Rejser til Thailand
Thailand har været et populært rejsemål de senere år. Bountystrande, lækker mad, en betagende natur og et imødekommende folk har været de mest tungtvejende argumenter men Thailand er mere end afslapning, sol og tuk-tuks.
Landet har grænser til Burma, Cambodja og Laos og har aldrig været koloniseret eller været i krig mod en anden stat. Det har været kortvarigt besat af Burma, og under 2. Verdenskrig besatte japanerne Thailand uden at det dog gik hårdt for sig.
Landets selvstændighed kan dateres helt tilbage til 1238, hvor de første bosættelser fandt sted. Landet fik navnet Sukothai, der løst oversat betyder ”begyndelsen til lykke”.
Thailands natur har måske lagt navn til det tillokkende navn. I den nordlige del af landet finder man de højeste bjerge, som er ca. 2.500 meter og gennemskåret af frodige floddale. Mod nordøst finder man den ikke særligt frodige Khoratslette, der er indrammet af bjerge mod vest og syd og Mekongfloden på de andre sider.
Nord for hovedstaden, Bangkok, ligger landets vigtigste landbrugsområde langs floden Chao Praya og dens delta, som kaldes Thailands risskål. Navnet er en reference til den store produktion af ris, der foregår her. Lægger man vejen forbi, kan man ikke undgå at lægge mærke til de mange kanaler, der har til formål at forbedre mulighederne for kunstvanding af risen.
Hvis man vil se frodige, tropiske bjerge, må man tage til Malaccahalvøen. Her er også kystsletter med brede strande.
Landet var engang dækket af tropisk skov, og thailandsk teaktræ var kendt over hele verden. I dag har den kraftige skovhugst mindsket skovbestanden voldsomt. Det samme gælder dyrelivet, som er reduceret i takt med skovhugsten. Ca. 10% af landets næsten 300 pattedyrsarter er udrydningstruede. Man kan dog stadig se et spændende dyreliv med et imponerende fugleliv, tigre, elefanter og bantenger, som er verdens største okse.
Grupperejse 1 ► En rejse rundt i det gyldne land
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Denne rejse kombinerer Thailand med Myanmar.
For the first time in centuries it is possible to cross the border between Burma and Thailand overland, something many people have dreamt of but until very recently has not been possible. Be one of the first to travel this unique route crossing the Htee Khee border to Dawei which connects the more remote areas of Mon State and Kayin State. These are very much more undiscovered areas of Burma offering spectacular scenery and intriguing tribal culture dating back for centuries. The Mon are believed to be one of the first civilisations in this part of the world. The rich culture can still be seen in the daily lives of local people with their specific sarongs, traditional food, language and musical instruments. The Kayin are one of the indigenous tribes of the jungle known for their traditional boxing skills. The area offers beautiful natural scenery with traditional villages and waterways surrounded by spectacular limestone mountains. The Kayin has its own separate language and traditions, whose origins are still very much uncertain to experts. We continue to Bagan via the new capital Nay Pyi Daw, before being treated to the fertile lands of the Shan mountains. The final highlight of the trip is to discover an off the beaten track and only recently accessible part of Eastern Shan state where we can interact with local tribes such as the An(Anu) people, Akha people, Lahu people and Palaung (silver) people. You will learn about their cultures and religion (Buddhist, Christian and Animist). As well as the rich culture you will enjoy scenery from emerald rice paddies to sweeping mountain vistas. We will also enjoy some walking amongst these little visited villages. In Keng Tung you will do a full day bike tour to explore the city and its surroundings and discover the British influence in the area. After Keng Tung, you will journey to Tachileik and cross the border into Thailand (Mae Sai). This is an unforgettable overland journey through an exciting and mostly unexplored part of Burma.
Fitness*** | Adventure**** | Culture***** | History**** | Wildlife**
Day 1 – Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Galleria 10 hotel or similar.
Day 2 – Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Dawei
An early morning start to drive to the Thai/Myanmar border at Baan Phu Nam Ron. After immigration meet your local Myanmar guide at the border town of Htee Khee where we commence the journey to Dawei. We share a ride in a minibus with local people and the journey should take about 3-4 hours through the southern plateau passing through jungle and mountainous terrain on a winding and sometimes quite bumpy road. On arrival in Dawei transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar. (BL)
Day 3 – Dawei
Today we explore Dawei and its surroundings. Learn about the history of the town and its buildings. We will take a stroll through the busy and colourful market. Continue to Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and the museum to see collections of bronze coins, vases, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images displayed. We can also visit the ancient monastery. After a home cooked lunch prepared by a local family we visit the reclining Buddha statue built on the hill east of Dawei and then we take a walk up the mountain to hopefully view a magnificent sunset from the top of Sapar Taung Mountain. After our walk we return to the hotel. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BL)
Dawei, known as Tavoy in colonial times is the capital of Thanitaryi division. The town was one of the first cities settled by the British after the first Anglo-Burmese war; as a result the towns have a long history and very interesting architecture typical of the colonial era.
Day 4 – San Lan Village
This morning we set off early first by tuk tuk to the busy central market. We continue to Long Lone Township where our trekking begins. We walk through lush green forest over undulating terrain for around 2 hours with time for rests. We arrive at Shan Maw shore where we have a short stop at a local bamboo cottage and have some green tea. We continue the trek for a further half an hour or so where we reach a picturesque gulf overlooking the fishing village of San Lan Village, characterized by its bamboo huts on the beach. We stroll through the village to observe the local fishermen going about their daily tasks. We should also be able to visit some local people in their homes. There will also be an opportunity for swimming today. After our visit to San Lan we head back to Long Lone Township and back to Dawei. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 5 – Dawei - Mawlamyine
This morning we can visit some more local markets or you can explore by yourself. Later we transfer to the bus station to take an air-conditioned bus on the journey north to Mawlamyine through the southern plateau. The air conditioned bus will leave from Dawei around 2pm and takes around 8 hours. On arrival in Mawlamyine transfer to the hotel. Overnight Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (B)
Day 6 – Mawlamyine
After breakfast we visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings. Continue to Ni Paya for fine views over the city and we take a walk to examine some of the buildings of the city and the architecture from the colonial days. Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in the city. We also visit the first Baptist church. Later we will visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays demonstrating the rich Mon culture. Lunch will be taken in a local home with Mon specialities. The afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight at Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (BL)
Seindon Mibaya Monastery
The last king of Myanmar, at the palace in Mandalay, came to power by killing many of the rival heirs to the throne at the end of the 19th century. Queen Seindon escaped and moved to what was called Moulmein in that period and became a Buddhist nun till her death (her tomb is in the compound in one of the nunneries). She built the Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine which is very fine example of architecture in the original Mandalay palace and has magnificent woodcarvings and other decorations. It’s a monastery so beautiful that one could actually call it a museum.
Day 7 – Mawlamyine - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)
This morning we transfer to Kyaikhtiyo and visit the important pilgrimage site of the remarkable Golden Rock. The visit involves around a 1.5 hour walk and there will be plenty of time to explore the pagoda and its surroundings. Overnight at Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar (BL)
The Golden Rock is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhists and maybe one of the strangest sights for visitors to Myanmar. Balanced on the edge of a mountain, over many years the rock has been totally covered with gold leaf by pilgrims.
Day 8 – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo) - Nay Pyi Daw
Today we transfer to Nay Pyi Daw a journey of around 5 hours. On arrival transfer to your accommodation and later we can explore the town including the market. Alternatively you can have this afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Nay Pyi Daw or similar (B)
Nay Pyi Daw
Nay Pyi Daw is a new capital city of Burma established in the early 21st century to serve as the country’s new administrative centre.
Day 9 – Nay Pyi Daw - Bagan
Today we transfer to Bagan. The journey should take around 5 hours. On arrival we transfer to the hotel before taking some time to visit some of the wonderful temples in Bagan. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (B)
No words can do Bagan justice. A vast plain dotted with innumerable stupas and temples, Bagan’s heyday was between the 11th and 13th centuries, when King Anawahrata embarked upon a massive programme of building that now fills approximately 40 sq. km. on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. Highlights include the temples of Thatbyinnyu, Ananda Pahto, Shwesandaw and the mighty Dhammayangyi, situated in the middle of the plain. Many temples contain images of the Buddha while others are decorated with ancient frescoes. While some see relatively high numbers of tourists, others remain tantalisingly unexplored and it is quite easy to find yourself the only person there, marvelling over the wonders of an ancient civilisation. Exploring these temples, finding your way through winding and darkened corridors to emerge onto a terrace with spectacular views over the whole area, is one of the highlights of travel within the whole continent of Asia. Watching the sun set and cast a dim yellow glow over hundreds of stupas glittering throughout the plain, is a breathtaking experience not easily forgotten.
Day 10 – Bagan
Today we will enjoy some cycling in the surrounds of Bagan. Our first stop is the Z-Craft Jetty in Old Bagan. We will visit a busy market where locals bring their merchandise from across the river. We take a short boat ride across to SeLan village on the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We spend some time cycling through the vegetable plantations and rural scenery observing local life. Arrive at Myitchay village where we can visit some local industry such as cane/bamboo. After lunch we cycle south around 10km’s to Kyaung Chaung Jetty where our boat will be waiting for us to bring us back to Old Bagan. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore some of the many incredible temples. Please note you should wear clothing suitable for this activity. Closed shoes are recommended. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 11 – Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake
This morning we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Heho. On arrival we transfer to Nyaung Shwe on the periphery of Inle Lake. We visit the Buddha museum which is housed in the former “Haw” (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe. After lunch at a local restaurant we take a stroll around the local market and visit the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with its photogenic oval windows. Later we take to the water exploring small canals and the floating gardens to get a feel for local Inthar life. Today ends with a visit to one of Burma’s only vineyards where you can taste some wine and relax with a great view. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe Hotel or similar (BL)
Enormous Inle Lake is one of Myanmar’s key attractions. With a shoreline littered with stilt villages, it is famous for its fishermen, who row their boats using their legs – an amazingly photogenic sight. A boat trip around the lake reveals small villages with water buffalo wading into the water, and wooden monasteries that have been here for centuries. The surrounding area is mountainous and home to the Pa-O people, among other ethnic groups, who can be found wearing their traditional headgear.
Day 12 – Nyaung Shwe - Pha Lan
Today we start a real adventure through Eastern Shan state by 4 wheel drive through an area only recently opened up to tourism in 2014, where infrastructure is very basic and where local people have had very little contact with Westerners. On the way we pass some of the most beautiful scenery in Myanmar, through forested areas that have remained largely untouched. The road follows the infamous route for opium couriers using mules to pass goods through the famous Golden Triangle. By late afternoon or early evening we arrive at Pha Lan and a simple dinner will be served at a village house. Overnight in the village at the house of a village elder (Very basic facilities and shared bathroom) (BLD)
Day 13 – Pha Lan - Keng Tung
After a simple breakfast we continue on our adventure weaving through the mountains passing remote Shan villages. After around 8 hours travelling through this remarkable landscape we reach Keng Tung. Overnight at Amazing Keng Tung Hotel or similar (BL)
Eastern Shan State
Following in the trails of the BBC Top Gear team, Eastern Shan state has been closed to tourists until as recently as 2014. It is only now that the area can be visited with special permits. The region is stunning with high mountains and sweeping vistas around every turn. The area is home to fascinating hill tribes, who have had very little contact with Westerners. Certainly it would be not exaggerating to say that this is a truly pioneering journey on a route that will certainly yield many fascinating travel stories at the dining table when you’re back home.
The facilities during the trip through Eastern Shan state are very basic. In the local homestay mosquito nets and blankets are provided, bathroom facilities are either at a communal village well or in the river while the food will be rice, noodles and locally prepared meals by your guide.
Day 14 – Keng Tung
After breakfast transfer to Pin Tauk, in beautiful countryside where we will enjoy a 5km trek through 3 local villages, Pan Lac (Ann), Won Lar (Akha) and Nam Lin Mai (Ann) giving you a chance to meet and learn about the different minority people in the area. Returning to Pin Tauk, we drive to some more villages. A simple lunch will be served during the trek. Later we return to Keng Tung. Overnight at Amazing Keng Tung Hotel (BL)
Day 15 – Keng Tung - Bangkok
Early this morning visit the local market in Keng Tung and try a local Shan breakfast. Later we transfer to Tachileik (around 5 hours) and cross the border into Thailand (Mae Sai), and continue to Chiang Rai airport for your late afternoon flight back to Bangkok and transfer to a hotel close to the airport. Overnight hotel close to the airport (B)
Day 16 – Departure Bangkok
After breakfast the morning is at leisure. Later you will be transferred to Bangkok Airport for your international flight home. For those that wish extension arrangements can be made in Thailand (B)
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