Experience the beauty and intrigue of Burma

Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you. A visit to Burma is to experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago, full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Burma magic with us.

Start
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Finish
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Countries
Burma (Myanmar)
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
843kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the magnificent temples of Bagan
  • Relax on a riverboat cruise to Mandalay
  • Discover Burma’s ‘Jewel City’
  • Trek through rarely-visited highland villages
  • Delve into the underground at Pindaya
  • Admire Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Paya

Itinerary

Nestled in the shadow of the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Paya is Yangon, a melting pot of Burmese culture and colonialism. Visit this impressive holy site and be dazzled by its riches - both physical and spiritual.
Fly to Bagan and get the first taste of Burma’s crowning glory at sunset. Exploring this phenomenal area - spanning some 42 sq km and comprising of thousands of brick and gold-gilded stupas - is a remarkable experience. While here, perhaps take an optional hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
Set sail on a riverboat cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Soak up the serenity of life on the water and admire local villages and an ever-changing landscape as it rolls by. And, for a really authentic experience, sleep on deck under a canopy of stars.
Meet some friendly locals on an energising morning walk before moseying on down the river. Spot fisherman hauling in their catch on the water’s edge before arriving in Mandalay by late afternoon. Known as Burma’s ‘Jewel City’, join a local guide for a sunset tour of Mandalay Hill. Perhaps take the river express to the sacred site of Mingun, take in a show at Mandalay Marionettes or visit Mahamuni Paya, resplendent in a layer of gold leaf.
Travel via the world’s longest teak bridge to the small town of Kalaw. Relish the temperate climate and stunning scenery of this mountain hideaway that serves as the launch pad for trekking adventures in the region. Rise with the sun and embark on a hike through pine forests to rarely visited alpine villages. Stop to meet and share a cup of tea with locals, who live a very traditional life.
Make tracks through the mountains to Pindaya. Explore the labyrinth of caves here with a local guide, admiring over 8,000 images of Buddha contained inside. Continue onwards to Inle Lake and spend time visiting the floating markets, cycling around the lake and admiring the skills of local ‘leg rowers’.
Leave scenic Shan State behind and travel back to Yangon. Explore more of this surprising city before this Best of Burma trip wraps up over a final group dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Bicycle, Bus, Horse Cart, Longtail boat, Plane, Private vehicle, Songthaew
Accommodation
Hotel (13 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bagan - Orientation walk
  • Bagan - Shwezigon Paya
  • Bagan - Temple bike tour
  • Inle Lake - Boat trip & village tour
  • Inle Lake - Pindaya Caves
  • Inle Lake - Shan Banquet
  • Kalaw - Full day trek
  • Mandalay - Mandalay Hill
  • Mandalay - U Bein Bridge
  • Yangon - City Walking Tour
  • Yangon - Kandawgyi Lake
  • Yangon - Shwedagon Paya

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Important notes

1. Please provide passport details at time of booking with exact name as per passport (including middle name), as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. Separate departures with German speaking leaders are available. Please see trip code TTSMG on our website for more details.

Trip notes

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