Treasures of Old Burma
Myanmar – formerly Burma -- is Southeast Asia’s rarest jewel. If you wish to experience the Burma of old, it’s still right here, as mesmerizing as it was for Kipling.
- Watch the sun set over the gleaming dome of Shwedagon Pagoda, the sublime image of Buddhist devotion.
- Marvel at the Plains of Bagan, where thousands of sacred stupa spires were once part of a vibrant royal city.
- Meet the gentle and hospitable people of Myanmar, whose authentic cultures remain little marred by modernity.
Our discoveries begin in the old Burmese capital of Rangoon, now called Yangon, a relaxed and slightly worn Asian metropolis – though all the more charming for it. Stunning, gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda rises some 300 feet above the sea of green treetops, the spiritual focus of Burmese Buddhism. Another riveting scene of devotion is the gold-leaf boulder at Kyaiktiyo, graciously balanced on the brink of a cliff, surrounded by flickering candles and chanting worshippers. We descend from its heights to Inle Lake, cruising along its placid shores and islands where farmers cultivate crops as they have done for centuries. Then, on to Mandalay, replete with its own array of jeweled temples, vibrant markets and peaceful gardens. Our finale, a two-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River, saves perhaps the greatest spectacle for last: splendid Bagan, “land of five thousand pagodas.” Built over a 250-year period spanning the 11th–13th centuries, the sea of stupas and temples covering this broad plain attests to the religious fervor that has animated this land and its warm-hearted people for millennia.
Location of Adventure
In Bangkok we stay at the Novotel Hotel Suvurnabhumi Airport. In Myanmar’s larger cities we use centrally located, first-class accommodations with all the facilities, amenities and services expected of a luxury hotel. In smaller towns and villages we select locally run, clean and comfortable lodgings with traditional Burmese character and friendly ambience, providing our guests with an authentic cultural experience. All accommodations provide private facilities.
All accommodations, meals (as noted in itinerary), hotel and airport transfers and all ground transportation, services of an English-speaking guide, guided sightseeing and admission fees as per the itinerary.
Travel to the start and end point of trip (Bangkok), passport and visa fees, items of personal nature (souvenirs, laundry, phone calls, bar bills, etc.), airport and government taxes (if applicable), trip insurance and gratuities.
Level of rating: Easy
This is a leisurely trip. Most activities are optional. None require prior experience or fitness level. Overnight accommodations are in hotels, local lodges and aboard the riverboat. Elevations are low with no significant elevation gains involved.
Getting There & Getting Home
This trip starts and ends in Bangkok, Thailand. Call us to help you with flight itinerary suggestions.
When To Go
November through February is the best time to go.
April is the hottest month and the monsoon is generally persistent between mid-May and mid-October.
This adventure is designed to depart on any day on request with a minimum of two travelers. Call our Asia360° specialists and we will help you create an unsurpassed travel experience.
Single Supp.: $895
Single Supp.: $925
Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. Dollars.
Fee includes all internal flights.