Best of Thailand & Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma), Thailand

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Close  Bagan valley with thousands of ancient temples, Yangon, Myanmar.

Best of Thailand & Myanmar

Experience Bangkok, cruising the historic Chao Phraya River. View floating market of Damnoen Saduak, visit the Grand Palace, and the Jim Thompson house, one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture.

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is known for its monasteries and ancient towns like the awe-inspiring Bagan. Here thousands of pagodas and temples, that date back to 11th and 13th centuries, stretch across the plains along the Ayeyarwady River. In southeast of Myanmar, Inle Lake surrounded with Shan hills, is known for its Intha people. Yangon, capital of Myanmar, is known for its sites; the gilded Sule, the huge reclining Buddha, the Botathaung on the Yangon River and glimmering Shwedagon Pagoda,

Return to Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, known for its wealth of historic Buddhist wats (temples). Alms giving is an important custom in Thailand. Participate in this very special Thai custom by personally offering alms to the Buddhist monks. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY TOUR OF THAILAND & MYANMAR…
And, explore the highlights of these two Buddhist countries.
 

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  • Your own private guide and driver for flexible touring based on your interests.
  • Accommodation is in the most luxurious hotels in Thailand and Burma with breakfast.
  • Trouble-free travel experiences, as we take care of all the logistics, so that you avoid irritations and delays.
  • Highly personalised itinerary designed by Southeast Asia specialists with insider knowledge.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout Thailand and Burma.
Need to Know
  • We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We can arrange activities such as working with elephants in the Golden Triangle, private cooking classes, Thai message, diving among the islands of the south and more.
  • We can arrange restaurant and spa reservations, shopping recommendations, private airport transfers, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations.
  • Our Thailand private tours easily combine with destinations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Review

This luxury private tour focuses on the highlights of Thailand and Myanmar. The tour features Bagan and Mandalay with Inle Lake in Myanmar before travelling to Thailand to explore Chang Mai in the northern Thailand. All touring is private, with your own private guides and drivers.

Begin in Bangkok. With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals, the colourful markets and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.

Next, fly to Yangon (Rangoon) in Burma, near the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda – Kipling’s “golden mystery... a beautiful winking wonder”. Perched on a hill like a gold beacon, huge and bell-shaped, dominating the city and the surrounding countryside. Exploring through the city you can feel the British, Burmese, Chinese, and Indian influences; it is studded with its past colonial architecture now mixed with high-rise buildings. However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and its pungent smells.

Transfer to the awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples nestle within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. The high tide of construction began in the 11 century, and then ebbed within 250 years as Mongol invasion and internal conflict ended Burma’s golden age. We explore the 2,000 pagodas that survive and the Buddhist way of life. Upon request, AwimAway can book a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises.

To most Burmese, Mandalay is the heart of their land, for this was the capital until the British captured and exiled King Thebaw in 1885. Here, they feel, their culture centres, as it once did in earlier capitals  - in Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and classical Bagan.

Continue to  Inle Lake, home of the Intha people. The massive fresh water Inle Lake is rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. The villages are inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. For others, it is a place to meditate.

Transfer to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. With your private guide explore the city of Chiang Mai, with a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace. You will have enough time at leisure to browse craft markets or enjoy the resort's spa, cooking school, golf, or pool.

Return to Bangkok and connect with your onward flight.

 
Best of Thailand & Myanmar Myanmar (Burma), Thailand

Best of Thailand & Burma This tour combines the highlights of two Buddhist countries: Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.
(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bangkok, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Chiang Mai


Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok, Thailand VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride.

Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Yangon, Burma Private airport transfer for flight to Yangon.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon private city tour.

Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Bagan Private transfer to airport for flight to Bagan.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Full-day private tour.
Sunset private horse-drawn carriage ride or afternoon private boat ride on Ayerwaddy River.

Day 5 – Tour
Bagan Full-day private tour with optional excursion to Mt. Popa.

Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Mandalay Private transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Full-day private tour of Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing and Mandalay.

Day 7 – Tour
Mandalay Full-day private tour of Mandalay and Mingun.

Day 8 – Transfer
Inle Lake Private transfer to airport for flight to Heho.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 9 – Tour
Inle Lake Full-day private boat tour of Inle Lake and local villages.

Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Yangon Private transfer to airport for flight to Yangon.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon private city tour.

Day 11 – Transfer
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Thailand Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok.
VIP airport assistance and connecting flight to Chiang Mai.
Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights.

Day 12 – Tour
Chiang Mai Option for sunrise alms-giving. Full-day private tour of town, temples and craft districts.
Private round-trip transfer to night market.

Day 13 – Rest
Chiang Mai At leisure at resort.

Day 14 – Depart
Thailand Private airport transfer for flight to Bangkok


Hotels

  • Bangkok:           Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
  • Bagan:              Aureum Palace
  • Mandalay:         Sedona Hotel Mandalay
  • Inle Lake:          Inle Princess Resort
  • Yangon:             Governor's Residence or The Strand
  • Chiang Mai:       Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go Thailand: The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February as it is the coolest time of year and it rains the least. These months also form the tourist high season. March-Jun brings the hot season when sightseeing is best scheduled for morning or late afternoon. The best way of cooling off during hot season is to join the Thai Water Festival generally held in mid-April. Rains start in July through October. The temperature during these months tends to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. The rain isn't permanent though - it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!  

Myanmar: The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and March when the weather is dry and is not so hot with the maximum temperatures during the day averaging to about 30 degree Celsius and the average minimum at night is 15 degree Celsius.

For those who can stand the heat can visit during the summer months of April and May. During this time the heat often reaches 40ºC (104ºF) while areas around Bagan and Mandalay can be a few digits higher. In June, the southwest monsoon hits the southwest coast bringing frequent rains throughout the country till October, peaking from July to September.

Getting There Thailand: Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.

There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination.

Myanmar: Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore.  Also, there flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.

Passport/Visa British passport holders do not require a visa for stays of less than 30 days in the Kingdom of Thailand however your passport must have at least six months’ validity from the return date.

Myanmar: British citizens travelling to Myanmar can get a Myanmar visa on arrival. The new e-visa application service allows applicants to fill in the e-form and submit the payment through a secure payment gateway with a credit card. This takes about 3 days to receive a visa approval letter that you can print and take with your passport to a designated airport.