Myanmar – The Golden Land Experience
14 days from £1,571* per person Saving you £224 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Yangon
You’ll be greeted at Yangon International airport and taken to your hotel.
Explore the commercial capital of Yangon, with its wide tree-lined avenues, shady green parks and beautiful lakes. See the Sule Pagoda, City Hall, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda with its spectacular reclining Buddha and the Royal Barge on Kandawgyi Royal Lake.
At sunset, visit the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the metropolis.
Day 2 Yangon – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
Fly to Mandalay then drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). This was originally a Shan-Danu village, but in 1896 it became a hill station that served as a retreat from the heat for European civil servants in Mandalay. While you’re here, you’ll visit the colourful market and town centre, then ride by horse-drawn carriage to the National Botanical Gardens to discover the rainforest and swamp walkway.
Day 3 Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay
Onwards to explore Mandalay. In the late afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, famous for its intricate carvings, before being driven to the top of Yankin Hill. Crowned with a quiet monastery, the location offers fantastic views of Mandalay city and the surrounding farmland.
Day 4 Mandalay
See the spectacle of Mandalay’s Railway Market at around 10am, when vendors deftly remove their wares from the train track, returning them once the train has passed.
On to Mahamuni Temple, with its huge bronze Buddha figure covered in thick layers of gold. You’ll also visit a workshop where 24k gold is transformed into fine gold leaves using just a hammer. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the traditional cotton and silk weavers whose ancestors used to weave robes for royalty.
At sunset, visit the picturesque U Bein Bridge, a 1.2 kilometre teak walkway spanning Taungthaman Lake.
Day 5 Mandalay – Sagaing – Monywa
Today you’ll visit Sagaing, a peaceful town on the other side of the Ayeyarwady River, dotted with hundreds of monasteries and nunneries.
Take in the misty view of Sagaing and the rushing river from the top of SunOoPonnayashin Pagoda before continuing by car to Monywa for the night.
Day 6 Monywa
Monywa is a major centre for trade as well as agriculture from the surrounding Chindwin Valley. It’s also a place of Buddhist culture and hosts the Thanboddhay Pagoda and Bodi Tahtaung. While you’re here you’ll visit the atmospheric Hpo Win Daung caves, famous for their wall paintings, plus the caves and temples at Shwe Ba Hill.
Day 7 Monywa – Bagan
You’ll see the Thihoshin Pagoda, a cheroot-making workshop and enjoy a quick stop-off in a typical village, before boarding a private boat down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan for the night.
Day 8 Bagan
Take the day to get to know the archaeological wonder that is Bagan. Prepare yourself for a landscape of Buddhist sculptures and lavishly decorated temples and pagodas, complete with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries.
Your tour includes several neighbouring villages and various religious structures, including Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Gubyaukgyi Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Take a pony cart ride among the temples, before climbing one to watch the sun sink into the distant hills.
Day 9 Bagan
After breakfast, stop briefly at Nyaung Oo Market then proceed to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple and Minanthu village.
In the afternoon, stop at a local lacquerware workshop to watch the artisans at work, then join an evening cruise along the Ayeyarwady River.
Day 10 Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw
Fly to Heho then drive to the small mountain town of Pindaya, an important pilgrimage site where you can admire thousands of Buddha images in the Pindaya Caves. Watch local Shan papermaking in full swing and see the monks at work at an umbrella-making workshop.
Continue to the hill station of Kalaw. Here you’ll see the Tudor-style English mansions, the Bamboo Strips Wish-Fulfilling Pagoda and Thein Taung Pay, a hilltop temple, before checking into your hotel.
Day 11 Kalaw – Inle Lake
Drive through the Shan Hills to Inle Lake, famous for its scenic beauty and the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. You’ll be taken to your hotel by boat then you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the lake by longtail boat, watching the Inthas tend their floating gardens.
Day 11Inle Lake – Indein
Situated on the western shore of the lake, the Indein temple complex is often referred to as a mini Angkor. After a short walk through a bamboo forest, you’ll see the mysterious monuments appear, some covered in climbing vegetation.
In the afternoon, visit the silk-weaving village of Impawkhone, a traditional blacksmith and a cigar-making workshop before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Day 13Inle Lake – Yangon
Head back to Yangon for a taste of life as a local. Start with a ride on the ‘Circular Train’ with all the commuters, before wheeling through the streets on a trishaw. Visit the nearby markets and see the fresh produce piled high and ready to buy. Then stop for sweet tea and traditional Myanmar snacks at a local tea shop.
Day 14Farewell to Myanmar
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Yangon. It’s time to fly home.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included