Best of Myanmar & Bhutan
Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma)
Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar and Bhutan are two nations in Southeastern Asia that are prominently Buddhist. Myanmar practices Theravada Buddhism in conjunction with nat worship, which involves the placation of spirits who can intercede in worldly affairs. Bhutan practices Vajrayana Buddhism that refers to the Buddhist tradition of Tantra, an esoteric system of beliefs and practices that developed in medieval India. Vajrayana refers to one of three vehicles or routes to enlightenment, the other two being the Hinayana and Mahayana.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas. Bagan, central Myanmar is an ancient city known for over 2,000 Buddhist monuments. To the east, Inle Lake is known for Intha people who live in floating houses. Bhutan is known for impressive Dzong fortresses with a unique Bhutanese style of architecture including the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Paro town in west Bhutan, is known for the many sacred sites including Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest), the 17th century monastery.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY MYANMAR & BHUTAN TOUR…
And, explore cultural highlights of these two interesting countries.
This is the ultimate cultural journey; staying two weeks in two of the world's most fascinating destinations. Starting in Myanmar (Burma), explore the cultural highlights to include Bagan and Inle lake before travelling to Bhutan via Bangkok. Take a comprehensive tour of Bhutan to include Paro, Thimphu and Punakha visiting ancient monasteries and remote valleys. Stay at some of the best hotels in each destination.
Begin your tour in the capital city Yangon. The focus of interest here is the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda – Kipling’s “golden mystery... a beautiful winking wonder”. It perches 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.
Next, fly to unforgettable, 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, 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.
Continue to Inle Lake, home of the Intha people, and the surrounding countryside. The massive fresh water lake is rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. 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.
Spend a night in Yangon before departing for Bangkok, Thailand, for an overnight stay.
Next, fly to Bhutan and transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions; school for traditional arts and crafts, heritage museum or the post office to see the Bhutanese stamps, amongst the best in the world. Visit Buddhist highlights; the Memorial Chorten (dedicated to King’s late father), the Simtokha Dzong (now a university), and the Tashicho Dzong, which now houses government departments and ministries.
Continue to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley with warm summers and pleasant winters. Visit the beautifully located Punakha Dzong built on the confluence of Pho chhu (Male river) and Mo chhu (female river). Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chilli and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.
The tour concludes in Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Take a comprehensive tour of the highlights including the Ta Dzong filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Amour, the 17th century Rinpung dzong or hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 feet.
Best Myanmar & Bhutan Explore cultural highlights in Burma before travelling to Bhutan via Bangkok.
(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro
Day 1 – Arrive
Yangon Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Yangon Full-day private tour.
Day 3 – Transfer
Bagan Transfer and flight to Bagan for 2 nights.
Full-day private touring of ruins.
Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset.
Day 4 – Tour
Bagan Full-day private touring in Bagan.
Sunset boat cruise.
Day 5 – Transfer
Inle Lake Transfer and flight to Inle Lake for 2 nights.
Day 6 – Explore
Inle Lake Private touring around Inle Lake and In Dein.
Day 7 – Transfer
Bangkok Transfer and flight to Yangon, connecting with flight to Bangkok for overnight.
Day 8 – Transfer
Thimpu, Bhutan Flight to Bhutan. Private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights.
Begin private touring.
Day 9 – Tour
Thimphu Private full-day cultural touring.
Day 10 – Transfer
Punakha Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 11 – Explore
Punakha Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring.
Day 12 – Transfer
Paro Private transfer to Paro for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 13 – Explore
Paro Private tour of Paro including hike to Tiger’s Nest.
Day 14 – Depart Paro
Depart Thailand Private airport transfer and business class flight back to Bangkok
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
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When to go 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.
Bhutan: The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March, April and May, when Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan. The rainy season arrives in July and by mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can be cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking deep into the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.
Getting There 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.
Visa Application 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.