This is an enlightening holiday which is beautifully designed to offer you a great time with your family. Burma (Myanmar) Family Holiday allows you and your children enjoying the architectural marvels of Yangon, interesting traditional puppet show, unique Inle fishing technique, amazing Bagan temples and vivid local life of Burmese.
Tour length: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Type: Holiday
Cities: Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Yangon
Price: Contact us
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Day 01: Yangon Arrival
As your family arrive in Yangon, our driver and tour guide will welcome you for the first touch to Myanmar ( Burma), transferring to your hotel.
Let your children learn about this fascinating city with the first visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most impressive golden site in Yangon which dominates the skyline of Yangon by its miracle flash.
Dinner with cultural show in Karaweik Place features the highlight of this evening.
Day 02: Yangon – Twante Biking
A half day tour crossing Yangon river to reach Twante where your family start biking on village paths to learn about local life. After visit to Shwe Sandaw pagoda, Baung Daw Gyoke Pagoda. After lunch, we visit to local market and observing at the fruit and vegetables lay out in baskets on the ground, dried fish, and tethered poultry.
Return to Yangon to enjoy the busy market by China town, one of the best place to enjoy delicious Myanmar food.
Day 03: Yangon – Mandalay visit
After breakfast, we will take a flight to Mandalay, the northern hub of Myanmar. Upon arrival you will drive to the picturesque ancient capital of Ava which is best explored by horse cart.
After that, a short car travel will bring you to the Buddhist town of Sagaing, home to a remarkable number of temples and monasteries. The hill in the centre of town is well worth climbing up if the kids are feeling energetic; you follow the pilgrims up a long stair case and can stop off along the way on the benches that line the route to get your breath back and admire the view. If you are all feeling a little more lazy, you can take the car. The views from the top of the myriad temples and the slow waters of the Irrawaddy are incredible.
Day 04: Mandalay city tour
This morning, we embark a boat up the Irrawaddy to Mingun. The children will enjoy watching the great variety of wooden boats and bamboo rafts that trade on the river, carrying produce to distant markets. Mingun is home to an ancient brick pagoda that towers 50m over the river, and is home to the world’s largest intact bell.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a styled trip by rishaw of Mandalay to explore Kuthodaw pagoda, known as the biggest book in the world. We will invite you to try the Burmese tea at a traditional teashop before we continue he sightseeing to Mandalay to capture the sunset this day.
Day 05: Mandalay – Bagan on Irrawaddy River
Spend your day cruising downstream Irrawaddy where you have plentiful photographic opportunities to capture the life on the river banks.
Late afternoon, Bagan, an ancient capital will welcome you by its some 2500 pagodas and temples.
Relax at the hotel pool for your first night in Bagan.
Optional: a scenic drive along Irrawaddy River with different village visits is also a very good choice this day.
Day 06: Bagan sightseeing
Be ready for a fascinating discovery day to uncover the glorious temples of Bagan. Building started in the 11th century, and there are hundreds of temples spread over a huge plain, some crumbling and in disrepair, others in good condition with intricate carvings and miniature paintings covering the interior. Depending on the age of your children the site can be visited either by bike or by horse cart. Everyone in the family will love exploring the area, finding little nooks and crannies and following hidden staircases to incredible viewpoints.
Sunset in Bagan is undoubtly a highlight of your days in Bagan.
Day 07: Bagan – Mt.Popa
This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan (optional) and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) – a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort ( 1hr drive ) for our lunch. The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, enroute stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya
Leave Bagan for a flight to Heho then proceed ton Pindaya. It takes about 2½ hours but there are plenty of chances to stop along the way to admire the view.
Once you have arrived in Pindaya you can climb the hillside to the Pindaya caves, set on a limestone ridge overlooking a lake. The caves themselves are packed with Buddhist figures; keep the kids entertained by asking them how many Buddhas they can count and come armed with a torch so that they can peer into the dark corners.
Day 09: Pindaya Trekking
After breakfast, we prepare our belongings then depart for trek into the hills of Shan States.
Your day is filled up with cultural interaction, amazing mountainous views and a great chance to learn about tea culture in this area.
Your family is invited to participate some interesting farming activities with local families. Return to your hotel.
Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake
An car journey from Pindaya to Nyang Shwe town to enjoy the boat trip in Inle Lake.The children will enjoy the extraordinary ‘Jumping Cat’ monastery where cats have been trained to jump through hoops Continue your sightseeing to see vegetable gardens floating on the waters of the lake and scenic stilt houses. The children will also enjoy watching the lake’s unique ‘leg rowers’; the local fishermen have a very unusual style of rowing, with one leg wrapped around the paddle, leaving the arms free to cast the net.
Day 11: Inle Lake – Indein Market – Yangon
We leave your resort this morning by boat to reach the rotating market of Indein which attracts different hill tribes in Shan State including Pa-O, Padaung, Intha people who come to the market in their traditional customs. Your guide will will demonstrate the uniqueness of Indein goods which are exposed in the fair.
After the market, we proceed to Indein ruin, the most famous site to experience the highlights of regional Buddhism then visit Pa O villages. Taking a flight back to Yangon
Day 12: Yangon departure ( or go to Ngapali Beach)
Free at leisure or visit the less-visited site of Yangon city before you take the departure flight.
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