THE BEST OF BURMA – 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS


Discover the enchantment of Myanmar – still often called Burma – with this tour program designed to make you discover the landmarks of the country. You will walk through the streets of Rangoon with its outdated colonial architecture and admire the hundreds of Buddhist stupas in Bagan. You will observe rowing boats with a leg in Inle Lake and cross the U-Bein Bridge. You will also discover the historical cities of Amarapura and Mandalay, and explore the pretty botanical gardens of Pyin Oo Lwin. Your trip will end with a few days of beach in Ngapali, on the Bay of Bengal.

 

PATH:

Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Ngapali

 

HIGHLIGHT

  • The excitement of Rangoon, the most lively city in the country, and its main monuments
  • The spectacular view of the panorama gilded by thousands of temples, in Bagan
  • Cruising along remote villages on the Irrawaddy River, with its fluctuating landscapes
  • The main attractions of the royal Mandalay
  • Walking on the U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura, one of the most photogenic Southeast Asian destinations
  • The cool climate of the picturesque British colonial resort of Pyin Oo Lwin
  • The famous rowers with one leg and the spectacular scenery of Inle Lake
  • The most renowned relaxing beaches of the country, in Ngapali, ideal for escape

 

BENEFITS INCLUDED

  • Carefully selected accommodation, including breakfast.
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

 

Itineraries

 

Day 1: Rangoon

 

Arrival in the Rangoon where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will rest there or take a walk in the neighboring streets to start to know this historic city.

 

Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda is where houses one of Burma's most important and revered reclining Buddhas.
Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda is where houses one of Burma’s most important and revered reclining Buddhas.

 

Day 2: Rangoon (breakfast, lunch)

 

Although Rangoon is no longer the official capital of the country, it remains one of its most dynamic and lively metropolises. You will explore many cultural and historical sites that are at the heart of its constant turmoil. Admire the colossal lying Buddha from Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and take a stroll through Kandawgyi Lake Park. From Botataung Pagoda, you will walk through old streets lined with colonial buildings and try to make a deal at the Scott Market. In the evening, you will walk around the beautifully illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important Buddhist site in the country.

 

Day 3: Rangoon – Bagan (breakfast, lunch)

 

You will make a short flight by plane in the morning, direction Bagan and its ocean of temples and stupas. This ancient city, now an important archaeological site, once counted more than 10,000 temples, pagodas and Buddhist monasteries. With the ravages of time, only 2,200 of its buildings have survived, and you will visit some of them this afternoon. Watch the sunset over this wonderful landscape from the top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda!

 

Day 4: Bagan (breakfast, lunch)

 

The ancient city of Bagan was once one of the greatest cities in Myanmar
The ancient city of Bagan was once one of the greatest cities in Myanmar

 

In the morning cool, you will take a quick drive to a pier to sail to the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. It is perched on a hill on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River, and is said to contain a dental relic of Buddha given by a Sri Lankan king! Continue the tour with the Manuha temple, a small square building that is steeped in legends and then you will reach the village of Myinkaba. Visit its antique pagoda decorated with well preserved paintings, and also enter a local craft store, where expert hands make lacquered objects.

 

Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay (breakfast, lunch)

 

You will take a river cruise to Mandalay aboard a boat, from where you will watch the Burmese countryside scroll. The slow pace of this trip will be an opportunity to observe a traditional way of life that has changed little over time. You will relax by following the quiet river movement and arrive at your destination later in the afternoon.

 

Day 6: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagain – Inwa (breakfast, lunch)

 

Mandalay is the last of the royal cities, and its periphery is dotted with other smaller capitals. You will visit Amarapura in the morning, with its monastery still in function dating from 1783, then walk on U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wood in the world. Then you will travel to Sagaing, an ancient Shan capital of the 14th century with many impressive stupas scattered on its hill. You will also go to Inwa to see his “leaning tower of Ava” and the elegant monastery Bagaya Kyaung, also teak.

 

The colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin is a fantastic destination
The colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin is a fantastic destination

 

Day 7: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (breakfast, lunch)

 

You will be driven for about an hour to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former mountain colonial resort previously named Maymyo, in honor of the British general who founded it. It is renowned for its beautiful botanical gardens, built by Turkish prisoners during the First World War. Do not miss the Purcell Tower, the morning vegetable market or the Naung Kan Gyi Paya Pagoda. It is located at the top of a hill from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city. After this day spent in the picturesque Pyin Oo Lwin, you will take the direction of Mandalay in order to arrive there in the late afternoon.

 

Day 8: Mandalay – Inle Lake (breakfast, lunch)

 

You will fly to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake, and take the road for about an hour before reaching it. There you will go on a boat trip and admire a unique way to row with one leg. You will pass through many floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables, sources of income for the locals. In the afternoon, you will relax by the water or take a walk to discover the lakeside life by yourself, keeping an eye on the many species of native waterfowl.

 

Inle Lake is made up of a vast serene lake filled with stilt houses, swampy marshes
Inle Lake is made up of a vast serene lake filled with stilt houses, swampy marshes

 

Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein (breakfast, lunch)

 

You will sail in a small boat to reach Indein, a village nestled on the shores of the lake. It is famous for its stunning jungle of 16th century stupas as well as for its craftsmen. You will see it in full work, building wooden boats or creating images of Buddha from dried flower powder. You can also watch Burmese cigar rollers!

Day 10: Inle Lake – Ngapali (breakfast)

 

You will return to Heho to take a direct flight to Ngapali. You will reach this peaceful seaside town of the Bay of Bengal after a short drive from the airport. On site, you will do as much or as little as you want during the whole stay.

 

Ngapali beach on the Bay of Bengal along Myanmar's coastline is a still unspoiled destination for tourists
Ngapali beach on the Bay of Bengal along Myanmar’s coastline is a still unspoiled destination for tourists

 

Day 11: Ngapali (breakfast)

Relax on the beach or rent a bike to visit the surrounding villages and discover their ancient traditions that are perpetuated.

Day 12: Ngapali (breakfast)

Prepare a picnic lunch and rent a boat to one of the islands scattered offshore. You can practice scuba diving or snorkelling in ideal conditions, or venture into the countryside and meet the locals.

 

 Ngapali Beach is the most beautiful beach among the beaches in Myanmar
Ngapali Beach is the most beautiful beach among the beaches in Myanmar

 

Day 13: Ngapali (breakfast)

You will enjoy your last hours on the Gulf of Bengal to sunbathe or swing in a hammock under a tree.

 

Day 14: Ngapali – Rangoon – Departure (breakfast)

You will bid farewell to Myanmar after a flight to Rangoon, taking the next flight.



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