- Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
- Day 2: Bangkok tour of Grand Palace and Wat Pho
- Day 3: Bangkok – Thonburi Station – Kanchanaburi Station
- Day 4: Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Bridge – Bangkok
- Day 5: Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai
- Day 6: Chiang Mai – Day Trip to DoiInthanont – Phe Dork Siew Waterfall
- Day 7: Free day in Chiang Mai
- Day 8: Chiang Mai – Flight to Mandalay
- Day 9: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing at Sunset
- Day 10: Mandalay – Monywa – Boditahaung, Thanboddhay & Shweguni Pagoda
- Day 11: Monywa – Po Win Taung – Shwe Ba Hill
- Day 12: Monywa – Pakokku – Ayeyarwady River Cruise – Bagan
- Day 13: Bagan –Temple Tour
- Day 14: Bagan – Discovery local Villages
- Day 15: Bagan – Flight to Heho – NyaungShwe – Inle Lake
- Day 16: Inle Lake – In Dein & Ywama
- Day 17: Inle Lake – Balloon over Inle – NyaungShwe
- Day 18: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Flight to Yangon
- Day 19: Yangon – Train ride – Sule & Shwedagon Pagodas – Walking Tour
- Day 20: Yangon - Departure
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- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
Bangkok tour of Grand Palace and Wat Pho
Be picked up from your central Bangkok hotel, sit back and relax as you journey through the bustling streets of new Siam. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as he highlights the passing attractions on your way to Wat Traimit, temple of the Golden Buddha, housing the world’s largest solid-gold Buddha. Appreciate the intricate architecture of this temple and then witness the Golden Buddha, standing 10 feet (3 m) high and weighing 5.5 tons.
Proceed to Wat Pho, temple of the Reclining Buddha, the largest and oldest of its kind in Bangkok. Observe the Buddhist ritual practiced by the monks and believers, and learn about this temple’s history.
Continue your journey to an incredibly striking temple, Wat Benchamabophit, the Marble Temple, named after the Carrara marble imported from Italy with which the ubosoth (a structure for ordinations) was constructed. Notice the breathtaking marble structures as you stroll along the interiors of the temple and admire the architectural mix of Italian marble and Siamese culture.
Back to the hotel and enjoy your time of leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Bangkok – Thonburi Station – Kanchanaburi Station
Today you depart Bangkok to the Ratchaburi province. On the way, visit a local palm sugar factory. Traveling by long tail boat, cruising along fruit plantations to visit the most well-known floating market in Thailand – DAMNOEN SADUK Floating Market. Continue to Kanchanaburi province and enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch visit a World War II cemetery and Jeath War Museum. You then take long tail boat along the Mae-Klong River to the bridge on the River Kwai. Visit the dazzling SaiyokNoi Waterfall and then check in at your hotel to rest for the night.
Overnight in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Bridge – Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel.
Check out & depart hotel to visit Erawan Waterfall at Erawan National Park. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you take your train ride along the Death Railway before transferred back to Bangkok, check into your hotel and rest for the night.
Overnight in Bangkok
Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai – City tour
Morning transfer to Bangkok Airport to take a short flight to Chiang Mai.
Arrive in Chiang Mai…Meet & greet local guide. Then transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon you take a drive on the winding road to see the DoiSuthep Temple, the most important temple in Chiang Mai. You’ll get a little exercise by walking up 306 steps to the temples or just lazily take the funicular to the temple with an altitude of 1,100 ms above the sea level.
See the Northern Thai dented corner golden pagoda which contains the relic of Lord Buddha. The mural painting surrounding the hall tells the Lord Buddha story. Here you can get a chance to get a holy blessing and wrist tiding ceremony from the Buddhist monk. From the balcony, enjoy the panorama view of Chiang Mai. Birds fly up in the sky and you will feel a cool breath against your face.
You then come back to the city to see the Suan Dork Royal Temple where the northern royal family tombs are located and the standing Buddha Image, the only one in holding the blessing stick position in Chiang Mai. Visit Wat ChediLuang or The Grand Pagoda Temple where you can see the biggest pagoda in Chiang Mai which was broken down by the earthquake in 1454. You still can see the gigantic pagoda standing gracefully in the middle of the temple grounds. Before the returning back to the hotel, see the Wat Chiang Maan, the first temple of the royal resident of King Mengrai of Mengrai dynasty. See two precious Buddha images “Phra Satangkamanee ” and “Phra Buddha Sila” which are important for Chiang Mai people.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai – Day Trip to DoiInthanont – Phe Dork Siew Waterfall
This morning you head southward on high way no.108 to DoiInthanont National Park, the highest peak in Thailand at 2,565 meters above the sea level. Along the 44 kilometres up the mountainous road, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenic view and the lush green nature of the forest. On the highest peak of Thailand you can see the stupa of King Inthawitchayanon, the last King of Lanna Kingdom before Siam became Thailand later on.
At the peak, stands the stupa of the king among the cool summer climate and cold winter climate. Nearby the stupa, there is a radar control station of Thai Lada Air Force to monitor the borderline between Thailand and Myanmar. After visiting the stupa of King Inthawichayanont, enjoy a 30-minute walk on the Angka nature trail. See the lush green forest area and feel fresh with the cool mist against your face. Then, continue to the Twin Pagodas, built for King Bhumiphol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand as the 60th birthday gifts by the Thai Lada Air Force Radar station and locals. Inside the pagodas, see the beautiful art which telling about the Lords Buddha. Then visit Hmong hill tribe market where they sell vegetables and fruits products and have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will meet your new friend from the “Pa KaYor” Karen hill tribe who will lead you on a walk through the forest to his village.
Start your walk into the pine forest area, follow the small pathway deep in to see the “Pha Dork Siew Waterfall,” one of the most beautiful waterfalls in this area. See the beautiful scenery, lush green forest and vast of biodiversities of life. The walkway has both an easy walk and an exciting one. Stop close to the waterfall to swim and relax in the fresh cooling water. Enjoy refreshing views of the waterfall before continuing the walk through the terraced rice fields and coffee plantation that belong to the Karen Hill tribe who work for the King’s Royal project before reaching the village. After resting, have some fresh Arabica coffee which comes from the village before visiting the Wachiratharn Waterfall. At 750 meters high, admire the strong powerful current of the water and feel the fresh spray against your face. Take an easy short walk around to take photos before the returning to your hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing at Sunset
After breakfast you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest intact bronze bell weighing more than 87 tons, and the unfinished MingunPaya (built with the intention of being the world’s largest pagoda). Mingun’s other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white–washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic handicrafts. There is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.
After returning to Mandalay in the afternoon, continue sightseeing and visit the Royal Palace ruins. Continue to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees to watch the sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay
Mandalay – Monywa – Boditahaung, Thanboddhay & Shweguni Pagoda
After breakfast drive to Monywa (140 km – 4 hours) in the morning and then visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. Inside, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka reliefs.
Continue your tour to visit the Bodhi TataungLaykyunSekkya standing Buddha statue. At 116 metres, it is the second tallest statue in the world (and second tallest Buddha). It is located at the back of a large religious site with Bodhi trees, gardens containing hundreds of sitting Buddhas, and a huge reclining Buddha lying in front of the Laykyun Sekkya.
Overnight in Monywa
Monywa – Po Win Taung – Shwe Ba Hill
Rise early to take the ferry to the other side of the Chindwin River where you board a pick–up to see the seldom visited 15th Pho Win Daung temple complex where more than 450,000 sandstone Buddhas were carved in the hillsides in caves, alcoves, or tiny niches. The cave murals are still intact with indigo blues and soft pastels. Then, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Bubddha images.
Overnight in Monywa
Monywa – Pakokku – Ayeyarwady River Cruise – Bagan
After breakfast, drive (approx. 4 hrs) to Pakokku to experience a genuine indigenous regional open–air market. Then, take a private local boat across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Bagan (approx. 3 hrs by boat). Arrival Bagan and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in Bagan
Bagan – Temple Tour
Begin your exploration by visiting a busy local market and gaining an insight into Bagan’s bustling market atmosphere. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visiting a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples.
In the late afternoon, climbto the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back, relax, and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient pagodas.
Overnight in Bagan
Bagan – Discovery local Villages
More than just temples, your tour introduces you to Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. Today, observe the authentic village lifestyle lived by most people in Myanmar by visiting villages near Bagan. Then, get to know Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a unique perspective of Bagan.
In the late afternoon, transfer to the jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open–deck, you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. Enjoy a spectacular sunset on a private boat tour on the river during. Relax and enjoy the scenery.
Overnight in Bagan
Bagan – Flight to Heho – NyaungShwe – Inle Lake
After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to Heho, a gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho, drive to Nyaung Shwe where you board your boat & transfer to your hotel for check in.
After a short rest you will enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle Lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way.
Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water, but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Proceed to the village of Nampan and see a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.
Overnight in Inle Lake
Inle Lake – In Dein & Ywama
Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days. Witness the hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits barter for goods and produce. You continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channels. You will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls.
Continue your tour to visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream. Next, visit a unique Monastery on the Lake Nga Phe Kyaung, near Ywama village where the local Monks have trained the cats to jump through hoops. It is now affectionately known as the Jumping Cat Monastery.
Overnight in Inle Lake
Inle Lake – Balloon over Inle – NyaungShwe
Today you will enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Inle is a unique experience. Depart the hotel before sunrise and transfer to the departure point (depending on wind). While sipping coffee/tea and having a croissant, observe how the crew inflates the balloons. A thorough safety briefing follows before you take off for a 45 minute to 1–hour flight. Upon landing, retrieve vehicles will be on hand to serve sparkling wine and refreshments before a transfer back to your hotel. The whole excursion door to door normally last between 2h30′ and 3h.
Enjoy your day at leisure in NyaungShwe. In the late afternoon, you can visit Red Mountain winery for the sunset.
Overnight in Inle Lake
Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Flight to Yangon
Morning flight back to Yangon. Then, visit famous Chauk Htat Kyi, home to a 70–meter long reclining Buddha. The feet of the statue are carved with traditional symbols and many locals often gather there to pay homage and pray. Then, enjoy a visit to the sprawling 75–year–old Scott Market. At the market, you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere!
Continue to drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Interspersed in the tour are various religious sites such as the St Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1899, and over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there, you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn about Jewish life in the Pagoda Land.
End up your day by visiting Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic.
Overnight in Yangon
Yangon – Train ride – Sule & Shwedagon Pagodas – Walking Tour
After breakfast, drive to the train station for a one hour circular train ride. Enjoy the authentic lifestyle of locals and appreciate the beautiful scenery.
After the train ride enjoy a private tour driving through downtown to explore the city centre 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. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, and the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda.
Overnight in Yangon
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- 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