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Hidden Treasures of Myanmar

  • Duration

    17 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
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Myanmar is Southeast Asia's hidden gem, a destination bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas and enigmatic ruins. So long closed to the world, Myanmar cannot help but invoke images of mysterious wonder and raw adventure.

Tour Highlights

Our Hidden Treasures of Myanmar tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Hidden Treasures of Myanmar Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Myanmar's main cities and scenic areas. This Myanmar tour is for those with a reasonable amount of time and wish to explore some more off the beaten track destinations in Myanmar. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the main highlights of the country, important religious sites and Myanmar's stunning natural scenery. This tour also includes a short cruise on the Irrawaddy River.

  • Days 1-2

    FLY TO YANGON

    DAYS 1-2 FLY TO YANGON

    Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Yangon. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    DISCOVER YANGON

    DAY 3 DISCOVER YANGON

    Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street. Visit the National Museum before exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city's skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Burma's most sacred Buddhist site and is alleged to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    EXPLORE PYAY

    DAY 4 EXPLORE PYAY

    Drive to the lively port town of Pyay. Visit Pyay's colourful central market and continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    PYAY MARKET

    DAY 5 PYAY MARKET

    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. Return to Yangon.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    U BEIN BRIDGE

    DAY 6 U BEIN BRIDGE

    Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Continue to the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge, and make your way across it, walking with the locals. Head to Sagaing, and explore the hills around the town which are dotted with temples and pagodas, before travelling to Inwa to explore the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Amazing Experiences

    • Irrawaddy Cruise

      Cruise down the busy waters of the mighty Irrawaddy to admire the huge Mingun Pagoda, a colossal but unfinished temple sat grandly on the river bank.

  • Day 7

    EXPLORE MANDALAY

    DAY 7 EXPLORE MANDALAY

    Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Myanese culture and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe 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 and a kalaga tapestries craftman's shop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    MINGUN

    DAY 8 MINGUN

    Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world's largest bells, the Mingun Bell; and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Myanmar'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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    BODHI TAUNG BUDDHA

    DAY 9 BODHI TAUNG BUDDHA

    Leave Mandalay for the Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha. Continue to the Bodhi Taung where a thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of beautiful Banyan trees. In the afternoon see the Aung Setkya Pagoda and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Arrive in Monywa.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    CRUISE THE IRRAWADDY

    DAY 10 CRUISE THE IRRAWADDY

    This morning take a boat trip across the Chindwin River to Hpo Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha. Drive on to the port city of Pakokku. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw and observe the production process of typical Myanese cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    EXPLORE BAGAN

    DAY 11 EXPLORE BAGAN

    Visit Nyaung U Market, Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the most important pagoda in Bagan. You'll also visit Htilominlo Pagoda. This afternoon, head to a lacquer workshop in the village of Myinkaba before enjoying a spectacular sunset over Bagan's temple-strewn plains.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    MT POPA

    DAY 12 MT POPA

    Travel to Mt Popa and visit the temple that sits on top of a unique 'plug'. Return to Bagan and discover more of its wonderful temples and pagodas. In the evening, travel to temples that are further afield on-board a colourful ox cart – a local method of transport.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    SHWE U MIN CAVES

    DAY 13 SHWE U MIN CAVES

    Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Continue to a local workshop that manufactures umbrellas from mulberry paper. Arrive in Kalaw.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    INLE LAKE

    DAY 14 INLE LAKE

    Drive to Nyaung Shwe and take a boat trip to Inle lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary 'Intha' people, who live on and around the water, and are renowned for their unique rowing technique. Visit a local market and see the floating gardens, village life and magnificent scenery. See Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and the weaving village of Inpawkhon.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Amazing Experiences

    • Inle Lake Cruise

      Navigate across the peaceful water of beautiful Inle Lake, passing through floating communities, examining the innovative floating gardens and glimpsing the daily life of the Intha people.

  • Day 15

    INDEIN PAGODAS

    DAY 15 INDEIN PAGODAS

    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 rice paddies to Sae Ma village, where you can visit a local primary school.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    YANGON

    DAY 16 YANGON

    Fly to Yangon. Upon arrival browse the famous Bogyoke market, perfect for souvenirs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown, visiting a temple as you go.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    FLY YANGON TO UK

    DAY 17 FLY YANGON TO UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 4

    Inya Lake 3 Star Hotel

    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.

  • Night 1

    Mingalar Garden Resort 4 Star Hotel

    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.

  • Night 1

    Win Unity Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    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.

  • Thazin Garden Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No(22), Thazin Road, Archaeological Province, Bagan, Myanmar

    Well-located in New Bagan for Bagan’s temples and the airport, the Thazin Garden Hotel sits in lovely gardens and even has an old pagoda in its grounds. There is a lovely outdoor pool, spa treatments and massage, a bar and a restaurant serving local cuisine. Rooms are spacious and full of Burmese character. They also have garden of pagoda views, an en suite bathroom with bath, Wi-Fi, a seating area, air-conditioning and a minibar.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar 4 Star Hotel

    B-8, Pyin Oo Lwin Road, Between 31st & 32nd Street, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township, Mandalay, Union Of Myanmar

    Located in a quiet spot on the edge of Mandalay, just 10 minutes from the city centre, the Shwe Pyi Thar offers comfortable accommodation in the traditional style. Full of tastefully furnishings and modern amenities, there is a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre and a restaurant serving Asian and European dishes. There is also free Wi-Fi. Rooms are bright and spacious, and have a television, kettle, safe and stylish, modern bathroom with bathtub.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Night 1

    Dream Mountain Resort, Kalaw 3 Star Hotel

    Dream Mountain Resort is a small, classic hotel, set on the hillside with panoramic views across the country's scenic hill region. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a sun terrace and sauna. Wi-Fi is available in shared areas.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Amata Garden Resort, Inle Lake 4 Star Hotel

    Amata Garden Resort is a mid-size hotel encompassing 18 acres of private gardens, nestled between the green Shan Hills and the vast, peaceful Inle Lake. The hotel's Lotus Spa offers a sauna, steam bath and variety of natural treatments. Guests can enjoy views of the lake from the open-air swimming pool or the indoor-outdoor sunset bar. Rooms have Wi-Fi access.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant

The best time to visit Myanmar is between October and May, during the dry season.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 25°c
  • 5mm
  • Pyay
  • 21°c
  • 1mm
  • Mandalay
  • 21°c
  • 4mm
  • Monywa
  • 21°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 2mm
  • Pyay
  • 26°c
  • 1mm
  • Mandalay
  • 24°c
  • 2mm
  • Monywa
  • 21°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 29°c
  • 7mm
  • Pyay
  • 29°c
  • 1mm
  • Mandalay
  • 28°c
  • 1mm
  • Monywa
  • 25°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 31°c
  • 15mm
  • Pyay
  • 32°c
  • 10mm
  • Mandalay
  • 31°c
  • 40mm
  • Monywa
  • 29°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 29°c
  • 303mm
  • Pyay
  • 31°c
  • 141mm
  • Mandalay
  • 31°c
  • 138mm
  • Monywa
  • 31°c
  • 101mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 547mm
  • Pyay
  • 28°c
  • 398mm
  • Mandalay
  • 30°c
  • 116mm
  • Monywa
  • 28°c
  • 106mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 559mm
  • Pyay
  • 28°c
  • 626mm
  • Mandalay
  • 30°c
  • 83mm
  • Monywa
  • 30°c
  • 71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 602mm
  • Pyay
  • 28°c
  • 234mm
  • Mandalay
  • 29°c
  • 136mm
  • Monywa
  • 30°c
  • 131mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 368mm
  • Pyay
  • 28°c
  • 260mm
  • Mandalay
  • 29°c
  • 150mm
  • Monywa
  • 29°c
  • 162mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 28°c
  • 206mm
  • Pyay
  • 28°c
  • 138mm
  • Mandalay
  • 28°c
  • 125mm
  • Monywa
  • 28°c
  • 134mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 27°c
  • 60mm
  • Pyay
  • 26°c
  • 50mm
  • Mandalay
  • 25°c
  • 38mm
  • Monywa
  • 25°c
  • 42mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Yangon
  • 25°c
  • 7mm
  • Pyay
  • 24°c
  • 4mm
  • Mandalay
  • 22°c
  • 6mm
  • Monywa
  • 24°c
  • 6mm
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