The Best of Burma
18 days from £3,099 per person
Gold-tipped temples, skylines pierced with ancient stupas, floating markets and hushed monasteries - discover the charms of Burma (Myanmar), an up-and-comer on the tourism scene. Our comprehensive tour covers off the royal city of Mandalay, Bagan (home to 3,000-odd temples), Inle Lake and the colonial city of Yangon. We also cruise along the Irrawaddy River and spend a few nights in neighbouring Thailand, where we tour the wats and palaces of Bangkok.
Your holiday includes:
19 excursions and visits
- Half-day city tour of Bangkok
- Visits to the Bridge on the River Kwai; several pagodas; several markets; Pyin Oo Lwin’s Botanical Gardens; Po Win Taung & Shwe Ba Taung cave complexes; and the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar
- Visits to observe skilled local craftsmen at work
- Tour of Amarapura with U Bein Bridge
- Tour of Ava including Bagaya Monastery
- Tour through local villages
- Sagaing hills
- Boat trip to New Bagan
- A traditional Burmese tea party
- Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery
- Cruises of the Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake
- Yangon sightseeing tour
- Shwedagon Pagoda Complex at sunset
- 15 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Thai Airways from London Heathrow - inbound via Bangkok. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 37 meals: 15 breakfasts (3-17) 12 lunches (4 and 6-16) 10 dinners (5-9, 11-14 and 16)
- Souvenir reusable water bottle
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Local Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Bangkok.
On arrival we transfer to our hotel, before the remainder of the day is spent at leisure.
Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok (4-star)
A city tour introduces us to Bangkok’s highlights, including the spectacular Grand Palace. Home of the Thai King for 150 years, it’s a stunning display of beautiful architecture with intricate detail. Here we also see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew - home to the 24-inch Emerald Buddha, carved from one large piece of jade. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this fascinating city.
Today we see the famous bridge over the River Kwai, in Kanchanaburi. We visit the Cemetery of Allied Prisoners, containing the graves of 9,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and the notorious ‘Death Railway’, which the Japanese had hoped to stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Our visit includes the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and a train ride over the original Death Railway. Later, we visit Hell Fire Pass, one of the most difficult sections of railway cutting.
Bangkok - Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Mandalay. Later, we visit the Mahamuni Pagoda with its large, detailed Buddha images, covered in inches of gold-leaf. We then stop at some traditional workshops making gold leaf, kalga tapestries, plus wood and stone carving.
Mandalay Hill Resort (4-star)
We visit Amarapura, a former capital of Myanmar situated by the Irrawaddy River, where we view the record-breaking 200-year-old U Bein Bridge from a sampan. This afternoon, we continue to the ruined city of Ava (or Inwa); where we’ll see the old wooden Bagaya Monastery, Nanmyin Watchtower and glimpse a little of local life in the Burmese countryside.
Today we visit a jade market, then travel to the hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin located on a plateau over 1,000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. You’ll spot many reminders of the colonial era, including brick and timber houses with British names. This afternoon we explore, stopping at a market, historical houses and the 175-hectare, beautifully landscaped Botanical Gardens.
Mandalay - Monywa
We cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar, it’s covered with 600 pagodas and monasteries and is home to 3,000 monks. We visit some of these and then stop at a small pottery village before driving to Monywa. View more pagodas, the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, and Laykyun Setkyar, the largest standing Buddha, before we watch the sunset from the river bank.
Win Unity Hotel, Monywa (3-star)
Monywa - Bagan
We visit fascinating cave complexes containing some of the richest collections of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia. Observe traditional villages as we continue to Pakokku, where we board a local boat for our cruise down river to New Bagan.
Areindmar Hotel, Bagan (3-star)
After visiting the colourful Nyaung-U market, we visit further impressive pagodas - the Shwezigon Pagoda, the hilltop TuYin Taung Pagoda, and the Lawka Nandar Pagoda, set in its golden splendour next to the Irrawaddy River. The afternoon is at leisure.
Begin with a visit to Ananda Temple. Then, in the small village of Myinkaba we enjoy a time-honoured Burmese tea party with traditional snacks, tea and coffee under the shade of trees. Late afternoon we board a cruise along the Irrawaddy River for spectacular views of Bagan, accompanied by a performance of Chinlone (a fascinating combination of sport and dance). We top the day off with a sunset view over the city from a hill temple.
Bagan - Inle Lake
We fly to Heho, then transfer to Nyaungshwe, visiting the monastery and colourful market. In the afternoon we visit the superb Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery to enjoy some wine tasting and the spectacular views over Inle Lake and the valley. Then cruise along Inle Lake, one of Burma’s most spectacular locations, to see stilted houses, floating gardens and fishermen demonstrating their unique leg-rowing technique.
Sanctum Inle Lake Resort (5-star)
This morning we take a relaxing boat trip to Sagar to see the ‘sunken’ stupas and visit a local monastery. We continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-O, Shan and Inthar people and known for its rice wine production. Lastly we’ll stop at a pottery village.
We have an early start this morning to visit Inle Lake’s morning market. Enjoy a traditional lunch, sitting on the floor of a stilted house on the lake, the home of an Inthar family.
Inle Lake - Yangon
We fly to Yangon and visit the morning market in Insein, before boarding the circular train for a colourful ride through the neighbourhood. We have a short walking tour of downtown, visiting Mahabandoola Park and Sule Pagoda. After lunch we explore Bogyoke Market.
Chatrium Hotel, Yangon (5-star)
Today we gain a view of the past, present and future of Myanmar. We visit Bogyoke Aung San’s Old House - the father of Myanmar’s independence movement, liberating the country from colonial rule, before lunch at the House of Memories. We continue to Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, the National League of Democracy headquarters, and a tea shop. An early evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda Complex - home to the most revered temple in Burma - at sunset there are breathtaking views of the illuminated Pagoda and surrounding skyline - a truly fitting end to a memorable journey.
Day 17 Yangon - Bangkok - In flight
Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 18 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.