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What’s included

  • An English speaking local leader
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in main cities on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns
  • All meals included except lunch and evening dinner in Yangon
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Economy class return air fare from the UK (flight inclusive only)

Undiscovered Burma

Tour

Burma (Myanmar) | Tour

Undiscovered Burma

Duration:  18 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £3,145,
Land only from £2,445

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An off-the-beaten-track tour, exploring deep into lesser-known Burma.

Highlights

  • A tour perfect for your second visit to Burma, or for someone who likes to go 'off-the-beaten-track'
  • Explore little-visited caves and temples
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Mawlamyine, known in Kipling’s day as Moulmein
  • Visit rural villages, fascinating markets, beautiful temples, Buddhist monasteries and old palaces
  • Fascinating boat trips on the Salween River and the Dohtawaddy River

Reviews          

We've designed this holiday to take you right off the main tourist trail, visiting many areas that have only recently been open for foreign visitors to Burma.
Seraphina Berry, Reservations Manager

I felt that the itinerary had been very carefully planned to maximise our short time there and that we were visiting parts of the country and having experience denied to the majority of run-of-the-mill tours arranged by larger companies.
Mrs R, Kent

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We have used our detailed knowledge and experience of this stunning country to design a tour for those who prefer not to follow the crowds. We initially travel south via ‘Golden Rock’ before reaching the coast and spending time ‘by the Old Moulmein Pagoda’ - modern day Mawlamyine. Driving further south you see Win Sein Taw Ya, a 560 foot reclining Buddha, and Thanbyuzayat war cemetery at the western end of the infamous Burma-Siam railway.

Your journey then takes you to the rolling hill country of Kalaw in central Burma and a visit to Kakku, the site of 2478 stupas, aptly known as the ‘forest of temples’.We then break our trip, spending some time relaxing on Inle Lake and taking a boat trip to Sagar and some of the remoter reaches of the lake. Continuing our journey you fly to Mandalay. Travelling by road you head to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. You spend some time in and around Hsipaw where you will visit markets, see handicrafts being made and day hike to nearby villages all of which will give you a great insight into the Shan people of this region. You’ll also fit in a river boat trip while taking time to explore several small villages, rubber and pineapple plantations, monasteries, pagodas and the wonderfully named Nine Buddha Hill. All of this will give you a great insight into the Shan people of this region. You will also make a lovely boat trip up the Dohtawaddy River to a confluence where you can swim in rock pools. Then returning towards Mandalay you will have time in historic Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. All this before returning to Yangon.

An ideal trip for the traveller returning to Burma, you visit sights and places that illustrate Burma’s long and varied history, from the ancient stupas of Kakku, to the centre of Shan culture, Hsipaw. From the slightly surreal quality of Maymyo where the British escaped the summer heat to the myriad of pagodas and places of worship such as ‘Golden Rock’ – that are very much a part of modern day Burmese life.


At a glance

Duration:  18 days from the UK

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: All meals included except lunch and evening dinner in Yangon

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly overnight to Yangon, evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda.
3-4
Drive to Mt Kyaiktiyo. Visit Golden Rock for sunset. Drive to Hpa-An for sightseeing.
5
Boat trip on Salween River to Mawlamyine (Moulmein). Sightseeing.
6-7
Visit Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, historic Amherst and Setse Beach. Return to Yangon.
8-9
Fly to Heho, drive to Kalaw, time for sightseeing. Visit Taunggyi and the lost ruins of Kak Ku. Continue to Nyaung Shwe.
10
Boat trip to Sagar.
11-12
Visit the 5 day market at Inle Lake. Fly to Mandalay. Drive to Hsipaw via Pyin Oo Lwin and Kyaukme.
13-14
Boat trip up the Dohtawaddy River. Afternoon sightseeing around Hsipaw. Visit morning market and Shan Villages.
15-16
Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin and explore the town. Transfer to Mandalay and fly to Yangon.
17-18
Fly back to London.
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.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Yangon.

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Yangon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Yangon, evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda.
    undiscovered burma tour shwedagon pagoda.

    You will be met and transferred to your hotel. International flights normally arrive by midday so you will have time to rest before venturing out to explore.

    Later you will make a sunset visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Famous worldwide, the golden stupa of Shwedagon ('shwe' means golden) is considered to be the 'heart' of Buddhist Burma. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings, shrines and statues. There are always many Burmese people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and it is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. The transformation from late afternoon light to evening, further adds to the spectacle and atmosphere of this wonderful temple complex.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  3. Day 3 - Drive to Bago and on to Mt Kyaiktiyo. Visit Golden Rock for sunset.

    Today you will drive out of Yangon towards Bago (about 50 miles). On the way you will stop off at Taukkyan War Cemetery a beautifully kept monument which contains the graves of over 6,000 dead of the Second World War as well as a memorial to 27,000 more who died with no known grave. You then continue to Bago, an ancient city with many pagodas and temples. Here you can visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, 1,000 years old and with a spire taller even than the Shwedagon.

    From Bago you continue driving south another 50 or so miles to the town of Kin Pun at the base of Mount Kyaiktiyo (pronounced Chautyo), more commonly known as Golden Rock. Golden Rock is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists from the whole region, mostly Burmese and Thai, and to get up there you join the rest of the pilgrims travelling to the top. It's a real jamboree!! In the bus station (called 'Base Camp') you board a truck along with other pilgrims. Your truck then weaves its way up through beautiful jungle to the top of the mountain. Here you get down and it's then just a short walk to your hotel. It is also possible to stop at a lower bus terminus ('Upper Base Camp') near the Golden Rock Hotel and walk the last 45 minutes steeply up to the top, or take one of the famous Golden Rock 'people carriers', a sedan chair like seat carried by 4 porters!

    The Golden Rock defies gravity, balancing precariously on the edge of the mountain, and over the years devout pilgrims have covered the boulder in gold leaf. It is said to be held in place by a single hair of the Buddha. Like Lourdes, Golden Rock combines religious fervour with blatant commercialism and the area round the rock is crowded with temples, shops, food stalls, souvenir stands and street vendors. Visiting here is certainly an experience, especially in the evening when the sunset lights up the rock and pilgrims crowd the area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Top Hotel, Golden Rock
  4. Day 4 - Drive to Hpa-An and nearby sightseeing.

    In the morning, along with crowds of pilgrims, you can walk back to the Golden Rock for more photos. Afterwards it is possible to take a truck down right from the top but it is much more pleasant to walk down part of the way. This takes about 40 minutes to the lower bus terminus ('Upper Base Camp') passing lots of pleasant cafes, stalls and vendors and taking in the lovely mountain views as you go. From the terminus you will then descend the rest of the way by truck to meet up with your transport.

    You then continue your journey south toward Hpa-an driving through miles of rubber plantations. As you enter Kayin state the scenery becomes increasingly beautiful - a landscape of paddy fields and picturesque limestone outcrops. On the way you may visit the caves at Bayin Nyi. These caves, situated above hot springs, are filled with many colourful statues and Buddha figuress. Closer still to Hpa-an are the wonderful caves at Kaw-gun - these caves are the most atmospheric of all the caves in this area, with hundreds of terracotta images on the walls, a hidden gallery of thousands of tiny clay Buddhas dating back over a thousand years.

    Nearing Hpa-an you cross the mighty Salween (Thanlwin) River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises on the Tibetan high plateau and flows for 2,400kms down to the Andaman Sea. Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin state, is set on the banks of this river and sunset from the Shweyinhmyaw pagoda on the waterfront is a famous attraction of the town but there are also many other beautiful places to visit in the surrounding area. Not far from Hpa-an you will visit distinctive Kyaup Kalap (pronounced Chocalup). This is a stunning spot where a tall pinnacle of rock, sitting in the centre of a lake, is crowned with a golden pagoda. You will also have time to visit Saddar Cave, a large cave lined with statues that you walk through to get to a hidden secret lake. Because such caves in Burma are lined with Buddha statues they are considered sacred places so to explore them you need to be prepared to take off your shoes and explore in bare feet across sometimes slippery, rough or uneven pathways.

    All round Hpa-an they make toddy, a local liquor, from local toddy palms. You may see men climbing the trees to collect this and even get the chance to try some. It is quite palatable. Evidently if you drink it in the morning it is mild, but by evening it has become very alcoholic! You will end a wonderful day's travel taking in the sunset views over the Salween River.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hpa An Lodge or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Boat trip on Salween River to Mawlamyine (Moulmein). Sightseeing.
    undiscovered burma tour salwin river cruise.

    After breakfast you will visit Mount Zwegabin, a large limestone outcrop, crowned with a monastery and a radio mast. At the base of Mount Zwagabin there is a garden housing over 1,100 sitting Buddha statues which are quite a sight. You might like to walk part of the way up Mount Zwegabin to reach a small monastery set in the woods - this takes about 40 minutes up and half an hour down. (The whole trip to the summit and back is quite strenuous and would take about 2½ steep hours up and 1½ hours down so if you wanted to include this in today's itinerary you would need to arrange for a really early, pre breakfast departure from the hotel).

    After your visit to Mount Zwagabin you return to town and go to the waterfront to pick up your boat to take you to Moulmein. You ride down the river in a simple local boat travelling through an idyllic landscape of limestone scenery and local rural life. On the way you may stop off to visit a local village and the lovely Kawhnat Pagoda. This is a richly decorated building built during the British era by a 19th Century Burmese entrepreneur U Nar Auk who came from Kawhnat and was famed for his wealth and generosity. The carving and decorations of the interiors are exquisite. Kawhnat is an interesting and friendly village and you may be invited to stop off at a local tea shop for a cup of tea. Returning to your boat you continue the short way to Mawlamyine (known by the British as Moulmein).

    Mawlamyine (Moulmein), capital of British Burma for 20 years and once an important teak port, is an atmospheric, crumbling, colonial town. You may visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting exhibits about this fascinating ethnic group but is difficult to enjoy properly because the displays are so badly lit. You may also visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda - famously depicted in Kipling's poem 'Mandalay'. Kipling only visited Moulmein for a few days, but was captivated by his time there. George Orwell spent much longer there, it was the home of his maternal grandparents and his writings on Burma reflect a less romantic view of the British occupation. You may also visit Mahamuni Pagoda built in typical Mon style while later it is very pleasant to have a beer at a waterfront café as the sun goes down over the river.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cinderella Hotel or Similar, Mawlamyine
  6. Day 6 - Visit Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, historic Amherst and Setse Beach.

    Today is another day of variety and interest. Firstly you will visit Moulmein Market. This is a lively place where they seem to sell everything, including, gleaming local fish, live poultry, fruit and vegetables and hardware from saucepans to radios. You then set off to visit the country south of Moulmein. Driving through rubber plantations you may be able to call in at a rubber plantation to see the harvesting of the latex, or visit a small scale factory where they process this latex into sheets. Continuing south you will visit Thanbyuzayat, site of the western end of the infamous Burma-Siam railway - a locomotive and small section of track are now all that remains. The War Cemetery here contains the graves of thousands of Allied prisoners who died constructing the railway - a plaque records the fact that 80,000 Asians, 6,540 British, 2,830 Dutch, 2,710 Australians and 356 Americans died during the construction of this railway - a project of unimaginable barbarism, especially as after so much suffering the railway operated for only 21 months. You drive further south to the town of Kyaikkami, a small resort known as Amherst in British times. Here the impressive Yele Pagoda is perched over sea and mangrove swamps and is reached by a two-tiered causeway. The pagoda contains 11 Buddha hair relics and an image believed to have floated here on a raft from Sri Lanka.

    You then drive the short distance to Setse Beach for lunch in a restaurant looking out over the beach. Although the sea here is dun coloured from sediment local tourists bathe here and you may like to too. You return to Moulmein by way of a visit to an impressive newly built sitting Buddha and then on to one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world at Wein Sein Taw Ya. The Buddha here is part of a large, rather eccentric sacred complex where statues of monks line the road, disappearing into the forest only to reappear higher up, all making their way towards the main Buddha. The main reclining statue is huge - so huge that you can see individual eyelashes from the distance and may even be able to spot an open window in one of the nostrils! On the way back to Moulmein you may take time to visit the workshops of some local Karen weavers - a good opportunity to purchase some of their very attractive fabrics.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cinderella Hotel or Similar, Mawlamyine
  7. Day 7 - Return to Yangon.

    Today you drive back to Yangon, taking a different route to the one that brought you south. The journey shoulld take around 6 hours. From Moulmein you cross a bridge over the mighty Salween River and drive back to Yangon on the west side. Just south of Bago you will come to a village on the banks of the river, famous for its fishing and its locally caught dried fish, which is displayed along the roadside. Arriving back in Yangon there should be time for a walk along the causeway which makes a circuit of Lake Kandawagyi.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  8. Day 8 - Fly to Heho, visit Kalaw.
    undiscovered burma tour shwee oo min pagoda kalaw.

    Today you transfer to the airport for the short flight to Heho. On arrival you will transfer (about 1 hour's drive) to the town of Kalaw, a former British hill station. This is a very attractive town with pleasant scenery and many attractive colonial houses which would not look out of place in Surrey. This town has a cosmopolitan feel to it and is also home to a large population of Nepali and Indian Hindus. You may have lunch in the Everest Restaurant run by a Nepali family who claim to have originated from a village near Pokhara. After lunch you can visit the busy market, the railway station with its echoes of the Raj, the so called 'Bamboo Strip Buddha' with its ancient Buddha statue, the Buddha lined caves at Shwe Oo Myin Paya pagoda as well as having a look at some of the old colonial houses which dot the hills.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Hill Resort or Similar, Kalaw
  9. Day 9 - Visit Taunggyi and the lost ruins of Kak Ku. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, transfer by boat to hotel.

    Today you drive to Taunggyi, the capital of the Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. It is a busy trading centre and the markets are full of black-market Thai and Chinese goods, as well as locals selling their farm produce, including cheroots. A couple of hours drive from town, are the lost ruins of Kak Ku. Sprawled over a hillside are 2,478 stupas, built in a myriad of different designs. The area is slowly being rediscovered and restored and is surrounded by Pa-O villages, which you will also have a chance to visit.

    Your day ends with a drive to Nyaung Shwe to catch a boat to transfer to your hotel set on Inle Lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Golden Island Cottages or Similar, Inle Lake
  10. Day 10 - Boat trip to Sagar.

    The boat trip to Sagar takes you well away from the tourist hot spots on Inle Lake. It is 2-3 hours by boat to Sagar and on the way you will visit a Shan village where earthenware pottery is produced. At Kyainkhan you will visit a family workshop where clothes are produced from lotus stems, and view locals producing alcohol fermented from bran rice. The minority people living around are Pa-O and Intha people and there will be ample opportunity to view their settlements dotted alongside the canal and lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Golden Island Cottages or Similar, Inle Lake
  11. Day 11 - Visit the 5 day market at Inle Lake. Afternoon flight to Mandalay.
    undiscovered burma tour inle lake.

    Inle Lake is a simply magical place. Its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the back drop of the beautiful Shan hills which offer some delightful walks. Motorized boats are the means of transport across the lake although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing. Your guide will plan a walk to take in a 'Five Day Market.' These markets are a particular feature of life on Inle Lake and rotate between a number of villages on the lake, as the name suggests, every five days. In the afternoon you transfer to Heho airport and fly to Mandalay, Burma's last royal capital. This is Burma's second largest city, with a population of over one million and the hub of economic activity across the north of the country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ayeyarwaddy River View or Similar, Mandalay
  12. Day 12 - Drive to Hsipaw via Pyin Oo Lwin and Kyaukme.

    This morning you leave Mandalay to drive north eastwards up into the hills. The road takes you through a pretty landscape of flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. You also pass attractive stalls selling lots of lovely local produce such as fruit and flowers, damson wine and strawberry jam. After 1½-2 hours you arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo when it was a hill station under the British). You will not stop to visit Pyin Oo Lwin at this stage but continue your journey towards Hsipaw. Beyond Pyin Oo Lwin you drive through rolling hills cultivated with all sorts of fruit, especially strawberries in the spring. At one stage you drive down into a deep gorge and can see over to your right the famous 1901 Gokteik viaduct which carries the train line to Kyaukme. After lunch in Kyaukme at a local restaurant you will continue to Hsipaw possibly stopping en route to visit some local houses where families produce amongst other things handmade paper and also Chinese silver and gold paper which are used in funeral services. Nearing Hsipaw you will visit the famous Bawkyo Pagoda also known as 'Dad come and Get me' after a story concerning a local Shan warrior Princess.

    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. In the late afternoon, you will drive up to Thein Daung Pagoda on the top of Five Buddha Hill, also known as Sunset Hill, for really lovely panoramic views over the town, especially at sunset! This gives you a really good feel for the town and its surroundings. There are various decent restaurants in town where you may have dinner including the very nice Club Terrace overlooking the river or the busy Law Chun Restaurant, colloquially known as Mr Food.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riverside Hsipaw Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  13. Day 13 - Boat trip up the Dohtawaddy River. Afternoon sightseeing around Hsipaw.
    undiscovered burma tour little bagan hsipaw.

    In the morning, you will walk down to the river side where you pick up a small local boat for a trip up river. The river here is wide and tranquil and this is a very relaxing ride. On the way you will stop off for a walk up through beautiful farmland including plantations of pineapples, to the ancient teak monastery of Lonyon. This is a large and airy building with spacious interiors and friendly monks. It has an important role in the local community, acting as part church and part social centre/school/advice centre and bank for the surrounding villages. After your visit you will return to your boat by a different route and continue the short way to Myitsone where the Dohtawaddy River is joined by the Nam Tu River. This is a lovely spot where the Dohtawaddy tumbles down over flat boulders into beautiful pools where you may swim. On the way back you may visit a pretty little Shan village complete with small railway station. In total the boat journey from Hsipaw takes about 1½ hours each way not including stop offs. You will probably have either a picnic lunch at the falls or at a restaurant overlooking the river on the way back.

    When you get back to Hsipaw you will have time for some sightseeing round 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. You then cross the railway line and walk back into town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riverside Hsipaw Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  14. Day 14 - Early morning market and visit Shan Villages.

    Today you have an optional visit to the early morning 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! The market used to be lit by candlelight but nowadays the stalls are lit by electric light and it has lost some of its charm as a result. however 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.

    You will then have the rest of the day to explore around Hsipaw. In and around Hsipaw and in some of the nearby fascinating tribal villages local people farm and follow a number of small scale industries. You may walk out to visit their workshops and small factories to see these local crafts - there are noodle factories, blacksmiths, candle makers, workshops where local cheroots are made, as well as weaving looms and other handicrafts. You might also make a pleasant walk out across the fields to visit a small nunnery and some hot springs.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Riverside Hsipaw Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  15. Day 15 - Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin.

    You will have another chance before breakfast to visit Hsipaw's market if you did not go yesterday.

    After breakfast you will drive the 4 hours back to Pyin Oo Lyin (formerly known as Maymyo) perhaps en route taking in the water falls and caves at Peik Chin Myaung. Pyin Oo Lwin itself is an attractive town with gardens and lakes and has become rather popular for second homes for people from Yangon. Upon arrival at this bustling town you will have lunch in one of several good local restaurants, perhaps overlooking the lake. Later you will have a tour of the town in one of the local horse drawn 'stage coaches' used by locals and visitors alike. Outside the central area of town the influence of the British becomes more apparent as you see many brick and timber houses complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. There is a rather spooky house which has featured in local horror films. You will also see the hundred year old red brick Anglican All Saints Church, the Purcell Tower, a clock tower built in 1936 and the Chinese Temple, Chan Tak, with its 7 tiered pagoda and rather garish statuary. You should also have time to wander round and explore for yourselves.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Royal Park View Hotel or Similar, Pyin Oo Lwin
  16. Day 16 - Drive Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay. Fly back to Yangon.

    After breakfast you will drive back to Mandalay (approx. 67 km-2hours). You will then have a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mandalay to include Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, a visit to a craftsman's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Golden Monastery), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world's largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.

    In the late afternoon, you will transfer to Mandalay airport for domestic flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  17. Day 17 - Depart Yangon.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  18. Day 18 - Arrive London.

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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2017

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2018

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What’s included

  • An English speaking local leader
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in main cities on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns
  • All meals included except lunch and evening dinner in Yangon
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Economy class return air fare from the UK (flight inclusive only)

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  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Overseas airport departure taxes
  • Tips


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Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Well-planned and varied          

The route was well planned and varied with at least one guaranteed Ôwow factorÕ every day and the comparative lack of tourists we encountered fully justified the title of the tour. The small group size enabled us to have more interaction with the local people than one would normally expect on a package tour and was one of the main contributing factors to our enjoyment and appreciation of the country.I felt that the itinerary had been very carefully planned to maximise our short time there and that we were visiting parts of the country and having experience denied to the majority of run-of-the-mill tours arranged by larger companies.

Remote and little-visited          

We've designed this holiday to take you right off the main tourist trail, visiting many areas that have only recently been open for foreign visitors to Burma.


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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.


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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