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FURTHER JOURNEYS IN MYANMAR  brown-arrow-right.png

Day 1 - Arrive Yangon
Relax in Myanmar's most stylish colonial property, in the peaceful Embassy District. The country was known as Burma during British rule and the country's colonial heritage is very much in evidence in its architecture, including The Governer's Residence. 

Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence, Yangon

Day 2 - Yangon
After breakfast, your guide will meet you for a comprehensive tour of the splendid city of Yangon. Highlights include a stroll around the crumbling colonial quarter, with a drink at The Strand perhaps, visits to the Botataung & Shwedagon Pagodas before ending at Scott Market, which is a wonderful warren of shops and stalls selling all manner of Myanmarese products and handicrafts, shipped in from all corners of the country.

Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence, Yangon

Day 3 - Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and travel down to Inle Lake, where you board a longtail boat and head across the waters to your lakeside hotel. In the afternoon, head back out onto the lake to see Indein with its crumbling pagodas, as well as the amazing floating gardens.

Overnight: Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake

Day 4 - Inle Lake 
Spend a second day with your guide and private longtail boat at your disposal, exploring the extremely photogenic Inle Lake. Perhaps head away from the crowds to the far south, which is less frequented by the many visitors, or catch a colourful five-day market, which teems with ethnic minorities in their traditional tribal dresses, who come down from the villages in the surrounding hills to sell their produce and meet friends. 

Overnight: Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake

Day 5 - Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay before crossing the river by traditional wooden boat and exploring the ancient capital of Ava by horse-drawn cart.

After lunch, board a private boat and head up the Irrawaddy River to the village of Mingun, where you can see the huge and crumbling 'Unfinished Pagoda', the Mingun Bell (the largest ringing bell in the world), and the truly beautiful Sin Phyu Me Stupa, which was built by a Burmese King mourning the death of his wife - a Burmese Taj Mahal, if you will.

Overnight: Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay

Day 6 - Hsipaw
Leave Mandalay by car and drive north-east to the little town of Naung Cho, where you catch the train through the hills and over the amazing Gokteik viaduct (the largest railway trestle in the world) to Naung Pain. Here disembark the train and continue by car to Hsipaw, a pleasant Shan town on the Dokhtawaddy River. Explore the town and see the very English Hsipaw Haw by bike or on foot in the late afternoon, hopefully meeting Fern, a relative of the last Shan Prince to live in the Haw.

Overnight: Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort, Hsipaw

Day 7 - Hsipaw
Rise early to visit the excellent market if you wish, before spending the day exploring by private river boat and on foot. Stroll among some charming Shan villages with their amazing wooden houses and head on a journey up the river in a longtail boat.

Overnight: Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort, Hsipaw

Day 8 - Maymyo
Start early and travel back to Mandalay via the hill station of Maymyo, formerly the seat of the British Government during the summer months. There you can visit the Botanical Gardens and take a stagecoach ride, passing some of the many brick and timber colonial houses which adorn the town.

Overnight: Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay

Day 9 - Bagan
Fly to Bagan in the early morning and spend the day uncovering the endless landscape of over 4,000 temples alongside your private guide, who will help you decide what to see and make sense of it all. See any or all of the 12th Century Shwezigon Pagoda, the Cave Temple of Gubyauki Pagoda, the three storey high Htilominlo Temple and the brick-built Ananda Okkyaung, the best preserved masterpiece of Mon architecture. See too the 12th Century cross-shaped Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest in Bagan, and then the largest temple, the Dhammayangyi. Finish the day aboard a boat enjoying the sunset.

Overnight: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, Bagan

Day 10 - Bagan
When you are ready, spend the morning exploring Bagan by bike with your guide, which allows you to get to some of the more remote parts of the site. You can explore the  Archaeological Museum, as well as Bu-Paya, believed to have been built by the third king of Bagan who ruled from 168 to 243 AD. You are also free to explore the less well-visited temples like Satu-Mukha and U-pali-thein. Relax in the afternoon by the banks of the Irrawaddy River prior to the next phase of your journey.

Overnight: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, Bagan

Days 11 - 13 - Ngapali Beach
Fly to Thandwe, on the south coast. From there it is just a short drive to Amara Ocean Resort, located on the sands of Ngapali Beach. Spend the next three days here, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of your private bungalow and reflecting on your journey through Myanmar.

Overnight: Amara Ocean Resort, Ngapali Beach

Day 14 - Depart 
Fly back to Yangon and catch your flight home.

 

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From £3,995 / $6,395 per person for land arrangements only, including domestic flights but not international flights, and based on two people sharing a double/twin room.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Myanmar specialist, Edward Granville, for your own tailor-made holiday to Myanmar on +44 (0)1242 787805.

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