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Antiquities of Asia

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with us.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


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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
  • Daily budget

Optional Extras

  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House
    THB100
  • Bangkok - National Museum
    THB200
  • Bangkok - Thai massage
    THB200.00
  • Pagan (Bagan) - Archaeological Museum 
    US$5
  • Siem Reap - Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre 
    US$3
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Boat Trip
    US$10 (plus transport) - can vary depending on group size
  • Siem Reap – Khmer Cooking class 
    US$25
  • Siem Reap – Khmer Massage 
    US$5 per hour

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Visas and Permits

Burma

Visas for Burma should be obtained prior to departure (unless on a Burma sailing trip, in which case please see below information on Burma sailing trips). If your country of residence has a Burma consulate the process of obtaining a visa prior to departure is quite simple. For a select few nationalities you may be required to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact your booking agent who should be able to organise one of these letters on your behalf.

Visas on arrival to Burma are currently unavailable. You should obtain your visa prior to departure. In special circumstances, we can help to provide a visa on arrival, and if there is no Burmese Embassy in your home country. We are unable to help with a visa on arrival if you are within a month of departure. If you would like us to help with visa on arrival, please contact us.
The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

BURMA SAILING: If you are travelling on our Burma Sailing trip ex Thailand (GTYH), your visa will be issued as a group visa on arrival at the border crossing between Thailand/Myanmar.

Please bring:
2 photocopies of the front page of your passport
2 passport photos
Crisp USD for fees

The cost of a 30 day Tourist Visa is US$30 and all travellers must pay an additional US$20/day Mergui Archipelago park fee. Please allow approximately US$200 (which should cover any unforeseen increases).

Cambodia

Visas can be organised on arrival, or in advance. If you wish to obtain you visa prior to departure please contact the embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for the visa to be processed. If you are obtaining your visa on arrival at the airport or at a border crossing you can do so for approx USD$25.00 (cost subject to change)- you will need a passport photo if you wish to do this.Most countries can obtain their visa on arrival including, Australia, Belguim, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. If your country is not listed above please contact your embassy.The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller

Thailand

If you are flying into Thailand you will be issued with a 30 day stay on arrival. 

If you are crossing into Thailand via a land border you will be granted a 15 day stay only. However, you can obtain an extension at an immigration office for approx 2000THB, alternatively you can apply for a Thauland visa in advance from your embassy or consulate – this will allow a 30 day stay. Exception– as of 28 Oct 2013 citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders.If you are not from one of the following countries please contact your consulate or embassy for more information on visa conditions for Thailand Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA.The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller

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Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Insurance

Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.

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Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please consult your doctor or a travel health specialist. The choice of vaccinations can depend on a range of issues including the specific destination, the duration of the trip, your personal health and of course what vaccines you have had before.

Routine Background Vaccines: We strongly endorse current public health recommendations that all travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccines such as tetanus, diphtheria, measles/mumps/rubella, polio and influenza, and paediatric vaccinations for children.

Travel Vaccinations: While the food and water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid will apply to most of our travellers, other travel vaccines such as hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis and cholera may apply to select travellers, especially long-term travel. Travel health experts can advise on what is required and also what is not required!

It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return. To find out which, if any, vaccinations are mandatory or recommended for your destination contact your local doctor, immunisation centre or medical centre for up-to-date information. If you need to arrange vaccinations or a supply of preventative medicine (e.g. malaria tablets), you should contact your doctor at least two months before you depart. Some inoculations require more than one visit and can take several weeks to administer the full course.

For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see www.traveldoctor.com.au or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.

Carry Your Certificate
You should be issued with an International Certificate of Vaccination booklet that records each vaccination. Always carry this with you on your travels; it could provide essential information for doctors in the event that you fall ill whilst travelling.

Malaria: There is no vaccination against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquito bites and is a risk in the tropical areas. Protection against mosquito bites is essential and where the risk is considered high, anti-malarial medications are recommended. Anti-malarial medications should be discussed with experts as there are different medications available and not all medications suit all people or all destinations. We prefer that trekkers to altitude try to avoid the use of mefloquine (Lariam) if possible.

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We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy, traveller's cheques and credit card. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

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General Packing List

Remember - the lighter you travel the better! You may be buying things as you go, so you should not bring too much from home. Many people find a backpack the most suitable type of luggage for our holidays. Medium-sized suitcases can also be used; however, you should avoid the large, bulky cases that are difficult to carry. The lockable suitcases on wheels are the best types to use. Be aware that some hotels in Burma are not over-endowed with lifts (elevators) and there will be occasions when you need to carry your luggage up stairs or over rough roads and paths.

When packing, consider cultural differences which may mean that some attire that we wear at home is not appropriate in Asia and may be offensive to the local people. Beachwear in towns is not appropriate, nor is 'short' shorts, particularly for women. Light cotton pants are a better option. When visiting sites of religious significance, modest clothing should be worn. Shorts which only come down to the knees are often not acceptable for both men and women, and nor are singlets or bare shoulders. Sandals, thongs, flip-flops or jandals are appropriate footwear in the tropics.

When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary. Bear in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place. The majority of time the weather is warm in South East Asia; however, it may be distinctly cold up in the highlands. If there are specific requirements for a trip, these will be noted in the separate country section, or in the Trip Notes relating to that trip. Please note that in the last few years, the world’s weather pattern has gone somewhat awry. The effects of ‘El Nino’ and ‘La Nina’ are very real and this has resulted in unseasonable droughts followed by unseasonable deluges. Be prepared for the unexpected! Laundry facilities are available at most of our hotels.

Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

  • Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, international air tickets or e-ticket receipts (domestic air tickets will be provided and held by your tour leader), Trip Notes
    Photocopy of main passport pages, visa , travel insurance and air tickets (It’s wise to scan these and email them to yourself)
  • Spare passport photos
  • Money: US dollars cash (must be in very good condition)
  • Money belt
  • Small padlocks
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
  • Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
  • 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Phrase book
  • Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
  • Camera and spare batteries(and charger)
  • A sleeping bag is not required on this trip.

 


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Currency

Burma

The unit of currency is the kyat (pronounced 'chat'). One kyat is divided into 100 pyas, which are coins and not used any longer as the kyat has devalued quite significantly in recent times. The following kyat notes are used: 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000. Smaller notes may be encountered, but are now generally worthless.

Cambodia

The unit of currency is the riel. Notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 riel, although notes above 5,000 riel are not common. Coins are very rarely seen, for they are virtually worthless. The US dollar is also a major currency and commonly used in all day-to-day transactions.

Thailand

The unit of currency is the Thai baht. There are 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht coins. There is a new copper and silver 10 baht coin. Notes are in the denominations of 10 (quite scarce), 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht (with the last very hard to change!).

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

Burma

The US dollar is now widely used in Burma and it is suggested that you carry US cash in various denominations for use as spending money. Few if any other major currencies can be readily exchanged or used. However - very important - do not bring in any US dollar bank notes that are in any way torn, nicked, stained, significantly creased or even folded, as these will not be accepted. The best place to change your money is upon arrival at the airport, as the exchange rate is now locked to the US dollar. It is also possible to change money readily at your joining hotel. Bring some high denomination bank notes because you get a higher rate of exchange when changing into local currency. The best exchange rates are in Rangoon, so it's best to exchange most of your money there.

Cambodia

You can use your credit card in ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines), which are now common throughout the country. These machines dispense cash in US dollars. Money is safest when carried in the form of traveller’s cheques which, along with cash of major world currencies, can also be changed in banks. However, this will entail allowing for a bit of time spent in banks. There is no need to bring lots of cash with you unless you prefer not to use ATMs. There is also no need to pre-purchase Cambodian riel prior to arriving in the country. Most travellers never need to have more than US$10 worth of Cambodian Riel on them at any one time, as Cambodia is a country that widely accepts US dollars for all cash transactions. If you are taking in cash, please check that all your notes are in good condition and not old (US banknotes printed before 2006 and any US$2 bills are generally not accepted), crumpled, marked or torn, otherwise they may not be accepted. Please also be warned that some banks outlets at Cambodian airports may tell you that you will need to change your US dollars cash with them for Cambodia Riel, but this is not true!

Thailand

There are plenty of money changing facilities in Thailand's cities and towns. Authorised money changers generally offer the best exchange rates but it’s worth it to shop around. Thailand also has a plethora of ATMs, which can also be used to get cash advances on credit cards. Look for ATMs displaying Maestro, Cirrus, MasterCard or Visa symbols. Traveller's cheques can be changed at most hotels, banks and currency exchange booths. In large cities there is no problem cashing cheques. You should consider where you are heading to, taking into account any public holidays, and cash enough money to see you to your next major town. Your tour leader will brief you at your pre-departure meeting on the specifics relevant to your particular trip. Credit cards are accepted in many shops, restaurants and hotels, but should not be relied on as your only form of funds. There are currency exchange booths in the arrival hall of Bangkok International Airport which offer the standard rate.

Personal Expenses

South East Asia

You will need to take money with you to cover any additional meals/drinks not included in your tour cost. Other costs to consider are drinking water, tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies that could happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and be reimbursed later by your insurance company. As a guideline we suggest that you allow US$20 per day in Asia would allow you to eat and drink reasonably well.

Optional Tours & Activities: We include many sightseeing activities on most of our trips; however, there are additional optional tours and activities that you may wish to undertake during your free time. These may incur additional expenses. These activities are not a mandatory part of our tours because, from past experience, we have found that our travellers have appreciated some free time whilst on tour.

Spending Money

This will be discussed with your tour leader at your initial briefing at the start of your trip.

Until the start of 2013 the situation was that no credit cards or traveller’s cheques were accepted for payment or for the purchase of any goods and services in Burma, and there were also no ATMs (automatic teller machines) in the country.

This situation is now changing. ATMs are starting to make an appearance in some parts of the country, especially in the larger cities, and some major credit cards are starting to be accepted in some locations, such as larger stores and hotels. However, the process is far from complete and we strongly suggest that you continue to bring US dollar notes in good condition, whilst knowing that it might be possible to use ATMs and credit cards occasionally.

Airport Taxes

Burma

Departure taxes for international and domestic flights are now generally included in your ticket price.

Thailand

You will be required to pay airport and departure taxes in most countries. Most of these are added to the ticket price on purchase and you will not need to bother further about them. Others must be paid physically at the airport on departure. All airport taxes in Thailand should now be included in the price of your flight ticket and so there should be no need to pay additional tax at the airport. However we recommend that you check with your travel agent for the latest information.

Tipping

If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many of our destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.

Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers. Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping. At your group meeting on Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip.

 

Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.


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On arrival

On arrival in Rangoon (Yangon), you will be met by a representative and transferred to your start hotel. Please see your final documents for full details of the hotel. Please make sure we are aware of your flight arrival details before you travel.

If you are making your own way from the airport to the hotel, it is a simple matter of catching a taxi. After clearing customs and immigration at Mingaladon Airport, you should make your way outside the terminal where there will be many taxi-drivers touting their services. It should cost approximately US$6 to get to the hotel, which is close to the city centre. You should arrive by Day 1 of the itinerary. There will be a group meeting at 6.00 pm that evening unless you are notified of another time in a message left by your tour leader at the hotel reception desk. This briefing is usually followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to the briefing.

Hotel Check In / Check Out

Generally, your room will be available from around midday. Sometimes it may be available mid-morning but this is in no way guaranteed. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the early morning you may have to wait until a room becomes available. Alternatively you can book one night's 'pre-tour accommodation' which will ensure that your room is ready whenever you arrive. Rooms must generally be vacated by 12 noon unless you have made prior arrangements with the hotel reception. If you want to keep your room for longer you may have to pay an additional charge.

Photo etiquette

If you want to take someone's photograph, please ask first . This is just normal courtesy and if you are refused permission please abide by that person's wishes. At certain ancient sites, and in most museums, photography (video or still) may be forbidden, or may incur an extra charge for camera-use. Do not take photos of buildings, structures and personnel of potential military significance (including airports, bridges, army barracks, and police stations).

Flexibility and patience

Travelling with us can provide you with some really rewarding travel experiences. Our tours visit countries where travel modes and lifestyles are often not as sophisticated as our own. There is also a laid-back attitude amongst workers and there will often seem to be huge amounts of red tape and bureaucracy when doing the simplest things. You will enjoy your trip much more if you slip into the rhythm of local life and are prepared to take things as they come.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.


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Local Tour Leaders

By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Mobile Phone and Internet Coverage in Burma

Until recently there was little or no mobile phone coverage or internet access coverage in Burma, but this is also now changing rapidly. Both are now widely available, most of the time and in most locations.

Burma Flights

Although all attempts are made to secure air tickets for our groups, due to the way in which airlines in Burma manage their seat allocations, last-minute changes to internal flights are common and our groups may be re-booked on to an earlier or later flight times than originally scheduled. There may also be instances where the group has to be split over different flights throughout the day. In the event that this happens, group members could be unaccompanied on the flight, but will be assisted by additional tour escorts on departure and arrival at both ends. We appreciate your patience with this unavoidable situation.

Hot-air Ballooning in Pagan

There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Pagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. It is not possible for us to make bookings for hot-air ballooning in advance of our arrival in Pagan. If any clients wish to make a booking at that time, we can then provide contact details for the ballooning company who can then advise if they have any vacancies for the following day. As at March 2013 the cost of such flights was about US$300. Such flights are not a part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Breakfasts in Burma

The standard of hotel breakfasts provided in Burma often does not meet the expectations of many of our travellers. It is certainly not up to the high standards encountered elsewhere in Asia. The food provided in Burma is often basic and plain. Tourism is still in its infancy and much of the country's tourism industry is still learning how to cater for the needs of foreign tourists. We ask you for your patience and understanding with regard to this.

Developing Countries

Please note that you are travelling in developing countries whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences such as restaurants and tourist sites being closed from time to time. Sometimes the transportation may be altered or the itinerary may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. Burma is also presently experiencing an unprecedented rapid increase in tourism. The country does not have the infrastructure to deal with this sudden influx and demand for hotels are outstripping supply, therefore resulting in overbooking and hotels not honouring established contracts. As a result some tour groups may be moved from original hotels to other hotels that can accommodate our groups. We will always endeavour to secure alternative hotels of similar standards, but this may sometimes result in our groups having to stay away from the centre of town.

This is an adventure trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded.

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency in Burma, please call the Peregrine Burma (Myanmar) emergency contact number: +95 1 420254468. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency in Thailand and Cambodia, please call the Peregrine Thailand emergency contact number: +66 898 103 722.

 

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Antiquities of Asia

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days

PAAA

 

Maximum Passengers

16 people

 

Countries Visited

Burma, Cambodia, Thailand

 

Start City

End City

Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar

Siem Reap, KH.16, Cambodia

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Day 1: Rangoon (Yangon)

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

Activities:

  • 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).

 

Day 2-3: Pagan

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

  • 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.

 

Day 4: Pagan

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

  • 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 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 visiting en route 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 you 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.

 

Day 5: Rangoon

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

Activities:

  • 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).

 

Day 6: Bangkok

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nouvo City Hotel or similar, Bangkok

Activities:

  • 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.

 

Day 7-8: Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Classic Kameo Hotel, Ayuthaya

Activities:

  • 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.

 

Day 9: Bangkok

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nouvo City Hotel or similar, Bangkok

Activities:

  • 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 is to 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.

 

Day 10: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

  • 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.

 

Day 11: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

  • 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).

 

Day 12: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

  • 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).

 

Day 13: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

  • You 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.

 

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Last Updated

16 April 2014


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