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What’s included

  • Burmese cycling tour leader
  • Bicycle hire
  • Support vehicle
  • 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 Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

Cultural Cycling Tour of Burma

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Burma (Myanmar) | Cycling Tours

New for 2020
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:  16 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 10 days

Flight inclusive from £3,265,
Land only from £2,550

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Experience the authentic sights and sounds of the golden land on this in-depth exploration on two wheels

Highlights

  • Explore the many temples in Bagan by bike – the best way to see this vast complex
  • Discover Inle Lake by boat and on foot
  • Take a train ride along the Gokteik viaduct
  • Cycle around the colonial hill station of Kalaw

Reviews          

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.
J Davies, Gloucestershire

This was my first experience of an adventure ‘holiday’ and I had no real expectations. I enjoy cycling but I’m not someone who dones their Lycra and ride 100miles every weekend. The trip was advertised as being suitable for all levels which was true, you could make it as hard as you wanted, always under the advice of our expert courier. The scenery was breathtaking, the people...
Mrs S, Gloucestershire

This trip was everything I could have hoped for and much more and when we next consider a trip like this I will be straight on your website.
Mr B, Kent

Great bike rides through a glorious landscape - punctuated with golden buddhist temples - fascinating village communities - and the artisan skills of the Inle Lake people. Our small group of 7 - all ages and cycling abilities - was well led by our guide Ney and his support teams. What a fascinating place! What delightful people!.
Barbara, West Midlands

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 H, London

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There are few better ways to see Burma than on two wheels, and you will experience many aspects of this remarkable country as you cycle along remote country lanes and deserted back roads.

Outside the former capital City of Yangon (Rangoon) there are essentially three “must see” areas for the first time visitor to Burma: Mandalay – the cultural heart of the country and inspiration for 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 to take you not only to these areas, but also the hidden gems of Pyin Oo Lwin and Kalaw, two historic British Hill stations set in beautiful countryside.

Rides will be taken at a relaxed pace, in keeping with the rest of the holiday, and enable you to see day-to-day life at first hand. Whilst in the hill villages you are 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. In the busy more touristy areas we have also taken time to ensure you get more from your holiday by cycling to off-the-beaten-track sights and carefully timing visits to major sights such as the Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon’s famous golden pagoda) and U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world.

This is a diverse trip with the perfect combination of cycling, cultural sights and village life, designed to be enjoyed by all levels of cyclists at a comfortable pace.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Cycling on: 10 days

Max. Altitude: 1,320m/4,330ft. cycling in Kalaw, days 8 & 9

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 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
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Yangon. Afternoon city tour.
3-4
Fly to Bagan. Explore temple complex by bike.
5
Fly to Heho, Cycle to Pindaya. Visit cave complex.
6-7
Transfer to Aung Ban. Cycle to Inle Lake. Boat ride.
8-9
Train to Aung Ban. Cycle to and around Kalaw.
10
Fly to Mandalay. Cycle to Ava. Visit U Bein bridge.
11
Boat ride along Ayeyarwaddy River. Cycle to Mingung and Saigang hills. Return to Mandalay.
12-13
Train ride across the Gokteik Viaduct. Cycle rides and sightseeing around Pyin Oo Lwin and Anisakan town. Drive to Mandalay.
14
Fly to Yangon. Boat trip to Dala Village. Trishaw tour.
15-16
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.


Cultural Cycling Tour of Burma Itinerary

  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: 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. You will cover around 20-25 km today. 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 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. In fact, it has now been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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: Umbra Hotel Or Similar, Bagan
  4. Day 4 - Further exploration of Bagan on bikes. 20-25km cycling.
    cultural cycling tour of burma bagan balloon flight.

    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 horses 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. Your lunch stop will be at a special location among the temples in an off-the-beaten-track neighbourhood of Bagan. You will either have lunch under the shade of a large tree or in a village house, where your hosts will be a local family, for the chance to taste real Bagan food and to learn more about the life of village people. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel and maybe take a dip in the inviting pool before another delicious dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Umbra Hotel Or Similar, Bagan
  5. Day 5 - Fly to Heho. Cycle to Pindaya. Explore Shew Oo Min Cave complex. 40-50km cycling.

    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.

    With your support vehicle behind, you will start your ride straight from Heho airport and soon arrive at bustling Heho market. From here you continue along a scenic secondary road across the picturesque Shan Highlands to reach the famous Shew Oo Min Cave at Pindaya. Set high on a limestone ridge, the enormous cave is unique in housing thousands of Buddha images donated by Buddhist devotees over many centuries. There are many smaller caverns at the complex also filled with Buddha statues as well as numerous stalactite formations. Aside from the caves there are many small shrines and pagodas strung out along the ridge. Your hotel is located close to the foot of the cave complex.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Conqueror Hotel Or Similar, Pindaya
  6. Day 6 - Transfer to Aung Ban. Cycle to Kaung Taing on Inle Lake. Boat ride across the lake.

    After breakfast at your hotel you transfer to Aung Ban where you will begin today's ride to Inle Lake. Much of the route today is on highland roads with a couple of challenging uphill sections. You will have lunch at the Viewpoint restaurant and then continue your ride to Inle Lake, now mostly easy going and downhill. You ride alongside the lake to arrive at the village of Khaung Daing, on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. This village is known for its production of soybean cakes and noodles. Here you will have the option of cyling the remaining 15km to the hotel along a quiet paved road or, if you are tired, you may travel in the vehicle instead.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pristine Lotus Resort Villa (Deluxe Room) Or Similar, Inle Lake
  7. Day 7 - Boat excursion on Inle Lake. Visit Inthein. Lunch with local family.

    Inle Lake is a magical place. Its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the backdrop of the beautiful Shan Hills. Motorised 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.

    Today you can rest your cycling muscles with an excursion by boat to Inthein village. To reach Inthein you cross the lake and travel along a long channel leading inland from the main lake. This journey is particularly scenic - you will see life along the shores with farmers bringing their oxen or buffalo down to the water to cool off. Above the jetty at Inthein stands the ancient pagoda complex of Shwe Inn Thein Paya, which you climb to via a long, covered walkway. This lovely pagoda complex was built mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries and features many pagodas of different sizes which are in varying states of repair and disrepair - it is all very atmospheric. There are great views from the top across the lake and valley. You can descend via an alternative route bringing you back to the village through a mature bamboo forest.

    Later you will have lunch at a stilt house with a local Intha family where you can try some traditional local food. Your hospitable hosts will then introduce you to their village life - fishing, tending their gardens and the tradition ofl leg rowing, where they balance in their canoes on one leg.

    Returning across the lake from Inthein you should have time for a visit to an interesting village or two, or to one of the many pagodas along the lake shore. Finally you will enjoy a beautiful sunset across the lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pristine Lotus Resort Villa (Deluxe Room) Or Similar, Inle Lake
  8. Day 8 - Train to Aung Ban and cycle to Kalaw. 20-25km cycling.

    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. On the way 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 which is populated by Danu, Palaung and Pa O minority groups. Kalaw is situated in a protected valley at an altitude of 1,320m/4,330ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kalaw Heritage Hotel (Mountain View Room) or Similar, Kalaw
  9. Day 9 - Cycling round Kalaw. 25-30 km.

    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: Kalaw Heritage Hotel (Mountain View Room) or Similar, Kalaw
  10. Day 10 - Fly to Mandalay. Cycle to Ava and U Bein Bridge. 50-60 km cycling.
    cultural cycling tour of burma mya thein tan j davies.

    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
  11. Day 11 - Cycle to Mingun, to Sagaing and to Mandalay - 35 km cycling.

    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 and you will cycle 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 the ancient kingdom of Sagaing. From the Sagaing Hills, you will enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas. Later you and transfer back to Mandalay. There may be time to visit the Snake Pagoda, Mahamuni Buddha's Temple and Shwe Kyaung Royal Palace building. Later, you will transfer back to Mandalay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ayeyarwaddy River View or Similar, Mandalay
  12. Day 12 - Transfer to Pin Oo Lwin. Train ride over the Gokteik Viaduct to Nangpein Village - 3 hours. Return by vehicle to Pyin Oo Lwin. Local bike ride and visit to Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Pyin Oo Lwin 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!

    Alighting from the train at Naungpein Village, you transfer by car back to Pyin Oo Lwin. The tranquil beauty and cooler hill temperatures of Pyin Oo Lwin appealed to the British Administration, who developed it into a summer retreat from the hot, dusty plains of Mandalay in 1896 after defeating the last king of Myanmar. But it is renowned amongst the local Burmese for the flowers, fruits and vegetables that grow so well in its cooler climes.

    You can now hop back on your bikes for a local ride, and a visit the renowned botanical gardens - the National Kandawgyi Gardens. Here you can feast your eyes on the wonderful variety of flora that can be found in the region.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kandawgyi Hill Lodge or Similar, Pyin Oo Lwin
  13. Day 13 - Cycle round Pyin Oo Lwin, 1,070m/3,510ft, and Aniskan town. Walk to waterfalls. Transfer to Mandalay. 45 - 50 km cycling.
    cultural cycling tour of burma candlit market hsipaw j davies.

    Today will start with a a cycle ride around town to see some of the main colonial buildings and churches of Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo when it was a British Hill Station). Outside the central area the influence of the British becomes more apparant as you see the brick and timber houses complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. The Candacraig Hotel is one such house. It was made famous by Paul Theroux's book, the Great Railway Bazaar. Sadly this property has fallen on hard times and whilst not without charm is quite run down, although there are evidently plans for its renovation.

    You then cycle through nearby Aniskan town. You transfer part of the way down to a good road and then cycle to your lunch stop. After lunch you will take a forest walk to a scenic waterfall. Situated at the head of a deep ravine, the lowest part of the waterfall drops dramatically into a pool of crysal clear water in which it may be possible to swim. Later you transfer to Mandalay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ayeyarwaddy River View or Similar, Mandalay
  14. Day 14 - Fly to Yangon. Boat trip to Dala and trishaw tour of Dala Village.

    After breakfast you transfer to Mandalay airport and fly back to Yangon.

    Following lunch you travel to Pasondan Jetty and cross the Yangon River by local ferry to reach Dala Village. Dala provides a striking contrast to Yangon with its limited urban development and village feel. You'll explore by trishaw, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi that manouvers through small lanes, market streets and friendly village neighborhoods. You can observe the daily activities of Burmese locals and get a feel for the authentic rural lifestyle of Burma. En route you make a stop in a pagoda and finish the trishaw tour with refreshments and a bit of people watching in a local tea shop. Finally you return to your hotel in Yangon.

    If you did not visit Shwedagon Pagoda on Day 2 you will have time to do so later this afternoon.

    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: Chatrium Hotel or Similar, Yangon
  15. Day 15 - Group transfer to Yangon airport for flight to London.

    Today you will have breakfast and then be free to relax until you are transferred to Yangon airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  16. Day 16 - Arrive back to London.

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What’s included

  • Burmese cycling tour leader
  • Bicycle hire
  • Support vehicle
  • 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 Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

What’s not included

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


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 9 reviews)

An unforgettable experience          

The trip was everything we had hoped it would be and more! Cycling meant we saw the countryside and village life at close quarters, away from the standard tourist routes, and learned so much about the country from our local guides. The range of cycling conditions made for some interesting experiences, from sharing a road with cattle to off-road country tracks, all of which were great fun. Mixing up the cycling with a hill trek, train travel with the locals, wine tasting and sightseeing provided variety and some great photo opportunities. The Balloons over Bagan experience was one of the highlights, seeing the sun rise over countless monuments from the sky!

Burma cycling - Private Departure          

Outstanding

A stunning sight round every bend          

This was my first experience of an adventure ‘holiday’ and I had no real expectations. I enjoy cycling but I’m not someone who dones their Lycra and ride 100miles every weekend. The trip was advertised as being suitable for all levels which was true, you could make it as hard as you wanted, always under the advice of our expert courier. The scenery was breathtaking, the people warm and friendly, accommodation was first class, support from the mountain kingdoms crew was second to none. It has inspired me to keep on travelling and seeing the world. I can’t thank you enough

Amazing Myanmar          

Cycling through Myanmar was a real treat. This trip showed us how varied and beautiful this country and its people are. Go now whilst it is still unaffected by Western customs.The trip was very well organised and executed with a superb local guide. Everything about this trip is stunning.

What a joy.          

Great bike rides through a glorious landscape - punctuated with golden buddhist temples - fascinating village communities - and the artisan skills of the Inle Lake people. Our small group of 7 - all ages and cycling abilities - was well led by our guide Ney and his support teams. What a fascinating place! What delightful people!.


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Take a boat trip on the Salween River and visit villages, temples and caves
  • Stop at the ancient city of Bago with its many pagodas and temples
  • Optional visit to the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

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We are delighted to offer an 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 extension you will stay at a charming boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation in an idyllic setting.

During your stay in Hpa-An you will take a boat rip on the serene waters of the Salween River, stop at a village to see artisan weavers in action and also visit the richly-decorated Kawhnat Pagoda. On your return to Yangon you will stop at the ancient city of Bagon with its many pagodas and temples as well as the very moving Taukkyan War Cemetery.

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 and includes hotel transfers
  • A glass of bubbly to celebrate when you land
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March

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Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular, sunrise views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous 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. We offer two levels service - Standard and Premium - both include hotel transfers and post-flight celebratory celebrations, whilst the Premium Service also includes an exclusive breakfast, a pre-launch balloon tour and a CD of in-flight photos.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension

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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