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Burma Highlights + Beach extension BUHB

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 17 Days
 

Burma Cultural Adventure with Ngapali Beach

Half-hidden from the world for decades, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this journey we admire the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and cruise past floating gardens and stilt villages on Inle Lake, as well as explore the vast temple plains of Bagan. We take a boat on the Irrawaddy River and visit the fabled city of Mandalay, from where we walk over the iconic U-Bein teak bridge in nearby Amarapura. 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?

Signalling the end of a fifteen-year tourism boycott, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing for 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." The return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. We are delighted to have returned to the country, having respected the boycott, we remain acutely aware of our ethical responsibility. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our local services, and our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the former military junta. This ensures that the Burmese people benefit as much as possible from our tours. We strongly believe that we contribute positively to the local economy, whilst providing our customers with the privilege of direct interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country's unique culture and heritage. On the 8th November 2015, 50 years of military rule came to an end when the NLD won a land-slide victory in Burma's first national vote. The country is embracing an unprecedented period of change, but with the military junta still retaining 25% of its seats. Visiting Burma now offers a fascinating insight into the politics of a country grappling with, and slowly embracing democracy and the 21st Century

Tour Highlights

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

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Discover the sights of Rangoon; 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
    Drive 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

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Burma Highlights + Beach extension
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Why Book this trip
Our best selling tour is made even better with an unescorted extension to the unspoilt white sand beaches of Ngapali on the Indian Ocean coast! For travellers with a little extra time who want to relax after our unforgettable Burma Highlights tour this is the perfect destination. The beaches in Burma are reminiscent of how beaches would have been in Thailand decades ago, before mass tourism descended. You will stay in a comfortable hotel and be able to choose how to while away the hours at your own pace.
Included meals 16 4 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight, Ferry
Accommodation
16 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16