Myanmar captivates with its tropical beaches of deserted white sand, mystical landscapes of ancient temples and stilt house villages on pristine alpine lakes. Inspiring and inimitable, the country entices visitors of all ages. With this three-city family itinerary, blend cultural immersion with Myanmar's finest landscapes, with space to relax and explore at leisure. Along the way, there are traditional ceremonies, sunset cruising, and unique displays of cultural color.
Bagan – Exploring the Temples of a Lost World
Land in Bagan and immediately feel how different Myanmar is to the rest of the world. Sublime sandstone monuments rise amidst the trees; their extravagance stretches for miles across the dusty plains. Golden stupas reflect in the Irrawaddy River; 900-year-old murals hide beside giant Buddha images, and the landscape is quick to overwhelm your senses. There are over 2,000 temples and pagodas, relics from one of the world's biggest building booms. Myanmar's iconic destination, Bagan presents a mythical world where every angle baffles the eye. Be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Old Bagan in easy walking distance of the area’s largest temples.
Explore all afternoon and wind your way along the sandy trails to a series of the most inspiring temples. Some offer adventure as you climb narrow staircases to phenomenal views over the plains. Others imbue serenity, where meditative chants and incense spill from the archways. Young monks gather in one as sand artists paint in another while shining gold Buddhas shimmer in many. No two are the same, and your guide will unravel the narratives on their history to take you on an architectural journey through the monarchs of Myanmar's past.
Bagan – Cultural Immersion for the Whole Family
Bagan – Hot Air Balloon Rides and a Horse and Carriage
Inle Lake – Iconic Stilt Houses Above the Water
Inle Lake – Spiritual Ceremonies and Adventure Along the Lake
Inle Lake – Exploring the Hill Tribes of Myanmar
Ngapali – Gazing Out at the Bay of Bengal
Day 8 - 10
Ngapali – Tropical Tranquility on Myanmar's Finest Beach
Ngapali – Departure
- Explore the mystical lost world of Bagan, where thousands of temples and stupas rise like mythical odes to the past
- Take a hot air balloon above Bagan, and then roam between the temples on bicycles and a horse-drawn carriage
- Visit traditional villages and immerse yourself in local life, including visits to junior monasteries and nunneries
- Take part in Buddhist ceremonies that are filled with color and inimitability
- Cruise along the Irrawaddy River at sunset, watching the temples reflect gently in the river
- Spend three days in a stilt house on Inle Lake, with narrow-boat tours enabling you to interact with the region's local customs
- Complete the family itinerary on Ngapali, Myanmar's finest beach, where you have four days of white sand and tropical tones along the Bay of Bengal
Myanmar's treasure chest has been opened with its captivating gems untouched and under-explored. Beaches of white sand and tropical palms are alongside ancient sandstone pinnacles that rise beside the Irrawaddy River. Pristine lakes of stilt house villages and vibrant markets compel you from lush rice paddies to the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Local life surrounds, every turn brings a new immersion in typical cultures and lifestyles. Tradition isn't a thing of the past; rather it's the focal point of every day from Buddhist ceremonies to leg-rowing gondoliers. As the country embraces tourism, there is now an accessibility and luxury to visiting a once-hidden realm. The rapidly evolving tourist infrastructure makes Myanmar an inspiring and safe destination for families, one that's as easy as any of its Southeast Asia neighbors.
This family itinerary focuses on three distinctive destinations. Each has its appeal, yet all three are wrapped in Myanmar's inescapable charms. Smiles greet you on every corner, and there's an otherworldly sense that could have come straight from the movie screen. Specialist guides lead you on family-focused, local tours to maximize the chance to meet the people of Myanmar and see the underbelly of the country. Domestic flights connect the destinations and minimize travel time, and a selection of the country's finest accommodation offers a contemporary luxury to complement the feeling of Myanmar's ancient glory.
Start in Bagan as the 2,300 temples form one of the world's greatest architectural sights. Built in the 11th through the 13th-centuries, these sandstone pagodas create a carpet of enchantment along the Irrawaddy River. Buddhas sit serenely inside untouched pagodas, golden murals line temple walls, and young monks meditate in the relics from past empires. To keep everyone engaged, the itinerary provides a variety of explorations. Rise above the plains in a hot air balloon, cruise the river at sunset, travel in a horse and carriage, and spend half a day to cycle through the ethereal world. Amongst the temples, enjoy a unique village immersion and a chance to visit novice monasteries and schools.
Inle Lake is serene and surreal, a languid expanse of water that stretches beneath rice paddies and rolling peaks. Your accommodation is on stilts, unique houses that stand on the lake and offer dramatic panoramas. At Inle, travel by boat to get involved with the region's traditional customs. Take a cooking class, weave baskets from palms, ride a buffalo in the fields, and enter the atmosphere of local temples. Inle offers a sublime location to relax as a family, but also an indelible opportunity to encounter tribal village life in all its forms, including being a part of a spiritual ceremony to complete the experience.
Exotic Ngapali completes the itinerary, a long and mostly deserted white beach that is lapped by the Bay of Bengal. Find just a handful of other tourists despite the pristine postcard setting and enjoy iconic island-style luxury, hidden from the world and complete with a range of activities for children. Spacious and escapist, Ngapali is a long necklace of beach with discreetly placed resorts, and everyone can run or slumber in their piece of tropical bliss.
$1,975 per person (excluding international flights)
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