Meet Burma’s welcoming people and explore its natural and cultural treasures

Rudyard Kipling once described Burma as “quite unlike any land you know about”. A century later, this magnificent country still remains much as it was then and ripe for exploring. Take the family back in time to discover the treasures of this breathtaking corner of Asia. Embark on an adventure along riverways and lakes and be amazed by the extraordinary beauty of its temple complexes and caves. Spend time getting to know the warm, smiling Burmese people and learn some of their cultural traditions. Come home with magical stories of this unspoiled land.

Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Burma (Myanmar)
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 11
Group size
Min 2, Max 16
Carbon offset
649kg pp per trip


  • Soak up Burma’s colonial heritage
  • Take a boat trip down the Yangon River
  • Be amazed by the extraordinary beauty of Bagan’s pagodas
  • Explore thousands of temples by bike
  • Marvel at cave temples filled with Buddha statues
  • Interact with local children at a school in Bagan and with local children in Kalaw
  • Learn some traditional Burmese songs and dances
  • Watch a puppet show
  • See fishermen row using their legs
  • Meet the lake-dwellers who live on floating villages


Arrive in Burma’s major city and perhaps stroll through its quiet streets enjoying the colonial heritage and golden pagoda domes
Set off on a boat journey to fully appreciate the spectacular landscape of the Yangon River. Stop by the village of Twante, renowned for its pottery, and have a go at making pots using techniques unchanged over centuries.
Fly to the mystifying temple complex considered the jewel in Burma’s crown. Overcome the breathtaking enormity of this ancient city by taking a bike ride among Bagan’s staggering number of pagodas and temples. Enjoy the ornate decorations and the well-preserved drawings found across the site.
Visit the temple caves at this monastery to get an insight into local people’s spiritual beliefs. Visit the monastic primary school and have the chance to join in the local children’s lessons. Head for Nyaung U and learn how to make local delicacies including plum jam and pea powder paste (poneyay). After a tour of the handicraft workshops, watch the puppets come to life in a traditional marionette show.
After a flight to Heho, travel on to Kalaw and enjoy a leisurely day admiring the simple beauty of this former colonial hill station. If the views capture the family’s imagination, perhaps set off on a stroll through the picturesque mountain landscape. The following day, allow the children to lead you around the town's marketplace. Learn about the local produce on sale before heading back to school for a round of badminton. The smiles on these kid’s faces are sure to warm your heart, as there is nothing they love more than friendly international visitors.
Having stopped to admire the Buddha statues at the Pindaya Caves, reach Inle Lake. Board one of the traditional narrow flatboats and watch the fishermen’s unusual leg-rowing technique. Marvel at how life in this area is focused around the freshwater lake and meet the locals on who live, and work, in the floating villages.
Return to Yangon and enjoy a guided walking tour of the downtown area. Visit the city centre’s Karaweik Lake and admire the dazzling Karaweik building, a restaurant in the shape of former royal barge, which appears to be sailing in the middle of it. Wonder at the gold-plated splendour of Shwedagon Pagoda and watch the fading sunlight reflect off the ornate exterior as the temple comes alive with candles. A magical end to a breathtaking family holiday to Burma.
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10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Boat, Plane, Private Bus, Tuk-Tuk
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Horse Cart Tour
  • Inle Lake Boat Tour
  • Marrionette Puppet Show
  • Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery
  • Pindaya Caves Visit
  • Pottery Village Tour
  • Shwedagon Temple


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Important notes


Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

Minimum age for children on this trip is 11 years old.

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