Temples and Beaches of Myanmar

A spectacular tour in Myanmar taking you from the old colonial remnants and buzzing street markets of Yangon to Inle Lake, Bagan, and Ngapali Beach. Throughout your visit, you will experience exceptional service and warm Burmese hospitality.

The best time to visit Myanmar/Burma is the dry winter season from November to February.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:
GBP 980 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels
GBP 1180 per person sharing a twin room, Superior Class Hotels
GBP 1320 per person sharing a twin room, Deluxe Class Hotels.
International and domestic airfares are extra.

Temples and Beaches of Myanmar at a glance
  • Day 1: Yangon
  • Day 2: Yangon to Bagan
  • Day 3: Mt Popa
  • Day 4-6: Bagan to Ngapali
  • Day 7: Ngapali to Yangon
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Day 1: Arrival in Yangon and city tour

On arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Yangon lies in the fertile delta region of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city remains wonderfully low rise, broad, tree-lined boulevards shading vernacular Burmese and British colonial architecture, shimmering golden stupas floating above the teak canopy.

Begin your guided tour of Yangon, formerly British Rangoon at the Sule Pagoda, its glittering octagonal pagoda rising above the centre of the city. From there, wander among the priceless artefacts of the National Museum, to gain an insight into Myanmar’s history, art and culture. Complete your day at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. The pagoda is Myanmar’s most sacred place, home to eight hair relics of the Buddha. As the sun sets, marvel at the golden stupa shimmering a hundred metres above the city. Overnight in Yangon.

Distance and journey time: 14 km, 30 mins

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Day 2: Fly to Bagan to tour the temples

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. The former royal capital, dating to the 11th C contains thousands of temples dotted across a spectacular plain stretching from the mighty Irrawaddy.

Begin your exploration of Bagan with the Shwezigon Paya, a pagoda built in part by King Anawrahta to enshrine relics of the Buddha. From here experience the later 13thC architectural style of the Gubyaukhyi temple. Ananda Pahto stands out as one of the finest, largest and best-preserved of the highly revered Bagan temples, while another Gubyaukgyi temple, this one at Myinkaba is best known for its well-preserved12th C stuccos and paintings, considered to be among the oldest in Bagan. The Manuha temple, enshrining an unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining Buddha images lead you to the Shwesandaw Paya, the first monument in Bagan. Shwesandaw features stairways leading from the square lower terraces, up to the round base of the Stupa, from where you will experience the magnificent Bagan sunset. Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey times: Yangon to Bagan by flight: 1.15 hrs / Bagan Airport to Bagan Centre: 14 km, 30 mins

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Day 3: Mt Popa

From Bagan journey by road to Mt Popa, a natural feature forming a cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, considered to be the home of the country’s most important nats (spirits). Ascending Mt Popa up a winding, covered staircase encircling the mountain, you will share your climb with the curious monkeys that share the hill with the nats. Relaxing at the summit with a cool drink, you will discover a monastery and temple complex with shrines for the 37 distinct nats, and a spectacular view across the surrounding plain. From Mt Popa continue to the unspoilt Burmese town of Salay, home to the oldest surviving wooden monastery in Myanmar, featuring beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana. Wander the town at leisure, taking care not to miss the colourful and bustling market or the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi monastery. Overnight in Bagan.

Distance and journey times: Bagan to Mt Popa: 58 km, 1 hr / Mt Popa to Salay: 62 km, 1 hr / Salay to Bagan: 56 km, 1 hr

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Day 4-6: Bagan to Ngapali

Transfer to the airport at Bagan for your flight to Thandwe. On arrival continue to Ngapali for check-in. Ngapali, named by homesick Italian sailors after their beloved Naples is an unforgettable peaceful retreat. Stay 3 nights in Ngapali.

Distance and journey times:

Bagan to Ngapali flight time: 3 hrs

Thandwe Airport to Beach hotels: 11 km, 20 mins

 

Day 7: Ngapali to Yangon

Transfer to the airport at Thandwe, connect to Yangon to complete your Temples and Beaches of Burma experience.

 

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Highlights

Bagan: one of the world's greatest archeological sites

Spread across a plain in a curve of the mighty Irrawaddy, where once 13,000 temples, pagodas and stupas stood more than 2,000 remain

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Mt Popa: home to the Nats

Mount Popa, a volcanic hill standing proud of the surrounding plain, home to Myanmar’s most important spirits, the Nats.

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Ngapali: idyllic palm-lined beach

Offering a choice of first quality beach retreats, Ngapali looks out over the glittering waters of the Bay of Bengal

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Oriental Ballooning

From the colonial splendour of Mandalay to the magnificent temples and stupas of Bagan – from the magical waterways and mountain scenery of Inle to the glittering blue waters of the Bay of Bengal at Ngapali, your view from the gondola beneath a hot air balloon will stay with you forever.

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Yangon: Golden stupas and glittering pagodas

The many shady green spaces, golden stupas and glittering lakes of this former Burmese capital lend Yangon a unique charm

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Accommodation

Bagan, Deluxe Class
Bagan Lodge

The Began Lodge is located on the edge of the Bagan archaeological zone, the gateway to some of the world’s most magnificent temples and pagodas

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Bagan, Superior Class
Hotel@Tharabar Gate

Hotel@Tharabar Gate is located in the heart of the plains of Bagan amidst tropical gardens

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Ngapali, Deluxe Class
Sandoway Resort

Nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach front where its villas and cottages are scattered throughout

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Ngapali, Superior Class
Amata Resort & Spa

Amata Resort & Spa is located near Mya Pyin Village in Ngapali Beach

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Ngapali, Superior Class
Bayview Beach Resort

The beachfront Bayview Beach Resort is situated on a beautiful stretch of sand on the northern end of Ngapali Beach

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Yangon, Deluxe Class
Belmond Governor’s Residence

Belmond Governor’s Residence is an imposing teak mansion dating from the 1920s within the elegant Embassy Quarter

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Yangon, Deluxe Class
The Strand

The historic Strand Hotel built in 1901 by the Sarkies Brothers has long been recognized as one of Yangon's landmarks

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Yangon, Superior Class
PARKROYAL Yangon

The PARKROYAL Yangon encapsulates the charm of colonial Myanmar in a modern setting

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