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What’s included

  • Burmese cycling tour leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Good standard hotel in Yangon, twin share B&B basis
  • Comfortable hotels outside of Yangon with all meals included
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Bicycle hire
  • Support vehicle

Cultural Cycling Tour of Burma

Cycling Tours

Burma (Myanmar) | Cycling Tours

Cultural Cycling Tour of Burma
Moderate

Our range of cycling tours are graded from gentle to strenuous. Full details can be found in the detailed PDF Holiday Itinerary.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 9 days
Walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £3,620,
Land only from £2,945

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All the sights, sounds and smells of the golden land – on two wheels.

Highlights

  • Explore the many temples in Bagan by bike – the best way to see this sprawling complex
  • Visit Inle Lake on foot and by bike
  • Cycle through the remote Shan villages of Hsipaw
  • Take the train ride along the Gokteik viaduct
  • Cycle around the colonial hill station of Kalaw

Reviews          

Well thought out itinerary - good variety. Excellent local guide, the quality of the guide is crucial to the success of these group holidays. Small group size. Good hotels (much needed after a day cycling!).
Dr & Dr H, London

Very active trip, never a dull moment.
Mr & Mrs W, Gloucestershire

I can't imagine anything nicer than cycling around the plains of Bagan, exploring little-visited temples.
Linda Denniff, Operations and Reservations Assistant

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There are few better ways to see Burma than on two wheels. We will experience this remarkable country as we cycle along remote country lanes and deserted back roads. This is a diverse trip with the perfect combination of cycling, cultural sites and village life, designed to be enjoyed by all levels of cyclists at a comfortable pace.

Our cycling tour begins and ends in Burma’s former capital Yangon, here we enjoy visits to impressive sites including Sule Paya Stupa and Shwedagon Pagoda. Our journey continues on to discover the main cultural centres of this fascinating country. By bike we explore Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, the beautiful attractions of Mandalay and the iconic Inle Lake, as well as venturing further afield to the old British hill stations of Kalaw and Pyin Oo Lwin and to the remote Shan village of Hsipaw.

This is a diverse trip with the perfect combination of cycling, temples and village life, designed to be enjoyed by all levels of cyclists at a comfortable pace - it’s not a race!


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 9 days
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 1,320m/4,330ft. cycling in Kalaw, day 7

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels, Guesthouses

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Yangon (Rangoon) and full board elsewhere. Lunches and dinners, where included, will be taken in a mixture of local restaurants and your overnight hotels.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Yangon. Afternoon city tour.
3-4
Fly to Bagan. Explore temple complex by bike.
5-6
Fly to Heho and drive to Aungban. Cycle to Inle Lake via Inn Thein. Boat ride on Inle Lake.
7-8
Cycle to Kalaw and explore the local area.
9
Fly to Mandalay. Cycle to Ava and U Bein Bridge.
10
Cycle to Mingun, Sagaing and on to Mandalay.
11-12
Cycle tour of Pyin Oo Lwin. Train ride across Gokteik Viaduct. Drive To Hsipaw.
13-14
Cycling and boat trip around Hsipaw. Transfer to Lashio and fly to Yangon.
15-17
Walking tour of Yangon. Transfer to airport. Fly back to London.
Leader: Local Cycling Leader Burma
Local Cycling Leader Burma

These departures will be escorted throughout by an English speaking Burmese guide. Your guide will accompany you throughout the tour. Our local leaders are licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular ‘top-up’ training.In addition to speaking English, many guides will speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups encountered in rural areas, once more adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Yangon.

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Yangon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Yangon. Afternoon city tour.

    Upon arrival at Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. There will be an afternoon visit to some of Yangon's highlights starting from the colonial-style city centre and the landmark Sule Paya stupa - built over 2,000 years ago. From the nucleus of the city you travel to the top and visit one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city's skyline on Singuttara hill. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. You will then explore some hidden market streets, monastic compounds and artisan stores before returning to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  3. Day 3 - Flight to Bagan. Explore temple complex by bike - 20-25 km.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Yangon airport for your flight to Nyaung U (Bagan). You will then begin your cycling journey into the ancient kingdoms of Bagan. This is leisurely and relaxed paced cycling, exploring some of the back roads and tracks and making stops at various temples. The terrain is mostly flat and unpaved. One of the sites that you can visit today is the gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan's best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha's Jataka re-incarnations. Next you will have the opportunity to learn how Bagan's famous lacquerware crafts are produced in Myingaba Village before continuing on to visit Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day's temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. You end the day with magnificent sunset views from a temple terrace as the as the sun dips behind the temple ruins.

    Bagan
    Whilst there are conflicting accounts of the number of temples located across the 16 square miles (41 square kilometres) of Bagan (varying from 1,800 to 4,000) the importance and splendour of this archaeological site is indisputable. The majority of monuments that you see today date from between the 11th and 13th Centuries, when Bagan was the capital of the first Burmese Empire. Although with a cursory glance it may appear that one architectural form dominates, there is actually a fascinating variety, from giant monolithic structures to small stupas standing not much taller than a human and with interiors filled with statues or with walls adorned in beautiful paintings. The original settlement in Bagan was famously 'cleared' by the government during the late 1980s/early 1990s. Villagers were forced to relocate to 'New Bagan.' Today, therefore, apart from temples 'Old Bagan' is primarily the site of a few hotels, tourist restaurants and the grandiose (if somewhat out of place) archaeological museum. The other main settlement in this area is the river port of Nyaung U.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Thazin Garden Hotel or Similar, Bagan
  4. Day 4 - Further exploration of Bagan.

    This morning there is the option of taking a balloon ride over Bagan. Please contact our office for more details.
    Bagan is an amazing area with so much to see that it is just too much for one day, which is why you will also spend today exploring this magical site by bike. This allows you to go further afield and visit the sites that people can't reach by bus and is too far away for walkers to visit. This should allow you to really get a feel for Bagan and allow a glimpse back to a bygone era with horse and carts and oxen working in the fields.

    Your guide will tailor the length of the ride depending on the sites you visit and the length of time spent exploring these majestic structures. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel and maybe take a dip in the inviting pool before another delicious dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Thazin Garden Hotel or Similar, Bagan
  5. Day 5 - Fly to Heho and drive to Aungban. Cycle to Inle Lake, visit Inn Thein - 50-60 km.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for a short 30 minute flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. A half hour's drive takes us from Heho to Aungban, a small but busy town on the main Southern Shan State highway. It is from here that we start today's cycling to Inle Lake. You set off on your bike through sparsely populated farmland passing by the the small villages of Danu, Pa-O and Taung Yo where the locals make their living mostly from agriculture. For the first couple of miles there will be pine groves on both sides of the road providing substantial shade. Later this landscape will give way to seasonal cabbage and potato, sesame and mustard fields.

    We will tackle a few rather steep hills before making a lunch stop at a restaurant located on top of a hill overlooking the picturesque mountain valley dotted with fields and pine groves.

    Please keep in mind that roads in the Burmese countryside are constantly being improved as economic development slowly comes to the region. Roughly the first half of the road that we are taking today is covered with asphalt, while the other half is still a dirt track with some ranges of soft sand and gravel.

    The last stretch of today's journey will be mostly downhill with just few relatively easy climbs as you slowly approach the valley where Inle Lake is situated and enjoy views of picturesque paddy fields and the Shan mountains beyond. In the early afternoon you reach the foot of the hills and enter the village of Inn Thein; a place that will make you feel as if though you've stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the Inn Thein archeological site you walk through verdant bamboo groves that open onto a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago - truly an amazing sight and a highlight of the area. It's a great place to take a well-earned break under a shady tree surrounded by bamboo forest and ancient pagodas.

    You end the day by cycling to your hotel along the quiet road that runs along the western bank of Inle Lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pristine Lotus Resort (Floating Cottage rooms) or Similar, Inle Lake
  6. Day 6 - Explore Inle Lake by boat.

    After breakfast you will embark on full day's exploration of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and bamboo poles. One of the most iconic, and photogenic sights, is that of the Intha fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inthar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake. You will also visit Ywama village in the morning, known for its silver smith traditions and Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home of some of the country's most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers.

    Lunch will be taken in a traditional Inthar house on the lake where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and savour some of the classic home cooked dishes of the lake people - an unforgettable experience.

    The rest of the day is for exploring the lake. You will learn how the floating islands are shaped and tended, stop at Inn Phaw Khone village to learn how local handmade silks, linens and lotus fabrics are crafted and, at Nampan village, local craftsmen will demonstrate how Burmese cigars, or "cheroots," are traditionally packed and rolled. If time permits you can visit the Burmese cats at Inn Thar Heritage House.

    You end your day with a magnificent sunset canoe ride navigated by boatmen who gracefully row whilst balanced on one leg.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pristine Lotus Resort (Floating Cottage rooms) or Similar, Inle Lake
  7. Day 7 - Cycle to Kalaw - 20-25 km.

    This morning you will be transferred to Shwe Nyaung railway station where you board a train for the scenic three hour ride to Aung Ban. En route you pass lush paddy fields and small villages as the train gradually climbs 400m/1,312ft up to the cooler Shan plateau, known for its fertile land. From Aung Ban you will cycle across the rolling landscape and farming regions to the former colonial British hill station of Kalaw, with Danu, Palaung and Pa-O minority populations. Kalaw is situated in a protected valley at altitude of 1320m / 4,330ft. For those who fancy more of a physical challenge there is the option to ride the full 80km from Inle Lake to Kalaw. This includes a strenuous climb to the Shan plateau from the Inle Lake valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Hill Resort or Similar, Kalaw
  8. Day 8 - Cycling around Kalaw - 20-30 km.

    After breakfast you ride to Kalaw morning market where ethnic minority groups gather for trading. You will join in the ubiquitous tea culture of the Burmese people at a local tea shop and sample freshly cooked local snacks before heading out of Kalaw town to Myin Ma Hti limestone cave, which houses various holy shrines and Buddha images.

    From here you will cycle to visit some local villages near Kalaw. If you wish to take a break from cycling another alternative is to take a forest hike and climb up to a view point on top of the mountain and enjoy a drink at a Nepalese family's café before you descend down to a reservoir lake through the forest covered path.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Hill Resort or Similar, Kalaw
  9. Day 9 - Fly to Mandalay. Cycle to Ava and U Bein Bridge - 50-60 km.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will transfer to Heho airport for the one hour flight to Mandalay. You will cycle straight from the airport to the ancient kingdom of Innwa (Ava) this is a beautiful ride passing local villages and old temple sites. Inside the city walls you will make stops at Nan Myint watch tower, and a 300 year old teak wood monastery.

    You will take a lunch break in Innwa and then cross Myint Nge river by ferry and cycle to Amarapura, site of the last kingdom before king Mindon moved the capital to Mandalay. From here you will continue on to visit the U Bein Bridge. In 1851, at the time when Amarapura was still the royal capital, U Bein Teak Bridge was built. Stretching some 1,200m/3,900ft across Taungthaman Lake this impressive structure is the world's longest teak bridge, supported by over 1,000 separate wooden posts. You will spend some time here enjoying the sunset, with the option to walk out to the centre of the bridge and perhaps enjoy some refreshments at a tea stall. You will then be transferred back to your hotel for your evening meal.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ayeyarwaddy River View or Similar, Mandalay
  10. Day 10 - Cycle to Mingun - Sagaing - Mandalay – 35 km.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will ride your bikes through Mandalay to the river jetty and embark on a one hour boat journey across the Ayeyarwaddy River to the rural village of Mingun. The scenery along the Ayeyarwaddy is timeless - oxen working the fields, water buffalo wallowing in the mud, golden pagoda spires, fishermen, villagers bathing in the river and of course, every type of boat and river craft imaginable

    Alighting from the boat you will pay a visit to the 50m/165ft high, brick built Mingun Paya, dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s. This giant, unfinished pagoda would ultimately have become the world's largest had its instigator, King Bodawpaya, not died before completion. Another attraction is Mingun's bronze bell, believed to be largest un-cracked one in the world.

    Your bike ride follows a paved road with light traffic traveling through friendly villages over rolling hills until reaching the site of Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing. From the Sagaing Hills, you will enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas and transfer back to Mandalay for sightseeing. You will visit the snake pagoda, Mahamuni Buddha's temple and Shwe Kyaung royal palace building.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ayeyarwaddy River View or Similar, Mandalay
  11. Day 11 - Explore Pyin Oo Lwin - 20 km.

    After breakfast, you will be driven to the former colonial hill station, Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo) approximately 65km/1.5hrs from Mandalay. The tranquil beauty of the town captured the minds of the British administration, who developed it after defeating the last king of Myanmar. Burmese know the town for the flowers, fruits and vegetables that grow so well in its cooler climes.

    Today your ride will start with a visit to some of the main colonial buildings of Pyin Oo Lwin before making your way to the lovely Kandawagyi gardens where there will be time to explore this large park and mingle with the monks and nuns who also enjoy visiting the famed gardens. You will then have a picnic out on the grass overlooking the lake and watch Burmese life go by.

    In the afternoon you will hop back onto your bikes and head out into the surrounding farming communities where you will get off the road and ride along wide farm tracks, alongside the paddy fields and small villages. There will be plenty of time to stop and take pictures and to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kandawgyi Hill Lodge or Similar, Pyin Oo Lwin
  12. Day 12 - Train ride across Gokteik Viaduct. Drive To Hsipaw.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Naungcho and board a local train for the journey to Naungpeing Village. The view from the train is fascinating and the scenery is beautiful, passing through rural countryside with close-up views of small villages, hill top pagodas and people working in the fields. You may make a stop along the way, offering a chance to stretch your legs and witness the lively exchanges between train passengers and sellers hawking their wares, which vary from rice and noodle dishes, to snacks of hard boiled quail's eggs and even local herbal remedies. Before too long the train slows and the dramatic Gokteik Railway Viaduct comes into view. In 1901 when the Pennsylvania Steel Company built the viaduct it was the second highest bridge in the world, spanning a deep gorge 102m/335ft to the river below. The train slows right down to make the 690m/2,264ft crossing, giving you plenty of time to capture some spectacular photos and enjoy the creaking of the girders beneath!

    Shortly after crossing the bridge you will alight from the train and join your driver again and drive two hours further on to sleepy Hsipaw Town, the heart of one of Myanmar's oldest Shan kingdoms. You are now some way off the tourist path so there are few tourist services here. You will therefore likely take lunch in one of the popular roadside tea houses serving local travellers - a chance to sample delicious local cuisine. You may also stop at a cottage industry workshop before reaching Hsipaw in the afternoon. Hsipaw is an attractive town set beside the wide Dohtawaddy River and backed by rolling hills. It was once a royal Shan city. Remnants of its past still remain and parts of the town still very much retain a village like atmosphere.

    When you get into Hsipaw you may have time for some sightseeing around town. You may be able to visit the old Shan Royal Palace, a quirky palace/villa built in 1924 in colonial style with gardens, swimming pool and tennis court, but all now sadly run down and neglected as the fortunes of the local Shan Royalty have waned under the recent governments. The current custodians of the palace are the nephew and niece of the last Shan prince who was arrested and disappeared in police custody back in 1962.

    Leaving the palace you walk back to visit Myauk Myo, Hsipaws oldest section. Firstly you will arrive at Sao Pu Sao Nai a shrine dedicated to the guardian 'nat' of Hsipaw. You then walk through, passing two lovely old teak monasteries and an area of crumbling shrines nicknamed 'Little Bagan'. One of these shrines at Eissa Paya has a tree growing very picturesquely through it. You walk back, possibly stopping off for a fruit juice at a little local café and perhaps seeing herds of local cattle being driven back home through the streets for the night and then cross the railway line and walk back to your accommodation, Mr Charles Guesthouse. This is a Hsipaw institution and a lovely, friendly lodge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mr Charles Guesthouse or Similar, Hsipaw
  13. Day 13 - Cycling and sightseeing around Hsipaw – 19 km.

    Today you have an optional visit to the Candlelit Market. For this you need to be up by about 4 o'clock to catch the market at its busiest - it starts at about 2am and closes by 6.30 am! It takes around 10 minutes to cycle to the market, you can arrange with the guesthouse to have one of their bikes available for you this morning. Nowadays some people still use candles, or lanterns, but there are also some stalls lit by electric light. There is an amazing variety of goods for sale. Shan and other tribal people come down from the hills to do their shopping, but mostly you will see people on motorbikes who load up with everything from fresh fish or meat to flowers and vegetables to take up to sell in the villages. These heavily loaded motorbikes are quite a sight with produce hanging from every possible projection. You can return to your guesthouse and a welcome couple of hours more sleep before you get up again for breakfast.

    Today is your last day of cycling and you will spend it exploring the remote town of Hsipaw and the surrounding area. You will start off cycling through the town to the farmers' villages enjoying the panoramic scenery of paddy fields, seasonal crops, mountains, and rivers. Along the way you will experience the traditional lifestyle of Shan villages by visiting houses where women weave, roll cheroots and produce fans and bamboo baskets.

    You will take a break from your bike near the multi-denominational cemeteries and walk up the hill to the Nam Tok waterfall where you can have a relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters. You will then stroll back down to your bikes before continuing on to the Tomb of Sir Sao Chae. (Great Uncle of the last Shan Prince who ruled the province in the past) From here you will continue cycling to the small village of Nauk Gad where you will have lunch before making your way to your accommodation for the night, Mr Charles Riverside Lodge. This is a lovely little lodge and you will have the rest of the afternoon to either explore the local area independently by bike or to relax down by the riverside.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mr Charles Riverside Lodge or Similar, Nauk Gad Village Nr Hsipaw
  14. Day 14 - Boat trip from Hsipaw (time permitting). Transfer to Lashio and fly to Yangon.

    Depending on your flight time from Lashio there may be chance to take a boat trip along the river from Hsipaw to a Shan village and on to a picturesque set of water pools where you can have a dip in the water before transferring on to Lashio for your flight to Yangon.

    Upon arrival at Yangon you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxing and your own exploration of this fascinating city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  15. Day 15 - YANGON WALKING TOUR

    Today you will be taken on a walking tour of Yangon which starts with a short train ride on the circular line around Yangon. This is a great way to experience day to day life in Yangon and after a few stops you will hop off and visit to the quaint Yangon old quarter, built during the British colonial era where many charming historical buildings are still located. During your stroll through bustling market streets full of merchants and food stalls, you visit a local pharmacy and learn about Myanmar traditional medicine, stop for tea and snack in the fashion of locals, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Yangon.

    You continue with a visit to one of Asia's architectural landmarks, the elegant Strand hotel built by the Sarkies brothers. Inside, you will visit the River Art Gallery, where the works of some of the most famous and skilled Burmese artists are on display, fitting of the grand surroundings.

    Tonight will be your last night in Burma and a great opportunity to relive your fantastic cycling holiday through this truly amazing country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  16. Day 16 - Transfer to Yangon airport for flight to UK.

    Today you will be free to relax before you are transferred to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  17. Day 17 - Fly Yangon to London.

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What’s included

  • Burmese cycling tour leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Good standard hotel in Yangon, twin share B&B basis
  • Comfortable hotels outside of Yangon with all meals included
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Bicycle hire
  • Support vehicle

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  • Tips
  • Visa for Burma
  • Lunch and Evening meals in Yangon


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Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Excellent local Burmese guide          

Well thought out itinerary - good variety. Excellent local guide, the quality of the guide is crucial to the success of these group holidays. Small group size. Good hotels (much needed after a day cycling!).

Cycling tour of Burma          

Very active trip, never a dull moment.

Perfect country for cycling          

I have been lucky enough to ride my bike in many different countries around the world and I truly struggle to think of a country more suited to exploring by bike than Burma. The rolling landscape and the traffic free back roads and farming tracks all help to make this an amazing way to see this incredible country.

Can't imagine anything nicer          

I can't imagine anything nicer than cycling around the plains of Bagan, exploring little-visited temples.


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of the beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Visit the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

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We are delighted to offer an exciting new extension in Burma to visit Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State lying south east of Yangon. Hpa-An is a charming town set on the banks of the mighty Salween River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises in Tibet and flows down to the Andaman Sea. This is an incredibly beautiful region of green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts.

As an additional attraction on this exciting extension you will stay at a charming recently opened boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation and is already receiving glowing reports from all who visit it.

We offer two versions of this extension, with one including a visit to the Golden Rock in Kin Pun.


Ngapali Beach Extension
  • Relax in style at a Ngapali beach resort, perfect to add on to your Burma trek or tour
  • Choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury
  • Spa treatments are available

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Ngapali Beach, with its pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise water, is the best in the country and a perfect way to end your holiday in Burma.


Balloons over Bagan - extension
  • Spectacular sunrise views over the temples of Bagan
  • Excursion lasts 2.5 – 3 hours, with an hour-long balloon flight and refreshments afterwards
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March.

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Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunsets and sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments but a balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan from a bird’s-eye view.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension
  • Walk 4km to reach the top of Golden Rock, for an unforgettable sunrise or sunset
  • Three day extension visting pagodas and giant buddha's as well as the Golden Rock
  • Available to add to your Burma holiday between October and May

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Extend your stay in Burma with a visit to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Perched on the edge of a ledge at a height of 1,100m, the precariously positioned gold-plated boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda.

During your three-day extension, you’ll also visit pagodas, stop off at the Allied War Graves Cemetery at Htauk Kyan, see reclining Buddhas and drop in at local villages before returning to Rangoon for your final night in what will have been a memorable trip to Burma.


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