Thailand and Burma, two different cultures but there are many general things. A thirst for adventure? Seek something out of the ordinary? All in here. 8 days have special charms in the combined history of Thailand with the highlights of Burma.Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, after your flight to Thailand’s capital city, we will be met you at the airport and transferred to check in the hotel. Set aside time to enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.Overnight: Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
Bright and early next morning, we will visit the bustling Flower Market before enjoy continuing on to the spiritual and religious heart of the city – the striking Grand Palace. Admire golden stupas, the complex has been the place of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. Next take a tuk-tuk ride to Wat Pho, home to the famous golden Reclining Buddha.From here cross Chao Phraya River, we have lunch at Supatra, a traditional Thai restaurant set on the river banks, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the city’s canals. Known as Khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On your first leg of the journey glide past curiously stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children frolic about on the water’s edge.The boat drops you off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many restaurants, bars, street performers, market stalls…. in order to support you finding out more local life.
Day 3: Kwai & Hellfire Pass
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi.Under the rising sun, it is an early start today as we drive 2.5 hours west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’, immortalized by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2-hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’, where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. An enchanting museum at the entrance inside information the region’s history.
After day’s sightseeing, a leisurely longtail boat ride leads to fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the prettiness of a thousand softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Day 4: Bangkok to YangonKanchanaburi – Bangkok – Yangon. Welcome to the new day, we will return to Bangkok to catch the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival visit the glistening golden Sule Pagoda located in the heart of this former capital city, and then drive to the famous 2500-year old Shwedagon Pagoda for nightfall.Overnight: Yangon
Day 5: Yangon– Bagan.
Today we have a short flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, your first stop will be at one of the most vital stupas in the region, the Dhammayazika Zedi, where you can admire striking views across the stupa-filled plains of Bagan.Enter the Archaeological Museum to learn more about the region and then carry on to visit a few more of its vital places, such as the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi, Htilominlo and Ananda Temples. Later make a stop at a small factory to enjoy how beautiful lacquerware items are produced, and perhaps even pick up a souvenir or two.Overnight: Bagan
Day 6: Free time in Bagan
Bagan – Mandalay.This morning is kept vacant or you wish to embark on the acquirements of a lifestyle, a relaxing hot air balloon ride over the stupas of Bagan as the sun rises over the heaven. After breakfast explore some of the surrounding countrysides with a drive out to Mount Tankyi, with its many temples standing like sentinels over the countryside below.Under the sunshine of amazing afternoon, venture further by horse and cart, a novel and popular way and visit some temples and soak up the atmosphere before catching the flight to Mandalay.Overnight: Mandalay
Day 7: Mandalay
Set aside time to breakfast head to the jetty for a boat ride upriver to Mingun to explore the remains of what could have been the world’s biggest pagoda. Intended to reach a staggering height of 152 meters, work on the pagoda stopped after the death of The King Bodawpaya in 1819. Dramatically split by an earthquake in 1838, the monumental structure is still incredibly impressive. Furthermore, we stop at the Mingun Bell and the beautiful in white Myatheindan pagoda nearby.
Returning by boat to Mandalay, the afternoon is spent discovering the Royal Palace, the teak carvings of the historic Shwenandaw Monastery and the world’s biggest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. The day concludes in Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the metropolis.Overnight: Mandalay
Day 8: Mandalay – Bangkok.
Last morning in our adventure, we will depart for Mandalay airport and return flight to Bangkok or alternatively on to Thandwe and the paradise beach resort of Ngapoli.Exploring the culture, existence, new areas, a sense of adventure.Our tour will bring you more advanced, escape the crowd, bustle urban areas, keep silent and enjoy it.