MAGICAL MYANMAR


BANGKOK | MANDALAY | BAGAN | INLE LAKE
YANGON

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Bangkok.

Stay: The Siam (3 nights)
​DAYS 2-3 ​Bangkok

Chaotic, unrestrained, exhilarating, crazy, contradictory, famous and infamous... Bangkok has a huge reputation and it is happy to play on it. This capital city offers visitors fascinating glimpses of Thai culture amongst the colossal sheen of modernity, where aeons of tradition and homeliness intertwine with the demands of a megacity; where roadside food sellers grill chickens under towers of gleaming steel and glass; where temples and historical buildings – like the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha – are hidden amongst the corridors of concrete; where taxi drivers zip in and out of the rammed streets whisking thrilled visitors from five-star hotels to buzzy markets; and where the Skytrain transports the city's well-heeled urbanites to ritzy shopping malls fit-to-bursting with luxury brands.
​DAY 4 ​​Bangkok to Mandalay
Flight Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Hot, busy and not immediately beautiful, Mandalay is primarily used by travellers as a transport and day-trip hub. But even amid the central grid of lacklustre concrete block ordinariness lurk many pagodas, striking churches, Indian temples and notable mosques

Stay: Mandalay Hill Resort (2 nights)
​DAY 5 ​Pyin Oo Lwin

Founded by the British in 1896, Pyin Oo Lwin was originally called Maymyo ('May-town'), after Colonel May of the 5th Bengal Infantry and was designed as a place to escape the Mandalay heat. After the construction of the railway from Mandalay, Maymyo became the summer capital for the British colonial administration, a role it held until the end of British rule in 1948. The name was changed after the British departed, but numerous colonial mansions and Christian churches remain, as do the descendants of the Indian and Nepali workers who came here to lay the railway line.
​DAYS 6-8 ​Mandalay to Bagan

Stay: Belmond Road to Mandalay (3 nights)
​DAY 9 ​Bagan to Inle Lake
Flight Time: 40 minutes

A world of watery wonders, Inle Lake possesses the ability to woo its travellers in a variety of ways. Let yourself be charmed by the unique leg-rowing techniques of the local fishermen as they effortlessly paddle the calm waters of Myanmar's second biggest lake. Immerse yourself in Intha's way of life as you behold stilted houses surrounded by floating vegetable gardens. Make sure to visit Nga Phe Kyaung, where monks have taught cats to jump two feet from the ground! 

Stay: Inle Princess Resort (3 nights)
​DAY 12 Inle Lake to Yangon
Flight Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Even though it is no longer the nation's official capital, Yangon – formerly Rangoon – remains Myanmar's largest and most commercially important city. Its downtown skyline is dominated by the 'winking wonder' of Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

Stay: Belmond Governor's Residence (1 night)
​DAY 13 Depart Yangon on your flight back to London Heathrow via Bangkok.
​PRICES 12 nights from ​£5,995 per person

​​BANGKOK


 


MANDALAY
 


BAGAN​
 


INLE LAKE
 


YANGON
 

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