Myanmar & Thailand Spectacular Tour and Vacation Package by Explorient

A Luxury Myanmar & Thailand Tour – Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi

 16 Days / 14 Nights  – Tour Code (MTS)

Private Tour – Departs Daily

 

Luxury Myanmar and Thailand Tour Package


For those seeking a holiday experience that has it all – awe-inspiring landmarks, exotic culture, stunning natural beauty, fascinating wildlife and some R&R on the beach, look no further than this unforgettable adventure featuring the all must-sees of Myanmar and Thailand.

Nowhere on the planet is there more magic and mystery in the air than in Myanmar. To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty, deep-rooted spirituality, and the warmest, purest and friendliest people, that rewards the visitor with a lifetime of memories and life-changing perspectives. Traveling in style, we begin our voyage in the former Burmese Capital of Yangon with its unmistakably colonial style buildings, shimmering pagodas and open markets, where timeless traditions and modern day life coexist in complete harmony.

Then, embark on a time journey to Bagan, the birthplace of Burmese civilization revered for its spectacular array of 3,000+ ancient pagodas, temples and palaces representative of centuries of architecture, culture and religion. Here, explore these amazing temple ruins, stroll through rural local villages, even a chance to mingle with the local people. Next, prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind travel experiences to Myanmar’s Inle Lake. Soak up Inle’s scenic and cultural beauty by exploring this huge body of water by boat, catching glimpses of primitive villages perched on stilts, the patient Intha fisherman combing through the calm waters for small fish using his masterful rowing technique, and stunning landscape at every turn dotted with wooded boats and rare species of birds that wows the layman and most seasoned photographer alike. Afterward, return to “modern day” Myanmar touching down Mandalay, a city more distinguished and self-confident than any other Burmese city, and a spiritual centre that boasts numerous old wooden monasteries and unique pagodas that date back to life under the reign of Myanmar’s last King.

After a week of sensory overload, it’s time for some fun and plain old R&R. Starting with the Thai capital of Bangkok, we spend two nights in this teeming metropolis that boasts an endless array of dining, entertainment and nightlife options, and where the world is virtually at your fingertips. Next, travel north to the deep rooted heritage city of Chiang Mai that welcomes you with its lush countryside, warm friendly people and a cozy atmosphere. Here, sample the region’s famed culinary delights, haggle your way to incredible bargains at the bustling Night Bazaar or Sunday Market, and embark on a wildlife adventure exploring the jungle on an elephant’s back. Last and certainly not least, we conclude this incredible trip with some R&R in the beautiful tropical paradise of Krabi. Blessed with a stunning seascape of karst towers and palm-fringed  beaches, this quaint seaside town makes for a perfect way to shore up a truly memorable holiday.

TOUR OVERVIEW


TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • All Intra-Asia Airfares per itinerary (economy class)
  • 14 nights hotel accommodations of your choice
  • Hotel breakfasts Daily
  • Other Lunches & Dinners per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Tours & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional guides

YANGON (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Novotel Yangon (Superior) OR Shangri-la Sule Hotel (Deluxe)
  • Full day private tour of Yangon city
  • Lunch at local restaurant

BAGAN (2 night)

  • 2 nights at Bagan Lodge (Superior) OR Aureum Palace (Deluxe)
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Bagan’s revered temples and ruins
  • Lunch at local restaurant

INLE LAKE (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Pristine Lotus Resort (Superior) OR Aureum Palace Resort (Deluxe)
  • Private Boat Trip of Inle Lake per itinerary
  • Lunch & Dinner per itinerary

MANDALAY (1 night)

  • 1 nights at Sedona Hotel Mandalay (Superior) OR Rupar Mandalar Resort (Deluxe)
  • Private sightseeing of Mandalay City and the formal Royal Capital of Amarapura
  • Lunch & Dinner per itinerary

BANGKOK (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Royal Orchid Sheraton (Superior) OR Renaissance Bangkok (Deluxe)
  • Bangkok-By-Night tour visiting Chinatown, Flower Market & the famous Khao San Road
  • Morning canal trip by longtailed boat along the Chayo Phraya River

CHIANG MAI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Siripanna Villas Resort (Superior) OR Puripunn Baby Grand Hotel (Deluxe)
  • Full day Elephant Safari with Elephant Trekking & Bamboo River Rafting
  • Evening Foodies Tour sampling Chiang Mai’s local favorites and Night Market visit

KRABI (3 nights)

  • 3 nights Dusit Thani Krabi Resort (Superior) OR The Nakamanda Resort & Spa (Deluxe)
  • Half day 4-Island Hopping Tour by private Long Tailed Boat


Krabi, Thailand Beach Vacation

The Andaman Sea off Krabi Coast


Elephant Safari, Chiang Mai Vacation

Elephant Safari, Chiang Mai

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Depart USA
Depart USA for Yangon via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong.

Day 2. Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3. Yangon
Enjoy a full day tour of Yangon starting with the Sule Pagoda, a 48-meter high golden dome used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s; the Scott Market, consists of over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts. After lunch, continue on to some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago; Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha that is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. Last but certainly not least, visit the impressive the Shwedagon Pagoda. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight. (B,L)

Day 4. Yangon / Bagan
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Bagan, a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Commence sightseeing of  Shwezigon Paya, a pagoda used to ensure relics of Buddha; Gubyaukhyi Temple, originally built in the early 13th Century that houses the colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha. Ananda Pahto, considered one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples; and Manuha Temple, built in 1059 by King Manuha that enshrines several unusual Buddha images. Later in the afternoon, enjoy the fabulous sunset view over the Bagan Temples from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight in Bagan. (B,L)

Day 5. Bagan
Today, Take a break from the rhythms of modern life and explore some neighboring temples by electric bike (optional). Visit Thatbyinnyu Pahto that rises up to 61 metres and is one of Bagan’s tallest monuments; Dhammayangyi Temple where the  brickwork here is said to rank as one of the finest in Bagan and Sulamani Temple, one of the best examples of the later, more sophisticated temple styles. Afterwards, proceed to Salay by vehicle to explore local life in this unspoiled Burmese town. Visit the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana.  Continue to wander around the town, visiting the market and the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi monastery, which also serves as an orphanage before return to your resort. (B)

Day 6. Bagan / Inle Lake
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat trip of beautiful Inle Lake. located in Shan State, the beautiful Inle Lake boasts calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes and surrounded by high hills on all sides of the lake. The lake’s shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fishermen using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and a Intha village around the lake. The day sightseeing also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village famous for Lotus and silk weaving. and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Mandalay. Overnight on Inle Lake with dinner served at your resort. (B,L,D)

 Day 7. Inle Lake (Indein Temple Ruins)
This morning, enjoy a boat trip to the western shore of Inle for a visit of the Indein Temple Complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of crumbling and atmospheric groups of ancient pagodas hidden by overgrown trees and shrubs. Return to your resort and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax and soak up the Inle’s stunning natural beauty. (B,L)

Day 8. Inle Lake / Mandalay
Transfer for your morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, enjoy a ferry crossing to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint Tower. Continue to Amarapura, another former royal capital. Visit the nineteenth century Pahtodawgyi Paya and Bagaya Kyaung. Stop to enjoy the atmosphere at U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colours of the sunset. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Afternoon transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B,L)

Day 9. Mandalay / Bangkok
Morning city tour of Mandalay, the last capital of royal Burma and a cultural and spiritual centre of today’s Myanmar. Visit Mahamuni Paya, the Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Head to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery built entirely of golden teak that was once part of the Mandalay Palace. Time permiting visit Kyauktawgyi Paya and Kuthodaw Paya, known also as “the world’s biggest book”; and Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill. Afternoon flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for your next 2 nights’ accommodations. (B)

Day 10 Bangkok
This morning’s excursion explores the waterways of Bangkok on board A long-tailed boat. The Canals of Thonburi on the east side of the river reveals a scene that offers a stark contrast to the frenzied activity of the modern metropolis of Bangkok. Visit Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok before returning to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to eat, shop and explore Bangkok on your own. (B)

Day 11 Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Transfer for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your resort. This evening, enjoy a culinary adventure starting with the legendary Warorot market where you will have the opportunity to explore the market and experience some of the region’s delicious snacks. Afterwards we head to the outer part of the city to sample the quintessential Northern Thailand dish Kao Soi (curry noodle soup) before taking a stroll through the bustling Night Market lined with souvenir stalls, colorful shops and mouthwatering local delights. (B,D)

Day 12 Chiang Mai (Elephant Safari)
This morning, travel overland to Chiang Mai’s beautiful countryside and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime elephant safari. Highlights today includes an elephant demonstration, a trek through the jungle on an elephant’s back and river rafting on a bamboo raft. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Return to your resort in the afternoon visiting a local orchid farm en-route. (B,L)

Day 13 Chiang Mai / Krabi 
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Krabi. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your beach resort for your next 3 nights’ accommodations. (B)

Day 14 Krabi 
Enjoy a private boat excursion on board a longtailed boat visiting 4 of Krabi nearby islands including “Koh Tub”, Chicken Island, Pranang bay on a secluded peninsular, and the famous “Railey Beach”. Includes picnic lunch. (B,L)

Day 15 Krabi
Full day free at leisure in Paradise to relax and explore beautiful Krabi on your own. (B)

Day 16 Return Home 
Transfer to Phuket Airport by road (approx. 2 hrs) for your departure flight home, connecting in Hong Kong. Arrive home the same evening. (B)

 

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2018)
Daily Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January – March’17 S 5,075 6,425 6,525 1,725
D 5,675 7,035 7,135 2,245
April S 4,875 6,175 6,375 1,445
D 5,575 6,875 7,075 2,145
May** S 4,675 5,975 6,175 1,375
D 5,075 6,375 6,575 1,675
June – August S 4,625 6,375 6,575 1,345
D 5,045 6,795 6,995 1,675
September S 4,675 5,975 6,175 1,335
D 5,075 6,375 6,575 1,675
October S 4,875 6,175 6,375 1,425
D 5,475 6,775 6,975 2,025
November – December** S 5,025 6,325 6,525 1,585
D 5,625 6,925 7,125 2,045
January – March ’18 S 5,025 6,325 6,525 1,585
D 5,625 6,975 7,175 2,275
Tour Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior | D = Deluxe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages, gratuities to guides, drivers & bell persons
  • Land only cost includes all Intra-Asia airfares between cities
  • Blackout dates, holiday Surcharges and/or compulsory Gala dinners at hotels apply Dec. 20-Jan. 10
  • For Air & Land Option:
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on Fri. -Sun., add $50 per person each direction.
    • *Jun-Aug rates apply for departures between May 24-31 due to peak season airfares
    • **For air & land option, a supplement of $400 (LAX/SFO) / $500 (JFK/BOS/CHI) applies for departures between Dec. 10 – 31
    • Departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $180 – subject to change).
  • A visa is required to enter Mynamar. NOT included in package.
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation

ACCOMMODATIONS

Novotel Yangon, Myanmar Vacation

Novotel Yangon Max Hotel

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon Luxury Travel

Yangon – Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Bagan Lodge, Luxury Myanmar Tour

Bagan Lodge

Aureum Palace, Bagan Luxury Tour

Bagan – Aureum Palace

Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake Vacation Package

Inle Lake – Pristine Lotus Resort

Aureum Palace Resort, Luxury Travel Inle Myanmar

Inle Lake – Aureum Palace Resort

Sedona Hotel, Mandalay Vacation

Mandalay – Sedona Hotel

Rupar Mandalar Resort, Luxury Tour

Manaday – Rupar Mandalar Resort

Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok Vacation

Bangkok Royal Orchid Sheraton

Renaissance Ratchaprasong, Bangkok Vacation

Bangkok – Renaissance Ratchaprasong

Siripanna Villa Resort, Chiang Mai Holiday Package

Chiang Mai – Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa

Puripunn Hotel, Chiang Mai Private tour

Chiang Mai Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Krabi - Nakamanda Resort

Krabi – Nakamanda Resort

Krabi - Dusit Thani Resort

Krabi – Dusit Thani Resort

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private sightseeing of Yangon with visits to the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Bagan including visits to  Shwezigon Paya, Gubyaukhyi Temple, Ananda Pahto and Manuha Temple
  • Private excursion to Inle Lake by boat including visits to local markets and Indein Temple Ruins
  • Tour of Mandalay City and Amarapura with visit to Mahgandayon Monastery to observe alms giving
  • Tour of Bangkok’s Chayo Phraya by longtailed boat
  • Chiang Mai Foodies Tour with Night Market visit plus an Elephant Safari
  • Island Hopping excursion in Krabi by private boat

Price Starting From: $6,075

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Steve & Julie B.

March 2015 (Myanmar)