The Road to Mandalay

Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Mt Popa – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon

Discover the city of Yangon, visit the ancient capital of Ava, travel upriver to the town of Mingun, watch the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill, explore Pindaya caves and more on this 12-day family adventure in Burma.

 

Burma Family Holidays

The Road to Mandalay

Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Mt Popa – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

This 12-day family adventure provides the perfect introduction to Burma. Discover the city of Yangon, visit the ancient capital of Ava, travel upriver to the town of Mingun, watch the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill, explore Pindaya caves and more.

Best For: Discovering a magical world; kids of all ages

The following is a sample itinerary and your family holiday to Burma can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. The holiday may include:

  • Discover the city of Yangon and marvel at the old-fashioned cars and buses that contribute to the city’s crazy traffic.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Yangon; explore the lively Bogyoke Market, walk through Chinatown and Indiatown and then visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
  • Visit the picturesque ancient capital of Ava and explore the streets by horse and cart – always a popular mode of transport with children!
  • Take a short drive to the Buddhist town of Sagaing, home to an incredible number of temples and monasteries. If you’re feeling energetic, you can follow the pilgrims up the long staircase leading up the hill in the centre of town – the views from the top are sublime!
  • Hop on a boat and travel up the Irrawaddy to Mingun; watch the huge variety of wooden boats and bamboo rafts carrying produce along the river. Mingun is home to an ancient brick pagoda that towers 50m over the river and is home to the world’s largest intact bell.
  • Watch the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill before tucking into the best ice cream in town (with some unusual flavours!).
  • Get a feeling for life in rural Burma and see how many strange fruit you can find (and taste!) at the market stalls.
  • Visit Mount Popa, the core of an extinct volcano that is believed to be home to nats (spirits).
  • Climb up to the Pindaya caves. Set on a limestone ridge overlooking a lake these caves are packed with Buddhist figures – bring a torch so that you can see into dark corners!
  • Put on your hiking boots and explore Pindaya by foot; you’ll pass through stunning scenery and friendly hill-tribe villages. The walk can be tailored to the age of your children.
  • Board a long tail boat and explore beautiful Inle Lake and the villages that surround it. Look out for the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the local fishermen have a very unusual style of rowing!
  • Try and discover whey the cats at ‘Jumping Cat’ monastery have been trained to jump through hoops (no-one quite knows why!).

 

Kids

Travelling in Burma is a delight with children. Although the number of visitors has increased significantly in recent years, tourists with children are almost unheard of and are welcomed with open arms. Walking through the market will take three times as long as normal as each stall holder comes out to greet you and give the kids fruit, sweets and cakes.

The children will love boat rides on Inle Lake, hiking to hilltribe villages, eating barbecued fish and, most of all, following small goat tracks through the countryside around Bagan and exploring the crumbling temples.

Burma is possible with children of all ages and the itinerary can be adapted to suit your family; families with younger children may want to spend longer on the beach and less time in the car for example. Families with children as young as 13 months have travelled to Burma and the locals love seeing kids!

 

ITINERARY

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Yangon however it can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

 

Day 1-2: Yangon

Overnight: Two-night stay at a hotel in Yangon

 

Day 3-5: Yangon – Mandalay

Plane: 1.5 – 2 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Mandalay

 

Day 5-6: Mandalay – Bagan

Car or Boat: Car: 5 hrs. Boat: 9 – 12 hrs. depening on water levels

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Bagan

 

Day 7: Bagan – Mt Popa

Car: 1.5 hrs.

Overnight: One-night stay at hotel in Bagan

 

Day 8: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya

Plane & Car: Plane: 45 mins.

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Pindaya

 

Day 9: Pindaya

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Pindaya

 

Day 10-11: Pindaya – Inle Lake

Car: 1.5 – 2 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Inle Lake

 

Day 12: Inle Lake – Yangon

Return to airport at Heho for flight back to Yangon. Either connect with your onward flight home or fly go Ngapali beach for a few days on the beach.

 

END OF HOLIDAY

**Please note that all drive times are approximate. Flight times vary depending on what airline has availability. Burma does not have many direct flights and those that are available get booked up very quickly. 

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit is between November and February when it seldom rains and is not too hot either.

Temperatures rise from March onwards and daytime temperatures in Yangon (Rangoon) can reach 40C; areas around Mandalay can be even hotter. Monsoon rains fall between mid-May and mid-June and last until October.

Tips!

Be inspired before you even set off with some of our recommended books:

For The Kids

Bamboo People: A Novel by Mitali Perkins.

 

 

     

   

 

To Bring

Bring sunscream as it’s very hard to get in Burma.  It’s also well worth bringing good quality mosquito repellent as this is also hard to purchase locally. The food is not a highlight in Burma so snacks for kids, particularly young ones, is a good idea. It’s most likely the family will have to take malaria tablets so a jar of Nutella (or equivalent) to hide the tablet for little kids is invaluable!

 

 

RATES

This sample itinerary costs £1,025 per adult.  Prices for children will vary according to age and whether they are in their own room or sharing with adults. Our partner agent will be happy to give you an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.

This holiday is organised by our UK-based partner agent who is an expert in family travel and who has prepared this holiday specifically for families.

Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be given to you upon completing an enquiry.

 

 

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