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Secrets of Myanmar with Bangkok

14 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

The must-see sights, rich culture and ancient traditions of Myanmar are revealed on this in-depth trip.

"It was an amazing experience"

Lindsay

About this trip

Myanmar to Thailand – both are revealed on this trip, which combines the culture and landscapes of Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake with the bright lights and lesser-known stories of Bangkok.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering ancient fishing techniques passed down through generations, as you watch the fishermen of Inle Lake. And finding out the secrets of the ancient temples of Wat Pho, as you explore the ornate corridors of this historic sight.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SMYB

13 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 13 buffets breakfasts.

  • 5 lunches.

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Secrets of Myanmar with Bangkok

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Yangon (2 Nights)

Welcome to Myanmar. Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Kandawgyi Palace

2. Yangon Sightseeing

This morning, begin your walking tour of Yangon in the colonial heart of the city. See the City Hall, the former Immigration Department, the High Court and the red brick General Post Office before continuing to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901, for a well-earned refreshment. Later take the opportunity to try 'Mohingar' for lunch at one of Yangon's latest Tea Houses. It is considered to be Myanmar's National dish; a fish broth with noodles served with various accompaniments. In the afternoon meet the students and teachers at a local monastic school before visiting the nearby Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda with its huge sitting Buddha. Return to the hotel to relax before an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take part in an oil lamp lighting ceremony before enjoying the sunset over the glistening pagoda. Later return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch

3. Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (2 Nights)

This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for the short domestic flight to Mandalay. Visit Sagaing; the hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Proceed to a nunnery for lunch alongside the nuns who live there, a Cultural Insight. Next drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on the U Bein Bridge, which is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. In Mandalay visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and observe local male devotees applying gold leaf to the spectacular Buddha image. Later stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces by Local Specialists. From here, continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Afterwards, visit the beautiful, teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive the World War II bombing.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Sedona

4. Mandalay – Free Time - River Cruise - Mingun - Mandalay

Enjoy some free time and in the afternoon, board your own private boat and cruise up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Enjoy the peaceful scenery passing by on either shore and observe the small longtail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries going up and down the river. On arrival visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tonnes is the world's largest ringing bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful white Hsinbyume Paya, which rises in seven terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt. Meru and see the unfinished but mighty Mingun Pagoda, which was built to be the world's largest but never completed due to local superstition. Later cruise downriver back to Mandalay.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

5. Mandalay – Monywa

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along quiet roads to the town of Monywa. After lunch in a local restaurant cross the Chindwin River to visit the sandstone caves in the Po Win Hills, named after a famous alchemist who once lived here. The numerous caves are richly decorated and full of Buddhist statues and murals, which are thought to date from between the 14th and 18th centuries. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features many caves and temples carved out from the surrounding volcanic rocks and filled with ancient Buddha images. Later return to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Hotel
Win Unity

6. Monywa – Pakkoku – River Cruise - Bagan (2 Nights)

This morning visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda, the richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Next, drive to Pakkoku, an unspoilt village famous for its tobacco trade and many small family run businesses producing a variety of goods such as traditional Burmese slippers, checked cotton blankets, paper mâché animals and dolls and wood carvings. Take a stroll around the village, visit several of these workshops and stop off at a cheroot maker's to observe a Local Specialist making cigars. Visit a small market selling Thanaka, a yellowish-white traditional cosmetic made from ground bark, a Cultural Insight. It is seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of the local people. Later take a private boat and cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan as the sun sets over the numerous pagodas, which dot the landscape. 

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Hotel
Aureum Palace Resort

7. Bagan

Today visit the most important of the 2200 pagodas and temples which are dotted in and around Bagan. Visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See the 13th century frescoes adorning the corridors and walls of the Gubyaukgyi 'Cave' Temple before visiting Taung Bi village. In the afternoon, continue to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Learn from a Local Specialist how lacquerware is produced in one of Bagan's famous workshops. Later see the sunset at Bu Paya Pagoda before enjoying a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

8. Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake (2 Nights)

This morning fly to Heho. On arrival continue on to Nyaungshwe and board your private long-tail boat for the journey to Inle Lake. Take a scenic trip across the lake to Indein passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts. Disembark at the jetty and walk through Indein village to reach the 14th-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. A covered walkway popular with handicraft sellers leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18th century zedi, some of which have been newly reconstructed. Continue to the Intha village of Sema and then travel by boat downstream to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Novotel Inle Lake

9. Inle Lake

This morning make an early start to visit a local market which offers a Cultural Insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit the market to sell and buy goods. Travel by boat across the lake, its calm waters dotted with floating vegetation and fishing boats, to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the area. See the lake's unique leg rowers, Intha fishermen, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Then, participate in a hands-on cooking class with a Local Specialist. Select your own vegetables from the organic herb garden and prepare various traditional dishes which you'll later enjoy for lunch. This afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to visit a vineyard for wine-tasting or take a guided village walk to see local people making rice crackers and fishing nets.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Dinner

10. Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

In the morning transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and proceed to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. Enjoy some free time at the hotel and later perhaps take a stroll around Bogyoke Aung San Market to buy some last minute souvenirs. The market was named in honour of Myanmar's national leader who was assassinated in 1947 but many people still refer to it as Scott's Market, its original name. For your last evening in Myanmar enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Kandawgyi Palace

11. Yangon – Bangkok (3 Nights)

After breakfast, head to the airport for your short international flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. This evening you may choose to take part in an Optional Experience.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Royal Orchid Sheraton

12. Bangkok Sightseeing

Start the day with a trip to Bangkok's most well known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue by local Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand's first University, and is a centre for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage, a Cultural Insight in the grounds of the temple. Continue on to visit the Grand Palace, formerly the seat of the King, his court and the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European elements as well. Brilliantly coloured and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

13. Bangkok and Damnoen Saduak

Make an early start this morning to visit the famous floating fruit and vegetable market at Damnoen Saduak and arrive there before the crowds. The colourfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. Return to Bangkok for an afternoon at leisure. This evening consider an optional Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful century old building.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

14. Depart Bangkok

Transfer to Bangkok International Airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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    Oil Lamp Ceremony, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon. You'll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony with the locals at sunset and learn how your participation helps fund the pagoda's upkeep.

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    Dining experience with a local family.

  • Local Specialists
    in Pakkoku, Bangkok, Bagan and Inle Lake.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a nunnery, see Kalaga tapestries and gold leaf being made, learn about Thanaka; a traditional cosmetic, visit a local market and see the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people at Inle Lake. And also a visit to a coconut palm sugar plantation.

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Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tours of Yangon, Bagan and Bangkok

    • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Caves of Po Win Daug and Thanboddhay Pagoda in Monywa and Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan. Also visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace in Bangkok and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    • Cruise around Inle Lake and along the Ayeyarwady River

    • See Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, 'leg rowers' - the Intha fishermen at Inle Lake


What's Included

Dining

    • 13 buffets breakfasts.

    • 5 lunches.

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


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