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Explore intriguing Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll Mandalay's temples, float down the Irrawaddy River, experience the ancient ruins of Bagan, relax at Inle Lake
As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Burma (also known as Myanmar) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake’s unique ‘floating gardens’, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await – come find them.
Arrive at any time.
Visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda before hiking to Golden Rock for an overnight stay.
Return to Yangon and take an evening flight to Mandalay.
Explore Mandalay's ancient temples and sights, like the Golden Monastery.
Visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Visit the village of Mingun before returning to Mandalay.
Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to ancient Bagan.
Enjoy a packed day learning about the culture and history of this once great civilization. Visit ancient sites that host hundreds of temples and stupas. Visit the Nyaung Oo market.
Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or take some time to relax.
Drive to the cooler air of Kalaw, a former British hill station, visiting Mt Popa en route.
A leisurely downhill cycle into the pagoda-laden fields of Bagan.
Travel by bus to serene Inle, home to the Intha people and floating villages and gardens, stopping en route to visit the Pindaya Caves.
Explore the lake by boat and visit some of its floating villages. Try to spot the famous Intha leg-rowers during the tour.
Fly back to Yangon for a final chance to explore and shop in the old capital.
Depart any time.
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Southeast Asia: where you sometimes begin a journey, and other times, end one; a place which is at one turn cluttered, and another, jaw-droppingly expansive. Expect to see, taste, and hear more than you could ever imagine in this raucous part of the world, but remember to look for clues that reveal there's much more beneath the surface.