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Discover Burma (Myanmar)

Our 2 week classic Burma tour takes in the spectacular architecture of bustling Rangoon; the sights of Mandalay, temples of Bagan, stunning Lake Inle and much, much more...

"Quite unlike any land you know about..." (Kipling)

Wander the faded, atmospheric, Victorian splendour of Rangoon (Yangon) and its breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda: the historic city of Mandalay; the spectacular ancient temples of Bagan, colonial hill-stations, the justly celebrated Lake Inle and myriad traditional hill-tribes of the picturesque Shan Plateau.

Southeast Asia as it used to be – authentic cuisine and incredibly friendly people that make up this highly varied and truly fabulous country, an unforgettable trip!

On our 2 week Burma tour we’ll explore this amazing country by; local train, stagecoach, horse and cart, Irrawaddy boat, bicycle as well as by bus and on foot, with the emphasis, as usual, on combining both famous sites and lesser known ones to allow you to discover the real local culture, ancient history, bustling markets and stunning landscapes.

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Yangon (Rangoon) - walking tour and sunset cruise

Morning check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Time to relax before an afternoon, walking, orientation tour of the city followed – weather permitting – by a scenic sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River itself.

Extra nights in Yangon prior to your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: L, D, 

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Day 2 - Yangon (Rangoon) - local train and Shwedagon

Departure for a fascinating and unusual train journey on the Rangoon circular line. The (very) slow, local train loops through the suburbs and outlying villages providing an original and behind the scenes view of local life; a great introduction to Burma. After lunch we’ll take a stroll through the picturesque Kandawgyi Lake Gardens before a sunset visit to the incredible Shwedagon Temple, Burma’s most sacred & certainly one it’s most awe inspiring sites.

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Minibus, Train,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 3 - Mandalay - ancient cities

Early morning flight to Mandalay and a visit to the nearby ancient city and former 14th to 19th century capital Ava (Inwa). Discover the ruined city, temples and villages by horse and cart before an afternoon visit to the prestigious Mahamuni Paya and sunset at the iconic U Bein Bridge – reputed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.

Overnight: Mandalay Transport: Minibus, Plane,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 4 - Pyin U Lwin - hill station tour

Scenic drive to the old British hill-station of Pyin U Lwin located on the edge of the Shan Plateau. The small town’s 1,200m altitude meant it was a popular and cool retreat for the former British colonists and many historic buildings remain as well as its famous botanical gardens. We’ll time our return journey for sunset over the Irrawaddy River.

Overnight: Mandalay Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 5 - Mandalay to Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise

Early departure by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan; bucolic country views and river scenes and a great way to arrive in the historic ancient city. Late afternoon orientation visit and sunset at the site of the 11th to 13th century capital – still housing over 2,000 chedis, stupas, pagodas scattered across a riverside plain and certainly one of the most incredible sites of Southeast Asia!*

During dry season low water levels may prevent boat travel all the way to Bagan in which case we travel overland with a stop at Monywa instead.

Overnight: Bagan Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 6 - Bagan - temple tour

Morning guided tour with the afternoon free to visit Bagan at your leisure.  Armed with a map, hat and torch (to discover temples’ hidden stairways), roam the country lanes by bicycle, hire a pony and trap, visit the best known temples or find some hidden chedis of your own. Your guide will be on-hand to advise and recommend but we’d like to let you spend some time at this phenomenal site at your own leisure and pace.

Overnight: Bagan Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 7 - Bagan to Shan State - overland via Mt Popa

Departure by road to the distant Shan Plateau. Our first stop will be Mount Popa; – one of the country’s most sacred sites located on the cone of an extinct volcano which rises dramatically and near vertically from the plains below. Local style lunch before a scenic climb up the Plateau itself to our destination, the charming little old hill-station of Kalaw.

Overnight: Kalaw Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 8 - Kalaw - hill walk and tea plantations

Morning hike through the surrounding hills to visit one of the local Palaung hill-tribe villages; a scenic walk, mountain views, visit to the village and chance to meet some of it’s friendly inhabitants. Afternoon return to Kalaw and some time to wander around the small town, and perhaps explore the market or sit in a local tea shop and watch the world go by?

Overnight: Kalaw Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 9 - Kalaw to Lake Inle - across the Shan Plateau

Day trip through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau taking in, firstly, one of the local farmers’ markets before heading to the town of Pindaya to visit the spectacular Shwe Umin cave temples. Lunch by the lake and a chance to check out the traditional umbrella making which Pindaya is famous for. In the afternoon we’ll continue our scenic route to Nyaung Shwe – gateway town to the famous Inle Lake.

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 10 - Lake Inle - villages and local market

Day boat trip around the picturesque lake including visits to a lakeside village market, a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory, a fascinating lotus weaving project and the highly unusual floating gardens.

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 11 - lake Inle - boat journey to In Dein

Morning departure across the lake and up river to the small lakeside village of In Dein from where we’ll hike through the picturesque landscape to visit the site of a ruined Shan city, known as the Shan Bagan, where myriad ruined stupas dot the lush vegetation. Return to Nyaung Shwe for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 12 - Lake Inle - at leisure and return to Yangon

Free morning at Lake Inle to do your own thing; cycle to the surprisingly good Red Mountain Winery, check out the local market, visit a local village by canoe or just relax in a tea shop before an afternoon return flight to Yangon.

Overnight: Yangon Transport: Minibus, Plane,  Meals: B, 

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Day 13 - Yangon - free morning and departure

Free morning to perhaps do some last–minute shopping or souvenir hunting at the famous Scott Market and a late afternoon departure.

Extra nights in Yangon after your tour area available on request. Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Meals: B, 

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Burma (Myanmar), Bagan

Just a few of the tour highlights...

Sunsets, sunrises, spectacular landscapes, local markets, colonial architecture, ancient temples, traditional hill-tribes and of course plenty of friendly locals and wonderful Burmese curries!

  • Rangoon: noisy, bustling, dirty, terrible roads, little street lighting - wonderful!!! A Southeast Asian city as they used to be
  • Dusk trip to Mandalay's iconic and picturesque U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge
  • Explore the ruins of Ava ancient city by horse and cart. (It's not a tourist gimmick - there's simply no alternative!)
  • A dusk visit to the breathtaking, (and it really is), Shwedagon Pagoda. Incredible sights and sounds at Burma's most iconic temple
  • Tour the ruins of world famous Bagan where hundreds of ancient temples spread across a plain make this one of Asia's most spectacular sites
  • 2 day boating around the stunning Lake Inle; local markets, lakeside villages, floating gardens, temples

Air Departures (UK)

  • 4 November 17 3,200 GBP
  • 24 November 17 3 x 3,200 GBP
  • 24 December 17 3,400 GBP
  • 14 January 18 3,200 GBP
  • 3 February 18 3,200 GBP
  • 24 February 18 3,200 GBP
  • 24 March 18 3,200 GBP
  • 20 April 18 3,200 GBP
  • 19 May 18 3,200 GBP
  • 16 June 18 3,200 GBP
  • 28 July 18 3,300 GBP
  • 25 August 18 3,200 GBP
  • 23 September 18 3,200 GBP
  • 14 October 18 3,200 GBP
  • 3 November 18 3,200 GBP
  • 24 November 18 3,200 GBP
  • 22 December 18 3,400 GBP

Land Departures

  • 5 November 17 2,350 GBP
  • 25 November 17 3 x 2,350 GBP
  • 25 December 17 2,350 GBP
  • 15 January 18 2,350 GBP
  • 4 February 18 2,350 GBP
  • 25 February 18 2,350 GBP
  • 25 March 18 2,350 GBP
  • 21 April 18 2,350 GBP
  • 20 May 18 2,350 GBP
  • 17 June 18 2,350 GBP
  • 29 July 18 2,350 GBP
  • 26 August 18 2,350 GBP
  • 24 September 18 2,350 GBP
  • 15 October 18 2,350 GBP
  • 4 November 18 2,350 GBP
  • 25 November 18 2,350 GBP
  • 23 December 18 2,350 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Yangon (Rangoon)

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Asia Plaza Hotel, Yangon view

  • Great central location near Scott Market
  • Rooftop bar with 360 degree views
  • Friendly, helpful staff

Bagan Umbra Hotel, Bagan view

  • Delightful garden setting with temple views
  • Swimming pool & poolside restaurant
  • Quiet location in Nyaung U Town

Ayarwaddy River View Hotel, Mandalay view

  • Great waterfront location in downtown Mandalay
  • Sunset views over the Irrawaddy River from the 'Skybar'
  • Friendly staff, comfortable and well-appointed rooms

Bawga Theiddhi Hotel, Bagan view

  • Welcome large pool in steamy Bagan
  • Quiet location in New Bagan Village
  • Friendly staff, well-appointed rooms and poolside bar

Paradise Hotel, Nyaung Shwe, (Inle) view

  • Our favourite in Nyaung Shwe, gateway town for Lake Inle
  • Chalet styel rooms with balconies and cane chairs
  • Garden setting and convenient location

Dream Mountain Resort, Kalaw view

  • Pine decor amid the pine forest
  • Garden setting on a hillside overlooking Kalaw Town
  • Friendly staff, great rooms - our fave in Kalaw

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Burma: You will need to get a visa before you travel. E-visas are now available for many countries https://evisa.moip.gov.mm. Alternatively you need to apply at your nearest Burmese Embassy or Consulate. A visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue so we recommend applying for one about 2-3 months before your return date.

Note: You are applying as a foreign independent traveller NOT a package tour group. The hotel for visa purposes is the Asia Plaza Hotel, Rangoon c/o Tour Mandalay (our ground handler). You should not require any other details.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Burma. You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged or in poor condition.

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