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What’s included

  • English-speaking leader in Burma and in Bhutan
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Economy class flights with Druk Air
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • Bhutan visa
  • All domestic flights and all hotel/airport transfers
  • 4 star in Yangon, on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • 4 star hotels in Bangkok, on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • Good quality hotel accommodation elsewhere in Burma and throughout Bhutan on full board, twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified and all associated entrance fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Optional pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Dragon Kingdoms of Burma & Bhutan

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar) | Walking & Trekking

Dragon Kingdoms of Burma & Bhutan
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  19 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (Mar 17) 8 days (Oct & Nov 17)

Flight inclusive from £4,570,
Land only from £3,895

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An easy walking and sightseeing holiday to two of the world’s most remarkable Buddhist kingdoms.

Highlights

  • Visit Burma’s four major cultural centres: Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake
  • Enjoy a delightful full day cruise along the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Walk to view the celebrated Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan
  • Stay in good quality hotel accommodation throughout

Reviews          

The standard of arrangements and guiding I could not fault - we are looking to do another trip with you on the back of what we have experienced and will recommend you to friends.
Dr & Mrs G, Denbighshire

Both leaders in Burma and Bhutan were excellent. In Burma in particular, the support of a good local guide was essential especially with visits to the various markets and workshops. In Bhutan, Temsing even arranged an archery morning for us which proved to be quite competitive!
Mr E, Wiltshire

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Burma and Bhutan offer amazing contrasts in culture, landscapes and history. From the busy port of Yangon (Rangoon) we take a one-week tour of Burma’s key sights including the cultural centre of the country, Mandalay, the temple-filled plains of Bagan, and the delightful floating villages and gardens of Inle Lake. Golden spired temples, lively markets and the broad smiles of the people are just some of the memories we’ll take away.

Flying in from Bangkok, Bhutan’s refreshing cool mountain air and altogether slower pace of life will make an immediate impression. The monasteries and temples here are not as opulent as those in Burma but are no less impressive, with their delicate architecture and often imposing settings. Over five days we’ll visit Paro, Taksang Monastery (the stunning Tiger’s Nest), the capital, Thimphu, and the beautiful Punakha valley. Two countries - one fantastic holiday.

On our March departure we attend the Paro festival, one of Bhutan’s most significant and popular festivals at which the highlight is the unfurling of a giant the silk thangka (religious painting) at daybreak – so large it covers the face of an entire building.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  19 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (Mar 17) 8 days (Oct & Nov 17)

Max. Altitude: 3,140m/10,302ft (Dochu la road pass)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

March 2017 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

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

Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

Our holidays in Bhutan are led by fully qualified English-speaking guides. Mountain Kingdoms have been taking visitors to Bhutan since 1986, and our guides are some of the best in the Kingdom. They speak fluent English, as this is taught in all Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan maintains that a Bhutanese trek or tour leaders must pass their guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Our guides receive regular ‘top- up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course organised by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.

Leader: Local leader, Burma
Local leader, Burma

Your trip will be escorted throughout by an English speaking Burmese guide. Our Guides are all licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular ‘top-up’ training. In addition to English, many guides will speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups you will encounter in rural areas – further adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


DayActivity
1-3
Fly to Rangoon (Yangon) sunset visit to Shwedagon Pagoda and city tour.
4-5
Fly to Bagan. Explore on foot. This 41km2 plain contains thousands of temples built when Bagan was the capital of the Burmese capital. Take a walking and sightseeing tour around a selection of the temples.
6
Full day cruise on Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay, Burma's second largest city, home to over 700 pagodas, a number of temples and monasteries and a wealth of crafts including wood and marble carving, weaving and gold leaf.
7-8
Drive to Amarapura. Visit U Bein’s Bridge and the Saigang Hills. Sightseeing tour of Mandalay, including the ‘world’s largest book’. Fly to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake.
9-10
Time around Inle Lake including walks to Thalee Oo village. Sightseeing around Inle Lake, including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the ‘five day market’. The people here live in houses built on stilts, and have floating gardens.
11-12
Fly to Bangkok via Yangon. Fly to Paro (Bhutan).
13
Walk to Wangditse Monastery. Sightseeing including the late king’s memorial chorten and the school of painting.
14
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu. Drive to Punakha via the Dochu La Pass, 3,140m/10,302ft. On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya. Visit the temple of the ‘divine madman’ Drukpa Kunley.
15-16
Walk in the Punakha valley and visit the Dzong. Return to Paro. Walk up to the famous Tiger's Nest, Taksang Monastery, perched high up on a cliff overlooking the valley.
17-19
Fly to Bangkok; day sightseeing in city including a cruise along the city’s Klongs (canals) in a traditional long-tail boat. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please note that the itinerary varies by departure, please download the pdf itinerary for details.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Wed 11 Oct - Sun 29 Oct 2017Available£3895 Book£4570 Book
Wed 8 Nov - Sun 26 Nov 2017Guaranteed£3895 Book£4645 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £745
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £119
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • English-speaking leader in Burma and in Bhutan
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Economy class flights with Druk Air
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • Bhutan visa
  • All domestic flights and all hotel/airport transfers
  • 4 star in Yangon, on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • 4 star hotels in Bangkok, on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • Good quality hotel accommodation elsewhere in Burma and throughout Bhutan on full board, twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified and all associated entrance fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Optional pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Burma
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon & Bangkok
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Highly recommend          

The standard of arrangements and guiding I could not fault - we are looking to do another trip with you on the back of what we have experienced and will recommend you to friends.

Excellent trip leaders          

Both leaders in Burma and Bhutan were excellent. In Burma in particular, the support of a good local guide was essential especially with visits to the various markets and workshops. In Bhutan, Temsing even arranged an archery morning for us which proved to be quite competitive!


Extend your holiday

Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

More Details

For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


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

More Details

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.

More Details

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

More Details

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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