The glories of this ancient land are once again revealed to travellers in this landmark journey. Travelling by road, by air and on water, we discover why the country is often dubbed the ‘Golden Land’. We start in Rangoon, a city crowned by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, 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.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Our Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family and operated by our sister company The Family Adventure Company. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.
Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most.
Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.
Why we love it
- Soak up Burma's colonial heritage.
- Take a boat trip down the Yangon River.
- Learn some traditional Burmese songs.
- Take a boat across Inle Lake.
- Watch an authentic puppet show.
Day 1 - Rangoon (Yangon)
- Min Gala Ba! Welcome to Burma.
- Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.
- You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until your welcome meeting. The country's biggest city and former capital, Yangon has many cultural delights and excellent sights, including religious monuments, museums, parks and the Bogyoke Market. Yangon has many cultural delights and excellent sights on offer, with the circular train providing great access to different parts of the city.
- This evening you have the option to go for dinner with the others in your group.
Day 2 - Rangoon
- Formerly named Rangoon, Yangon is the country's biggest city and was the capital from 1885, when the British conquered the north and the kingdom of Mandalay, until just a few years ago when the government moved the capital to Naypyidaw.
- This morning we will transfer to the boat pier and take a boat trip across the Yangon River. At the other side we take a tuk tuk ride to Twunte village, as we explore the village on foot our guide will tell us about the village. Then it's time to get our hands dirty as we have a go at making some local traditional pottery! Great fun for all the family. After lunch we return to the boat pier and travel back across the river our hotel.
Summit Park View or similar
Day 3-4 - Bagan
- Today we'll head out early to catch our flight to the ancient wonder of Bagan. Here spread out across the horizon are the peaks of 4,500 brick and gilded ancient temples. Dotting the skyline in many shapes and forms some say they compare in splendour to the majestic Angkor kingdom. Theravada Buddhism was introduced by the former kings of Pagan (Bagan) in the mid 11th century, which spurred on the swift building of a swathe of temples to worship their gods, be they Buddhist, Hindu or Nat, over the ensuing 200 or so years.
- This afternoon we will take a tour by horse and cart (2 people travel per cart) to visit some of the main temples and go shopping in some of the local markets. Hawkers often surround the most popular temples, selling lacquer ware or handicrafts and there are also stalls offering cool drinks and a welcome touch of shade.
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.
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.
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.
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
Day 11 - Rangoon
- The tour will come to an end after breakfast.