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As well as taking you through the best of Burma, from charming Rangoon and cultural Mandalay, to the temples of Bagan, you’ll also embark on a 2 night cruise of the Irrawaddy River, where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in rural Burma.
Be dazzled by the golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's largest city
Cruise on Myanmar's largest river on a Pandaw Cruise
Meet the locals at this amazing lake as they go about their daily lives
Discover a plethora of ancient temples - there's over 2000 of them!
Our Burma and the Irrawaddy itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the vibrant city
of Rangoon. Depending on your
time of arrival the rest of the day
is yours to start soaking up the
Rangoon, Burma’s capital until
its relocation to Naypyidaw in
2006, is the heart of Burma’s
spiritual life, a bustling city
full of crumbling colonial charm.
Stroll past colonial buildings
of Rangoon’s downtown, see
the Independence Monument
and the artefacts of the National
Museum before browsing the
wares of Bogyoke Market.
Finally, explore Shwedagon
Pagoda. Purported to have
four relics of former Buddhas
enshrined within, the pagoda
is Burma’s most sacred Buddhist
site. The complex’s huge
golden stupa dominates the
Fly to Mandalay. Take a boat trip
to Mingun, visit the monumental
Mingun Pagoda. See Mya Thein
Tan Pagoda and explore Sagaing,
where the surrounding hills are
full of pagodas, temples and
monasteries. Travel to the U Bein
Bridge, the world’s longest teak
wood bridge, which stretches
across the Taungthaman Lake.
Watch the local people coming
and going across the bridge as
the sun goes down.
Spend a full day soaking up
the sights of Burma’s cultural
capital, visiting the Mahamuni
Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery
and a gold hammering workshop
before travelling to the old city of
Amarapura and Mahagandayon
Monastery, a place of monastic
study and home to several
thousand young monks.
Board your Pandaw river cruise
vessel, on which you will spend
the next two nights. Set sail
downriver, welcome cocktail in
hand and watch the Irrawaddy
panorama unfold before you.
The cruise continues at a
leisurely pace, passing through
landscapes. Visit the village
of Yandabo. The people here
specialise in pot-making and
you’ll be able to see the villagers
at work before browsing the
local, handcrafted wares. You'll
also explore Pakokku by trishaw.
Rise early to enjoy the sunrise
over the river. Disembark
in Bagan and begin your
explorations. Around Bagan,
Burma’s central plains are
scattered with around 2,000 old
structures, left from the golden
age of kingdoms long passed.
Visit some of these numerous
temples including Htilominlo and
Dhammayangyi, before enjoying
a spectacular sunset from the
summit of Aureum Watch Tower.
Begin the day browsing the
wares of Nyaung Oo Market then
travel to Mt Popa. An extinct
volcano, ascend to its peak to
explore the breathtaking Taung
Kalat monastery that is perched
there. Return to Bagan.
This morning, climb aboard a
boat for a short sail to Kyun Thiri
river village where you can visit
a local monastery and partake
in some local tea and snacks.
Return to Bagan by boat. The
afternoon is free.
Fly to Heho and travel on to
Inle Lake. The lake is best
known for the extraordinary
‘Intha’ people, who live on and
around the water, and their
unique rowing technique. Head
out on the lake by boat to visit
Nanpan, a traditional Inle village
built on stilts. See traditional
boat making and visit a cheroot
making factory before continuing
on to Phaungdaw U Pagoda, Nga
Phae Chaung Monastery and the
ingenious floating gardens.
Browse the local produce
at a morning market before
transferring by boat to the
western shore of the lake to
explore the crumbling Indein
Bid farewell to Inle Lake and
return to Heho airport to fly to
Rangoon. The rest of the day is
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
In a quiet spot between the airport and city centre, the Inya Lake Hotel sits in gardens on the edge of a lake. Rooms are spacious with a balcony and ensuite bathroom with bath/shower and a range of toiletries. The swimming pool is a welcome respite after a day of touring and there is also a fitness centre, restaurant and lounge. The hotel’s foyer exudes the glamour of the orient and has a café serving snacks, cakes and drinks. ...Read more
Located in Mandalay’s city centre, the Eastern Palace Hotel is a quirky, modern hotel. 114 guestrooms are spacious and contemporary and have an ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub. There is a swimming pool, fitness area and spa treatment options as well as a lounge, bar and restaurant area. ...Read more
Perfectly located two kilometres from Old Bagan, where you’ll find the majority of the area’s beautiful old temples, this stylish 57 room hotel has an outdoor pool and lush gardens in which to relax. All rooms are simply decorated and have a private bathroom with shower and/or bathtub and a balcony. ...Read more
Sat on the banks of Inle Lake, with beautiful views over the lake and the surrounding mountains, the Ananta has the full complement of facilities. There is an outdoor pool, restaurant, dining terrace, spa bar and lounge, whilst the 28 rooms foster an intimate atmosphere. Rooms are large and have a balcony, ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub, lovely handmade furniture and bathrobe and slippers for your comfort. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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