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Burma Holidays - Sunset over Bagan

YangonSule Shangri-La
1 night
Inle Lake Inle Princess Resort 2 nights
Mandalay Hill Resort
2 nights
R.V.Paukan 2007
2 nights
Thiripyitsaya Resort
2 nights
YangonSule Shangri-La
1 night

Click on the name of the hotel for details.


11 days from £2270

International flights NOT included




 Recommended flight from London: Thai Airways International from London Heathrow via Bangkok to Yangon (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.


DAY 1 – Arrival in Yangon.  Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

On arrival in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) you will be met by a representative of World Discovery outside immigration and customs. You will then be taken by private car direct to your hotel.  Time to relax for a few hours before your late afternoon visit to the amazing Shwe Dagon Pagoda, whose gilded stupa has drawn the admiration of travellers for centuries.  You will also have some time to wander through the colourful market in China Town before returning to your hotel.

Burma Holidays - Savoy Hotel, Yangon



If you prefer to stay in a smaller hotel in Yangon with the atmosphere of colonial days we recommend the charming Savoy Hotel in the centre of the city close to the Shwe Dagon Pagoda.  We would be happy to quote the additional cost for staying here rather than at the Traders Hotel.


DAY 2 - Yangon.  Fly to Heho.  Drive to Inle Lake.

Yangon is probably best described by what it does not have – traffic jams, fast-food restaurants, freeways, smog, lots of tourists and flashy discos. More than other city in Asia, Yangon still reflects the “Romance of the East” as evoked by the writings of Conrad and Kipling.  Your guide will show you the main sights of Yangon this morning. In the afternoon transfer to airport and fly to Heho, gateway to the Shan States, known for colourful markets, beautiful mountain scenery, and its fascinating people, a mixture of tribal races. Then drive to Nyaung Shwe and transfer by private boat to your resort in Inle Lake, one of Burma's most spectacular locations.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 3 - Inle Lake.  Indein.

After breakfast enjoy a leisurely trip by longtail boat to explore the lake and its surrounding attractions. Afterwards, proceed to Indein, a recently discovered 16th century temple site before returning to your resort.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Burma Holidays - Inle Lake marketDAY 4 - Lakeside Market.  Fly to Mandalay.

In the morning visit one of the daily markets on the lakeside (the location differs from day to day) where you can find a real local atmosphere with a huge variety of produce from the lake and the surrounding area; the markets are crowded with ethnic minorities in their traditional dresses.   In the afternoon drive to Heho and take the short flight to Mandalay.
Meals included: Breakfast.


DAY 5 - Mandalay.  Amarapura.

After breakfast you will be taken to Amarapura, a former Royal capital located 7 miles south of Mandalay, to visit the important Mahaghandayon Monastery and other places of interest, as well as taking a stroll on the famous U Bein teak bridge across the Taungthaman Lake.  In the afternoon enjoy the main sightseeing highlights of Mandalay, ending with a trip to the top of Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Burma Holidays - R.V. Paukan at MingunDAY 6 - Your Irrawaddy Cruise begins.

Embark on the R.V. Paukan 2007 and enjoy lunch soon after setting sail downstream.  Your first shore excursion is to the former royal capital of Mingun, famous for its bell, the largest uncracked bell in the world weighing more than 90 tons, and the impressive unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Pictured left - The R.V. Paukan moored at Mingun with the unfinished pagoda in the background.  Tonight your cruise boat will moor at a sandbank in midstream.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 - Sagaing. Yandabo.

Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the 2 hours journey you can admire the
natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside your cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill.  After breakfast step ashore to visit Sagaing, capital of an independent Shan state in the medieval times, where visits will include the Kaungmudaw pagoda.  Continue cruising on the Irrawaddy and in the late afternoon visit the village of Yandabo, famous for it pottery.  Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Burma Holidays - Temples of BaganDAY 8 – Disembark.  The Temples of Bagan.

Disembark from the R.V. Paukan 2007 at Aye Yar jetty, located close to one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Asia - Bagan (formerly Pagan).  More than 2,000 temples and pagodas dot the dry plain beside the Irrawaddy River, some dating from the 11th century.  After checking in at your hotel in Bagan you will spend the day exploring the extensive ruins of Bagan, and then enjoy the magical experience of watching the impressive sunset from a vantage point on the Shwesandaw temple.
Meals included: Breakfast.


BAGAN - Hot Air Balloon experience - see World Discovery Blog for March 2015.


DAY 9 - Bagan.

Further Bagan sightseeing this morning.  In the afternoon explore the village of Minn Nan Thu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Observe the local farmers’ way of life together with a visit to some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence.  You will also visit Myinkaba village to see lacquerware family workshops.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

Burma Holidays - Mount Popa



If you feel you would like to vary the sightseeing, and reduce the number of temples you visit in Bagan, you could choose to take an optional half day excursion (for an additional cost) to the unusual 'nat' (ancestral spirit) shrine at Mount Popa, an hour's drive from Bagan.  Please ask for details.



DAY 10 - Bagan.  Return to Yangon.

The day is free in Bagan until your early evening flight back to Yangon for overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 11 - Depart for home.

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Bangkok to connect with your homeward flight.
Meals included: Breakfast.


International Flights.

There are no direct flights between London and Yangon. We recommend the services of Thai Airways International from London Heathrow to Bangkok with a good onward connection to Yangon. Flights are daily throughout the year.  Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Bangkok. Depart at 12.30; arrive Bangkok at 06.05 (next day)
Bangkok/Yangon. Depart at 07.55; arrive Yangon at 08.50
Yangon/Bangkok. Depart at 09.00; arrive Bangkok at 10.45*
Bangkok/Heathrow. Depart at 12.25; arrive Heathrow at 18.30

* Operated by Myanmar Airways International (MAI).

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use Thai Airways International website, using the 'Multicity' option.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).


Burma Holidays: Burmese Days (Reference: WDBU004)
2017 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Departures on Mondays

(see note)

Jan to Mar


Oct to Dec*


The Price shown is based on a Main Deck twin-bedded cabin on the R.V. Paukan.  The supplement for an Upper Deck twin-bedded or double cabin is £80 per person.  There are no double cabins on the Main Deck.

* Supplements will be charged during the Christmas and New Year period. 

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Scheduled domestic flights from Yangon to Heho, Heho to Mandalay, and Nyaung-U to Yangon, including airport taxes.
  • Hotel and cruise boat accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms/cabins with private facilities.
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing as shown, including entrance fees.
  • The services of private drivers throughout.
  • The services of a private English-speaking guide for the included sightseeing.
  • Porterage at the airports.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Optional sightseeing.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter.
  • Visa for Burma.  A special 'Package Tour' visa for individuals is required.  You can obtain this in advance through the Embassy of Myanmar or alternatively obtain your visa on arrival in Yangon. World Discovery will help organise your visa in either case (our Burmese agents have to provide letters of introduction) - Full details will be given when you make a booking.

A deposit of £250 per person* is required at the time of booking, plus the cost of the international airfare and service charge if World Discovery is booking the flights on your behalf. The balance of the price for your Burma holiday must be paid at least 3 months before your departure date.

* This is our standard deposit.  Such is the pressure on hotel accommodation in Burma at the moment that, especially in the peak seasons, some hotels are demanding deposits (and even sometimes full payment) at the time of booking.  We therefore reserve the right to ask for a higher deposit at the time of booking if this proves to be the case.

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