AHA003 – Colors of Myanmar & Thailand 13 days / 11 nights

Validity: 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019

Arrive in Yangon, Myanmar. Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market for shopping.
Evening visit the Shwedagon Pagoda on day 2. Travel to Bagan and visit colorful Nyaung Local Market, Shwezigon Pagoda (a prototype of later Myanmar stupas), Kyansittha Umin,Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Pagoda. Sightseeing to Tharabar Gate, Ananda Temple, Thabyinnyu Pagoda, Damayangyi Pagoda. Enjoy the sunset from one of the Pagoda.
Dinner with Puppet Show at Nandar Restaurant. Climbing to the summit of Mt. Popa on day 4. Visit Myinkaba village and observe the process of traditional
lacquerware. Travel to Mandalay. Visit Innwa by horse cart and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aung Myae Bon Zan. Comprehensive sightseeing tour including Shwe Nandaw or Golden Palace Monastery and enjoy the sunset from top of the Mandalay Hill.  Fly to Bangkok, Thailand on day 9. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, including a performance of Khon-traditional Thai dance. Travel to Kanchanaburi on day 10. Visit  Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and depart to Kanchanaburi. En route stop at a gem gallery and continue on a city and temple tour of Bangkok.

Excursion Description

DAY 1 : Depart for Myanmar
Depart for Myanmar

DAY 2 : Arrive in Yangon, Myanmar (-/L/D)
Arrive in Yangon Airport. Pick up by our English Speaking Guide, then transfer and check in the hotel. (Check in time: 2 PM) . Lunch at good local restaurant. After refreshment visit Bogyoke Aung San Market for shopping . Evening visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the capital and is the spiritual center of the country. Evening visit the bustling Chinatown and the fruit market. Dinner at good local restaurant. Overnight: Yangon

DAY 3 : Yangon / Travel to Bagan (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel , transfer to the Airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit colorful Nyaung Oo Local Market, Shwezigon Pagoda (a prototype of later Myanmar stupas), Kyansittha Umin,Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Pagoda (find mural paintings of Jataka scenes). Lunch at good local restaurant. In the afternoon sightseeing to Tharabar Gate, Ananda Temple, Thabyinnyu Pagoda, Damayangyi Pagoda. Enjoy the sunset from one of the Pagoda. Dinner with Puppet Show at Nandar Restaurant. Overnight: Bagan

DAY 4 : Bagan / Popa / Bagan (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Mt. Popa, the Oasis of the dry land which rises 1520 meters into the sky. A one hour drive from Bagan on the Road to Mandalay is a very pleasant way to see the life style of the local village and palm tree plantation. Climbing to the summit of Mt. Popa takes about 45 minutes and you can visit the Mahagiri Shrine
dedicated to the “Nats” (spirits) at the top and you can also enjoy the wonderful panoramic view. Return back to Bagan . Lunch at good local restaurant. Afternoon visit Myinkaba village and observe the process of traditional lacquerware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit the monuments of Myinkaba
village, Gubyaukkyi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence. Next stop at Manuha and Nanpaya temples and enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Dinner with culture show at good local restaurant. Overnight: Bagan

DAY 05: Bagan / Travel to Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay . Upon arrival visit old royal capital,“Innwa” (Ava) .Visit Innwa by horse cart and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aung Myae Bon Zan (also known as Ok Kyaung) and “Bagara monastery” (excellent woodcarving architecture). And also visit a small workshop where alms bowls are made for monks. And proceed to Sagaing (once an ancient capital). The Sagaing Hills, a famous religious retreat for Buddhists, are dotted with pagodas & there are over 500 monasteries, a retreat for some 6000 monks & nuns. Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Kaung Hmudaw Pagoda (a copy of the Mahaceti Pagoda in Sri Lanka) & Ywahtaung (home of the silversmiths’ guilds) .Then visit another old Royal capital, Amarapura for famous U Bein wooden bridge across the Taungthaman Lake & traditional silk & cotton weaving workshops. Enjoy the sunset at Taungthaman Lake . Continue to Mandalay. Transfer and check in the hotel. Dinner at good local restaurant. Overnight: Mandalay

DAY 06: Mandalay / Mingun / Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Mingun which is 11km upriver from Mandalay on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The 45 minute boat trip to Mingun is a very pleasant way to see the life along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Sightseeing in Mingun includes Mingun Paya (Pahtodawgyi), a huge unfinished pagoda, Myatheindan Pagoda and a gigantic 90-ton
bell, the largest un cracked ringing bell in the world. And then return back to Mandalay city. Lunch at good local restaurant. Afternoon do a comprehensive sightseeing tour including Shwe Nandaw or Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building, Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book consisting of
729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures and Mahamuni Pagoda, with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, craftsmen’s workshop to see Kalaga tapestries . Enjoy the sunset from top of the Mandalay Hill. Dinner at good local restaurant.Overnight: Mandalay

DAY 07: Mandalay / Flight to Heho – Travel tot Inle & Lake Tour (B/L/D)
This morning, after early breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for the flights to Heho in Shan State and proceed to Inle . Then take a private boat for Lake tour including “Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda”, one of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, Inpawkhon or lotus weaving, floating garden, Ngaphechaung Monastery with beautiful antique Buddha statues. Lunch at good local restaurant. Transfer and check in the hotel. Dinner at hotel.Overnight: Inle

DAY 08: Inle – Indein excursion – Heho / Yangon (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, visit Indein”, a 16th century temple site, while there’s no comparison to the ruins of Bagan, this area was discovered in the last few years, and are still seldom visited at this point in time . Lunch at good local restaurant. Then transfer to the Nyaung Shwe jetty by private boat, then drive to Heho Airport for the flight back (
PM flt ) to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer and check in the hotel. Farewell Dinner at Karaweik Palace restaurant. Overnight: Yangon

DAY 09: Yangon / Fly to Bangkok, Thailand (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel, then do orientations tour around Sule Pagoda and to see the colonial buildings. Lunch at good local restaurant. Then transfer to airport for your International flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city: transfer to your hotel. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant with entertainment, including a performance of Khon-traditional Thai dance. Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 10: Bangkok / Travel to Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)
After breakfast at Hotel, travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. Depart to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful rivers. Lunch at Local Restaurant beside the River Kwai. Afternoon, walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, “Bridge on the River Kwai”. The bridge, several museums and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Transfer to hotel, remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight: Kanchanaburi

DAY 11: Kanchanaburi / Travel to Bangkok (B/L/-)
Breakfast at Hotel, depart in early morning and transfer to K. Glamboot Thai Boxing Camp, you will enjoy with a Muay Thai Training Class (07.00 – 10.00 AM) before transfer to Bangkok. En route stop at a gem gallery, to watch while jewelry is made and learn more about the gems used. Lunch at local restaurant in Bangkok. After lunch, continue on a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace before returning to your hotel. Optional: Dinner Cruise (PM). Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 12: Bangkok Full Day at Leisure (B/-/-)
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don’t miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom – together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional Buffet Dinner and stunning performance of the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”. Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam’s history and culture.
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 13: Depart Thailand (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.