New Year in Myanmar and Cambodia. Famous temples, tribes and wild beaches

+ flight to Mandalay and from Siem Reap back home
13 days

What you get

Two countries
Myanmar and Cambodia
During the entire trip
Professional tour leader-traveler
All internal flights
12 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

New Year in Myanmar and Cambodia. Famous temples, tribes and wild beaches

New Year trip to the two most authentic countries of Asia, known for their very unusual shrines, famous throughout the world. We will see them all and celebrate the magical New Year on the quiet Ngapali beach. Did we mention the local food? It makes you want to sing! 

  • Walk around the world famous temples of Angkor, where the "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider" was filmed
  • Ride boats on Inle Lake, observing the unusual life of people who have never lived on land
  • Meet the long-necked women in the village of the Padaung people 
  • Enjoy the unforgettable dawn next to thousands of ancient stupas of Bagan in the capital of the Pagan kingdom 
  • Enjoy the quiet beaches of Ngapali, where few tourists get

Trip code
New Year in Myanmar and Cambodia. Famous temples, tribes and wild beaches


24 December, Sat 05 January, Thu
$ 1995

Day 1 - 2

Royal capital Mandalay Royal palace Mandalay hill

We arrive in Mandalay - the former capital of Myanmar and check into a hotel in the center. Our group trip to Myanmar and Cambodia begins here! The name of this city is known even to people who have never been to Asia - after all, Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poems about Mandalay and Frank Sinatra and Robbie Williams sang about it in their songs. Our acquaintance with the city begins with a walk through the royal palace of the 19th century. The last Burmese king who lived here - Thibaw Min lost the war with the British and on November 25, 1885 was walked along with the queen Supayalat and two children from this palace through the southern gate. The family was moved to India. The palace was used by the British colonialists as a fortress. The queen was able to return to Myanmar only decades later, but she was never allowed to return to Mandalay. 

But the main local shrine - of course, is the sacred hill of Mandalay Hill. It is famous for dozens of monasteries and stupas, and Buddhists from all over the country come here to climb to the top on foot. We observe Buddhist rituals and prayers of parishioners, get acquainted with curious boys-monks who play with the ball right on the territory of their monasteries. 

Enjoy the local cuisine. We will definitely try the most popular local dish - mohinga fish soup with chickpeas, rice noodles and coconut milk, as well as traditional salad from fermented tea leaves. This guided tour to Myanmar and Cambodia will be delicious. 

Day 2 - 3

Ancient capital Mingun Mingun-Paya stupa Bagan

In the morning we go to the suburb of Mandalay - the ancient capital Mingun. It boasts an unusual Buddhist stupa Mingun-Paya, carved out of a huge rock. You will not see anything similar in Myanmar, or anywhere else in the world! They began to build this stupa in 1790, but the work was never finished, because the king was predicted that he would die as soon as Mingun-Paya was finished. The king nevertheless died, and the stupa resembling a huge rock remained standing, covered with large cracks along its body. 

We look at another unusual Burmese pagoda, which is often called the Burmese Taj Mahal. This is the snow-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, whose walls symbolize the waves of the ocean. Why the Taj Mahal? Like the Indian mausoleum, this pagoda was built by order of the ruler in honor of his wife, who died in childbirth. 

In the evening we leave for Bagan (about 5.5 hours on the way). We arrive early in the morning and check into a hotel. We are in the capital of the ancient Pagan kingdom, which is world-famous for one of the oldest temple complexes of the Earth! It boasts  thousands of pagodas and stupas on a vast territory. Awesome sight! We walk among buildings of all styles and sizes, built in the 9th - 13th centuries. We meet an unforgettable sunset, watching the sun pouring golden light over the red earth and ancient silent buildings ...

Day 4 - 5

Sunrise in old Bagan Inle lake Fishermen of Inta tribe Padaung village

This day of our guided tour to Myanmar and Cambodia will be very special! We wake up very early to meet the unforgettable sunrise among the mysterious stupas and buildings of Bagan. Those who wish can ride a hot air balloon in the first rays of the sun. Walking around Bagan - we will visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, covered with pure gold, wooden houses of locals and buffaloes grazing near the old stupas. Local life is very simple and practically unchanged for centuries. 

In the evening, we take a bus to Inle Lake (about 7 hours on the way). We arrive in the morning and check into a hotel. We will spend the day on the boat, traveling on the lake and watching the life of people living on the shores and islands. We will see floating gardens and fields, observe "one-legged" fishermen of the Inta tribe and visit a unique factory, where threads are weaved from lotus stalks. We promised, that this group trip to Myanmar and Cambodia will be full of unusual experiences!

We visit the village of the Padaung tribe. Women of this nation are known for wearing rings around the neck from the age of five, which create the effect of lengthening the neck. New rings are added to the girl's neck until she gets married. Some women wear tens of rings weighing several kilograms around their necks! Contrary to popular myth, rings do not bring any harm and at any time they can be removed without negative health consequences.

Day 6 - 8

Ngapali beach Celebrating New Year

In the morning we fly to the city of Thandwe and check into a hotel on the beach. Next day we celebrate New Year on one of the most beautiful beaches of Southeast Asia - Ngapali. Kilometers of white sand, turquoise sea, silence, massage and delicious seafood are just some of the reasons why we love Ngapali! There are no crowds of tourists, no endless streets of eateries "for foreigners" and noisy parties. 

Those interested can go to the sea with local fishermen, stroll through the surrounding villages, go snorkeling, scuba diving or visit the elephant nursery. But make sure you take plenty of time to simply disconnect from everything and lie down in the shade of the palm trees to enjoy the sound of the waves, and the beautiful view of the sea, merging on the horizon with the infinity of the sky.

Day 9 - 10

The main city of Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda Siem Reap in Cambodia Night market

In the morning we fly to Yangon and check into a hotel. We go for a walk in the city, which is known for the largest number of British colonial architecture in all of Southeast Asia! We will observe the elegant buildings, and then dive into the traditional Burmese bazaars. Vegetables and fruits of all colors and shades, delicious street food and freshly squeezed sugarcane juice, sellers of the traditional cosmetic paste thanaka. These markets have everything that Myanmar is known for, and we will see it all during this small group trip to Myanmar and Cambodia.

After lunch we go to the main shrine of the country - the Shwedagon Pagoda, covered with gold. It contains relicts including eight hair strands from the head of the Buddha Shakyamuni. If you read the book "From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling, then you must remember how this stupa impressed the famous writer. He visited it in 1889, but it is no less impressive for visitors today!

The next day we fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia. There we check into a hotel and take off to explore the town.Tourists come here from all over the world to see the unique complex of Angkor, which is located next to the city. But despite this, Siem Reap remains a very quiet, authentic town. We enjoy the most varied food in local cafes, and in the evening visit the colorful night market. It is known for traditional Khmer ceramics, Cambodian silk, unusual handmade toys from natural materials. Be sure to try the local alcohol made from rice and infused with fruits and spices.

Day 11 - 13

Temples of Angkor

For two days we will explore the world famous Angkor complex, which is located near Siem Reap. This is the largest religious complex in the world, and more than a thousand temples are scattered throughout the territory of 163 hectares! The history of this place is unusual. In the 9th century, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire. At that time most of the Khmers, including the king, were Hindu, so the temples were dedicated to different Hindu gods. But in the 12th century the Buddhist king ascended to the throne and the statues and images in the temples were slightly changed to Buddhist. 

In the 15th century, after the fall of the Khmer Empire, Angkor for more than four centuries was abandoned and overgrown with jungle. Yes, you have already seen it somewhere - these ancient temples and huge tree roots growing right from the walls! It was in the famous "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider" film which was shot here. We will explore the most famous temples, and then visit some remote ones, where there will be no one except us. Incredible place! 

On the last day we leave for the airport and fly home.

Tour leader

Sergiy Pylypenko
tour guide

Подходит ли вам это путешествие?

This trip is of light physical grade. It includes walks in cities and natural places, three night trips in comfortable buses, and three short flights. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels, all will have hot water and wi fi internet.

Стоимость путешествия включает:

  1. Three flights;
  2. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels during the entire trip;
  3. Breakfasts in some hotels;
  4. All transportation including buses, boats, taxi;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Mandalay and from Siem Reap back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Visa to Myanmar ($50) and Cambodia ($30);
  3. Insurance (mandatory);
  4. Entry tickets to temples, parks and other attractions;
  5. Food.


Citizens of most countries need a visa to Myanmar and Cambodia.

Visa to Myanmar can be obtained online and costs $50.

Visa to Cambodia is obtained on arrival and costs $30.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients. 

Additional options

Hot air baloon trip over Bagan
Price: + $300
Sunrise baloon flight over stunning Bagan. (Price for one person).

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