Explore the essence of three incomparable wonderlands in Indochina. Visit a World Heritage Site in Myanmar with innumerable pagodas and temples and learn more about this mysterious Buddhist country. Relax on a cruise in Halong Bay and try different Vietnamese delicacies. Escape from the metropolis and experience an Asian-style slow pace of life in Laos. There are so many interesting things waiting for you to discover them in Indochina.
from US$5,188 P/P
Nov. to Apr.
Our trip to Li Jiang and Shaxi Yunnan
We arrived at Lijiang on 9/8. We enjoyed the time in Lijiang a lot with good hotel selection and a well planned program. We went onto Shaxi for the local singing festival of the local minority groups. It was a fantastic experience. What makes the trip most memorable is our guide Alice. She took excellent care of us, anticipating our every need. She was personable, warm and very knowledgeable. We shared many laughters and traded stories. She brought smiles to us during the entire trip. We will specifically ask for her again when we come back to Yunnan. Five star service.More
Consumer, Sep 2023
Great trip around Shanghai
This was our first time ever visiting Shanghai so we wanted to see good places to go to and good food to eat in Shanghai. That's why we booked with China Highlights. They're very responsive and quick to arrange our 3 day trip. Our guide name is Qi and she is a very sweet and helpful person. She knew we wanted to explore many local foods, so she brought us some local breakfast foods when she picked us up from our hotel, just so we can try everything! She was knowledgeable as well about the culture and history of the places we went to. Will definitely recommend this tour and use China Highlights again for our next trip to China!More
Sherry, Sep 2023
Great way to see the city
Private tour with China highlights made seeing Xi'an super easy. We saved a lot of time with a private driver, and our guide Jenny took really good care of us, sending instructions for where to meet once getting off the train and made everything feel really safe and easy. She also accommodated a number of last minute changes to our itinerary without batting an eye. She was very patient, knowledgeable and friendly. It was great having a guide who grew up locally in the area to show us around (which is not always the case, from my previous experiences elsewhere). Would definitely recommend!More
Stephanie N, Sep 2023
One Day Beijing Trip (Great Wall, Summer Palace) With Jennifer
My tour guide Jennifer made this quick one day trip to Beijing great! The day started out a bit overcast and rainy when I landed, but Jennifer’s positive attitude and kind communication (along with her being able to keep up/put up with my jokes) made it fine.Despite this, Jennifer and our driver Chen were able to swing an extra photo shoot stop at the Olympic Stadium. I guess it gives me an excuse to come back to visit again, and when I do - I will use China Highlights and this great fantastic team.More
Alan Landau, Sep 2023
Mervyn is what we call a perfect tour guide!
Mervyn is what we call a perfect tour guide! She is extremely informative all the way through. She knows hers stuff and she is also enthusiastic, knowledgeable, personable and very willing to help. The whole day was perfect. A great amount of walking and a lots of physical activity ( hiking) and she was all smiling, accommodating and keeping us informative. She was absolutely the best tour guide we've ever encountered in China. Her English is perfect! Everything was so well organized. Her knowledge of the local culture and history is impressive. FantasticMore
pdaroundthewrorld, Sep 2023
Best Great Wall experience
Used China Highlights for a private all-day tour of Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. One of the best days of my life! Tour guide Alan and a driver met me at my hotel and the ride was very comfortable. Alan was extremely knowledgable and friendly, I really enjoyed talking with him. The scenery was astoundingly beautiful; this is a less touristy portion of the Wall. The hiking was fun, Alan brought plenty of water, and showed me things I would not have noticed by myself. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a local restaurant for lunch that Alan had arranged - delicious! Once in a lifetime experience.More
LZviajera, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was Mervyn, and she was amazing! She had great knowledge of Xi'an and the silk road, and we learned so many things we didn't know before. The Muslim quarter is a must-see, with so many streets of food. Terracotta warriors were breathtaking. We did a Hanfu experience and enjoyed walking the city at night in our tang Dynasty outfits. We wish we spent more than 2 days here as there's so much to do. Definitely recommend this tour and will be visiting again!More
Laura A, Sep 2023
Unforgettable trip to Guilin
We enjoyed an incredible two day trip in Guilin, taking a brief half-day boat cruise on the Li River and cycling around Yangshuo in the afternoon with our guide Gary. Gary met us at the airport and made us feel very welcome, providing us with five-star service. He gave us a lot of insight about Guilin and the Guangxi region and even gave us a tai chi lesson on the boat. He provided us excellent dining suggestions for the evening as well as suggestions of things to do. Thank you Gary for making our trip to Guilin so memorable!More
Regis B, Sep 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We were paired with great guides on every city, very knowleadgeble and hardworking people that made our trip fabulous. Jack in Beijing was brilliant and very resourceful making sure we enjoyed the city even when he wasn't with us. In Xi'An we were paired with Crystal that was incredibly smart and made sure we felt we had not only a guide but a friend to rely on in Xi'An, we loved how she made sure we tried the best food and fruit available and helped us from arrival to departure from Xi'An. Finally, kudos to Gary (Wei Li) that worked with us in Guiling and Yangshuo. Gary is a local to Guiling and truly proud of his city and origins. We learned a lot from him and he trully went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time in Guiling adjusting the itinerary to our liking and taking time to explain everything. On our flight out of Guiling we had a bit of an issue with our tickets (booked by ourselves) and Gary promptly lent a hand to help us sort it out with the airport staff, trully a champion. If you are heading to Guiling with Chinahighlights, make sure to have Gary as your guide.More
Moises, Sep 2023
Our guide, Linda, was by far the best person to have for our tours of The Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, and Mutianyu Great Wall. She was an encyclopedia with great knowledge of Chinese History and was able to explain every detail of what we were seeing. She picked us up with a very nice car and driver from our hotel both days, at the time most convenient to us, and dropped us back off wherever we wanted at the end of our tours. Both the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are marvels of human and Chinese achievements and are a must to see in Beijing. Visiting them both with a tour guide that feels more like a friend was certainly helping enjoying it even more.More
Robin Z, Sep 2023
Stunning Yellow Mountain and beautiful Ancient Villages
We had the most fantastic experience with our tour guide, Jack Fan, who is very knowledgeable about the Yellow Mountain and was able to get us quickly to the most stunning highlights. He was our "photographer" anytime we wanted a photo and that was very often. We made the most of our time having him guiding us. He was truly the mountain man as he is a local there. He is very passionate about what he does. He loves history, nature, and travel, which is a must for a guide. He provided historical facts about the stunning Ancient villages at Hong Cun and Xidi. He answered any questions we had about history, nature, and current things we had. I felt like he was a professor, and we were his students in a very good way. He was NEVER late, and neither was our driver. They never bought us anywhere to "sell" us things. He took us to buy tea only when we asked to buy a specific tea, staying much later than he should have! I wanted to check out lotus and rice fields, which was not on the itinerary, but he squeezed it in for us. We were very well taken care of. I highly recommend Jack for a tour guide who speaks English.More
annemompt, Sep 2023
An Unforgettable Tibetan Adventure - Qinghai Train Ride Y971
I recently embarked on an unforgettable journey to Tibet, a land steeped in mysticism and rich cultural heritage. My train trip on the famous scenic Qinghai route on train Y971 Lhasa played a significant role in making this trip an extraordinary experience.Upon my arrival in Lhasa via an overnight train, I was warmly welcomed by the guide assigned Tenzin Lhatse. He had waited for more than 3 hours as he was not informed there was a change in the train schedule. Nontheless, it did not dampen his warm attitude and the seamless transferfrom the train station to the hotel set a positive tone for my stay.The highlight of my stay was undoubtedly the visit to the iconic Potala Palace. The sheer grandeur and architectural brilliance of this historic site left me in awe. The guidance of my knowledgeable tour guide, who revealed the stories behind each shrine, enriched my experience. However, the strict visitor limits and rules underscored the importance of preserving this ancient marvel. The Old Barkhor Street Walking Tour was a journey through time. From Jokhang Temple to the bustling local market, each stop offered insights into Tibetan daily life and folk customs. The Pandatsang Compound's history and the cup of Tibetan sweet tea at Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery added unique flavors to the tour.Overall, my journey through Tibet was an incredible odyssey into a world of spirituality, culture, and natural beauty. I'm glad to have taken this step with my wife to challenge the train ride which was totally worthy of this lifetime.More
GOH-family-tours, Sep 2023
Wonderful trip to the Chinese Silk Road
Special shout out to our guide for the Gansu leg, Helen, who was the most caring guide we have come across in all of our travels. Make sure you ask for her!More
ED, Sep 2023
Fantastic first trip in Shanghai
My partner and I were visiting China for the first time. Our tour guide was Martin, who was friendly and very knowledgeable. He adjusted the tour to our needs and gave us an extensive tour of Shanghai as well as many fascinating insights on China. He also went above and beyond and offered us plenty of recommendations on what to do in the evenings, how to get there, and even made bookings for us. Martin, thanks again!More
Regis, Sep 2023
Yangshuo is magical from the misty…
The guide Lily has a great knowledge in hidden gems and the history about the places. Very memorable experience that i have thanks to them.More
Dony Yugo, Sep 2023
Beijing is AMAZING
Linda Wang our amazing tour guide helped us to have an unforgettable trip to all the best of Beijing. From organizing the driver (also excellent) to drop us/pick us up exactly when we were leaving busy tourist sites, excellent food recommendations, fascinating knowledge relevant to us and our children (13yo and 11yo) making The Forbidden City, Tiannamen Square, Great Wall, Beijing Zoo and The Hutongs thoroughly enjoyable. Handling all the entrance/exit passport and ticket requirements, interpreting, answering any questions we had about local culture, we were so comfortable and happy, never rushed, everything you could want and more.More
Michelle A, Sep 2023
Incredible 2 day tour of Jiuzhaiguo
Our tour guide Mary spoke perfect English, was so nice to us and took us to all the best sights in Jiuzhaiguo. It was an unforgettable tour with incredible views!More
Declan O, Sep 2023
Helen is the best Panda tour guide going around!
I had a fantastic Panda tour with Helen in Chengdu City. From the moment she picked me up, my energy was low from a heap of travelling, but Helen quickly brought me up a notch with her breathtaking passion for Pandas. Not only did she provide a fantastic experience accommodating my every need, but she was also a genuinely kind and joyful company to tour the city with. I can't recommend Helen enough - you won't regret it!More
Isaac C, Sep 2023
Two days in Xi’an
What an amazing few days in Xi’an! Our guide Jenny was first class - very knowledgeable and very helpful, she went out of her way to make sure we had the best experience like ordering us coffees & food and booking dinners for us. The highlight was of course visiting the Terracotta Warriors, but we also really enjoyed visiting a local family to make dumplings. Can’t recommend this trip and Jenny enough!More
Marvin K, Sep 2023
Fantastic experiences in Guilin and the beautiful surroundings together with Vincent.
Go44854472794, Sep 2023
Welcome to Mandalay, the second-largest city and the ancient capital of Myanmar. Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport's exit, holding a sign with your name on it. Then they will escort you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day on your own to adjust to the jet lag or wander around your hotel.
The city is connected with China (Guangzhou and Kunming), Thailand (Chiang Mai and Bangkok), and Singapore.
An e-visa for Myanmar is included.
Travelers – except for those from ASEAN countries – are required to apply for a visa to enter Myanmar.
We can help you apply for an e-visa for Myanmar and the tour price is already included in the Myanmar visa fee.
Please kindly provide your passport and flight information to your travel advisor at least 1 month in advance of the travel date.
Shwenandaw Monastery will be your first stop. This monastery was once the king's living quarters and part of the imperial palace but it was moved out of the palace after the king's death. The monastery has numerous exquisite wood carvings and valuable Buddhist manuscripts.
Soak up Mahagandayon Monastery's pious atmosphere by witnessing thousands of pious monks standing solemnly to receive their food provided by local villagers.
Then take a local ferryboat across the river and have lunch at a riverside restaurant.
After lunch, head to the ancient city of Inwa to see Inwa Palace and the Bagaya Monastery. The ancient city of Inwa is relatively remote so most of its remains are intact. Hop in a cart on the country road to visit Inwa Palace, the Bagaya Monastery, and local villages.
You will spend about 2 hours in Inwa, then go to U Bein Bridge. This bridge is made of wood and has existed for over 150 years. It is also called the Bridge of Love by the locals.
In the rainy season, when the water level is high, the bridge's walkway isn't far out of the water. You will sit in a canoe at the bridge, hold your breath, and be amazed by the sight of the sunset over the surface of the water.
During your stay in a city of deities, why not join in with a holy ceremony? Get up early and follow the local believers — you will see them take various offerings to Mahamuni Buddha Temple and start a 1-hour face-washing ritual that starts at 4am. This is a daily event. The temple abbot will wash and clean the Buddha statue from top to toe, removing dust and smearing the statue with sandalwood oil before finally sprinkling it with holy water to maintain its holiness. According to local customs, females are forbidden to enter the main hall so should wait in the side room and watch a video of this.
You will return to your hotel for breakfast and then fly to Bagan.
Bagan's airport is 40 minutes away from your hotel. Your guide will help you with the check-in process and you will have time for a rest.
Continue your adventure in the afternoon. Visit Nyuang U Market and experience the dynamic atmosphere in the afternoon peak time.
Then visit the Shwezigon Pagoda. It was constructed in 1060 and is the antecedent of Burmese-style pagodas, being the most recognized shrine in Nyuang U.
Take Off Your Footwear
Please take off your shoes and socks before entering a religious place, such as temples and pagodas. Your guide will help you store your footwear in a bag and will offer you wet tissues so you can clean your feet when you come out.
The stunning UNESCO site Bagan Archaeological Zone is an ideal destination for every traveler. Hundreds and thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas sprawl out solemnly and magnificently in the morning sunlight. As they continue for 25 square kilometers, you will visit typical sites, such as the Ananda Temple, the Mahabodhi Temple, and Dhammayangyi Temple.
Return to your hotel for a break and have lunch, then return to the site in the late afternoon.
Perfect the day's journey by taking an ox cart ride to see Bagan's splendor in the dusk.
There is an optional activity for you to make the tour more unique, as detailed below.
Overlooking Bagan from a Hot-Air Balloon
In this 1-hour hot-air balloon ride, you will fly high and enjoy the view, scanning the horizon filled with silhouettes of pagodas. This will give you unforgettable memories of a lifetime.
Get up early and catch the morning flight to Yangon, the old capital of Myanmar.
Head to your hotel in Yangon and store your luggage, then start your tour in the afternoon.
Bogyoke Aung San Market is in memory of General Aung San. You can buy a variety of jewelry, carved wooden utensils, and specialties there, and then walk around in the formal colonial district in Yangon. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the holiest place for local devotees and is also the landmark of Yangon. This gilded pagoda is studded with nearly 5,000 diamonds and other gems. When the sun is setting, the pagoda glitters in the dusk. A picturesque, sacred, and particularly soul-touching picture is presented.
Jump onto a train at the Yangon Circular Railway for an overview of this city. The journey takes about 3 hours even though it's only 45 kilometers long. Seated among different commuters on their way to schools, offices, and marketplaces will give you a better idea about the local people's daily lives and you can learn why Yangon is more laid-back compared with other capital cities in Southeast Asia. Hop off at the local market in the suburbs then transfer to the airport.
You will take the flight to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and transfer to Can Tho.
To provide you with an authentic experience of local daily life, we will arrange a trip on an old train with wooden cabins and seats. There will be no air-conditioning and doors will stay open during the journey. However, if you prefer, we can change it to a modern train with air-conditioning, just like metro trains in big cities.
Be an early bird and get up at 6am to visit the market on water: Cai Rang Floating Market. Boats are a very important means of transportation and living places for residents in the Mekong Delta. Your guide will give you a brief introduction to the lifestyle and culture of this region. Morning is the busiest time of day and you will see many boats with goods getting together and becoming a market. Have a boat trip along the river and go back to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch.
In the morning, your guide will arrange a rickshaw and show you around the city. You will visit an opera theater, Reunification Palace, and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon. You can experience the local customs and daily life when traveling this way and, because of the cyclo's small size, you can get to many spots that your private car can't.
Stop the rickshaw tour at the War Remnants Museum. This was the former site of the US Intelligence Agency. See some old weapons and equipment, such as fighter jets and helicopters, and understand the history of the Vietnam War.
After lunch, your guide will escort you to the airport and you will catch the flight to Da Nang. After you land, your guide will transfer you to Hoi An.
Visit the "Angkor Wat" of Vietnam in My Son valley. My Son is the major site in Vietnam from the ancient Champa Kingdom, which flourished between the 2nd and 15th centuries. Descendants of the Champa civilization still live along the coast although they are now fully integrated with Vietnamese society. In 1999, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch, walking around Hoi An Ancient Town, your guide will lead you to some key scenic spots, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, and Old House of Tan Ky. Then you will take a break at a teahouse and have a cup of tea. It is a warm and lovely teahouse run by local young people with hearing issues.
Have a free day on your own. Take the flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, transfer to your hotel in Hanoi, and check in. You can spend the rest of the day as you please.
Hanoi has an abundant history and culture. In this trip, you will have a better understanding of Hanoi. In the morning, you will be led to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. It has regular cultural programs with many exciting and educational activities, which attract a lot of locals and foreign tourists to the museum. You can also learn some historical stories at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. After a short rest, you can start a food hunt in the Old Quarter and walk around the lake to experience authentic Hanoi life. Hanoi's best egg coffee, weird-looking fruits, and ice creams are all highlights there.
Things to Do at Night
Music is the essence of a culture. Attend the evening music show at Thang Long Ca Tru Guild in the Old Quarter. Local artists will perform traditional Vietnamese music two or three times a week. You will have the chance to learn how to play local instruments.
As a World Heritage Site, you can see the amazing landscape views in Halong Bay and you can enjoy your time with your loved one in the romantic atmosphere.
During your cruise, you will see villages, caves, and islets. If you are interested in a cooking class or a tai chi lesson, you can check out the cruise schedule and choose your favorite activity.
About the Cruise
1. You can take a nap on the way to Halong Bay during the 3-hour journey by road.
2. Don't worry if you are traveling with a baby. We can arrange a crib in your cabin. Please let us know in advance.
3. All meals are included during the cruise trip but you have to pay for drinks. Your guide will take you shopping for some drinks and snacks.
The cruise will dock at about 11am. Head to the airport to catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
Wake up early to join in with an important activity: morning almsgiving. Every morning, as part of the local culture, the monks walk a long way barefoot from the temple to the town. People offer them their first pot of rice on that day. This is the monks' food and this activity can help you understand how holy the monks are in people's minds.
Visit the morning market and city after the ritual — your guide will lead you to Wat Xieng Thong, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and the Royal Palace Museum. Enjoy yourself in the scenic spots and try some delicious dishes.
In the morning, you will leave Luang Prabang to go to the Kuang Si Falls and you can enjoy countryside views from the car. You will meet some friendly ethnic minority people in the village — chat with them and they will tell you some interesting facts about their culture. Afterward, you can jump into the water and feel the coolness of nature. Enjoy yourself surrounded by trees and flowers.
After a delicious breakfast in your hotel, head to the airport and say goodbye to your guide and driver. We, at Asia Highlights, wish you a pleasant journey.
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