Essence of Myanmar

Central, Myanmar (Burma)

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Close U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in Amarapura, Myanmar.

Essence of Myanmar

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule in one form or another for over four decades. But after years of stagnation, change is coming to Myanmar at a rapid pace. Myanmar still remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. This tour focuses on the highlights of this land of breathtaking beauty and charm.

Myanmar or Burma, features one of Southeast Asia's most impressive sites. The tour is designed for travellers who want to experience the highlights of Myanmar within one week. This Myanmar short tour can be easily combined with our private tours to neighbouring countries. The accommodation selected is luxurious and you will have the best expert guides.


We Love
  • This 8-day tour can be customised for any travellers, adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • The Governor’s Residence still evokes the days of the colonial heritage.
  • Inle Princess Resort is a secluded retreat with its wooden chalets, built upon stilts along the shallow waters
  • Thiripyitsaya Santuary Resort has a gorgeous pool in a magnificent setting.
  • All domestic flights and transfers are included
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • You will require a visa to enter Myanmar. Please check with Myanmar Embassy for more details

Essence of Myanmar

Begin in the city of Yangon (Rangoon). Stay at the Governor’s Residence, which has an ambience and feel of staying, as if at the residence of a rich friend. And rich indeed they were, it was the official home of the governors of the British Crown Colony of Burma.

Next, fly to Bagan, unforgettable and awe-inspiring, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. With your private guide you will tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues.

Continue to Mandalay, the heart of Myanmar. This is the cultural heart of Myanmar, for here were the earlier capitals; the Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and the classic Bagan. We will explore the shrines and temples that stud this land in amazing numbers. You can even see it from a balloon.

Lastly, visit the beautiful Inle lake – the massive fresh water lake is rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. The boat trip on Inle Lake is a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating gardens of fruit and vegetables and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop.  See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.

Max your Awim
Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp: An hour drive from Kalaw, the Green Hill Valley camp project is focused on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of the local people. Enjoy trekking in the forest and learn about the nature of elephants daily care and life of a Mahout. You can also join a forest recovery program or watching birds and butterflies amongst other interests.

Also take the Elephant Coach – a unique time journey: The ultimate way to travel in Myanmar is on a luxurious replica of the old Chevrolet bus. Step back in time and grasp the Oriental magic of the old Asia, now almost gone. Discover the heritage of mystic Myanmar, its people and rich history in the luxurious comfort of this handcrafted masterpiece.

The exclusive sightseeing tour includes adventurous overland trips from Yangon, Golden Rock, Hpa-An and Mawlamyaing or after temple sightseeing in Bagan, enjoy a comfortable overland journey to Mandalay and explore the old Burma Road to the scenic hill towns of Shan Plateau.

One More Thing
We make no extra charge for minor add-ons or changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.

Getting There

Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper.

Essence of Myanmar Central, Myanmar (Burma)