Myanmar Culture & Beach
West, Myanmar (Burma)
West, Myanmar (Burma)
Ngapali (pronounced Napally) is Myanmar’s premier beach destination on the Bay of Bengal coast in Rakhine State. Its known for an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast, lined with a number of resorts. The nearby traditional fishing villages including Jate Taw (Gyeik Taw) offer boat tours to nearby islands. Activities include kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving. Overlooking the beach is a large hilltop Buddha, which can be reached by bike or motorcycle.
In the surrounds is the town of Thandwe with a number of pagodas and a busy market with small restaurants serving catch of the day. Surfing is possible during the monsoon season, which is the quietest time of year in Ngapali. This private, luxurious tour features the dynamic city of Yangon, the fascinating ruins of Bagan, the monasteries and temples of Mandalay, floating villages in Inle Lake, and pristine Ngapali Beach.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY MYANMAR CULTURE HOLIDAY…And, experience pagodas, monasteries and relax on a pristine Ngapali Beach.
This private, luxurious tour features the dynamic city of Yangon, the fascinating ruins of Bagan, the monasteries and temples of Mandalay, floating villages in Inle Lake, and pristine Ngapali Beach.
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.
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.
One day take an optional private boat on the Ayeryarwady River to enjoy views of pagodas and daily life, ride in a horse-drawn carriage among the temples of Bagan at sunset or take a private excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that’s considered the home of Burma’s most powerful nats (animist spirits). We can also book a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises.
Continue to fabled Mandalay. Once the 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. One day, take a private excursion to Sagaing to see some of its hundreds of pagodas and active monasteries, and also visit a nearby pottery village.
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. Continue to Ngapali Beach. Stay at a luxury resort and enjoy free time to relax, dine on fresh seafood, browse for local art, explore by bicycle, or perhaps snorkel off nearby islands.
Return to Yangon for overnight and connect with your onward flight.
Myanmar Culture & Beach Visit pagodas, monasteries and temples, floating villages and relax on a pristine Ngapali Beach.
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach
Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Yangon Full-day private city tour.
Day 3 – Transfer
Bagan Private transfer to airport for flight to Bagan.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Full-day private touring of ruins.
Day 4 – Explore
Bagan Full-day private touring of local markets, craft studios, temples and pagodas.
Day 5 – Transfer
Mandalay Private transfer to airport for flight.
Private touring on arrival of monastery, market and craft districts.
Day 6 – Explore
Mandalay Private touring including Mingun and temples.
Day 7 – Transfer
Inle Lake Private transfer to airport for flight to Inle Lake for 2 night stay.
Begin touring this afternoon.
Day 8 – Explore
Inle Lake Full-day private tour of Inle Lake villages and other highlights.
Day 9 – Relax
Ngapali Beach Private transfer to airport for flights to Ngapali Beach.
Transfer to resort for 3 nights.
Day 10 – Relax
Ngapali Beach At leisure.
Day 11 – Relax
Ngapali Beach At leisure.
Day 12 – Transfer
Yangon Transfer airport for flight to Yangon.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Day 13 – Depart
Yangon Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.
Visa British citizens travelling to Myanmar can get a Myanmar visa on arrival. The new e-visa application service allows applicants to fill in the e-form and submit the payment through a secure payment gateway with a credit card. This takes about 3 days to receive a visa approval letter that you can print and take with your passport to a designated airport.