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Gaze across Bagan’s iconic shrine-filled landscape
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Temples in Bagan, Burma
Uncover the sights and sounds of beautiful Burma, a country filled with temples, pagodas and shrines, ...

Highlights

... atmospheric cities, and stunning natural wonders. Feel welcomed by the famously friendly Burmese people and discover the hustle and bustle of Yangon, the thousands of temples at Bagan, the tranquil Inle Lake and the gorgeous beaches of Ngwesaung.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover the beauty of Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Gaze across Bagan’s iconic shrine-filled landscape
  • Ascend to the top of Mt Popa’s temple-topped peak
  • Canoe the waters of peaceful Inle Lake
  • Admire the gravity-defying Golden Rock pagoda
  • Kick back and relax on Ngwesaung’s beaches

Holiday Type

Culture
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Off the Beaten Track
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What's included
  • Small Group Journey with maximum group size 16
  • All authentic local experiences mentioned except where specified optional
  • All international & internal flights
  • 16 nights in 4* hotels
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Arrival transfers & all internal transport
Need to know
  • Arrives: Yangon International Airport (RGN)
  • Time difference: GMT+5½
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: Burmese
  • Currency: Kyat (MMK)
  • Flying time from UK: Around 14 hours with stopover
  • Plug type: 2-prong flat or round blade plug
  • Voltage: 230 volts/50 cycles
Your route

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Yangon.

Fly from the UK to Yangon.

Day 2
Yangon

Yangon

Arrive in multicultural Yangon, formerly Rangoon, a melting pot of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and meet the rest of your group at your hotel. To get your bearings, you could wander down to the covered Bogyoke Market and test out your bargaining skills or take a look at the grand architecture of the Strand Hotel. Explore the sights and sounds of the city with your guide, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, a brilliant golden edifice visible from all over Yangon. The colour changes depending on the light – sunset is a lovely time, as the stupa glows warm oranges and reds. 

4* Summit Park View Hotel or similar

Shwedagon Pagoda

Days 3-5
Mandalay

Mandalay

Fly to diverse Mandalay with its pagodas, churches and temples. Head down to the waterfront and catch a boat to Mingun and Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the world’s largest pagoda, or it would be, if it had been completed. Instead it holds the record for the world’s largest pile of bricks. On the subject of world-beaters, you’ll also see the world’s largest unbroken bell and the world’s largest book. Learn more about the ruins of the city of Amarapura and cool down with a trip up to pretty Maymyo hill station, filled with English country houses and Chinese temples.

3.5* Oway Grand Hotel or similar

Days 6-8
Bagan

Bagan

Take the ferry along the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan, a journey that takes 9 hours to cover 36 kilometres – definitely the slow and scenic route. Sail past the traditional fishing villages and see every day life in rural Burma pass by. Once in Bagan, start exploring the 3000 temples that dot the landscape and watch the sun set, a rather magical experience. If you are feeling energetic, climb the 777 steps to the top of Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a shrine at the top. For a truly memorable and romantic way to explore the delights of Bagan, why not take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride (at extra cost, must be booked well in advance).

3.5* Sky Palace Hotel or similar

Ayeyarwaddy River Cruise Mount Popa

Days 9-11
Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Fly on to Inle Lake, a tranquil freshwater lake with plenty of traditional fishing villages and activity going on. Here you can rent a canoe to row to one of the villages and admire the lush floating gardens, many of which are filled with flowers. Look out for the local Intha fishermen who use an ingenious method of rowing that involves holding the oar with one leg, allowing them to stand and row at the same time. Look out for local birdlife too, including egrets, cranes, ducks and storks. Check out the Indein ruins complex with its 8th century stupas, then head off on a full day’s hike between the villages, monasteries and stupas, rounding it off with a local Shan meal for dinner.

3.5* Hupin Khaungdaing Resort or similar

Lake Cruise

Day 12
Kyaiktiyo

Kyaiktiyo

Fly on to Kyaiktiyo where you’ll ascend the 1180 metres to the Golden Rock pagoda. This unique sight consists of a boulder gilded in gold with a small pagoda perched on the top. It looks like it’s in a very precarious position, and legend says it is held by a strand of Buddha’s hair. Many pilgrims come here to attach gold leaf to the boulder, and a glimpse of its gravity-defying position is believed to be enough to inspire anyone to turn to Buddhism. 

4* Mountain Top Hotel or similar

Golden Rock Trek

Day 13
Yangon

Yangon

Leave Kyaiktiyo and stop off at Bago on the way back to Yangon. Bago is an ancient Mon kingdom settlement with various religious monuments to catch your eye. Take a look at the soaring Shwemawdaw Pagoda, otherwise known as the Golden God Temple, which goes nicely with the enormous reclining Buddha (Shwethalyaung Buddha) which is 55 metres long and 16 metres tall, believed to have been created in 994. After all that sightseeing, return to Yangon for the night. 

4* Summit Park View Hotel or similar

Shwemawdaw Pagoda Reclining Buddha Statue

Days 14-16
Ngwesaung

Ngwesaung

Drive west to Bassein to view the colourful hand painted umbrellas and see how they are made before swinging by the beautiful beach at Ngwesaung. This pristine white sweep of sand is your own tropical paradise, with palm trees, turquoise water, sunshine and relaxing time the order of the day. Have a swim, visit the fishing villages and markets, perhaps cycle around the area or take a boat to the off-shore islands (not included). 

4* Sunny Paradise Hotel or similar

Day 17
Yangon

Yangon

Return to Yangon, stopping along the way to visit the Htauk Kyant Commonwealth War Cemetery. Spend your last night in town, perhaps taking some time to shop for some last-minute souvenirs or reminiscing over your adventures with a tasty Burmese meal.

4* Summit Park View Hotel or similar

Htauk Kyant Commonwealth War Cemetery

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