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Highlights

  • Best known for its sacred grottoes, Pindaya is a beautiful location to discover rural Shan State
  • Inle Lake - an idyllic destination where clear waters, mountains backdrops, floating gardens, and stilted villages co-exist
  • Discover the fascinating ancient ruins of Kakku
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Trip Code: VNZA-838

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Starting: Inle Lake, Myanmar

Finishing: Indein, Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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As arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the Pindaya caves. Set deep in the hillsides, the caves contain some 6000 Buddhas of various sizes, which are made of white marble, bronze or plaster, and coated with gold leaf. Keep driving to the magical Inle Lake – the jewel of Shan State. Visiting the lake, you not only have chance to immerse in the charming scenery of the lake but also get an insight into the local culture and history.

Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

After breakfast, set off your amazing journey with a boat trip on the stunning Inle Lake. Inle lake is the country's second largest lake and features floating villages, gardens, various tribes nearby and fishermen who row with their legs. You will pass through several villages that are built on stilts over the lake and the ‘floating gardens’ which are built up from strips of water hyacinth and earth then anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. You will also see the leg -rowing fishermen of the lake who steer their boats with incredible balance. 

En-route, you will take in beautiful sights of some of lake’s most renowned sites. Make a stop to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda -the most highly revered monastery in the Inle Lake area. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in golf leaf. You also visit the nearby Nga Phe Chaung Monastery an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing. Your last stop is Nam Pan village where you will learn about the local life through a visit to the cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses.

In the late afternoon, return to the hotel.

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel for a beautiful excursion today. Set off from the low-lying lands at Inle Lake toward Taunggyi, then head into the rolling hills toward the east of the lake.

Along the way, you could see spectacular views of railway line and small villages inhabited by Pa-Oh people. Spend time taking in the tranquil scenery in Taunggyi.

After two hour drive, you will reach Kakku which is home to Asia’s largest and most spectacular wonders. The Pagoda complex has over 5200 stupas with origins dating back centuries ago. Wander throughout the temples, take your time to enjoy the wonder and awe of this site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures.

You will not only have chance to visit the temples, but also nearby villages to have better understanding about the locals’ lives and customs. Afterwards, drive back to Inle Lake.

In the morning, depart for a trip to the local market which takes place once every five days. This is the meeting point of the locals around the region to buy and sell their fresh produce.

Afterwards, make your way to the Pa- Oh village of Indein. Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. Here you will explore the ancient temple of Indein as well as enjoy the peacefulness of the village.

After lunch, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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 Inle Lake
  • Boat trip as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Inle 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
  • Boat

Included Activities

  • Inle Lake sightseeing
  • Visiting Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda & Nga Phe Chaung Monastery
  • Exploring Nam pan village
  • Kakku discovery
  • Experiencing a local market

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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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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