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Discovering Burma (Myanmar) & Northern Thailand

17 days from £5,605pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Pakokku
  • Monywa
  • Mandalay
  • Heho
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Kyaingtong (Kengtung)
  • Tachilek
  • Chiang Rai
  • Experience the spectacular temples of Bagan.

  • Visit Monwya and explore villages on the Chindwin River.

  • Head further south from Inle Lake to the little-visited Tha Khauk pagoda complex.

  • Cross the border at Tachilek and explore the far north of Thailand.

William, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This tour takes in the must-see sights of Myanmar with several more adventurous activities that take you off the beaten track. Take an interesting overland journey from Bagan to Mandalay via Monywa and trek to the indigenous tribes around Kyaingtong in Shan State before crossing the border into northern Thailand.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Pakokku
  • Monywa
  • Mandalay
  • Heho
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Heho
  • Kyaingtong (Kengtung)
  • Tachilek
  • Chiang Rai

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Yangon (Rangoon).

Day 2 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

On arrival in Yangon you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will visit the Shwedagon at sunset. This magical centrepiece of the city, is a beautifully tranquil and spiritual place to visit.

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Day 3 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

Explore the city on foot and by the circle train, which navigates the peripheries of Yangon and offers a wonderful behind the scenes insight into city life.

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Day 4 Bagan (Pagan)

Yangon (Rangoon) , Bagan (Pagan)

This morning fly to Bagan and spend the day exploring some of the thousands of temples and stupas that are scattered across a vast arid landscape.

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Day 5 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

You have the day to relax and explore at your own pace.

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Day 6 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

Today you head out into the countryside by jeep to see a different side of Bagan away from the popular temples. Visit small villages renowned for peanut and palm sugar production, as well as rice mill, while following the pilgrimage route to visit King Anawrahta's pagodas.

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Day 7 Monywa

Bagan (Pagan) , Pakokku , Monywa

This morning you will be transferred to the riverside where you board a small private boat for the journey to Pakokku. From Pakokku you will be driven onto the town of Monywa.

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Day 8 Mandalay

Monywa , Mandalay

Visit Shwe Ba Hill and the Po Win temple complex before continuing onto Mandalay via the peaceful Sagaing Hills.

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Day 9 Mandalay

Mandalay

Spend a varied day exploring Mandalay's railway bazaar, jade market, famous pagodas and family-run handicraft workshops.

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Day 10 Nyaung Shwe

Mandalay , Heho , Nyaung Shwe

Fly to Heho today for the transfer to Inle Lake.

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Day 11 Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe

Enjoy a full day exploring the stilted villages of Inle Lake by boat. At sunset you swap your long-tail boat for a small wooden canoe to explore the smaller tributaries of the lake where few tourists venture.

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Day 12 Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe

Today you will explore the impressive Indein pagoda complex.

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Day 13 Kyaingtong (Kengtung)

Inle Lake , Heho , Kyaingtong (Kengtung)

Return to Heho for your flight to Kyaingtong. You have the afternoon to explore the town with your guide.

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Day 14 Kyaingtong (Kengtung)

Kyaingtong (Kengtung)

Today you start your trek out through rice paddies to indigenous ethnic villages that are home to the Ann, an animist community, and Akha tribes.

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Day 15 Chiang Rai

Kyaingtong (Kengtung) , Tachilek , Chiang Rai

Enjoy a visit to the Buffalo Market this morning before travelling through the Shan Hills to Tachilek, the border town with Thailand. Your guide will assist with immigration formalities and ensure you are safely delivered into the hands of your Thai guide. From here you transfer to your hotel.

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Day 16 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Spend the day exploring the picturesque Golden Triangle.

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Day 17 International return flight

Chiang Rai , International return flight

Today fly to Bangkok and onto the UK. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Mark
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The specialist who designs your trip to Burma (Myanmar) will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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