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The Road from Mandalay

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21 Day



The Road from Mandalay 21 Day Journey is one of Sampan’s most expansive itineraries. It is an itinerary for those visitors who are well-travelled and are looking for the extraordinary in a journey; a journey that offers breadth, depth, and close-up interaction with Myanmar.

This is a journey for travellers that may have visited Burma years ago; maybe they have ancestors who once worked here. Either way, they are travellers who know about the country, have read and heard much on the history and culture, and now want to see it with their own eyes and feel it with their own hands.

This journey begins in Yangon before heading up to Mandalay, Burma’s last royal city. You will then be taken on an indulgent cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy towards Bagan - there will be fine food, fine wine, spectacular sunsets, and habitual forays into villages and towns along the way. You will be taken into Shan State, exploring Inle before embarking on a trek into the ethnic Pa’O territory - no "cultural shows" or force jollity! You will travel on to the former British Hill station of Kalaw to visit a retirement home for elephants from the timber trade before kicking-back with six days at Ngapali Beach.

Photo: Sanctuary Ananda

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon Arrival

This morning you will be greeted upon arrival at Yangon Airport and taken to your hotel in Yangon’s Embassy Quarter.

DAY TWO

Yangon

Today you will be left at leisure to acclimatize and enjoy the resplendent garden of your hotel.

DAY THREE

Yangon

Today your guide will take you into the heart of downtown Yangon, exploring Myanmar today through its morning markets, and Burma of yesteryear through the glorious colonial architecture. At dusk you shall visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.

DAY FOUR

Yangon - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay

Today you will fly to Mandalay and board the Sanctuary Ananda ship. You will be taken to visit Sagaing, the kernel of Buddhism in Myanmar, as well as Amarapura and the serene U Bein Bridge.

DAY FIVE

Mandalay - Sinkyun

Today you will sail north to the village of Sinkyun before passing the great unfinished pagoda of Mingun.

DAY SIX

Tan Kyi Taung Mountain - Bagan

After taking part in a Burmese cooking demonstration with the ship chef, climb up Tan Kyi Taung Mountain for spectacular views over the plain of Bagan.

DAY SEVEN

Bagan

Today you will explore the temples and pagodas of Bagan, Burma’s most glorious empire.

DAY EIGHT

Bagan

Today you will check out of Sanctuary Ananda and be left at leisure in Bagan.

DAY NINE

Bagan - Pindaya - Inle Lake

This morning you will fly to Heho and visit the Shwe Umin Golden Cave at Pindaya, before travelling on to your hotel on the banks of Inle Lake.

DAY TEN

Inle Lake

Explore Inle Lake by boat and meet the famed Inthar fishermen that call this region home.

 

DAY ELEVEN

Inle Lake - Hti Ne

Commence your exploration into Pa’O territory, a large ethnic group of Shan State, known for the vibrant headressed of their women. Stay overnight amongst the Pa’O.

DAY TWELVE

Hti Ne - Kakku - Taunggyi - Inle Lake

Visit the ancient pagoda field of Kakku before sampling the wine at Myanmar’s first vineyard. Continue back to your hotel on the banks of Inle.

DAY THIRTEEN

Inle Lake - Kalaw

Travel to Kalaw, the former British Hill Station. Explore the town at your leisure this afternoon.

DAY FOURTEEN

Kalaw

Today you will visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, looking after retired elephants from Burma’s timber trade.

DAY FIFTEEN

Kalaw - Ngapali Beach

Today you will be taken to Heho Airport to fly to Ngapali Beach.

DAY SIXTEEN

Ngapali Beach

Leisure at the beach.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Ngapali Beach

Leisure at the beach.

DAY EIGHTEEN

Ngapali Beach

Leisure at the beach.

DAY NINETEEN

Ngapali Beach

Leisure at the beach.

DAY TWENTY

Ngapali Beach - Yangon - Bago

Fly to Yangon Airport and spend the afternoon and night in Bago, the capital city of a former Mon Kingdom, 50 kilometres outside of Yangon.

DAY TWENTY-ONE

Bago - Yangon Departure

Be at leisure this morning before driving to Yangon Airport for your departure flight.


Have a closer look at this journey on our
The Road from Mandalay Pinterest Board.

Climate

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Kalaw
    24
    3
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Bagan
    26
    0
  • Mandalay
    28
    7
  • Inle Lake
    25
    4
  • Ngapali
    30
    2
  • Kalaw
    23
    5
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Bagan
    29
    2
  • Mandalay
    31
    5
  • Inle Lake
    26
    4
  • Ngapali
    32
    1
  • Kalaw
    27
    12
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Bagan
    32
    3
  • Mandalay
    36
    6
  • Inle Lake
    30
    12
  • Ngapali
    33
    1
  • Kalaw
    29
    49
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Bagan
    35
    8
  • Mandalay
    37
    33
  • Inle Lake
    31
    50
  • Ngapali
    34
    17
  • Kalaw
    27
    204
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Bagan
    33
    56
  • Mandalay
    36
    147
  • Inle Lake
    29
    190
  • Ngapali
    33
    282
  • Kalaw
    25
    241
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Bagan
    32
    57
  • Mandalay
    35
    151
  • Inle Lake
    28
    238
  • Ngapali
    30
    1200
  • Kalaw
    24
    266
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Bagan
    32
    32
  • Mandalay
    34
    76
  • Inle Lake
    27
    263
  • Ngapali
    29
    1300
  • Kalaw
    24
    285
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Bagan
    32
    67
  • Mandalay
    33
    115
  • Inle Lake
    27
    308
  • Ngapali
    29
    1300
  • Kalaw
    24
    256
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Bagan
    32
    78
  • Mandalay
    33
    151
  • Inle Lake
    27
    285
  • Ngapali
    30
    570
  • Kalaw
    24
    212
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Bagan
    30
    56
  • Mandalay
    32
    141
  • Inle Lake
    27
    208
  • Ngapali
    32
    201
  • Kalaw
    22
    84
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Bagan
    28
    16
  • Mandalay
    30
    45
  • Inle Lake
    25
    85
  • Ngapali
    32
    66
  • Kalaw
    28
    8
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Bagan
    26
    5
  • Mandalay
    28
    15
  • Inle Lake
    24
    14
  • Ngapali
    31
    8