(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro
This is the ultimate cultural journey—two weeks in two of the world's most fascinating destinations.
Begin in the city of Yangon, with private city touring that includes the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Scott Market, the National Museum, and various neighborhoods that reflect the city's Burmese, British, Indian, Bangladeshi, and indigenous influences.
Next, fly to unforgettable, awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. Tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist center of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues. Also visit local markets and villages. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can book a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises. One evening, ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Bagan at sunset. Another night, take a sunset cruise on the river.
Continue to Inle Lake, home of the Intha people, and the surrounding countryside. Visit a vineyard to for a tasting of local Burmese wines. Take a canoe ride down Inle's canals, pass through floating villages built on stilts, and see how the Intha grow crops on reed islands. Visit local crafts villages to shop for distinctive textiles, ceramics and lacquerware, and tour In Dein, where ancient pagodas overlook the lake.
Spend a night in Yangon before departing for Bangkok, Thailand, for an overnight stay.
Next, fly to Bhutan and transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. During comprehensive private touring, experience cultural highlights such as important Buddhist sites, local markets, and various museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional arts and crafts. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange a meeting with a local astrologer, an important figure in Bhutanese daily life, as well as a visit to Tashichho Dzong, an impressive traditional fortress that houses the Bhutanese civil government. If desired, enjoy a private hike to rural villages and monasteries tucked into the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon request, we can also arrange for special experiences such as a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home or a private meditation session with monks.
Next, enjoy a scenic transfer through the mountains to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Stop en route at Dochula Pass to see its 108 chortens and take in views of the Himalayas. Descend into Punakha, a subtropical valley filled with rhododendrons, citrus trees and banana plants. During private touring, enjoy peaceful walks through rural farming villages, light a butter lamp at a local temple, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, tour the stunning Punakha Dzong, and visit a Buddhist nunnery overlooking the valley. Accommodation will be at a luxurious hotel overlooking the Mo Chhu River set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.
The tour concludes in Paro, a picturesque town in a verdant river valley with a charming main street brimming with shops and cafes. During private touring, visit the National Museum, browse for locally made crafts and Buddhist items, and take an excursion to breathtaking Tiger's Nest, a cliffside Buddhist monastery that's a highlight of Bhutan. Also enjoy a private lesson in archery, Bhutan's national sport. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.
Throughout the tour, enjoy flexible touring with your own guide and driver and accommodation at some of the world's most luxurious hotels. Upon request, we can incorporate activities such as overnight treks, meetings with local specialists, farm visits, monastery visits, soft-adventure activities (hiking, biking, archery, rafting or golf), shopping, cooking classes, blessings and meditations led by monks, and more.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private tour
||Yangon – Bagan
Transfer and flight to Bagan for 2 nights. Full-day private touring of ruins. Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset
Full-day private touring in Bagan.Sunset boat cruise
||Bagan – Inle Lake
Transfer and flight to Inle Lake for 2 nights
Private touring around Inle Lake and In Dein
Inle Lake – Yangon – Bangkok
Private transfer and flight to Yangon, connecting with flight to Bangkok. Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight
||Bangkok – Paro – Thimphu, Bhutan
Private transfer to airport for business class flight to Bhutan. VIP arrival assistance and private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights with touring en route
Full-day private cultural touring
||Thimphu – Punakha
Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route
Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring
||Punakha – Paro
Private transfer to Paro for 2 nights with touring en route. Afternoon private tour
Private tour of Paro including hike to Tiger's Nest
||Paro – Bangkok – Depart Thailand
Private airport transfer and business class flight back to Bangkok
||The Strand or The Governor's Residence
|| Aureum Palace or Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
|| Inle Princess Resort
||Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
|| Amankora Thimphu or Taj Tashi
COMO Uma Punakha
||COMO Uma Paro or Amankora Paro
||Per person (double occupancy)