9 Day Crossing to Myanmar
9 Day Crossing to Myanmar
Start your journey with time exploring Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle before crossing the border into Myanmar to explore the astonishing beauty to be found in the small country villages and around its stunning lakes, with the chance to get close to local life and to visit some of the ancient monument that play an important role in the religious life of the Burmese people.
Tour highlights
  • Explore the Chiang Dao limestone caves and visit local hill tribe villages as you journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
  • Spend a day exploring the Golden Triangle area, with a boat ride on the Mekong River
  • Journey through spectacular mountain scenery on crossing the border to Myanmar
  • Take a walk through the countryside to gain a taste of village life
  • Relax with a boat excursion on Inle Lake
  • Marvel at the spectacular sight of the gold-covered Shwedagon Pagoda as the late afternoon sun sets
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Day 1: Depart Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
Leave Chiang Mai to head for Chiang Rai, stopping off to visit the Limestone cave complex at Chiang Dao. After a break for lunch, you’ll cross the Mae Kok River and visit the Akha and Yao hill tribe villages to gain an interesting insight into local life. You’ll also see the village inhabited by descendents of the Chinese nationalist army, who fled their homeland and settled on Thai soil; helping to create the diverse population for which the country is known.
  • Serene at Chiang Rai, Superior City View (L)
Day 2: Chiang Rai
Spend the day exploring the area round the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Visit the Hall of Opium to gain an insight into the opium trade before lunch at a local restaurant, and then head for the ancient city of Chiang Saen. After a visit to the Wat Chedi Luang temple, you’ll head for the mighty Mekong River for a cruise through the Golden Triangle region, admiring the stunning scenery before setting foot onto Lao territory on Dao Sao Island. You’ll then return to your hotel in the late afternoon, with the remainder of the day being at leisure.
  • Serene at Chiang Rai, Superior City View (B,L)
Hall of Opium is closed on Monday. If Day 2 falls on a Monday, the visit will be postponed to the following morning
Day 3: Chiang Rai – Tachileik – Kyaing Tong
After checking out from the hotel, head for Mae Sai and the border with Myanmar. After going through the required immigration checks, you will meet with a tour guide before taking the scenic drive from the border town of Tachileik to Kyaing Tong, making the most of the various photo opportunities along the way as you travel through beautiful mountain scenery. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a brief tour of the town, located close to Naung Tung Lake.
  • Princess Hotel (Superior Room) (B,L)
Day 4: Kyaing Tong
Enjoy a day exploring both Kyaing Tong and the surrounding area, starting with a visit to the village of Pin Tauk, where you’ll be able to see the church created by the Akha and Lahu people after they took the decision to convert to Baptism. You’ll then embark on a guided walk to take in many of the small villages in the area; taking in the dramatic views from Naung Seng, breaking for a packed lunch in a hut amongst the field and being welcomed with open arms by locals in Wanpin. After a visit to the final village of Nam Lin Kaung, you’ll return to your vehicle with a walk though rice and vegetable fields before heading back to the hotel.
  • Princess Hotel (Superior Room) (B,L)
Day 5: Kyaing Tong – Heho – Inle Lake
An early start affords the chance to pay a visit to Kyaing Tong Market to see the locals going about their business, while you can also enjoy a typical Shan breakfast in a noodle shop. Time permitting, you may also visit a local temple before travelling to the airport for the flight to Heho. On arrival, you’ll travel to the edge of Inle Lake before a boat ride to your hotel.
  • Novotel Hotel (B)
Day 6: Inle Lake
Explore the 5-day market if it is visiting on the day of your trip before heading out onto the water for an excursion by boat to enjoy the sights of the spectacular lake. While cruising in your boat, you can expect to see the famous leg rowers and the floating gardens where locals grow their produce, before paying a visit to the holy Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the boat workshop in Nampan village. With the opportunity to stop and view various locals plying their differing trades, your final visit will be to the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery – which is one of the oldest on the lake and is famed for its jumping cats. Having spent the day on the water, you’ll then marvel at the beauty of sun set over the lake to end the day.
  • Novotel Hotel (B)
Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
Head back out onto the lake with a long-tailed boat ride to Indaing, passing through the village of Yawama before entering the tree-lined canal that takes you to your destination. Having had chance to see the local farmers at work on the side of the water, you’ll leave the lake for the short walk to the impressive ancient pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak and the weather beaten zedi at Shwe Inn Thein Paya. Having admired the views, you’ll return to the boat to head back to the lake. In the afternoon, you’ll leave Inle Lake to head for the airport in Heho before taking a flight to Yangon.
  • Best Western Green Hill Hotel (B)
Day 8: Yangon
Having arrived in Yangon the previous evening, you’ll enjoy the chance to embark on a sight-seeing tour of the largest city in Myanmar. As well as the impressive Sule Pagoda, the tour will include the chance to visit the Chauk Htat Gyi reclining Buddha and the Shwedagon Pagoda; one of the most impressive religious monuments in the country. A late afternoon visit means you can see the monument at its best as the sun sets over the huge golden dome, while the chance to see the locals coming to pray is an experience not to be missed.
  • Best Western Green Hill Hotel (B)
Day 9: Yangon departure
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home
  • (B)
Disclaimer
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Accommodation in shared twin room as mentioned in the program, or similar
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Internal flights in all price options
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks during meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Water festival supplement from 13 to 16 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

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