Experience the captivating allure of Myanmar and Thailand with this innovative and intimate journey into the mystique. Evocative religious relics stand proud in jaw-dropping green valleys, ancient kingdom capitals remain untouched by modernity, and iconic impressions of undiscovered Southeast Asia fill this itinerary. With ten days in Myanmar and four in Thailand, this vacation unveils the dazzling highlights and unknown gems of two achingly authentic countries.
Myanmar and Thailand are coated in mystique, their historic wonders imbued with rich spirituality and a compelling atmosphere. This handcrafted two week itinerary journeys to their cultural heart, handpicking the destinations that hypnotically unveil the magic of a whole region. Green valleys clad with temple ruins, ancient capitals untouched for centuries, gold gilded pagodas only just made accessible to tourists, ebullient markets that elevate the senses; this itinerary provides a stunning immersion in both the renowned sights and local experiences. Domestic flights effortlessly connect the destinations and a handpicked selection of expert guides provides the narrative to accompany the architectural brilliance. Each day bursts with highlights and distinct memories, with the ubiquitous smiles of the locals adding an additional blanket of enchantment.
The first four days are spent in the Land of Smiles, Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok and soak up its compelling contrasts: charming markets beside gleaming skyscrapers, elegant canal cruises followed by ancient tea shops, tuk-tuk rides and spectacular palaces. Fly north to Chiang Mai, the country’s cultural heart immediately impressing with old city walls and 14th century temples. Soak up the spirituality and then feed the senses further with an organic Thai cooking lesson. Yangon is your first stop in Myanmar, the ambient capital epitomizing the laid-back style and welcoming ambience of a nation. Expect crumbling colonial remains, resplendent pagodas, colorful characters filling open-air markets, and this is just within an hour of landing. The next two days ensure you explore all the charms and renowned architectural wonders of this delightful city.
Myanmar continually offers surprise and astonishment. Take your next stop, Bagan, where an exuberantly green valley is covered in the remains of 2,200 temples and pagodas, some of them reaching over 45 meters into the blue sky. Spirit filled Mount Popa, your day trip destination on day eight, is equally bewildering. By day nine you’ve reached historic Mandalay, home to its own myriad of fascinating cultural treasures and transcendently beautiful sites. Ancient kingdom capitals surround the city and day ten takes you to three of the finest historical towns anywhere in Asia. For your final few days you’re deep in the picturesque delights of Inle Lake. Visit hill tribes, hike along majestic trails, canoe through floating markets and gardens, and visit the 8,000 plus Buddha statues that fill the Pindaya Caves. But this, like the rest of this description, is just a snapshot. Check out the detailed itinerary for more detail about the unique experiences and captivating memories of this once in a lifetime vacation.