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Thailand And Myanmar

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  • Thailand

    Myanmar

  • 16 nights
  • Culture & Natural History

    Pioneer

    Sightseeing

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Moderate

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

This is a holiday well of the tourist track. We are a long way away from the tourist beaches in southern Thailand. We explore ancient cities and amongst ancient tribes who inhabit the countryside. Both Thailand and Myanmar are kingdoms with history stretching back through the ages. In Myanmar we will find remnants of British colonial occupation. Though of all the ex-British colonies Myanmar is the country that shows the least strong colonial influence. However, pockets do remain as we will discover on our explorations. 

We begin in Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai, exploring on foot and uncovering the local flavours with an included cookery class. We then venture into the rural areas for jungle views and coffee plantations. Continuing north we learn of the many distinct local tribes that still inhabit the area. At Chiang Saen, we reach the mighty Mekong River and the fabled Golden Triangle.

Crossing over the border into Myanmar, we take a flight to Kalaw. This former British hill station has a pleasant climate, perfect for hill walking. We visit Inle Lake with its famous fishermen and local markets, before cruising on the lake by boat and canoe, and exploring its shores on foot. We save the best for last with a visit to Bagan; 2000 temples cover the plains making this one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Watch the temples rise from the jungle as the sun sets.


  • Return flights from Heathrow to Chiang Mai via Bangkok, returning from Yangon via Bangkok both ways (Thai International Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Three lunches
  • English speaking local guide
  • All transport to complete your itinerary.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

We depart the UK on our flight to Thailand.

Day 2

Chiang Mai

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, we meet our Thai guide and transfer to the hotel for check in and some time to relax. Dinner will be at the hotel tonight.

Day 3

Chiang Mai

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We start the morning with a slow walk from the hotel to Chiang Mai Gate morning market. We continue walking along the moat that formed the boundary of the old city from Chiang Mai Gate to Chang Puak Gate learning some history on the way. In the city we visit the oldest temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man. We will also see Wat Chedi Luang and Prasingh Temple. The whole walk distance is about 6km. Later in the afternoon we visit a local country market, where you'll learn how to recognize and select the fresh ingredients for today's dishes. We proceed to a cookery school, where we will be taught how to prepare the four dishes for our evening meal. You will have the chance to enjoy the dishes you've just cooked in charming surroundings looking out across rice paddies as day fades to night. Finally we will drive back to the hotel.

Day 4

Chiang Mai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

Today we experience another side of northern Thai culture in the hills beyond Chiang Mai. We set off to the village of Ban Mae Klang Luang, just outside of the city. The locals here are almost entirely from the Karen ethnic minority and lead rural lifestyles that have remained largely unchanged for decades. Here we have a chance to roll up sleeves for a hands-on lesson in the villages specialty: coffee making! After enjoying a few cups of the local brew we head off on a gentle, two-hour trek along nature trails through paddy fields and verdant rice terraces. Along the walk we will stop at a local waterfall before reaching a restaurant for lunch. Later we continue by road to Mae Ya Waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Inthanon National Park and your final stop before heading back to Chiang Mai in late afternoon. For dinner we head out to eat in a Thai house. As well as exploring the house and its grounds, we have the opportunity to join in on the cooking with your host family. Perhaps we might pick up a few Thai cooking skills. Dinner is served on the terrace, with lovely views of the village. After dinner we head back to the city for a mid-evening arrival.

Day 5

Chiang Rai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we transfer approx. 3 hours to Chiang Rai. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit the Hill Tribe museum to learn something of the local tribes; Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Yao, Hmong and Karen. Next we visit Wat Rong Khun 'White Temple' designed by Thai National Artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. After that we visit Baan Dam (Black House), an impressive park area with plenty of fantastic wood buildings, the main hall all in black. Beautiful woodcarvings, skins and horn installations are everywhere. Afterwards we check into our hotel and have some time to enjoy the facilities. Dinner will be at the hotel tonight.

Day 6

Chiang Saen

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we head out to visit Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. The Akha originated in Tibet and are among the poorest of Thailands ethnic minorities. The Yao originated in China and are heavily influenced by Chinese traditions, still using Chinese characters in the writing of their language. We continue to Chiang Saen a small town on the banks of the Mekong River. Scattered throughout the town are the ruins of the Chiang Saen Kingdom, founded in 1325, including chedis, images of the Buddha, and earthen city ramparts. We continue to the Golden Triangle where the Ruak river empties into the Mekong river forming the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Later in the afternoon we can check in to the hotel and have free time before dinner.

Day 7

Kalaw

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we check out and get a transfer to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. This is the perfect spot to observe border life, as Mae Sai is one of the very few official land crossings between Thailand and Myanmar. We cross the border to Myanmar. We will walk across the border, our luggage will put on a trishaw so no need to carry anything other than your day sack. Once in Myanmar our coach will pick us up and take us to Tachileik airport for our flight to Heho. On arrival we transfer about an hour to Kalaw and our hotel. Dinner is in the hotel tonight.

Day 8

Kalaw

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

After breakfast, we drive to downtown Kalaw, a charming former British hill station and forest. We walk and visit some of the old colonial building to see their original glory including the Anglican Church, built by the British in 1906. We explore the central market often filled with colourful ethnic tribes. On the market day the marketplace is alive with activity and the hill tribe people wear their colourful, uniquely woven national costumes decorated with artistically designed jewellery. We will be walking for about 2hrs. After lunch we will drive back to hotel and in the evening our guide will pick us up at the hotel and we watch the sunset in Kalaw. Dinner will be at the Kalaw Hill Lodge.

Day 9

Kalaw

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

We leave the hotel after breakfast and walk for 30mins to reach Ohn Pin village. The inhabitants are from the traditional Danu tribe. We have some time to get an insight into their lives. Continuing our walk, we arrive 2 hours later at hilltop viewpoint, where we take a break to enjoy the view. From here we head downhill for 30mins to Taryaw. Along the way we pass a tea plantation, and various small fields growing a variety of local crops. In the afternoon we walk back to Kalaw. Dinner is taken in the hotel tonight.

Day 10

Inle Lake

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

After breakfast we drive back to Inle Lake. We then take a boat trip across the lake to Thale U Alemyaung Village, observing the fisherman and floating sellers on the way. From there we begin the trek to Intha Village, passing sugar cane, garlic and onion plantations and remote homesteads. We stop to meet a local family for a refreshing tea and a chat before heading on to a forest monastery. The monastery is situated at the top of a hill with stunning views of the lake. We take a break here and enjoy the serene atmosphere before heading back to the hotel. Today we will walk approximately 2hrs.

Day 11

Inle Lake

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

After breakfast, we visit a local market which rotates daily between five lakeside locations. It is fascinating to observe the bustling scene and morning activities as people from different tribes all around the lake gather here to buy and sell fish, vegetables and other products. We also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the most prominent religious sites in the area and home to five gilded Buddha images. In the afternoon, we embark on another scenic boat ride and follow a long, narrow canal towards Indein Village. Nestled on the western banks of the lake, it is home to hundreds of ancient pagodas in various states of preservation. Today we have approximately 3 hours walking. Dinner is taken in the hotel tonight.

Day 12

Bagan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we transfer back to the airport for our flight to Nyaung Oo. Upon arrival, we meet our local guide and head to Bagan. Bagan is an ancient city with over 2,200 Buddhist temples and pagodas spread out across its plains. The town on the banks of the Irrawaddy River is one of Myanmar's greatest attractions. We spend morning exploring the nearby town of Nyaung U, one of the liveliest places in the area. Starting at a bustling market, continue to visit the sparkling Shwezigon Pagoda. We spend the afternoon exploring the Bagan plain and the highlights of the temples here. In the late afternoon we drive to Sulamuni Pagoda and walk to Damanyangyi Temple (15mins) and after that a 5 minutes walk to Taung Guni Temple and Myauk Guni Temple. We are then picked up by a horse-cart driver and taken for a ride into the sunset through the enchanting green countryside interspersed with ancient temple ruins. As dusk sets in, we return to the hotel to freshen up. Dinner tonight we be at a local restaurant in Bagan.

Day 13

Bagan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning, we drive to Min Nan Thu Village. Here we walk and observe the local life around the temples such as Pha Yar Thone Su Temple, Lay Myat Nar Pagoda, Tayok Pye Temple, Thambula Pagoda and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery. After the sightseeing we return to our hotel for some free time. About 16.00 we will drive out to to the jetty to board for a relaxing river cruise to enjoy the sunset across on the Irrawaddy River. Whilst floating downstream, sit back with a refreshing drink in hand and marvel at the magical landscape bathed in the orange glow of the setting sun. When we leave the boat will go to a local restaurant in Bagan for dinner..

Day 14

Yangon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Yangon (formerly Rangoon under the British). After lunch we will visit Pomelo (20mins drive from Hotel), a Fair-Trade shop offering a colourful range of unique goods, ranging from toys to accessories and interior design products. With the aim of creating a positive impact on local businesses throughout the country, every purchase supports some of Myanmar's most marginalised communities, providing opportunities for local artisans whilst nurturing home-grown craftsmanship handmade goods which shines a spotlight on free trade. We also visit Scott Market (20mins drive from Pomelo). Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in Yangon.

Day 15

Yangon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

After breakfast, we embark on a heritage walking tour of Myanmar's largest city. We start at Yangon Railway Station and set off on a journey through some of Yangon's impressive buildings, many of which date back to the British colonial era. From the Gothic St. Marys Cathedral and Myanmar's last Armenian church to the Victorian Ministers Office and the legendary Strand Hotel. We finish the city exploration with a stroll through Mahar Bandula Park close by Yangon City Hall, a fine example of British-Burmese architecture, before returning to the hotel. In the evening, our guide will pick us up to visit the spectacular view of floodlit Shwedagon Pagoda. This is the most important Buddhist site in the country and is said to hold strands of Buddha's hair and other relics. The spire reaches up 110m and is encrusted with diamonds and covered by gold plate. Tonight's dinner is at a local restaurant in Yangon.

Day 16

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

Our guide will meet us at the hotel and transfer us to the airport for our flight. We fly back to the UK via Bangkok.

Day 17

In flight

We arrive back in the UK.

From (GBP)£2,729

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Oct 2020 - 19th Oct 2020 (16 Nights)

7th Nov 2020 - 23rd Nov 2020 (16 Nights)

6th Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021 (16 Nights)

6th Nov 2021 - 22nd Nov 2021 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Chiang Mai via Bangkok, returning from Yangon via Bangkok both ways (Thai International Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Amora Chiang Mai

Hotel Amora Chiang Mai is a 5-minute walk from the ancient Phae Gate, 3 km from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and a 12-minute walk from the 15th-century temple Wat Chedi Luang.  The rooms feature Wi-Fi,tea & coffeemakers, minifridges, and flat-screen TVs. There's also an international restaurant, a lobby bar and a seasonal beer garden. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a pool bar, gym and spa.


LaLuna Hotel & Resort

Set on lush grounds, the LaLuna Hotel & Resort  offers garden or pool view rooms, free Wi-Fi, 48-inch flat-screen TVs and minifridges, as well as tea & coffeemakers. Breakfast served in an airy buffet restaurant. There's also a cafe and a chic bar and an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers and greenery.

Imperial Golden Triangle Resort

Set in tree-lined grounds facing the Mekong River, the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort is a short distance from Golden Triangle Park, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Rooms have balconies, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea & coffee making facilities. A relaxed restaurant with wood furnishings features a terrace and views of the river. There's also an outdoor pool.

Kalaw Hill Lodge

A short distance from Kalaw town, the Kalaw Hill Lodge is set in 30 acres of land on a charming hill side above the Shan Plateau. It has its own organic farm, vegetable garden and wellness centre. The central lobby consists of restaurant, bar, lounge, pastry shop and a pool. A central fireplace offers comfort and warmth in the chilly evenings. Meals are innovative and use fresh local ingredients. The rooms are in cottage style accommodation architecturally influenced by the local mud-houses and are built in harmony with the environment. The Lodge was built using a local work force from communities around the area. All rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities, decorated fireplace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box and mini bar. Each of the rooms offers a private balcony with breathtaking views of mountains.

Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

Set amongst verdant gardens on the shore of Lake Inle the Pristine Lotus Spa offers cottage style rooms build in the traditional style. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and the hotel has an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Amata Garden Resort

Set amongst verdant gardens on the shore of Lake Inle the Pristine Lotus Spa offers cottage style rooms built in the traditional style. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and the hotel has an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon

The Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon overlooks Kandawgyi Lake and is a short distance from the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda. Rooms feature balconies, many with lake or pagoda views, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, an outdoor pool shaded by palm trees, a fitness centre and spa.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4/Ss holiday which mixes active sightseeing with countryside walks. The climate is warm and humid so we will always walk at a gentle pace. Walks are accompanied by our RWH Travel tour guide, our national guide and in some cases a local guide as well so there is considerable flexibility in arrangements. Please see the Itinerary section for more information on these walks.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Thailand

Thai Baht (THB) can be obtained from hotels or banks in the larger cities. Stirling is widely exchangeable but US Dollars are more readily accepted. There are banks in major cities with ATM machines but these cannot be relied upon.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow to Chiang Mai, Thailand  returning from Yangon, Myanmar. Both flights are via Bangkok with Thai Airlines.

This holiday has three internal flights, which are included in the holiday cost and will be arranged by us. We intend to fly on Yangon Airways who are well established in Myanmar. The flights will be on French built ATR aircraft.

The baggage allowance on domestic Myanmar flights is 20kg. You can also take a carry on piece of luggage weighing no more than 7kgs. Excess luggage, in addition to the allowance of 20kgs, is approx £3 per kilo, payable to the airline locally.

Travel in Thailand and Myanmar will be by road, boat and air.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Thailand

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa - this is known as a visa exemption. If you need to stay longer, it’s possible to extend your stay once, from the expiry date of the original visa, for up to 30 days.

Passport Information for Myanmar

Passports are required and should be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay. Visas are required for holidays in Myanmar. All tourists travelling to Myanmar must now obtain an E-Visa before travelling. E-Visas currently cost US$50 person. To apply please visit https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ 

You will be asked for passport details, address in Myanmar and your home address. For the address in Myanmar use the Kalaw Hill Lodge listed on the accommodation list overleaf on this Holiday Information Sheet. 

You are required to upload a passport sized photograph of less than 2MB. The website offers you the possibility to resize photos. 

Payment can be made by credit or debit card.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

There are many travel guides covering both Thailand and Myanmar to suit every taste. The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet Guide are the most well known but many others should considered.

In fiction Burma is most famously featured in Burmese Days by George Orwell. It is an interesting insight into life in colonial Burma. For a more modern perspective Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi, currently political leader of the country is worth a read.

For Thailand 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon which is the story that was made into the film 'The King and I' has a nostalgic charm.

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Thailand and Myanmar

No compulsory vaccinations are required for either country. Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are recommended and you may wish to consider protection against cholera,  diphtheria, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and typhoid. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

There are low and high risk areas of Malaria in Thailand and Myanmar. Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Thailand; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Thailand

  • Capital

    Bangkok

  • Currency

    Thai Baht

  • Language

    Thai

  • Time Difference

    UTC +07:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 23mm

  • March

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • April

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • May

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 184mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 177mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 196mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 219mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 253mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

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