18 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day World Class River Cruise

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flights Bangkok-Yangon and Mandalay-Bangkok.

Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels


Accommodation Details:
The Irrawaddy Explorer cabins cannot accommodate 3 passengers; therefore, triple rooms will be accommodated in a twin and single cabin.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. . Low water levels may require walking additional steps or slopes to reach the bank. The Irrawaddy cruise will start in Prome. Transfer to Prome from Yangon requires 5 to 7 hours driving.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand

DAY 2 - Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand's capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 3 - Tour of Bangkok
This morning enjoy a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant with entertainment, including a performance of Khon-traditional Thai dance. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Full Day in Bangkok
A full day at leisure to discover this endlessly fascinating city on your own. Or, join the optional morning tour to Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbolic heart of the kingdom - together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. This evening, you can see Bangkok at night on the optional Chao Phraya River Cruise that includes an international buffet dinner and "live" music. See the glittering lights as you sail past the Royal Navy Fort, the Grand Palace and many other beautiful temples magnificently illuminated
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Chaophya River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Flight to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Transfer to the Bangkok Airport, for your flight to Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the dynamic capital of Myanmar (Burma). Upon arrival, you’ll immediately view the astonishing panorama of some of the most impressive pagodas in the country. Meet your Tour leader, transfer to your hotel. Yangon is a melting pot city of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian cultures, and where contemporary and colonial Myanmar continues to coexist. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Pyay (Prome), Embarkation on the Irrawaddy Explorer, Pyay-Sri-Ksetra
As your journey on the Irrawaddy River begins, a morning scenic drive takes you to Pyay, (formerly Prome), controlled by the Mon Tribe during the Bagan Era and then conquered by Burmese King Alaungpaya in 1754. En route, an informative lecture introduces you to Pyay and The Banks of the Irrawaddy. After embarkation on the deluxe RV Irrawaddy Explorer, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the friendly crew before sharing a buffet lunch of local favorites. Time to relax before the afternoon excursion to Thayekhittaya (Sri-Ksetra), the "Fabulous City", designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, visit the impressive 2500-year-old Shwesandaw Pagoda, an incredible array of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and intricate mythical beasts - its spires are the heart of the city and the smaller gold stupa of Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda), where people can say sorry for their misdeeds. On board tonight, a Welcome Reception and Dinner
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Colonial Thayetmyo
A horse cart transports you this morning to the charming colonial town of Thayetmyo that once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar. Outside the town is the oldest golf course in Myanmar used by the British – you can try your swing at the first hole! Then, continue to the bustling local covered market and drive past colonial homes that were constructed during the British colonization of Burma. Return to the ship in time for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation and panoramic scenery on board. Highlights of the activities on board today include demonstrations of longyi and thanaka (traditional clothing and make-up) and a timely lecture and discussion on The Origins of Buddhism, its Teachings, and its Cultural Influence
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Minbu and the Mud Volcanoes
In the morning, the ship crosses the river to the Set Kein De Pagoda, set on a hilltop with magnificent views of the river. Then, arrive to the small town of Minbu, with its legendary Mud Volcanoes, locally known as Naga Bwet Taung (Dragon's breath), home to two dragons with mystical powers. Upon entering, it's customary to perform some offerings to the stone dragons, meant to tame the mythical beast. In reality, the volcanoes are formed by trapped methane gas trying to escape from deep below the surface. These gases then force their way through mud vents in this spectacular landscape that looks extremely lunar. After lunch on board ship, the afternoon lecture and conversation focuses on Burma - from Early Innovators to Closed Society
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Salay, Tan Kyi Mountain
Arrive downstream today in the Bagan-era village of Salay, an active religious center founded in the 13th century with its over 50 impressive teak monasteries and untouched British colonial buildings. Visit the huge Youqson Kyaung wooden monastery designed as a replica of the Crown Prince House in Mandalay with its intricate exterior carvings depicting 19th-century court life and scenes from Buddha's past lives. Continue to an area of colonial buildings and the interesting monuments of Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya. Return to the ship for lunch on board. In the afternoon, ascend by van to the top of Tan Kyi Mountain where you visit one of the four stupas that marked the original edges of the city
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Astonishing Bagan
A truly extraordinary day as you arrive in Bagan, the country's spiritual center and one of the largest and most unforgettable archaeological sites in the world. Over 2,000 pagodas, stupas, and temples dot the golden plains of the city. Visit the magnificent Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece that houses four standing Buddhas. Continue to Dhammayangyi, Bagan's largest temple, built during the reign of King Narathu. Next, visit a traditional lacquerware workshop to see the time-consuming process of handmade lacquer products. After leisure time and lunch on board, travel this afternoon to the Temple of Upali Thein, with its well-preserved paintings and a stop at Htilominlo, to see a demonstration of sand art. End the day with a ceremonial oxcart ride along the scenic trails of Bagan, continuing by coach to Phya That Gyi Pagoda, the most significant temple in Bagan. Ascend to the top for extraordinary sunset views over the Bagan plains before returning to the ship for dinner. Entertainment on board this evening is a special performance of the celebrated Myanmar Puppets
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Nyaung-U Market, Cooking Demonstration, Shwe Pyi Thar Village
Today's exploration of Bagan begins at the bustling Nyaung-U morning market; see the daily life of the country, as people shop and bargain for food and wares at the colorful stalls. Next, explore the 13th-century cave temple of Gubyaukgyi with its Indian-styled spires, beautiful murals, and carvings. Continue to the red-brick Sulamani Temple, decorated with magnificent interior murals accented by the soft glow of the sun's rays. Time for a cooking demonstration and lunch on board; learn the art of preparing Burmese specialties taught by an accomplished chef. Afterward, arrive at Shwe Pyi Thar village; a leisurely walk takes you through this typical nomadic village where you watch the collection and processing of palm sap into palm sugar, sweets, and liquor
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Yandabo and its Pottery Workshops
Arrive in Yandabo, a picturesque village famous for its terracotta pots made from the clay of the riverbank. Here, the historic peace treaty was signed that ended the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1826. A walking tour of this small village of less than 350 houses takes you to the workshops. Watch the pairs of women creating, decorating and firing the pottery. If school is in session, you'll have the opportunity to meet local children and tour the school. On board this afternoon, relax over lunch, sojourn in the lounge and then participate in an afternoon lecture about Myanmar Today
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Monywa's Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung Caves
A full day excursion to the city of Monywa, on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, a major trade center for agricultural products from the surrounding valley. Here visit the amazing 12th century Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung Caves, adorned with hundreds of Buddha statues placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. After a box lunch, continue on to the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 colorful Buddha images. Return to the ship after a very interesting day, with time to relax at the ship's spa before tonight's dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - Ancient Mingun, Excursion to Ava, Magnificent Amarapura
Morning visit to the ancient city of Mingun. On the leisurely walking tour, visit the monumental "unfinished" Mingun Temple, started by King Bodawphaya in 1790 and the 90-ton ringing bell, the world's largest. Nearby, view the beautiful white Myatheindan Pagoda modeled after mythical Mount Meru, dedicated to his Princess who died in childbirth. After lunch, horse carts transport you to Ava, a former capital city; visit the 200-year-old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, the Nanmyin watchtower, and Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. End the day at magnificent Amarapura, a more recent Burmese royal capital. Walk across the famous teak U-Bein Bridge before boarding a sampan that takes you on a memorable sunset ride on the river. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner with a dance and theater performance. On your last night together on the Irrawaddy River, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends and share wonderful memories of a great journey
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - Disembarkation, Mandalay
Morning disembarkation followed by a tour of bustling Mandalay. Stop at a gold leaf workshop before continuing to the Mahamuni Pagoda to observe a demonstration of how gold leaf is used on many of the Buddha statues. Ascend Mandalay Hill to visit the gilded Kuthodaw Pagoda, called "the world's largest book," named after its 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. At the Shwenandaw Monastery, originally part of the Royal Palace in Amarapura, view one of the best examples of traditional Myanmar-style intricate woodcarvings in the country. The rest of the day is at leisure to independently discover Mandalay
Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 - Full Day Pyin-oo-lwin, Sagaing
After breakfast, drive to the former British hill station of Pyin-oo-lwin. This scenic hill town is a popular weekend getaway. Visit Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda on the way, the perfect opportunity to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings. Upon arrival in Pyin-oo-lwin, stroll around the lovely Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens and take a horse cart ride. After some free time in Pyin-oo-lwin, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then on to Sagaing. See the peaceful vista of hundreds of white pagodas, including the impressive Kaunghmudaw Pagoda built with an egg-shaped golden stupa. With over 3,000 monks and nuns, Sagaing is widely regarded as the center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Watch the sunset from atop Sagaing Hill before returning to Mandalay for time on your own
Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17 - Flight to Bangkok
Today, return to Bangkok by flight for a final day of leisure in the country's capital. Enjoy the day revisiting some of the famous sites and be sure to shop to your heart's content for gifts to bring back home
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Tonight, enjoy a very relaxing cruise on Chao Phraya, the River of Kings. See the picturesque and colorful bright lights of Bangkok as you sail by night along the river. Pass the Royal Navy Fort, the Grand Palace and many other beautiful temples which are magnificently illuminated at night. An International Buffet Dinner on board is included along with live music along the way.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2018 $72.00
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Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $38.00
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