Burma, or Myanmar, is still one of the undiscovered gems of South East Asia.
Long cut off from the outside world, Burma retains an unspoilt, spiritual air about it. Stand on the roof of an ancient ruined temple overlooking the Irrawaddy River in Bagan and visit the bustling Nyaung Oo Market and allow the local women to put tannika on your face to protect you from the sun.
Enjoy a leisurely boat trip along Inle Lake and watch the process of cheroot making in one of the local cottage industries, all will add up to making your visit to Myanmar one of the most fulfilling holidays you have ever experienced.
This is an individual Burma holiday which includes private sightseeing, all transfers and accommodation. Price is based on four-star hotels.
For upgrades, prices for five-star options and information on a Mergui Archipelago beach extension, please speak to one of our Regent Burma Travel Specialists.
Arrive Yangon. Transfer to the Chatrium Hotel (or similar) and check in for two nights. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Yangon. Discover Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda's reclining Buddha, admire the grand colonial buildings and explore Little India and Chinatown. Visit Bogyoke Market and spend time browsing through the many stalls and shops. In the afternoon head to Myanmar's holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda to witness the sunset. Spend the evening at leisure. (B)
Fly to Bagan, once the capital of Myanmar. Visit an elevated temple for panoramic views of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda and also Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi and Htilominlo Temples which house exquisite jataka mural paintings and fine plaster carvings. In the afternoon, visit a traditional lacquer ware workshop and discover the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Enjoy a horse and cart ride through the temples including the Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight in the Hotel @ Tharabar Gate (or similar). (B)
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Explore the colorful Nyaung Oo Market before travelling to Myinkaba village for a short walking tour to the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. Enjoy some free time in the area or return to the hotel to escape the midday heat. This afternoon travel to the rural village of Minnanthu to explore the temples Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya, and head to the riverside pier to board a boat to glide along the Irrawaddy River. Return to the hotel in the evening. (B)
Transfer to Mt. Popa by car and visit the shrine dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats. Continue to Mandalay and check into the Rupar Mandalar Hotel (or similar) for three nights. (B)
Rupar Mandalar Resort
Enjoy a full day tour of Myanmar's cultural capital. Discover Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha and in the afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving. Continue to Mandalay Hill to witness the sunset and enjoy views across the city and the Irrawaddy River. (B)
Discover the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. Cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing Hill which is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. Continue to Ava and visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Ride by horse and cart and catch a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside before travelling back to the city via Amarapura. Visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and Mahagandayon monastery, where a thousand monks reside. Finish the day with a stroll along the 200 year old U Bein Bridge. (B)
Fly to Heho and enjoy a scenic drive to iconic Inle Lake. En-route stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before heading into town. Take a short walk around and visit the market (if it is being held this day), before transferring by boat to the Inle Resort & Spa (or similar). Before arriving at the hotel, take a sightseeing tour of Inle Lake including an opportunity to see the leg-rowing fishermen, the floating gardens and villages of Ywama. In the afternoon visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and a cheroot factory where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. (B)
Inle Resort & Spa
Visit the morning market before transferring to In Dein, an off the beaten track site on the south of the lake. From the market place of a small Pa O tribe village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and discover impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas. The area offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and lake in the far distance. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure - explore the lake further or relax at the hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Yangon. Land and return to the Chatrium Hotel (or similar). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)Option: Extend your stay in Burma by heading to the beautiful beach resort of Ngapali.
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
13 day tour, from £3140 per person
(Single person supplement + £790)
- Return flights in economy class with Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur from London Heathrow
- Domestic flights in Burma
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in four-star hotels with breakfast
- All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees and sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
Porter fees at airports & jetties
Private motorized boat in Inle Lake and sunset cruise in Bagan
Horse cart tours in Bagan & Ava
Water and refreshing towels on touring days
- Tips and gratuities
- Burmese Visa
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