Classic Myanmar

Classic Myanmar

  • See Yangon’s 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue 
  • Tour the temples of Bagan 
  • Get panoramic views from the top of Mandalay Hill 
  • Spend a few nights on the shores of Inle Lake

Explore red-brick temples and gleaming pagodas as you travel round this fascinating country.

Kick start your eight night tour of Myanmar in the former capital of Yangon, taking in the city sights on a full day tour. Fly to Bagan for temple exploration and stunning sunrises and sunsets before spending a few nights in vibrant Mandalay. End your trip on the shores of Inle Lake, cruising the waters in a private motorboat and witnessing the unusual ‘one-leg’ rowing technique of the local fishermen.


Day 1 - Arrive into Yangon

Arrive into Yangon

Upon clearing customs and immigration, you'll be by our local guide and will be present with a welcome packet before being transferred into Yangon city centre to check into your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

Accommodation: Best Western Green Hill Hotel

Day 2 - Yangon Sightseeing

Yangon Sightseeing

It's an early start this morning to see the lively activity at Danyingone Market, locally know as the Railway Market. You'll transfer to the outskirts of the city and board the daily circular train. The train ride will last about one and a half hours passing green fields, small wooden houses and some local factories before arriving at the busy Danyingone Market. Here, you'll be greeted by locals, vendors and hawkers selling and buying colourful produce including vegetables, meats, local snacks and flowers. You'll have the chance to walk around the market and discover local foods such as Mohinga, a rice noodle with fish soup, a typical Burmese breakfast. Afterwards, return to the city by car. Your afternoon sightseeing will start at the National Museum where you'll see the eight metre high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king before continuing to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon, which is at its most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight.

Accommodation: Best Western Green Hill Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 - Yangon to Bagan

Yangon to Bagan

Begin the day with an internal flight to Bagan, an ancient city on the Irrawaddy River, with more than 2,000 temples dating back to the 11th century. Spend the day exploring the temples and hearing the fascinating history behind these imposing structures. Also included will be a visit to a lacquerware workshop to learn about the intricate process of lacquerware making and decoration. At the end of the tour enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the ancient pagodas.

Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4 - Bagan Sightseeing

Bagan Sightseeing

After breakfast this morning, you'll explore local life in the unspoiled town of Salay. Visit the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana. Continue to wander around the town and the market and visit Mann Paya, a modern pagoda housing a 6m gold Buddha made of straw lacquer. Next, you'll join a Burmese tea party and visit an extinct temple-topped volcano dedicated to the legendary 'nat' spirits. During the journey from Bagan, stop in the small village of Shwe Hlaing for a Burmese-style tea party hosted by a local family in their home. Try some famous tea leaf salad accompanied by a cup of Burmese tea as you chat and get to know your friendly hosts. Continue to Mount Popa, an extinct sheer-sided volcano that rises out of the plain. Topped by golden stupas, it is a famous pilgrimage site for locals who come to worship at the Nat temples.Relax for a while taking in the breathtaking views across the plains, valleys and distant mountains, before starting the return journey to Bagan.

Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 - Bagan to Mandalay

Bagan to Mandalay

You’re off to Mandalay! A short flight sees you touch down in this ancient royal capital, both a vibrant city and epicentre of Burmese music, dance and drama. Your tour starts with a visit to several Mandalay markets to soak up the atmosphere and interact with the locals. Make your way to the Irrawaddy River just in time to see the local fish market coming to life. Watch the trishaws, motorcycles and small trucks laden with rattan baskets full of silver fish push their way through the crowds. A visit to the colourful and fragrant flower market reveals a myriad of exquisite exotic flowers used as offerings for the pagodas and shrines. The next stop is at the vegetable market to see the locally grown produce, along with a visit to a nearby monastery to hear the entrancing sounds of monks chanting evening prayers. After sunset, head to a local restaurant and beer garden to relax over a glass of chilled Mandalay beer and a delicious BBQ dinner.

Accommodation: Bagan King Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 - Mandalay Sightseeing

Mandalay Sightseeing

Your tour starts this morning with a visit to Amarapura, a former royal capital. Here, you'll visit Mahagandayon Monastery, where in the morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere of U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake, and the highlight of any visit to Amarapura. From Amarapura, turn back to Mandalay itself, stopping first at Mahamuni Paya. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace. Afterwards visit Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill, which was built during the period of King Mindon.

Accommodation: Bagan King Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7 - Explore Inle Lake

Mandalay to Heho and Inle Lake

Board your morning flight to Heho, where you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colourful floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. The lake's shore and islands host 17 villages set up on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and witness the one-of-a-kind skill of the local fishermen who use their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.

Accommodation: Inle Garden Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8 - Inle Lake Sightseeing

Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, take a long-tail boat across the peaceful lake to visit local farms in Kayla Village, a village of farmers, full of beautiful floating gardens. Explore the farm, and learn about the daily lives of the farmers and how they construct the floating islands from plants and water hyacinths. Visit Pauk Par village where the Inthar people live to see the typical houses constructed on wooden stilts in the water. Spend some time with an Inthar family who will generously open their home for you to explore. Sit and chat with them while enjoying local snacks such as tofu crackers, rice crackers and tea leaf salad as starter and a typical Inthar meal as lunch. After saying goodbye to your hosts, return by boat to the jetty.

Accommodation: Inle Garden Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 - Depart Myanmar

Inle Lake - Heho to Yangon and Departure

Have a final breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Heho Airport in time for your internal flight to Yagon Airport. Board your return flight back to the UK (or speak to one of our travel specialists about extending your trip).

INCLUDES : Breakfast


Jan - Apr 2018 10th January 2018 - 30th April 2018

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