Discover Beautiful Cultures A World Away From Our Own. Immerse in the culture and sights of two beautiful lands for 12 nights from £1,499pp!
“This is Burma (aka Myanmar), and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1889 after seeing for the first time the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda rising like a vast twinkling golden finger touching the sky. Myanmar is a land of great diversity, "a hall of mirrors", "an enchanting enigma" described by Vanity Fair Travel as “at once bewitching and baffling, disarming and distorting, mesmerizing and misleading. The only thing predictable about Myanmar is its unpredictability.”
This alluring, authentic nation is tucked between Bangladesh, India, China and Thailand and is a gem that we would quite like to keep secret! Yangon is a city where you can’t help but be swept away in the throng of the bustling markets and the precious jewels of British Colonial Rangoon sloping down to pristine lakes. The trip’s highlight is a fascinating guided Shwedagon Pagoda tour in Yangon with entrance fee and air conditioned transfer. Next it’s onto the vast Inle Lake, high in the eastern hill country, its mirror-like surface and luminous waters reflecting the captivating scenes of life largely unchanged for centuries and stilt villages full of colorful markets.
Along the way you will also uncover the country’s enduring spirituality at Bagan where will enjoy Guided tour in Bagan to the beautiful Ananda Temple. Also take a Horse cart ride for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan. You may also choose an optional to Mount Popa: small shrines untouched by time and the large standing gilded image of Yoke Sone Monastery in Salay. Be sure to scramble to the top of one of the ancient pagodas to behold the sun exploding in a huge-white yellow flash over the horizon – a memory you will surely cherish!
From Bagan take a domestic flight to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.
Your journey concludes with a stay in Phuket, probably Thailand’s most famous beach destination. Befriend the sun, sand and the azure blue waters. When you are in Phuket, you are spoilt for the choices. Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.
Immerse in the culture and sights of two beautiful lands for 12 nights from £1,499pp!
All your travel arrangements are pre booked for your comfort
- We take care of flights from the UK to Yangon
- Private Guided transfer to your hotel in Yangon
- 2 nights stay at the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel, Yangon with upgrade to River View Room
- Guided tour in Yangon - private air-conditioned vehicle with fees for Shwedagon Pagoda
- Oil Lamp Lighting Experience around sunset At Shwedagon Pagoda
- Private transfer to Yangon airport
- Be swept away from Yangon to Heho via domestic flights
- Guided private transfer via road & boat to your hotel on Inle Lake
- 2 nights stay at the Paramount Inle Lake (superior)
- Private boat tour across the lake w/ English speaking guide & entrance tickets
- Transfer from Inle Lake to Bagan
- 3 nights stay at the Bagan Thande Hotel - Old Bagan (superior) in Bagan
- Guided tour in Bagan & to the beautiful Ananda Temple in an air conditioned vehicle
- Horse cart ride for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan
- Private transfer to Nyaung U (Bagan airport)
- Domestic flights from Bagan to Bangkok
- Private transfer to your hotel in Bangkok
- 2 nights stay at the D Varee Diva Bally Sukhumvit, Bangkok
- Guided Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Tour with round trip transportation by air conditioned vehicle
- Entrance to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
- Private transfer to Bangkok airport
- Swift flight from Bangkok to Phuket
- Private transfer to your hotel in Phuket
- 3 nights stay at Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket
- Private transfer to Phuket airport
- We take care of flights from Phuket to the UK
- Daily breakfast included at each hotel
Enjoy the incredible scenery that is Myanmar and Thailand
- Experience a fourteen-day voyage to Myanmar and Thailand
- Stay in hand-picked hotels and rooms with daily breakfast
- Journey into the heart of Yangon
- Stay in overwater stilt bungalows overlooking the majestic Inle Lake
- By private motor boat see the floating villages and unique life of Inle Lake
- At sunset gaze in awe across the thousands of pagodas in Bagan
- Guided tour of Salay and head to the top of Mount Popa
- Explore Mandalay’s fascinating Buddhist temples and pagodas
- Escorted by English-speaking local guides on excursions
Ideally located at a walking from Yangon Downtown, Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel is perfect for every guest to enjoy the sights and sounds of Myanmar. It is a unique venue for large corporate functions and intimate parties alike.
A story of timeless quality can be seen by the 104 rooms styled in the furnishings of Victorian era. All the rooms are equipped with modern facilities and designed to provide daylight and spacious accommodation. The porthole windows provide river or city view from every room. The classic furnishings, pristine bathrooms and modern amenities blend to give you an indulgent retreat. The rooms are designed with utmost attention and the plentiful embellishments make your stay memorable.
Water Spa at Vintage Yacht Hotel offers a wide range of wellness services from Massage to Beauty treatments to Manicure pedicure, the blend of Thai and Burmese traditional techniques make our services different from the rest.
The conference rooms are well equipped with all modern facilities, ideal for meetings and conferences. There is something for everyone in the versatile menus available at the two state of the art restaurants of the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel. The relaxed atmosphere, extensive breakfast and A-la-carte scrumptious menus make our restaurants the best choice in Myanmar. The restaurants and bars provide the perfect ambience for guests to enjoy delicious cuisines.
Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel has the perfect ingredients for a perfect stay-luxurious accommodation, cuisines from all around the world, bars, wellness center and its very own theatre. With the warm and friendly hospitality and excellent facilities, Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel is a great accommodation for leisure and business travelers.
This splendid property is built on stilts and stands majestically on the heart of Inle Lake. It is only 45 minutes vie boat transfer from Nyaung Shwe, the nearest town, and 10 minutes away from an exciting floating bazaar, the outstanding Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and close to the jumping Cats Monastery. Even though surrounded by water, there is a green tropical garden and the solitude, peacefulness, panache and great service lets you savor the distinctive atmosphere of this enchanted place.
The hotel also features a spa and wellness centre and restaurant, the Inle Resort offers rooms overlooking the river. Located in In-u, the property offers a floating garden and Wi-Fi throughout.
All air-conditioned 28 rooms feature a fridge, electric kettle and TV with satellite channels. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and hairdryer. Sky Lounge restaurant serves Asian & European cuisine for breakfast and dinner.
Bagan Thande Hotel is located at the south-west corner of the ancient walls Of Old Bagan City and on the eastern bank of the River Ayeyarwaddy and also situated inside Bagan Archaeological Zone. This hotel has been rated as 2017 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice.
1 Ayeyarwaddy River Suite, 2 Prince of Wales Suites, 44 deluxe down-river, up-river rooms and garden view bungalows, 34 Superior, 20 bungalows and 14 rooms in the two storey building and 11 economy rooms are at your disposal. All rooms are spacious and furnished meticulously with teakwood, fine fabrics and traditional handcrafts, come equipped with modern amenities. River view rooms are facing to TanGyi Mountain Pagoda."
Bagan Thande Hotel (Old Bagan) offers a relaxing outdoor pool with free Wi-Fi access in all areas. The property has on-site restaurant, Acacia, serving Asian and European dishes all day. There is free public parking available in a location nearby. Relax with a massage at its on-site spa and wellness centre, guests will also find a 24-hr front desk and room service. There is a tour desk and a laundry service offered.
Set right in the heart of Bangkok and within close proximity to major business, shopping and entertainment districts, D Varee Diva Bally Sukhumvit, Bangkok is beautifully appointed hotel providing guests with a comfortable living environment and all facilities.
The rooms and suites feature Thai elements and furnishings that blend perfectly with modern conveniences for a comfortable stay. All 78 guestrooms come with tasteful décor mixing traditional and modern styles, providing guest with a comfortable yet lively ambience. The rooms are spacious and equipped with various modern conveniences ranging from a flat-screen TV to Wi-Fi internet access for guests to make the most of their time during the stay.
Hotel offers a selection of facilities, which include restaurants, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and a laundry and dry-cleaning service. A swimming pool is provided for guests’ enjoyment and convenience. Give yourself a treat in the sunny afternoon by ordering your favourite drink and soak in our pool under the bright blue sky of Bangkok.
Horizon Patong is ideally located just across the road from the exquisite Patong Beach, on Phuket's famous West Coast, with its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Phuket's main shopping and entertainment district is only a stroll way and the seemingly unlimited options of markets, nightlife and restaurants can be safely explored by a leisurely walk at the Beach Road in front of the hotel.
In elegant airy lobby, you are warmly welcomed by Horizon's friendly receptionists. The minute our guests arrive, they are greeted by lush tropical gardens and a water feature, which provides a relaxing and refreshing setting away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach.
Rooms are located in 1-3 storey buildings and elegantly furnished in an airy modern style. Rooms are spacious & with the focus on clean and comfortable living. They are all well- equipped with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, in-room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, IDD telephone and en-suite bathrooms with hot & cold water, bathtub and shower. Our daily housekeeping service keeps all rooms spotlessly clean.
Two centerpiece swimming pools provide an alternative to the Andaman Sea and white sands of Patong Beach, easily accessible by our beachfront entrance. Chilling out with an exotic drink at the swim-up pool bar or sunbathing by the pool – wherever our guests are, Horizon's caring staff takes pride in looking after all guests' needs throughout the hotel.
Horizon Beach Resort offers a wide range of facilities - those seeking qualm and relaxation after a long day of excursions can relax with a Thai Massage at Morradok Health Spa, children are entertained at the Kids Club with Outdoor Playground and a Sports Bar is the meeting point for many of our guests in the evenings. Fitness Centre, Library and our fantastic award-winning Indian Restaurant 'Baluchi' are other favorite choices of many guests.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN YANGON & TRANSFER TO HOTEL
After reaching the Yangon airport, you will be greeted by the local guide and then head to the hotel. After the check in formalities, spend the rest of the day at leisure. You could also choose to explore the city on your own, before ending the day with a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 YANGON – CITY TOUR
After enjoying the breakfast, the morning will be at leisure, In the afternoon you will be picked up from the hotel to embark on a sightseeing tour. Drinking tea is considered to be an integral part of the Burmese life. Head to a local tea shop and experience the bliss yourself! Select from an array of snacks, and enjoy the aromas of the locally blended tea, as you be a part of the locals who gather to socialize and discuss the daily affairs. You then head to the Kandawagyi Park, one of Central Yangon’s greenest spots. Immensely popular with the locals for its vast lake with stunning views of Shwedagon Pagoda in the background, the park is home to the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge. In the evening your next stop is the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist shrine in Myanmar. Originally built 2500 years ago, the pagoda has been renovated several times in due course until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8 sided gold leaf gilded central stupa is 99 m tall and surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Experience the Oil Lamp Lighting at Shwedagon Pagoda at Sunset (Oil Lamps to be bought locally from a Monk). Roam around the massive complex let your guide explain why the temple is so revered.
Day 3 YANGON – HEHO
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon airport to catch the flight to Heho. After landing, you will be transported to NyaungShwe. From here, our car will pick up and drop you to the jetty. Enjoy the cool breeze as enjoy the panoramas and sail across to your hotel. You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide throughout, as you do the check in formalities and experience the spell bounding natural beauty of the hotel surroundings in Inle Lake. Enjoy a comfortable stay at the hotel.
Day 4 INLE LAKE SGHTSEEING
After a hearty breakfast, head for a magical boat ride on one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, the Inle Lake. Board a private motorboat and talk to the ripples of the beautiful lake as you pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. You will encounter the leg rowing fishermen and their floating gardens that are built from mud and strips of water hyacinth. Enjoy the unique sight of the ‘Jumping Cats’, who jump through hoops in the air at the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which also houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images. You then proceed further to Phaung DawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. You will further halt at the weaving village of Inpawkhone to explore the local craft of the Inle Lake, an a cheroot factory, where Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, you can enjoy a walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Day 5 INLE LAKE – BAGAN BY ROAD (OPTIONAL UPGRADE TO FLIGHT AVAILABLE AT £69 PER PERSON)
After breakfast, you will will start your journey towards Bagan. Enjoy the serene countryside, picturesque villages and warm locals en route. You will have stopovers for coffee breaks, restrooms and to enjoy the delicious local food. Upon arriving in Bagan, You shall be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 BAGAN---SIGHT SEEING & HORSE CART RIDE
Today explore the wonders of Bagan with a full-day tour. From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers of constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Your journey begins with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon begin with a visit to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. Neighboring Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and is filled with intricate paintings. From here, travel by horse cart to Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan,Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and the Sulamani Temple. Time permitting, enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Day 7 BAGAN – DAY AT LEISURE
After breakfast, you can either spend the day at leisure or enjoy an Optionl Full day Mount Popa & Salay Tour with Lunch & Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day trip from Bagan to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a height of 1518 m, about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-TaungKalat volcanic peak is impressive (the climb is optional!). Lunch at the restaurant of Mt Popa Resort Continue in direction of Salay, known today as an important center of Buddhism with many living monasteries. Throughout its past, Salay created its own unique style of Bagan era architecture and you can see one of the nicest and oldest wooden monastery halls at Yok Sone Kyaung monastery. Transfer back to Bagan in the afternoon.
Day 8 BAGAN TO BANGKOK
After breakfast at hotel, you’ll be transferred to Mandalay by a domestic flight. And then to a connecting international flight to Don Muang airport in Bangkok. Upon landing at Don Muang airport, you will be greeted by the driver and taken to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Bangkok.
Day 9 BANGKOK CITY TOUR
Welcome to Bangkok. After a hearty breakfast, proceed to the Grand Palace. Established at the same time as Bangkok in 1782, the palace was built by the first king of the ruling Chakri dynasty. Each subsequent monarch has added their own contribution to the complex, so that it represents the full range of royal architecture of the Rattanakosin (Bangkok) period. Some of the buildings represent traditional Thai themes, whilst others have distinct European features. Within the palace grounds, one can find the temple commonly called Wat PhraKaew, which houses the small but holy figure of the Emerald Buddha (actually fashioned from a type of jadeite). The figure was discovered in a Chiang Rai temple in 1436 and has travelled since to Lampang, Chiang Mai, LuangPrabang and Vientiane. The tour concludes with a visit to a jewelery retailer. Overnight at hotel in Bangkok
Day 10 BANGKOK – PHUKET
After enjoying the sumptuous breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport for your flights to the emerald island of Phuket. Upon arrival at the Phuket airport, you will be taken to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to be spent in the lap of luxury in the pool or out on the beach!! Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 PHUKET – DAY AT LEISURE
After an appetizing breakfast, get set to enjoy a string of stunning beaches, awe inspiring temples, pulsating nightlife, fascinating old town and a wide array of things and places to see.You can relax on the beach, shop at Patong, or explore the city’s famous Portuguese style buildings and colorful markets like Wat Chalong, Rawai Beach, Sea Gypsy Village and Cape Promthep. After an exciting day, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 12 PHUKET – DAY AT LEISURE
After a hearty breakfast, you can relax on the beach, shop at Patong, or take the Phi Phi Island Cruise. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13 FLIGHT BACK TO UK
After enjoying breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to the airport to board the return flight.
- You will need to arrange a Visa prior to travel - Please ask your consultant for details of the application process.
- Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken
- An optional upgrade to take flight at a supplement of £69 per person available instead of bus travel from Inlay Lake to Bagan
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out
- International ticket to/from Yangon
- Meals other than mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Visits nom
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips and porters at the hotels
- International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
- Any other items not mentioned