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18-Day Myanmar & Thailand Highlights Tour

Tour route: Thailand: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Hua Hin, Myanmar: Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake - Mandalay

  • Tour code: IOT-TM-0001
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Arrival / Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, we will meet you and take you to the hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Following breakfast, set out to visit Wat Traimit, ‘Temple of the Golden Buddha’ famous for its 900-year-old and five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Continue to see Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, which is one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, explore Wat Po, this city’s largest and oldest temple housing the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha. After lunch comes the highlight of today’s tour - the renowned Grand Palace, one of the must-sees that adjoins Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bangkok

After breakfast, you will drive outside Bangkok to visit The Train Market. There are enormous shrimp, bright red lobsters, tons of squid and big, big fish actually caught in Burmese waters. Then you will enter the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Sit down and take your pictures, try some mango and sticky rice or hot soup with fish balls. And then you will get back to Bangkok for a tour to Jim Thompson House before you are escorted back to your hotel for some leisure time on your own.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Bangkok-Yangon

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival at the Yangon airport, your local tour guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel for check-in and free at leisure until late afternoon. Before sunset, you will pay a visit to the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Then you will pass by the Shwedagon Pagoda illuminated by beautiful lights.

Overnight: Yangon
Meal: Dinner

Day 5: Yangon Sightseeing

Today, we explore the city of Yangon from the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and Sule Pagoda. After a stroll at the Maha Bandoola Park with Maha Bandoola Garden to see colonial-style high court and city hall, head to the lively Indiantown and Chinatown. In the afternoon, you will visit Bogyoke Aung San Museum and pay a stroll along the bank of Inya Lake.

Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Yangon-Bagan

Today take a morning flight to ancient city of Bagan. Upon arrival you start to visit the colorful market town of Nyaung U and Bagan’s most significant shrines - the Shwezigon Pagoda and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, pay a visit to a lacquer-ware workshop to see Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts before exploring the amazing mural paintings at the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple. Later on, watch the sunset over the Shwesandaw Pagoda.

Overnight: Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Bagan Sightseeing

This morning, we start a scenic drive to Mount Popa. Along the way, stop by a local village to learn about local culture and lifestyle. For the energetic, there is time to climb up 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Have a lunch at a hill resort. Get back to Bagan to visit Ananda Temple and then relax in your hotel for fabulous sunset view.

Overnight: Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Bagan-Heho-Inle Lake

After breakfast take the flight to Heho and drive to Inle Lake for hotel check-in. Then head for the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most famous one in Inle Lake region. Pay a visit to a local village to see the production of traditional silks on wooden handlooms and iron ware. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Inle Lake Discovery

After breakfast, you have a half day sightseeing of the Inle Lake. First visit a local market, then take a scenic boat ride through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce.

Reach the peaceful Indein Village to see a nice pagoda, the ruins, and watch people go about their daily activities. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon is your leisure time.

Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Inle Lake-Heho-Mandalay

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Heho airport for the flight to Mandalay. Up on arrival proceed directly to enjoy a sunset on the boat to view the 1.2km long U Bein Bridge which is 162 years old.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Mandalay

Today you will visit City Harbor Bridge and continue to Sagaing Hill; a retreat for Buddhist devotees. The afternoon's tour includes some of the city's most interesting temples and palaces. Begin with Mahamuni Pagoda, the image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm thickness of gold leaf, Shwenandaw Monastery (Shwe Kyaung), the Golden Teak Monastery. Then to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known also as the world’s biggest book. Finally, enjoy the spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Mandalay-Chiang Mai

After breakfast, drive to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study the Buddha scripture. If time allow, you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence.

And then drive to the airport for flight to Chiang Mai. After a short rest upon arrival, we'll drive to the quaint and picturesque Meow Hill tribe village. Continue to visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park Tour

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park (Join-in Group Tour) today. It’s a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Observe free roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Chiang Mai

Today first attend a half-day Thai Cooking class instructed by an experienced chef. Take part in every step from selecting ingredients on the local market to preparing the materials. Afternoon is free on your own.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Hua Hin

This morning enjoy some leisure time before taking flight back to Bangkok. And then you will be escorted to your hotel in Hua Hin (about 3 hours drive).

Overnight: Hua Hin
Meal: Breakfast

Day 16: Hua Hin free time

Free day in Hua Hin on your own to relax on the beach.

Overnight: Hua Hin
Meal: Breakfast

Day 17: Hua Hin free time

Free day in Hua Hin on your own to relax on the beach.

Overnight: Hua Hin
Meal: Breakfast

Day 18: Hua Hin-Bangkok, departure

Be free till time to drive (about 3 hours) back to Bangkok airport for connecting flight to your next destination.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Myanmar & Thailand Highlights Tour

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Clients: chris_f195

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Monica Mo
We have used Odyssey Tours before which is why we used them again for Myanmar. Their execution is faultless. The supplied guides spoke English at a high level and knew a great deal about their culture. Apart form Yangon, we went to Bagan, Inle Lake, Heho. Every place was well worth seeing and provided quite a contrast in some ways. The accommodation and included meals were al truly top rate. This is to be highly recommended
Rating: July 13th, 2017

Clients: Lynn McSherry McBrier

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
I have been very pleased with Eric from Odyssey Tours in communicating with me about the details of a trip from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. He has taken care of important details on a somewhat tricky itinerary and has been most professional and quick in his responses to my questions.
Rating: May 11th, 2017

Clients: Ron Edwards

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Mason Li
My wife and I have been invited to visit some friends in Thailand (Khon Kaen) for the rocket festival in May. We decided to further our experience by arranging a private tour in Bangkok and Chiang Mai with other places in between. I contacted Odyssey Tours and had a response virtually immediately from Mason Li.Mason has been fantastic in organising an 11 day tour for us and has been extremely diligent in firstly organising a tour which meets all our expectations and timings and secondly keeping us informed with many suggestions such as hotels and even down to the clothing we should take for the trip. Mason also arranged our flights from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and return.This type of service bodes extremely well for our overall experience in ThailandElke & Ron Edwards, Brisbane ,Australia
Rating: April 27th, 2017

Clients: Gary Labuschewski

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Vincent Ruan
Over recent months we had planned to do a private tour of Northern Thailand, however on the first occasion due to my wife's mother health we had to postpone, in just this month had rebooked and paid for the same trip. Unexpectedly our daughter gave birth to a very premature little girl and out trip had to be cancelled. Vincent from Odyssey has been extremely patient and understanding through these family challenges and was also able to arrange some credit from our sudden cancellation. Our sincere heart felt gratitude to Vincent and his team.
Rating: April 21st, 2017

Clients: Brad Block

Travel Consultant:
Alick Peng
Our travel advisor, Mr. Alick Peng, has made the process very easy for planning out a complex individualized big travel vacation itinerary. He has also been very quick & detailed in responding to any & all emails & questions I have had for him. Alick was recommended to me by friends who previously booked a big trip through him, and were very happy with his services (including some assistance to change some reservations during the middle of their vacation).
Rating: April 15th, 2017
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