11 days

Burma: Land of the Buddha - Family Adventure

Burma: Land of the Buddha - Family Adventure

Pagan's thousands of temples

2000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda

Trip rating
  • Built using 8688 sheets of gold and containing 1485 bells, 5448 diamonds and 2317 rubies, sapphires, and other gems both inside and out, Burma's 2500 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is as impressive in numbers as it is in appearance. Located in the city of Rangoon, the nation's holiest Buddhist shrine rivals the opulence and mystique of any other icon of Asia.

     

     

    Why we love it

    • The glories of this ancient land are once again revealed to travellers in this landmark journey.
    • Travelling by road, by air and on water, you will discover why the country is often dubbed the ‘Golden Land’.
    • Starting in Rangoon, a city crowned by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, you will then fly to the fabled 11th Century capital, Pagan.
    • The Inle Lake region exudes tranquillity and enables us to sample the hospitality of the Shan people, one of many groups that contribute to the ethnic diversity of this colourful country.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Rangoon (Yangon)

    • Upon arrival in Rangoon, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. You will meet your tour leader and the rest of the group here.
    • After a pre-trip briefing, you will adjourn for a group dinner in the city (cost not included).
    Summit Park View or similar

    Day 2 - Rangoon

    • Boat trip across the Yangon River, then a tuk tuk ride to Twunte village. Explore the village on foot during a guided tour, then try making some traditional local pottery. Travel back across the river after lunch.
    • A city tour will acquaint you with the major sights of the city. Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the skyline and the ubiquitous Karaweik Hall sits on the Royal Lake.
    • A visit to the National Races Village will acquaint you with the culture, traditional dress and style of homes of eight different ethnic groups indigenous to Burma. The temple of Chaukhtatgyi Paya is home to one of the most revered and largest reclining Buddhas in Burma.
    • Astrological and palm readings are offered by the fortune-tellers located within the temple complex.
    Summit Park View or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Pagan (Bagan)

    • Fly to the ancient wonder of Pagan. The sights of Pagan will be explored from dawn to dusk. Nyaung U's lively market contrasts with the eerie silence of the plains beyond, which are littered with over 4000 structures, including Gawdawpalin, Thatbyinnyu, Ananda and Shwezigon. The names of the temples and pagodas here are a testament to the glorious past of the region. Take a tour by horse and cart (2 people per cart) to visit some of the main temples and go shopping in some of the local markets. The area is also famous for producing lacquer-ware and sand paintings that are available in the stalls amidst the ruins. Weather permitting; you will also enjoy a breathtaking sunset view from one of the ruins. Travel to Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery the next day and explore the caves. Continue to the town of Nyaung U and visit some small neighbouring villages. Take in a marionette performance back in Pagan and tuck into a traditional Bamar meal while you watch.
    Sky Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Kalaw

    • Transfer to Bagan Airport and fly to Heho.
    • Transfer on to Kalaw where you might meet the Black Palaung people, who inhabit the hills of the Shan state.
    • At 9 am, after breakfast, children from the school at St. Xavier Church will come to your hotel to meet with with you and your group. They will then walk you all walk to the market which is about 20 minutes away. In the market, your tour leader along with the children will walk around for about half-an-hour and explain the foods on sale.
    • After that, you will get in a vehicle with them and get driven to St. Xavier Church, where you get a chance to interact with the kids and join in with various classroom activities such as reciting poems and teaching them ABC, etc. You can also play badminton and or join in with a local game which you probably have not seem before. Do worry - your tour leader will explain the rules to you.
    • You then enjoy lunch with the children at St. Xavier.
    • After lunch, the children will walk you to the 500-year-old Hnee Paya. After visiting the village there, they will walk you back to your hotel.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 7 - Inle Lake

    • You will board a plane and fly to Heho today, which is situated in the Shan Plateau.
    • From here, you will drive through picturesque countryside and rolling hills to your final destination, Khaungdaing, situated on Inle Lake not far from the main township, Nyaungshwe.
    • This afternoon you may like to rent a canoe (for about an hour) and row to Lin Kin village, famous for its floating garden in the lake.
    • On your way back you could stop at some of the village houses to see the process of making traditional snacks (optional and at extra cost).
    • You will notice that the weather is much cooler here due to the high altitude.
    Breakfast

    Day 8-9 - Inle Lake

    • A full day will be spent on the lake exploring the floating gardens and catching a glimpse of the local Intha fishermen who are famous for their unique 'leg-rowing' technique. These people are different from the Shans; they originate from the south of the country.
    • The lake is also home to a wide array of bird-life including egrets, cranes, ducks, storks and birds of prey.
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Rangoon

    • In the morning you will transfer to Heho Airport for the flight back to Rangoon. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon will be free in Rangoon and you can visit Sule Pagoda, which marks the centre of town (this is an optional excursion and at your own expense). You will spend your last evening together by going out for a meal (optional) and a wander around town.
    Summit Park View or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Rangoon

    • The tour will come to an end after breakfast. A transfer to the airport is included.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tours
    • Local flights by private airline piloted mostly by expats: Rangoon to Pagan, Pagan to Heho, and Heho to Rangoon
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable) in Rangoon - Shwedagon Pagoda and Karaweik Hall
    • Discover the ancient wonders of Pagan
    • Get shown around by the locals in Kalaw and discover the rural Burma
    • Two nights at a lakeside resort with a full day discovering Inle Lake.
    • Free time to explore Rangoon and Pagan.
    • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Other meals
    • Insurance
    • Tips
    • Porter
    • Any additional optional tours or activities
    • Spending of a personal nature including drinks
    • Laundry
    • Souvenirs
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Trip Code PTFB
Group size 2 - 16
Start City: Rangoon
End City: Rangoon

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