• Experience ancient Buddhist traditions when you join Bangkok residents for their daily alms ritual and meet with monks at Wat Pho.
  • Head into the forests outside Chiang Mai to visit remote hill tribe villages and embark on a thrilling elephant safari.
  • Ascend to the top of an ancient pagoda to watch as the sun sets over the temples of Bagan and visit remote pagodas by horse-drawn cart.
  • Enjoy a leisurely 2-night stay on Inle Lake where traditions endure as they have for centuries; this enchanting gem is rarely included on other tours.

Our original journey takes you deep into the unique histories and distinctly different cultural traditions of these two neighboring countries.

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Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok

Check in to the deluxe Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Day 2: Out and About in Bangkok

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Beyond the modern day bustle of the city, life along the canals continues much as it has for generations. Step into this timeless world as you explore the waterways in a traditional long-tail boat. Ascend to the Temple of Dawn and explore the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Day 3: Enduring ways + the culinary scene

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Join city residents for their daily alms ritual as Buddhist monks emerge from their temple. Offering food and flowers to these saffronclad barefoot monks is a timeless tradition that endures across Southeast Asia. Later, spending time with monks at Wat Pho offers deeper insight into their daily lives. Tonight’s culinary tour finds you mingling with locals in Chinatown, sampling a wide variety of Asian delicacies from the many food vendors.

Day 4: Fly to Chiang Mai

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Anantara Chiang Mai Hotel

Chiang Mai is revered by the Thai as the cultural and spiritual heart of their country. Upon arrival, explore the historic areas within the old city walls and then ascend to 3,500 feet to tour the glittering mountaintop temple of Doi Suthep. Enjoy three unhurried nights at the deluxe Anantara Chiang Mai Hotel.

Day 5: Hill tribes of the north + temples of the city

Meal: Breakfast

The mountains outside of Chiang Mai are dotted with remote villages that encompass a range of different ethnic tribes including the Palong tribe that emerged from Tibet and the famed long-neck women of the Karen tribe. This morning is filled with remarkable discovery and engagement as you visit a number of these villages. Back in the city, our special trishaw adventure is a great way to explore the city’s most revered temples.

Day 6: Adventures in the jungle!

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Journey to Mae Taman to see elephants hauling and stacking logs as they did in the heydey of Thailand’s lumber industry. Then explore the jungle from a variety of thrilling perspectives from atop an elephant, by traditional ox-drawn cart and down the Mae Tang River aboard a bamboo raft.

Day 7: Fly via Mandalay to Bagan

Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Aureum Palace Hotel.

Across the wooded plains of Bagan, you can gaze in wonder upon thousands of temples that reflect centuries of Buddhist faith. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the most significant and best preserved of these ancient pagodas. This evening, watch from atop one of these ancient temples as the sun sets across the golden templedotted landscape. Check in to the Aureum Palace Hotel.

Day 8: A day in Bagan

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early risers can opt for a hot air balloon adventure over the temples of Bagan, shimmering in the golden light of dawn. At a busy morning market, you’ll experience a slice of village life. After lunch, traveling by horse-drawn carriage is a memorable and unhurried way to explore lesser-visited temples not easily accessible by vehicle.

Day 9: Onward to Inle Lake

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Inle Princess Resort

Fly to Heho and visit the Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery. Then continue by boat across Inle Lake to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; with 5 ancient gilded images of Buddha, this is the holiest monastery on the lake. Enjoy two nights at the Inle Princess Resort.

Day 10: A day on Inle Lake

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Left in their natural state, many crumbling to the ground, the ancient temples and stupas of Inn Dein have a haunting beauty and bear witness to Burma’s long and rich spiritual heritage. After lunch, learn about the traditional crafts like cigar making and silk weaving that support many village families. An afternoon canoe ride explores remote floating villages and is a great chance to observe the lake’s famed leg-rowing fishermen.

Day 11: Fly to Yangon

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Strand Hotel

Amidst ancient pagodas, Yangon’s splendid Colonial buildings evoke the spirit of Burma’s British legacy and today’s sightseeing reveals both realms, including Scott Market and the Shwedagon Pagoda, glittering with gold leaf and 8,000 diamonds, rubies and sapphires! Dine this evening at the elegant Strand Grill and spend the night at the historic Strand Hotel. Meals B+L+D

Day 12: Goodbye Burma

Meal: Breakfast

Your tour ends this morning. 

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Trip Includes
  • Extensive Small Group sightseeing including all entry fees
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 11 nights in our 5-star hotels and resorts
  • All on-tour transportation including all 4 internal flights
  • Luggage handling, all hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline taxes and fees for your 5 included flights
Optional Activities

Angkor Wat

3-Day Freestyle Tour

Choose from the finest hotels, including the Raffles. Then join our expert guide for unhurried private sightseeing featuring Angkor’s best-known sites, its significant lesser-visited temples and Tonle Sap Lake


3-Day Freestyle Tour

Hanoi’s Colonial-era charms, rich cultural traditions and vibrant 21st-century spirit come to life with our extensive sightseeing. Enhanced by a cyclo tour through Old Hanoi and a Water Puppet performance.

Meals Included:

23 meals: 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

1) Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

Experience resort living in cosmopolitan Bangkok at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa - a haven of palm trees and river breezes on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya. Guest rooms embody the simple yet elegant Asian style and are decorated in rich colours of Thai silks and the warm brown hues of hardwood floors and include iPod docking station, wireless internet access, and LCD TV. Private balconies offer city, garden or river views. There are ten dining options on site, with tases and delicacies from around the world. The wide range of indulgent treatments at the Mandara Spa Bangkok, also on site, blends ancient remedies with modern techniques, all with a focus on restoring individual wellness, and tranquillity

2) Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa

The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa is located on the banks of the beautiful Mae Ping River in central Chiang Mai.The 84 guest accommodations are designed in the contemporary Asian style and include satellite television, in-room safe and internet access. The property includes currency exchange and hair salon

3) Aureum Palace Resort

This sprawling property of 114 upscale rooms overlooks a breath-taking scene of Bagan’s pagoda-studded landscape across a lotus-dappled lake. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant lend regal splendor to its 72-room complex of villa-type super-deluxe accommodation, all of which are equipped with top-of-the-line amenities and equipment.

4) Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort rests on the eastern shore of Inle Lake within the blue treetop ranges of the Shan Hills.  Just a 20 minutes boat ride from the town of Nyaung Shwe and near the village of Magyisin, the Resort is a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Inle Lake and the surrounding region.

Strand Hotel

This 1901-built three story Victorian considered one of Southeast Asia’s grand colonial hotels and still one of its most awe inspiring. Once patronized exclusively by ‘royalty, nobility and distinguished personages’ according to Murray’s Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon, 1911, today this National Landmark in the heart of downtown Yangon confers a sense of its rich history to all who pass through its colonnaded exterior.

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