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14-Day Thailand and Myanmar Tour

A Trip to Discover Cultural and Natural Wonders of Thailand and Myanmar

Begin in Thailand, exploring the vibrant streets of Bangkok and the tranquil beauty of Chiang Mai. Then, venture into Myanmar to discover the enchanting temples of Bagan, the serene landscapes of Inle Lake, and the cultural richness of Yangon. This well-crafted itinerary offers the perfect blend of urban exploration, historical immersion, and natural beauty, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a comprehensive experience across two captivating destinations. Book now for an unforgettable adventure through Thailand and Myanmar.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:14±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$3500p/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 Damnoen Saduak Floating Market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Spend a half-day to take care of the Rescued Elephants in Chiang Mai

Monks blessing ceremony
the tag of ah hand picked

Explore the numerous Temples and Pagodas in Bagan

Bagan's Temples

Enjoy relaxed Beach Time on Beautiful Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

The itinerary serves as a mere example of a personalized tour, designed exclusively for you.
Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

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 | Wat Pho and the Grand Palace

Begin your day at Pak Klong Talad, the largest flower market in Thailand, where you can taste local fruits and snacks. Walk through the market, witness flower garland making, and explore the diverse array of fresh produce.

Embark on a thrilling tuk-tuk ride to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest temples, housing the revered 45-meter reclining Buddha. Experience the tranquility of monk chanting and discover the art of traditional Thai massage.

The Grand Palace Grand Palace

Continue your adventure to the magnificent Grand Palace, home to the iconic Emerald Buddha. Witness the splendor of Thai architecture and immerse yourself in the country's rich history.

Take a boat ride along the picturesque klong of Thonburi, observing local life and potentially visiting the striking Wat Arun. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through lively Chinatown, explore Yaowarat Road with its gold shops, and delve into the bustling Talad Kao Market.

Day 3
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai | The Maeklong Train Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Embark on an early morning adventure to the Maeklong Train Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Experience the excitement of the Maeklong Railway Market, where vendors swiftly retract their merchandise as a train passes through. Capture the impressive moment before continuing to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Witness the traditional Thai method of buying and selling goods from small boats along the waterways. Return to Bangkok in time for lunch. Join us for an authentic and captivating journey through these iconic markets

Maeklong Train MarketMaeklong Train Market
Day 4
Chiang Mai Discovery | Wat Suan Dok and Doi Suthep Mountain

Immerse yourself in the vibrant city lifestyle of Chiang Mai with our half-day tour designed exclusively for travelers. Begin your morning at a bustling food and flower market, where you'll witness the locals as they go about their daily shopping. Explore the colorful stalls, breathe in the aromatic scents of fresh produce and vibrant blooms, and soak up the lively atmosphere.

Next, visit Wat Suan Dok, a serene temple serving as the final resting place for former kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family. Discover the rich history and cultural significance of this sacred site as you admire the stunning architecture and tranquil surroundings, offering a glimpse into the city's heritage.

Wat Suan DokWat Suan Dok

Venture 30 minutes outside the city to Doi Suthep Mountain, where breathtaking views of Northern Thailand await. As you ascend past mountains and forests, you'll reach Wat Phra That, one of the region's most revered temples. Climb 309 steps to reach the temple (or opt for a tram ride at a small surcharge), and once at the top, be rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of Chiang Mai, a priceless memory of your visit.

After the temple visit, return to the city and indulge in a 20-minute rickshaw ride through the tranquil streets of the old town. Relax and soak up the charming ambiance as you glide past historical landmarks and picturesque neighborhoods, gaining a deeper appreciation for the cultural heritage of Chiang Mai.

Day 5
Fly from Chiang Mai to Mandalay | Elephant Rescue Park

Escape to the pristine and picturesque Elephant Rescue Park, located just 1.5 hours from Chiang Mai, on this half-day tour designed exclusively for US travelers. This sanctuary serves as a home for homeless elephants, providing them with a safe, loving, and secure environment.

Upon arrival at the park, participate in a meaningful day of caring for these magnificent creatures. Interact with the elephants, feed them, walk alongside them, share affectionate hugs, and even enjoy bathing them in the nearby water. Immerse yourself in their presence, creating unforgettable memories while contributing to their well-being.

Day 6
Mandalay Discovery | Mahagandayon Monastery and Ava Ancient City

Embark on a captivating journey from Mandalay to explore the cultural wonders of Amarapura and Ava Ancient City. Setting off in the early morning, witness the serene sight of monks collecting alms as they roam through the villages, a sacred tradition showcasing their daily austerities and food offerings.

monks of AmarapuraBuddhist monks queue for lunch in front of Mahagandayon monastery

Just an hour's drive from Mandalay City lies Amarapura, where you'll arrive at the perfect time to visit the revered Mahagandayon Monastery. Avoid the crowds by opting for a later visit, allowing you to witness thousands of monks patiently lining up for lunch. Seize the opportunity to offer alms to young novices at the back of the line, who often receive fewer offerings as the crowd disperses before noon.

Afterward, enjoy a delightful lunch at a riverfront restaurant before boarding a small boat to cross the river towards Ava Ancient City. Once the imperial city of Burma from the 14th to 19th centuries, Ava is a treasure trove of royal remnants and religious sites. Hop on a horse cart and explore the enchanting ancient city, including highlights like Ava Palace, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, and Yadana Hsimi Pagodas.

Returning to Amarapura, prepare for a breathtaking moment as you cruise under the famous U Bein Bridge, renowned for its awe-inspiring sunset views. Capture the beauty of this iconic wooden bridge spanning across Taungthaman Lake and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of the setting sun.

Day 7
Private Transfer from Mandalay to Bagan | Shwenandaw Monastery and Mahamuni Pagoda Image

Begin your journey at the remarkable Shwenandaw Monastery, located near Mandalay Hill. This historic building, constructed in 1880, exudes traditional Burmese architecture and stands as a precious survivor from the royal palace. Adorned with intricate teak carvings depicting Buddhist myths and embellished with gold and glass mosaics, this sanctuary is a haven for those with an appreciation for the art of wood carving.

Next, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, nestled at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Marvel at the central stupa, an homage to the Shwezigon Pagoda, and prepare to witness the world's largest book. A vast complex of stone-inscription caves holds 729 individual inscriptions, offering a unique insight into Buddhist teachings. This site is a must-see for enthusiasts of Buddhist architecture and the sacred arts.

Kuthodaw PagodaKuthodaw Pagoda

Conclude your Mandalay exploration at the Mahamuni Pagoda Image, located southwest of Mandalay Hill. Behold the majestic bronze Buddha seated on a high pedestal, adorned with gems, including a crown of diamonds and rubies. Witness the devotion of male devotees delicately applying gold leaves to the Buddha's face, while female visitors respectfully observe from a distance. If you arrive early, you may have the chance to witness the daily rituals of the Buddha, including gentle face washing and teeth brushing.

Day 8
Bagan Discovery | Bagan Archaeological Zone and Htilominlo Pahto

Venture into the vast Bagan Archaeological Zone, where you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Hop on a bicycle, take a cart ride, or even soar above in a hot air balloon to marvel at the numerous religious sites scattered across the expansive plains.

Begin your explorations at Shwezigon Paya, one of the region's oldest and most revered pagodas. Housing a precious Buddha tooth replica from Sri Lanka, this magnificent structure stands 160 feet tall and features a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Whether it's dawn or dusk, the pagoda's sacred compound walls ensure that its shadow never extends beyond its boundaries.

Shwezigon PayaShwezigon Paya

Continue your Bagan adventure with a visit to Htilominlo Pahto, an awe-inspiring temple named after its builder, King Htilominlo. Towering at an impressive height of 46 meters, this majestic structure offers a striking vertical appeal. Admire its architectural resemblance to the Sulamani, a testament to the rich history and heritage of Bagan.

Conclude your temple tour at the renowned Thatbyinnyu Temple, constructed during the mid-12th century. Located near Ananda Temple, it stands as a prominent example of Bagan's architectural prowess. With its distinctive cross-shaped design and a captivating seated Buddha image on the second floor, this temple is sure to transport you to a bygone era.

Day 9
Bagan Discovery | Ananda Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda

Begin your Bagan exploration at Ananda Temple, a masterpiece built in 1091 AD. Renowned as the most artistic structure in Bagan, it marks the transition from the Early Bagan period to the Middle period with its cruciform design and terraces leading to a pagoda adorned with an umbrella known as "hti." Marvel at the temple's architectural beauty as you appreciate the craftsmanship that went into its creation.

Ananda TempleAnanda Temple

Next, embark on a visit to the spectacular Shwesandaw Pagoda, situated in the northeastern part of Old Bagan. Ascend the five terraces, each providing breathtaking views. The top terrace features a stupa and offers the perfect vantage point to witness the mesmerizing Bagan sunset. For history enthusiasts and sunset lovers, this is an unmissable destination. Note that the climb can be steep and crowded, so be prepared for a bit of jostling for the best viewpoint.

Discover the crown jewel of Bagan's late period at Sulamani Guphaya Temple. Translated as the "Crowning Jewel" or "Small Ruby," this temple complex was once more than just a temple, housing lecture halls, monastic cells, and a library. Appreciate the artistic and architectural prowess of this late period construction as you delve into Bagan's rich history.

Continue your exploration with a visit to Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest structure in Bagan. Akin to Ananda Temple in architectural design, its massive square base and six receding terraces create a striking visual impression reminiscent of the early step pyramids of Egypt. Marvel at the grandeur of this enormous temple, despite its incomplete state.

Complete your Bagan experience by embarking on an unforgettable sunset boat trip along the Irrawaddy River. Witness nature's masterpiece as the sun gracefully paints the sky with hues of red, orange, and gold. Savor the moment with a drink in hand, cherishing the tranquility and beauty of the river.

Day 10
Fly from Bagan to Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Aung San Market

Begin your journey at the mesmerizing Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Great Dagon or Golden Pagoda. As Myanmar's most sacred Buddhist site, it stands as a significant landmark. Built between the 6th and 10th centuries by the Mon people, this architectural marvel has withstood the test of time and natural forces. Standing tall at 99 meters (325 feet), it has been reconstructed throughout history by various kings and queens. When visiting the pagoda, remember to dress modestly (covered arms and knees) and explore in a clockwise direction.

Shwedagon PagodaShwedagon Pagoda

Step back in time as you explore the colonial districts of Yangon. Having been under British occupation for over a century, downtown Yangon boasts an array of European-style historical buildings. Wander through this area to not only appreciate the city's rich history but also to marvel at the captivating fusion of European architecture within an oriental setting. The former High Court, Secretariat buildings, St. Paul's English High School, and the Strand Hotel are exceptional remnants of a bygone era.

Indulge in a shopping adventure at Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market. This prominent destination, established in 1926, offers over 2,000 shops filled with antiques, Burmese handicrafts, jewelry, art galleries, and clothing. It also caters to local shoppers with stores selling medicine, foodstuffs, garments, and imported goods. Spend a delightful half-day exploring the vibrant stalls within this bustling covered market, immersing yourself in the authentic flavors of Myanmar. Note: The market is closed on Mondays and open from 10am to 4:30pm on other days.

Day 11
Fly from Yangon to Phuket | Phuket Old Town

Experience the best of Phuket at your own pace with a leisure day on this magnificent island. Relax under palm trees, soak up the sun on soft sands, and swim in crystal-clear waters. Phuket offers everything you need for a blissful vacation.

Phuket Old TownPhuket Old Town

Take time to explore the charming old town, admire its architecture, and visit the revered Big Buddha for breathtaking views. Don't miss the stunning sunrises and sunsets from various viewpoints. For an extra adventure, hop on a speedboat to Phang Nga Bay and marvel at its unique limestone cliffs.

Day 12
Phuket Discovery | The Phi Phi Islands

Island Hopping and Natural Wonders: Set off from Boat Lagoon Pier aboard a sleek speedboat, cruising through crystal-clear waters towards the Phi Phi Islands. Marvel at breathtaking sights like Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, and Pileh Lagoon. Snap photos at Viking Cave and enjoy a thrilling encounter with playful monkeys at Monkey Beach. Dive into the turquoise waters of Phi Phi Don for a snorkeling adventure, witnessing vibrant marine life beneath the surface.

Phi Phi IslandsPhi Phi Islands

Beach Relaxation and Delicious Cuisine: Indulge in a delectable lunch at a local restaurant on Phi Phi Island, savoring the flavors of the region. Afterward, unwind and bask in the sun on the pristine beaches of Bamboo or Rang Yai Island. Swim, relax, or simply take in the natural beauty surrounding you. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of these paradisiacal settings, knowing that you are experiencing the epitome of island bliss.

Day 13
Phuket | Free time

Recharge on the stunning island of Phuket, perfect for travelers seeking relaxation and exciting adventures. Bask under towering palm trees, sip refreshing drinks, and dive into crystal-clear waters. Explore the vibrant streets of the old town, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and embark on thrilling activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, or boat tours to Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay. Whether you're craving relaxation or adventure, Phuket offers the ideal tropical getaway for an unforgettable vacation experience.

Phuket Island
Day 14
Phuket Departure

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

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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