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Burma Highlights + Beach extension BUHB

Visiting: Burma
Tour Duration 17 Days
  • Ngwe Saung Beach
  • U-Bein Bridge
  • Gold Spires
  • Bagan
  • Schwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard

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Burma Cultural Adventure with Ngapali Beach

Half-hidden from the world for decades and only recently re-opened to visitors, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this trip we admire gold-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon, floating gardens and stilt villages at Inle Lake and the giant pagoda and bell at Mingun. We explore the many temples of the spectacular Bagan Plains and the ancient cities of Amarapura and Inwa. We also explore the Shan Highlands, discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw. We end the trip relaxing on the palm-fringed beaches of Ngapali.

Should I go?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said: "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral - everything." This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and the return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, and whilst each itinerary has been carefully planned to try and avoid using any service owned by or affiliated with the government or former military junta, we accept that some money will make its way into their hands. We strongly believe that by operating tours in Burma we contribute to the local economy in a positive way, whilst providing our customers with an insight into the culture, through direct interaction with Burmese people.

Tour Highlights

  • Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Inle Lake - Floating markets, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Mandalay - Cruise on Irrawaddy River and visit nearby U-Bein Bridge
  • Bagan - Breathtaking vast plain studded with over 3,000 ancient temples
  • Ngapali Beach - Off the beaten track palm-fringed beaches and warm tropical waters


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Discover the sights of Rangoon, then fly to Inle Lake

  • 3
    Full day to explore Inle Lake by longtail boat

  • 4
    At Inle Lake; boat to visit Shwe Indein pagoda complex

  • 5
    Train and drive to hill station of Kalaw

  • 6
    Walk in Shan Highlands; free afternoon in Kalaw

  • 7
    Visit traditional villages en route to Mandalay

  • 8
    Explore Mandalay; boat trip to Mingun village

  • 9
    From Mandalay, visit Inwa and U-Bein bridge

  • 10
    By boat along the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan

  • 11
    Explore the 1000 year old temples of Bagan

  • 12
    In Bagan; optional visit to Mount Popa

  • 13
    Fly to Thandwe; drive to Ngapali Beach

  • 14
    At Ngapali; free time to relax on the beach

  • 15
    At Ngapali; options to explore by bicycle or by boat

  • 16
    Fly back to Rangoon; free afternoon

  • 17
    Tour ends in Rangoon

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Burma Highlights + Beach extension tour available at present.

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Customer rating

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Included meals 16 2 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight
16 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18