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MYANMAR BESTOUR C (privately escorted)
Myanmar In-depth plus Thailand
13 days / 11 nights
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Bangkok & the Grand Palace (3 nights)
Yangon, the capital city (2 nights)
Bagan (2 nights)
Mandalay, the last capital (2 nights)
Kalaw (1 night)
Inle Lake cruise (1 night)

Extensions to complement & personalize your vacations:
Beijing, the emperor’s city (3 nights)
Singapore, the lion city (2 nights)
Hong Kong, the Pearl of Orient (3 nights)
Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam (3 nights)
Tokyo, the bustling city (3 nights)
Optional extend your stay in Thailand:
Koh Samui, the white sand beaches (3 nights)
Phuket, the James Bond island (3 nights)
Chiang Mai, the mountain resort (2 nights)
Tour Features
  • All domestic airfare included within Myanmar
  • Premier or deluxe accommodations throughout
  • Meals: 11 breakfast (B)
  • Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan’s magnificent sunsets
  • Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar
  • Kalaw, the Pao tribes
  • Cruise on Inle Lake
  • Bangkok’s storybook Grand Palace
  • Comprehensive sightseeing of each city’s highlights
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Depart Hometown
Depart the U.S. on your odyssey to Asia aboard your selected airline to Thailand.
Day 2: Arrive Bangkok (Thailand)
The delicate spires of temple rooftops, and a crisscrossing network of canals and rivers come into view as you fly into Bangkok, capital of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. Despite the growth of the city, it still retains the majestic mystique of the East with its four hundred multi-colored temples, and slow-moving sampans on the Chao Phraya River. Transfer on arrival to your accommodations in one of the city's world-class hotels.
HOTEL: THE PENINSULA or SHANGRI-LA (premier)
HOTEL: SOFITEL SILOM or ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON (deluxe)
Day 3: Bangkok – Meals: (B)
A morning tour will focus on Bangkok's great showplace, the Grand Palace. Stroll its sprawling courtyards packed with colorful tapered funerary chedies; visit the reception rooms of the royal residence, a gem of classic Thai architecture. Look for the western influences of the Chakri Palace, which houses a spectacular mother-of-pearl throne. View the former royal residence, now used for coronations and state ceremonies. Return to your hotel mid-day.
Day 4: Bangkok/Yangon (Myanmar) - Meals: (B)
A morning flight to Yangon, Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended. Your sightseeing begins with Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon, this pagoda dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its original shape has changed beyond all recognition over the centuries. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tons of gold leaf, which is continuously being replaced. The Botataung Pagoda, this paya was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during WWII. It was then rebuilt in a very similar style to its predecessor, but the zedi is hollow and one can walk through it. The Ngadatkyipaya, located in the Ashay Tawya monastery, this paya contains the huge seated "five-story" Buddha image. The National Museum, a museum with several interesting exhibits, especially the 8-meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king, and returned to Burma in 1908 by Lord Mountbatten. The main floor contains jewellery, old black and white photos of Mandalay Palace and Yangon, royal relics, Hintha opium weights and inscribed tablets. The Sule Pagoda, this 48-meter high golden dome was used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s. The pagoda's peculiarity is its octagonal-shaped stupa, which retains its shape as it tapers to the spire. The Bogyoke Market, this covered market contains samples of Burmese crafts, gems and fabrics, and is a fascinating place to browse.
HOTEL: THE GOVERNORS RESIDENCE – PANSEA (premier)
HOTEL: TRADERS (deluxe)
Day 5: Yangon/Bagan – Meals: (B)
Fly to Bagon, a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD. Today you will visit the Shwezigon Paya, King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Continue visist to the Gubyaukhyi Temple, the Aranda Pahto, the Gubyaukgyi Temple and the Manuha Temple. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the Shwesandaw Paya and the ideal to watch Bagan’s magnificent sunsets.
HOTEL: THIRIPYITSAYA SAKURA – deluxe garden view (premier)
HOTEL: THIRIPYITSAYA SAKURA - (deluxe)
Day 6: Bagan – Meals: (B)
Full-day excursion to Mount PopaMOUNT POPA: A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar s most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region.
Day 7: Bagan/Mandalay – Meals: (B)
A short flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar before the British took over so it still has great importance as a cultural center and historically it's the most Burmese of the country's large cities. Mandalay's Buddhist monasteries are among the most important in the country about 60% of all the monks in Myanmar reside in the Mandalay area. The city takes its name from Mandalay Hill, the 236m-high bluff that rises just to the northeast of Mandalay Fort and its royal palace.

This day's tour visits three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to AMARAPURA, and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Next, head to SAGAING, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as TUPAYON PAYA and HSINMYASHIN PAYA (the Pagoda of Many Elephants). Cross the river by ferry to INWA, situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely HORSECART RIDE around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting BAGAYA KYAUNG, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MAHA AUNGME BOZAN KYANG, and NAN MYINT TOWER. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally, return to AMARAPURA, to end the day at U BEIN’S BRIDGE, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.
HOTEL: SEDONA
Day 8: Mandalay – Meals: (B)
Sightseeing in Mandalay, the last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. Begin your tour at MAHAMUNI PAYA. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Afterwards, head to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Continue to KYAUKAWGYI PAYA, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble, and the elegant SANDAMANI PAYA. Finally, visit KUTHODAW PAYA, known also as the world's biggest book. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble. Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures.

Excursion to Mingun with boat trip. Travel upriver by boat to MINGUN, enjoying the views of river life - fishing villages, market boats, women attending to their washing, and children playing in the water. Explore the ruins of the vast MINGUN PAYA, a monument to human ambition - never finished, its size would have dwarfed all contemporary pagodas. After visiting other nearby pagodas, return downstream by boat to Mandalay.
Day 9: Mandalay/Kalaw – Meals: (B)
Drive from Mandalay to Kalaw.
Day 10: Kalaw/Inle Lake – Meals: (B)
Morning sightseeing in Kalaw with a light trek to nearby villages. A popular hill station in the British days, Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. The small population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslim, Bamar and Nepali.THEIN TAUNG PAYA: temple perched on the hill overlooking the Thazi-Taunggyi Road.AUNG CHANG THA ZEDI: glittering stupa (Buddhist religious monument) covered in gold-coloured mosaics.DHAMMA YON: a two-storey temple which from upstairs has fair views of the town, Dhamma Yanthi Paya and the ruins of the Hsu Taung Pye Paya.HSU TAUNG PYE PAYA: ruins and now a field of crumbling stupas behind the Dhamma Yon towards the Kalaw Hotel.NEE PAYA: located west of the town, it features a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha.CHRIST THE KING CHURCH: a brick Catholic church under the supervision of the Burmese Father Paul, and the Italian Father Angelo Di Meo, who have been in Myanmar since 1931. The Christ figure over the altar came from Italy, and Father Angelo painted the mural background. TREKKING: the plateau near Kalaw is inhabited by people of the Palaung and Pao tribes. Intha, Shan, Taungthu, Taung-yo, Danu. Kayah, Danaw and Bamar people occupy the mountains to the north and east. One of the main sources of income is the cultivation of 'thanaq-hpeq' (a large leaf used to wrap Burmese cigars).
HOTEL: INLE LAKE VIEW RESORT
Day 11: Inle Lake/Heho/Yangon – Meals: (B)
Excursion by boat on Inle Lake. INLE LAKE: located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. 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 fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a floating market and a Intha village around the lake (please note that no markets take place on full moon or new moon days). The day's sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA and the NGA PHE KYAUNG, or the MONASTERY OF JUMPING CATS. Return to Yangon by air.
HOTEL: THE GOVERNORS RESIDENCE – PANSEA (premier)
HOTEL: TRADERS (deluxe)
Day 12: Yangon/Bangkok – Meals (B)
A morning flight return to Bangkok, and enjoy the rest day and evening at leisure to shop for silks, gems, and high fashions along Bangkok's stylish boulevards.
HOTEL: THE PENINSULA or SHANGRI-LA (premier)
HOTEL: SOFITEL SILOM or ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON (deluxe)
Day 13: Bangkok /Hometown – Meals: (B)
Bid farewell to Asia as you transfer to the new international airport and depart on your selected airline to the United States.
Pricing
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