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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Myanmar
Travel type Fly
Price range From £2199
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 11 nights
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Burma - the golden land

This is Burma - intriguing, alluring and still the preserve of the discerning visitor. Now’s the time to experience this remarkable country’s true authenticity before it takes its place on the tourist map.

Included

  • Scheduled flights to Rangoon via Bangkok
  • Eleven nights accommodation, including breakfast in three, four and five star hotels
  • All domestic flights and transfers within Burma
  • Railway journey from Maymyo
  • City tours of Rangoon and Mandalay, sightseeing at Inle lake and Pagan
  • All entrance fees
  • Porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera tour manager

    Flight information
    Thai Airways flights are on Airbus 360-600 aircraft. Economy seats have 34” seat pitch, seat-back TV’s with video on demand.

    Flights between Bangkok and Rangoon are on Airbus 330-300 with 32” seat pitch and a flight duration of one hour 20 minutes. Flight durations shown above exclude waiting time in Bangkok, usually two to three hours. Aircraft types may be changed without notice.

    Qatar Airways
    Flight information: Flight timings shown are outbound and include a stop in Doha, Qatar. Inbound flight times are longer (approximately 14hours 35 minutes) and also include a stop in Doha.

    Thai Airways Royal Silk (business class) and Qatar Airways upgrade: prices to be confirmed after we receive your booking. Subject to availability.
Not included
Burma visa
Day one

Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to Rangoon (Yangon), via Bangkok.

Day two

After our afternoon arrival in Bagkok, we connect on to Rangoon for two nights at the four star Green Hill hotel, with breakfast.

Day three

Today, we begin our tour of the garden city of Yangon. There’s an eclectic mix of Buddhist shrines and many remains of the old colonial-style city centre like the secretariat building and post office. We visit Scott market - crammed with colourful, aromatic and exotic vegetables and local handicrafts. But the highlight is the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. We time our visit for the late afternoon to benefit from the light at its best. The pagoda’s shining golden dome, Buddhist Myanmar’s heart and soul, rises 321 feet and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. We’ll have ample time here watching the devoted praying and making their offerings.

Day four

We fly to the hill town of Heho before continuing to Inle lake. Locally made long-tail wooden boats transport you to our hotel for two nights, the three star superior Inle resort. Made of wood and built on stilts the hotel is full of character. Every room is an individual thatched-roofed bungalow, with
a small balcony. This afternoon we explore the local handicraft and cottage industries that thrive in rural Burma. You’ll visit a boatyard where sleek long-tail boats are constructed using age-old techniques, and a weaving workshop using wooden looms like those from pre-industrial Britain to produce intricate items from silk and lotus fibres. We visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in Shan State, continuing by boat to one of the oldest monasteries where monks have trained their cats to jump through hoops.

Day five

We continue our exploration by long-tail boat of the lake and its villages, visiting local markets for an insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha tribal minorities in their colourful and distinctive clothes and headdresses. We see the leg rowers, local fishermen and floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown. Our afternoon boat ride takes us into the canals around the shores of the lake. Visitors are so rare here that people wave from the lakeside as we pass. Our destination is the 14-18th century Nyaung Ohak ruins. Many pagodas here are slowly being reclaimed by the jungle, with plants and small trees growing out of them at bizarre angles. Views across the valley and the surrounding forest-covered Shan hills make it well worth the ascent. You return to the hotel in time to see the sunset over the waters of the lake.

Day six

Flying to Mandalay, we drive into the hills for an overnight at Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), the former British hill station during the hot summer months. As the road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, the air becomes cooler. As we enter the outskirts you will see by the brick and timber houses, complete with gables, turrets and chimneys. Our hotel is the simple three star Royal Reward resort hotel, with breakfast.

Day seven

This morning you have the chance to experience a real flavour of railway travel as it used to be, on a trip through Burma’s hill country with views of simple shops, brickworks, children walking to school and water buffalo. The highlight is the crossing of the century-old Gokteik viaduct, a 985-foot deep gorge. After visiting some 19th century gardens we continue to Mandalay and the five star Mandalay Hill resort.

Day eight

We visit Amarapura, Burma’s old Royal capital. Here we see another highlight is U Bein’s teak bridge, built in 1851, over a kilometre long and constructed on hundreds of teak piles driven into a lake. In the afternoon we visit the Mahamuni pagoda, home to Mandalay’s holiest Buddha statue - covered in so much gold leaf over the centuries that it’s unrecognisable as a human form. You’ll visit one of the many workshops that still beat out tiny sheets of gold leaf by hand. You’ll see one of the most remarkable all-teak buildings in Burma – the Shwenandaw monastery, once part of Mandalay’s enormous palace complex, with its intricate carvings, gilded columns and elaborate fretwork. You’ll see the ‘world’s largest book’ – 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. We round off the day with some sunset views from the top of Mandalay hill.

Day nine

Today we fly to Bagan for two nights at the three star Shwe Yee Pwint hotel or the Ayeyar River View hotel, with breakfast. We begin our exploration the most important pagodas and temples of Bagan - including the 11th century Shwezigon pagoda, the murals of Ku Byauk Gyi temple and the four huge Buddha images of Ananda. Bagan is known for its lacquerware and in the afternoon we visit a craftsman’s workshop. We end our day with sunset views from the very top of one of Bagan’s largest pagodas - a serene end to the day.

Day 10

After breakfast you’ll have the chance of seeing the temples from a different perspective as we travel by horse and cart through sandy lanes. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11

You fly back to Yangon and some free time in the city, you visit the Allied War cemetery at Taukkyan north of Rangoon. It’s a peaceful resting place of thousands of British and Commonwealth servicemen from the Burma campaign. Late afternoon, we will fly to Bangkok to connect with your overnight flight home.

Day 12

You arrive home.
Rangoon – the Four-star Hotel Inya Lake is set in a lush parkland area overlooking one of Rangoon’s lakes, a few miles from the centre. The hotel was built by the Soviet government in payment for rice imports in the 1960’s. The colonnaded public areas are spacious and high-ceilinged, with the main dining room having good views across the gardens. There’s also a large pool and pool bar. All 366 rooms have air-conditioning, en-suite bath, hairdryer, safe, minibar and balcony.

Inle Lake – the three star Shwe Inn Tha hotel

Set in the southern end of Inle Lake close to one of the local stilt villages. This hotel is entirely wood-built, with a central reception area, bar, restaurant and small open-air pool (unheated). The 38 rooms are all detached thatched bungalows reached by wooden walkways. Each room has shower/wc, minibar, tea/coffee-maker and a balcony with sunrise or sunset views. Wifi is available at reception. Hot water and lighting are subject to local intermittent electricity supplies. Noise can travel a long way over water, and early in the morning there may be some disturbance from the nearby pagoda and from longtail boat engines.

Maymyo – the four star Governor’s House hotel is located a short way out of the centre of Maymyo. The main building is a replica of the original building which was unfortunately completely destroyed in the second world war. Most of the 35 rooms are in semi-detached bungalows in the extensive gardens. All are very spacious and have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-maker.

Mandalay – the five star Mandalay Hill hotel

Located just outside the city centre and is considered the best hotel in Mandalay. A most impressive lobby area leads to the Kipling lounge bar, the all-day dining café and the a la carte Chinese restaurant. Outside, there’s a huge pool with pool bar and a spa. The 206 rooms are all well furnished and have air-conditioning, en-suite bath, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee-maker, TV, wifi internet (extra charge) and city views.

Pagan – the three star Thazin Garden resort or three star Thande hotel

The three star Thazin Garden resort is a small hotel located in a quiet area of New Pagan. The tropical garden is shaded by palm trees and leads down to a lovely pool, a bar and restaurant. In the evenings the hotel sometimes sets the tables out in the garden overlooking its own illuminated pagoda. The 60 teak-panelled rooms are in bungalows or small blocks and all have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, TV, tea/coffee-maker and terrace with garden view.
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