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15 days

Highlights of Myanmar & beach holiday in Ngapali

Enjoy Myanmar’s remarkable sunsets over the plains and discover the scenic Inle Lake, the burgundy-robed monks and countless of temples and pagodas. Digest it all on Ngapali’s light sandy beach.

Highlights of Myanmar & beach holiday in Ngapali Highlights of Myanmar & beach holiday in Ngapali
15 days

Highlights of Myanmar & beach holiday in Ngapali

Enjoy Myanmar’s remarkable sunsets over the plains and discover the scenic Inle Lake, the burgundy-robed monks and countless of temples and pagodas. Digest it all on Ngapali’s light sandy beach.

Why choose this tour

  • Fall in love with the sunsets over the lush plains at Mandalay and Bagan, with thousands of temples and pagodas, the spires of which reach the sky filled with the warm colours of the evening sun
  • Look forward to standing on top of Mount Popa and see the burgundy-robed Amarapura monks and thousands of Buddha figures in the Pindaya Caves
  • Get a glimpse of local life on the scenic Inle Lake and enjoy a boat trip down the mighty Irrawaddy River known for its rare Irrawaddy dolphins and river sharks
  • Digest all that you have seen and done under the palm trees on Ngapali’s beautiful sandy beach, which despite its idyllic landscape is not overrun by tourists

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

On this tour, we have combined all of the absolute highlights of Myanmar with a relaxing beach holiday at the end. You will discover thousands of Buddha statues of all sizes, countless religious temples and pagodas, as well as classic colonial buildings in the big cities. On the dusty dirt roads around the villages, you will meet men and women carrying yokes over their shoulders, curious children and most of all the local farmers who cultivate their fields by hand or by using ox-drawn carts.

You will visit both the famous large pagodas and the lesser known ones – most of which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries and remain incredibly beautiful to this day. You will also experience the daily life of the monks at Buddhist monasteries, as well as temples and temple complexes.

Look forward to watching the sun set over the unique plains and the numeroous pagodas, the spires of which tower into the sky and are embraced by the warm colours of the evening sun. You round off your tour at the idyllic Ngapali beach, where there are surprisingly few tourists despite the idyllic landscape.

These and a host of other experiences make Myanmar unforgettable.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flights from the UK to Yangon
  • 5 domestic flights: Yangon to Bagan, Bagan to Mandalay, Mandalay to Heho, Heho to Thandwe and Thandwe to Yangon
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Welcome gift with postcard, welcome book and traditional bag
  • Local English-speaking guide on the tour
  • 12 nights at 3 and 4-star hotels:
  • 12 x breakfast (days 3-14)
  • 7 x lunch (days 3-8)
  • Travelling in a car or minibus with air conditioning on excursions
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Sightseeing on the Bagan Plain with its 2,000+ religious pagodas and temples
  • Visit to the lacquerware factory, which is especially unique to Bagan
  • Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple and Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery
  • Excursion to Mount Popa “Home of the Nats (spirits)” and the gold-plated temple complex at the top
  • Boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun Pagoda and the Mingun bell
  • Shwenandaw Monastery, also known as the Golden Palace
  • Mahagandayon Monastery and the teak U Bein Bridge in Amarapura
  • Sagaing Hill and a horse-drawn carriage ride around Ava
  • The Pindaya caves with their 8,094 Buddha figures
  • Boat trip on Inle Lake, visiting floating villages and the floating Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
  • Visit the Phao Village Inn Thein and the Alaung Sitthou area with ancient overgrown stupas
  • Visit to the colonial area of Yangon and to the high Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flights from the UK

Departure from the UK to Yangon in Myanmar with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Yangon, Myanmar

After arriving at Yangon International Airport, you will pick up your luggage and go through immigration. Your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asiatours sign, and you will be driven to your hotel. After checking in, you can choose to explore the city or simply relax at the hotel after the flight.

Compared to the rest of South-east Asia, Yangon is unusual in many ways. There are not many skyscrapers here, and the city has many shady trees and a lot of greenery. Some very old teak trees particularly stand out. In addition, the city has a distinctive charm that stems from its mix of colonial buildings and churches, Muslim mosques, Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas. In the incredibly well-preserved city centre, you will find the extremely tall Shwedagon Pagoda and the more than 2,000-year-old stupa, Sule Pagoda.

Yangon is the largest city in the country, with a population of 7+ million. It also has the largest number of colonial buildings in South-east Asia, making it the perfect place to form a first-hand impression of Myanmar’s interesting history and Buddhist culture.

Day 3: Yangon – Bagan

You will be picked up after breakfast and driven to the airport. From here, you will fly to Bagan, one of Myanmar’s most breathtaking experiences and the country’s largest archaeological site. On your arrival in Bagan, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel before heading out to discover the interesting sights of the Bagan Plain.

Bagan was the capital of the first Burmese kingdom and is located along the great Irrawaddy River. In its heyday, around 1,000 years ago, the city extended over an area of more than 40 km². By today’s standards, its size corresponds to a reasonably large city, but back then, it was incomparable with similar cities in Asia. Today, Bagan is just a small provincial town compared to Myanmar’s other major cities, but you can still sense the vast wealth of the past – a wealth that is particularly noticeable from the top of a temple or a pagoda, as you stand looking out over the spires of hundreds of religious buildings on the Bagan Plain.

During the day, you will visit a local market and a lacquerware factory, where beautiful, smooth lacquerware is made – the best known of Myanmar’s crafts. On the Bagan Plain, you will visit Ananda Temple and Dhammayangyi Temple, the Shwezigon Pagoda and the Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery, which is built in teak. On the dusty dirt roads running through the plain, you can observe the local farmers transporting their produce around in ox-drawn carts, while horse-drawn carriages drive tourists around.

Out on the plain, there are more than 2,000 religious temples and pagodas, all built between the 11th and 13th centuries. Time, not to mention numerous earthquakes, has destroyed several monuments, but the authorities are making a valiant attempt to keep the most important ones restored. The entire area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

You end the day watching the sun set between the spires of the hundreds of religious buildings across the plain.

Day 4: Excursion to Mount Popa “Home of the Nats (spirits)”

Today, you will visit Mount Popa, an extinct, free-standing volcano that rises around 1,500 metres above sea level. The mountain stands pronounced and majestic in the otherwise very flat landscape of the Bagan Plain.

There are 777 steps from the foot of the mountain up to the impressive temple complex at the top. The temple complex is almost entirely gold plated, and from here, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape. Besides enjoying the view from the top, you can also explore the various temples in the complex. According to the Burmese Buddhists, various spirits live on the mountain, which is why it is also known as “The Home of the Nats (spirits)”. This belief in spirits is where Burmese Buddhists differ from other Buddhists.

The tour now heads back down from Mount Popa and on to a charming little village on the Bagan Plain, where you get to hear a little about the lives of the locals and observe their everyday life. If time allows, you will visit the local school and a small local factory. On the drive through the lush farmland to the village, you will make a few short stops at small cottage industries, where “palm sweets” are made, for example. You will likely see farmers hacking weeds by hand in the fields and women carrying goods in the yoke over their shoulders.

The day rounds off with a relaxing boat trip on the mighty Irrawaddy River, where you can enjoy the sunset on the horizon before returning to your hotel.

Optional tours

How about experiencing the Bagan Plain from above? Float in the hot air balloon over the hundreds of religious temples and pagodas in the glow of the sunrise. This is a truly breathtaking experience and an adventurous way to start the day. Interested? Book well in advance as the balloon ride in Bagan is a very popular excursion.

Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda

Today, you will move on from Bagan to Mandalay. You will be driven from the hotel to the airport and fly to Mandalay, At Mandalay Airport, you will be picked up and driven to the Irrawaddy River, where you will be going on a boat trip to Mingun. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of all the boats with their coloured sails and the fascinating landscape along the river. It is especially fascinating to observe when the boats dock at the makeshift jetties and the women rush forth to sell their wares.

You visit the foundation of the Mingun Pagoda, the construction of which was begun in 1790 by King Bodawpaya. Only the foundations were finished as construction drew to a halt when an astrologer predicted that the king would die when the pagoda was completed. If the construction had not been stopped, Mingun Pagoda would have become the largest pagoda in the world. However, the Mingun bell, which was supposed to have hung at the top of the pagoda’s stupa, was completed, and is still the largest bell in the world, weighing 90 tonnes. You also visit the unusual, white Mya Thein Tan pagoda in Mingun, which is made up of undulating terraces.

After the visit to Mingun, you head back to Mandalay. Mandalay was the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom and is today the centre of Burmese culture and its sense of self. Mandalay is the country’s second largest city, and its central location along the Irrawaddy River has made it a trading centre for the entire country.

In Mandalay, you will go on a pleasant sightseeing tour, visiting traditional craftsmen, including the goldsmith, who beats gold leaf for sale as offerings at the temples. You also visit the Golden Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, which was previously covered with gold leaf inside and out and which is one of Myanmar’s most beautiful carved wooden monasteries.

The day ends at the top of Mandalay Hill, where you can enjoy the view of the Shan plain and the city in the glorious sunset.

Day 6: Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava

Today, you will experience life in the small towns of Myanmar. You will start the day by visiting one of Myanmar’s ancient capitals, Amarapura. In Amarapura, you will visit the Mahagandayon Monastery, where you will observe the everyday life of some 1,000 Buddhist monks as they go about their Buddhist studies and general chores.

From Amarapura, you head to Sagaing, which was briefly the capital after the collapse of Bagan. Here, you visit Sagaing Hill, from where you can look out over the Irrawaddy River and the fascinating landscape with more than 700 monasteries and nunneries nearby. The tour then heads to Ava, which you will experience from a horse-drawn carriage. You drive around in the horse-drawn carriage between the Bagaya Monastery and the Nan Myint tower.

Back in Amarapura, you end the day by watching the sun set from the teak U Bein Bridge.

Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Inle

You fly to Heho and from here you drive to Pindaya. Known for its limestone caves, Pindaya is located in one of Myanmar’s hilly areas around 1,200 metres above sea level. Here, you will discover a landscape of vegetable fields, some of which are cultivated on terraces.

The Pindaya caves house 8,094 Buddha figures made of brick, cement, teak and marble. You also visit a small factory where traditional Burmese paper umbrellas are manufactured. From Pindaya, you head to Inle, visiting Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a typical Shan monastery built around 500 years ago, on the way You also stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and on your arrival in Inle you will be driven to your accommodation.

Day 8: Inle

Today, you will experience one of the biggest highlights of the tour – Inle Lake – which is one of the world’s most scenic lakes with water that is almost always still. The lake is surrounded by mountains in all directions. Size-wise, the lake is 22 km long and 11 km wide, and it is 900 metres above sea level.

The lake is incredibly rich in nutrients with many aquatic plants, which takes some adjusting to. You can’t, for example, row and fish in the usual way, so the locals employ a unique rowing method. The person stands on one leg at the back of the canoe with the other leg wrapped around an oar, with which he pushes himself forwards.

This dense aquatic vegetation is due to the shallowness of the lake, and this is why you will also see fishermen all over the lake using an unusual fishing method as ordinary nets cannot be used. The aquatic plants are nevertheless seen as a resource rather than a problem. They are actually fished out of the water and transformed into oblong floating “fields”, where vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and many other lovely vegetables are grown.

You will visit floating villages, villages on stilts, the unique lotus weavers and the floating pagoda, Phaung Daw Oo. In addition, you will visit the Phao village, Inn Thein, which is located by a small canal off the lake. You will go on a short walk to the Alaung Sitthou area, where you will discover ancient, partly overgrown stupas and a magnificent view of the lake.

Day 9: Inle – Ngapali Beach

Today, you will be driven to the airport in Heho and fly to Thandwe on the coast. You will be picked up from the airport and driven to your resort at Ngapali beach.

Ngapali’s white sandy beach is adjacent to the crystal-clear, turquoise-blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, and shaded by the palm trees swaying gently in the sea breeze. Despite its idyllic landscape, there are not all that many tourists here. The atmosphere is peaceful with everything taking place at a sedate pace, so you can really relax after your tour of Myanmar’s impressive sights. The local fishermen still sail out of the village, and if they catch something, it is served that same evening at the resort or at the area’s local restaurants. Occasionally, you will see a farmer with his ox-drawn cart on the beach, as it less bumpy here than on the road.

After checking into the resort, the rest of the day is yours, so you can get settled in this chilled environment.

Days 10-12: Beach holiday at Ngapali Beach

The days are yours to relax on the beach or purchase some optional excursions at the resort.

Day 13: Ngapali – Yangon

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Thandwe, before flying back to Yangon. In Yangon, you will be picked up by a guide who will drive you to your hotel, where you check in. You then go on an excursion to the Bogyoke Market, experience the city’s Chinatown and visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

To get to these sights, you have to take the authentic circular train, and you also travel through Yangon’s colonial area in the incredibly well-preserved city centre.

From most places in Yangon, you can see the beautiful gold-plated spire of the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda is believed to contain eight sacred hairs of Buddha and is therefore one of the most sacred places for Buddhists. When you visit the area around the pagoda, you will experience an admirable ambience of calm and humility while witnessing the Buddhists praying and offering flowers, boiled rice and water.

After visiting the tall pagoda, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Day 14: Home from Yangon

The day is your own to do as you please before departure. You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport. From here, you fly to the UK, with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 15: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after an eventful and exciting, yet also relaxing holiday in Myanmar.

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