

While floating on the waterways of Irrawaddy river, you will have a great chance to enjoy the stunning views of life on the water: the fishermen with their nets, local ferry boat moving around, the hidden riverside villages and small Bagan temples.

Upon reaching the village of Sae Lan, disembark for a short walk. Located by the Irrawaddy river, Sae Lan is a sleepy riverside villages where the local live on the farming and fishing. Their life seems to be simple but always happy.

Continue your boat trip to the east of the river towards Kyauk Gu U Min. Take a short walk to a beautiful temple featuring intricate stone carvings with religious figures and flowers on the door.

After the visit, back on board for a cruise back to Bagan. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

End of tour.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Private tours and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning
  • Airport pick up and drop off transfer in Bagan
  • Boat trip as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide in Bagan
  • Bagan zone fee

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Other meals which do not mention in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tipping for guides and drivers
  • Compulsory personal travel insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fees (contact our travel consultant for further information)

Meals

  • Breakfast: 3
  • Lunch: 3
  • Dinner: 0

Transport

  • Private car
  • Cruise

Included Activities

  • Bagan half day sightseeing
  • Exploring Minathu village
  • Visiting Mt Popa - an extinct volcano
  • Boat trip to Kyauk Gu U Min

Special Note:

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

For children, please note:

+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)

+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults

+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults

+ Children from 12 years old: as adult

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharged for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5-star hotels)

° Easter Holidays: some 5-star hotels in Hoian will be surcharged for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Reviews

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Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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Q&A’s

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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