If you’re looking for a combination of Thailand and Myanmar tour for around 2 weeks or more, then our Thailand and Myanmar Essentials 16 Days should be your first choice. The trip covers the lively capital Bangkok and the ‘Rose of Northern Thailand’ – Chiang Mai. In Burma, you will visit all highlights throughout the country including Yangon – the former capital, Mandalay – a charming city in the west of Irrawaddy River, Bagan – the spiritual town and Inle Lake – the largest lakes with unique floating fishing village.
 

Duration: 16 Days/15 Nights
Start/End: Bangkok/Yangon
Tour Route: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Inle Lake – Yangon
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 1: Bangkok arrival (D)
Day 2: Bangkok – Grand Palace and City Canals (B, L)
Day 3: Bangkok Floating market & Rose Garden (B, L)
Day 4: Bangkok – Ayutthaya Ancient Town – Chiang Mai (B, L)
Day 5: Highlights of Chiang Mai (B, L)
Day 6: Elephant riding in Chiang Mai (B, L)
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Morning Alms Giving (B, L)
Day 8: Bangkok – Yangon (B, D)
Day 9: Yangon city tour (B)
Day 10: Yangon – Mandalay (B)
Day 11: Sagaing – Amarapura – Sagaing (B, L)
Day 12: Mandalay – Day boat to Bagan (B, L)
Day 13: Bagan Sightseeing (B, L)
Day 14: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake sightseeing (B, L)
Day 15: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (B)
Day 16: Yangon Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Bangkok arrival (D)
Welcome on arrival at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport in Thailand – the land of smiles, we will transfer to our hotel. After a short rest, we will visit the Jim Thompson’s House with its wide range of Thai paintings, Sawankalok Pottery, Benjarong porcelain and Khmer statues. This extensive collection is housed in six old teak houses set in a lush garden.
In the evening, we will have dinner with authentic Thai food. After dinner, our guide will show us around the Asiatique night market, one of the largest and the most interesting night markets in Bangkok. After that, we will back to the hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 2: Bangkok – Grand Palace and City Canals (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the most beautiful temples Wat Phrakaew which is famous for the Emerald Buddha Image, and the Royal Grand Palace, dedicated to the Thai Royal Family’s ceremony.
We will then visit Bangkok Canal by motorboat, which is renowned as the long-tailed boat. The boat passes the Royal Barges Museum, the beautiful ornament boat, which has been used in the royal procession. Visitors will have a chance to observe part of the Thai belief and the secret activities during their visit. Along the way, pass by the most famous royal temple, the temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, view Bangkok’s most stunning landmark, the Pang, before returning to the hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3: Bangkok Floating Market & Rose Garden (B, L)
Today, we will drive South of Bangkok to the garden province of Samut Songkhram in the Mae Klong river delta area. We will first visit a unique country market along the railway tracks; see the train arrive bringing the people to the market. Afterwards, we will continue to the fascinating floating market at Damnoen Saduak about 110 km from Bangkok in the Ratchaburi province. On arrival, we will visit a local Sugar Palm factory before the board on a long tails boat along Damnern canals. After spending our time at the floating market, we will visit teakwood carving.
We will then drive to the Rose Garden, which is a picturesque country resort. It consists of over 50 acres of tropical paradise with flower gardens, orchards, and a typical Thai village. After a buffet lunch inside the Rose Garden, we will enjoy a Thai cultural show; we can witness ordination into the fingernail dance, Thai boxing, hill tribe dance, sword fighting, elephants at work and folk dancing. Overnight in Bangkok.

Bangkok floating market

The daily life of local people in Bangkok floating market.

Day 4: Bangkok – Ayutthaya Ancient Town – Chiang Mai (B, L)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the former capital city of Siam, Ayuthaya. The ancient city of Ayuthaya is known as the “Venice of the East” because it lies along the Chao Phraya river. The glory of the Ayutthaya Empire (1350-1767A.D.) is evident in the remains of temples such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Chai Wattanaram, which we will visit on arrival. After that, we will visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkol before continuing to Bang Pa In to visit the Royal Summer Palace. This structure has a captivating collection of marvelous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles. In the afternoon, we will drive back Bangkok then to the airport to board an evening flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival, we will transfer to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Ayutthaya Ancient City, Bangkok, Thailand.

Ayutthaya Ancient City, Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 5: Highlights of Chiang Mai (B, L)
Today, we will have an Orientation and Moat tour in Chiang Mai before stopping at Three King Monument to pay respect to the Chiang Mai Founder together with his friends. After lunch, we will visit the Handicraft Village along Sankampang Road to see the famous local products such as silverware, lacquerware, Thai silk. This evening, we will have dinner with the Northern cuisine of Khan Toke Style with traditional performances.

Handicraft products in Chiang Mai Handicraft Village.

Handicraft products in Chiang Mai Handicraft Village.

Day 6: Elephant riding in Chiang Mai (B, L)
After breakfast, we will visit Mae Sa Elephant Camp to see their daily lovely shows such as logging, football playing etc. After the show, experience on the 30-minute elephant ride through the jungle. After lunch in a local restaurant surrounded by the nature, we visit Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden and the nearby Hmong Hill Tribe Village. We will then transfer back to Chiang Mai town and have free time to experience Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Morning Alms Giving (B, L)
Get up early in the morning and find our guide is waiting at the hotel to take us to join in a Morning Alms Giving. We will have some cooked food or fruit prepared by our guide to offer to the monk for merit making.
Afterward, we will return to our hotel for a proper breakfast. We will then drive up to DoiSuthep to visit DoiSuthep Temple and its compound where we will have a panoramic view of the city from the temple’s terrace. After that, we visit Chiang Mai Zoo, where we can see the diversity of animal in Thailand and also some more species around the world. The trip is combining the admission fee to Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium and the visit to Giant Panda. In the late afternoon, we transfer back to the hotel where we spend the night.

DoiSuthep Temple

DoiSuthep Temple

Day 8: Bangkok – Yangon (B, D)
Time will be free until our car arrives to take us to the airport for a noon flight to Yangon. Welcome upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, we will transfer to our hotel. This evening, we will have dinner at Karaweik Palace, overlooking the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower with fine Burmese food and an amazing cultural show. Overnight in Yangon.

Golden Shwedagon Tower

Golden Shwedagon Tower in Yangon.

Day 9: Yangon city tour (B)
Today, we continue visiting this former capital city. We first visit the Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. After lunch, we discover the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. The “Golden Pagoda” is really a must see while we are in Myanmar. We will finish our day with free time for shopping in bustling Scott market. Overnight in Yangon.

Reclining Budha in Chaukhtayi Pagoda, Yangon

Reclining Budha in Chaukhtayi Pagoda, Yangon.

Day 10: Yangon – Mandalay (B)
This morning, we will take a short flight to Mandalay, famous for the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay has a realm of stupas, monks, and monasteries. On arrival at Mandalay Airport, we will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. After check-in, we will start our Mandalay tour with a visit to Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite woodcarvings, gold leaf beating workshop and Kuthodaw Pagoda – known for containing the world’s largest book and concludes the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and the panoramic view of the city. Overnight accommodation in Mandalay.

Shwenandaw Monastery.

Shwenandaw Monastery.

Day 11: Sagaing – Amarapura – Sagaing (B, L)
On this day tour, we leave the city for Sagaing Hill where we will learn about the schooling of monks, visit Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda, Sunooponnyashin Pagoda and finally take in the panoramic view of Mandalay. Our next stop of this day tour is Amarapura, which is famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery and the best place to experience the daily lives of the monks in Mandalay. Enjoying our walking over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Overnight in Mandalay.

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Ubein Wooden Bridge

Day 12: Mandalay – Day boat to Bagan (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, our car will transfer us to the jetty for the daily boat along Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan. Arrive Bagan in the late afternoon between 15:00 and 17:00 depends on the water level, we will transfer to the hotel in Bagan for check-in. The rest of the day will be free at leisure. Overnight in Bagan.

Boating along Irrawaddy River

Boating along Irrawaddy River

Day 13: Bagan Sightseeing (B, L)
Bagan is Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland and there are more than 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Start your Bagan tour with a visit to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan and then explore the beauty of gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. A visit to Ananda Temple is our next stop of this day tour, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples. In the afternoon, take a tour of a local lacquer ware workshop and explore how this traditional piece of art is made. Overnight in hotel in Bagan.

Nyang U Market in Old Bagan.

Nyang U Market in Old Bagan.

Day 14: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake sightseeing (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take a flight to Heho and drive to Inle Lake. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, is located 900 meters above sea level. The lake is home to the Intha People, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group, known for their one leg rowing techniques.
Upon arrival, we board a motorboat for sightseeing to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and also believed to be the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “jumping cat” pagoda. As we travel further into Nam Pan village cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Buddha statues inside Ngaphechaung Monastery.

Buddha statues inside Ngaphechaung Monastery.

Day 15: Inle Lake Tour – Indein – Yangon (B)
This morning, we will visit the unique “5-Day Market” held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is absolutely a magnificent place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and then experience the exotic market atmosphere. After lunch, the boat will take us to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will certainly be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left nature for centuries. We will then drive to the airport for an afternoon flight to Yangon. Overnight will be in Yangon.

Visitors visiting the ruins of Indein Temple, INle Lake, Mandalay.

Visitors visiting the ruins of Indein Temple, Inle Lake, Mandalay.

Day 16: Yangon Departure (B)
Free time until our car arrives to take us to Yangon International Airport for our flight home. Tour ends.

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INCLUSIONS
What’s Included:

  • 1 Domestic flight in Thailand: Bangkok – Chiang Mai including airport tax
  • 4 Domestic flights in Myanmar: Yangon – Mandalay, Mandalay – Bagan, Bagan – Heho and Heho – Yangon including airport taxes
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L – Lunch, D- Dinner)

What’s Excluded:

  • International flights Bangkok – Yangon and airport taxes
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Thailand and Myanmar Visa fees

Recommended Hotel List:

City 3* Standard
Bangkok Ibis Riverside Hotel
Chiang Mai Eurana Boutique Hotel
Yangon Summit Park View Hotel
Mandalay Hotel Yadanarbon
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel
Inle Lake Paramount Hotel