This remarkable leisure journey will walk you through time, exposing you to history, culture, and heaven on earth beaches. You will visit famous temples and shrines, shop food and souvenirs aboard a boat, and experience one of the world's famous cities—Bangkok. Every day will bring something different, making it the ideal experience for anyone who enjoys variation, tranquility, and exploration.

Highlights

  • Visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda & The Buddha Temple
  • Traditional cooking class & visit to Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda - "The World’s Largest Book”
  • Trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Boat trip to Phi Phi Island Thailand

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival Yangon & Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Yangon
Day 2 Yangon - Bagan & Ananda Temple Bagan
Day 3 Bagan - Traditional cooking class & Shwezigon Pagoda Bagan
Day 4 Bagan - Mandalay - Kuthodaw Pagoda & Shwenandaw Monastery Mandalay
Day 5 Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake & Nga Phe Chaung Inle Lake
Day 6 Indein - Heho - Yangon & Schwe Indein Pagoda Yangon
Day 7 Yangon – Bangkok Bangkok
Day 8 Bangkok - Grand Palace & Wat Pho Temple Bangkok
Day 9 Bangkok – Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi
Day 10 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya & Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya
Day 11 Ayutthaya – Bangkok - Phuket Phuket
Day 12 Phuket - Phi Phi Island Phuket
Day 13 Phuket- Free Exploration Phuket
Day 14 Depart Phuket  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Yangon & Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon at dusk
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon at dusk

Welcome to Southeast Asia and Yangon! First, you will be greeted at the airport and accompanied to your hotel for check-in. The capital Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is Myanmar's largest city and the country's most important commercial hub. The city's colonial background and religious legacy make it is one of the most mesmerizing places in all of southeast Asia. 

Today, you will pay a visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagodahome to a 72-meter long reclining Buddha statue, which features intricate carvings on his feet. Afterward, you will make a quick stop by the Kandawgyi  Lake located in Kandawgyi Park. No Myanmar expedition can be considered complete if it lacks a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda.

The visit begins at the eastern staircase where small shops are lining up, all the way to the base of the temple, selling various religious items. As you step on the platform, you will witness the colors transform on the 328-foot (100 m) chedi, enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaves. Most visitors report the trip to be one of their best memory from the country.

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan & Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple in Bagan, Maynmar
Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar

Today, you will be transferred to the Yangon airport and take a flight to Nyaung U (Bagan). First, you will travel to an elevated location amid the temple plains to observe the field of pagodas and temples. From here, you will explore the Ananda Temple—one of the most recognizable of Bagan’s temples. Your guide will ensure you reach this point before the majority of visitors arrive, enabling you to enjoy the beautiful temple in relative tranquility.

There will also be time to walk around the plain to observe a variety of architectural styles in the area, including some artistic wonders of the 9th -14th centuries. Traveling amid the temples, you will experience the rural Bagan life as you pass by several villages where families work and workers amongst the monuments.

In the late afternoon, a drive to the river and a private wooden boat await. You will be treated to a peaceful view, cruising down the Irrawaddy River, under the shade or on the open-deck, passing several small villages. After enjoying a refreshing cocktail along with traditional snacks as the sun begins to sink slowly from view, you will disembark and travel back to your hotel.

Day 3: Bagan - Traditional cooking class & Shwezigon Pagoda

Nyaung-U Market in Bagan
Nyaung-U Market in Bagan

On your third day, there will be a cooking class, and exciting sightseeing awaiting you. You will start at the vibrant Nyaung-U Market, where the locals come to trade fresh produce and other goods daily, and then step into a local's home to join the family for a traditional cooking experience.

Your host will briefly introduce you to local vegetables and herbs, hand-picked in their garden, or freshly brought back from the morning market, before starting the class. You will share cooking methods, stories, and warm laughs with your host. After the lesson about traditional family recipes, an authentic taste of Burmese cuisine in a cozy atmosphere awaits. Don’t be afraid to finish everything on your plate; it is the Myanmar way to show your appreciation to the hosts.

The day will continue with a visit to the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, before traveling to a small village on dusty lanes and tree-shaded roads and passing temples and monasteries. You will have a relaxing walk while getting a glimpse of the Bagan’s resident lifestyle, followed by a visit to lesser-known temples in the area.

You will also have time to explore a series of smaller monuments which allows for a different perspective of Bagan, before visiting traditional lacquerware workshop and observing the manufacturer of one of Myanmar’s most famous handicrafts. Your exploration of Bagan will continue with Old Bagan and Ananda Temple, an architectural work of art and certainly one of Bagan’s most recognizable temples.
 
From here, you will keep your journey on a horse cart, passing through some of the tallest temples of the area like Dhammayangyi Temple, known for its peculiar brickwork. At the end of your trip, you will have time to relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset over Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay - Kuthodaw Pagoda & Shwenandaw Monastery

Kuthodaw Pagoda - The World's Largest Book  in Myanmar
Kuthodaw Pagoda - The World's Largest Book in Myanmar

Today, you will transfer to the Nyaung U (Bagan) airport and board a flight to Mandalay, before making your way to the Mahamuni Buddha Temple. The pagoda holds one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaf, which is applied every day by male devotees.

Next is a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as “The World’s Largest Book” due to its collection of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist teachings. You will then continue to the Mandalay Hill and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, also known as the "Pagoda of the Great Marble Image."
 
At the end of your half-day tour, you will visit Shwenandaw Monastery, also known as the Golden Palace Monastery and the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. As the sun starts to set, you will enjoy a walk along the famous U Bein Bridge—said to be the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world.
 
The bridge stretches 0.74 miles (1.2 km) across the shallow Taung Tha Man Lake and was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the royal center of attention. Enjoy the exceptional atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home. After soaking in the views, you will travel back to Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake & Nga Phe Chaung

Shwe Inn Thein Paya & Inle Lake in Nyaungshwe
Shwe Inn Thein Paya & Inle Lake in Nyaungshwe

After transferring to the Mandalay airport, you will board a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up, and you'll get to enjoy a scenic drive to Nyaungshwe—the gateway village to Inle Lake. To make the most of the journey, you will visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas.

A stop at the teak monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay will let you witness the intricate wood carving artwork and craftsmanship of the monks here. When you arrive in Nyaung Shwe jetty, a traditional long-tail boat will take you on a cruise on the canal that leads to the open lake.
 
Floating gardens, leg-rowing fishers, and stilt houses dot the quiet waters of Inle Lake while the surrounding mountains contrast with the impressive lake and form the perfect backdrop for beautiful photos. You will visit Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, known for its stunning collection of Buddha images, and discover the lake’s main haven Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, containing five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf.

Many traditional crafts are originating on Inle Lake, inviting you to a visit and see how incredible woven items from lotus silk are created. Other crafts display boat building (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths, or even silversmiths. You will then return by boat back to your hotel for a relaxed evening.

Day 6: Indein - Heho - Yangon & Schwe Indein Pagoda

Indein Pagoda at Inle Lake
Indein Pagoda at Inle Lake

After breakfast, you will board your private boat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. This morning, you will walk around the 5-day market that changes position every day to a different village. Locals make daily visits to the market, as well as ethnic minorities from the surrounding communities and mountain regions.

Next, you will enjoy a one-hour boat ride down a small canal that will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein—positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. After a stroll around the town, you will ascend the staircase, leading you to the pagoda. The Schwe Indein Pagoda is one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake.

Once you arrive at the summit, an iconic Buddha image will greet you, sitting enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. If time allows it, you'll make a stop at the Inthar Heritage House on your boat ride back, to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people.

After enjoying one last boat ride from on the lake to Nyaungschwe, you will be transferred back to the Heho airport to catch your domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will head to your hotel to check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Transfer to and from the airport: 20 miles (32 km) - 1 hour

Day 7: Yangon – Bangkok

Bangkok City during night time
Bangkok City during night time

It is time to say goodbye to one of the most impressive and enchanting countries in the world and head to Yangon International Airport and fly to beautiful Bangkok in Thailand. You will be greeted at the airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel.

Bangkok is known as the "The city of Angels" in Thai and is the quintessential eastern metropolis in Southeast Asia with a mind-boggling history and spirituality. Expect ancient Thai temples, magnificently rising from the riverbanks, colorful palaces that glisten spectacularly in the sunlight, and a snaking river that winds its way through the heart of the city.

Fabulous shopping awaits you, whether you’re after high-quality artisanal handicrafts or excellent bargains in Asia’s most stylish shopping centers. If you’re a food lover, you will delight at the exceptionally delicious meals that, offered at every corner of the city.

Day 8: Bangkok - Grand Palace & Wat Pho Temple

Bangkok Grand Palace
Bangkok Grand Palace

This morning, you will visit the amazing  Grand Palace—the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Here, you will get to see the enigmatic Emerald Buddha, which is the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, and then continue to Wat Pho—one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Wat Pho is known for housing the famous 148-foot (45 m) long reclining Buddha, and being the original school of traditional Thai massage.

You will enjoy a relaxing one-hour Thai herbal massage, followed by a long tail boat cruise along the canal of Thonburi, and get a glimpse of the everyday life of the famous "water people" of Thailand. On your way back, you will stop by what is probably the most well-known symbol of Bangkok—Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun Ratchawararam), with its sparkling spires covered in broken shards of glass and pottery.

Tour duration: Full day alt. 7 hours

Day 9: Bangkok – Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi

River Khwae Yai in Bangkok
River Khwae Yai in Bangkok

The morning will bring a trip to the well-known Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, drawing curious visitors from every corner of the world, due to the remarkable practice of buying and selling goods almost entirely on water. Jump into a canoe and gently glide on the canals among hundreds of small boats loaded with all kinds of products, from juicy fruits to colorful fabrics.

This buzzing and crowded maze of channels is the best place to experience how locals do business. In the mood for some tropical fruit or a beautifully carved Buddha?  You will then have lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Kanchanaburi Province in the northwest of Bankok. You will also see the bridge on the River Khwae Yai, timelessly immortalized in history and the famous movie, with the same name.
 
Your tour will continue to the World War II Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, where 6,982 allied prisoners died during the construction of the infamous Death Railway. You will learn about the distressing series of events that marked the history of the region at the Death Railway Museum and end with a train ride on the railway, spectacularly snaking along on a robust wooden support system.
 
Tour duration: 10 hours

Day 10: Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya & Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat

Today, you will explore the glorious ruins of Ayutthaya, which bring back to life the early splendor of the city destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. Your journey will start with a visit to Wat Chai Wattanaram—one of the most imposing of the remaining monuments of old Ayutthaya.

You will move on to the bronze Buddha at Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit—the perfect example of the significance of Thai spirituality, before visiting the Royal Monastery Wat Phra Si Samphet, famous for its three iconic chedis. You will continue with a visit to Wat Mahathat, famed for the head of Buddha, embedded in a tree trunk surrounded by the growing roots.
 
Your last destination will be Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Within the complex abides, a massive statue of a reclining Buddha built of brick and stucco. The bell-shaped chedi is built on a pile of assembled ground, with steps going up to the Buddhist image placed midway to the top.
 
Tour duration: 8 hours

Day 11: Ayutthaya – Bangkok - Phuket

Phuket Landmark - Big Buddha Statue
Phuket Landmark - Big Buddha Statue

It's time for your next voyage and adventure—in Phuket! You will transfer to Bankok airport after your hotel check-out and board your flight to Thailand's biggest island. Exquisite white-sandy beaches, clear emerald seawater, and bright sunlight make Phuket is an international magnet for beach lovers from around the globe.

Today's Phuket has been shaped by its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influences, and exquisite traditional cuisines. You will experience the natural heritage of sea, beautiful sand, wide beaches, exceptional forests, and world-renowned diving sites. You will also find the old town of Phuket to be a charming place well worthy of a visit.

Day 12: Phuket - Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island

Today will be an exciting day with a tour to the stunning Phi Phi Island. The island is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, only a 1.5-hour boat ride from Phuket. It is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Phuket.

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Phuket, and board a speed boat at the Marina. The day will treat you to a visit to Monkey Beach, Viking Cave, Pi Leh Cove, and Loh Samah Bay (depending on the tide). After a nice lunch at a local restaurant, and then embark on a snorkeling adventure at Bamboo Island and Khai Nai Island.

Tour duration: 9.5 hours

Day 13: Phuket- Free Exploration

Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket
Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket

-Enjoy your breakfast this morning, and then head to explore Phuket however you'd like. Phuket has something for everyone, buzzing city life, beaches, history, and vast cultural life.  Today, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy another day at a white-sand beach, visit famous temples, or enjoy food tasting around the city. 

Here are some suggested activities you might enjoy:

  • Visit the Wat Chalong Temple—the biggest and most famous temple in Phuket, located in how surprising the town of Chalong. It was dedicated to the two monks Luang Pho Champ and Luang Pho Chuang, and their images are statued in the main temple. The roof lets you enjoy a beautiful view of the complex and its surroundings. 
  • Come face to face with the remarkable 148-foot (45 m) tall Buddha Statue—Big Buddha (Phra Phuttha Mingmongkhon Akenakkhiri), one of Phuket’s landmarks. The temple complex houses an exhibition with the story of Buddha, and upon arrival, you will most likely be blessed by a monk before reaching the statue. 
  • Enjoy tranquility at the Laem Ka Beach—one of the less crowded beaches that display the peace still available in many places in Thailand. It is the ideal getaway, far from the touristy beaches of Phuket, with stunning views and perfect for a swim.  
  • Stroll around the streets in the Old Town—the historical heart of Phuket. The colorful houses are unique in Thailand, and you'll get a chance to discover sights like the Chinese shrine Jui Tui Shrine. Settle down in one of the coffee shops to rest your legs and then continue to the Queen Sirikit Park—built in honor of the Queen. 

Day 14: Depart Phuket

Phuket sunset view
Phuket sunset view

It's time to leave Phuket and leave your two-week adventure behind. After checking out of your hotel, you will meet your English Speaking Guide and be transferred to Phuket airport for your outbound flight.