You will be met at Yangon International airport and driven to your hotel; rest of the day at leisure.
Morning tour to the Shwedagon Pagoda for a glimpse into
the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and an introduction to Buddhist philosophy. Burmese lunch is included.
Afternoon walking tour of the colonial centre of Yangon to get a feel for the city past and present with tea at the Strand hotel.
You might like to end the tour with a gin and tonic at the Union Bar and Grill in the old Red Cross building, where many of Yangon's expats meet and socialise today,
Yangon - Bago - Mandalay
Morning excursion to the war cemetery in Taukkyan where thousands of Southeast Asian and Allied prisoners of war who worked on the Thai-Burma death railway are commemorated.
Then continue on to Bago, capital of Myanmar until 1819.
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the most outstanding religious monument in Bago, at 114 metres high it is taller than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda which can be seen from miles away. The excursion includes a visit to Kyatkha Wain monastery, one of the largest and most eminent teaching monasteries in the country.
In the afternoon return by train to Yangon and transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay.
You will be met on arrival and driven to your hotel.
Morning excursion to Paleik, about 15 miles from Mandalay. There are over 300 pagodas and temples here but it is best known for the snake temple, home to three pythons which are said to guard the statue of Buddha. In a rather bizarre ceremony they are washed daily at 11am.
Afternoon includes the Mahamuni pagoda, a walk through the Mahagandayon monastery in Amarapura which has hundreds of monks, visit one of the small weaving workshops and walk across the U-Bein Bridge. There may be time for a boat ride before heading back to your hotel.
Morning bike tour, riding through the back lanes to get out of town. The tour explores the countryside and visits market villages to learn about their crops and produce and an introduction to local life. Please contact us to discuss alternatives to the bike tour, such as a cooking class.
Free afternoon in Mandalay.
Mandalay - Bagan
Full day transfer by riverboat from Mandalay to Bagan, a leisurely journey of about 9 hours.
You will be met on arrival and driven to your hotel.
We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole temple complex here. An experienced guide will take you on a tour of the best known temples including Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu.
After lunch at a local restaurant we'll continue the tour by horse and cart with sunset drinks at Pyathagyi pagoda.
Half day activity: Flavours of Bagan
The last king of Bagan was famous for his enormous appetite and ordered that every meal should include 300 different dishes! For this morning's activity you will learn more about herbs and greens at the market in Myinkaba, visit home-based cottage industries where they make such produce as tamarind paste. Try the different flavours of typical Burmese ingredients in a local monastery and end the morning with a meal of some 30 dishes, perhaps not enough for a king, but fine for the rest of us.
Bagan by Balloon
It means an early start but you'll get to see Bagan's temples in the sunrise light. The hot-air balloon is guided by gentle winds which never exceed 15 mph, allowing a serene and peaceful bird's-eye view of the ancient complex.
Balloon flights usually last 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the wind. There will be a celebratory glass of champagne on landing.
The round-trip journey with transfers from hotel and champagne breakfast will last 2½ to 3 hours.
All balloons are built to the highest standards of the British Civil Aviation Authority and are provided by Cameron Balloons Limited, the world's largest manufacturer of high quality balloons. Pilots and technicians are qualified and registered in the UK.
In addition a small contribution from each flight is donated to community programs that directly benefit the local population of Bagan city.
Rest of the day free. If you would like us to arrange any activity please let us know. A half day tour by bike, for example, with a guide to show you some of the most spectacular vantage points for vistas of ancient temples.
Kalaw - Inle Lake
Transfer to the airport in Bagan for the flight to Heho, where you will be met on arrival.
Trekking in the jungle surrounding Kalaw (from 30 minutes to 4-5 hours according to your preference) and a visit to the elephant conservation project.
Later in the day you will be driven to your hotel at Lake Inle.
Full day excursion starts by travelling to the south of the lake to visit the ruins at Indein, partially covered by the forest. Lunch is served in a local house. We continue the excursion at Nam Pan village. There may be time to see where Burmese cigars are rolled, visit weaving workshops, see where Burmese cats are bred and go to some floating tomato gardens and explore Lake Inle by canoe before returning by motorboat to your hotel.
Suggested excursion by bike and train: starting with an hour's bike ride, catch the slow train up the mountainside to Helo (approx. 2 hours) and, after a spot of lunch, cycle back downhill with lovely views of the lake.
Please contact us to discuss other excursions and activities.
Full day trekking excursion to visit the Pa'O hill tribe.
It is a 2½ hour hike to reach the Pa'O tribe in Shan State where you have time to talk with the monks and visit a local school. A traditional Pa'O lunch is included with dishes such as ginger soup and pumpkin leaf salad.
Return hike to Lake Inle and to the hotel.
Transfer from Lake Inle to the airport for the flight to Thandwe for your remaining days of rest and relaxation at Ngapali beach.
Departure transfer from your hotel to Thandwe airport for the flight to Yangon and onward connection home.
The above sample Myanmar holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.
With the growth in tourism to Myanmar in recent years, it is essential to book early if you wish to stay at particular hotels. The range of hotels in Myanmar is rather more limited than in other countries in South-East Asia but this is beginning to change as the country opens up. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Myanmar holiday.
The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Myanmar holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Myanmar holiday.
If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Myanmar holiday but have either fewer days to spend, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.
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