Burma cultural holiday

Burmese culture is more than admiring a temple. This trip includes lunch in a local home, tea with a family, canoeing around a village and a bus ride sitting amid rice sacks.
Yangon Mandalay Bagan Elephant sanctuary Train journey through Pa’O region Loikaw Boat ride on Pekon Lake Canoeing on Inle Lake Local markets Optional: balloon ride over Bagan, horse and cart tour
£2075 excluding flights
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15 Days
Small group
Group size
Up to 12 people
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Price includes accommodation, transfers, guiding (only LOCAL guides), and meals as shown (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
Maximum group size 12 people.
ABTA + ATOL bonded.
Single supplement: From £350
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Description of Burma cultural holiday

This two week Burma cultural holiday is a small group tour, following a carefully crafted itinerary that takes in many of, as it is now called, Myanmar’s most magnificent sites. Starting and finishing in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, you have plenty of time to explore this once capital city but still considered by many to be its cultural heart.

From Yangon we take an internal flight to discover the cultural gems further north, while also taking plenty of moments to experience things well off the tourist trail. So, although we take in greats such as the colonial city of Mandalay, we also visit traditional villages in Kayah State. The thousands of temples and pagodas in Bagan are an unforgettable sight, but your time cycling through rural villages outside Mandalay takes you into real Myanmar. And seeing Inle Lake with its plethora of floating villages and iconic ‘leg rowing’ fishermen is the highlight of the trip for many, although the train journey from Kalaw to Loikaw that takes you through indigenous Pa’O region is also a people watching treat.

We go out of our way to help you experience the more ‘undiscovered’ sides of Myanmar, and hope you will see that our itinerary is not like many others in that regard. When we take a six hour drive to see the elephant conservation project from Bagan to Kalaw, for example, which is not just to tick a tourist box. But to share something that we believe to be really important in terms of local conservation efforts but also just a very memorable, wildlife experience.


Price information

£2075 excluding flights
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Price includes accommodation, transfers, guiding (only LOCAL guides), and meals as shown (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
Maximum group size 12 people.
ABTA + ATOL bonded.
Single supplement: From £350
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
If you want to donate items, buy them locally! You'll support local business as well as the recipients.
Trip type:
Small group tour, max. 12 people.
Activity level:
Hotels and guesthouses.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accommodation, some meals, local guides, transport, transfers, domestic flights, listed activities.
All breakfasts, 4 lunches.


10 Reviews of Burma cultural holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by

It was an amazing holiday made all the more memorable because it coincided with a four day full moon holiday when we were able to mingle with the people enjoying many special celebrations. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2018 by

Hard to choose a single aspect of a fantastic holiday, but probably the elephants would edge it. The cycle ride in Mandalay was really cool too. Fantastic experience, the memory bank is maxed out and the euphoria will linger on for a long time. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2018 by

There were many highlights. The people - and elephant washing - and the cycle ride around Mandalay - and the balloon ride over Bagan - and the train ride etc etc - everyday was a brilliant adventure. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2016 by

I've fallen in love with this country, didn't want to leave, enjoyed every minute, will defiantly go back one day. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2016 by

All the guides we had were Myanmar people, trained in the country and speaking good English. They were keen for us to see that the country has a chance for positive development and were happy to discuss social and economic prospects. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2015 by

I loved it, the Myanmar people are very friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2015 by

Loved it ! Organisation excellent...guide just about perfect.......itinerary good. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2015 by

A great range of activities, lots of variation every day, wonderful people who are so hospitable and always smiling!! A real holiday and adventure..... Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2014 by

Our guide was particularly good, he had a vast knowledge of the country, Buddhism etc. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2014 by

Going on public transport was very interesting and the people are so lovely and friendly and helpful. Read full review

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