Tailor-Made Holiday

Myanmar Highlights and Mergui Archipelago

Inle Lake, Bagan and Yangon Highlights with six days to relax

13 days

from £4,995pp (excluding flights)

This 13-day trip takes in many of the countries highlights before heading to the remote south of the country and five nights in the Mergui Archipelago – referred to as Asia’s lost world.

  • Walking tour of Yangon with high tea at the iconic Strand Hotel
  • Visit the Shan villages aside Inle Lake
  • 4X4 Safari through local villages of Bagan
  • Stay at the privately owned eco-tourism island retreat of Wa Ale

Yangon, Inle Lake and Bagan

Spend the first week of this holiday to Myanmar, exploring the cultural sites of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake. Sightseeing included aims to balance temple visits with community involvement - watching blacksmiths and potters at work, sampling home cooking, observing the classroom and bartering at markets.

The best time for sailing in the Mergui is between November and April. December to February is perfect, with warm sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas. March and April, with less wind, is ideal for diving and snorkelling.

Mergui Archipelago

Flying south to Kawthuang, just across the Thai border, transfer to the harbour to board a comfortable yacht for a two to three-hour journey into the 800 islands of the Mergui archipelago. Your accommodation for the next five nights is Wa Ale Island Resort, located on a remote island within the Lampi Marine National Park. This remote and magical escape offers a wonderful chance to relax, explore mangroves, rainforest trails and some fabulous snorkelling and dive sites. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4995 £ 700
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what is included

  • 5 nights at Wa Ale Resort on a full board basis
  • House wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages at Wa Ale Resort
  • Non-motorized and land-based activities during stay at Wa Ale Resort
  • Return boat transfers to and from Wa Ale Resort on Saturdays and Tuesdays
  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Scuba diving, spa treatments, premium wines and non-house beverages and transfers if not on a Tuesday or Saturday
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure.

You will be staying at The Strand Hotel, Yangon, breakfast

Day 2

Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda which dominates Yangon and can be seen from many parts of the city. Dating back more than 2,600 years it is one of the holiest places in the entire country. Originally built to house eight holy hairs of the Buddha it has been added to and re-built almost continuously. Its temples and shrines throng with the thousands of pilgrims and worshippers that come daily.

No longer the capital but still Myanmar's largest city, Yangon remains one of the country's most important commercial hubs. International isolation over the last five decades has left the city with an enduring colonial charm. Architecture from a bygone era lines the streets of the old centre, whilst the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda - a dazzling Buddhist temple attracting pilgrims from all over the world - dominates the skyline.

Fly Yangon to Heho

Drive from Heho to Inle Lake (Road Journey)

Nestling in a valley of the Shan Plateau, Inle Lake is a spectacular freshwater lake at an altitude of almost 1000 feet. It is notable for its inhabitants, known as the Intha people or 'leg rowers', who developed a culture that has survived for centuries. Floating markets and the surrounding villages make this a fascinating place to visit during a trip to Myanmar.

Time at leisure.

You will be staying at Inle Lake View Resort, half board

Day 3

Full day sightseeing
Spend a day sightseeing by boat around the beautiful lake and see the leg-rowing fishermen, one of the iconic images of Myanmar. The lake, situated on the high Shan Plateau, is fairly shallow thus allowing for a floating market garden where the locals grow vegetables, particularly tomatoes. You will see the unusual 'leg' rower today which is likely to be one of your l

Villages have grown up around and in the lake, many built on stilts. Visit a silk weaving village where many of the processes are still carried out by hand. Cloth is also made from locally grown lotus fibre. At the end of the school day you can see the children returning home, not on the bus but in small wooden canoes.

There are a number of temples and monasteries too, including the famous Phaung Daw U Pagoda which houses five 12th century Buddha images whose shape has been lost by the layers of gold leaf placed upon them by worshippers.

Lunch onboard the Rice Carrier Boat on Inle Lake
Lunch is served on a rice carrier boat in the middle of Inle Lake. The boat has been transformed into a wonderful restaurant. An exclusive experience and catered for you by a service boat and a kitchen boat!

You will be staying at Inle Lake View Resort, half board

Day 4

Half Day Tour of Indein
In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a 'pagoda forest'. Walk for about one hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. Continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired paddling yourself, continue by motorboat back to your hotel.

Fly Inle Lake to Bagan

You will be staying at Bagan Lodge, half board

Day 5

Full Day Exploring the Temples of Bagan
Touring by car with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. Start the day climbing a pagoda to get an impression and sense of the scale of the temple complex. From here visit some of the amazing temples such as Ananda,Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu.
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and at around 4pm continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with a sundowner.

The ancient, lost city of Bagan in Myanmar is a truly extraordinary sight. Set in a 70 square kilometre expanse of open countryside and farmland, framed by a backdrop of distant mountains, the 4000 or so temples scattered across the plain are all that remain of a once important capital.

Evening Sundowners on the Irrawaddy
This evening what better way to see the sun go down than from the top of an ancient temple or on board a boat on the Irrawaddy. We will arrange sun downers for you this evening.

You will be staying at Bagan Lodge, half board

Day 6

4WD Safari in Villages near Bagan
An early start this morning as you head out of Bagan in 4WD jeeps to explore the surrounding countryside and villages, such as Nyaung Gyi with its blacksmith workshop This is a great excursion if you are interested in life away from the tourist sites and photography. We can also weave in some time spent learning about local farming methods.

You will be staying at Bagan Lodge, half board

Day 7

Fly Bagan to Yangon

Half Day Yangon Heritage Walk
Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial era architecture still standing. This relaxed tempo walking tour follows a route through downtown Yangon focusing on the old colonial buildings. At the end enjoy a well-earned gin and tonic at Gekko.

You will be staying at The Strand Hotel, Yangon, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Fly Yangon to Kawthaung

On arrival at Kawthaung transfer to the harbour to board your boat and transfer to Wa Ale Resort.

Private boat transfer to Wa Ale Resort

Board Azimut boat, a 55 metre yacht for your two to three hour transfer to Wa Ale Resort. The yacht is air conditiioned with a kitchen, living area and seating for 14 people, as well as three cabins below deck.

You will be staying at Wa Ale Island Resort, full board and house beverages

Day 9

Activities at Wa Ale Resort
With such a beautiful location there is a range of activities on offer to explore the underwater world, rainforests, mangroves and local culture. Snorkelling and diving are excellent with 10 dive sites available in the area including reef and cave diving. The mangroves and rivers surrounding the property can be explored by kayak or paddleboard and there are a selection of jungle trails to explore on foot.

It is also possible to learn more about the local communities and their culture with visits to local villages and schools plus the chance to learn about the resorts conservation efforts.

Wildlife on the island is diverse and rich with marine life including whale sharks, manta ray, turtle and dolphin and on land there are gibbon, monitor lizard and even the near extinct pangolin. Birdlife ranges from sea eagles to kingfisher and hornbill.

You will be staying at Wa Ale Island Resort, full board and house beverages

Day 10

Day at leisure to relax or enjoy some of the resort activities.

You will be staying at Wa Ale Island Resort, full board and house beverages

Day 11

Day at leisure to relax or enjoy some of the resort activities

You will be staying at Wa Ale Island Resort, full board and house beverages

Day 12

Day at leisure to relax or enjoy some of the resort activities

You will be staying at Wa Ale Island Resort, full board and house beverages

Day 13

Boat transfer from Wa Ale Resort to Kawthaung

A return journey of around two to three hours.

Transfer to the airport for your onward travels.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Strand Hotel, Yangon

The Strand Hotel, Yangon

The Strand, Yangon has remained true to its architectural past whilst transiting elegantly into the 21st Century....

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Wa Ale

Wa Ale

Wa Ale Island retreat is located on a 9,000 acre island, one of 800 islands within the Lampi Marine National Park in southern Myanmar....

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