Combine two of southeast Asia’s most captivating countries on this unforgettable 10-day adventure to Thailand and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Delight in the radiant gold temples and floating markets of frenetic Bangkok; visit the crumbled ruins of the old capital of Ayutthaya; journey to Kanchanaburi to see the infamous World War II Bridge on the River Kwai; and enjoy an optional visit to an elephant sanctuary. After time to relax on Pattaya’s palm-fringed beaches, fly to Yangon, (previously called Rangoon) still one of the world’s off-the-beaten-track cities. Enjoy two nights in this beguiling capital - a vision of grandiose colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and shimmering Buddhist stupas, including the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda.
Our Asia vacation starts as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok. Enjoy inflight meals, beverages, and entertainment. *Thailand entry visa is not required for U.S passport holders. Visa is required to enter Burma and must be obtained prior to your departure. Non U.S passport holders please check with the corresponding consulate or embassy for more details. Please visit: https://www.affordableworld.com/infocenter/passport-visa for more information.
Join up with your guide at Bangkok International Airport and enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Thailand’s vibrant capital, which straddles the Chao Phraya River. Check in at your hotel and use the rest of the evening as you wish, perhaps by getting to know this hectic city or simply relaxing in your hotel room.
Bangkok is a city of gleaming modernity firmly rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition and beliefs. Depart on a half-day tour after breakfast to witness some of Bangkok’s most interesting sights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimitr) to see its solid-gold Buddha, and peek inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), known for its monumental horizontal Buddha. Stroll through the Paklong Talat flower market, a whirlwind of stalls selling masses of perfumed orchids, marigolds and roses. After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the afternoon independently, or explore Bangkok’s must-sees on our optional Landmark of Bangkok tour. Tour the splendid Grand Palace, home to Siam's kings for more than 150 years. Admire the gold-coated shrines and pavilions, and visit the adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to a revered emerald statue of Buddha. Witness the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and ride a motorboat along the Chao Phraya River.
*Men and women must have their shoulders, arms and legs covered when visiting the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple*
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
This morning, depart Bangkok for Damnoen Saduak, one of the area’s best-known floating markets. Cruise the canals past boats and waterside stalls peddling exotic foods, flowers and household goods, and stock up with souvenirs. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel. Spend the evening as you wish or join our optional tour to Asiatique Riverfront Night Market and enjoy a classic Thai dinner and dance show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, famously connected to the 'Death Railway' of World War II, and the poignant Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, home to 9,000 Allied war graves. Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional tour to the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp.
After breakfast, journey to Ayutthaya, home to the UNESCO-listed ruins of the medieval capital of Siam. Founded in 1350, this royal city was a major power for over 400 years, until Burmese forces destroyed it in the 1700s. Stroll around the remains of this once-thriving city, seeing the restored chedi of the crumbled Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the blackened remnants of monasteries, the carved Buddha face entangled in tree roots, and the working Wat Yai Chaimongkol temple. Your tour also includes time at the Bang Pa In palace, a beautiful lakeside retreat of Thailand’s kings during the 19th century. Tonight, make the most of Ayutthaya’s setting by joining us for an optional dinner cruise on a traditional wooden rice barge.
Relax over breakfast before a scenic drive to Pattaya, a popular vacation spot on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand whose beaches and entertainments draw thousands of visitors annually. On arrival, experience the virtual ‘Theme Park - Dark Ride’ at a gems gallery, learning about Thailand’s most prized gemstones. Then, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you please, perhaps relaxing on the sands or by the pool. Later, you may wish to take our optional Pattaya by Night tour, savoring a sumptuous seafood dinner and cabaret show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Yangon and the capital of Myanmar. On arrival, enjoy a convenient transfer to your hotel your 2-night stay in this captivating city. The remainder of the evening is free for you to spend as you please. *U.S passport holders: an entry visa is required to enter Myanmar. Non U.S passport holders please check with your local Burmese embassy or consulate for visa requirements.
Today, get to know Yangon, discovering the colorful lifestyle of its people and the secrets behind its British Raj-era architecture. The streets are lined with many of these late 19th-century buildings, some of which have been restored to their former glory, and some of which lie dilapidated and deserted.
Start your explorations with a visit to the beautiful, golden Sule Pagoda before viewing the City Hall, a British colonial building embellished with traditional Burmese three-tiered roofs. Continue past the red-and-white brick High Court with its impressive bell clock tower and see the Emmanuel Baptist Church standing next to Mahar Bandoola Park, a green oasis popular with Tai Chi followers.
Take photos of the derelict Secretariat, an imperious Victorian building where Aung San, father of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was assassinated in 1947. Stroll along Strand Road to see the abandoned Gandhi Hall, where the National League for Democracy drafted the Gandhi Hall Declaration in 1990, and visit the St. John the Baptist Church, Myanmar's last Armenian Church. Dating back more than 150 years, this lovely small church is well maintained and offers a pocket of calm in the rush of the city. Other sights include the Post Office, Strand Hotel and Port Authority, together with the Accountant General's Office and Currency Department, home to a stunning, ornamented winding staircase. Lastly, visit the Yangon Heritage Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Yangon’s rich colonial architectural heritage in the face of modern development. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Situated on a fertile delta in south Myanmar on the wide Yangon River, Yangon combines tree-shaded boulevards, grand historical buildings and shimmering Buddhist stupas. The city only became Burma’s capital in 1885 after the British took Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief spell as the capital of the Burmese kingdom came to an end.
Spend your last morning in Yangon as you wish and after checking out of your hotel, set off for the National Museum (closed Mondays and Public Holidays) to chart Myanmar’s fascinating history. View the array of intriguing artifacts here, including the 26-foot-high Simhasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and then continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon and the country’s most revered Buddhist temple. Towering above the city, the pagoda houses eight hair relics of the Buddha and local legend has it that it was built around 2,500 years ago. Enjoy glorious views of the golden stupa in the fading daylight, and later, mark the end of your adventure in Myanmar with a farewell evening dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying the company of your fellow travelers.
After your meal, transfer to Yangon airport for your return flight to the U.S. Your flight leaves shortly before midnight if you are traveling with Air China or just after midnight if you are flying with Cathay Pacific.
Included: Breakfast , Dinner at Local Restaurant
Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.
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*Subject to availability
Visit Bangkok’s signature sights — the Grand Palace — and its famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of Emerald Buddha on an afternoon sightseeing tour, including a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River.
After pickup from your Bangkok hotel, travel to the Grand Palace, the landmark that tops Bangkok’s must-see list. Head
Visit Bangkok's largest riverfront evening market and sit down to a Thai dinner and show on this enjoyable excursion. Travel to Asiatique Night Market, a vibrant outdoor night market located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in a restored dock complex. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy free time to stroll around
This afternoon, venture further into Thailand's scenic Kanchanaburi province to visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before taking the opportunity to help bathe these magnificent animals in the river. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the camp before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Experience Ayutthaya by tuk tuk this evening on this exciting optional night tour. Enjoy the city of ruins after sunset. Stop for a glimpse of the local markets and Wat Wattanarum temple before continuing on to a local restaurant by the river. Tonight's dinner will include local dishes such as deep fried sea bass fish