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17-Day Myanmar-Thailand
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Overview

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Day 2

Yangon - Bagan (By Am Flight)

Day 3

Bagan

Day 4

Bagan - Mandalay (By Am Flight)

Day 5

Mandalay/Mingun/Sagaing/Ava

Day 6

Mandalay - Heho (By Am Flight) - Pindaya - Inle Lake

Day 7

Inle Lake

Day 8

Inle Lake - Heho - Kyaing Tong (By Am Flight)

Day 9

Kyaing Tong

Day 10

Kyaing Tong

Day 11

Kyaing Tong (Keng Tung)/Wan Pin/Wan Kwan

Day 12

Kyaing Tong - Tachileik (By Car) - Mae Sai-Chiang Saen
Day 13 Chiang Saen - Golden Triangle-Chiang Rai
Day 14 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
Day 15 Chiang Mai - Bangkok (By Flight)
Day 16 Bangkok
Day 17 Depart Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1        Arrive Yangon

shwedagon-pagodaUpon arrival at YANGON airport, welcomed by your Asian Tour guide and transferred to hotel.  After small refreshment, your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center.  Visit MAHABANDOOLA PARK from where you have the perfect view on Colonial Buildings, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Visit and stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET (closed on Monday and Gazette holidays), a compound of hundreds of food, garment, handicraft and gem stores. After a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, visit the magnificent reclining Buddha CHAUK HTAT GYI. Complete your first day in Myanmar with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON  PAGODA.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 02        Yangon - Bagan (By AM Flight)

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After early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival to Bagan, stroll through the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan: including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; HTILOMINLO TEMPLE, noted for its plaster carvings and KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments. Transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon learn of manufacturing Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts and visit a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village.  Later continue to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059 and explore the MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple known for its famous UNESCO protected mural paintings. After visit to ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images, finish the day of sightseeing by watching sunset over Myanmar’s longest river, Ayeyarwaddy from the SHWE SAN DAW PAGODA.

Overnight stay in Bagan.

Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. Balloons in Bagan offer visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from late October to April.

 

Day 3        Bagan / Mt.Popa

After early breakfast, drive to MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views.  Mount Popa is a popular pilgrimage destination for Myanmar’s. The local people travel here from far away to worship various animist spirits known as “nats”. 777 steps lead up to the shrine placed on top of the steep Popa peak. Return back to Bagan.

Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples and pagodas, but also home too many villages scattered around the surrounding plains. Leave to TAUNG BI VILLAGE, and visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and a local tea shop. Proceed to visit traditional family business including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack workshops and bamboo roof producers. If the time permits, enjoy the sunset at one of the temples.

Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 4        Bagan - Mandalay (By AM Flight)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival, drive to MAHAGANDayON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, visit also one of the most revered religious monuments of Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA.  Mandalay is also a major arts and crafts center. Visit a Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop.

Continue experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book made of marble.  Then proceed to MANDALAY HILL for sunset.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 5        Mandalay / Mingun / Sagaing / Ava

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After breakfast, an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to MINGUN, about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar constructed by King Bodaw Paya; one of the world’s largest bells and the 90 ton weighing MINGUN BELL and HSINBYUME PAYA. Return back to Mandalay.

In the afternoon, drive to SAGAING and visit KHAUNGMUDAW PAGODA. Then embark for a short boat ride over a river and explore the former Royal Capital INWA (AVA) by horse cart. Visit NANMYINT WATCHTOWER, the remains of the ancient palace building, also known as “the leaning tower of Ava“; MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco; BARGAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts.  

Continue to 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the Royal capital, for sunset viewing.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 6        Mandalay - Heho (By AM Flight) - Pindaya - Inle Lake

pindayaAfter breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to HEHO. Upon arrival, proceed by road to PINDayA (60 km – 2 ½ hour) and visit to PINDayA CAVE, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims and devotees over the centuries. Continue to visit the Traditional Umbrella and bamboo paper workshop before heading to NYAUNG SHWE (90 km – 4 hours). Boat transfer to your hotel in INLE LAKE.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 7        Inle Lake

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 After breakfast, day excursion by boat on the Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Begin with Local Market (if possible according to market day schedule); the PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; SILVER SMITH, BLACK SMITH AND WEAVING WORKSHOPS in YWA-MA and INPAWKHON.

Afternoon proceed to the Western Shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden INDEIN PAGODA complex.  And also visit the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY wonderfully carved wooden floating monastery in the lake.  

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 8        Inle Lake - Heho - Kyaing Tong (By Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to KYAING TONG. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Then visit in the city including MAHA MYAT MUNI PAGODA (WAT PHA JAO LUNG) the most glorious temple of Kyaing Tong; the Khun Shan monastery of WAT ZOM KHAM, the most impressive among all the Shan temples in the city with the interior walls filled up with gold leaves on lacquer Jatakas. Also visit a lacquer ware workshop where the unique Shan lacquer wares are produced in a very delicate way.

Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 9        Kyaing Tong / Ho Kyin

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After breakfast, visit to the Central Kyaing Tong Market, to see colorful ethnic tribes come to exchange goods from their home in the surrounding hills. Then, excursion to HO KYIN. Drive about approximately 1 hour to PAN KWAI village. Then walk about 1 and half hours to HO KYIN (AKHA) village .You have chance to learn about the Akha cultures, religions, (Buddhist, Christian, and Animist). Before you arrive to the village, you will walk through a tea plantation and enjoy a beautiful landscape from the rice paddies in the lower area to the terraces further up in the mountain.

Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 10        Kyaing Tong / Loi Mwe

After breakfast, excursion to LOIMWE. Drive about 1 ½ hours, on a bumpy narrow road will take you to LOI MWE located on a mountain plateau. En-route visit the WA village of NAUNG CHO known as the birth place of one of the earliest ethnic tribes of Shan country. In Loimwe visit the old Catholic church built by the Italian mission early in the 19th century and see some of the colonial houses built as summer residences during the British colonial era.

Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 11        Kyaing Tong (Keng Tung) / Wan Pin / Wan Kwan

After breakfast, drive 1½ hour north to the Akha village of WAN PIN. Continue on foot to the villages of the surrounding region and visit the unique Ahn, Akha and Lahu ethnic minorities in a comfortable pace. The walking trip can last to 2 to 6 hours depending on the number of villages visited.

Picnic break at PIN TAUK waterfall.

Drive back to Kyaing Tong in the afternoon. Stop en-route at the Li-Shan village of WAN KWAN to sample the local ‘fire water’ rice wine favored by all the mountain tribes of the region.

Remark: Villages to visit is subject to permission of local authorities.

Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 12        Kyaing Tong - Tachileik (By Car) - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen

After breakfast, drive to TACHILEIK (about 4 hrs) and depart to Mae Sai after immigration formalities.

Welcomed by your Thailand guide and continue to CHIANG SAEN for overnight.

Overnight stay in Chiang Saen.

 

Day 13        Chiang Saen - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai

Breakfast at hotel.

After city tour and a short cruise DON SAO ISLAND, drive to Chiang Rai. Stroll through the region and visit WAT RONG Temple.

Overnight stay in Chiang Rai.

 

Day 14        Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Breakfast at hotel.

Climb narrow mountain roads with stunning views and visit several villages and DOI MAE SALONG, a settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers who fled China in 1949.

Continue to Chiang Mai along with country side.

Visit the Elephant training center.

Overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

 

Day 15        Chiang Mai - Bangkok (By Flight)

Breakfast at hotel.

After city tour including WAT DOI SUTHEP, WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP, WAT SUAN DOK and WAT CHEDI LUANG, flight to Bangkok.

Overnight stay in Bangkok.

 

Day 16        Bangkok

bangkok-01Breakfast at hotel.

Full day city tour including Royal Palace, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, China Town, Pak Klong Talat. Optional dinner with music on Chao Praya river.

Overnight stay in Bangkok.

 

Day 17        Depart Bangkok

Breakfast at hotel.

Day is free and transfer to airport for departure.

Itinerary is subject to changes depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.

 

You can extend the program with Extended Tours .

 

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