The Comforts of Quiet
It is the quiet mystique of Myanmar that proves so compelling. Here is a nation that, for many, feels largely undiscovered and yet is one of the gems of Southeast Asia—and one of the most extraordinary trips in B&R’s long history. From walking the lush countryside, to strolling through ancient villages and spectacular temples, to floating along the current in the deluxe comforts of a riverboat, we take in Myanmar at a pace that reflects the gentle character of the country and reveals a land that will forever live in your imagination. Any decision to travel here must be carefully considered—but we think it’s the right thing to do. The Burmese people embrace us and encourage us to return.
Yangon to Yangon
9 Days / 8 Nights
Price per person from: $6,995
Single supplement: $1,300
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Today we visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and a friend’s monastery before heading to Yangon’s downtown district for lunch, where we’ve arranged a scavenger hunt for the kids. For dinner we head to La Planteur, the hippest place in town.
Next we fly to the Shan mountains, where we visit one of the country’s only wineries. In the afternoon our bikes take us from the vineyard to the waters of Inle Lake and a gentle introduction to rural Myanmar.
Next we set out on foot to remote villages on the lake’s shore and a temple overlooking the surrounding villages, where we enjoy a picnic lunch and chat with the monks before watching local fishermen demonstrate their unique leg-rowing technique.
We begin today in true Inle Lake fashion: by boat. We float to the ancient ruins of In Dien, then visit a lunch spot run by a local chieftain. Relax in the afternoon while the kids get back in the boats for a B&R-style regatta.
This morning we witness the morning’s chanted prayer at a monastery in Kaung Dang before enjoying a catered lunch. After a one-hour flight to Mandalay, we bear witness to the glass palace before strolling the reconstructed forbidden city.
Today we walk along the Mandalay Fort walls to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River before a porter boat brings us to the Amarapura Monastery, one of the country’s best. Before a traditional Burmese dinner, the kids partake in fortune telling and palm reading.
This morning we head to the ancient city of Bagan. Rich in art, history, religion and architecture, we explore this vibrant city with our local expert. We end the day on a terrace overlooking the magnificent Bagan Plain, watching the sunset over the stupas.
Explore incredible temples and visit a local lacquerware producer to see the incredibly skilled craftsmen at work. The kids get to make their own puppets and learn all about the Burmese art of Marionets, then show them off at dinner that night at an undisclosed location.
Shortly after breakfast, we fly to Yangon to meet our international connections. If you are planning to spend a few more days exploring Yangon, your guides will arrange your transportation to the Governor’s Residence Hotel.
Governor’s Residence, Yangon
A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, the Governor’s Residence conjures up a bygone era of elegance and comfort. Set in lush gardens dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is a magical base for exploration of the city of Yangon. View hotel website »
Inle Viewpoint, Inle Lake
Sitting on the edge of the canal leading to the magnificent Inle Lake, this eco-friendly lodge blends the best of the Shan traditions and the needs of modern travelers. Located within walking distance to the village of Nyaung Shwe, Inle Viewpoint is built using entirely local materials and hosts a restaurant offering European/Myanmar fusion cuisine. View hotel website »
Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay
Located only minutes from the bustling and vibrant city center, Rupar Mandalar Hotel provides guests with an ideal location in a comfortable and relaxed setting. You can expect gracious Myanmar hospitality and complete western comfort at this luxurious four-star hotel set on four acres of exotic, lush, tranquil landscaped gardens. View hotel website »
Aureum Palace, Bagan
Perched on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and overlooking 800 years of history, the Aureum Palace was originally built as a traditional Burmese temple and now offers luxurious accomodations for all guests. The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, a fully-equipped fitness centre, a nightclub and a huge swimming pool affording a stunning view of Bagan’s pagoda landscape. View hotel website »
We rate this trip as Easygoing. The terrain is generally flat throughout our daily walks of 8-11 km (5-7 mi.), although you should expect a few hills and some dirt roads in the countryside. Much of the walking is through small villages and towns. To avoid midday heat, the days tend to start early. Our bike rides tend to be mainly flat and vary in length from 14 -35 km (9-24 mi). The road conditions can be poor and crowded though on occasion with pedestrians, cattle and local traffic! The activities on this trip are geared for children 12 years old and up.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, you'll be riding customized Rocky Mountain Hybrid Bikes. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All meals, including wine
- All internal flights and transfers
- Use of walking sticks and Rocky Mountain bikes
- Services of B&R guide(s) Burmese national guide and Burmese local experts, as well as support vehicles
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for the local guides, baggage, porters and hotel service
- NOTE: The hot air balloon ride over Bagan is not included in the trip cost; at time of booking we can provide more info on how to arrange it yourself
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Myanmar is one of the last of the untouched places in Southeast Asia. Its name conjures images of thick jungles, long summer days sipping tea, and one of the most secretive and magical countries in the world. In this land of ancient cities, exotic wildlife and golden temples stretching to the horizon, you soon realize that this is not just a trip, but an adventure.”
— Tyler Dillon,
B&R Guide & Researcher
Notes from the Road
- Myanmar Through Tyler’s EyesRecently named a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, B&R Trip Designer Tyler Dillon shares his passion for the country where he says “magic still exists.” Feeling inspired? Check out our full roster of Myanmar trips to …
- Mohinga, Myanmar’s National DishIt’s hard to go hungry while walking the streets of Yangon or Mandalay. Assuming you don’t mind fish soup from a cart, that is. Mohinga A mohinga dish with fritters and egg. Regarded as Myanmar’s national dish and prolific across the country, mohinga …
- Tyler Dillon: Top Travel SpecialistToday Condé Nast Traveler magazine made official what we at Butterfield & Robinson have known for years, naming our very own Tyler Dillon a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar. Formerly B&R’s Regional Director for Myanmar, Tyler has spent seven years w …
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