16 Days

Golden Lands Highlights

Welcome to Golden Lands Highlights

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Day (1) Arrival of Myanmar (D)

            After landing at Mandalay international airport, your local expert will meet and transfer you to your hotel. No activities are scheduled for this day, allowing for relaxation for the week’s activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.      
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar

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Day (2) Mandalay City Tour & Amarapura (B/L)

    After having breakfast at the hotel, you will have an introduction to Myanmar culture, and customs, by an Immersive Golden Land Travels’ expert. Then head out to see the Zay Cho market. This market is very colorful and is the largest market in the country for upper Myanmar. It is a place where all items are imported from other parts of the country such as crops, clothes, local snacks, Burmese fabrics, and more.  In addition, many items made in China and India arrive at this market as Mandalay sits between these two countries. Enjoy exploring this bustling market and make sure to bring along your camera. After your tour of the market, proceed to the marble carving village where you can see White Lime Stone being carved into replicas of religious images which are sent to all parts of the country.  Wander around at this marble village and watch the artists turn a block of stone into a beautiful piece of art. Lunch will follow, then a return to your hotel to escape the afternoon heat. In the evening you will be driven to Amarapura to see the U Bein bridge which was built in 1846, it is considered to be the world’s longest teakwood bridge. Walk the length of the bridge and return by canoe to watch the sunset on Taungthaman Lake. Dinner will be served nearby, then back to your hotel after your full day.      
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar

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Day (3) Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan (B/L)

      After having breakfast at the hotel, you will visit a local jade market. It is the largest jade market in the country for upper Myanmar. You will find this market very interesting as it is not a tourist place, but instead a serious market for jade dealers purchasing stones, cutting and polishing them, then reselling. You will walk away with a good understanding of the jade trade. Afterward, drive to the Mayanchan jetty to take a boat to Bagan. The boat ride will take approximately 6.5 hours and promises to be one of your most memorable activities in Myanmar. During this trip, you will see how the mighty Irrawaddy River influences the daily lives of many people who fish, wash their clothes on the rocks along the river bed, bath, gather water and depend on the river to sustain their farms. Hundreds of water buffalos, cows, and other animals and will stop and slowly lift their heads as you drift by. Children playing at the river banks will wave and try a few words of English with you.  The scenery along the river will help you imagine the history of Myanmar, it’s political strife, commerce and everyday livelihoods of villagers. Lunch and coffee will be served on the boat. Expect to reach Bagan in the early evening. Once we arrive in Bagan you will check into your hotel, freshen up, go swimming or enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.      
Overnight: Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar

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Day (4)  Market, Orphanage & Bagan temples (B/D)

      Leave your hotel after breakfast for the Nyaung U market where you will witness the hustle and bustle as shop owners, buyers and children make for a lively atmosphere. We will break for lunch then visit the Shwe Gu Orphanage were more than one hundred children live and receive their education. The children, mostly young, come from every part of the country. You will have a conversation with the founder of the orphanage and have lunch with the children. This will offer you an opportunity to see a sea of beautiful smiles which the children all have. After this full morning, you will return back to your hotel to relax. In the evening, you will visit a Minnanthu village by bicycle where you will see local products being made like lacquerware. Afterward, continue cycling to a hill where you will watch the sunset over the Bagan temples. Dinner will follow with a delightful puppet show.      
Overnight: Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar

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Day ( 5) Fly out to Yangon & See the World Wonder of Shwedagon (B/L)

        Have breakfast at the hotel, then leave for Nyaung Oo airport to Yangon. Once you land in Yangon, drive directly to your hotel to check in and take a break, then have a local lunch nearby. Afterward, take a walking tour for 1.5 hours to see explore Yangon and visit the old British colonial buildings as they once were landmarks in their former day. Following this, visit the Bogyoke Market one of the largest indoor markets in all of Southeast Asia. Enjoy shopping for your last day in Myanmar. Once you have explored the market, visit one of the Wonders of the World,  Shwedagon Pagoda. According to historians and legends, the Pagoda had been built 2500 years ago. Today is not only an important religious site for worshiping but also hosts 6th-century and 21st-century artwork. Dinner at a local restaurant will follow, then head back to your hotel for a relaxing evening.      
Overnight: Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

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Day (6) Travelling from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand (B)

        This day will be one of relaxing travel beginning with a late wake-up and breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon International airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is at the Northern tip of Thailand. Once you land at the Chiang Mai airport drive directly to your hotel to take a break.  In the evening enjoy dinner, then watch traditional Muay Thai boxing. The boxing discipline is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing .      
Overnight: Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Day (7) Full-day Tour in Chaing Mai (B,D)

        After having breakfast at your hotel, you will be visiting the highest Mountain of Thailand named Doi In Thanon. Once you reach the top, explore then continue to the waterfall, mountain top stupa. You will also have time hike in the natural forest and enjoy the views and fresh air.  Lunch will be a delicious Thai meal. After lunch, we will return to town to visit the Wat Pra Doi Suthep Temple, this is a very famous and sacred temple in Chiang Mai with a long history. The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first stupa was built. Once inside the temple grounds, visitors must be appropriately dressed and must remove footwear. The original gold plated chedi is the holiest area of the temple grounds. Within the site are pagodas, statues, bells, a museum, and shrines. Aspects of the wat draw from both Buddhism and Hinduism. There is a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh. Views of Chiang Mai can be seen on the far side of the temple. Return to hotel to relax. During dinner enjoy a traditional Thai cultural.      
Overnight: Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Day (8) Elephant Sanctuary & Tribal village   (B,L)

        Breakfast at the hotel, then you will drive a couple of  hours to where you will spend most of your time at Chang Chill Elephant Sanctuary Camp, where you will not only see the elephants in a natural environment but learn about the livelihoods of elephants and their behaviors. Once you arrive at the camp, you will be given an introduction to Chang Chill’s history and your schedule for the day. Follow the guide into the forest to observe the elephants grazing and socializing from a safe distance. Have lunch at the camp, then you will visit Karen Cultural Center to learn about the community’s history and the traditional method of weaving clothes and bags. And you will have an opportunity to try this method of weaving with the guidance of local community members and purchase items that were made by hand in the village. Afterward, you will gather around Chang Chill’s traditional herb garden to learn about traditional herb lesson for healing both elephant and people. Moving on, the guide will explain about elephant health, diet and the benefit of each of the added ingredients. And you will have an opportunity to prepare servings of supplements for elephants. Then, you will have conversation with mahouts to understand a true of a mahout’s role in Thai culture and why it is so significant to Thailand’s history. After this full day, you return to your hotel. Once back at your hotel you will enjoy the time to relax, swim or have a nice cool drink.  In the evening go out for dinner and explore the famous Chiangmai night market This is a must-see for all tourists who visit Chiang Mai. You will be able to buy scarves, artwork, jewelry, and many other Thai inspired items.      
Overnight: Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Day (9) Old Wooden Temple and Cooking Class (B,L)

        After breakfast you will visit an old wooden temple in the downtown area, noting the very clever Thai architecture. Then be whisked off to begin your Thai meal cooking class where you will cook your own meal for lunch.  Head back to your hotel to check out and drive to the airport for your next destination: Bangkok.  Once you arrive in Bangkok, drive directly to your hotel to chill relax and enjoy dinner at your hotel.      
Overnight: Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

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Day (10) Visit Autthaya and flooting Market (B)

          Breakfast at hotel. Today we will go on early tour to Floating Market, then continue to Ayutthaya the ancient capital of Thailand, we will have lunch in Autthaya Once you have explored Autthaya, you will be ready to relax and freshen up at your hotel.  In the early evening, you go out to the Asiatique, a popular waterfront market where families and friends visit for entertainment and visiting.  This is a modern market allowing you to see how today’s young Thai city people spend some of their time socializing. Have dinner, ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy Bangkok!   As an option, but highly encouraged is a visit to at Khao San Road. The popular book ‘The Beach’ famously described Khao San Road as “the center of the backpacking universe”.  And indeed this is. This place is a place where you can find anything to eat, drink and if you have the energy: dance.      
Overnight: Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

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Day (11) Explore Bangkok Lives (B,D)

        After breakfast, you will visit the famous Bangkok Grand Palace.  The one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without. The spectacular Grand Palace is the city’s most famous landmark. Built-in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. Next visit the world’s second largest reclining Buddha Wat Pho, a giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf.  Lunch, on Thailand’s powerful river the Chao Phraya River, will prepare you for a ride on a long tail boat to tour Bangkok’s hidden canals and visit the Wat Arun temple. The canals will take you behind the city into quiet spaces where people live. It will be a good way to relax, while experiencing Bangkok life. Dinner will be a VIP cruise dinner on the Chao Phraya River, where you will be able to enjoy the last night of Bangkok.        
Overnight: Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

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Day (12) Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (B)

         After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit  Wat Benchamabophit Benchamabophit, also known as the Marble Temple. It is one of Bangkok’s best-known temples. It typifies Bangkok’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs, and decorative ornaments.  The temple’s name literally means ‘the Temple of the fifth King located near Dusit Palace’. It has a display of Carrara marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large singhas (lions) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with cross beams of lacquer and gold, and in shallow niches in the walls are paintings of important stupas from all over the country then you will drive to DMK  airport and fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Once you have landed at the Siem Reap airport, you will go to your hotel to relax or swim. Then choose from optional cuisines for dinner. An optional activity is a night out in Siem Reap’s Pub Street or return to your hotel.      
Overnight: Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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 Day (13) Full day Sightseeing at Angkor Wat (B/L)

        After breakfast, you will visit one of the Wonders of the World Angkor Wat.   You will be awestruck when you see the large architectural site of art, buildings, sculptures, and gardens created centuries ago.  There is much to see at Angkor Wat and depending on what you would like to view, various paths can be taken. We will begin by exploring an overview of the site to give you a basic understanding of the history and structure. Lunch will follow. We will continue to another three temples called Angkor Thom, Ta Phrohm and Ba Yon.   Angkor Thom or Big Angkor was constructed by King Jayavarman VII (1181-1219) as the last capital city of the Angkorian era. The largest site in the Angkor Archaeological Park, there are five 20-meter tall gates surrounding Angkor Thom, with intricate stone carvings of elephants and the four faces of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara while causeways leading to the gates are flanked with 108 statues of gods and demons. Notable temples found within Angkor Thom include Ba Yon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and Ta Phrohm Temple.) After touring this historical site for the entire day, you will return to your hotel to take a well-deserved break. In the evening, dinner will be in town. Following dinner, you will either continue to a night market or go back to your hotel to relax.      
Overnight: Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Day (14) City Tour in Siem Reap (B)

      After preparing for the day, leave the hotel to visit the Killing Temple, a vital part of Cambodian history. Although Cambodia and it’s people are lovely, it has had many years of nightmarish war and genocide in it’s not so long ago history. During those periods over two million people were killed. Today you will have a chance to hear directly from our local expert about this horrible time in Cambodia’s history. The Killing Temple honors the millions of people who were lost and the family members of those who were killed.  Due to the number of people who were massacred, few people have the remains of their loved ones.  This temple honors the dead by exhibiting found bones and details the account of a survivor. Afterward, you will be visiting a local Silk Farm to experience how silk is made from silkworms and spun to create different grades of silk.  Following this you will have lunch, will then continue to the Land Mine Museum, where you can learn and understand about the many bombs dropped in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. You will find it interesting to learn how many mines are still active and how the founder of this Museum leads the crusade to clean up landmines in Cambodia. Finally, enjoy dinner as you watch the Phare Circus Show which is a combination of theater, music, dance, and modern circus arts which tell uniquely Cambodian stories. You will experience historical folk stories performed by talented Cambodian youth.      
Overnight: Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Day (15) Morning Cycling & Afternoon Visit to Ton Le Sa Lake (B/D)

        After breakfast, you will begin your morning cycling trip out to the countryside. This will be a wonderful time allowing you to enjoy the country’s beauty, visit villagers, get up close (not too close!) to buffalos, cows, and other animals who are in the fields.  The best part of this outing will be the relaxing pace, allowing you to stop for photos and talking to villagers. After working up a good apetiate you will cycle back to your hotel to relax and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon,  you will visit local stone and wood carving workshops. Explore the process of how they carve sandstone into historical images from the Angkor period. The proceed to the biggest Lake in South East Asia called Ton Le Sa Lake. Once you reached to a jetty jump into your boat and drive through the floating villages to see communities who have lived on the water for generations. Before heading back to the jetty, you will visit a crocodile farm. Afterward, you will be head back to your hotel for dinner.      
Overnight: Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Day (16) Fly home (B)

          As your program ends today, Immersive Golden Land Travels will transfer you to Sieamreap International Airport. If anyone on the program would like to stay on your own or travel to other countries in Southeast Asia, we are happy to help you to assist or advise. Have a safe flight and we hope to see and serve you again.    

Program Includes
 
  • Accommodation of 3 star hotel for 15 nights
  • Breakfast includes daily
  • All entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Internal and International airfares
  • Costs for all ground transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • Costs for all activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Full time tour guide
   

Program Excludes

   
  • Visa Fees
  • Lunch, Dinner and Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone bill, laundry, snack, tips and so on
  • Things are not listed at “program includes”
   

Note: Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience as we outlined for the daily activities and times in the itinerary but Immersive Golden Land Co,.Ltd reserve the right to cancel your program or alteration activities and program can be substituted for your safety reason vary due to unpredictable weather and local circumstances.

Terms & Conditions

   

Rate: All rates at IGL are non commissionable, and they are already included 10% service charge & 5% of government tax.

   

Payment: IGL requests prepayment for all bookings. Full payment needs to be made 30 days before the programs start.

 

Child Policy: IGL provides 100% Free Of Charge (FOC) for child under the age of 2. And we charge 75% for child (usually under the age of 8) who could stay with parents sharing a bed for accommodation.

 

Complimentary: IGL provides 1 FOC to a program leader for a group of minimum 15 Pax.

   

Cancellation & No show: Cancellation must be made 30 days before the programs start, otherwise IGL has the right to charge cancellation as follow;

1). Within 30 – 15 days, before the program start, would be charged 25%

2). Within 14 – 8 days, before the program start, would be charged 50%

3). Within 7 days, before the program start, would be charged 100%

4). No show would be charged 100%

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