A short break in Myanmar
Being short of time to travel overseas does not necessarily have to limit your options. Whether you have just a week to take off work or to travel in between other countries, Panoramic Journeys have mastered the art of short breaks to far flung destinations; and a week in Myanmar is no different.
Upon arrival in Yangon, explore the colonial streets of old town before visiting the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest stupa in the land. With its hundreds of small temples and prayer niches and people from all over the country coming to pay their respects here. A wander around the Shwedagon is an unforgettable experience.
After the short flight to Heho, travel through the beautiful countryside of Shan State to Nyaung Shwe at the north of Inle Lake. Board long tailed boats to your hotel on stilts above the water then relax on your canoe tour through the peaceful stilt villages bathed in the golden light of dusk.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Inthein with its hundreds of Shan stupas and take a short walk along the river and through lush bamboo forests. It might be nice to visit a silk and lotus fibre weaving workshop whilst out and about.
Explore life on the lake by long tailed boat; visiting local villages and admiring the skillful architecture of houses, shops and monasteries all built on stilts. Watch the way the Intha people fish in groups and on their own and how farmers grow vegetables in their floating gardens then fly to Bagan.
Rise early for your transfer to the launch site for hot air ballooning in this incredible land – take to the air for dramatic views over the unique and enchanting 11th century ruins as the sun rises from behind distant mountains. Spend time touring some of Bagan’s beautiful temples on the ground by pony and trap then climb up onto a temple platform in time for the sun set over the pagodas and Irrawaddy River.
Sometimes it’s nice to just lay back and watch the world go by – if only for a day or two. Any journey to Myanmar can be extended to include a short break to the palm-lined beach at Ngapali. With your favourite drink in hand, toast your trip and consider planning your next!