Family - Breathtaking Burma Itinerary

Experience the Asia of old on a family adventure that captures the spirit of Burma. Meet its friendly people and explore Bagan’s ancient temples, perfectly preserved after years of isolation.

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      USD $2,995
      CAD $3,060
      AUD $3,180
      EUR €2,195
      GBP £1,895
      NZD $3,770
      ZAR R28,945
      CHF FR2,725
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Burma Teenage Adventure.
Young girl sitting at Bagan

Burmese monk

Three Burmese fishermen. Photograph by David Lazar.

Burmese children

Bagan Temples Burma

Day 1 Yangon

Arrive in Burma’s major city and perhaps stroll through its quiet streets enjoying the colonial heritage and golden pagoda domes

Day 2 Yangon

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.
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Day 3 Bagan

Fly to the mystifying temple complex considered the jewel in Burma’s crown. Overcome the breathtaking enormity of this ancient city by taking a pony and cart ride to explore Bagan’s staggering number of pagodas and temples. Enjoy the ornate decorations and the well-preserved drawings found across the site.
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Day 4 Bagan

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.
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Days 5-6 Kalaw

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, visit a local school and 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.
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Days 7-9 Inle Lake

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.
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Days 10-11 Yangon

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.