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What’s included

  • An English speaking Burmese leader throughout
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Savoy Hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast and dinner on twin-share basis
  • Outside of Yangon, comfortable hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive option)

Golden Trails of Burma

Walking & Trekking

Burma (Myanmar) | Walking & Trekking

Golden Trails of Burma
Gentle

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

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £2,935,
Land only from £2,285

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Gentle walks, cultural highlights and comfortable accommodation, our Burma holidays are the best way to explore this remarkable country.

Highlights

  • Featured in the Sunday Times '100 Best Holidays in the World'
  • Visit Burma’s three major cultural centres: Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake
  • A delightful full day cruise along the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Gentle walks to villages, temples, Buddhist monasteries and old palaces

Reviews          

This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting holidays I've ever had - due to the sights and the culture of the country (plus hotels of a very good standard & wonderful food) - but mainly the personality, knowledge and diplomacy of our guide made this trip exceptional.
Ms S, Twickenham

A good mix of cultural highlights and walks to see the country. A more 'morally' correct approach than other tours to the country - I have wanted to go for 10 years but held back until now.
Ms B, London

This was our first holiday with Mountain Kingdoms and we were very impressed. It was well organised. There was no wasted time. We never felt rushed at any of the sights. Nyi Nyi was a truly wonderful guide and really helped to make this such a good trip. He was always very professional but great fun at the same time. Very good at managing the group without seeming to do so. The trip ran like...
Mr W, Kent

Enjoyed chance of meeting local people and personally preferred meals and teas in local venues rather than touristy ones.
Ms B, Nottingham

met along the way made the holiday very special. Very much enjoyed the walking aspect of the holiday. It was good to exercise as well as see the wonderful sights. Walking and meeting village people gave us a better insight into Myanmar and its people.
Mr & Mrs O, Gloucestershire

The Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake itinerary couldn't fail to impress with the history, culture, scenery & amazing pagodas. Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic & seemed to know everyone in Burma, so he would stop & chat & introduce us to all sorts of people along the way. He gave us an insight into the everyday life of the villagers that most tourists don't get the chance to experience.
Mr S, Essex

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Alongside the magnificent golden Shwedagon Temple and historic colonial buildings in Yangon (Rangoon) there are three “must see” areas for the first time visitor on their holidays to Burma: Mandalay – the cultural heart of the country and inspiration to a myriad of writers and artists; Bagan – a vast plain filled with beautifully crafted temples and monuments; and Inle Lake where floating villages are home to fishermen and farmers with a way of life little changed from centuries ago. We have carefully designed this itinerary not only to discover these areas on your holidays in Burma but also the hidden gems of Pyin Oo Lwin and Kalaw; two historic British Hill stations set in beautiful countryside. Mountain Kingdoms Burma holidays take care to include all the most noteworthy sights and experiences of this incredible country, and we’ve used our years of experience to put together the best walks for you.

Walks will be taken at a relaxed pace, in keeping with the itineraries of our Burma holidays, and enable us to see day-to-day life at first hand. Whilst in the hill villages we’re likely to meet locals on their way to market, be approached by curious school children eager to practice their English, and see crimson robed monks collecting alms. There’s plenty to see and experience on holidays to Burma and all the vibrancy of life in this fascinating country is on offer. In the busy more touristed areas we’ve also taken time to ensure you get the most from your holiday by visiting off the beaten track sights and carefully timing visits to major sights such as the Shwedagon Pagoda and U Bein bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. We believe that our unique walking holidays in Burma offer you the chance to discover both the cultural splendours and the enduring traditions of this remarkable ‘Golden Land’.

For accommodation, we have carefully selected hotels that are independently owned and that offer a good level of service and comfort for your holidays. Burma’s beauty, culture and hospitality await - book now to begin your journey of discovery.

Private Departures

Golden Trails of Burma Private Departure

Golden Trails of Burma Private Departure
We can also offer Golden Trails of Burma as a private departure. Prices vary by season but start from £2,995 per person, land only. International flights available from £800. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days

Max. Altitude: Not Applicable

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast and dinner 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.

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
1-2
Fly to Yangon (Rangoon) sunset visit to the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda.
3
Fly to Mandalay, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British Hill station. Tour the town in a horse pulled stagecoach. Walk around the local villages and to Hampshire waterfall.
4
Travel like a local on a train, including riding over the dramatic Gokteik railway viaduct.
5
Drive to Mandalay, Burma's second largest city, with over 700 pagodas, a number of temples and monasteries and a wealth of crafts including wood and marble carving, weaving and gold leaf.
6
Drive to Amarapura. Visit U Bein’s bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, stretching 1,200m across Taungthaman Lake. Head up into the Sagaing Hills, a popular retreat for Buddhist devotees. Visit Umin Thounzeh, a temple built in a crescent shape and houses 45 sitting Buddhas in a vibrantly coloured colonnade.
7
Full day cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River to Bagan. Summer departures instead take a boat to Mingun and then fly to Bagan.
8-9
Explore Bagan 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.
10-11
Fly to Heho, drive to Kalaw, another former British Hill station. Explore the countryside on foot. Transfer to Inle Lake.
12-13
Walking and sightseeing around Inle Lake, including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the ‘five day market’, floating gardens and leg rowers.
14-16
Fly to Yangon. Take a tour of the historic downtown area of the city and shop for souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 22 Jul - Sun 6 Aug 2017Available£2395 Book£3345 Book
Sat 28 Oct - Sun 12 Nov 2017Available£2495 Book£3195 Book
Sat 11 Nov - Sun 26 Nov 2017Limited & Guaranteed£2495 Book£3195 Book
Sat 16 Dec - Sun 31 Dec 2017Available£2495 Book£3395 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 13 Jan - Sun 28 Jan 2018Available£2285 Book£2985 Book
Sat 10 Feb - Sun 25 Feb 2018Available£2285 Book£3035 Book
Sat 17 Feb - Sun 4 Mar 2018Available£2285 Book£2935 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £565
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £114
No Surcharge Guarantee

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

  • An English speaking Burmese leader throughout
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Savoy Hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast and dinner on twin-share basis
  • Outside of Yangon, comfortable hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive option)

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Burma
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Burmese airport departure taxes, if applicable
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

An appropriate title.          

This was our first trip with Mountain Kingdoms and in all respects it exceeded our expectations. The group size, 8 in our case, was just right. The itinerary along with the walking enabled us to gain a good insight into life in Myanmar and helped understand the influence that religion plays in people's everyday activities. We would thoroughly recommend this trip.

Golden Trails of Burma (Myanmar) - Tailor Made Holiday          

We thoroughly enjoyed our first holiday both with Mountain Kingdoms and to South East Asia. The programme was packed and varied and we observed life in rural areas and in the busy cities as well as visiting numerous beautiful temples and pagodas. Our guide Zaw Zaw was very informative and friendly and patient and helpful when we fancied some retail therapy. Burma is a lovely place to visit as there is so much to see and the people were really friendly.

Private tour of Burma          

We arranged a private tour of Burma following the same itinerary as the one for groups being unable to travel on any of the group dates. We were extremely impressed with Mountain Kingdoms, from the service from the head office beforehand to the delivery of the journey in Burma- everything ran perfectly. Compared to other companies journeys round Burma we really enjoyed the opportunity to walk in rural areas and interact with the communities there. Being in a group of four greatly facilitated this.

Wonderful holiday to Burma          

Enjoyed using local people as guides in their area as well as having Nyi Nyi to help us. Everything ran smoothly - all transport, both on roads and by water, were very good. Enjoyed the variety of this trip - some walking, train ride, boats etc. Wonderful trip!

Myanmar exceeded all expectations.          

A beautiful country and beautiful people. The trip was made particularly special by our tour guide Nyi Nyi who constantly went beyond the call of duty to ensure our trip was one that we shall never forget. What we enjoyed was the use of small, family-owned hotels and the knowledge of our excellent guides. Everything’s included (meals etc.). We liked the walks through the countryside and meeting local people.


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.


Angkor Wat extension
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and more. Each of these sites has its own individual charm.
  • Flights to Siem Reap from either Burma or Bangkok.
  • All entrance fees, guides and transport during your time in Cambodia.
  • Three nights stay at a lovely Boutique hotel with a pool and friendly staff.

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Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world. The name translates to ‘The temple that is a city’ and after a visit to this amazing site you will understand why.

During your four days here you will have the chance to spend time not only at Angkor Wat but also the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm where the jungle has taken over the temple, the epic Angkor Thom, the enchanting Bayon and much more besides. Each of these sites has its own individual charm and will leave you with memories to last a life time. Angkor could be described as a giant game of one-upmanship with each successive king trying to out do the previous with a larger and more impressive temple, culminating in Angkor Wat. This four day extension can be added on to all our Burmese trips and any of our holidays ending in Bangkok.


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