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ULTIMATE BURMA

Each day of this enlightening adventure will introduce you to another facet of this beautiful country, or another chapter in her story. Your journey will take you from your slick colonial hotel in the capital through crumbling ancient cities, hill stations and waterside villages, as you explore by boat, trishaw, bike and elephant, meeting craftspeople, villagers and former Shan royalty along the way.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride an historic train into the heart of the Shan Hills
  • Explore serene Inle Lake and the mighty Irrawaddy River by local boat
  • Hike and raft to tribal villages in the Himalayan foothills
  • Interation with retired teak elephants at their sanctuary.
  • Reflect on your amazing journey on the white sands of Ngapali Beach
£4,795
per person

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Management Team Ed Granville

ED GRANVILLE

Chief Operating Officer

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive in Yangon

    Arrive in Yangon, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your excellent hotel.

    Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence

  3. Day 2 Yangon

    After breakfast, your guide will meet you for a comprehensive tour of the splendid city of Yangon. Start on the local train to get a flavour of the real city and pause at the magnificent Insein produce market. Other highlights include a stroll around the crumbling colonial quarter, with a drink at The Strand, a ferry ride across the river to explore the commuter town of Dala by trishaw, and visits to the Botataung & Shwedagon Pagodas.

    Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence

  4. Day 3 Yangon

    Spend a second day with your guide and driver, exploring Yangon. Start at the colourful, teeming Indian market, where residents buy their fresh produce each day. Head then to see the vast reclining Buddha in the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda before ending at Scott Market, which is a wonderful warren of shops and stalls selling all manner of Burmese products and handicrafts, shipped in from all corners of the country.

    Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence

  5. Day 4 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

  6. Day 5 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

  7. Day 6 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. This evening, we recommend exploring Mandalay's melting pot of flavours (thanks to settlers from Nepal, India and various indigenous groups) at one of the many excellent local restaurants.

    Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

  8. Day 7 Mandalay

    With your guide, explore more of Mandalay. There is the Maha-myat-muni Pagoda, the most revered Buddha image in the city, the Golden Teak Monastery and the ZeyCho Market - not to mention the iconic wooden U-Bein Bridge. You could also see Sagaing on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy, where thousands of monks and nuns retreat to hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries for meditation and contemplation.

    Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

  9. Day 8 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

  10. Day 9 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

  11. Day 10 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

  12. Day 11 Kachin State

    Fly to the very far north of Myanmar, to the town of Putao in Kachin State. When you arrive you will be met and driven to your luxurious wilderness lodge, nestled right under the Himalayas. In the afternoon, choose from a selection of walks, bike rides, elephant encounters, visits to local villages and rafting trips on offer at your lodge.

    Overnight: Malikha Lodge

  13. Day 12 Himalayan Foothills

    Choose once again from one of the activities on offer at the lodge: hike through the bamboo forest to Nam Htu creek and across to the Rawang tribe village under the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas; walk through Lisu Tribe and Kachin Tribe villages to a picnic spot by the river; or why not walk to the river, pick up a raft and float downstream to an island for lunch?

    Overnight: Malikha Lodge

  14. Day 13 Putao

    Explore Putao's morning market before breakfast and a transfer to Putao airport for a flight back to Mandalay, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Spend what is left of the day relaxing by the pool after your busy time in the mountains.

    Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

  15. Day 14 Kalaw

    This morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Heho, where you will be met on arrival and driven up into the hills to the former hill station of Kalaw. Spend time exploring the town, with its colonial houses, Anglican church, former boarding school and old post office, before an evening at your charming hotel in the hills above Kalaw.

    Overnight: Amara Mountain Resort

  16. Day 15 Inle Lake

    Depart your hotel today for the two-hour drive down to Inle Lake, stopping along the way to see the Green Hill Valley Elephant Foundation - a retirement home for old timber elephants, where you can enjoy a lovely walk through the estate and interaction with the elephants. When you arrive at Inle Lake, one of Burma's most fascinating and serene destinations, you will board a longtail boat and head for your lakeside hotel.

    Overnight: Villa Inle Resort

  17. Day 16 Inle Lake

    Spend a full day exploring the lake with your guide, in your private longtail boat. See Indein with its crumbling pagodas, as well as the amazing floating gardens. Your guide will plan the day based on your interests and preferences.

    Overnight: Villa Inle Resort

  18. Day 17 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: Villa Inle Resort

  19. Day 18 - 20 Ngapali Beach

    Transfer to the airport, possibly via the wholesale market at Aung Ban, for your morning flight to Thandwe. 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 Burma.

    Overnight: Amara Ocean Resort

  20. Day 21 Travel home

    Fly back to Yangon and catch your flight home.

  21. Depart

BOOKING NOTES

  • Prices are per person sharing a room
  • Balloon flights at Bagan operate from mid-October to March only
  • Flights to Putao are not daily so careful scheduling is required to visit this area

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Dinner while staying at Inle Lake.
  • Full Board while staying in Putao.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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