Myanmar Family Tour
Type: Family Tour
Duration: 15 Days
Best Time to Travel: October – April
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This most friendly of Asian destinations is a great place for a family holiday. On this trip you can visit local children in their school, rub shoulders with baby elephants at a reforestation project, board a train through the picturesque Shan Hills and take an electric bike ride around the temples at Bagan. Other options include a balloon ride over Bagan and visits to some of the country’s most colourful and impressive temples and monasteries. Myanmar is a great destination for the whole family.
Our guide will pick you up from Rangoon International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. This 325ft gilded pagoda and stupa is Myanmar’s most important landmark.
Explore fascinating Yangon including the Sule Pagoda. Here you can have your fortune told. From here we go to Mahabandoola Park featuring the Independence Monument. From here visit the Custom House, The British Embassy, and the General Post Office. We also have a drink in the colonial bar of the Strand Hotel.
Visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda which features a 216 foot reclining Buddha. It is the third largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar. The next stop is Yangon’s Little India. Here we can walk among the endless stalls selling everything from clothes to mobile phones. From here we carry on to Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. The market is a major tourist destination dominated by antique, Burmese handicrafts, jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. The day ends with a leisurely sunset stroll in Kandawgyi Park with the Shwedagon Pagoda in the distance.
Yangon – Mandalay
Early flight to Mandalay and check in to your hotel.
Guided city tour. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, the holiest pilgrimage site in Mandalay followed by the Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery with its incredible woodcarvings and Atumashi Monastery. Then see the Kuthodaw Pagoda featuring the ‘World’s Largest Book’ containing 729 marble slabs with text from Tipitaka (a set of Buddhist scriptures).
Enjoy sunset at U-Bein Bridge. At over 1,200 metres in length the bridge spans picturesque Taung Thaman Lake.
Drive to Sagaing on the west bank of the Ayreyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Visit “Kaung Mu Daw” pagoda, silver workshops, and the Sagaing hill range dotted with pagodas and meditation centres.
We visit Ava, a former capital from the 14th to 18th centuries. Ava is now a sleepy rural area, cut-off from busy roads by streams and canals. We get around by local horse cart, visiting the delightful 19th century teak wood Bagaya Monastery which is also home to a small school run by the resident monks. Also see remains of the masonry watchtower Nanmyin, Singyone Fort and the impressive Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a brick-and-stucco monastery built on the order of Queen Meh Nu in 1822 for her royal abbot. Later return to Mandalay where you board a boat and sail serenely to Mingun with its unfinished pagoda and giant bell before returning to Mandalay.
Transfer to airport for short flight to Heho. Upon arrival drive at Nyaung Shwe beside Inle Lake and check in to your hotel.
Remainder of the day free to enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake.
We explore a morning market which rotates around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by all kinds of people from surrounding villages and hill tribes.
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary which contains five sacred Buddha images whose shapes have been distorted by the enormous amount of gold leaf applied to them by devotees.
A full day’s exploration of local life on the lake and a cooking class. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and will have a pair of Intha trousers and hat to prepare for your morning dressed as a local. Board your private motorboat (on board are cushioned wooden chairs, lifejackets, umbrellas- for sun and wind protection, and blankets in the winter months). Along the way, your boat will stop to observe the Inthar fishermen. The local technique is to use one leg to balance the boat, the other leg to support the fishing cage, one arm to aim the fishing cage, and the other arm to steer. It is a skill unique to the region. There are over 20 different species of fish in Inle but the main catch is carp and catfish.
Continue to local Intha house to try your hand at creating some regional Shan specialties. Enjoy an interactive cooking class, and then feast on your own creations for lunch. Later return to your hotel.
Inle Lake – Kalaw
After an early breakfast, drive to Shwe Nyaung. At Shwe Nyaung, board a local train for a journey through the picturesque Shan Hills – a fabulous experience! Arrive in Kalaw, a former British hill station tucked away in the Shan Hills where the climate is cool and refreshing.
This afternoon there will be some free time to explore and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this charming town.
We have an excursion to a local elephant camp and reforestation project. Upon arrival at the camp, take a short hike (approximately 1.5 hours) through the lovely Shan Hills to a waterfall. We break for refreshments and watch mahouts washing and feeding their elephants – you may even like to lend a hand! Return to the main camp then sit down for lunch.
A relaxing afternoon to either explore the area with the elephant camp’s guide or learn about reforestation efforts. Return to Kalaw in the later afternoon.
Kalaw – Bagan
Early departure for a long drive (approx. 7 hours) to magical Bagan. On route stop at Mount Popa, the site of a popular Buddhist temple built on top of a free-standing volcanic plug and home of the Nats, impish gods who allegedly have the power to make your life delightful or miserable.
Arrive in Bagan late afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Today is a free day to relax at pool side or perhaps have an electric bike ride tour around the temples. There is the option of a sunrise balloon ride over the temples (cost £220 / person).
Optional Balloon Ride: Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (your guide will tell you the exact pick up time). You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event. Then, depending on the wind, you will over fly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon! The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel.
Explore some of Bagan’s most important monuments including the Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple and Sulamani Guphaya Temple.
Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece. Built in 1105 Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed. Return to your hotel for a couple of hours to escape the hottest part of the day and have some lunch (not included). Later take a horse-cart ride as the sun starts to go down behind the temples across the surrounding plains.
Explore charming Minnathu Village for an insight into local life. The people here are very friendly and will greet you with warm smiles as they going about their business. Continue to a local school (if available) to meet the children. Your guide will act as translator. Also visit a local lacquer ware workshop where you will learn about the incredibly labour intensive process used to create this beautiful traditional handicraft.
Return to the hotel and remainder of the day at leisure.
Return to the city for a sunset boat ride along the Irrawaddy River.
Bagan – Yangon
After breakfast we transfer to the Airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, famous for its 70-metre long reclining Buddha, walk along the promenade of Kandawagyi Lake and end the day at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s crowning glory.
Transfer to airport for your onward departure flight.
- Room accommodation with daily breakfast
- Private transportation by car/ minivan
- Experienced English speaking Myanmar guide for the whole tour
- Cool towels and drinking water in car / minivan
- Extra lunches as per itinerary
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival and departure transfers
- Internal flights as per the itinerary
- Cooking tour and fishing experience
What's Not Included?
- International Flights
- Drinks during meals
- Optional tours
- Myanmar visa
- Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
|Yangon||Belmond Governor’s Residence||Chatrium Hotel|
|Mandalay||Rupar Mandalay Resort||Rupar Mandalay Resort|
|Inle Lake||View Point Lodge||Amata Inle Resort|
|Kalaw||Pine Hill Resort||Pine Hill Resort|
|Bagan||Bagan Thande Hotel||Bagan Thande Hotel|