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Capitals & Kings

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23 Day



This journey explores Myanmar’s turbulent history, from the Pyu city state of Sri Ksetra founded in the 5th Century, to Nay Pyi Daw, a dystopian city and capital of Myanmar since 2006.

After soaking up the ephemeral delights of Yangon - walking amongst the colonial architecture and learning about General Aung San the ‘architect of Burmese freedom’ - you will be taken into Bago Region. After visiting the ancient Mon capital city and spending some time with the mahouts of Taungoo, you will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of Nay Pyi Daw.

Through Shan State you will reach Mandalay, Myanmar’s last Royal Capital, and be able to visit the ancient cities of Amarapura and Ava. Down the Ayeyarwaddy River you will be taken to Bagan before returning to Yangon along the Twante Canal.

Photo: Philip Hjeimans

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon

You will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you will meet your Sampan travel consultant. At sunset you will be taken to Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s ‘shimmering wonder’.

DAY TWO

Yangon

Wander through the tumult of a Chinatown morning market before visiting the house of national hero General Aung San. Embark upon a colonial walking tour after lunch.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Bago - Taungoo

Visit the Htaukkyan Commonwealth War Cemetery on the way to Bago, the former capital of a Mon Kingdom. Drive on to Taungoo.

DAY FOUR

Taungoo - Sein Ye Villages

After breakfast you will be taken to the villages of Sein Ye, inhabited by ‘oozies’ (Burmese mahouts) and their families. Join the elephants and oozies out in the jungle.

DAY FIVE

Sein Ye Villages - Nay Pyi Daw

This morning you will join the oozies tracking down their elephants after their free-ranging during the night. You will arrive in Nay Pyi Daw in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring Myanmar’s dystopian capital city.

DAY SIX

Nay Pyi Daw - Pindaya

Drive into Shan State passing over the mighty Paunglaung River. Arrive in Pindaya in time for supper.

DAY SEVEN

Pindaya - into the Danu Hills

Hike into the hills of the Danu Self Administered Zone, passing the Shwe Umin (Golden Cave) and walking through Danu tea farmer villages.

DAY EIGHT

Out of the Danu Hills - Pindaya - Inle Lake

After your night in the hills, you will hike down to Pindaya. Once you have freshened up you will be driven to Inle Lake.

DAY NINE

Inle Lake

This morning you will have the opportunity to take a short horse ride around Nyaung Shwe before heading out onto the lake for a private lunch. Explore more of the lake by boat this afternoon.

DAY TEN

Inle Lake - Mandalay

This morning you will fly to Mandalay and commence exploring Burma’s Royal Capital without delay!

DAY ELEVEN

Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

After joining the Grasshoppers’ morning Foodies Bicycle Tour, cross the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit the mammoth unfinished pagoda at Mingun.

Photo: Nina Rastovic

 

DAY TWELVE

Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay

Today you will continue exploring Mandalay, visiting the Mahamuni Shrine in the morning and enjoying sunset in Amarapura, another ancient Burmese capital.

DAY THIRTEEN

Mandalay - Inwa - Yandabo

This morning you will be taken to Inwa, the ancient capital of the bloody Court of Ava. This afternoon you will commence you journey down the Ayeyarwaddy River.

DAY FOURTEEN

Bagan

Today you will explore the temples and pagodas of Bagan, the heart of the first Burmese Empire resplendent between the 9th and 13th Centuries.

DAY FIFTEEN

Bagan - Salay - Bagan

Today you will be taken to Salay by WWII jeep. In Salay you will visit the serene Youk-Soun Monastery and try the town’s famous jam.

DAY SIXTEEN

Bagan - Magway

Visit Magway, the capital of the region with the same name, and visit the Mya Tha Lon Pagoda.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Minhla - Thayet

Visit the town of Mihla which once sat on the border between British Burma and the Kingdom of Ava. See the old Italian fort.

DAY EIGHTEEN

Pyay

At Pyay you will visit the 5th-8th Century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya or ‘Sri Ksetra’, the kernel of the ancient Pyu civilisation.

DAY NINETEEN

Akauk Taung

Pass the spectacular Buddha stone carvings of Akauk Taung that look over the Ayeyarwaddy.

DAY TWENTY

Donaphyu

Visit the town where Aung San Suu Kyi famously stood down a troop of armed soldiers when on the election campaign in 1988.

DAY TWENTY-ONE

Twante - Yangon

Sailing up the Yangon River you will enter the Twante Canal, and here visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda and pottery workshops.

DAY TWENTY-TWO

Yangon

Today you will disembark in Yangon and check into the Belmond Governor’s Residence and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

DAY TWENTY-THREE

Yangon

Before your flight out of the Golden Land, you will be taken to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). The extensive selection of stalls here will allow you to pick up any last mementos from Myanmar.


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Climate

  • JAN
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  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
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Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Taungoo
    31
    7
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Bagan
    26
    0
  • Mandalay
    28
    7
  • Inle Lake
    25
    4
  • Taungoo
    34
    1
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Bagan
    29
    2
  • Mandalay
    31
    5
  • Inle Lake
    26
    4
  • Taungoo
    37
    4
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Bagan
    32
    3
  • Mandalay
    36
    6
  • Inle Lake
    30
    12
  • Taungoo
    38
    35
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Bagan
    35
    8
  • Mandalay
    37
    33
  • Inle Lake
    31
    50
  • Taungoo
    35
    193
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Bagan
    33
    56
  • Mandalay
    36
    147
  • Inle Lake
    29
    190
  • Taungoo
    31
    376
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Bagan
    32
    57
  • Mandalay
    35
    151
  • Inle Lake
    28
    238
  • Taungoo
    30
    419
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Bagan
    32
    32
  • Mandalay
    34
    76
  • Inle Lake
    27
    263
  • Taungoo
    30
    449
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Bagan
    32
    67
  • Mandalay
    33
    115
  • Inle Lake
    27
    308
  • Taungoo
    32
    277
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Bagan
    32
    78
  • Mandalay
    33
    151
  • Inle Lake
    27
    285
  • Taungoo
    32
    157
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Bagan
    30
    56
  • Mandalay
    32
    141
  • Inle Lake
    27
    208
  • Taungoo
    32
    44
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Bagan
    28
    16
  • Mandalay
    30
    45
  • Inle Lake
    25
    85
  • Taungoo
    30
    13
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Bagan
    26
    5
  • Mandalay
    28
    15
  • Inle Lake
    24
    14