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Burma War Tour

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19 Day



The Second World War in Burma is often described as the ‘Forgotten War’, and the troops that fought in it, ‘The Forgotten Army.’ However the stories of courage, cruelty and audacity that come from it are as great and varied as in any of the other theatres of war.

In this Burma WW2 tour, as we pass through modern-day Myanmar we hope to draw from its depths the stories of those that were part of the Burma War - soldiers and civilians not only from Britain, Japan and Burma, but a score of nations – and ensure that these stories are not forgotten.

The 19 day Burma battlefields journey commences in Yangon before guests travel south to Mawlamyine (Moulmein) and Thanbyazuyat, the location of the Burma-Siam Death Railway Western Terminus. Guests will return to Yangon and then up to Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myitkyina, Katha, a quick stop over once more in Mandalay before travelling to Bagan and then returning to Yangon.

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon

From Kandawgyi Park watch sunset fall over Shwedagon Pagoda before visiting the ‘shimmering wonder’ itself.

DAY TWO

Yangon

Day of leisure to allow you to recuperate from your flight.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Mawlamyine

This morning you will be driven south to the capital of Mon State, Mawlamyine, the first capital of British Burma. The fall of Mawlamyine to the Japanese was the first crushing blow for the Allies.

DAY FOUR

Mawlamyine - Thanbyuzayat - Mawlamyine

Visit the Western Terminus of the Burma-Siam Death Railway, and the graves of 3, 771 POWs who are buried at the Commonwealth Cemetery there.

DAY FIVE

Mawlamyine - Bilin Creek - Sittang Bridge - Yangon

Take a picnic lunch at the Sittang Bridge. The blowing of this bridge by the British - with two brigades still on the wrong side - was a turning point in the Japanese conquest of Burma.

DAY SIX

Yangon - Htaukkyan - Yangon

Today you will be taken to both the Htaukkyan and Rangoon War Cemeteries, the house of General Aung San, and on a colonial walking tour of Yangon.

DAY SEVEN

Yangon - Mandalay

In Mandalay you will visit the reconstructed Royal Palace which was the site of Fort Dufferin during the British year. In the afternoon you can climb up the fiercely fought for Mandalay Hill.

DAY EIGHT

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin is the old hill station of Maymyo. A temperate retreat for British officers during peacetime, and a bastion of indulgence for the Japanese during the war.

DAY NINE

Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik - Mandalay

Board the train over the Gokteik Viaduct, before driving back to Mandalay along the infamous Burma Road.

DAY TEN

Mandalay - Myitkyina

After a relaxed morning in Mandalay you will fly to Myitkyina, capital of Myanmar’s northernmost state of Kachin.

 

DAY ELEVEN

Myitkyina

The battle for Myitkyina led by General “Vinegar Joe’ Stillwell was one of the most fraught in the entire campaign. Today you will explore the city and see what signs of the battle remain today.

DAY TWELVE

Myitkyina – Mogaung – Hopin - Mawlu – Katha

Today you will be taken to Mawlu where you can visit the Chindits Memorial Museum.

DAY THIRTEEN

Katha - ‘Boay to Mandalay’

Explore the town of Katha. This was where George Orwell lived and set his novel Burmese Days.

DAY FOURTEEN

’Boat to Mandalay’ - Mandalay

Today you can bick back as you travel down the Ayeyarwaddy to Mandalay. Arriving in Mandalay early evening, you will then be left at your leisure.

DAY FIFTEEN

Mandalay - Bagan

This morning you will be back on the river. As you make your way south to Bagan your guide will be on hand to point out locations significant during the Burma campaigns.

DAY SIXTEEN

Bagan

This morning you will board a hot air balloon at dawn to see the sunrise over Bagan. You will be then taken around the pagodas and temples to view them in greater detail.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Bagan

Today you will be left at your own leisure.

DAY EIGHTEEN

Bagan - Yangon

This morning you fly back to Yangon and check-in to the The Strand Hotel. The afternoon will be at your leisure.

DAY NINETEEN

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

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Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    22
    3
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    3
  • Myitkyina
    24
    8
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Bagan
    26
    0
  • Mandalay
    28
    7
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    24
    7
  • Mawlamyine
    33
    8
  • Myitkyina
    29
    18
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Bagan
    29
    2
  • Mandalay
    31
    5
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    27
    12
  • Mawlamyine
    34
    11
  • Myitkyina
    30
    26
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Bagan
    32
    3
  • Mandalay
    36
    6
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    29
    62
  • Mawlamyine
    35
    62
  • Myitkyina
    33
    46
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Bagan
    35
    8
  • Mandalay
    37
    33
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    28
    241
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    506
  • Myitkyina
    33
    159
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Bagan
    33
    56
  • Mandalay
    36
    147
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    26
    239
  • Mawlamyine
    29
    903
  • Myitkyina
    31
    535
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Bagan
    32
    57
  • Mandalay
    35
    151
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    188
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1117
  • Myitkyina
    30
    513
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Bagan
    32
    32
  • Mandalay
    34
    76
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    257
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1241
  • Myitkyina
    31
    411
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Bagan
    32
    67
  • Mandalay
    33
    115
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    26
    253
  • Mawlamyine
    30
    666
  • Myitkyina
    31
    285
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Bagan
    32
    78
  • Mandalay
    33
    151
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    202
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    202
  • Myitkyina
    30
    158
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Bagan
    30
    56
  • Mandalay
    32
    141
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    23
    93
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    33
  • Myitkyina
    28
    28
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Bagan
    28
    16
  • Mandalay
    30
    45
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    22
    19
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    13
  • Myitkyina
    25
    9
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Bagan
    26
    5
  • Mandalay
    28
    15