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Myanmar Highlights

This is the perfect family holiday in Myanmar – but it is also ideal for anyone with a little less time or who is looking for a three-stop holiday. It oozes variety; offering a vibrant city experience, historical temples in dusty and ancient Bagan, a beautiful lake experience meeting indigenous people before relaxing on the beach for three days. Some may also wish to consider including Mandalay to this trip… you could finish in Mandalay rather than returning to Yangon for your international flight.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Myanmar!

You will begin your journey of this beautiful country in Yangon, which is home to one of the most celebrated temples in the whole country. Your private driver and guide will meet you at Yangon International Airport and escort you to the stylish and boutique Hotel M, where you can relax at leisure and even take a dip in their pool! We’ve not planned anything today so you can recover from your flight. (Deluxe Room)

Day 2 - Spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda

Today you will enjoy a private tour of the shimmering, sparkling Shwedagon Pagoda. We will give you the full history of the pagoda and a deeper insight into Buddhism and also take you around the area so you can see how the locals live, work and shop. A traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch are all included. Enjoy a free afternoon.

Day 3 - Bagan Uncovered

Today we fly you to Bagan, home to more than 2,000 temples and stupas. After lunch at a local restaurant, your private guide will show you the best known temples, starting with a pagoda that offers one of the finest panoramic views. Later, after visiting key ancient and historical temples, a horse and carriage will take you to Pyathagyi pagoda for a picture perfect sunset. The best bit? If you see a temple you like, just ask your guide to stop! Overnight at the lovely Areindmar Hotel (deluxe room)

Day 4 - Picnic under the temples & sunset boat cruise

Minnanthu is probably the favourite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors because it’s quiet, beautiful and often completely deserted. Your guide will bring you here for a picnic lunch in this unique historical setting before or after visiting a few ancient temples. Tonight enjoy a private sunset boat ride on the mighty Ayarwaddy River and some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river.

Day 5 - Bike down to Inle Lake

Today we will fly you to Heho, near Inle Lake – and have planned the most fun way for you to arrive at the lake. Your luggage will be transferred so you can enjoy a leisurely bike ride from Thaung Lay Lone to Indein. This 3 hour bike trip – mainly flat – passes sugarcane and garlic fields before reaching Khaung Dine village with some beautiful views on Inle Lake. At Indein we visit the famous ruins before continuing to Skylake Hotel by motorboat (deluxe room)

Day 6 - A Day on the Lake

This morning we will take you by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake. Highlights include visiting the floating gardens, seeing some of the famous leg rowers, visiting Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and stopping at a colourful traditional market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will eat your lunch at a traditional Intha home with a local family.

Days 7 - 10 - Off to the Beach

To finish your trip we will fly you to the beautiful Ngapali Beach, which has quickly become one of our favourite beach destinations in south-east Asia. Lined with rugged palm trees, this big sweeping bay of pristine sand feels so untouched and undeveloped. We’ve planned nothing for you for the last three days of your trip so you can relax, unwind and reflect on all you have seen from the comfort of Yoma Cherry Hotel (upper garden view room).

Day 11 - Bon voyage!

Get ready to bid your farewells to this beautiful country (and maybe plot your return!) After a leisurely breakfast we will fly you back to Yangon, where you will arrive by 1pm. From here nothing has been organised so you can catch your international flight home. Safe Travels!

DETAILS: -

This itinerary costs from £1,600 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.

You can get flights from as little as £500 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

INCLUDED:
  • Prices start from £1,600 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Lunch on Days 2, 3, 4 and 6
  • Internal flights
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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This is the perfect family holiday in Myanmar – but it is also ideal for anyone with a little less time or who is looking for a three-stop holiday. It oozes variety; offering a vibrant city experience, historical temples in dusty and ancient Bagan, a beautiful lake experience meeting indigenous people before relaxing on the beach for three days. Some may also wish to consider including Mandalay to this trip… you could finish in Mandalay rather than returning to Yangon for your international flight.

Mandalay
With one of the most evocative names in the region, Mandalay is the second biggest city in Myanmar and the gateway to great trekking in Hsipaw in the north. It is home to the iconic U-Bein Bridge (one of the most photographed sites in the country) and close to the old royal capital of Amarapura.
Hsipaw
This is one of the best places to get off the beaten track and see rural Myanmar. Stay in a beautiful riverside lodge, take a trek through rice paddies and visit small Shan villagers where locals live just as they did 50 years ago. We also offer a fabulous boat ride upstream to a monastery which serves as a school for young novice monks.
Bagan
Bagan is the ancient settlement that has really put Myanmar (Burma) on the map. With more than 2,000 historic stupas, temples and pagodas spread over a vast area, you really have to see it to believe it. We will ensure you get to the best spots for sunset or sunrise to see this amazing sprawl of temples over the valley - or better yet ask us about a balloon ride!
Inle Lake
This impressive freshwater lake is more than 13 miles long and resembles a vast silver sheet, reflecting the sky like a mirror. It is home to hundreds of herons, wild ducks and other bird life - as well as local fishermen who use unique fishing techniques with baskets. We have a fabulous selection of over-the-water boutique hotels to choose from.
Ngapali Beach
This has quickly become one of our favourite beach destinations in south-east Asia. Lined with rugged palm trees, this big sweeping bay of pristine sand feels so untouched and undeveloped. However, lying in the shade of the pine trees are a number of beautiful and tastefully designed luxury hotels that blend into their surroundings - we can't think of a better excuse to stop for a few days!
The Golden Rock
An important pilgrimage site for Buddhists around Asia; a large and precariously positioned gold-covered rock sits on the top of a mountain - home to one of the most well-visited stupas in the country. Expect an atmosphere charged with magic and devotion as everyone makes their way to the Golden Rock.
Mrauk- U
This former Rakhine capital offers a dramatic group of temples and pagodas (newer than those of Bagan) which have a fortress feel to them as they are made of stone with long twisting corridors inside. But it's also the perfect gateway for seeing rural river life - you can enjoy a boat ride here to Chin villages where the older women have their faces tattooed from a no-longer abided tribal tradition.
Yangon
This charming city feels incredibly metropolitan compared to the rest of the country, but set against other Asian cities feels quite small. You can see the colonial architecture of a time gone by, sample some of the county's best street food and visit the remarkable Shwedagon Pagoda, which can be seen sparkling from almost anywhere in Yangon and is one of the most revered sites for Buddhism in the world, and said to enshrine eight hairs from Buddha.
Mawlamyine
A unique combination of landscape and beauty, Mawlamyine boasts a ridge of stupa capped hills to one side, the sea on the other and a town full of crumbling colonial architecture and mosques. From here you can explore remote ruins, sacred temples and un-touched beaches.
Hpa-An
Explore Buddhist caves, sacred mountains and wonderfully rural countryside from this sleepy Mon State town
Pyin Oo Lwin
You would be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across an old English town at this colonial hill station, which was a favourite for British generals who were looking to escape the heat of the city below. Be sure to take a turn in the beautifully manicured Botanical Gardens.
Myeik Archipelago
A cluster of about 800 pristine and picture perfect white sand islands off the main coast of Myanmar. Most are completely uninhabited - or home to a small village or two where the nomadic seafaring Moken people live. These are best explored on a 3 or 4 night cruise - and we have some beautiful luxurious boats on offer.

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