Essence of Myanmar

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Close U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in Amarapura, Myanmar.

Essence of Myanmar

Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is the largest city and the commercial heart of Myanmar (formerly Burma). At its heart is the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred and revered in Burma (Myanmar). Botataung and Sule pagodas, both over 2,500-year old are revered for housing relics of Gautama Buddha. Standing grand in north Yangon, Kabar Aye Pagoda is an ideal spot for meditation seekers. Bogyoke Aung San, bursting at the seams with spices, fruits and vegetables is a good place to find a bargain.

This Myanmar tour begins with a comprehensive tour of Yangon. Visit its highlights; the gilded Sule Pagoda, the huge reclining Buddha and the Botathaung on the Yangon River. Travel to the awe-inspiring Bagan and explore temple ruins along the Ayeyarwady River. Around Mandalay, visit the ancient capital of Amarapura and see the iconic 150-year-old U Bein teak bridge. At Inle Lake, visit the nearby Pindaya Caves and villages of the ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants.

And, experience its highlights such as Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake.

We Love
  • This 8-day tour can be customised for any travellers, adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • The Governor’s Residence still evokes the days of the colonial heritage.
  • Inle Princess Resort is a secluded retreat with its wooden chalets, built upon stilts along the shallow waters
  • Thiripyitsaya Santuary Resort has a gorgeous pool in a magnificent setting.
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • You will require a visa to enter Myanmar. Please check with Myanmar Embassy for more details


Essence of Myanmar This tour focuses on the highlights of Myanmar, the land of breathtaking beauty and charm.
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake,
(8-Days, Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Meet and greet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to your hotel for your 2 nights stay. The rest of the day will be dependent on your flight time and rest.
The Governor’s Residence (D)

Day 2 – Tour
Yangon With your private guide, take a comprehensive tour of the city’s most famous religious monuments; the gilded Sule, the huge reclining Buddha, the Botathaung on the Yangon River. Explore ancient pagodas and monasteries and take an extended tour of Shwedagon Pagoda, with its dome covered with 60 tonnes of pure gold and the city's most spectacular landmark.
The Governor’s Residence (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Transfer
Bagan Today transfer to the Yangon airport for your flight to the awe-inspiring Bagan; where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains.

After rest, explore with your private guide the Buddhist temples, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues. Amongst the many temples you will see is Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO), which is noted for its ancient mural paintings. In the evening, ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Bagan at sunset.
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Explore
Bagan If desired, take a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises. Visit farming villages and temples around Bagan by horse-cart. Lunch at The Beach, a riverside local restaurant.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes and explore local markets and villages. Later take a boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to enjoy the sunset.
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Tansfer
Mandalay After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar. Meet your private guide and explore Amarapura; once a royal capital, ancient monasteries where over a thousand monks live and a Pagoda with a Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Continue to see the 'world’s largest book', with over 700 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures, the iconic 150-year-old U Bein teak bridge, an image seen in many photographs. It was built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Enjoy an evening with spectacular sunset views from Mandalay Hill.
Mandalay Hill Resort (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Transfer
Inle Lake After an early breakfast, pick up from Road to Mandalay and transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel.

After lunch, enjoy boat tour to Indaing, the western end of the Lake. In nearby Pindaya, venture into limestone caverns to see over eight thousand Buddha statues set among stalagmites. The boat trip on Inle Lake is a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop.  See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.
Inle Princess Resort (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Explore
Inle Lake With your expert guide explore the local art and culture. Visit the oldest monastery on the lake, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and ancient Buddha statues. Visit local crafts villages to shop for distinctive textiles, ceramics and lacquerware, and tour In Dein, where ancient pagodas overlook the Lake. There is a surprisingly high amount of very talented painters and artists in Myanmar. Some of them are known internationally. Their accomplishments can be admired and also bought in numerous Art Galleries and showrooms.

At Kyainkhan (near Kyauktaing) visit a family, producing robes (Phongyi clothes) made from fabrics of thousands of lotus stems. You will get insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of the ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants.
Inle Princess Resort (B, L, D)

Optional: With your expert guide drive to a selection of Art Galleries, Interior Design and Antiques shops. There is a surprisingly high amount of very talented painters and artists in Myanmar. Some of them are known internationally. Their accomplishments can be admired and also bought in numerous Art Galleries and showrooms.

Day 8 – Depart
Yangon Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport (1 hour) for your flight to Yangon. Meet our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Lunch at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey
Meals: B

Essence of Myanmar Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore.  Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.

When to go The best time to visit Myanmar is between October and April when the weather is dry and not so hot. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.