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Burma is Southeast Asia's hidden gem, a destination bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas and enigmatic ruins. So long closed to the world, Burma cannot help but invoke images of mysterious wander and raw adventure.
Explore the spiritual and Buddhist architecture of Myanmar's largest city
Cruise on this idyllic river which runs north to south through Myanmar
Venture through the city known as Myanmar's colonial capital
See the Intha People fishing on this magnificent lake
Our Hidden Treasures of Burma 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 Rangoon. The former capital of Burma (Myanmar). On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our walking tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street before admiring the Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Visit the National Museum and browse in the Bogyoke Market. Enjoy a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall and finally explore Shwedagon Pagoda. This is Burma's most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.
Drive to the lively port town of Prome and transfer to the ancient city of Sri Ksetra. Visit the local Museum to learn the historical background of Sri Ksetra. Later, travelling by ox cart explore the spectacular ruins of the Pyu Kingdom's former capital. Later visit Hmawzar village to get a glimpse of local life.
Visit Prome's colourful central market where you'll be able to see members of several of Burma's ethnic minorities. Continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Drive back to Rangoon via Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda, famous for its spectacle-wearing Buddha.
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura where you'll visit Mahaghandayon Temple, home to several thousand young monks as well as a place of monastic study and strict religious discipline. Continue to U Bein Bridge, the worlds longest teak wood bridge, before taking a short boat ride to Ava where you will travel by horse and carriage to see the Nanmyint Watch Tower, the wooden Bagaya Monastery and if time permits the Sagaing Hill before returning to Mandalay.
Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Burma’s cultural and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shewe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s largest book; each page inscribed in marble. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, the Mingun Bell; Hsinbyume Paya; and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Burma’s largest. Though incomplete, it is still a monumental structure – 50 metres tall, 72 metres wide and constructed entirely of brick. Return to Mandalay and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Head to the trading post of Monywa via Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha followed by a visit to the Bodhi Tataung wherea thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of banyan trees. In the afternoon travel to Hpo Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha, afterwards heading to Shwe Ba Taung.
Drive to the port city of Pakokku with a stop at the wooden monastery of Pakhangyi Kyaung. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw (if available) and observe the production process of typical Myanmar cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.
Visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the most important Pagoda in Bagan. Also visit the Ananda Temple.Later, visit Htilominlo Pagoda, Thatbaintnyu Temple and take a short drive through the scenic countryside to Myinkaba village.
Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, and visit Taung Kalat, the breathtaking Buddhist Monastery perched on its summit. Continue to visit Manuha Temple, Nanbaya Temple. In the evening, travel to temples that are farther a field on board a colourful ox-cart – a local method of transport.
Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Visit a local home to see Shan umbrella and mulberry paper being produced. Continue to Kalaw for your overnight stay.
Travel to Inle Lake for a boat trip past floating markets, gardens and stilt houses and to see the famous leg-rowing technique of the fishermen on Inle Lake. You will also visit the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monasterey. Also visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Cruise on Inle Lake to the crumbling Indein Pagoda Complex. Built in the 17th Century, it is home to nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas. Walk through the fields of villages in Sae Ma where you will also have the opportunity to visit a school in the village.
Fly to Rangoon and upon arrival visit Gaba Aye Pagoda and the artificial Mahapasana Cave. Later you ll visit Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. In the evening, stroll around Chinatown and through the night markets.
Fly overnight 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
The Mingalar Garden Resort offers enchanting bungalows which are built around a natural spring lake and are surrounded by tropical trees. All of the en-suite rooms are fully furnished with modern facilities including a mini-bar and satellite television, some offering lake views. Wifi is also available. ...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
The Win Unity Hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and the serene Kan Thar Yar Lake. Decorated with Myanmar paintings and handmade lotus furniture, the hotel offers comfortable, en-suite rooms and bungalows with air conditioning, flat screen satellite tv, Wifi and a refrigerator. There is also a traditional Burmese onsite restaurant. ...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
Situated on the shores of Inle Lake, the traditional Hupin Khuang Daing Hotel provides authentic wooden bungalows set amongst palatial gardens. The bungalow terraces offer fantastic views of the lake, particularly at sunset. There is also an on-site restaurant. ...Read more
Residing on the western shore of Inle Lake, this small residence has twenty modern, en-suite rooms with air conditioning and a private living room with international television channels. Some rooms at the front of the hotel offer panoramic views of the lake. The hotel also has a small swimming pool and a superb restaurant. ...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.
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