Exploring off-the-beaten-track temples and monasteries
Discover what lies behind the golden façade of Shwedagon Pagoda
Visit the stilt village on Inle lake where the Intha people have been living for centuries
Explore the peaceful ruins of Indein - a ‘pagoda forest’
Relax on the pristine sands of beautiful Ngapali Beach
Curated by Diana
Day 1 Arrival Yangon
Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be met by your guide and escorted by private car for your first visit to Shwedagon Pagoda.
You’ll then be transferred to your hotel and have time to freshen up before heading on a tour of downtown Yangon. You’ll explore the back streets while learning about the history and architecture of the city before stopping at the famous Strand hotel for high tea.
Day 2 Yangon
This morning you’ll uncover what’s behind the golden façade of Shwedagon Pagoda.
Your guide will talk you through the history of the pagoda, the daily life of those living in the surroundings, and you’ll gain a deeper insight into Buddhist religion. See local workshops, markets and monasteries, give offerings to monks, visit a fortune teller, and enjoy a traditional Burmese lunch.
Day 3 Yangdon - Bagan
This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
Upon arrival you’ll be met by a representative and escorted to your hotel.
In the afternoon you’ll head off the beaten track to visit the temples of Bagan. You’ll see ancient temples and monasteries that are off the typical tourist track, and have lunch in a local house before discovering more about the Bagan period.
Day 4 Bagan
Today you’ll travel by private car to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple and a local slipper factory in Pakkoku.
You’ll then enjoy a leisurely two-hour trip downriver while lunch is served on board. Lastly, you’ll visit a lacquerware workshop in Myinkaba village.
Day 5 Bagan - Heho – Kalaw
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Heho.
Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to Kalaw’s Elephant conservation project – a project that focuses on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of local people living here.
After lunch you’ll assist the mahout with washing and feeding the elephants, before being driven back to Kalaw.
Day 6 Kalaw - Inle Lake
This morning you’ll head on a day of sightseeing at Inle Lake - a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages.
On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for centuries in a village built entirely on stilts. Go by private motorboat to discover the lake’s natural beauty, visit the floating gardens and have tea at a local house. Stop by a cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made), the floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a weaving factory, and an Intha house. There’s lots to see!
Day 7 Inle Lake
This morning you’ll visit the ruins of Indein. Partly covered by vegetation, the area resembles a ‘pagoda forest’ and is utterly beautiful.
After an hour’s stroll you’ll enjoy a home-made lunch in a local house before continuing to Nam Pan village for a spot of gentle canoeing before returning to your hotel.
Day 8 Inle Lake - Heho - Ngapali
You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ngapali Beach, the perfect place to spend the last few days of your holiday.
After checking into your hotel you’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure. This is your chance to hit the beach, enjoy a massage in the spa, or sip a cocktail by the pool.
Day 9 Ngapali
Spend today at leisure to enjoy the resort, pool, and long walks up and down the sand. For those looking for something more adventurous, your Lightfoot Travel Designer will be able to advise on activities prior to departure.
Day 10 Ngapali - Yangon - Departure
This morning you’ll be transferred back to Yangon.
You’ll have time for lunch, followed by a foot massage carried out by blind or deaf people, and trained by a local charity.
With a renewed spring in your step, this is your last chance to shop. From longyi (local sarong) and old books, to gold leaves and local paintings, you’ll have souvenirs for all before heading to the airport for your departure flight.