13 days

Antiquities of Asia

Antiquities of Asia

Angkor Thom's stone-carved human faces

Bangkok's Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Pagan's thousands of temples

2000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda

Rice barge cruise and dawn monk procession in the former capital of the Siamese empire - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayuthaya

The reclining golden Buddha of Wat Po

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat

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  • Why we love it

    • From the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, to Thailand's historic city of Ayutthaya and on to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor - this tour captures the history and beauty of this region.
    • Exploring the 4000 Buddhist temples that Pagan has to offer by horse and cart or bicycle is a memorable experience.
    • This trip will take you from the buzzing Thai capital of Bangkok to the laid back and peaceful Siem Reap, before exploring one of the ancient wonders of the world in Angkor.
    • Discovering the now ruined Ayutthaya will carry you back in time. Between the 14th and 18th centuries, it became one of the largest and most developed urban areas in the world.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Rangoon (Yangon)

    • Upon arrival in Rangoon, you will be met and transferred to a centrally located hotel.
    • You will meet your tour leader and the rest of the group.
    • After a pre-trip briefing, you will adjourn for a group dinner in a restaurant nearby (cost not included).
    Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

    Day 2-3 - Pagan

    • Today you will fly to Pagan, one of the most impressive archaeological wonders of Asia. Flight time is usually a little over an hour and after landing in Nyaung U, we drive past the archaeological zone en route to our hotel. it is a 45-minute drive to the city, and your hotel for the next three nights. The rest of the afternoon is free – you could use this time to walk to one of the local markets, enjoy the hustle and bustle, take photos or bargain for local wares.
    • The sights of Pagan will be explored from dawn to dusk on a driving tour. Nyaung U's lively market contrasts with the eerie silence of the plains beyond, which are littered with over 4000 structures, including Htilominlo, Gubyauknge, Ananda and Shwezigon. The names of the temples and pagodas here are a testament to the glorious past of the region.
    • The area is also famous for producing lacquer-ware and sand paintings that are available in the stalls amidst the ruins.
    • In the evening we visit Dhammayangyi and enjoy the sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda, complete with a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the mighty river and the surrounding plain filled with countless temples and pagodas.
    Sky Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Pagan

    • You have another day in Pagan that will be free for further exploration of this amazing area.
    • You join a half-day cycling tour that enables you to see other areas of this amazing archaeological zone and visit other temples.
    • The cycling tour will take approximately 3-4 hours and cover between 25-28 kilometres. A bike helmet will be provided.
    • After breakfast you hop on a bike and ride to visit some of the other magnificent temples as Nanpaya, Manuha and also the Tharaba Gate, which was the stunning historic gateway to the original 10th century pagoda city and the place we stop for lunch.
    • After lunch we proceed to Bupaya, which is located on the bank of Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River, then ride back to hotel and visit en route the Mahabodhi, Thatbyinnyu and Shwegugyi pagodas.
    • The rest of the day is free. You can go back to Nyaung U and shop for handicrafts in the markets. Alternatively you can arrange your own adventures to further explore the archaeological sites.
    • In the evening you enjoy a Burmese dinner where we are also entertained with a marionette (puppet) show.
    Sky Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Rangoon

    • Fly back to Rangoon.
    • On arrival you will set off to see one of the great sites of Rangoon. The extraordinary Shwedagon Pagoda and surrounding temples and edifices attract an eclectic mix of monks, pilgrims, worshippers, and tourists.
    • You will spend some time walking around the complex, learning about the history and the spiritual devotion of the area, and experiencing the ambience of this special place.
    • The afternoon will be free in Rangoon, you can visit Sule Pagoda, which marks the centre of town and the nearby Bogyoke (Scott) Market that sells a wide array of local goods and handicrafts
    • There will also be time to explore a fascinating city full of dilapidated colonial edifices, or perhaps take high tea at the historic colonial hotel, The Strand. You can also take a stroll through the vibrant Chinatown market area as the afternoon cools (these are optional excursions and at your own expense).
    Summit Parkview Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Bangkok

    • You bid beautiful Burma farewell today as you continue your journey to Thailand. You are transferred to the airport and board your flight for Bangkok.
    • Please note that you will be unescorted on this flight.
    • Upon arrival you will be collected at the airport by one of our transfer representatives and taken to your hotel, where you will meet your Thai tour leader.
    • In the evening you will go out for an optional group dinner.
    • Bangkok is the colourful and frenetic capital of Thailand. Characterised by its iconic tuk tuks, fragrant street vendors, and the traditional khlong boats that wind down the Chao Phraya River, it a wonderful city to explore.
    Nouvo City Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7-8 - Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In

    • You then head to Ayuthaya. Situated 90 kilometres north of Bangkok, Ayuthaya was the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 AD. It was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai and was once one of the largest and most glamorous cities in the world. The huge Siamese empire then included large parts of Laos, Cambodia and Burma. In 1700, it is estimated that the city was home to around one million people. Following a two years siege, the city suffered total destruction at the hands of the Burmese.
    • Explore the major temples including Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Phra Mahathat
    • We board our rice barge for a dinner cruise on the waterways around the ancient city.
    • On Day 8 you enjoy a cycle ride for 28 kilometres through the beautiful Thai countryside. Depending on the season we can learn how to plant or harvest rice and other agricultural industries
    • Your destination is Bang Pa-In where we visit the Royal Thai Summer Palace and admire its elegant pagodas built over the water.
    Classic Kameo Hotel
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Bangkok

    • You return to the Thai capital, Bangkok.
    • Take a boat ride down the Chao Phraya River.
    • On a guided tour you visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), a must for first-time travellers to Bangkok.
    • You also visit Wat Po, home of the famous Reclining Buddha.
    • (When visiting temples and palaces in Thailand, please dress conservatively in order to respect the local culture).
    • In your free time, meander through the bustling streets of Chinatown or take a khlong trip along the canals and enjoy the natural scenery and absorb the buzz of daily life in Bangkok. You might also enjoy visiting the chaotic tourist mecca of Khao San Road or indulge in a relaxing Thai massage.
    Nouvo City Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Siem Reap

    • You depart Bangkok and fly northeast to the Cambodian town of Siem Reap today (approximately one hour). You will notice a distinct change of pace here.
    • The rest of the day will be free to explore the colourful markets and many street food offerings, before a big day of temple exploration.
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Siem Reap

    • You will spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour today. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone.
    • The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset.
    • Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure. This demonstrates the true feebleness of man’s creations when confronted with the powerful force of nature.
    • You will end the day with a sunset view of the temples.
    • A dinner in the garden prepared by the students of Marum (part of the Friends/Childsafe organisation) introduces you to tasty Khmer food (please note that unfortunately this will be closed on public and school holidays, in which case an alternative dinner will be organised).
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 12 - Siem Reap

    • Your ticket for the Angkor ruins enables you to spend more time exploring this memorable archaeological area.
    • It is an early morning start as you travel out to Banteay Srei, famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’.
    • Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle.
    • You will also have the opportunity to visit the Sala Bai Hotel School where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. You will enjoy a lunch prepared by students at the school (please note that the school is closed on public and school holidays, in which case lunch at an alternative venue will be organised).
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 13 - Siem Reap

    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast this morning.
    • A transfer to the airport is not included; however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking Thai, Burmese and Cambodian tour leaders
    • Local flights: Rangoon to Pagan, Pagan to Rangoon, Rangoon to Bangkok and Bangkok to Siem Reap
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant) in Rangoon, Pagan, Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Siem Reap and Angkor
    • Arrival transfer
    • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Accommodation: 12 nights hotel

    Not Included

    • International flights not included in the itinerary
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Other meals
    • Drinks
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Departure transfer

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Start City: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
End City: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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