Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River With Bangkok – Northbound 2019
Countries:
Burma (Myanmar), New Zealand, Thailand
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Take a fascinating river cruise along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River and explore Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok. Along the way meet interesting locals and experience the beauty, culture, and ancient history of their homelands.

Begin this Southeast Asia journey in Bangkok, the enchanting capital of Thailand, where you’ll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest of its kind. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Then, fly to Bagan and embark on your river cruise, beginning with Bagan’s exquisite temples and shrines at sunrise and snset. Immerse yourself in the local culture and artistry of handcrafted textiles, paintings, and carvings.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Bangkok: Welcome to Thailand

Day 2 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Day 3 Bangkok: Day at leisure

Day 4 Bangkok–Yangon, Myanmar: Fly to Yangon

Day 5 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 6 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet show

Day 7 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset

Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer’s home and see palm candy being made

Day 9 Sagaing–Amarapura: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 10 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Shwenandaw Monastery; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold-leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 11 Mingun: Guided walk to see unfinished pagoda & bronze bell

Day 12 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun

Day 13 Mandalay (Disembarkation)–Yangon: Fly to Yangon

Day 14 Yangon: End of vacation



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