Spend 8 glorious days with your family exploring the many wonders and meeting fascinating friendly people as you make your way around Burma in our Family holiday tour of this intriguing land. Less explored than other destinations in Asia, a Burma tour offers a unique and rare opportunity to see life untainted by the modern traps of society. Rugged landscapes and crumbling architecture hold an innate beauty that can’t be found elsewhere.
Visit the wonderfully impressive gold covered Shwedagon Pagoda and take a cruise down the Yangon River to enjoy sunset from the boat before dining in Monsoon restaurant in the old colonial city of Yangon. A short flight takes guests to Inle Lake where its possible to see the unique ‘jumping cats’ at Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery. We also take a boat to Pa-Oh village in Indein to see a local way of life on the lake. From Inle it’s a short transfer to Heho airport then flight to Bagan. Bagan is home to over 2000 pagodas of varying sizes. An amazing place to explore on bike or horse drawn cart. Watch the sunset from the veranda of a larger temple for a breathtaking experience.
Take a boat trip along the Irrawaddy River to Sae Lan Village, a traditional village home to friendly people working as farmers and fishermen. Then it’s a short drive to Mt Popa with a stop on the way at a local village where children can help grind rice and see how to make palm tree juice. At Mt Popa itself we visit this famous nat shrine and join the local pilgrims on a walk to the top. Kids will love seeing the crazy statues along the way as well as the dozens of monkeys who live on the mountain. From the top there are superb views of the plains of Bagan and distant hills.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 1 – Arrive Yangon (D)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcome by our guide and transferred to hotel. Each child will receive an activity book on arrival that contains fun yet educational games to keep them entertained during their stay.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
After freshening up at your hotel, head to Kandawgyi Park in central Yangon. With its large lake, views of Shwedagon, replica royal barge and shady walking paths this park is popular with local families and a great place to relax and enjoy lunch (depending on arrival time; client’s account). Explore and play in the park or relax by the waterside and enjoy the views.
Around 15.00 we head into downtown and cool off with an ice cream at Shwe Pa Zun, a popular sweet shop which sells an array of homemade treats. The sweets are delicious and it is a great place to meet friendly local families. From here we take a short drive to the boat jetty for a sunset cruise on the Yangon River. Enjoy snacks as you cruise along the water, past the cityscape and villages on the opposite side of the river. Kids can feed the seagulls while parents can relax with a beer or local rum sour (free flow!) and enjoy the scenery.
We disembark around 18.00 and transfer back toward the city centre. Around Sule Pagoda Road, we’ll switch from our car to a local trishaw for a ride along Strand Road to Monsoon Restaurant for a welcome dinner.
Overnight in Yangon.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 2 – Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake (B)
Discover one of Bagan’s most famous legends as you follow in the tracks of King Anawrahta and his precious white elephant. The tale states that the King was given a replica of Lord Buddha’s tooth and he placed this on the sacred elephant’s back and set him free. The elephant stopped at four places around Bagan and later the King built stupas at each of these locations. Thus the local Burmese believe that by visiting all four of these places in one day your wish will be fulfilled.
Your Legendary Tour begins in the morning, with your guide and driver greeting you at the hotel. A stop will first be made at Nyaung U market, a colourful local market that is busy in the morning with vendors selling a range of products. Then visit Shwezigon Pagoda. Although this is one of Bagan’s most famous sites, few people realise the legend behind its creation. The centre piece of Shwezigon is its large golden bell-shaped pagoda situated upon three terraces. The lower-most terrace once featured wood carvings of nat spirits but these are now housed in a small hall within the temple grounds.
Continue on to Tu Yin Taung, a hilltop stupa in the eastern part of the main Archeological Park. As you approach the temple you will be greeted by 500 monk statues which line the road. The stupa’s elevated location offers fabulous views of the surrounding plains, a unique perspective of Bagan and its surroundings. The next stop is Lawka Nandar which is in New Bagan next to the Irrawaddy River. Lawka Nandar is a bulbous stupa with a cylindrical bell and three octagonal terraces as a base. The temple still functions as a place of everyday worship as it is home to a Buddha relic. We’ll make a stop at Nanduwan Restaurant for lunch before continuing on our Legendary Tour.
This afternoon we drive to the jetty where a private boat is waiting to transfer us across the river to Tant Kyi Taung, the last temple on our tour. From the boat, as you cruise across the Irrawaddy, you can see views of the temples in the distance. We travel by jeep (approximately 15 minutes) through the countryside to Tant Kyi Taung. This temple is unique in Bagan as it is thought that many centuries ago, Buddha stopped on the hill where the temple now stands. On the return drive to the jetty we can stop in Tant Kyi village for a short walk around.
Then it is time to return to Bagan, first crossing the river by boat and then continuing to your hotel by car.
Overnight in Bagan.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 3 – Inle Lake full day with Indein (B,L)
Today a private boat and guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of Inle Lake. We pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.
Start with a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon continue your exploration of the lake, travelling down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.
On the way back to your hotel, stop at Inthar Heritage House. This traditional house is a great place to learn about the culture of the lake’s residence and also serves as a small breeding ground of Burmese cats.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 4 – Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan (B)
This morning after breakfast we’ll set off for the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location on a 5-day basis and attracts vendors from around the lake and its surrounding hills. Walking among the stalls you’ll see local produce, handicrafts and possibly vendors dressed in their traditional hill-tribe costume.
Then continue by boat to Kaung Dhine village on the eastern shores of Inle Lake. The people living here are known for their delicious soy bean crackers, tofu and other treats. Walking around the village you can observe all steps of the process of creating these local items and taste the treats. It’s a fascinating experience for kids and adults.
Continue to Nyaung Shwe where your car is waiting to transfer you to the Heho Airport. Depending on flight time there may be time to explore this small, quiet village and its many temples and nunneries. There are several restaurants here including an Italian restaurant with superb pizza.
A short flight takes you to Nyaung U. The transfer to your hotel in Bagan will take 10-20 minutes and the evening is at leisure to relax.
Overnight in Bagan.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 5 – Bagan (B)
Your family holiday continues with a day out in Bagan, visiting some of the 2000 pagodas as well as exploring local workshops and villages. After breakfast we’ll visit the Nyaung U Market, where amid the produce stalls are local toys and other handicrafts that kids may enjoy. We’ll take a local trishaw to a nearby village to observe the making of poneyay gyi (a local pea paste) and plum jam.
Then we’ll spend a couple hours exploring a variety of temples that kids will enjoy. We’ll start at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the city’s most important, where we can see unique nat statutes and the glittering golden stupa. Then, using flashlights, we’ll explore Kyan Sitthar Cave temple- walking through the tunnel-like corridors and viewing the fading paintings on the ceiling. Next we visit Ananda with its mysterious smiling Buddhas and Shwegugyi, which offers spectacular views from its upper terrace.
Take a break for lunch (own account). Then, for animal lovers, we’ll make a short stop at Lawkanandar Sanctuary which is home to a family of unique star tortoises. Then take a break back at the hotel to go for a swim and escape the midday heat.
Around 16.00 we’ll head to the local boat jetty for a sunset cruise. The boat takes us out to a sandbank in the middle of the Irrawaddy where a table and chairs are set up. Enjoy snacks and a drink on your private ‘island’. Kids will have a chance to play chinlone, a local sports game, or build sand castles while the adults relax and enjoy the views.
Return to the shores just after sunset and transfer back to your hotel or to dinner.
Overnight in Bagan.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 6 – Bagan Exploration – Mt. Popa (B,L)
Today begins with a horse cart ride through some of the temple area, for a final glimpse of the temples before departing. In the morning there are fewer horse carts so the roads are less dusty and can explore at a leisurely pace.
We then begin the drive to Mt Popa, leaving the temples behind and heading through the dry flatlands toward Popa. Along the way we’ll stop at a small village where the locals make a variety of treats from the juice of the palm tree. Watch as the farmers climb the tall toddy trees and tap the fruit, returning to land to boil the liquid into wine and sweet molasses. Kids can also help grind rice and corn, guiding the oxen as they pull the stone grinder.
The family will set up lunch for us in the shade of the toddy palms.
Continue the drive to Popa and check into Popa Mountain Resort. Surrounded by forests and with a swimming pool, this is a great place for the family to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Burma.
Overnight at Mt Popa.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 7 – Mt. Popa = Nyaung U – Yangon (B)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the resort before heading down to Mt Popa itself to visit this famous nat shrine. Join the local pilgrims on the walk to the top. Kids will love seeing the crazy statues along the way as well as the dozens of monkeys who live on the mountain. From the top there are superb views of the plains of Bagan and distant hills.
Drive back to Bagan this afternoon and to the Nyaung U Airport for your flight to Yangon.
Upon arriving in Yangon, transfer to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.
Burma Family Holiday – Day 8 – Depart Yangon (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon International airport for your onward flight. Or if you wish, extend your stay in Yangon with one of our family-friendly excursions or a beach break.
Dhala Colors of the Countryside: Take a local ferry across the river to Dhala, a typical rural Burmese village. Travel by trishaw through the quiet streets visiting the markets, neighborhoods and monasteries and meeting friendly locals along the way. This half day excursions gives families a chance to see and enjoy rural Burmese life.
Learn Traditional Burmese Dance: Spend two hours with a dance teacher and learn the elegant movements and gestures of traditional Burmese dance. This aspect of local culture is uniquely Burmese and a fun activity for both kids and adults.
Beach Extension- Pathein & Ngwe Saung: Travel to the coast for a relaxing beach break at a family-friendly resort in Ngwe Saung. The drive takes you through the countryside to the town of Pathein where we’ll stop to see the local market and crafts shops- kids can make their own umbrella and paint their own pottery. After lunch continue to the beach (1 hour) with an optional stop at a jungle elephant camp for a ride on these beautiful animals. Spend as many days as you wish on the beaches of Ngwe Saung before returning to Yangon.
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs, private basis not join in, please inquire for pricing which varies depending on accommodation standards.
Our services include:
Accommodation in share twin or shared double rooms (with configuration as outlined in table) with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English speaking station guides – (different guide at each place)
Kid’s activity book (1 per child)
Ice cream treat in Yangon
1 longyi per person at Bogyoke Market
Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions & Sunset cruise in Bagan
All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for the visits mentioned
Water and refreshing towels
Our services do not include:
International ticket to/from Yangon
Domestic flights (rate: please refer to our flight tariffs)
Visits not mentioned in the program
Meals other than those mentioned
Visa arrangements for Myanmar
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips and porters at the hotels
International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present however this can change)
Any other items not mentioned
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