Myanmar: Your Way
Remote and mysterious, Burma has inspired great literature from Kipling to Maugham. Its own history is, of course, much more remote and even more magical. Our visit offers a glimpse into a rich Buddhist tradition, an ancient culture and a stunning natural beauty that we think speaks to the quintessential south Asian experience. The country’s fascinating scenery includes world-class archaeological sites, vast teakwood forests, mighty rivers, Himalayan Mountains, precious gemstone mines and historic architecture.
You’ll begin in Yangon, exotic and striking with its mix of British colonial architecture, Buddhist stupas, Hindu temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques, all shaded by large, leafy trees. Then “on the road to Mandalay,” but by air for you, to visit the magnificent monasteries of the city and to Amarapura, the city of immortality. Then you board the delightful Paukan for a cruise to Bagan’s incredible Plain of Temples, more like a sea of more than two thousand temples stretching into the horizon. Your trip ends at Inle Lake, a magical spot out of time with pagodas, floating gardens and the genuine hospitality of the hill tribe people.
In case you’re wondering, we’ve travelled to Burma frequently over the last 10 years and discussed current affairs with our friends and colleagues there. They’ve told us, and we remain convinced, that tourism is a positive force for the Burmese people.
Sample Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Arrive Yangon and visit the 2500-year old Shwedagon Pagoda
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Day 2: Local life at Yangon and an introduction to traditional arts and crafts
Day 3: Fly to Mandalay and tour the spectacular pagodas and and Shwenandaw Monastery
Day 4: Attend the ritual of serving lunch to monks at Mahagan Monastery and visit monasteries and nunneries in the Sagaing Hills
Day 5: Embark a Paukan colonial-style vessel for an overnight cruise on the Irrawaddy River
Day 6: Disembark at Bagan and begin exploring this remarkable archaeological site with details visits of the magnificent Shwezigon Pagoda and the early period Ananda Monastery
Day 7: Visit the Nyaung Oo Market and the countryside around Bagan
Day 8: Excursion to Popa Mountain and the shrine dedicated to the worship of ancient animist spirits
Day 9: Flight to Heho and a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe to board the motorboat to our hotel on Inle Lake
Day 10: Explore Inle Lake with a visit to the morning market, the Jumping Cats Monastery and admire the famous Intha leg-rowing fishermen
Day 11: Take a spectacularly scenic drive to remote Kakkhu, site of more than 5200 stupas
Day 12: Fly to Yangon and connect to your homeward bound flight or consider extending your stay at beautiful Ngapali Beach