Myanmar

Essential Myanmar 15 days

Combining cultural interests with scenic wonders and some essential R&R, Essential Myanmar takes you on a journey to all of the country's most fabled destinations, including fairytale Bagan, the magical Pindaya Caves and tranquil Inle Lake.

Add the contrasting cities of Mandalay and Yangon, as well as a few days on stunning Ngapali Beach - and you have yourself a world class holiday.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the vastness of Bagan’s Archaeological Zone as you fly over the temples in a hot air balloon.
  • Learn the secrets behind Burmese cuisine with a hands-on cooking class on the banks of Inle Lake.
  • Watch dawn break over U Bein Bridge - the world’s longest teak bridge.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 4 - 6
Standard$3,775$3,582$3,417

Ayarwaddy River View Hotel

Opened in 2011, the Ayarwaddy River View Hotel, as the name suggests, looks out over the Ayeyarwady River (also known as Irawaddy). Just a few minutes by road from the centre of Mandalay...
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Bagan Thande Hotel

Arranged along the riverbank, the Bagan Thande’s wooden bungalows are bright & elegant, their aesthetic traditional but modern enough to keep you comfortable...
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Pindaya Farm House

Surrounded by a patchwork of fields as far as the eye can see, the Pindaya Farm House is a friendly, relaxed base from which to explore this rural region of Myanmar’s Shan State. The town of Pindaya, famous for its limestone caves, is...
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Little Lodge

An intimate guesthouse near Sagar, at the remote southern end of Myanmar’s beautiful Inle Lake, the Little Lodge is built from teak wood in a traditional local style, and boasts tremendous views across Inle and...
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Ann Heritage Lodge

Striking a pleasant balance between rustic and comfortable, the Ann Heritage Lodge is perched on the edge of Inle Lake, offering accommodation in a cluster of stilt-huts in the shallows...
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Pleasant View Resort

Boasting a direct beach front location at the far southern end of Ngapali beach, the Pleasant View Resort enjoys a friendly and relaxed vibe...
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Green Hill Hotel by Best Western

Conveniently located for exploring Yangon, Green Hill Hotel by Best Western offers modern, yet quite charming accommodation. Although not amazingly lavish, is comfortable and clean - really all you need...
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First Class$3,972$3,779$3,612

Bagan King Hotel

Located in the heart of Mandalay, just a 5 minute walk from Mandalay’s Royal Palace and moat, the Bagan King Hotel may look a little un-inspiring from the outside, but...
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Areindmar Hotel

This charming boutique hotel enjoys an enviable location with Bagan’s local shops, cafes and restaurants within walking distance...
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Pindaya Farm House

Surrounded by a patchwork of fields as far as the eye can see, the Pindaya Farm House is a friendly, relaxed base from which to explore this rural region of Myanmar’s Shan State. The town of Pindaya, famous for its limestone caves, is...
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Little Lodge

An intimate guesthouse near Sagar, at the remote southern end of Myanmar’s beautiful Inle Lake, the Little Lodge is built from teak wood in a traditional local style, and boasts tremendous views across Inle and...
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Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

The latest addition to Inle’s lakeside resorts, the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort is nothing short of magnificent. Although its views of the lake are partial at best, that is where any disappointment stops...
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Thande Beach Hotel

Right on Myanmar's lovely Ngapali Beach, with direct access to the sand from its best bungalows, Thande Beach is very pleasant and brilliantly located...
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The Loft

A sleek boutique hotel in central Yangon, The Loft has been deftly converted from a 1960's warehouse and is surrounded by the best of Myanmar’s former capital...
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Superior$4,305$4,111$3,946

Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

With commanding views in all directions, the Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is located at the foot of perhaps Myanmar’s most iconic landmark - its sacred hill...
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The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Any hotel with a 12th century palace wall within its boundaries is likely to be impressive, and The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is a case in point. The perfect, cool, airy retreat...
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Pindaya Farm House

Surrounded by a patchwork of fields as far as the eye can see, the Pindaya Farm House is a friendly, relaxed base from which to explore this rural region of Myanmar’s Shan State. The town of Pindaya, famous for its limestone caves, is...
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Little Lodge

An intimate guesthouse near Sagar, at the remote southern end of Myanmar’s beautiful Inle Lake, the Little Lodge is built from teak wood in a traditional local style, and boasts tremendous views across Inle and...
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Inle Lake View Resort & Spa

Located on the western banks of serene Inle Lake, the Inle Lake View Resort is unquestionably amongst the pick of the region's accommodation choices...
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Bayview Beach Resort

Tucked away amidst coconut palms, towards the northern end of pristine Ngapali beach, the Bayview Beach Resort enjoys arguably one of the best beachfront locations...
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Sule Shangri La

Formerly know as Traders, Sule Shangri La is something of a landmark in itself within Yangon - its 21 floors place it amongst the highest buildings in the city. The views from many rooms are sensational...
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Deluxe$4,674$4,482$4,316

Red Canal

Although they’re only a short taxi or trishaw ride into downtown Mandalay and the night market, most guests would quite rightly question the need to ever leave the Red Canal. Put simply, it’s delightful...
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Bagan Lodge

Providing stylish luxury accommodation just south of ancient Bagan, the Lodge strikes a tempting balance between modern comfort and historic Burmese elegance...
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Pindaya Farm House

Surrounded by a patchwork of fields as far as the eye can see, the Pindaya Farm House is a friendly, relaxed base from which to explore this rural region of Myanmar’s Shan State. The town of Pindaya, famous for its limestone caves, is...
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Little Lodge

An intimate guesthouse near Sagar, at the remote southern end of Myanmar’s beautiful Inle Lake, the Little Lodge is built from teak wood in a traditional local style, and boasts tremendous views across Inle and...
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Villa Inle Resort & Spa

Beautiful decor and a really lovely atmosphere define this discreet cluster of private villas, set in 20 acres of exotic gardens on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. Each villa is spacious and exquisite...
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Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa

This small cluster of 32 villas is thoughtfully set in 'U' shapes - so that everyone has a view out across the Bay of Bengal. Directly beach front, the Ngapali Bay Resort...
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Savoy Hotel

Being located just off Rangoon's very own ‘millionaire’s row’ can have its advantages, namely the great restaurants and shopping (or window shopping) opportunities the neighbourhood has to offer...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.

  • As an alternative to the flight from Mandalay to Bagan, you could travel along the Ayeyarwady River. There are a number of cruise options, ranging from an overnight journey to several nights aboard a luxurious vessel. A cruise along these picturesque waterways offers a magnificent opportunity to see both Myanmar’s superb landscape and Burmese daily life, from a unique vantage point.
  • Why not extend your stay on Ngapali beach or as an alternative to Ngapali, combine Ngwe Saung Beach and Pathein to discover a little of Myanmar's lesser travelled south-west.
  • Enjoy a day's cycling between the villages on the outskirts of New Bagan - it's a great way to take a break from touring the temples as well as buying some of the regions handicrafts at source.
  • Those with itchy feet may like to add a few extra days in the Inle Lake region. There's some great trekking close to the lake or over the higher trails to Kalaw.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and Burmese New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Myanmar. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Lionel - Selective Asia consultant

'Ticking off Myanmar's essential highlights over a well balanced, perfectly paced 15 days - what more do you need?'

Ed - Myanmar tailor-made specialist
Essential Myanmar