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Then this is the Journey for you. Calling in at the four highlights: Yangon and its dominating Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan’s 2,200 shrines, Mandalay’s monasteries and the traditional villages of Inle Lake, while tacking on various day trips to markets, temples and gardens, you’ll get a real flavour for this colourful country in just 10 days.
Some of the highlights included are:
- See Yangon’s beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda lit up at night
- Watch the sunset over Bagan’s temples from the Shwesandaw Pagoda
- Tour the historic monastery at Amarapura
- Cruise Inle Lake and call in at its pagodas and monasteries
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- Authentic local experiences
- All international & internal flights
- 7 nights in 4* hotels
- Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
- Scott Market
- Mandalay Palace
- Boat ride
- Arrival transfers
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
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Arrive in Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital, and spend the afternoon exploring. Visit the reclining Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and take a relaxing stroll around Kandawgyi Lake. Wander the historic streets, admiring the colonial architecture and pay a visit the Scott Market for a spot of souvenir shopping. You’ll finish your stay on a high with a visit to the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda, the stand-out Yangon highlight, as it lights up the night sky.
4* Chatrium Hotel
Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Botataung Pagoda, Scott Market, Shwedagon Pagoda
Fly to Bagan, known for its picturesque landscape of temples interspersed with trees. It’s a beautiful sight, best viewed from the top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda, where you can watch the sun sink below the horizon. Pick a few temples to explore; they range from simple, crumbling stupas to the better-preserved and more elaborate. Try Ananda, the site’s holiest temple, or Thatbynnyu, the tallest, or perhaps Sulamani Pahto, which is very well preserved.
4* Hotel Tharabar Gate
Board your flight to Mandalay and tour the city sights. Mandalay is a city of world-beaters: view the largest book in the world at Kuthodaw Pagoda and walk across the longest teakwood bridge in the world at U Bein Bridge. You’ll also call in to a gold leaf workshop and watch the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill. The next day, take a day trip to Amarapura, and its monastery, before visiting the former Shan capital of Sagaing.
4* Rupar Mandalar Resort
Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill, Amarapura, Sagaing, Bagaya Kyaung Monastery
Fly on to Inle Lake, hop on board a sampan and cruise the tranquil waters, stopping to view floating gardens and traditional villages as you go. Later, visit the intriguing Nga Pe Kyaung Monastery, otherwise known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. Once, the cats here used to perform for tourists by jumping through hoops, but the practice has thankfully died out, and you are far more likely to spot the cats snoozing or purring around the temple.
4* Pristine Lotus Spa Resort
Boat ride, Phaung Daw oo Pagoda, Nga Pe Kyaung Monastery