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Highlights of Burma (Myanmar) - 12 Nights

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Join us on a magnificent 12-night holiday to Burma where a largely untouched land of discovery awaits. After years of living in isolation, Burma has emerged as one of the most sought-after destinations in Asia due to its unspoiled scenery and exceptional World Heritage sites.

On this wonderful journey, you will travel first to the capital Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) where you will visit the country’s most revered Buddhist temples, the Shwedagon Pagoda.  After exploring the city’s markets and shrines it’s time to move up-country to Bagan. Here, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River you will witness one of the most spectacular sites in the world, the Valley of Temples. Then it’s on to Mount Popa and Mandalay where stunning scenery and various ethnicities combine to give the visitor an experience unmatched anywhere in the world. 

For the final part of your trip you will stay in ‘floating rooms’ on Lake Inle in the shadow of the Shan Mountains, affording you a memorable end to a fascinating journey through one of Asia’s most enigmatic countries.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Burmese Kyat (MMK)     
Local Time
GMT + 6.5 Hours
Flight Duration
The flights to Yangon will travel via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok and will take a total of approximately 18.5 hours. The flight home from Yangon to Dublin will take approximately 22 hours. 
Climate
The climate in Burma is tropical and has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. The monsoon season runs from May to October. The annual average temperature ranges from 22°C to 27°C year-round.
Passport/Visa
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Irish and UK citizens can apply for a 28 day e-visa which can be purchased online. Click here for further information.  
Food and Drink
Burmese people enjoy rice as their main food and it comprises about 75% of the diet. Rice is served with meat or fish, soup, salad and vegetables all cooked in their own ways, and some relishes to complement the meal.
Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Visiting Religious Sites
It’s important to show respect at religious sites. Visitors are required to remove their footwear when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda or temple.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.00
  • Beer: €1.00
  • Bottle of wine: €9.00
  • Light Meal: €4.00
  • Soft Drink: €0.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.20
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Burmese Days by George Orwell

Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi

Holiday highlights

Yangon
Yangon is the main gateway and former capital city of Burma. With what can only be described as one of the most striking religious monuments in South-East Asia, the Shwedagon Pagoda, plus a wealth of colonial architecture and lots more besides, Yangon is a city of amazing contrasts and a delight to explore.
Bagan
Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and with over 2000 pagodas, temples and monasteries to explore. But there is more to this enchanting destination; rural village life, interesting markets and artisan workshops all contribute to this fascinating city. 
Mandalay
With the remains of the old Royal City, sacred monasteries and numerous other places of interest, Mandalay is a showcase for Myanmar art and architecture and is known as the country’s cultural capital. It is also noted for woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries, silk cloth, and other traditional craft products.
Kalaw
Originally founded as a hill station by the British wanting to escape the heat of the plains, Kalaw still retains an air of colonial charm and the surrounding countryside offers some of the best trekking in the country. The local people are a mix of Burmese, Nepalese and Indians, who arrived here during the time of the British to work on the construction of the railway and the roads.
Floating Duplex on Inle Lake 
Be your own captain on our new boat-shaped “floating” rooms and enjoy the views of the blue, misty Shan Mountains. Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast on the restaurant terrace, located directly above the water and after an exciting day on Inle Lake take a swim in our new pool 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Burmese Kyat (MMK)     
Local Time
GMT + 6.5 Hours
Flight Duration
The flights to Yangon will travel via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok and will take a total of approximately 18.5 hours. The flight home from Yangon to Dublin will take approximately 22 hours. 
Climate
The climate in Burma is tropical and has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. The monsoon season runs from May to October. The annual average temperature ranges from 22°C to 27°C year-round.
Passport/Visa
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Irish and UK citizens can apply for a 28 day e-visa which can be purchased online. Click here for further information.  
Food and Drink
Burmese people enjoy rice as their main food and it comprises about 75% of the diet. Rice is served with meat or fish, soup, salad and vegetables all cooked in their own ways, and some relishes to complement the meal.
Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Visiting Religious Sites
It’s important to show respect at religious sites. Visitors are required to remove their footwear when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda or temple.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.00
  • Beer: €1.00
  • Bottle of wine: €9.00
  • Light Meal: €4.00
  • Soft Drink: €0.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.20
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Burmese Days by George Orwell

Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Burma

Afternoon

Travel to Burma

Travel on your overnight flight to Burma via Dubai with Emirates. 

Day 2 - Arrive in Yangon

Morning

Arrive in Yangon

Upon arrival in Burma you will be greeted at the airport by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel in Yangon, which will be your base for the following two nights. 

Afternoon

Shwedagon Pagoda

After having a chance to check in and freshen up you will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds. 

Evening

Welcome Dinner

In the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your group at a local restaurant. 

Day 3 - Yangon City Tour

Full Day

Yangon City Tour

After breakfast you will set off for a sightseeing excursion of the city. Along the way you will visit the 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda, one of the city’s most endearing landmarks and some beautiful colonial buildings including the City Hall and the High Court Building. You will also visit the Botataung Pagoda and the Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders.  After lunch at a local restaurant (included) sightseeing will continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi and then on to General Aung San’s Museum. General Aung San was a key figure in the country’s struggle for independence and his former house is now a museum. 

Day 4 - Transfer to Bagan

Morning

Transfer to Bagan

This morning you will take a short flight to Bagan, the ‘City of Four Million Pagodas’ where you will spend the following two nights.  En route to your hotel you will explore the temples and the surrounding area. Sightseeing will include Gubyauknge with its excellent stucco carvings, the impressive Htilominlo Pahto and Ananda Pahto which is one the best preserved temples in the archaeological zone. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant followed by an opportunity to visit a local handicraft & lacquer workshop before checking in to your hotel located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.

Day 5 - Market and Village Visit & Sunset Cruise

Morning

Market and Village Visit

Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which afford the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan.  Lunch today will be in a local restaurant and later this afternoon there is another chance to visit a boat trip to Kyauku U Min Rock Cave Tunnel.

Evening

Sunset Cruise

Finish the day with a relaxing sunset cruise on Irrawaddy River before returning to your hotel.

Day 6 - Mount Popa & Transfer to Mandalay

Full Day

Mount Popa & Transfer to Mandalay

Today you will depart early for the drive to Mandalay. En route you will visit a local palm tree plantation before arriving at stunning Mt Popa, the spiritual headquarters of the pre-Buddhist and an important place of worship.  Mt Popa is an extinct volcano within Popa Mountain Park whereas the temple is located on Popa Taung Kalat which is accessible via 777 steps that lead up via a covered walkway. Plenty of mischievous monkeys and hawkers line the path and once at the top, there will be the opportunity to explore the monasteries, stupas and shrines and to enjoy the dramatic view back across the Myingyan Plain.  There will also be the chance to visit the Mother Spirit of Popa Nat Shrine which is located at the base of the mountain and for those that do not want to make the climb to the top, there is the option to visit the nearby Sandalwood forest and Medical herb garden. Later, depart for Mandalay where you will be based for the following three nights.

Day 7 - Mandalay City Tour

Full Day

Mandalay City Tour

The last capital of the third Myanmar Empire, Mandalay is situated in the centre of the country. It is the largest city after Yangon and is both a bustling commercial centre and a repository of ancient culture. Sightseeing today will include the spiritually important Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar. Continue to the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), an imposing teak monastery-temple that was originally built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and rebuilt some years later.  After lunch in a local restaurant you will continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is said to house the world’s largest book on account of the 729 marble slabs that are inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. You will end the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Day 8 - Mingun, Ava & Amarapura

Full Day

Mingun, Ava & Amarapura

Ancient Mingun is located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and is famous for its huge, unfinished stupa as well as its impressive bronze bell which was commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1808 and weighs in the region of 90 tons. Reaching the site is part of the enjoyment as you journey by boat (1 hour approx) and returning via the back lanes passing picturesque villages along the way. You will continue to the former Royal Capital at Ava (Inwa), where exploration is by horse-drawn cart and offers the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant. Meaning ‘City of Immortality’, Amarapura was Myanmar’s penultimate Royal Capital and the last stop today before returning to Mandalay. Sights will include the iconic U Bien’s Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity.

Day 9 - Transfer to Heho

Morning

Transfer to Heho

This morning you will be transferred to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival you will drive to the Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda at Pindaya (1 hour approx). The area is home to farming communities that have worked the land for centuries and it is not uncommon to see buffalo-drawn carts and groups of farmers wearing the traditional dress of the region. Of all the caves temples in Shan State, those at Pindaya are the most impressive and there are more than 8000 statues of Buddha adorning the many caves in various shapes and sizes and ranging from centuries-old to almost new. There will be time to explore the caves and lunch at local restaurant. 

Afternoon

Kalaw

After lunch you will drive to the delightful hill station of Kalaw (1.5 hours approx). Originally founded as a hill station by the British wanting to escape the heat of the plains, Kalaw still retains an air of colonial charm and the surrounding countryside offers some of the best trekking in the country. An interesting observation is the noteworthy population of Nepalese and Indians, who arrived here during the time of the British to work on the construction of the railway and the roads and have remained to this day. You will spend the night in Kalaw. 

Day 10 - Kalaw & Transfer to Inle Lake

Full Day

Kalaw & Transfer to Inle Lake

This morning will be spent exploring Kalaw with places of interest including Aug Chan Tha Zedi, a glittering stupa in the centre of town and the central market, where you can see traders from nearby hill-tribe villages selling and buying their wares. Afterwards you will travel on to Nyaung Shwe (2 hours approx.). Along the way you will stop at a local workshop and witness Shan paper and umbrella making.    Once you arrive at Inle Lake you will board a private boat to visit a floating garden and witness the unique technique of leg rowing which is so synonymous with Intha fisherman before checking in to your final destination, the unique floating duplex rooms at the Pristine Lotus Spa & Resort which will be your home for the last two nights of your stay. 

Day 11 - Market & Canoe Ride

Full Day

Market & Canoe Ride

The local 5-day market rotates between towns in the Inle Lake region and it’s a great place to observe local life with many different ethnic groups attending to buy and sell their goods. After exploring the market you will continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of Inndein. A covered walkway leads to the main Shwe Inn Thein Paya, from where (weather permitting) there are great views across the lake. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake. You will visit Nampan village to see local cigar (cheroot) making and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving.  The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake. 

Day 12 - Return Home

Afternoon

Transfer to Yangon

You will be transferred to the airport in Heho with guide assistance for your internal flight to Yangon. 

Evening

Return Home

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be transferred to Hotel Yangon,  where you will have a room at your full disposal for the remainder of the evening before a late evening transfer to airport for your overnight flight home to Dublin (via Dubai)

Day 13 - Arrive Home

Afternoon

Arrive Home

Arrive Home in Dublin

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Pristine Lotus Spa Resort 4

The new 50-room Pristine Lotus Spa Resort at Inle Lake features natural hot springs and accommodation that offers great views of the lake. Pristine Lotus Spa Resort's main facilities and villas are laid out over a landscaped hillside that gently slopes into the lake and the Shan ... read more read more read more

The new 50-room Pristine Lotus Spa Resort at Inle Lake features natural hot springs and accommodation that offers great views of the lake. Pristine Lotus Spa Resort's main facilities and villas are laid out over a landscaped hillside that gently slopes into the lake and the Shan hills beyond.

Hotel address
Pristine Lotus Spa Resort
Khaung Daing Village
Nyaung Shwe
Inle
Inle
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Sedona Hotel Yangon 4

Within close proximity to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake, this deluxe 5-star hotel in Yangon impresses with its local ethnic decor and architecture. With plenty of bars and restaurants and an impressive pool, the Sedona Hotel is a great base from which to explore Yango... read more read more read more

Within close proximity to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake, this deluxe 5-star hotel in Yangon impresses with its local ethnic decor and architecture. With plenty of bars and restaurants and an impressive pool, the Sedona Hotel is a great base from which to explore Yangon. 

Hotel address
Sedona Hotel Yangon
1 Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd.
Yangon
Myanmar
Yangon
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Aye Yar River View Resort 4

Located in the heart of Old Bagan and the eastern bank of Ayearwaddy River the Aye Yar River View Resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and only a stroll from the riverfront.... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Old Bagan and the eastern bank of Ayearwaddy River the Aye Yar River View Resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and only a stroll from the riverfront.

Hotel address
Aye Yar River View Resort
23C Thukha Waddy St
Yankin Township
Yangon
Bagan
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Sedona Hotel Mandalay 4

Sedona Hotel Mandalay is located in the heart of the city of Mandalay and faces the majestic sights of the Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill.... read more read more read more

Sedona Hotel Mandalay is located in the heart of the city of Mandalay and faces the majestic sights of the Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill.

Hotel address
Sedona Hotel Mandalay
No. 1 Junction of 26th and 66th Street
Mandalay
Myanmar
Mandalay
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Pine Hill Resort 4

Located in a scenic hilly region, Pine Hill Resort enjoys peaceful and picturesque surroundings with pine trees and misty mountains accompanied by cooling fresh breezes. Situated near the center of Kalaw, most of the town, including the central market and the restaurants, is with... read more read more read more

Located in a scenic hilly region, Pine Hill Resort enjoys peaceful and picturesque surroundings with pine trees and misty mountains accompanied by cooling fresh breezes. Situated near the center of Kalaw, most of the town, including the central market and the restaurants, is within walking distance. The reception and lobby building is known for being one of the oldest British Colonial houses in the country.

Hotel address
Pine Hill Resort
No 151 Oo Min Road
Kalaw
Southern Shan State
Kalaw
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