Introduction to Myanmar

This sample Myanmar holiday provides a fascinating 10-day introduction to discover little-known Myanmar, a land of golden temples, a long history, festivals and traditions.

Highlights: Yangon – Mandalay – Ubein bridge – Bagan – Inle Lake

 

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ITINERARY:

DAYS 1 & 2:

Arrive into Yangon, where you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. The following morning, enjoy a walking tour through the back streets of downtown Yangon with one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, finishing at a restaurant for lunch. We also include an evening excursion to the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of Myanmar.

DAY 3:

Free morning in Yangon to further explore the city before you depart. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the train station, where you will board the night train to Mandalay, a journey of just under 400 miles. The train will depart Yangon at 5.00pm and has sleeping carriages and a restaurant on board. This train will arrive into Mandalay the following morning at approximately 7.45am. Please note that the train schedules are subject to change.

DAY 4:

Arrive into Mandalay, where you will be met at the station and driven to your hotel. Afternoon excursion to the Mahamuni pagoda and to the village of Amarapura. Here you will walk through the Mahagandayon monastery complex with hundreds of monks, visit one of the small weaving workshops and walk over the teak Ubein Bridge across Taungthaman Lake.

DAY 5:

Sail along the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun, where you can visit the uncompleted temple which was started in 1790. Afternoon excursion to the top of Mandalay hill for rewarding views over the city. Continue to the Atumashi and Shwenandaw monasteries which are excellent examples of the architecture of this region before ending with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda.

DAY 6:

Travel to Bagan by plane, bus, train or by boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River – whatever your preferences are! Upon arrival in Bagan, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 7:

A full day tour of Bagan’s temples, including the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu. Travel by horse and cart to the Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset.

DAY 8:

In the morning, visit the loud, bustling market in New Bagan before continuing to Minnanthu, which is in fact quite the opposite. Minnanthu is a quiet and peaceful temple area which is often completely deserted, perfect for you to enjoy a calm picnic lunch. Afterwards, return to your hotel, where you will have the afternoon and evening at your own leisure.

DAY 9:

Fly to Heho where you will be met and driven to Inle Lake, which is surrounded by traditional Shan villages and houses on stilts. Here you will take a tour by motorboat around the lake and its floating gardens. Visit local markets, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Intha Heritage house (where Burmese cats are bred) and a local weaving workshop.

DAY 10:

Half day excursion to the ruins of Indein, south of the lake. The excursion includes a visit to a school in the village of Tha Ley and lunch in local house. Return to Heho airport in time to check in for the flight to Yangon where you will be met and driven to your hotel for your last night.

DAY 11:

Your Myanmar holiday comes to a close as you are transferred from your hotel to the airport in time to check-in for your flight home or further afield. If you have any potential extensions to this holiday in mind then please let us know. Farewell Myanmar!

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.

Hotels in Myanmar

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.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your 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.

Duration of your 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.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Myanmar holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Myanmar holiday.