Classic Myanmar

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Burma, Myanmar

Best time to go: January to March, October to December

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Classic Myanmar

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise the Ayeryarwady River aboard the stylish Sanctuary Ananda 
  • Learn to chew betel nut and tie a traditional Myanese sarong
  • Marvel at Yangon’s glittering Shwedagon Pagoda 
  • Dine on local dishes at a floating restaurant on magical Inle Lake 
  • Watch the sun set over the magnificent temples of Bagan

Day 1 UK/Yangon 
Maximise your time by flying overnight to Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital and best introduction.

Days 2-3 Yangon
On a downtown walking tour passing the crumbling colonial buildings that line the streets, Yangon feels slightly like a time-warp. Although the city is Myanmar’s economic hub, it remains its spiritual heart too, full of traditional shophouses and monk-swished temples. Explore with a private guide, visiting the National Museum and Reclining Buddha Pagoda, finishing at the golden, sky-piercing glory of Shwedagon Pagoda.
Sule Shangri - La Yangon | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Yangon/Mandalay 
After a short flight to Mandalay, board the Sanctuary Ananda for a four-night cruise on the Ayeryarwady to Bagan. Ananda translates in Sanskrit as ‘extreme happiness’, which sets the tone for this revealing and luxurious voyage. Fittingly, after lunch on board, you’ll visit the holy Sagaing hills, the important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. After, visit Amarapura, once known as 'The City of Immortals', before heading to the U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world, for sunset.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Mandalay/Pakokku
This morning sail to the village of Sin Kyun before continuing on towards Pakokku. Enjoy the beautiful sightseeing from the ship while passing Mingun, where you can see the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. As we continue to sail south, relax as we sail past villages, set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. 
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Pakokku/Bagan
It’s tempting not to leave the magnificent all-suite Sanctuary Ananda – but far more of Myanmar awaits. Disembark to explore the local market in Pakokku before a cooking class with the ship’s Executive Chef. After lunch, you arrive in the beautiful setting of Bagan.  Visit a small pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand, then move on to see the wondrous golden Shwezigon Pagoda. The day ends with sunset views over the scenic plains of Bagan.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Bagan
What a morning: a dreamy orange-pink sunrise, breakfast served at one of Bagan’s temples, the soothing chants of Buddhist meditation... If only all days began this way. You’ll visit Bagan’s Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful in Myanmar – though possibly bested by a horse-and-cart ride to Htilominlo and Pyathatgyi Temple, then off to Mount Popa to watch the sun set behind the hazy hills. This evening, a delicious dinner and a local performance is the best way to bid this fine boat farewell.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Bagan
It’s time to leave the magnificent Ananda behind and explore the warm heart of Bagan with a local guide. We recommend visiting the local villages and meeting the warm, friendly people of Bagan. Visit a lacquerware workshop where traditional methods are still used. 
Bagan Lodge | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Bagan/Heho
From mighty rivers and temples to a bewitching lake – Your whole body will relax when you land by Inle Lake – and even more so when you arrive at the Villa Inle Resort. Each of its charming villas blends into the lush lakeshore; each has views across the water from their private patios. This afternoon, visit Phaung-Daw-U Pagoda and the spectacular Inle Lake. An oasis that will leave you feeling utterly relaxed, Inle Lake on the Shan Plateau is an oasis where you will see the unique methods of farming and fishing which sustain the local residents.  
Villa Inle Resort and Spa | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Heho
The Villa Inle Resort is a good base for exploring this region of industrious artisans, precarious stilt-houses, green mountains and off-beat villages. With a guide, head to the bright and bustling Five-Day Market, to meet the local hilltribes who come to trade, and to Inn Paw Khone, to see the traditional weavers who’ve been creating ikat-style silk the same way for centuries. There’s also the chance to enjoy a floating lunch – an old riceboat has been turned into a restaurant in the middle of the lake, serving Myanmar specialities with a side dish of spectacular views.
Villa Inle Resort ans Spa | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Heho/Yangon
Fly back to Yangon for your final night in the city. The last day is yours to enjoy, we can offer our recommendations or you can simply roam free, whatever takes your fancy. 
Sule Shangri-La Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Yangon/UK
Time to leave the glittering pagodas and smiling people to return to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast 

Pricing 
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, a 12 day journey in India will cost from £5,953 per person based on two adults sharing with international flights at low season.

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Myanmar (Burma) Map

Best time to be there

Myanmar (Burma) has three clear seasons: from March to May are the very hot summer months, the wet and humid monsoon runs from May to October and the cold dry winter lasts from November to February. The best time of year to visit is late November early December when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are crystal clear. However any time from late November to March is a good time to travel.

Fly to

Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok

time difference

GMT +6 1/2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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