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Highlights of Burma (Myanmar)

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Join us on a magnificent 13-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
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.
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
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

Depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Burma.

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

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure while you settle into your hotel and get to know your surroundings.  

Day 3 - Yangon City Tour

Morning

Yangon City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, depart with your guide and explore the downtown area of the city of Yangon. Enjoy a stroll through Kandawgyi Park before visiting the former house of General Aung San, who led the country after independence.

Afternoon

Shwedagon Pagoda

Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters 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; the largest which is a single 76 carats.

Evening

Welcome Dinner

As night falls there will be an opportunity to light candles resembling small oil lamps near the base of the Shwedagon Pagoda before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Transfer to Bagan

Full Day

Transfer to Bagan

Depart your hotel in the early morning for your short internal 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 Gubyaukgyi 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 Burmese home so you can enjoy an authentic dining experience, 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 - Bagan

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.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before having the remainder of the afternoon an evening at leisure. Relax at the hotel and enjoy the amenities or if you wish to do some independent sightseeing your local expert guide will be on hand to make suggestions to suit your taste.

Day 6 - Mount Popa & Transfer to Mandalay

Morning

Mount Popa

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. The view of the temple perched on the top of the hill is most beautiful seen from afar. It is particularly striking from the terrace of Popa Mountain Resort, which will be the location of your lunch today.

Afternoon

Transfer to Mandalay

Later, depart for Mandalay arriving in the late afternoon. 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. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Day 7 - Mandalay

Morning

Mandalay Food Tour

This morning, you will travel by classic bicycle rickshaw to enjoy a food tour of the streets of Mandalay. Breakfast and lunch will be included as you take in a variety of simple street stalls and bustling tea houses, enjoying some of the dishes and snacks that Mandalay has to offer. Myanmar is one of the few countries in the world where tea is eaten as well as drunk and no visit is complete without tasting this unique flavor. 

Afternoon

Shwenandaw Kyaung

Sightseeing this afternoon will include the Shwenandaw Kyaung & Kuthodaw Pagoda, as well as the opportunity to witness local artisans at work. Shwenandaw Kyaung, also known as the Golden Palace Monastery, is an imposing teak monastery-temple that was originally built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and rebuilt some years later. Nearby Kuthodaw Pagoda is said to house the world’s largest book on account of the 729 marble slabs that are inscribed with Buddhist scriptures.

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 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 & Plan Bee

Morning

Transfer to Heho

This morning you will be transferred to Mandalay airport for your internal flight to Heho. Upon arrival you will drive to the Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda at Pindaya. 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

Plan Bee

Enjoy an afternoon visit to Plan Bee, a non-for-profit organisation that provides information and skills training in the art of bee keeping. Providing knowledge and equipment across 20 villages in the southern Shan State, Plan Bee make it possible for local farmers to increase agricultural production via pollination. The center’s terrace overlooks the peaceful Pindaya Lake, the ideal place to finish your day of sightseeing.

Day 10 - Pindaya to Inle Lake

Morning

Inle Lake

This morning, depart your hotel and drive towards Inle Lake, visting Shwe Yaung Pyay Kyaung Monastery en route, which is famed for its unique oval windows. On arrival at Inle lake, board your private boat for sightseeing on the lake. You will visit the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. There will also be the opportunity to visit a floating garden and it goes without saying any visit to the lake would not be complete without witnessing the unique technique of leg rowing which is so synonymous with Intha fisherman.

Afternoon

At Leisure

After lunch in a local restaurant, transfer to your hotel. You will have free time to settle in and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Your local expert guide will be on hand should you wish to partake in some optional sightseeing of your choice.

Day 11 - Local Market & Nampan Village

Morning

Local Market

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.

Afternoon

Nampan Village

After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be the opportunity to visit Nampan village to see local cigar (cheroot) making and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving. 

Day 12 - Lake Inle to Yangon

Morning

Transfer to Yangon

This morning you will return to Yangon, taking an internal flight from Heho. Upon arrival in Yangon, sightseeing will include 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. There is also the possibility to enjoy a 1 hour walking tour of the downtown area of Yangon, home to the facades of colonial buildings from the British era.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Later, transfer to your hotel, where you will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel anemities.

Day 13 - Return Home

Full day

At Leisure

Enjoy a final full day at leisure in Yangon before your late evening transfer to airport for your overnight flight home to Dublin.

Day 14 - Arrive home

Morning

Arrive home

Arrive home in Dublin following your once in a lifetime trip to Burma.

* 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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Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon 4

The Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is located in central Yangon, in Myanmar beside the famous Kandawgyi Lake. The hotel is close to key attractions including Kandawgyi Nature Park, Yangon Zoological Gardens, Scott Market, City Hall and Shwedagon Pagoda, the world’s oldest pagod... read more read more read more

The Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is located in central Yangon, in Myanmar beside the famous Kandawgyi Lake. The hotel is close to key attractions including Kandawgyi Nature Park, Yangon Zoological Gardens, Scott Market, City Hall and Shwedagon Pagoda, the world’s oldest pagoda. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, a lounge area, a selection of restaurants and bars and a spa.

 

Hotel address
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
40, Natmauk Road
Tamwe Township
Yangon, Myanmar
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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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Mandalay Hill Resort 4

The Mandalay Hill Resort is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, with views of several pagodas. Guests can explore nearby attractions including Myanmar Hill and Mandalay Royal Palace and moat. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sau... read more read more read more

The Mandalay Hill Resort is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, with views of several pagodas. Guests can explore nearby attractions including Myanmar Hill and Mandalay Royal Palace and moat. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, bar and restaurant. 

Hotel address
Mandalay Hill Resort
No.(9), Kwin (416.B)
10th Street At the foot of Mandalay Hill

Mandalay
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Pindaya Inle Inn 3

Pindaya Inle Inn is situated in Pindaya town, facing Ponetaloke Lake. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include a garden, a restaurant serving local Danu, Chinese, Myanmar and European cuisine, as well as massage and spa services. Guests can enjoy walks in the surroun... read more read more read more

Pindaya Inle Inn is situated in Pindaya town, facing Ponetaloke Lake. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include a garden, a restaurant serving local Danu, Chinese, Myanmar and European cuisine, as well as massage and spa services. Guests can enjoy walks in the surrounding hills and explore nearby attractions such as Pindaya town and Ponetaloke Lake. Danu, Pa-O and Palaung villages and the summit of Yasagyi peak are also located in the vicinity of the hotel.

Hotel address
Pindaya Inle Inn
Maha Bandoola Road
Pindaya

Burma
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Hotel Parami 3

Hotel Parami is located in Parami, in Yangon. The hotel is close to key attractions including Kabar Aye Pagoda and Sule Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant serving local cuisine, a bar, a spa and evening en... read more read more read more

Hotel Parami is located in Parami, in Yangon. The hotel is close to key attractions including Kabar Aye Pagoda and Sule Pagoda. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant serving local cuisine, a bar, a spa and evening entertainment.

Hotel address
Hotel Parami
No. 2, Parami Road
Mayangone Township
Yangon 11221
Burma
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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