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17-Day Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar Tour

17-Day Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover Rich Cultures and Beautiful Landscapes of Southeast Asia

Begin your trip in bustling Bangkok, explore the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and delve into the historic charm of Luang Prabang in Laos. Then, venture into Myanmar to witness the awe-inspiring temples of Bagan and the cultural richness of Yangon. This well-crafted itinerary offers the perfect blend of urban exploration, historical immersion, and natural splendor, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a comprehensive experience across four captivating destinations. Book now for an unforgettable Southeast Asian odyssey.

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  • Days:17±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4250p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and Listen to monk's chanting in Wat Pho.

Grand Palace

Experience Maeklong Railway Market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Maeklong Railway Market

Unveil the mystery of Angkor Wat with the knowledge of a dedicated Khmer scholar.

angkor wat
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Spend a half-day to explore the Elephant Village in Luang Prabang

Elephant Village
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Explore the remarkable Temples and Pagodas in Bagan

Bagan's Temples

Learn to make a lanten of Loy Krathong and release it on a pond or river when making a wish.

releas a lanten on the river

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Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Bangkok. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Bangkok Discovery | The Grand Palace and Wat Pho

Begin your day with a visit to the lively Pak Klong Talad, Thailand's largest flower market. Stroll through the market, sample local snacks, witness the artistry of flower garland-making, and try your hand at decorating lotus flowers, a Thai temple tradition. Explore the colorful array of vegetables, flowers, and fruits on display, capturing the essence of Thai market culture.

Embark on a thrilling tuk-tuk ride to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest and most revered temples. Admire the majestic 45-meter-long reclining Buddha and immerse yourself in the original school of traditional Thai massage. Marvel at the tranquil ambiance as monks perform their enchanting chants at 9:00 am, creating a spiritual experience like no other. Continue your journey to the magnificent Grand Palace, where you'll encounter the highly revered Emerald Buddha, a symbol of Thailand's cultural heritage.

Grand PalaceThe Grand Palace

Delight in a scenic long-tail boat ride along the picturesque canals of Thonburi, gaining a glimpse into local life along the way. Make a stop at Wat Arun, the grand royal temple that once served King Rama II. Admire its intricately designed architecture and serene atmosphere. Conclude your tour with a tuk-tuk ride to the vibrant ChinaTown, where Yaowarat Road showcases a plethora of shops selling gold and other goods. Explore Talad Kao Market, known for its fresh produce, dry fruits, and Chinese herbs, immersing yourself in the bustling energy of Old Bangkok.

Day 3
Bangkok to Siem Reap | Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

In the early morning, travel by car for about two hours to reach the unique Maeklong Railway Market. This market stands out because a functioning railway runs through its center. Marvel at the vendors who place their goods close to or even on the railway tracks, swiftly retracting them when a train approaches. Capture this impressive moment on video or in photographs before the market resumes its lively atmosphere.

Damnoen Saduak Floating MarketDamnoen Saduak Floating Market

Continue your journey to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Witness the traditional method of buying and selling goods as vendors operate from boats along the canals. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this cultural spectacle, exploring the colorful stalls and lively exchanges.

Day 4
Siem Reap | Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Start a fascinating trip to discover the wonders of Angkor Wat, revered as one of the 8 Wonders of the World. This sprawling complex is the largest religious monument ever built, showcasing a multitude of temples, pagodas, statues, palaces, and chambers.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat

Delve further into the ancient landmarks with a visit to Angkor Thom. Encircled by a wide moat, this site resembles a stronghold rather than a religious attraction. There are five entrances in each cardinal direction, providing a captivating glimpse into the grandeur of this historic site.

Experience the mystical atmosphere of Ta Prohm, situated at the western point of the Angkor Wat Complex. Built with massive rocks and enveloped by soaring trees, Ta Prohm was one of the first facilities constructed as part of King Jayavarman VII's monastery and university program.

Marvel at the Bayon Temple, renowned for its stunning stone faces. From a distance, the temple appears like a mountain, but as you approach, the enigmatic faces merge into view, capturing the unique allure of this ancient masterpiece.

The Terrace of the Leper King holds its own secrets, boasting a hidden terrace where the reliefs appear as fresh as if they were carved yesterday. Atop the terrace stands a statue that adds to the mysteries of the Angkor complex. Discover the fascinating history behind this intriguing figure as you explore the remarkable wonders of Angkor Wat.

Day 5
Siem Reap to Luang Prabang | Phnom Kulen

Departing from Siem Reap in an air-conditioned minivan at 8 a.m., enjoy picturesque views of rice paddies and rural villages along the way.

Phnom Kulen, an isolated chain of small mountains, once served as a quarry during the Angkor period. Journey through the jungle with your knowledgeable guide, encountering notable sights and absorbing intriguing information.

Phnom KulenPhnom Kulen Waterfall

Arriving at the waterfall, surrender to nature's tranquility. Refresh yourself with a dip in the cool pools, allowing the cascading water to invigorate your senses. After a relaxed and enjoyable time, return to Siem Reap, reflecting on the serene beauty of Kulen Mountain and Cambodia's remarkable landscapes.

Day 6
Luang Prabang Discovery | Elephant Village Camp

Starting with a convenient pick-up from your Luang Prabang hotel between 8:00 am and 8:30 am, our friendly English-speaking guide will introduce you to the majestic Lao elephants at the Elephant Village Camp. Get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures during the Elephant Feeding activity and learn about their behavior and habits.

Explore the Elephant Village, including visits to the elephant hospital, museum, gallery, and dung paper making facility. Gain insight into the vital conservation work happening to protect these incredible animals. Become a Mahout for the day, paired with an elephant, and learn commands and techniques to guide and communicate with them. Embark on a 2 km trek along the Trail of Falls, surrounded by lush jungle scenery exclusive to our camp.

Elephant VillageElephant Village

Savor a picnic box lunch at our forest restaurant and continue your adventure with another 1 km trek leading to the breathtaking Tad Sae Waterfall. Take a refreshing swim in the cool natural pools, depending on seasonal conditions. Return to the camp with a boat trip across the Nam Khan River aboard a traditional Laolong boat, witnessing local fishing techniques along the way.

Day 7
Luang Prabang Discovery | Kuang Si Waterfalls

After breakfast, your private guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to kickstart your day. Enjoy a scenic drive of approximately 30 kilometers to reach the breathtaking KuangSi Waterfalls, where your itinerary begins.

Along the way, take a captivating detour to Ban Na Ouan, a Hmong minority village. Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their daily lifestyle, gaining insights into their unique traditions. Continue your journey to the enchanting Butterfly Park, where you can relax amidst the serene surroundings and encounter various species of butterflies. Experience the soothing sound of the waterfalls and indulge yourself with a natural fish spa.

Delight your taste buds at Restaurant Carpe Diem, located just before reaching KuangSi Waterfalls. This charming establishment, run by a young French chef, offers an exquisite culinary experience blending Western and Lao flavors. After a delectable lunch, take time to unwind and enjoy the natural pool or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at the base of the waterfalls.

Kuang Si WaterfallsKuang Si Waterfalls

Spend the afternoon exploring the captivating Kuang Si Waterfalls and its scenic surroundings. Make a visit to the "Bear Lao" Bear Sanctuary, where rescued bears are rehabilitated along the path leading to the waterfall pools. Wander along the Kuang Si Waterfalls, marvel at the crystal-clear blue pools, and immerse yourself in the serene landscape. For the adventurous, climb to the top of the falls using the path on the left or take a refreshing swim in the designated area.

Day 8
Luang Prabang to Bagan | Bagan Archaeological Zone

Discover Bagan, the captivating city of pagodas and a remarkable archaeological site in central Myanmar. The main attraction is the Bagan Archaeological Zone, offering a vast expanse of religious sites to explore at your own pace. Whether you choose to cycle, take a cart, or soar in a hot air balloon, the choice is yours.

Witness the awe-inspiring sunset from the highest point of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, providing a perfect opportunity for capturing stunning photographs. Don't miss the iconic Ananda Temple, a masterpiece built in 1091 AD, representing the transition to the Middle period. Marvel at its artistic design and the pagoda adorned with an umbrella, a distinctive symbol found in Myanmar's pagodas.

Bagan Archaeological ZoneBagan Archaeological Zone

Immerse yourself in history at Shwezigon Paya, one of the oldest temples in the region. Admire its circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Explore the unique Thatbyinnyu Temple, shaped like a cross, and marvel at its seated Buddha image on the second story.

Day 9
Bagan to Bangkok and Phuket | Hot Air Balloon Flight

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon flight over the historical area of Bagan. After being picked up by the expert balloon staff, start your day with a delightful breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. Meet your experienced British pilot who will guide you through a brief safety briefing. As anticipation builds, witness the mesmerizing sight of the balloons inflating, a process that takes approximately 15 minutes.

hot air balloonThe hot air balloon over the historical area of Bagan

As the sun begins to rise, board the balloon and ascend into the tranquil sky before sunrise. For 45 minutes, delight in the enchanting experience of floating above Bagan's iconic temples, stupas, and stunning landscapes. The flight route varies each day, dictated by the wind, ensuring a unique and awe-inspiring journey.

Upon a safe landing, the dedicated crew will greet you with warmth and excitement. Celebrate your unforgettable adventure with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and toast to your safe return. To mark this extraordinary experience, you will also receive a flight certificate as a cherished memento of your hot air balloon journey.

Day 10
Phuket Discovery | Phi Phi Islands

Embark on an unforgettable speedboat journey from Boat Lagoon Marina to the stunning Phi Phi Islands, one of Thailand's most sought-after natural attractions. This exclusive day trip includes a private transfer and join-in activities, ensuring a personalized and engaging experience for travelers.

To avoid the crowds, our first stop is Bamboo Island, a hidden gem known for its pristine white sandy beach and mesmerizing emerald waters. Here, you can relax, swim, and soak up the tropical paradise vibes. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters during a snorkeling session off Yoong Island, where you'll encounter fascinating antler corals and vibrant marine life.

Bamboo IslandBamboo Island

Arriving at Koh Phi Phi Don, the main island of the Phi Phi archipelago, take a break for a simple yet satisfying local buffet lunch. Energized and refreshed, you'll have the opportunity to visit Viking Cave, located on the northeastern tip of the island. Famous for its swifts' nests, which are used in the renowned Bird's Nest Soup, this cave is a unique sight to behold.

Day 11
Phuket Discovery | Panak Island and James Bond Island

Begin your adventure with a convenient hotel pickup and transfer to the Royal Phuket Marina. Departing at 10:00 am, our first stop is Panak Island, where you'll have the chance to discover stunning caves and lagoons, surrounded by incredible rock formations. Continue to Hong Island for an exciting canoeing experience through hidden passages and intricate mangrove forests.

The tour takes a cinematic turn as we visit the famous James Bond Island, also known as Tapu Island. Marvel at the iconic landscapes featured in a James Bond film and capture unforgettable moments amidst the stunning limestone cliffs. A delightful lunch awaits at Koh Panyi, a fascinating Muslim village built entirely on stilts over the turquoise waters. Experience the unique charm of this historical village and savor a delicious meal.

Koh Kai Nai IslandKoh Kai Nai Island

Afterward, we'll head to Koh Kai Nai Island, where crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life await. Take a refreshing dip, snorkel, or simply relax on the secluded beach, immersing yourself in the tranquility of this tropical paradise. As the day comes to an end, we'll return to the Royal Phuket Marina, with hotel transfers provided at 5:00 pm. Prepare to be enchanted by Phang Nga Bay's remarkable beauty and create lasting memories on this unforgettable

Day 12
Phuket to Chiang Mai | Free Time

Stay at the captivating island of Phuket for a day of relaxation and exploration. Bask under palm trees, soak up the sun on sandy beaches, and swim in crystal-clear waters. Discover the island's charm as you stroll through the old town, visit the sacred Big Buddha, and capture stunning sunrise/sunset views from viewpoints. For adventure seekers, a speedboat excursion to Phang Nga Bay unveils its awe-inspiring limestone cliffs. Enjoy the ultimate island getaway as Phuket offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.

Day 13
Chiang Mai Discovery | Wat Chedi Luang

Begin your day with a morning visit to the historic Wat Chedi Luang, a temple with a rich history dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Although the Emerald Buddha now resides in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Chedi Luang still holds its own allure. Discover the remarkable architecture and don't miss the impressive jade replica of the revered Buddha.

Wat Chedi LuangWat Chedi Luang

Next, venture to Wat Suan Dok, located just outside Chiang Mai's ancient city walls. Originally built in the 14th century, this temple provided accommodation to esteemed visiting priests and shelter for local monks during rainfall. Experience the peaceful atmosphere and marvel at the temple's serene beauty.

Embark on a scenic drive to Doi Suthep Mountain, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking views of Northern Thailand's majestic mountains and lush forests. The highlight of the tour awaits at Wat Phra That, one of the region's most sacred temples. Established in 1383 AD, this temple offers a glimpse into centuries of religious devotion. Climb 309 steps to reach the temple (or opt for a tram for a small fee), where you can admire panoramic views over the city.

Day 14
Chinag Mai Discovery | Thai festival of Loy Krathong

Participate in the cherished Thai festival of Loy Krathong, also known as the floating lantern festival, and embrace the local culture and traditions. Join us for an unforgettable evening at a serene riverside restaurant, offering picturesque views of the Ping River.

Loy KrathongLoy Krathong

Engage in the art of lantern-making as skilled instructors guide you through creating your own Thai lantern using traditional materials. Let your creativity shine as you design a unique and beautiful lantern. Immerse yourself in the process, experiencing the local craftsmanship firsthand.

After crafting your lantern, indulge in a delectable a la carte dinner featuring delicious northern Thai dishes. Delight in the flavors while enjoying the captivating sunset over the tranquil river, adding a touch of magic to the atmosphere.

As darkness begins to envelop the surroundings, it is time to release your beautifully decorated floating lantern onto a pond or the river. Observe as the lanterns gracefully float away, illuminating the night sky. Don't forget to make a wish as you watch your lantern join the others in creating a mesmerizing display.

Day 15
Chiang Mai Discovery | Street Food Tour

Experience the vibrant culinary scene of Chiang Mai on an enticing street food tour. Known for its visually stunning landscapes, Chiang Mai is equally acclaimed as a culinary haven, offering a mouthwatering fusion of Northern Thai, Burmese, and Lao cuisine.

Embark on a flavorful adventure as you explore the bustling street food scene in the Three Kings Monument area, situated in the heart of the town center. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and indulge in a variety of delectable dishes sold from stalls and shophouses.

Savor Northern Thai-style noodle soup, tantalizing stir-fries, iconic Phad Thai, fragrant khao mangai (chicken rice), and the famous khao soi—a Burmese-influenced noodle dish that is a true delight. Treat your taste buds to a vivid array of fresh fruits and discover the sweet pleasures of authentic Thai desserts.

Day 16
Chiang Mai Discovery | CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival

Experience the enchantment of the Chiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival with our convenient standard ticket, which includes round-way shared transfers for your ease and comfort. Immerse yourself in the captivating Lanna culture as you witness cultural performances such as the Lanna sword dance, boxing demonstrations, and traditional Lanna sword making. Indulge in authentic Lanna Thai snacks, desserts, and beverages while enjoying the sounds of Lanna drums during a warm welcome to the festival.

Chiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern FestivalChiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival

Join the religious ceremony in front of the majestic pagoda, where chanting and meditation create a spiritual atmosphere. As the sky darkens, witness the magical sight of lanterns being launched into the night sky, creating a breathtaking display of lights and wishes. After the ceremony concludes, transportation will be provided for your return to Maya Shopping Center.

Day 17
Chiang Mai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Chiang Mai Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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