This 14 day holiday to Myanmar has the spot light firmly placed on Myanmar’s natural treasures. The extensive network of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and coastal waters are as important to this country as the thousands of pagodas and temples found in this most devout Buddhist land.
- Four days of luxury cruising on board The Strand from Mandalay to Bagan
- Climb the pagodas of Bagan and watch the sun set from Pyathagyi Pagoda
- Explore the natural beauty of Inle Lake on board a private motorboat or paddle a canoe
- Travel by local boat to St Andrews Bay – an insightful afternoon with the local community
Overnight in Mandalay before cruising the Irrawaddy. A private guide will accompany you on an orientation tour, ensuring that the highlights of Amarapura, the weaving factories and the iconic photographic U Bein Bridge are not missed.
Join the new luxurious ship – The Strand Cruise, a contemporary river vessel, for a four day downstream experience. Visit the Royal Cities of Mingun and Sagaing, and Mandalay and Bagan are included in your pre and post cruise touring itinerary.
A full day in Bagan is a must with our expert guide. We dont allow you to become one of the crowd. Let us find the perfect spot for sunset, void of tourist buses.
Flying east to Shan State, spend time at Inle Lake. Do as the locals do, and get about by motorized boat and traditional canoe.
A direct flight to Thandwe brings you to the low key beach resort of Ngapali. Indulge in four days of sublime relaxation. For those interested in the local customs a private visit to St Andrew’s Bay can be arranged. Travel by traditional means, across the bay by local boat and on land by ox cart.Take a small boat for snorkelling. A local family will warmly host you for lunch. Spend quality time in the company of this fishing community.
The exquisite beauty of Myanmar’s water bodies have sustained the livelihood of many communities for centuries. You will spend time in each of these three significant locations.
The Irrawaddy River
The Irrawaddy is the country’s largest river and most important commercially, used for trade and transport, as early on as the sixth century. The native Kachin people – live in the lowland region of this river valley. This fertile expanse is one of the world’s great rice growing regions.
The Intha, the people of Inle live in shore facing lake villages and on the lake itself. They are largely self-sufficient farmers. The Inle carp caught from the lake are a staple of local diet. The Intha grow vegetables and fruit in large floating gardens on the surface of the lake
The pristine beaches found on the Bay of Bengal maintains a charming fishing village feel, and although Ngapali is becoming a justified coastal resort, the fishermen still haul the daily catch off the boats, driving ox drawn carts through the surf – the entire village seems to be waiting and preparing for the boats to return. The dried fish go as far afield as Bangladesh. Ngapali’s isolation, the westernmost part of Myanmar - means that few people make it here – but development will come, so get here quick.
This holiday suggestion can be extended to include further destinations in Myanmar, such as the Mergui Archipelago or the tribal lands of Chin State, Loikaw or the temples of Mrauk U. Further afield combine with Northern Thailand.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.