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The Irrawaddy, Inle Lake & the Mekong

Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City

Trip Code: MTRIV25
25 Days
60 Meals
3 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 10 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven night Irrawaddy River cruise on the RV Princess Panhwar
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV Apsara featuring all suite categories with balconies
  • Services of Travelmarvel Tour Directors and local guides
  • 60 meals – 24 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 20 dinners
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights within itinerary

Travel & Accommodation

Princess Panhwar Deluxe Balcony.

RV Princess Panhwar

Relax as your premium river ship transports you along the Irrawaddy River, delivering you to the highlights of Myanmar.

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Two fisherman fishing in the traditional way, Myanmar

Tranquil Inle Lake

Glide past stilt houses and see local fishermen pulling baskets from the water using their unique style of leg rowing.

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All Balcony Suite Ship

New to Travelmarvel, enjoy a seven night cruise aboard the All Balcony Suite ship, the RV Apsara.

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Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Your flight must arrive into Yangon by 9am
  • Low water itinerary may come into effect for February sailings on the RV Princess Panhwar
  • Day 13 is unescorted
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included (unless specified)
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Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay in the Colonial Quarter at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint.


Upon arrival in Yangon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the Reclining Buddha, stop for photographs at the Kandawgyi Lake and then take a walk through the colonial downtown area of Yangon. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Pullman Yangon Centrepoint

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Ascend Singuttara Hill in Yangon to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.


This morning is at your leisure. Perhaps visit Dala or set off on a history tour. This afternoon, head to Bogyoke Market before enjoying your Insider Experience.

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This morning, transfer to Yangon airport for your chartered flight to Magwe. Board the RV Princess Panhwar, your beautiful home for the next seven nights. Enjoy lunch onboard before an afternoon excursion to see the venerated Mya Tha Lun Pagoda and a traditional Buddhist nunnery.

Stay: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Princess Panhwar

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Cruise to Salay. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest wooden monastery, built in 1882 and known for its detailed wood carvings. After, see the Mann Paya Pagoda and its impressive golden Buddha that stands almost 20 feet tall.

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Enjoy breakfast on board while cruising to Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. This morning, experience a traditional cultural dance followed by a visit to a local lacquerware workshop. Prepare to marvel this afternoon at Bagan’s best highlights. See the well-preserved Ananda Temple, called the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’, and the large Htilominlo Temple before gorgeous sunset viewing over the pagodas.

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Pagodas scattered across the green landscape in Myanmar.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore local workshops in the village of Pakokku.


At sunrise this morning, perhaps ride a hot air balloon over picturesque Bagan (surcharge applies). After, explore the bustling Nyaung U Market and stop by Shwezigon Pagoda. Sail to Pakokku to enjoy your Insider Experience.

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Tour the village of Yandabo today, a place famous for its terracotta pots that have been hand-crafted in the same fashion for generations. Afterwards, whet your appetite with an onboard cooking demonstration.

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In Sagaing, explore Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda before visiting a local silversmith’s workshop. Cruise to Mingun and visit the Pahtodawgyi and Myatheindan pagodas, as well as the Mingun Bell, one of the largest ringing bells in the world.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple to see gold leaf added to the statue of Mahamuni Buddha.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a boat ride as the sun sinks behind U-Bein Bridge.


After your Insider Experience at Mahamuni Buddha Temple, head to Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery. This afternoon, visit a silk workshop followed by your Insider Experience. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and unique cultural show on board.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy three nights at the Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min.


This morning, transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take time to unwind

Stay: Three Nights, Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min

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Spend the day on the lake, sightseeing aboard a local boat. Visit the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery before cruising past a floating village, and stop at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. After lunch at Inle Heritage, visit a boat building workshop in Nam Pan.

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Sillouette of fishermen with nets on Inle Lake during sunset, Myanmar

Visit Indein village, catching a glimpse of farmers and buffalo on the river banks. Walk through a cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay at the stylish Shinta Mani Shack in Siem Reap.


Today, fly to Yangon for your onward flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel.

Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See an Apsara performance, a historic Khmer dance.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) which supports local underprivileged children.


This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm and explore its verdant, intertwined trees. For the rest of your day, you have two Insider Experiences to look forward to.

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Discover the remains of the iconic Angkor Archaeological Park, including the 12th-century temple Bayon. Finish the day with sunset at Angkor Wat.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore the agricultural Koh Pen Island by tuk tuk.


Transfer to Kampong Cham for your Mekong River cruise. The RV Apsara will be your home for the next seven nights.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV Apsara

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Disembark this morning for a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few traditional villages left in Cambodia. Later, tour Oknha Tey, or ‘Silk Island’, located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. Visit the village and see the traditional silk weaving that has been preserved for centuries.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong.


This morning, an excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital. While here, enjoy an Insider Experience. En route back to Phnom Penh, explore Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware. Here you’ll visit some small family workshops and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

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Today, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21. Later in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the extravagant Royal Palace. See the Silver Pagoda and admire the Emerald Buddha.

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Spend today on board as you cross over the border into Vietnam.

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After breakfast, step ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw.

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Take a boat to Sa Dec and visit Huynh Thuy Le’s old house, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras. After lunch, travel to Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.


Disembark at My Tho Port today and take a step back in time on your visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War, were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat.

Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon

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Your last day in Ho Chi Minh City is yours to spend at leisure. This evening, a final Insider Experience awaits.

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  • Dinner
A lady selling various vegetables in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight.

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