Experience the natural wonders and cultural highlights of two countries—Myanmar and Thailand—on this two-week journey. You'll see magnificent temples in Bagan, the "World's Biggest Book" in Mandalay, and floating gardens on Inle Lake in Myanmar before moving onto Thailand to see the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak in Bangkok and the ruins of Ayutthaya, a city that was almost entirely destroyed in the late 18th century. Then finish the fast-paced trip with a few days of relaxation on the island paradise of Phuket.

Highlights

  • Take in aerial views over the temples of Bagan
  • See “The World’s Biggest Book” in Mandalay
  • Visit the iconic Buddha on Indein, located on Inle Lake
  • Witness the "water people" and their floating vendor stalls in Bangkok
  • Snorkel off the coast of Phuket

Brief Itinerary

Day  Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Yangon Yangon
Day 2 Yangon to Bagan
 Bagan
Day 3 Bagan Sightseeing Bagan
Day 4 Bagan to Mandalay Mandalay
Day 5 Mandalay to Heho Heho
Day 6 Inle Lake & Indein Yangon
Day 7 Yangon to Bangkok Bangkok
Day 8 Bangkok Sightseeing Bangkok
Day 9 Bangkok - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi
Day 10 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya Ayutthaya
Day 11 Ayutthaya – Bangkok - Phuket Phuket
Day 12 Phuket Tour Phuket
Day 13 Relaxing on Phuket Phuket
Day 14 International Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon

Colorful buildings in Yangon
Colorful buildings in Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar! The former capital, Yangon,
 is Myanmar's largest city and continues to be the country's most important
 commercial hub. After checking into your hotel, visit Kyauktatgyi Pagoda, home to a large reclining Buddha 
statue. Afterward, you'll make a quick stop
 at the Royal Lake in Kandawgyi Park, then visit the legendary 
Shwedagon Pagoda.  

Day 2: Yangon to Bagan


Viewing the temples of Bagan from above
Viewing the temples of Bagan from above

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. You'll go to an elevated location amid the temple plains to observe the pagodas and temples from above. Have a look around Ananda Temple—one of the 
most recognizable of Bagan’s temples—and break for lunch before driving to the river and boarding a wooden boat for a peaceful cruise down the Irrawaddy River.

Day 3: Bagan

Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan
Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan

Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. You will then travel to a small village where you can walk around and get a glimpse of the life of Bagan’s residents, followed by a visit to lesser-known temples in the area. In the afternoon, tour Old Bagan and Ananda Temple, an architectural work of art and one of Bagan’s most recognizable temples.

Day 4: Bagan to Mandalay

U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar
U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar

Take a flight to Mandalay. You'll visit Mahamuni, the pagoda that houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently dubbed as “The World’s Biggest Book” for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Go to Shwenandaw Monastery before sunset, when you'll stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world.

Day 5: Mandalay to Heho

Fishing at sunset at Inle Lake, Myanmar
Fishing at sunset at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Fly to Heho and transfer to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas.

Later, go for a cruise on the canal that leads to the open lake. The quiet waters of Inle Lake are dotted with floating gardens and stilt houses. Discover Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf.

Day 6: Inle Lake & Indein

Exploring Inle Lake by boat
Exploring Inle Lake by boat

On a boat, you'll travel to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. Climb the staircase to the pagoda complex to see the iconic Buddha figure enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins. Enjoy views over the lake before boarding the boat to cruise past more stilted villages and native communities.

Day 7: Yangon to Bangkok

Wat Arun Temple at sunset in Bangkok
Wat Arun Temple at sunset in Bangkok

Leave Myanmar behind for Thailand. After your flight to Bangkok, you'll have free time to settle in and explore the city before the next day's excursions.

Consider visiting the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, or shop and get a bite to eat on Khao San Road. Catch a sunset view of Wat Arun Temple, on the water's edge, if you can. Then get some rest before the second part of the itinerary begins.

Day 8: Bangkok

A nighttime view of Bangkok
A nighttime view of Bangkok

Today's devoted to sightseeing in Bangkok. Go to the Grand Palace, the most important royal palace in Thailand, Wat Pho, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, and board a boat to cruise along the canal of Thonburi and get a glimpse of the everyday life of the famous "water people" of Thailand.

Day 9: Bangkok - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi

Damnoen Saduak floating market
Damnoen Saduak floating market

In the early morning, travel to the well-known Damnoen Saduak floating market, where local vendors buy and sell goods almost entirely on water. Jump in a canoe and gently glide on the canals among hundreds of small boats loaded with all kinds of goods, from juicy fruits to colorful fabrics. In the afternoon, go for a train ride on the "Death Railway"—the tracks snake high along the cliffs on a solid wooden support system.

Day 10: Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Wat Chai Wattanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Wat Chai Wattanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Discover the ruins of Ayutthaya, which give a glimpse into the past and the city destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. Visit Wat Chai Wattanaram, one of the most imposing of the remaining monuments of old Ayutthaya, and check out the luminous bronze Buddha at Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit before visiting the Royal Monastery.

Day 11: Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Phuket

Big Buddha overlooking Phuket
Big Buddha overlooking Phuket

After checking out, transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Phuket. The rest of the day is free to relax on white sandy beaches, explore the old town, and feast on fresh seafood.

Visit marketplaces in Phuket City, go out for drinks in Patong, the island's main resort town, or venture by car to the Big Buddha, a giant Buddha image situated atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Day 12: Phuket Tour

A peaceful beach on Phuket, Thailand
A peaceful beach on Phuket, Thailand

On a guided tour, you'll take a speedboat to Phi Phi Island, one of Thailand's most famous beaches. Relax on Monkey Beach and snorkel in the afternoon at Bamboo Island or Khai Nai Island, depending on the tide.

At night, check out the lively food and drink scene at one of Phuket's famous night markets, like Chillva Market in Phuket Town.

Day 13: Relaxing on Phuket

Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Beach
An islet off Khao Phing Kan that's known as James Bond Island

You'll have the whole day to do as you please in this island paradise: sleep in, sunbathe, go snorkeling or diving, or just walk on the beach and enjoy the scenery. Eager to see more island scenery? Take a boat tour to Khao Phing Kan, located in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. Offshore, you'll see a strikingly tall and narrow islet called Ko Ta Pu or Ko Tapu. Thanks to its appearance on film, it's known as "James Bond Island."

Day 14: International Departure

Your time in Thailand has come to a close. You'll transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. Safe travels!