Experience the highlights of these two intriguing and very beautiful Buddhist countries. Get a taste of Thailand as you visit the buzz of Bangkok- full of history, beautiful temples, delicious food stalls, tuk tuks and modern shopping malls. Explore the waterway canals, see the impressive emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, and take in all the highlights of this incredible city before setting off to Yangon.
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has only recently opened it’s doors to visitors. Here, you’ll come face-to-face with the centuries-old rural lifestyle of the Shan people as you visit their floating villages on stunning Inle Lake. Explore Mandalay, a realm of stupas, monks, and monasteries. Chat with these kind-hearted people for a rare insight into the culture of time-locked Myanmar. Marvel at Bagan’s thousands of deserted ancient temples, and relax at the stunning hotels and resorts. This journey captures your senses…
Welcome to Bangkok! Your Travel Thailand driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel for check in. Free time and relax.
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to a Harbor on Chao Phraya River to get on a boat to explore the traditional Thai klongs (canals) and see the still-active waterborne life of the Nonthaburi residents. Then, visit Wat Arun which is known as Temple of Dawn – one of the best well-known sites in Bangkok. It is best seen from the opposite side of the river. After visiting this Wat, you will head to the Grand Palace, which is the official Palace of The King Of Siam since 1782, made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. It is located on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Inside the Grand Palace complex is Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the most beautiful and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The following visit is Wat Pho – the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple has a long list of credits: The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education institution. Next, drive to Pak Klong Talaat Flower market to see Thailand’s exotic flora with many species of orchids. Finally, back to your hotel.
This morning, leave Bangkok for Ayutthaya – 70km from Bangkok. The first stop is the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace Palace (also known as Summer palace), located 18km from Ayutthaya on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Arrive in Ayutthaya – the ancient capital for over 400 years. You will visit Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit which has one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand. The next visit is Wat Phra Si Sanphet located in grand palace compound used as a residential palace. This is the biggest temple in Ayutthaya. Then you will visit Wat Maha That – an over 600 years old temple and Wat Na Phra Mane. Wat Na Phra Mane is still in good condition and was used as the Burmese military headquarters during the war. Inside this temple, you will see the sparking Golden Buddha with the three thousand-year-old Buddhas carved from green stone which are extremely valuable national relics. Back to Bangkok.
Free until it is time to be transferred to the airport for your flight to Yangon.
Welcome to Myanmar! Upon your arrival, your Travel Myanmar guide will await you at the International Yangon Airport.
You will then be escorted to your hotel in the city center.
Begin your first Myanmar visit to Shwedagon Pagoda – the most prominent monument in Yangon, which dominates the sky with a golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.
Your highlight for this evening is a dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. Dinner will consist of fine Burmese food and an amazing cultural show.
Travel from Yangon to Bagan and start your day with a visit to Shwezigone Pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. After, we’ll visit Ananda Sulamani Temples.
The afternoon will consist of a visit to the Bagan Archaeological Museum and learn the traditional way local people make Bagan’s famous lacquer wares.
We’ll end our day by enjoying a beautiful sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River.
After breakfast, start your day by visiting Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple; take note of the architectural differences between MyaZedi Pagoda and the Manuha Temple.
This afternoon, enjoy an exotic horse cart ride to one of the largest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda along with many other interesting sites nearby. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda in Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda.
Known as the hub of Buddhism, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monasteries. The most fascinating and intriguing part of the day will be the time studying the monks during their worship and meals.
Drive to Mandalay pier to embark on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell, the 90-ton ringing bell (second largest in the world).
In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite woodcarvings and gold leaf beading workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known for containing the world’s biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Breakfast shall be served in the hotel. Leave Mandalay for Heho, where our driver awaits to transfer you to Inle Lake. Relax on the boat ride to your resort.
Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900 meters above sea level and is home to the Intha people; who are known for their one leg rowing technique.
In the afternoon, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and is also believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “jumping cat” pagoda. As you travel closer towards Nam Pan village, cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
This morning, you will visit the 5-Day Market, which is held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and the exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take you to the beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will definitely be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns, which have been left to nature for centuries.
Travel to Yangon.
After breakfast, you are free until your departure time. Our driver will transfer you to Yangon International Airport for your flight home. Bon Voyage!
- 5 Flights as indicated in the itinerary - Accommodation at 3-star hotel in average. - Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary - Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles - Service of English speaking guides in every location - Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Tour Does Not Include
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary - Early check-in and late check-out at hotels. - Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.) - Tips for guides and drivers - Personal travel insurance.
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