Burmese Days - Family Adventure in Myanmar

Sightseeing, activities and a cultural experience of Myanmar







From $3,060 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Enjoy the leg-rowers of Inle lake on this Burma holiday
  • Learn to cook Burmese-style with the whole family
  • Chant with the monks in Bagan on this family adventure holiday
  • Play hide and seek in the caves at Pindaya with golden Buddha`s

Mingalarbar! Welcome to Burma. Kipling wrote that Burma was "quite unlike any land you know about" and this family adventure holiday in Burma gives a flavour of its many wonders. In the ancient capital Yangon, a visit to the golden Schwedagon Pagoda at sunset is a must, and a perfect introduction to the Buddhist culture of this long closed society. Next we explore the ‘temple plain' of Bagan, take a sunset horse cart ride on the banks of the Irrawaddy and share a lesson with young monks at their school. A short walk from the British hill-station of Kalaw takes us into tea plantations and local villages before we visit Pindaya and its famous Buddha caves. Finally we head to the spectacular Inle Lake, home to the famous Intha leg-rowers, where we spend a day cruising on the lake visiting a silversmith, silk weavers and boat builders. Returning to Yangon, there is a last-chance to shop for souvenirs in the market before soaking up the unique vibe of this atmospheric city. Combining fun activities with a simply unique cultural and educational experience, this will be a holiday of a lifetime for any family.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yrs old

This holiday is designed for families to experience some of the highlights and the distinct culture of the incredible country of Myanmar (Burma). The emphasis is on touring and sightseeing and making it fun for the family at the same time. There will be some relatively easy walks of up to 2 hours to enable the family to fully experience sights such as the temples at Bagan and the hill villages at Kalaw. The accommodation we use throughout the tour is very comfortable in well-located hotels at 3 star or above standard and we have the use of a hotel pool on 6 of the 10 nights. In order to see the key sights of Myanmar, it is necessary to travel some distance during the holiday. With families in mind we make this as comfortable as possible, using 3 internal flights of between 1 and 1.5 hours duration, while road transfers are kept to a minimum and are generally short, up to a maximum of 3 hours.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Yangon. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.
  • Guided city tour of Yangon, including markets and golden shrines.
  • Fly to Bagan. Explore Nyaung U vegetable market. Horse and cart ride along the Irrawaddy river.
  • Morning free in Bagan. Afternoon visit to monastic school. Evening pagoda climb.
  • Fly to Heho. Drive to the hill station of Kalaw.
  • Tea plantation walk in the rural hills and passing villages.
  • Transfer to Pindaya, the cave of the golden Buddha's.
  • Drive to Inle Lake, via an umbrella making factory! Burmese cooking session.
  • Inle Lake boat tour seeing fishermen casting their nets and stilt house villages.
  • Fly to Yangon. Free time to explore handicrafts workshops and markets.
  • Departure day. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.
Sun 18 Oct - Wed 28 Oct Code FBU /05/15/ Adult$3,060 Child$3,060 Status Guaranteed Book now
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Tue 11 Apr - Fri 21 Apr Code FBU /02/17/ Adult$3,060 Child$3,060 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Rangoon/Yangon. For families making their own flight arrangements, Yangon International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip notes for further details. Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Yangon. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.

    Arriving at Yangon Airport, we are met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. In the early evening we meet our local guide who will take us to a nearby restaurant for some authentic Burmese Cuisine. Over dinner the guide will brief us on what to expect over the coming days. Swimming: Available at the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

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  • Guided city tour of Yangon, including markets and golden shrines.

    Today we have a guided city tour of Yangon. There is much to see and do in this vibrant city from its old colonial legacy to its lively colourful markets, its museum treasure houses and ancient temples. A highlight will be a visit to the incredible golden shrines and stupas of the Schwedagon Pagoda. This evening we visit Karaweik Lake where there is a playground and replica of a royal barge. This is no ordinary barge, it is massive and golden with two golden birds and has a typical Burmese style multi-tiered ornate roof structure. At night the barge is lit up and reflects on the waters of the lake.

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Bagan. Explore Nyaung U vegetable market. Horse and cart ride along the Irrawaddy river.

    Early in the morning we set off on the 75-minute flight to Bagan, one of the great wonders of the world. This magical place lies on a vast plain at the bend in the Irrawaddy River and was the site of Burma’s first capital city. On arrival at the hotel we check in, and maybe have time for a quick swim in the hotel pool, and a stroll around the pleasant and peaceful gardens of the hotel. We then visit the Nyaung U market which is a colourful array of small stall holders which sell hundreds of vegetables from along the fertile flood plains of the Irrawaddy River. They also sell fish past, rice, fish and also sorts of food types. Very much a locals market we see how life works in this community. Many of the smiling women and girls wear the classic yellow face powder, called thanaka. It is said to be cooling and used as a sort of sunblock. This evening we have a horse and cart ride to the river bank for sunset. This is a fantastic way explore Bagan and the temples, and we see some of these as we trundle down and along the river.

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

    • Meals bld

  • Morning free in Bagan. Afternoon visit to monastic school. Evening pagoda climb.

    This morning in Bagan we wander the dusty tracks visiting magnificent temples and towering pagodas with ancient and beautifully painted murals dating back over a millennium. It is easy to imagine in the morning’s mist a parade of gilded elephants passing between the white pagodas, laden ox-carts raising a cloud of dust as they slowly plod towards the horizon, or a line of saffron robed monks collecting their daily food in black lacquered alms bowls. The elephants are gone, but the rest remains. Perhaps the most impressive and inspiring monuments are Thatbinnyu, Ananda, Gawdanpalin, Dhammayangi and the Shwezigon Pagoda. The temple interiors are often filled with rows of Buddha, images of guardian Nats or spirit gods and intricate murals depicting the life of Buddha and scenes of royalty. After lunch we visit one of the local monastic schools. Here the local children are educated by the monks and layman teachers. We may have a change to sing poems with the local children and join in some of their lessons. We may also have time to walk around the village where the local people make wooden horse carts which is interesting to watch. In the late afternoon we climb up onto one of the ruined pagodas for a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the mighty Irrawaddy and the plain filled with countless temples and pagodas.

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Heho. Drive to the hill station of Kalaw.

    Returning to the airport we have another short (1 hour) flight to Heho from where we drive up into the hills to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station where the air is cool and clear. After checking in to our hotel we can explore the market of this interesting ridge-top town. The town is situated approx 50km west of Inle Lake and is beautifully peaceful and cool compared to our previous days. This is a picturesque place set amongst intensively farmed countryside, with buffalo carts and smiling Danu and Pa-O people in their black tunics and bright headscarves.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Tea plantation walk in the rural hills and passing villages.

    The hills surrounding Kalaw are one of the best for walking in. We have a taster of the beautiful countryside here with a short 2 hour walk along an easy undulating ridge to the village of Pane Ne’ Bin. The income for this rural village comes from the tea plantation in the area and surrounded hills. Our guide will tell us how the cycle of tea works as we walk through the fields and meet the locals. From the village we transfer by truck back to Kalaw, having plenty of time to take photos of the stunning view of the locals working on the farms and the landscapes. In the later afternoon we join with local families at St. Xavier's Church for games and to share a meal together.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Pindaya, the cave of the golden Buddha's.

    After breakfast we check out and transfer (2 hours) to Pindaya. Legend has it that the name comes from a corruption of the word Pinguya which translates to ‘taken the spider’. A princess was held captive by a large spider in the caves and a prince came along and saved the princess by killing the spider – hence having ‘taken the spider’! Nowadays there are no spiders in the caves, just an extraordinary array of literally thousands of golden Buddha’s. This huge limestone cavern, Shew Oo Min Cave, has Buddha’s placed inside since the late 18th century, and still local people are adding to the collection. Some of the images are unique in the whole of Burma, and it certainly is a sight to behold!

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Inle Lake, via an umbrella making factory! Burmese cooking session.

    We leave the hills behind and head for Inle Lake, one of Burma's top attractions. Our drive will take approximately 3 hours. En route we stop to visit a village whose cottage industry is umbrella making! We see the people at work making lovely colourful umbrellas before continuing onto our hotel at Inle Lake. We have some free time in the afternoon to explore the lakeside market town of Nyaungshwe. This evening we enjoy a cooking lesson with the chef to make a delicious traditional Burmese dinner, great fun for kids and adults alike.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Inle Lake boat tour seeing fishermen casting their nets and stilt house villages.

    Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar. It has a very attractive setting and is dotted with stilt-house villages and floating gardens of the Intha people who have lived here for centuries. The Intha are famous for rowing with one leg while casting their fishing nets. We have a day of cruising on the lake. There are floating gardens, villages built on piles and dozens of monasteries, such as Nga Phe Chaung, famous for its jumping cats. There are many craftsmen with workshops in the stilt-house villages on the lake and we will be able to see traditional methods of weaving, boat-making and a silversmiths workshop. We will also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest site in Shan state. We spend a second night at our lakeside hotel, Inle Lake.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Yangon. Free time to explore handicrafts workshops and markets.

    Returning to the airport at Heho (1 hour drive) we fly back to Yangon (1 hour 20 minutes) and check in to our hotel. We have some free time to further explore the city including Bogyoke market noted for its handicrafts, a great place to buy some souvenirs. This evening we will visit the China Town area where we have a short walk through the market vendors selling vegetables, fruit and other Burmese delicacies. We enjoy a 'farewell' dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel With Swimming Pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.

    We say goodbye to Myanmar. After breakfast at the hotel we have a single timed transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Group airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described in the trip notes
  • All meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • National park entrance fees
  • All excursions / lake cruises etc mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips for local staff
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Video or camera fees
  • Any activities not mentioned or described as optional in the trip notes
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed transfer from Yangon Airport to the group hotel is included in the Land Only trip price. This transfer will normally be timed to for flight arrivals in the afternoon of Day 1. Return transfers are for the afternoon flight from Yangon. Anyone may use these transfer but clients making their own flight arrangements must check the time prior to departure. For clients arriving on earlier or later flights, independent airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, or there is a reliable metered taxi service which costs approximately $10 for the journey to the group hotel. Clients booking a Land Only Package must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this holiday.

The accommodation for this holiday is in a variety of 3 and 4 star standard hotels. All rooms have en-suite. All the hotels except while staying in the hills at Kalaw and on Inle Lake, have a swimming pool. On 6 nights there is a swimming pool at the hotels. In the hotels children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and end of the holiday. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Part of the experience of a visit to Burma is the wonderful variety of food available. All sorts of influences from neighbouring countries (Thailand and China amongst others) contribute to this variety. Rice and noodles are the main staples, eaten with fish, meat and poultry dishes. The food is generally considered to be a bit richer than Chinese food and less spicy than Thai food.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11.

You should take around US$400-500 in US dollars cash per average family (2 adults & 2 children). Sterling and euros are not readily accepted for exchange. Note that new dollar bills are preferred, and notes with any marks or tears are often refused. This should cover your miscellaneous expenses, drinks, souvenirs, as well as tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. The unit of currency in Burma is the kyat. It is not possible to obtain local currency prior to departure. US Dollars can readily be changed in Yangon. You must carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival we recommend taking a money belt or similar safe way of transporting your money. You cannot rely on finding an ATM machine, exchange travellers cheques nor on being able to use credit cards in Burma.

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local tour leader.

Tipping is commonly practiced in Burma. We do recommend you tip your trek crew and drivers depending on how you feel they have done. We suggest you co-ordinate this tip as a group with family member contributing around $50 to $60 (in Burmese kyat) to a group pool which will be administered by the tour leader.

There is no baggage limit on this holiday other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one trek bag and one small daypack per family member.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

UK Passport Holders

A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of departure, together with a Single Entry Myanmar Tourist Visa, is required.

From 2 October 2014, an official eVisa service is now available to nationals of the UK (also the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and many other countries) for a fee of US$50.

Full information, and the online application form, can be found at the official Union of Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population website page on eVisas: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/

There are 4 steps to obtaining an eVisa:

  1. Fill in the online form and upload an electronic passport-sized photograph (max 2MB and sized 4.6cm x 3.8cm – the website has the facility to let you take an appropriate sized image if you have a webcam). You will be asked for the contact details of the agency you are travelling with – please enter “KE Adventure Travel” and our main telephone number 00 44 17687 73966. If you are asked for your address in Myanmar, please add the hotel named in your Booking Confirmation (usually the Asia Plaza, 277 Bogyoko Aungsan Rd, Kyauktada Township, Yangon).
  2. Confirm your application and make the payment of US$50 by secure SSL server payment portal (Visa or Mastercard acepted)
  3. Await your approval letter (this should arrive by email within 5 working days)
  4. Take the approval letter with you to the airport and on arrival in Yangon present it to immigration officials to receive the official entry visa stamp

A Single Entry Tourist Visa (allowing up to 28 days in the country) is valid for three months from the date of issue. As processing the approval letter takes up to 5 working days (and can be interrupted by Burmese public holidays) we suggest you apply in good time, at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

It is very important you only try to make an application directly through the official website at www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm. There are other websites out there with similar addresses and we strongly advise you avoid them!

If you are a national of a country not yet approved for eVisa you will need to make your application through a visa processing agency or directly to an embassy of the Union of Myanmar. Please contact your local embassy for further advice.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots / Trainers / Sneakers
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight trousers / pants
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Daypack 20 - 25 litres
  • Swimwear & towel
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent , and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Wet wipes
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys / games / a football / kite etc

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Myanmar has three seasons, the 'cold' season, from October to February, when the average temperature in Yangon is between 20 - 30ºC, the 'hot' season, from March to May, with average temperatures of around 30-35ºC and the wet (monsoon) season, from May to October. Yangon is more prone to showers than Mandalay and Bagan, further north, whilst the climate around Inle Lake is pleasant all year round. Night-time temperatures can fall as low as 0ºC at Inle and Pindaya in January.

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