Myanmar With Ease

Ideal for a first visit to this enigmatic country, our Myanmar with Ease holiday takes in the highlights at a leisurely pace, in a stripped back 10 day tour from Yangon to the vast waters of Inle Lake, via the plains of Bagan, before relaxing on Ngapali’s palm-lined beach.

At a glance
  • Stroll through Yangon to Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Enjoy local chatter in a traditional tea shop
  • Drift between Bagan’s diverse temples
  • Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River
  • Immerse yourself in Intha life on Inle Lake
  • Float over Ngapali Beach in a hot air balloon
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Yangon - 2 nights

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was Myanmar’s administrative capital until 2006 and remains the country's largest and most influential city. Its dusty streets are lined with an intriguing array of traditional wooden homes, imposing colonial-era relics, buzzing tea houses, and modern - although often already decaying - office blocks. Yangon’s skyline remains far more low-rise and green than many other South-East Asian cities, leaving space to enjoy the views. Rivers, lakes, parks and tree-lined streets separate the built up districts, and the gleaming spire of Shwedagon Pagoda - one of Myanmar’s most iconic sights - towers above the city.

Day 1 - Arrive Yangon, evening city tour

On arrival in Myanmar, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your Yangon hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Your day will be at leisure until your early evening tour of downtown Yangon. Head to Little India, where lively eateries tempt you in with delicious scents. Visit the Tamil-built Shri Kali Hindu temple, and wander through Chinatown to the Cantonese Kwan Yin (or Guanyin) temple, before finally reaching 19th Street, lined with restaurants and street food stalls. Settle here with a cold beer and a selection of street food while you watch life go by, or choose from an array of restaurants for dinner.

Day 2 - Experience Yangon's circle train, walking tour, Shwedagon Pagoda

Includes:

Explore the lively India Town market before hopping aboard the ‘circular railway’ commuter train as it weaves its way through waking neighbourhoods. Disembark at Hledan to visit the huge reclining Buddha at nearby Chaukhtatgyi Paya and, after lunch, go downtown to the ancient Sule Pagoda, where you can see fortune-tellers in the small rooms surrounding this highly significant site. Continue to Mahabandoola Park and Burma’s Independence Monument, then walk along the river bank, past the Custom House, the British Embassy, the General Post Office and evocative The Strand Hotel, once home to the likes of Orwell, Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Mingle with the locals over a cup of sweet chai in a traditional tea shop, before visiting Myanmar’s most iconic site: the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Try local flavours at the surrounding makeshift food markets, and see the pagoda magically illuminated as night falls.

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Bagan - 2 nights

Sometimes written ‘Pagan’, Myanmar’s 9th century capital is one of the most significant ancient cities in South-East Asia, right up there with Angkor Wat. Now, 25 years after it was first nominated, Bagan has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With literally thousands to choose from, it's no easy task selecting which temples and pagodas to make a beeline for, so get local recommendations and perhaps take a birds-eye overview from a hot air balloon. Explore the temples by cycle or electric bike and, if you’re in danger of becoming ‘templed out’, wander through interesting nearby villages, discover Nyaung U’s excellent restaurant scene, and find the lively market and tea shop culture in New Bagan.

Day 3 - Fly to Bagan, temples tour

Includes:

Fly to Bagan for a full day of temple sightseeing. Whichever of the breathtaking temples you choose to see, in true Selective Asia style we have a secret gem or two up our sleeve that’s truly off the traditional temple trail. Learn about the age-old regional process of lacquerware at a local shop, then take a break for lunch, following your guide’s eatery recommendations and your nose… In the afternoon, you could visit the iconic temples of Ananda with its 1424 Buddhas mounted in the walls, and the Shwezigon Pagoda with its golden stupa. Enjoy sunset at the temples, or return to your hotel for a dip in the pool and a well earned sundowner.

Day 4 - Ayeyarwady River cruise stopping at Pakokku

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Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to the colonial port of Pakokku, which still trades timber and toddy palm sugar from its crucial position between the Yaw and Chindwin rivers, and is a useful transit point for travelling through north-central Myanmar. Visit the open-air market, where vegetables, fruit, handicrafts and textiles are traded; continue to the ornate Thiho Shin pagoda; and pause at a thanaka market, where local women buy this distinctive cosmetic paste made from ground thanaka bark. Tour a cheroot factory in the town, and observe wood carving and slipper-making workshops, then continue on to the unique Kyaukgu Umin cave tunnel, carved into a sandstone cliff, to see the huge statue and unfinished murals depicting scenes from Buddha’s life. Return to the river to cruise back to Bagan.

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Inle Lake region - 2 nights

As you approach the vast expanse of Inle Lake, the narrow tributary channels widen and before you know it you’re crossing the broad, tranquil water, with hills and mountains surrounding you in every direction. The panoramic view is beautiful, and the scale is breathtaking. As you take it all in, you’ll see passing fishermen move their boats swiftly over the lake using their unique foot-rowing technique. The region is home to several traditional tribal communities who live in stilted homes over the water, tending floating vegetable gardens and making a living from the lake.

Day 5 - Fly to Heho, explore Inle Lake

Includes:

Fly from Nyaung U Airport to Heho and transfer on to Nyaung Shwe, the main town in the region, on the shore of Inle Lake. Drive through picturesque rural Myanmar, watching the comings and goings of farming life, taking in the refreshing difference in climate at the higher altitude. After exploring Nyaung Shwe, head out onto the water for a tour of Inle Lake, visiting several villages and a floating vegetable garden, and learning about the traditional fishing methods used by Intha communities. Later, visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, to see the five golden statues that are paraded around the lake during the festival of Hpaung Daw U, and the old teak Ngaphechaung monastery. Settle into your resort, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax by the water and watch the stunning sunset.

Day 6 - Day at leisure

Includes:

Spend a day immersing yourself in the rhythms of Inle Lake. Get up early to see over 1000 ancient stupas at Dein pagoda before the crowds, cycle to a local vineyard to sample the region’s thriving wine culture, or trek through the surrounding hills. If this all sounds a little energetic, simply relax and soak up your surroundings.

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Ngapali Beach - 3 nights

Ngapali is one of the most impressive beaches in South-East Asia, with long bays of fine white sand leading down to crystal clear waters. Rows of rustling palm trees are punctuated by a few bungalow-style resorts that have sprung up as the country’s tourist industry has flourished, but it still enjoys a relaxed fishing-village vibe, free from noisy beach bars. Rise early to watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch, or float over the coast in a hot air balloon, taking in the panoramic views of jungle clad mountains, meandering rivers and temples as the morning mist lifts.

Day 7 - Fly to Thandwe, drive to Ngapali Beach

Includes:

Fly from Heho to Thandwe, and take a shared transfer to Ngapali Beach where you can unwind with a few days at leisure exploring, relaxing and laying back on those golden sands...

Days 8 & 9 - At leisure on Ngapali Beach

Includes:

Take time to relax and make the most of the beach and the hotel facilities.

Day 10 - Departure day

Includes:

Take a morning shared transfer to Thandwe for your flight to Yangon, and your onward departure.

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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 persons 3 persons 4 - 6
Standard £1,875US$2,457 £1,800US$2,357 £1,723US$2,257

Hotel G

Downtown Yangon bustles with street markets, food stalls and an upbeat atmosphere. Hotel G is conveniently located right in the centre of the action, just over a mile to Shwedagon Pagoda...

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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... See more

Inle Resort

Perhaps the dark horse of our Inle Lake favourites, the Inle Resort just keeps throwing us surprises – of the good kind. Many are due to the recent arrival of the extremely... See more

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... See more
First Class £1,936US$2,537 £1,861US$2,437 £1,784US$2,337

Sule Shangri La

Formerly known 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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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... See more

Inle Heritage Resort

Enjoying a location in the middle of Inle Lake, this unique property is accessible only by a one hour boat journey from Nyaung Shwe. From the locally crafted room furnishings, to the traditional cuisine served in the restaurant...

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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... See more
Superior £1,963US$2,571 £1,887US$2,472 £1,810US$2,372

Sule Shangri La

Formerly known 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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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... See more

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... See more

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... See more
Deluxe £2,407US$3,153 £2,331US$3,054 £2,255US$2,953

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... See more

Bagan Lodge

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

Inle Princess Resort

The charming Inle Princess Resort is located on the eastern lakeside, with many of its thatched, stilted cottages lining the water, while others, to the rear, offer views... See more

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... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • This itinerary is missing the cultural capital of Mandalay, but this can easily be added if you have an additional two nights to spare.
  • If you're feeling active and want to explore more off the beaten track, swap your rest day at Inle Lake for a day of trekking. Passing through rural countryside and minority villages you'll get an insight into daily life in Myanmar.
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 one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting 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.

The important stuff

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.

 

Extras

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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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

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