MYANMAR IN-DEPTH

19 nights: Yangon - Mandalay - Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach

Explore Yangon's great cultural attractions and indulge in a stay at the Belmond Governor’s Residence. Set off on a memorable luxury cruise aboard Belmond Orcaella, then unwind at beside the beautiful Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.

Plan your journey

Summary

  • Day 1 - 2: Yangon
  • Day 3: Mandalay
  • Day 4: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 5: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 6: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 7: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 8: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 9: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 10: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 11: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 12: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 13: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 14 - 16: Inle Lake
  • Day 17 - 20: Ngapali Beach
Day 1 - 2

Yangon

Belmond Governor’s Residence

Start your journey in dazzling Yangon. Settle in for a two-night stay at Belmond Governor’s Residence, a colonial mansion steeped in history and romance.

Take in the highlights of this colourful city with a half-day guided tour. Visit the famous pagodas, broaden your knowledge at the National Museum, and seek out mementos at Bogyoke Market.

Day 3

Mandalay

Belmond Orcaella

Fly from Yangon to Mandalay. Take in a number of sights en route to Belmond Orcaella, and once on board sit down to a decadent buffet lunch. Before dinner this evening, mingle with staff and your fellow travellers over a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 4

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Begin with a walking tour of Nwe Nyein followed by an introductory lecture on life in Myanmar after afternoon tea. Enjoy a spectacular dinner before releasing Shan balloons from the Observation Deck.

Day 5

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Spend the morning exploring the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat, including the bustling market. Continue your cruise aboard Belmond Orcaella and admire the many villages that dot the shoreline.

Day 6

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Today visit Katha by trishaw, touring the market made famous by George Orwell in ‘Burmese Days’. A lecture accompanies afternoon tea, and local Shan Dancers perform on the Observation Deck following dinner.

Day 7

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Transfer by boat to Shwe Paw Island and walk among the stilted houses of the Kachin fisherman and the island monastery. Return to the ship and continue to Bhamo, where you alight for a tour of this colourful trading post.

Day 8

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Continue your journey at Weima village, where you’ll visit an elephant camp and a local school.

Day 9

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Begin today with a train ride through the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Back on board, take part in a traditional longyi and thanakha demonstration - perfect practice for the longyi cocktail party this evening.

Day 10

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Alight at Ma Lae Village for a village tour. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, an important moment for young Burmese boys. After dinner, members of the Mandalay School of Performing Arts enact scenes from the Hindu creation epic Yamayana.

Day 11

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Continue your cruise to Mandalay, where you’ll disembark for a tour of Myanmar’s second city including lunch at a local restaurant. A special dinner is served on the sandbank this evening.

Day 12

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Take in the impressive sights as Bagan comes into view. Admire the sunset over Bagan, before sitting down to a puppet show performed by local artists.

Day 13

Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

Belmond Orcaella

Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide. In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own.

Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening’s cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

Day 14 - 16

Inle Lake

Inle Princess Resort

After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward domestic flight to Heho. From there travel to Inle Princess Resort, which will be your base for a three-night stay.

Settled on the eastern bank of Inle Lake next to the Magyizin Village, the resort is surrounded by magnificent views of the blue mountain ranges and rice paddy fields.

Day 17 - 20

Ngapali Beach

Sandoway Resort

Transfer from your hotel to airport for your domestic flight to Sandoway, where you’ll enjoy a three-night stay at the luxurious Sandoway Resort. With an unrivalled spot on the dazzling sands of Ngapali Beach, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing end to your journey.

Plan your journey

Summary

  • Day 1 - 2: Yangon
  • Day 3: Mandalay
  • Day 4: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 5: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 6: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 7: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 8: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 9: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 10: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 11: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 12: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 13: Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
  • Day 14 - 16: Inle Lake
  • Day 17 - 20: Ngapali Beach