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    Places visited:

  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Hsipaw
  • Monywa
  • Bagan
  • Pindaya
  • Inle Lake
  • Yangon
  • Traverse a deep jungle gorge in Shan State on the Goteik Viaduct.

  • Explore the villages around Hsipaw, including a former Shan Palace and the Dotawaddy River.

  • Travel overland between Mandalay and Bagan, with time to explore the riverside town of Monwya and its interesting sandstone caves.

  • Trek into the beautiful countryside around Pindaya staying overnight in a local monastery.

  • Visit Yangon's iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and admire the city's grand colonial buildings.

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What our specialists say...

This itinerary features all the highlights of Myanmar incorporating some of the lesser-visited areas. Starting in Mandalay, spend your first few days exploring this historic city. Then head deep into Shan State, arriving in Hsipaw via Pyin Oo Lwin - a journey that incorporates a rail journey across the Goteik Viaduct. Enjoy the trekking, cool mountain air and relaxed atmosphere of Hsipaw before returning to Mandalay. Take an overland route to the magnificent temple site of Bagan via Monwya. Continue to Pindaya to explore local villages on foot, Inle Lake for floating markets, stilted villages and traditional life before finishing in colonial Yangon.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Hsipaw
  • Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Pakokku
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Heho
  • Pindaya
  • Inle Lake
  • Heho
  • Yangon (Rangoon)

Itinerary idea in detail

With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Mandalay.

Day 2 Mandalay

Mandalay

On arrival in Mandalay you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 3 Mandalay

Mandalay

A fascinating and diverse day spent discovering Mandalay's various sights and attractions. At the end of the day you will be taken up to Mandalay Hill for a view over the surrounding plains at sunset.

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Day 4 Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Mandalay , Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

From Mandalay you will be driven east to Pyin Oo Lwin where you can enjoy a stroll around the botanical gardens in this former British Hill Station.

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Day 5 Hsipaw

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) , Hsipaw

From Pyin Oo Lwin you head further east to Hsipaw, crossing the scenic pass at Goteik on the railway. Arrive in Hsipaw mid afternoon and relax for the rest of the day or take a stroll through town.

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Day 6 Hsipaw

Hsipaw

This morning you head out into the countryside on foot, taking in a few local villages and some lovely scenery. In the afternoon you jump in a small local boat for a trip on the Dotawaddy river.

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Day 7 Mandalay

Day 8 Mandalay

Mandalay

Visit the ancient capitals of Inwa and Amarapura today.

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Day 9 Monywa

Mandalay , Monywa

Leaving Mandalay you will travel via the picturesque Sagaing Hills to Monywa. On arrival visit Shwe Ba Hill and the Po Win temple complex.

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Day 10 Bagan (Pagan)

Monywa , Pakokku , Bagan (Pagan)

This morning you travel onto the town of Pakokku and board a local boat for your journey downstream to Bagan.

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Day 11 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

Spend the day exploring the temples of Bagan with your knowledgeable guide.

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Day 12 Pindaya

Bagan (Pagan) , Heho , Pindaya

Take a short flight to Heho this morning and on arrival you will be collected from the airport and transferred to Pindaya where you will stay in the charming Pindaya Inle Inn. Spend the afternoon exploring the local area and enjoy lunch with a Danu family in their home.

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Day 13 Pindaya

Pindaya

Accompanied by your guide and porter, you will head into the hills around Pindaya to visit local Palaung and Danu villages. Spend the night in a local monastery.

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Day 14 Inle Lake

Pindaya , Inle Lake

After a hearty breakfast continue your trek returning to Pindaya in time for lunch. Here you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Inle Lake by road.

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Day 15 Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Spend the day enjoying some wonderful trekking through the countryside.

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Day 16 Yangon (Rangoon)

Inle Lake , Heho , Yangon (Rangoon)

A short flight takes you to the former colonial capital, Yangon. In the afternoon visit the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk, as locals come to give offerings to the spirits. You then head to 19th Street to enjoy a cold drink in this bustling thoroughfare.

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Day 17 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

From your centrally located hotel you will have the opportunity to explore Yangon on foot, visiting many of the city's grand colonial buildings.

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Day 18 International return flight

Yangon (Rangoon) , International return flight

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Contact a specialist

The specialist who designs your trip to Burma (Myanmar) will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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