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Discover two of the world's most captivating countries
This escorted tour to Southeast Asia begins in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for a journey full of breathtaking highlights and sights. Here, you'll discover the warmth and infectious joy of one of the world's most friendly and welcoming nations. The tour then continues to Thailand, to combine Bangkok's charming bustle and stunning temples with the verdant jungle landscape of the languid River Kwai and the rest and relaxation of a beachside idyll.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Pay a sunset visit to the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda
- Discover Yangon's ancient Chinatown quarter
- Fly to Inle Lake, home to traditional leg-rowing fishermen
- Visit a traditional Intha village
- Spend two nights in Mandalay
- Visit Amarapura, Myanmar's former Royal capital
- Stroll across U Bein's teak bridge and enjoy a sunset cocktail
- See majestic Bagan, the Land of a Thousand Pagodas
- Cruise the Irrawaddy River to view the timeless landscape
- Discover and explore colourful Bangkok
- See the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai
- Rest and relax in beachside Cha-Am
- 6 nights' half-board accommodation in Burma
- 6 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in Thailand
- Two included lunches
- Flight from the UK to Yangon via Bangkok, returning from Bangkok
- All regional and domestic flights as described in the itinerary
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly overnight from the UK to Bangkok.
This morning, you'll land in Bangkok and continue to Yangon (Rangoon), former Burmese capital and once an elegant outpost of the British Empire. After checking in at the hotel, enjoy a guided introduction to this Garden City of the East. Visit the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its monumental Buddha, watch the sunset at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda and discover the colourful Chinatown district.
Today, we fly to hill-town Heho, and make the scenic transfer through verdant, rolling countryside to Inle Lake, famed for its leg-rowing Intha fishermen on their traditional long-tail boats. Cross the lake by motorboat, passing floating gardens and stilted villages, and stay for one night on the lakeshore. Visit the ancient Nga Hpe Chaung monastery and the sacred Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and discover local craft workshops.
Enjoy a visit by motorised boat to traditional Intha village Khaung Daing, before we fly to timeless Mandalay - in its glorious Irrawaddy River setting - for a two-night stay. Upon arrival, enjoy a traditional Mingalaba welcome - a Burmese greeting that loosely translates as 'hello'.
Join a guided tour of Mandalay, a city that retains the charm of traditional Asia, and walk up Mandalay Hill for spectacular views across the city. You'll also visit the extraordinary Kuthodaw Pagoda - home to the world's biggest book - as well as the gold-painted Buddha at Mahamuni Pagoda. Afterwards, we'll drive on to Amarapura, a tranquil former royal capital and the site of the wondrous, 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, which crosses the Taungthaman Lake. Enjoy a cocktail in its sunset shadow, watching the procession of locals making their way home.
Today, we drive through stunning countryside to Bagan, built on the shores of the Irrawaddy and home to over 2000 extraordinary temples and pagodas. Here, we'll enjoy an unforgettable cruise on a private wooden riverboat, taking in the sunset over this breathtaking vista.
Our last day in Myanmar sees us visit the vibrant Nyaung Oo market, before witnessing the pindapata food donation ceremony: a Buddhist tradition where food is placed into the alms bowls of monks. You'll also see the Shwezigon Pagoda and the ornate, gilded Ananda Temple, before finishing the day with a memorable sunset ride through the temples by horsecart.
Bidding farewell to Myanmar, we'll fly back to the Thai capital, Bangkok, for the second part of this fascinating tour.
This morning, join the guided introduction to this vibrant city, starting on Rattanakosin Island. You'll visit the Grand Palace and the adjoining Wat Phra Kaeo temple, as well as the Wat Pho temple, home to the gigantic figure of the Reclining Buddha. You'll also see the ornate Golden Buddha at Chinatown's Wat Traimit temple, before enjoying a Khlong canal cruise in the afternoon. End the day by joining our optional traditional Thai dinner with dance excursion.
Today's excursion will take you on a journey to the wonderful floating markets at Damnoen Saduak, where locals buy fresh produce from traders on the boats. We'll then visit the 70-acre Rose Gardens, where you can witness cultural shows, such as Thai boxing or folk dancing, and enjoy a buffet lunch. This afternoon, we'll leave Bangkok for the scenic journey north to Kanchanaburi, on the banks of the River Kwai.
Today's included River Kwai and the Death Railway excursion takes us on a train journey through the Thai jungle. Lunch is included, and there will be an opportunity to visit the museums and beautifully tended cemeteries from WWII. It's likely to be an emotional visit, but one of the highlights of your holiday. This evening, join the optional Thai Jungle Night Safari excursion, followed by dinner on the riverbank.
Heading south, we depart for the picturesque resort of Cha-Am, located beside the blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Here, a beachside hotel, set in beautiful gardens, is our base for the next two nights.
Spend today making the most of Cha-Am's idyllic location, and perhaps join tonight's optional excursion with dinner to nearby Hua Hin, a favourite holiday resort of the Thai Royal Family.
This morning, join an optional excursion to delightful Phetchaburi, another Royal retreat, home to ancient temples and hill-top summer houses. This afternoon, we'll transfer back to Bangkok and check in for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Aberdeen||08 Nov 2017||£2999.00|
|Aberdeen||28 Feb 2018||£2999.00|
|Aberdeen||07 Mar 2018||£2999.00|
|Aberdeen||25 Apr 2018||£2899.00|
|Aberdeen||02 May 2018||£2749.00|
|Aberdeen||19 Sep 2018||£2749.00|
|Aberdeen||03 Oct 2018||£2949.00|
|Aberdeen||07 Nov 2018||£3049.00|
|Belfast City||08 Nov 2017||£2999.00|
|Belfast City||28 Feb 2018||£2999.00|
|Belfast City||07 Mar 2018||£2999.00|
|Belfast City||25 Apr 2018||£2899.00|
|Belfast City||02 May 2018||£2749.00|
|Belfast City||19 Sep 2018||£2749.00|
|Belfast City||03 Oct 2018||£2949.00|
|Belfast City||07 Nov 2018||£3049.00|
|Edinburgh||08 Nov 2017||£2999.00|
|Edinburgh||28 Feb 2018||£2999.00|
|Edinburgh||07 Mar 2018||£2999.00|
|Edinburgh||25 Apr 2018||£2899.00|
|Edinburgh||02 May 2018||£2749.00|
|Edinburgh||19 Sep 2018||£2749.00|
|Edinburgh||03 Oct 2018||£2949.00|
|Edinburgh||07 Nov 2018||£3049.00|
|Glasgow||08 Nov 2017||£2999.00|
|Glasgow||28 Feb 2018||£2999.00|
|Glasgow||07 Mar 2018||£2999.00|
|Glasgow||25 Apr 2018||£2899.00|
|Glasgow||02 May 2018||£2749.00|
|Glasgow||19 Sep 2018||£2749.00|
|Glasgow||03 Oct 2018||£2949.00|
|Glasgow||07 Nov 2018||£3049.00|
|London Heathrow||08 Nov 2017||£2799.00|
|London Heathrow||28 Feb 2018||£2799.00|
|London Heathrow||07 Mar 2018||£2799.00|
|London Heathrow||25 Apr 2018||£2699.00|
|London Heathrow||02 May 2018||£2549.00|
|London Heathrow||19 Sep 2018||£2549.00|
|London Heathrow||03 Oct 2018||£2749.00|
|London Heathrow||07 Nov 2018||£2849.00|
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is required for entry to Myanmar (Burma). Your passport must contain one blank page and be valid for six months beyond the entry date to Myanmar (Burma). The current charge for British Citizens is £14. British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Thailand. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.
On your flight
All flights travel overnight and land at your destination the next day. On-board meals will usually be dinner and breakfast. All drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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