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On the trail of the Shan to Bengal

Best time to travel
Oct – Apr
Ideal length
15 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Yangon, Myanmar.
  • All private transfers, domestic flights and guiding requirements.
  • 15 nights’ luxury accommodation in Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Mandalay to Bagan cruise, Bagan and Ngalapi.
  • Cruise overnight from Mandalay to Bagan with Belmond on an all inclusive basis.
  • Experience a train journey through Shan country from Kalaw to Inle Lake.
  • Enjoy exceptional private touring including a city tour of Yangon, trekking in Inle and a guided tour of Mandalay’s heritage sites.
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Myanmar remains untainted by the globalisation seen elsewhere in Asia. Consequently, travelling in Myanmar can be like travelling back in time. In this suggested itinerary, experience an epic journey through Myanmar, staying in some of the countries most luxurious properties and enjoying some incredible personalised experiences. Venture from Yangon, kalaw, Inle Lake Mandalay, Ngapali Bay with an added beautiful cruise along the Irrawaddy accompanied by the very best guides in the country.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Yangon, Myanmar.
On arrival, your driver will meet you and privately transfer you to your luxury accommodation where you’ll spend two nights in the city to explore all of the highlights.
Set off with your private guide to explore all the highlights of Yangon.
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and you’ll venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings, many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colourful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets.
Yangon, Myanmar
Next, you will take a short flight to Heho in Kalaw.
You will be picked up on arrival and privately transfer to your luxury accommodation where you’ll spend one night. This charming little town full of colonial style houses.
Kalaw Mountain houses
Experience a guided walking tour of Kalaw.
Walk through an old hill station with interesting colonial history and architecture. Discover a pagoda, local market and monastery view point at the top of a hill before lunch.
Myanmar, local market
Experience an afternoon journey by local train.
Appreciate the green scenery of Shan State together with local people as you travel to famous Inle Lake in unique style. You’ll spend the next four nights in a beautiful property in Inle Lake.
Shan State, local people
Experience Inle Lake the local way.
Get a unique perspective of the lake’s heritage and the lives of its people on a special, immersive excursion. Explore local villages and witness scenes of everyday life on the water.
Shan State, Inle lake
Explore the spectacular scenery abounds on a guided Shan State trek.
Traverse the rolling Shan hills, pass agricultural fields and catch breathtaking views of the lake below. Stop in hill tribe villages, where the way of life has remained untouched by time. This is the perfect day out for the culturally curious adventurer.
Inle lake, Myanmar
Privately transfer to Heho Airport for your flight to Mandaley.
Your driver will meet you on arrival and take you to your accommodation where you’ll spend two nights. Mandalay is its religious heart, possessing some of the country’s most beautiful pagodas.
Mandaley Pagodas
With a guide, enjoy a Mandalay Hill and Environs tour.
Get an introduction to the city’s rich history with visits to Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda then climb Mandalay Hill for views over the city and its environs.
Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay
You’ll be transferred to the jetty where you will meet The Road to Mandalay.
Your overnight cruise along the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay begins.
Irrawaddy River, Myanmar
This is a unique experience on board the most famous cruise in the country.
Each day you will have daily excursions with expert guides and fascinating lectures. In the mornings, a range of activities are also available, including sunrise yoga and meditation.
Sunrise yoga class
Following your overnight cruise, you’ll fly to Nyaung U Airport.
On arrival you will be privately transferred to your luxury accommodation in Bagan where you’ll spend two nights taking in the sights and sounds.
Nyaung, Myanmar
Finally to end your epic adventure, you will fly to Ngapali on the west coast of Myanmar.
You’ll spend three nights in a beautiful resort, enjoying some well deserved beach time. Enjoy your time together until your flight home.
Myanmar, Ngapali beach
You will fly back to Yangon for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Belmond Governor's Residence

Belmond Governor’s Residence

Belmond Governor’s Residence is a beautiful 1920s teak mansion situated in the heart of Yangon’s Embassy Quarter. The property is ideally positioned to explore all the cultural treasures that Yangon has to offer including the Shwedagon pagoda and lively Bogyoke Market. Belmond Governor’s Residence is one of the most luxurious addresses in Yangon. With only 49 rooms and suites, all housed in the original building, Belmond Governor’s Residence offers an intimate experience.

Amara Mountain Resort

Amara Mountain Resort

Amara Mountain Resort was built in 1909 and restored to present modern day standards in 2002. The property has a stunning location in a shady and quiet corner of Kalaw, close to the town centre. Amara Mountain Resort Kalaw is an incredible place to explore the mountains and be in comfort up in the cool mountains of Myanmar. There are lovely gardens to walk around in and there is also a small spa.

Belmond Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy River

Belmond Road to Mandalay

Belmond Road to Mandalay is an iconic journey down the Irrawaddy River, evoking times gone by. The splendour of this boat features in every detail, from the elegant furnishings to the exceptional service. Belmond Road to Mandalay incorporates elegant Burmese materials and traditional comfort with high standards throughout the boat’s four desks. On the boat, there are 56 en-suite cabins with teak furniture allowing guests to observe the river or watch the beautiful sunsets.

Sofitel Inle Lake

Sofitel Inle Lake

Located on the eastern edge of the lake, the resort offers luxury and elegance throughout. Built on 52 acres of lush land of trees and flowers and ideally located in a picturesque area overlooking the Inle Lake, the resort offers 101 contemporary designed rooms, Asian style furniture and soft tropical hues. The hotel is hidden in a natural retreat and offers fitness, wellness centre and swimming pools for rejuvenation.

Mercure Hotel, Mandalay Bay

Mercure Hotel, Mandalay Bay

Mercure Hotel, Mandalay Bay offers some of the best views of the city. The crescent-shaped hotel is situated at the foot of picturesque Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas. This luxury resort hotel has a unique mix of traditional and modern architecture and the hotel has all the facilities you would expect of a large resort property. The hotel is a short drive to the city centre, making it an ideal base to be able to explore the wonders of Mandalay.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

The Aureum Palace is a luxury hotel located in Bagan and is situated within the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone. Luxurious accommodation, a stunning setting and impeccable service all capture the essence of this stunning property.The Aureum Bagan has a spa with six treatment rooms, a large viewing tower, a gym and a swimming pool. Cuisine at the hotel is exceptional with a first class European chef looking after the kitchen

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