Overview

  • Active Adventure
  • Classic Journeys
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Day Trips & Excursions
  • Historical
  • Learning Discovery
  • Leisure
  • Nature & Landscapes
  • Safari
  • Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
  • Day 2: Bangkok Ayutthaya Day Tour
  • Day 3: Bangkok Half Day Tour – Fly To Chiang Mai
  • Day 4: Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Day 5: Chiang Mai – Day Trip to Elephant Nature Park
  • Day 6: Chiang Mai – Half Day Cooking Class (Joined Group)
  • Day 7: Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong
  • Day 8: Chiang Khong – Cross border to Tachileik (Myanmar) – Drive to Kyaing
  • Day 9: Kyaing Tong – Surroundings To Tribe Villages
  • Day 10: Kyaing Tong – Hokyin Surroundings
  • Day 11: Excursion Loimwe
  • Day 12: Kyaing Tong – Fly To Heho – Drive To Pindaya – Visit Famous Cave
  • Day 13: Pindaya – Inle Lake Sightseeing
  • Day 14: Inle Lake – Indein – Pao Village
  • Day 15: Inle Lake – Heho – Fly To Bagan
  • Day 16: Bagan Temple Plains
  • Day 17: Bagan Local Life & Sunset Boat Trip
  • Day 18: Bagan – Mandalay By Daily Boat
  • Day 19: Mingun – Mandalay Royal Palace
  • Day 20: Mandalay Ancient Capital
  • Day 21: Mandalay – Fly To Yangon
  • Day 22: Yangon City Tour
  • Day 23: Departure Yangon

Customizable itinerary

This Thailand and Myanmar tour is a journey which will give you the authentic experiences about life in these beautiful countries! Start in Bangkok with visits to its most impressive sites. Enjoy the astonishing scenery of Kanchanaburi and ride a train along the famous Death Railway. In Chiang Mai, explore the most important temple in the city – Doi Suthep and other striking temples and pagodas. Go on a day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park, renowned for its picturesque landscape and amazing nature trails. Travel to Mandalay and see the gigantic Mingun Bell and the unfinished MingunPaya. Visit Bagan, where you will embark on an incredible temple tour. Experience life in floating villages the scenic and tranquil Inle Lake. Enjoy the magnificent juxtaposition of ola colonial buildings and gorgeous religious sites in Yangon.

Bangkok Arrival

Sawadika! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand

A warm greeting awaits at Suvarnabhumi International Airport; your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals lounge and transfer you to your hotel in Bangkok. While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time. Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have.

This evening with our guide followed by a welcome dinner at a famous restaurant

Overnight in Bangkok.
Meals: (_/_/D)


Bangkok Ayutthaya Day Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive north to Ayutthaya.

Our first visit will be to Wat Phu Khao Thong, originally built in 1387 by the second king of the Ayothaya kingdom, an impressive monument in the North-western part of Ayutthaya. When the Burmese took over Ayutthaya in 1569, the Burmese king built a Mon-style chedi (or pyramid) on top of the former temple to celebrate his victory over Ayutthaya and the Siamese.

Continue to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and visit the ancient palace ground. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once a royal temple lying beside the Grand Palace, was once the most significant temple during the Ayutthaya period. Adjacent to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha image. Its rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya.

After a delicious Thai lunch, we’ll move on to Wat Lokaya Sutha to see the largest reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya at 8 meters high and 42 meters long. The Buddha image was made of brick and covered with plaster.

We will continue to Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruins of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size, remaining prangs, and towers attest to the significance during its time.

Late in the afternoon, we’ll take a ride back to Bangkok and check in the hotel for the night.

Overnight in Bangkok.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bangkok Half Day Tour – Fly To Chiang Mai

After breakfast, we will visit the Grand Palace. Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime.  The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only.

Explore the Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall, and the famous Emerald Buddha.

Our trip will continue with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life as well as a visit to the Temple of Dawn.

Enjoy lunch before heading to Bangkok Airport for an afternoon flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival, our private car and tour guide will pick us up and transfer to the hotel in center Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Chiang Mai City Tour

After breakfast, spend a full day enjoying the Chiang Mai city tour. The tour includes Wat Pra Singh, which is one of over 200 ancient Buddhist temples located around the city, one of the most well-regarded examples of Lanna architecture; and Wat Chedi Luang – The temple is the within site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat Chedi Luang housed the revered Emerald Buddha image now enshrined in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Chiang Mai – Day Trip to Elephant Nature Park

Today we will enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds, and many other rescued animals.

Our visit will start with a picturesque drive through the rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. We will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives.

Many will find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary.

Our visit helps support the regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Chiang Mai – Half Day Cooking Class (Joined Group)

Today we will learn to cook some of the most famous Thai dishes at Asia Scenic – one of the best cooking schools in Chiang Mai.

After we select the menus we want to cook, we’ll get started with a local market tour to select the freshest and best ingredients for our menu.

Enjoy the guidance of the chef and prepare our own meal, then evaluate ourselves by having what we have cooked for lunch!

The afternoon will be free for our own leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong

Leave Chiang Mai in the morning and drive due North towards Chiang Rai.

On the way, make a stop at Mae Ka Chan Hot spring for break time, Then drive more than one hour to visit White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat also created the mural paintings at the Buddha Prateep Temple in London.

Afterward, visit the world-famous Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha image was once enshrined. Move on to Wat Phra Singha where one of Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha images is now enshrined. Next visit the statue of King Mengrai, who was the builder of Chiang Rai City, then a short drive from Chiang Rai City to Black House. Baan Dam (Black House) is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs.

Drive around 1h30m to Chiang Khong

Overnight in Chiang Khong.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Chiang Khong – Cross border to Tachileik (Myanmar) – Drive to Kyaing

Free at leisure until our private car picks up from the hotel and transfers to Thailand – Myanmar border (around 2 hours), cross the Chiang Khong border to Tachileik – Myanmar.

Our private car and tour guide in Myanmar will wait for us in Myanmar custom and drive to Kyaing Tong (around 3 hours).

Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kyaing Tong – Surroundings To Tribe Villages

After breakfast visit Kengtung’s local market. This daily market is visited by villagers from the surrounding area who come to sell their products and barter for goods.  Visiting the market, we will see minority hill tribes in their traditional dresses.

Then depart by road to Pin Tauk village, the starting point of today’s trek.  Set off on foot, trekking 45 minutes to 1 hour to the Akha minority village of Hwe Lon. Spend some time in the village and interacting with the locals to discover more about their unique customs and daily lifestyle.

After a picnic lunch, resume trekking to an Ann Village perched on the slopes of a hill (approximately 30 minutes).  The Ann minority is known for its traditional black dress and blackened teeth.  After walking around the village, stop at Lone Tree Hill for panoramic views of the city and continue to Kengtung.

Overnight in Kengtung.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kyaing Tong – Hokyin Surroundings

This morning after breakfast drive in the direction of Mong La. The drive follows a good road with gorgeous views of mountains dotted with tribal villages. After around 2 hours (40 km), we’ll arrive at the start point of the trekking trail.

The first hour of the trek features rolling, hilly terrain but mostly 20 to 30-degree slope. In the middle of this natural landscape, we will suddenly arrive at a breathtaking beautiful wooden monastery, which is thought to be more than 300 years old. There are wood carvings on the doors and paintings on both the interior and exterior walls. Inside the Buddha room, there are paintings of Jakata stories, ancient Buddha images, and other impressive religious figures and furniture.

Continue on foot a short way to Wan Nat, a unique village whose inhabitants are Loi people living in longhouses. Spend time walking around the village to learn about the way of life, culture, and traditions of the Loi.

If we wish, continue hiking one more hour along a flatter, easier trail to another Loi village. Wang Seng is rarely visited by tourists and features an impressive and even larger monastery. A lunch box will be served along the way.

After our visits, return along the trekking trail to your car and drive back to Kengtung, arriving in the late afternoon. Freshen up at the hotel and then head out to a local restaurant for own dinner.

Overnight in Kengtung.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Excursion Loimwe

After breakfast, drive to Loimwe (appr. 2 hours drive), an old colonial town with different colorful tribes which passes through forests, terraced rice fields, and a lake.

Lunch on the way, we will have several stops to visit different villages. Wan Lun Shan village, walk and explore the native village life; the Ho Lup Akha village where we can see the traditional Akha tribes and the Naung Cho Wa tribe, in former times headhunters. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong

Overnight in Kengtung.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kyaing Tong – Fly To Heho – Drive To Pindaya – Visit Famous Cave

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Transfer from hotel to Kyaing Tong airport for the flight to Heho.

Once arrival, our guide awaits to transfer us to Pindaya, which is noted for its extensive limestone caves filled with Buddha images. Upon arrival, we will be visiting to the Pindaya Caves which houses thousands of Buddha Images of various sizes placed there by pilgrims over the centuries and endless fields of dry cultivates mountain rice and potato.  We can explore the district for famous traditional paper and its umbrella making home base cottage industry.

Overnight in Pindaya.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Pindaya – Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, we take a 2-hours drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. Drive up the hills to Ayethayar winery where German winemakers have been perfecting Myanmar’s premier winery produce for nearly 20 years. Take a walk around the vineyard with local specialists and taste the wines. Enjoy lunch with sweeping views over rolling vine rows and Inle Lake valley extending below.

After checking into the hotel, we embark on explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

Overnight at Inle Lake/ Nyaung Shwe.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Inle Lake – Indein – Pao Village

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the floating market which is a 5 days rotation market most fascinating to watch the daily life of the minorities and their activities.

Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th-century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight at Inle Lake/ Nyaung Shwe.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Inle Lake – Heho – Fly To Bagan

A short flight from Heho Airport to the ancient capital of Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers of constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Once arrival, a private car with tour guide pick up from Nyaung U airport and transfer to hotel in Bagan

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bagan Temple Plains

Over the five centuries of the Bagan empire more than 4000 brick temples, pagodas, and monasteries were constructed on a dry plateau by the Irrawaddy River. Despite wars and earthquakes much of this wonder and world heritage has survived to modern-day and is now open for visits. (Climbing up to temples terraces is no more permitted to prevent erosion)

Get ready for an inspiring experience with this Bagan full-day tour. Join with a local guide to explore the best of Bagan’s history, culture, and landscapes.  We start with an exploration of thousand years old Shwezigon Stupa purported to contain a holy tooth relic of Buddha and a “Nat” spirit shrine. Next, we continue to Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple to marvel at the best-preserved mural paintings in Bagan and visit the largest market of Bagan in Nyaung Oo.

In old Bagan, we visit the most beautiful temple of all – Ananda, with symmetric four standing Buddha images inside. We cap the day with a horse or bullock carriage ride to witness a magical sunset (weather permitting) behind the temples stopping by one of the most impressive temples of Bagan, the Dhammayangyi is known for its fine brickwork and legend of the evil king.

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Bagan Local Life & Sunset Boat Trip

Another exciting day exploring Bagan.

Today we venture off the beaten trails on backroads to explore the lesser-known and hidden temples and villages of Bagan, tucked away from the crowds and tour busses. Experience the typical village life of central Myanmar and meet the locals. Bagan’s temple groups and villages are connected by a network of small unpaved trails and paths perfect for cycling and e-biking explorations.

On a school day, we can stop by a monastic school where underprivileged children get free education and are always keen to practice English skills with visitors. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch as a guest of a local family and continue a ride to the monastery where we can meet Buddhist monk(s) and learn about the devotee’s daily routine and monastic life. This is the perfect place to have a short meditation practice if you wish.

After a little rest break at the hotel, we take a closer look at traditional arts and crafts of Bagan and lacquerware making, a tradition that still thrives after 1000 years.  The remarkable skill of the artisans is sure to impress.

Then we are off to Ayeryarwaddy River for a private sunset cruise where views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore can be accompanied by cocktails onboard.

Come back to your hotel in Bagan

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bagan – Mandalay By Daily Boat

An early morning transfer to jetty and take the boat trip to Mandalay. There is no better chance of witnessing and enjoying the natural scenic beauty and the ways of life along the Ayeyarwady River.

Lunch will be served on the boat.

The boat will depart from Bagan at 05.30 am and arrive to Mandalay at 17.00pm.

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mingun – Mandalay Royal Palace

After breakfast, board a boat for a 1-hour cruise across the Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy) to the rural village of Mingun to view its massive unfinished pagoda dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s; Mingun’s bronze bell believed to be largest uncracked one in the world and the beautiful Myatheindan pagoda which represents Mt. Meru and the abode of celestial beings.

Return back to Mandalay enjoying lunch

Afternoon highlight to the most significant Buddha images covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets and regarded the world’s largest book in terms of surface area. Time permitting, we enjoy a stroll through the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city to experience authentic local life.

We end our day with sunset panoramic views over the city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

Overnight in Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mandalay Ancient Capital

Venture outside the city to the Buddha land of Sagaing. This religious hub presents education for monks at different levels. After visiting Sagaing University, we will proceed to visit Buddha cave and U Min Thonze Pagoda, Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Tupayon temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay.

This afternoon, we will travel to Ava, Amarapura to discover the Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Gabaya Monastery, Leaning Nam Myint Tower, and the nearby attractions.

Enjoy a walk over U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in Myanmar.

Overnight in Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mandalay – Fly To Yangon

Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight back to Yangon.

Upon arrival, our private car and tour guide will pick us up from the airport for a hotel transfer. Free at leisure

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/_/_)


Yangon City Tour

After breakfast, drive to the train station for the train ride for about 1 hour. Enjoy the authentic lifestyle of locals and take in the beautiful scenery. Then, enjoy a private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city center and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings, many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia.

Continue with a walking tour of the colonial street. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, pass by the Strand Hotel, the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Stop for a photo at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge.

Late afternoon, visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell-shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires, and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Departure Yangon

After breakfast, a fleet of microbuses and guides will be available outside the hotel for guests who would like to do some last-minute shopping or complete their cultural visit of Yangon exploring colonial downtown.

Then take the drive to Mingaladon International Airport to check in on your onward flight.

End of services.
Meals: (B/_/_)

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What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Domestic flights within Thailand and Myanmar
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Thailand and Myanmar
  • Thailand and Myanmar entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

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How to Plan a successful Trip to Myanmar, Step-by-Step

Myanmar (previously known as Burma) is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a unique get-away to a beautiful and exotic locale. This tropical country offers travelers an amazing landscape and a rich cultural heritage, influenced by Southeast Asia’s traditions. However, as a country that has only just recently opened its doors to tourism, Burma still retains an air of mystery, making it all the more intriguing.

With nearly 2,000 miles of coastline and a handful of mountain ranges, Myanmar has more than its share in natural beauty. Trek through the rolling green hills, discover Sagar to the south of Inle Lake, cycle to markets and ruins, boat around floating villages, sample well-spiced Burmese cuisine, and visit mysterious temples. You will get to not only discover, but also really live in this unique cultural atmosphere.

In exploring Myanmar, you will also enjoy the perfect combination of luxury and adventure.

Most popular sites of Myanmar

• Breathtaking Bagan bags a well-deserved top spot on this list of the best places to visit in Myanmar. Seeing Bagan by the hot-balloon is becoming increasingly popular, and offers a truly unique view of this 26-square-mile land of temples.

• The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. The 99-meter-tall (325 ft) pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, and dominates the Yangon skyline.

• Inle Lake – for an excellent view of the verdant, bucolic side of Myanmar.

• U Bein Bridge – the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world

• Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock ), a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.

• Shwenandaw Monastery is a historic Buddhist monastery located near Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Region, Myanmar.

• National Kandawgyi Gardens – home to over 500 different flower species

• Bagaya Kyaung – a 200-year-old Buddhist monastery

Like most Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar has two main seasons: dry and wet.
The dry season runs from October to May, and the wet season from June to October. Generally, most people prefer to travel during the drier months, but even during the wet season, the northern and central regions of Myanmar are cooler and drier than the southern parts, making year-round travel possible.

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Myanmar. Visa-free travel for 14 days, or longer in some cases, is permitted only to citizens of Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, and Laos.

E-visa

In addition to getting visas at embassies and consulates, Myanmar has an online e-visa system. It is designed to make the process of application simpler for visitors – particularly those from countries that do not have a Burmese embassy. For e-visa applications, please visit the official Ministry of Immigration e-visa website.

E-visas are currently only valid for entry at Myanmar’s three main international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, as well as overland travel to Myanmar via the Thai-Myanmar border points of Mae Sai / Tachileik, Mae Sot / Myawaddy and Ranong / Kawthaung only. The e-visa is not valid for China, India, Thai or any other land border entry points.

Tourist visas are valid for 28 days and costs around USD$50, which can be extended an extra 14 days at a cost of USD$3 per day, plus a one-time USD$3 administration fee. It is important to be ready with the correct change at your departure point as change will not be provided. Bear in mind that if you overstay, you might encounter some difficulties booking travel and/or hotels during your overstay period, as not all service staff are aware of the overstay allowance.

Notes

Do not apply for your visa too early: the period for visa validity (i.e. your Burmese entry date) may range from 1 to 3 months.

Do not apply for your visa too late: embassies and consulates can take 2 weeks or more to process your application, but this varies from country to country. If you are from a country that does not have a Burmese embassy or consulate, it will take longer still.

If you wish to apply for a physical visa, the visa photo criteria are 5 cm high x 3.5 cm wide on a white background, no glasses and no smiling.

You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure from Myanmar.

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook
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How to Plan a successful Trip to Thailand, Step-by-Step

Thailand, the wondrous kingdom, the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and the only Southeast Asian nation that has never been colonized by a European power. With endless attractions for visitors of all budgets and interests, Thailand is the paramount beacon beckoning travelers from all over the world to Southeast Asia.

For those wanting to learn more about Thai culture, take a stroll through the impressive Buddhist temples, and join a cooking class to learn Thai culinary arts. More of a nature person? Explore the spectacular islands and bask on world-class beaches, see some exotic wildlife, and tour the country’s landscapes. Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui offer life in paradise with their miles of pristine sand and crystal water. Looking for a more modern experience? Shopaholics will find Bangkok a heaven with its millions of product types, brand names and prices at every corner, either at an affordable market or a luxury mall. The nightlife is also guaranteed to please the party crowd. Most importantly, everywhere you go, you will be warmly greeted by the Thai locals, whose dazzling smiles established Thailand as the ‘land of smiles’.

From five-star pampering, adrenaline-fueled activities, shopping in stylish boutiques, sun tanning on some of the best beaches in the world, to taste the fantastic cuisine, Thailand has something for everyone.

Most popular sites of Thailand

• Bangkok – visit temples by day and bar hop by night
• Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui – relax on beaches with white sands and crystal-clear waters
• Hill tribes in the north – trek with the locals

The climate varies throughout this country, makes it possible to visit all year round. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February when the weather is at its best. Much of the country experiences a typically tropical climate consisting of two seasons: dry and wet.

In northern Thailand, the dry season with cooler temperatures falls between November and May, with heavy rainfall between June and October.

In the south, the climate differs between the east and west coasts. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February, and the highest in November. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months when diving and snorkeling will be at its best.

Passengers arriving via an international airport will be given a 30-day visa exemption stamp, however, those with back-to-back visa exempt entries might be questioned. As of December 31st, 2016, the number of visa exemption entries at a land border has been limited to two per the calendar year, for a maximum of 30 days each time. For those who would prefer to get a visa, a valid tourist visa offers a maximum of a 60-day stay.

The Thai visa photo criteria are 6 cm high x 4 cm wide with a bright background color.

Visa exemptions

The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Thailand for a certain amount of time:

  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 90 days)
  • Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Russia, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
  • Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei, Belgium, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia(unlimited), Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Slovak, Slovenia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and USA

(maximum stay of up to 30 days when entering Thailand at an airport, plus 2 extra 30-day exemptions at a land border in a calendar year)

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

The citizens of countries that are eligible for a VOA to enter Thailand can NOT enter Thailand at any Thai / Cambodian border: Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

All other foreign citizens must obtain a Thai visa from their nearest Thai embassy/consulate.

Note: It is recommended to keep a copy or record with your camera, your passport, visa, most recent entry stamp, and your embarkation card.

Booking your holiday with Indochina Pioneer cannot be easier! Follow our 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Browse our website www.indochinapioneer.com for tours, cruises and other destination information.

Should you find something that matches your interest, fill in the REQUEST A FREE QUOTE forms. Can’t find something that fits your needs? Then fill the BUILD YOUR OWN TRIP or CONTACT US form and click SUBMIT.

Then sit back! One of our travel experts will get back to you shortly with our customized package and most favorable offer!

In a hurry? Don’t like filling forms? Then call +84 982 116 630 (Mr. Lam) or +84 983 145 799 (Mr. Quyen). We’re available 24/7 and would be more than happy to talk! Certainly, your request will be carefully noted and a nicely crafted package with a pleasant price will follow!

Step 2: Reviewing/ Customizing our offer!

It’s your holiday so everything should be exactly what you want! We encourage your careful review of what we offer, letting us know what changes you would like to make. We’ll be more than happy to fine-tune the tour to fit best your interests, budget and time! This step may require several emails/call exchanges until perfect!

Step 3: Confirming/Paying/ Packing for the trip!

Once you’re satisfied with the customized tour, please let us know and Indochina Pioneer will need a few working hours to place reservations for all of the tour services. As soon as the availability and reservations of the services are confirmed, we will request a deposit. Please refer our Payment Guide for more details.

Once your deposit is received by Indochina Pioneer, we will send you the service voucher which confirms all the services of the tour and provides ground contact details and a guide for the final payment schedule.

And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!

Booking Amendment & Cancellations:

Booking Amendment: Flexibility is our strongest point. You can amend your booking even after it is made. Just contact your salesperson or contact us at sales@indochinapioneer.com with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking with your preferable alternatives. Please kindly note that you will be responsible for any change of the final price caused by your amendment requests.

Travel smart with Indochina Pioneer!

Packing Checklist – Be sure to check them all 😉

Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook
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Reviews on Our Service

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

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Marion
Tokyo, Japan

"Awesome service"

We had a wonderful 7-day trip last July; Kata was awesome to work with. So professional, reliable and helpful!

Mar 31, 2020
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ICP customer
Mary
Wisconsin, USA

"Lifetime of Memories"

Lam did an amazing job putting together an itinerary based on phone/text conversations. We told him the where and what and he did the rest. The accommodations were beyond expectation, the guides were unbelievably friendly, and the places we were taken were spectacular. Having guides and drivers is worth every penny. So much time and money would have been wasted had we tried to accomplish this ourselves.

We got to experience so much more because of our guides local knowledge. Lastly, how great it was not to worry about how we were getting to the next adventure. Had we not used Indochina Pioneer I truly believe I wouldn’t have as many astonishing memories.

Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.vn/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751994054-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

Mar 29, 2020
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ICP customer
David G
USA

"Amazing 30 Day Journey with Indochina Pioneer"

If you are looking for a private tour of SE Asia, look no further than Indochina Pioneer. I recently returned from a 30-day private tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all arranged by Indochina Pioneer and could not have been happier with everything they arranged for me. They are top-notch from working directly with you on planning your trip, arranging visas, having individuals at the airports to meet and walk you through everything when entering the countries, having amazing tour guides and drivers as well as organizing everything for you on the ground and being there to help you all along the way if you have any questions or problems. My tour was amazing with not only the normal tourist sights, but many off the beaten track sights and with your own guides, you learn so much more from these individuals who actually live in the places you will visit. I can’t recommend this tour agency enough. If you are looking to travel to any of the locations Indochina Pioneer has tours, you must book through them, you will not be disappointed.

Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751470744-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

Mar 20, 2020
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Lidia
Spain

"Excellent from the very beginning"

We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
I recommend this travel agency!

Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293924-d2211874-r751425461-Indochina_Pioneer-Hanoi.html

Mar 19, 2020
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