The Big Four Hits the Beach

9 Days/ Yangon – Lake Inlay – Mandalay – Bagan – Ngapali Beach
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What could be better than capping a week of historical splendor with a tropical Ngapali beach bungalow and a feast-full of outrageous seafood?

About that historical splendor… An hour’s cruise on the Irrawaddy from Mandalay brings you to the great temple rock edifice of Mingun, made famous by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. But there’s more! Like the stunning all-white temple of Hsinbyume, giant cheroot smoking nuns in pink robes, and little boy monks in maroon often available for modeling gigs. They won’t ask, but a few Kyat donation to the monastery or nunnery is always well appreciated. Please use donation boxes!

Elsewhere in Mingun you’ll stumble-upon the largest, un-cracked cast-iron bell on earth, with its un-earthly ring. How’s that for a claim to fame? One of the highlights nobody mentions but we love, is the happiest little old folk’s home you’ll ever see. Think a dirt floor cannot be immaculate? Wander on in and check it out, they love having visitors!

In Bagan with its 2,220 temples and surreal sunsets, not only can you visit the best of the temples by horse drawn carriage, but we can arrange a traditional Shan style lunch for you with a local family in their home. You can even help with the cooking if you like! Wherever you go, travel is about authentic experience, and that authenticity comes most meaningfully through the people you meet.

For sample itinerary click the Itinerary tab above. For more destination details, see Myanmar Destinations.

The Big Four Hits the Beach

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon Arrival – City Tour – Shwedagon Pagoda – Overnight Yangon

Day 2: Morning Flight to Magical Inlay Lake – Half Day Floating Pagodas & Monasteries – Overnight Inlay

Day 3: Inlay Lake – Full Day Boat Tour – Mysterious Ruins of Nyaung Oak – Overnight Inlay

Day 4: Inlay Morning Spa – Fly Mandalay – Afternoon City Tour – Sunset Bridge – Overnight Mandalay

Day 5: Mandalay – Morning Boat to Mingun Rock Temple – Onto Sagaing – Fly Bagan – Overnight Bagan

Day 6: Bagan – Hot Air Balloon – Full Day Tour by Carriage – Temple- Top-Top Sunset – Overnight Bagan

Day 7: Bagan – Lunch w/ local family; Crafts Villages & Shopping – Fly Ngapali Beach – Afternoon – Sunset – Overnight Ngapali

Day 8: Ngpali Beach – Full Day Beach Relaxation – Massage, Spa & Seafood – Overnight Ngapali Beach

Day 9: Ngapali Beach Morning – Fly to Yangon for Departure

The Big Four Hits the Beach

Starting at $1495 per person, double occupancy

9 Days / 8 Nights

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Price Includes:
list-infoTop Rated English speaking guides
list-infoLuminous Journeys “Swag Bag”
list-infoAirport welcome & farewell
list-infoAll Accommodation with breakfast
list-infoMeals according to your personalized plan
list-infoAll in-country airfare, airport taxes, air porter fees
list-infoAll itinerary based transport, inc. private car & driver
list-infoAmple bottled water throughout
list-infoEntrance and zone fees
list-infoDonations to Luminous Journeys’ micro-NGO Charities
Price does not include:
list-infointernational airfare
list-infoany personal transportation unrelated to the itinerary
list-infotrip/medical insurance, medical expenses
list-infoEarly check-in or late check-out charges
list-infopersonal expenses, such as telephone, laundry, alcohol, etc.
list-infotips for hotel porters or wait staff
list-infocamera fees
list-infoguide or driver gratuities
list-infoMyanmar visa fee (Visa on arrival may be obtained via Luminous Journeys)
*Guides are optional, but highly recommended.


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