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A Tour of Myanmar

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Myanmar is one of the rising stars of luxury holidays  and now is the time to tour this amazing and diverse country. Myanmar is full of old world charm and you will discover a way of life that is unknown in the World that we live in. You will uncover a diverse and beautiful country that features breathtaking landscapes, serene people and a Buddhist culture.

It really is a destination like no other!

The Myanmar tour we are featuring on this page is ideal for first time travellers to the country.

Suggested Itinerary

DAY 1 / Arrive Yangon
Yangon is a city where contemporary and colonial Myanmar continue to coexist decades after British departure. It is a handsome city with a history of over two millennia, though it has been a capital for a mere 100 years. Rebuilt on a grid plan in the 1850s, the wide tree-lined boulevards are bordered by fine stone buildings. In the 1880s, Yangon was renowned as “the Queen of the East”. Today, Yangon bustles without urgency, high-rise buildings, traffic jams or department stores. Instead, small shops sell everything from antique lacquer-ware to silver-backed dressing table sets left over from colonial days.

Overnight: The Strand Hotel
DAY 2 / Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake
This morning you are transferred to the airport to board a flight to Heho. Upon arrival you are met and continue on to Inle Lake, surrounded by the Shan Hills. The small charming Inle Lake View Resort is a small boutique hotel on the west shores of the spectacular Inle Lake.

Afternoon sightseeing will include a visit to the Phaung Daw U Pagoda which enshrines five golden Buddha images carried back to Myanmar by the 12th century King Alaungsithu upon his return from the Malay Peninsula. The images were deposited in a cave near the lake and were not rediscovered until centuries later. Since their relocation to this pagoda, however, they have been covered with so much gold leaf that they look more like balls of gold than Buddha figures.

Overnight: Inle Princess Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 / Inle Lake
Begin your day with a visit to the five day market. This rotating market changes locations every five days and is where the local hill tribes come to buy and sell their goods. Items range from handmade crafts to produce grown on the floating gardens. Take notice of the colourful outfits worn by the different hill tribes as they barter in this lively setting.

Overnight: Inle Princess Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 / Heho - Keng Tung
In the morning you are driven to the airport to fly to Keng Tung via Mandalay and Tachileik. Arrive in Keng Tung in the early afternoon when you will be met and transferred to Princess Hotel. Keng Tung is a stunning place in the Eastern Shan State with many colourful ethnic tribes. Places of interest around Keng Tung are the spa, Naung Tong Lake, Sunn Taung Monastery, the central market and traditional lacquerware works and a weaving factory. There are many villages of various ethnic tribes around Keng Tung. The tribes known as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, La Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung and Akha are only discernable by their differing colourful costumes.

Overnight: Princess Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 / Keng Tung
This will be followed by a very gentle and beautiful walk downhill along an old British pony track through numerous Akha ethnic villages. In these villages you will be able to enjoy their generous hospitality, take some wonderful photos and generally converse with a people little changed over the centuries. Wander through forests, along terraced rice paddies, through villages all the while enjoying wonderful views of this breathtaking scenery in the eastern Shan State.

Overnight: Princess Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 / Keng Tung - Yangon
After breakfast you will visit the central market which bustles each morning from 6 to 11 am. The market offers products from China and Thailand and also has local traditional clothing, antique coins and other implements for sale which all make good souvenirs.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport to fly to Yangon via Heho and Mandalay. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to either the Strand Hotel, Governor’s Residence or Traders Hotel.

Overnight: TBC
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 / Yangon - Sittwe - Mrauk U
This morning, you are transferred to the airport to fly to Sittwe. Upon arrival, you are met and driven to Mrauk U. On the way visit Mahamuni Pagoda in Kyauktaw. Arrive Mrauk U and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Mrauk U Princess Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 / Mrauk U
After breakfast, visit Shittaung Temple which means the temple of 80,000 images and was built by King Min Ba Gree in 1533 A.D. Continue to Htutkan Thein, Andaw Thein and Thet Village to meet the Rohinga tribe (ethnic Bangladeshis). Then visit the temple of 90,000 images, Koe Thaung Temple, which was built by King Min Teikkha of the 22nd Mrauk U dynasty.

This afternoon visit the informative Mrauk U Museum and then climb the Haritaung Pagoda for a breathtaking view of Mrauk U at sunset. The rolling hills, medieval pagodas and simple village life offer the perfect panorama of rural life.

Overnight: Mrauk U Princess Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 / Mrauk U
After early breakfast, set off from the hotel. Stop at a local market to buy some medication for the Chin Village. After that board a boat for the trip to the tattooed village. Sit back and enjoy the tranquil scenery as you potter along the Lemro river en route to Chin hills. Pass by numerous villages that seemingly have not changed in centuries and witness traditional river life.

Overnight: Mrauk U Princess Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 / Mrauk U - Sittwe - Depart Yangon
This morning, enjoy a boat ride back to Sittwe and upon arrival, you are transferred to the airport to board a morning flight to Yangon. Arrive in Yangon late morning where you are met and transferred to the city for final sightseeing. Today, visit the National Museum, the showpiece of which is the Lion’s Throne. The throne, made of wood and inlaid with gold and lacquer work, is a striking example of the Myanmar art of woodcarving. The throne was taken from Mandalay in 1886 by the English and later returned in 1964 as a goodwill gesture.

Then stop at the Reclining Buddha Pagoda, which is not actually a pagoda, but a pavilion housing a 230 foot statue. Also within the pagoda enclosure is a centre devoted to the study of sacred Buddhist manuscripts. About 600 monks live in the monastery and spend their days studying and meditating.

Lunch at Padonmar Restaurant. Afternoon transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

We will arrange your flights from the UK as well as private airport transfers upon arrival.

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