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Classic Burma

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YangonSule Shangri-La
2 nights
BaganThiripyitsaya Resort
2 nights
MandalayMandalay Hill Resort
2 nights
Inle Lake
Inle Princess Resort
2 nights
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1 night

Click on the name of the hotel for details.

 

10 days from £1950

International flights NOT included

 

BURMA TOURS FACTFILE

 

 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

 

BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION IN 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.

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. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Yangon on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Burma Holidays - BaganDAY 3 – Fly to Nyaung-U.  The Temples of Bagan.

After an early breakfast, transfer to airport for the short flight to Nyaung-U, 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 4 - 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: Breakfast.

Burma Holidays - Mount Popa

 

OPTIONAL VISIT TO 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 5 - Mandalay.  Amarapura.

Fly to Mandalay in the morning. On arrival 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.  Check into your Mandalay hotel and 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 - MingunDAY 6 - Mingun, Sagaing.

This morning enjoy a private boat trip of about an hour on the Irrawaddy to visit Mingun, famous for its bell, the largest uncracked bell in the world weighing more than 90 tons.  Return by boat to Mandalay and drive to the town of Sagaing, capital of an independent Shan state in the medieval times, where visits will include the Kaungmudaw pagoda.  You will be back in Mandalay in the mid afternoon.  The rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Pictured: the Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun.

DAY 7 - Fly to Heho.  Drive to Inle Lake.

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. After check-in, enjoy a leisurely trip by longtail boat to explore the lake and its surrounding attractions
Meals included: Breakfast.

Burma Holidays - Inle Lake market

 

DAY 8 - Inle Lake.  Indein.

After breakfast 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.  Afterwards, proceed to Indein, a recently discovered 16th century temple site.  Return to your resort for an afternoon at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

DAY 9 - Return to Yangon.

Drive to Heho Airport and fly back to Yangon.  The rest of the day is free.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 10 - 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: Classic Burma (Reference: WDBU003)
2017 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

Jan to Mar

£1950

Oct to Dec*

£1995

* 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 Nyaung-U, from Nyaung-U to Mandalay, from Mandalay to Heho and from Heho to Yangon, including airport taxes.
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms with private facilities.
  • 9 breakfasts 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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