Up the Irrawaddy to Mandalay

Burma in Serious Style

Bagan, Burmese Beaches & Islands, Inle Lake, The Irrawaddy

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From £5,450 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers and taxes

On this stylish holiday in Burma you’ll have the chance to visit mystical temples and pagodas, enjoy a hot air balloon ride over gilded stupas and see the legendary Inle Lake, with its floating villages and traditional longtail boats, propelled by fishermen displaying a unique age-old rowing technique. As well as exploring Burma from the skies, you’ll also get to experience it from the water, with a scenic cruise along the Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay, where you can sip a cocktail and watch the sun set from the U Bein Bridge.
Perfect forExperiencing Burma’s highlights in luxury and style. 
In the knowThe people of Inle Lake are known for their arts and crafts. Visit local workshops to see artisans at work, and pick up some unique souvenirs to take home. 

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  • First-timers
  • History & Heritage
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Landscapes & Scenery

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Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)


Arrive in Yangon, Burma's largest city, for the first part of your adventure. Here, colonial architecture jostles beside ornate Buddhist pagodas, including the stunning Shwedagon Paya, which brings thousands of pilgrims to the area every year. Weave your way through the markets in downtown Yangon, a colourful and vibrant part of the city that offers a perfect first taster of daily life in Burma. You’ll be staying at the Belmond Governor's Residence, a restored mansion and former home of the British governor, which is a luxurious, tranquil oasis, yet is near many of Yangon's landmarks. 
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Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)


Beguiling Bagan is seeped in history and tradition. Sitting on the bend of the Irrawaddy River, the area is scattered with thousands of temples. For an experience to remember, enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun rise over Bagan in a splash of vivid red and orange hues - well worth getting up early for. Candlelit pathways welcome you at the Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, leading to luxurious suites fit for royalty and no less than 27 acres of immaculate tropical gardens. The hotel sits in the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, looking out over the ancient kingdom, making it ideal for exploring. 
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Irrawaddy, Burma (Myanmar)


Take to the water and see Burma from a different perspective onboard the colonial-style Sanctuary Ananda, as you travel from Bagan to Mandalay. Custom-built by local craftsmen, indulge in the height of luxury during your cruise, and enjoy daily excursions which take you to rural villages and remote pagodas surrounded by jungle, with the opportunity to visit arts and crafts workshops specialising in Shan paper and handcrafted umbrellas. There is plenty to enjoy on the boat itself, whether you’d like to sit back in the sun and take in the views on the observation deck, have a refreshing dip in the pool, or sip cocktails under the stars while watching traditional performances by Burmese dancers.
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Inle Lake, Burma


Slow down at the beautiful Inle Lake, where life runs at a gentler pace, and immerse yourself in the serenity of the floating settlements, with their bamboo-stilt houses and water gardens grown by the Intha people. With bustling markets nearby showcasing local arts and crafts (Inle is known for its silk and lotus weaving), as well as the ubiquitous temples and pagodas (most notably the Indein complex), there are numerous opportunities to witness daily life here, centred around the Inle waters. Your hotel, Sanctum Inle Resort, is an idyllic hideaway on the shores of the lake, with a rejuvenating spa and chic, spacious areas to relax in. Borrow a bike to explore around the lake. 
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Ngapali, Burma (Myanmar)


Your holiday ends in style on the pristine beaches of Ngapali, on the Bay of Bengal. Despite its sheer beauty, you won’t find swarms of tourists here and the coastal area remains remote and unspoilt. A relaxed fishing village, Ngapali is the perfect place to unwind after your action-packed tour of Burma. At the Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa your time will be spent in utmost bliss as you indulge in some serious beachfront relaxation - but if you’ve still got some energy left, there are plenty of activities on offer, including cycling and hiking around the local villages and snorkelling with exotic fish in the crystal-clear waters.
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