Myanmar (Burma) gems and the Golden Triangle
15 days from £1,726* per person Saving you £351 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 – Bagan
Board your plane to 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 Bagan tour includes several neighbouring villages and various religious structures, including Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Gubyaukgyi Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Round off your day with a pony cart ride among the temples, before climbing one to watch the sun sink into the distant hills.
Day 3 Bagan
Today you can choose to float above Bagan’s thousands of temples and stupas on an early morning hot air balloon ride, or take it all in on foot. You’ll 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 4 Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
Fill up at breakfast – you’ve got a busy day ahead on Mt Popa, an extinct volcano and important pilgrimage site. If you’re up for the climb, ascend its slopes, thick with lush vegetation, to reach the complex of monasteries and shrines perched at the top.
In the afternoon it’s back to Bagan to continue your exploration of its archaeological wonders by bike or horse and cart.
Day 5 Bagan – Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. On the way to the city centre, you’ll stop in Paleik, a quaint town that’s home to hundreds of temples and pagodas.
On to Mahamuni Temple in Mandalay, 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 late afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, famous for its intricate carvings, before being driven to the top of Yankin Hill for some fantastic views.
Day 6 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. Then continue into the Sagaing Hills, dotted with pagodas and monasteries.
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 7 Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
Take a 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, visit the colourful market and stroll through the town centre, taking in the Purcell Tower, a gift from the Queen of England.
Day 8 Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay
Continue your discovery of Pyin Oo Lwin with a horse-drawn carriage ride to the National Botanical Gardens. There are 436 acres of garden to explore here – don’t miss the rare species of native orchid, the rainforest trail and swamp walkway.
Day 9 Mandalay – Kyaing Tong
Fly to Kyaing Tong, the capital of the Eastern Shan State. Spend the evening strolling around the lake of Naung Ton and watch the sun set from Lone Tree Hill.
Day 10 Kyaing Tong
Start your day at the local market before leaving by car to visit the surrounding hill tribe villages and discover how the local communities live. Return to your hotel for a leisurely evening.
Day 11 Kyaing Tong
Today you’ll continue your tour of the traditional villages, spending time in a local school, seeing typical houses and visiting ceremonial grounds to learn more about the tribal way of life here. Head back to Kyaing Tong for the night.
Day 12 Kyaing Tong – Heho – Inle Lake
Tour Kyaing Tong’s landmark religious monuments, such as MahaMuni Temple, Wat Phrathadjonkham, and Wat Inn before flying to Heho. Travel by car then by boat to your hotel at Inle Lake, where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the lake by longtail boat, watching the local Intha people tend their floating gardens.
Day 13Inle Lake – Indein
Spend a day exploring Inle Lake by boat. You’ll also have a chance to visit the market and see the hill tribe people coming down to sell their wares.
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 14Inle Lake – Yangon
Today you’ll visit Thale U, a typical lakeshore village. Learn about the traditional agricultural methods used by the villagers to grow their vegetables throughout the year. You’ll be taken back to Yangon for the night, ready for your airport transfer.
Day 14Wave goodbye to Myanmar
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying 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