Myanmar Experience Luxe
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
This tour is designed for travellers who want to experience the highlights of Myanmar within one week. Starting in Yangon, visit the famous Bagan temples and then continue to Mandalay to explore the ancient capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Mingun. Take a private boat on the massive fresh water Inle Lake, home of the Intha people. All touring is with your own private guide and driver, and accommodation is at the country's best luxury hotels.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 7-DAY MYANMAR HIGHLIGHTS EXPERIENCE IN LUXURY
Begin in Yangon, the capital city. With your private guide and driver, tour cultural highlights such as the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda – Kipling’s “golden mystery... a beautiful winking wonder”. Perched on a hill like a gold beacon, huge and bell-shaped it dominates the city and the surrounding countryside. Also, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which has a vast selection of traditional Burmese handicrafts. Travelling through the city you will realise the British, Burmese, Chinese, and Indian influences; it is studded with its past colonial architecture now mixed with high-rise buildings.
However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and its pungent smells. Travel in a horse-drawn cart to pottery workshops and markets, and see the town’s landmark Shwesandaw Pagoda. One day, enjoy a privately guided boat excursion along the waterways of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Delta to Twante, a renowned pottery village.
Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples nestle within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. The high tide of construction began in the 11 century, then ebbed within 250 years as Mongol invasion and internal conflict ended Burma’s golden age. With your export guide explore the shrines and temples that stud this land in amazing numbers. In the evening ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Bagan at sunset. Another night, take a sunset cruise on the river.
Continue to fabled Mandalay. This was their capital, until the British captured and exiled King Thebaw in 1885. For most Burmese Mandalay, along with the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and classical Bagan, is the cultural and religious heart of Myanmar. With your export guide explore the shrines and temples that stud this land in amazing numbers.
Next, visit the massive fresh water Inle Lake, home of the Intha people. Rimmed with high hills, stilted villages inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. For others, it is a place to meditate.
Return to Yangon and connect with your onward flight.
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.