International Tour Operator License No: 22-053/2014/TCDL-GPLHQT - Issued by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)
Over the years, Myanmar has consistently been improving its infrastructure and borders, which has enabled travelers to visit areas that were previous inaccessible. Our Overland Journey between Thailand and Myanmar makes excellent use of Myanmar’s newest advancements, making for a truly unforgettable visit. Starting off in Thailand, visitors can explore the beauty of Bangkok before boarding a train to travel to the famed Kanchanaburi area. During the route, learn all about the Burma-Siam Railway that was built by the Japanese during World War II using Prisoners of War as their laborers. From the Thai border, continue west into southern Myanmar via Hti Khi. Journey overland towards Yangon in a trip that puts a great deal of the country on display. For travelers looking to witness what everyday life is like for modern Burmese, this trip is spectacular. Cross through the coastal city of Mawlamyine, Hpa An with its Buddhist attractions and see the iconic Golden Rock before reaching the city of Yangon. Enjoy a few days in Myanmar’s most cosmopolitan destination before wrapping up this epic overland journey.
|Day 1||Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, you wil...||Welcomed at the airport, check in the hotel, The remainder of your day...||None|
|Day 2||Bangkok, City Safari||Grand Palace||B|
|Day 3||Bangkok, Thonburi Station, Kanchanaburi...||River Kwai Bridge Station in central Kanchanaburi.||B|
|Day 4||Kanchanaburi, River Kwai Bridge, POW Cem...||visit to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai built||B|
|Day 5||Kanchanaburi, Myanmar: Hti Khi Border, D...||Kanchanaburi, Myanmar: Hti Khi Border, Dawei||B|
Welcomed at the airport, check in the hotel, The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be welcomed by your guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Today, we visit Lumpini Park where locals practice Tai Chi in the morning, before making the short journey to Wat Pho; home to the famous reclining Buddha, measuring a staggering 45m in length, as well as one of the oldest Traditional Thai-massage schools in the country. Your day also includes visits to a handicraft community that is well-known for the unique art of making monk’s alms bowls; Jim Thompson's famous silk house which showcases the history of the mysterious American silk merchant; and the more cutting edge Siam Square. The highlight of the day for many is the Grand Palace where you will have the opportunity to see some of the various buildings that were used for different occasions – the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Much of the fun of the day is traversing the city using various modes of public transport including a longtail boat, the skytrain and the ubiquitous and exciting tuk-tuk. This combination ensures that you get the chance to explore areas of the city that most visitors do not get to see. It's a long day, covering a lot of ground, however there is no better way to truly experience the 'City of Angels'.
River Kwai Bridge Station in central Kanchanaburi.
Bangkok, Thonburi Station, Kanchanaburi Station
visit to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai built
Today we visit the Bridge on the River Kwai builtboard a train for the short journey through Kwai Noi Gorge, with breathtaking views of the River Kwai, and on to Nam Tok Station. In the early afternoon visit Hellfire Pass, an infamous railway cutting on the former ‘Death Railway’. Constructed by Australian, British, Dutch and other nationalities’ Prisoners of War during World War II, the POW’s working on the pass worked in particularly hazardous conditions. This section of the railway line ultimately claimed a very high number of allied lives as well as many Indian coolies’ lives, having been transported in from India voluntarily. The cutting became infamous amongst the allied POW’s that worked on the railway line. Having walked through a section of the pass and spent time at the particularly good onsite museum, return to your Kanchanaburi hotel in the late afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Kanchanaburi, Myanmar: Hti Khi Border, Dawei
Morning departure from Kanchanaburi, driving east as far as the Thai - Myanma border. Having cleared Thai immigration, cross over to the Myanmar side, where you will meet your new guide. Continue by car as far as Dawei, a port situated at the head of the Dawei River estuary and capital of the region of Tanintharyi. Due to the town's location on the estuary, Dawei has been under consideration for some major international port development for a number of years, although to date these plans haven't gone further than the drawing board! Until recently, infrastructure, especially roads linking the city to elsewhere in the country, have been poor. This situation has recently improved, although the drive to Yangon is still a chunky 14 hours! Dawei is dotted with interesting colonial-era buildings and historical pagodas. Being a coastal region, you can expect deliciously fresh seafood and there are a handful of beaches within a drive of the town. The Dawei people are one of the 135 ethnic groups residing in Myanmar today. Upon arrival, transfer directly to your hotel.
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