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Burma... Return to the Golden Land

13 days from £4,400 per person

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays.

​Going against conventional wisdom, at Ampersand we don’t think that Burma is a one-time destination. Full of off-the-beaten track discoveries, this beautiful country has the ability to charm any traveller away for a second time, far from the well-trodden diamond of Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Yangon. For those looking to experience and see things that few people in the world have, then this itinerary is for you. It combines several of Burma’s lesser known, but equally worthwhile spots.

Start the trip at our favourite hotel in Burma, the Governor’s Residence, which even for those who know it well is always a joy to return to. From Yangon drive to Hpa’An which offers some of the most tranquil and beautiful scenery in the country. This is the place to come to see the ever diminishing ‘rural’ Burma, where ox carts plough the fields and a Western face is a rarity. Another hidden gem is the former British Hill station of Kalaw, the perfect base from which to visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp that was set up to provide care for elephants that are no longer fit to work. Continue on this natural path and indulge your inner horticulturalist at the surprisingly located Botanical Gardens and Htoo Orange Plantation of Pyin Oo Lwin. From here a day trip takes you to the famous Goak Hteik Railway Viaduct or stay in Pyin Oo Lwin itself to explore its many crumbling colonial-era cottages. The tour ends with one of our favourite locations in the country – Mrauk U. Rivalling Bagan, Mrauk U allows you to enjoy amazing natural and historical sites – but with the added advantage that you have them all to yourself.

This tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is, or used as a starting point for creating your own perfect tailor-made holiday to BurmaIf you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our favourite Epic Journeys, as well as our Active Holidays, Wildlife & Safari and Family Holidays in Asia collection.

Itinerary details

13 days from £4,400 per person

BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 13 BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 13
BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 14 BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 14
BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17 BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17
BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya
Hpa An Burma 3 Hpa An Burma 3
Hpa An Burma 2 Hpa An Burma 2
Hpa An Burma 4 Hpa An Burma 4
Hpa An Lodge Hpa An Burma 5 Hpa An Lodge Hpa An Burma 5
Hpa An Lodge Hpa An Burma 6 Hpa An Lodge Hpa An Burma 6
Green Hill Elephant Camp, Kalaw, Burma Green Hill Elephant Camp, Kalaw, Burma
Kalaw Burma Kalaw Burma
The Amara Kalaw Burma The Amara Kalaw Burma
The Amara Kalaw Burma 9 The Amara Kalaw Burma 9
BURMA Maymyo Market BURMA Maymyo Market
BURMA - Pyin Oo Lwin - horse and cart BURMA - Pyin Oo Lwin - horse and cart
BURMA Pyin Oo Lwin BURMA Pyin Oo Lwin
Mrauk U Burma 7 Mrauk U Burma 7
Mrauk U Burma 6 Mrauk U Burma 6
Mrauk U Burma 1  (1) Mrauk U Burma 1  (1)
Mrauk U Burma 4 Mrauk U Burma 4
Mrauk U Burma 5 Mrauk U Burma 5
Mrauk U Princess Mrauk U Burma 3 Mrauk U Princess Mrauk U Burma 3
BURMA Strand Yangon Lobby BURMA Strand Yangon Lobby
The Strand Yangon Rangoon Burma The Strand Yangon Rangoon Burma


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