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Join Wendy Wu Tours on a tour of the Hidden Treasures of Burma. Journey through 17 days exploring the enigmatic landscape of a land less explored than others. Enjoy the plethora of interesting sights, from the eye-catching temples, colourful markets to the Pindaya Caves and life surrounding Inle Lake, there is so much to take in and see in such a fascinating country.
Explore the Buddhist architecture of Yangon
Cruise on the idyllic Irrawaddy River
Tour the temples of astounding Bagan
Discover mysterious Mt Popa
Explore the Floating gardens of Inle Lake
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Rangoon (Yangon)
Fly overnight to Rangoon. The former capital of Burma (Myanmar). On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Discover Rangoon
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our walking tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street before admiring the Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Visit the National Museum and browse in the Bogyoke Market. Enjoy a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall and finally explore Shwedagon Pagoda. This is Burma's most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.
Day 4: Explore Sri Ksetra
Drive to the lively port town of Prome and transfer to the ancient city of Sri Ksetra. Visit the local Museum to learn the historical background of Sri Ksetra. Later, travelling by ox cart explore the spectacular ruins of the Pyu Kingdom's former capital. Later visit Hmawzar village to get a glimpse of local life.
Day 5: Prome Market
Visit Prome's colourful central market where you'll be able to see members of several of Burma's ethnic minorities. Continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Drive back to Rangoon via Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda, famous for its spectacle-wearing Buddha.
Day 6: U Bein Bridge & Temples
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura where you'll visit Mahaghandayon Temple, home to several thousand young monks as well as a place of monastic study and strict religious discipline. Continue to U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge, before taking a short boat ride to Ava where you will travel by horse and carriage to see the Nanmyint Watch Tower, the wooden Bagaya Monastery and if time permits the Sagaing Hill before returning to Mandalay.
Day 7: Explore Mandalay
Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Burma's cultural and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shewe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world's largest book; each page inscribed in marble. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Day 8: Cruise to Mingun
Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world's largest bells, the Mingun Bell; Hsinbyume Paya; and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Burma's largest. Though incomplete, it is still a monumental structure – 50 metres tall, 72 metres wide and constructed entirely of brick. Return to Mandalay and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 9: Monywa & Bodhi Tataung
Head to the trading post of Monywa via Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha followed by a visit to the Bodhi Tataung where a thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of banyan trees. In the afternoon travel to Hpo Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha, afterwards heading to Shwe Ba Taung.
Day 10: Pakhangyi Kyaung
Drive to the port city of Pakokku with a stop at the wooden monastery of Pakhangyi Kyaung. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw (if available) and observe the production process of typical Myanmar cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.
Day 11: Explore Bagan
Visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the most important Pagoda in Bagan. Also visit the Ananda Temple.Later, visit Htilominlo Pagoda, Thatbaintnyu Temple and take a short drive through the scenic countryside to Myinkaba village.
Day 12: Mt Popa & Bagan Temples
Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, and visit Taung Kalat, the breathtaking Buddhist Monastery perched on its summit. Continue to visit Manuha Temple, Nanbaya Temple. In the evening, travel to temples that are farther afield on board a colourful ox-cart – a local method of transport.
Day 13: Pindaya Caves
Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Day 14: Inle Lake
Travel to Inle Lake for a boat trip past floating markets, gardens and stilt houses and to see the famous leg-rowing technique of the fishermen on Inle Lake. You will also visit the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Also, visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Day 15: Indein Pagodas
Cruise on Inle Lake to the crumbling Indein Pagoda Complex. Built in the 17th Century, it is home to nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas. Walk through the fields of villages in SÅ Ma where you will also have the opportunity to visit a school in the village.
Day 16: Rangoon
Fly to Rangoon and upon arrival visit Gaba Aye Pagoda and the artificial Mahapasana Cave. Later you'll visit Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. In the evening, stroll around Chinatown and through the night markets.
Day 17: Fly Rangoon to UK
Fly overnight to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of South East Asia on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 20 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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