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Discover two of the world's most captivating countries
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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.
Thailand And Burma Holiday Itinerary
Fly overnight from the UK to Bangkok.
Day One: Fly to Thailand
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.
Day Two: Included Rangoon city tour
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.
Day Three: From Rangoon to Inle Lake
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'.
Day Four: Fly to Mandalay
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.
Day Five: Included tour of Mandalay
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.
Day Six: Included Irrawaddy cruise
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.
Day Seven: Included Burma markets and temples tour
Bidding farewell to Myanmar, we'll fly back to the Thai capital, Bangkok, for the second part of this fascinating tour.
Day Eight: Fly from Burma to Bangkok
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.
Day Nine: Included Bangkok city tour
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.
Day 10: Included Bangkok Floating Markets tour
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.
Day 11: Included River Kwai day trip
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.
Day 12: From Bangkok to Cha-Am
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.
Day 13: Optional Hua Hin excursion
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.
Day 14: Optional Phetchaburi excursion
Arrive back in the UK.
Day 15: Fly back to the UK