Trip Inspiration

14 Days in Myanmar

Romantic + Enchanting

In 1885, Rudyard Kipling described Myanmar/Burma as "quite unlike any place you know about." Although more than 130 years later, Myanmar holds the same allure for modern travelers beholding the diamond encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda or feeling the pristine sands of Ngapali beach. Discover the truth behind Kipling's words on this trip to unspoiled Myanmar.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 3 nights in delightful Yangon
  • 3 nights in enchanting Bagan
  • 3 nights on the picturesque Inle Lake
  • 1 night in charming Kalaw
  • 3 nights on the unspoiled beaches of Ngapali

Activities

  • Witness the beauty of one of the wonders of the religious world, the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Immerse yourself in Burmese culture visiting local markets
  • Private sunset cruise on the Ayeyarwady River
  • Hot air balloon ride at dawn over the ancient kingdom of Bagan
  • Visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant camp
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to Myanmar might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive in Yangon

Welcome to the Golden Land! On arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be met by your guide and be transferred to your hotel.

Yangon is the main gateway and former capital city of Myanmar. Featuring the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most striking religious monuments in Southeast Asia, and a wealth of colonial architecture, Yangon is a delight to explore.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Consider visiting the Oasis Beauty Spa for a relaxing massage or spa treatment after your day of travel.

This evening, enjoy a romantic 4-course dinner served in your room!

Governor’s Residence N/A

Day 2

Yangon

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936, this massive building combines European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes.

Your private tour will feature more outstanding examples of the grand Imperial style at the High Court and the imposing colonnade of ionic columns at Stand Road. Continue to the elegant 1916 Custom House, then walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901.

Later, visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, this 2500-year-ago pagoda is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. Covered with hundreds of gold plates and encrusted with 4531 diamonds, Swedagon Pagoda is best visited in early evening as the sun is about to set.

Governor’s Residence Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3

Yangon to Bagan

Following breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Yangon airport to connect with your onward flight to Bagan.

Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and with over 2000 pagodas, temples and monasteries to explore.

Today, you’ll explore the temples and the surrounding area, with highlights like the Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded temple built in the early 11th century and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn), a temple with exquisite murals of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (scenes from the life of the Buddha). Continue to the eminent Ananda Temple, one of the finest and largest pagodas. Bagan is not only famous for its temples and pagodas, but also for its artistic handicrafts and lacquer ware. You will have the opportunity to visit a local workshop where the process of making these interesting items can be seen.

In the late afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the jetty where you’ll board a private wooden boat to watch the sun set peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River.

Aureum Bagan Resort Breakfast / Lunch

Day 4

Bagan

Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village to witness rural Burmese life. En route you’ll stop at the market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan.

Enjoy lunch ‘Burmese’ style with the rich company and hospitality of a local family. You will be invited into the kitchen to see how the meal is prepared before enjoying freshly prepared local specialties and enjoyable conversation.

Later this afternoon, re-visit the temples by horse cart, exploring some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transportation.

The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the site is atop one of the temples. Early evening presents the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset and take in the enormity of the surrounding area.

End your day delighting in a unique dinner served against the breathtaking backdrop of Bagan’s enchanting skyline dotted with temples and stupas, accompanied by traditional Burmese music and dance.

Aureum Bagan Resort Breakfast /Lunch

Day 5

Myanmar

Bagan

There is no view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan as spectacular as that from a hot air balloon. This morning, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing. As the sun gently rises over the Ayeyarwady River, you’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of the thousands of temples scattered below. After the flight, return to the hotel to freshen up and have a more substantial breakfast.

The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure, allowing you time to further explore the city at your own pace or simply relax at your hotel.

Aureum Bagan Resort Breakfast

Day 6

Bagan to Heho-Inle

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Bagan airport for your domestic flight to Heho.

Shan state’s prime attraction, Inle lake, is dotted with interesting villages and floating gardens, making it one of the most picturesque places in all of Myanmar. The lake and surrounding area is home to a number of tribes and fantastic opportunities for browsing at local markets and interacting with the local population.

Here you will be transferred to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to the lake. After a brief visit to Shwe Yaung Pyay Kyaung Monastery, famed for its unique oval windows, transfer to a private boat that will escort you to your hotel. After check in, enjoy lunch on the terrace.

This evening, a traditional Shan dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant.

Inle Princess Resort Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner

Day 7

Inle

Start today with breakfast on the terrace of the restaurant and spend the remainder of the morning at your leisure.

Following lunch, visit the five ancient, gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Nampan village to see local cigar (cheroot) making and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving. The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.

Enjoy a sunset cocktail with canapés on the terrace. The chef will prepare a special dinner, best enjoyed by candlelight.

Inle Princess Resort Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8

Courtesy of Red Mountain Estate

Inle

Today you will go far off the beaten path! Exclusive Shan picnics are arranged in a lush bamboo forest, below the shadows of locally crafted parasols and lanterns. You’ll sit on pillows around a natural woven palm mat to best enjoy this scenic and luxurious picnic.

At sunset, you’ll be driven to the Red Mountain Estate for wine tasting.

Inle Princess Resort Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9

Inle to Nyaung Shwe to Kalaw

Following breakfast, you will depart your hotel by boat, and then have a private transfer to Kalaw. On the way, stop at the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp in the hills of Magwe village. Receive a welcome from the team with refreshments and a briefing about the project. A short walk brings you to the river, where you can help feed and bathe the rescued elephants. They love the water! After visiting the elephants, you can help the the camp’s forest conservation program by planting a teak tree.

Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the valley amid colorful butterflies, birds and orchids. Following your visit, you’ll be transferred to the former British hill station of Kalaw, a charming town featuring British-style bungalows set in leafy surroundings. Upon arrival in Kalaw, you will check in to the Amara Mountain Resort for a one-night stay.

Amara Mountain Resort Breakfast/Lunch

 

elephants

Day 10

Kalaw to Heho/Ngapali

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Heho Airport for your domestic flight to Thandwe, followed by a transfer to your hotel at Ngapali Beach. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure, relaxing at the breathtaking resort.

Ngapali Bay Spa & Villa Resort Breakfast

Day 11

Ngapali

Your time at Ngapali will be at leisure, relaxing at the resort and enjoying the unspoiled beach. Outside of the resort, you can explore the rural fishing village to watch locals bring in the catch of day or enjoy a snorkeling trip to nearby Pearl Island, where brightly colored fish abound. Whatever the day holds, it promises a spectacular sunset for a perfect end to a great day.

Tonight, enjoy an incredible dining experience at the beach with a candlelit dinner.

Ngapali Bay Spa & Villa Resort Breakfast

Day 12

Ngapali

After this morning’s breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure.

Consider booking a traditional Myanmar massage, an oil-free therapeutic massage consisting of techniques passed down over generations through healers and practitioners. Gentle stretches are combined with firm thumb and palm pressure to induce calm and wellbeing. Invite body awareness, addresses muscular tensions and revive your spirit as you surrender and allow any tension to melt away.

Ngapali Bay Spa & Villa Resort Breakfast

spa

Day 13

Cellar Room

Ngapali to Yangon

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Thandwe Airport to connect with your return flight to Yangon.

On arrival, you’ll visit the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, a large and peaceful pool of water east of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which can sometimes be seen reflecting in its tranquil waters. While exploring the park that surrounds the lake, you will be able to take a look at the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional Royal Barge. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Following lunch, you’ll explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to find local goods and have fun practicing your haggling with the local traders.

This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner in the private wine cellar of an elegant French Indochina restaurant in Yangon. Served by your own dedicated waiter, enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner, paired with French wine from a renowned vintage!

Sule Shangri-La Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 14

Depart Yangon

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure until your final transfer to the airport for your flights home.

Breakfast