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Little changed from colonial times, Myanmar offers an enticing glimpse of the past with its beautiful pagodas and tranquil temples. Cruise the Irrawaddy River and watch Burmese life drift; browse floating water markets and walk the world’s largest teak bridge.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Otherwise known as Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most distinctive Southeast Asian cities. Tour this enigmatic city on an included sightseeing trip and explore the leafy downtown area, which still retains an old colonial charm, starting at Sule Pagoda. According to legend, the pagoda is over 2500 years old but was rebuilt in the 1880s and used by the British as the nucleus for the city's grid pattern. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha which, at over 246 feet, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind, before your sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet above the green cityscape of Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest being a single 76 carat diamond.
This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a sunrise view of the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon monastery to observe the monks' morning procession, collecting alms for their meals. This afternoon, barter for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at Scott Market before exploring the markets of the Chinatown area.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to your private boat and venturing on to the lake. Continue to your hotel.
This morning starts with a visit to 5 Day Market, where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a '5 day system', this unique market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. Afterwards, continue to the holy Phaung Daw U Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf that they resemble giant balls of gold. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. This afternoon visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone, and Nampan Village where locals make cigars (cheroot) before visiting a floating farm where vegetables are grown on matted reeds floating on the surface of the lake.The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.
Begin today by transferring to Heho for your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in the country. Dotted with the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase of 19th century Burmese art and architecture and noted for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries and silk cloth. Admire one of Burma's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni in the Mahamuni Pagoda. The image is believed to have been cast in the lifetime of Gautama Buddha and that Buddha embraced it seven times, bringing it to life. Continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), famed for its intricate woodcarvings and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book.
Today is dedicated to Pyin Oo Lwin, a favourite summertime retreat for British colonists in the late 1800s due to its cool climate. Visit Pwe Kauk Falls before exploring the town, which retains many colonial buildings and even stagecoaches! See the famous colonial Candacraig Hotel building before spending the afternoon in National Kandawgyi Gardens, a botanical garden featuring over 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees.
After breakfast fly to Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and an enchanting city with over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries. Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple, an unusual fusion of Mon and Indian architectural styles. Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local Lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local Lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan Lacquer-ware which done! The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda to see the panoramic view of the temples surrounding you. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.
Start today with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. This evening take a relaxing sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River, watching life on the river as the sun sets.
After breakfast, spend the full day at leisure in Bagan. Why not take an optional excursion to Mount Popa?
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for one night. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.
This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country's capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. In Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.
On this Thailand tour, you'll also have an opportunity to learn about the Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market to see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. In Chiang Mai, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show, as well as a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand's traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture.
But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, and take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway.
All of this and more await you on this fascinating Thai holiday designed for value-minded travellers!
Price based on 04 May 19
24 dates available
Price based on May 4, 2019 - May 18, 2019
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With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; and Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed with materials brought from France in the 1800s; the War Remnants Museum; and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.
You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Take a cruise on Ha Long Bay with some of the world's most amazing scenery. Pass unspoiled countryside along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An and cruise along the Son River in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the stunning Phong Nha Cave.
These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travellers is an experience of a lifetime!
Price based on 04 May 19
16 dates available
Price based on May 4, 2019 - May 18, 2019
16 matching dates available
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