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The Irrawaddy winds through the heart of Myanmar, providing a vital lifeline to its people. Spend three days on its waters, watching local life pass by whilst also exploring Myanmar's best sights.
Be dazzled by the golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's largest city
Cruise on Myanmar's largest river on a Pandaw Cruise
Meet the locals at this amazing lake as they go about their daily lives
Discover a plethora of ancient temples - there's over 2000 of them!
Our Myanmar & the Irrawaddy itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Yangon is the heart of Myanmar’s spiritual life and a bustling city full of crumbling colonial charm. Stroll past the colonial buildings of Yangon’s downtown; see the Independence Monument and the artefacts of the National Museum before browsing the wares of Bogyoke Market. Finally explore Kandawgyi Lake, Chaukhtatkyi Temple and Shwedagon Pagoda. Purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within, the pagoda is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site. The complex’s huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline.
Fly to Mandalay. Cruise upstream to Mingun to visit the Mingun Pagoda, Mya Thein Tan Pagoda and to explore the temple-filled Sagaing Hills. Travel to the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge. Watch the local people coming and going across the bridge as the sun goes down.
Spend a full day soaking in the sights of Myanmar’s cultural capital, visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a gold hammering workshop and travelling to the old city of Amarapura and Mahagandayon Monastery, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks.
Board your river cruise vessel, on which you will spend the next two nights. Set sail downriver,
welcome cocktail in hand an watch the Irrawaddy panorama unfold before you.
The cruise continues at a leisurely pace, passing through quintessentially Burmese landscapes. Visit the village of Yandabo. The people here specialise in pot-making and you’ll be able to see the villagers at work before browsing the local, handcrafted wares. You'll also explore Pakokku by trishaw.
Rise early to enjoy the sunrise. Disembark in Bagan. Myanmar’s central plains are scattered with
around 2,000 old structures, left from the golden age of kingdoms long passed. Visit some of these numerous temples including Htilominlo and Dhammayangyi, before enjoying a spectacular sunset from the summit of Aureum Watch-Tower.
Begin the day browsing the wares of Nyaung Oo Market then travel to Mt Popa. An extinct volcano, ascend to its peak to explore the breathtaking Taung Kalat monastery that is perched there. Return to Bagan.
This morning, climb aboard a boat for a short sail to Kyun Thiri river village where you can visit a local monastery and partake in some local tea and snacks. The afternoon is free.
Fly to Heho and travel on to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique leg rowing technique. Head out on the lake by boat to visit Nanpan, a traditional Inle village built on stilts. See traditional boat making and visit a cheroot making factory before continuing on to Phaungdaw U Pagoda and the ingenious floating gardens.
Browse the local produce at a morning market before transferring by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Shwe Indein Pagoda complex.
Return to Heho airport to fly to Yangon. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Myanmar. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes.
Drinks are at your own expense.
Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest also mentioning it to the National Escort on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or foods to avoid in the case of allergies.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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