During WWII Myanmar (Burma) was heavily involved in repelling the Japanese and assisting in ending the end of the war. During this time, the allied forces were used as forced labour by the Japanese to build the infamous Siam/Burma railway which ended near a village called Thanbyuzayat.
In this village south of Mawlamyine (Moulmein) are the well-kept graves of some of the soldiers who perished during and after the building of the infamous railway. This cemetery is well maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Back in Yangon, make a trip to the outskirts of the city to the impressive Taukkyan War Ceremony, one of the most visited war sites in Asia. The cemetery contains the graves of soldiers who died in both WWI & WWII, as well as memorial pillars with the names of over 27,000 soldiers with no known tombs.
In Bagan, spend 2 days immersed in Burmese culture & history in an enchanting landscape dotted with thousands of temples & pagodas. Bagan was largely constructed from the 9th to 13th centuries and served as the capital of the Pagan kingdom. Today – big & small, high & low, Hindu & Buddhist – between 2,000 to 4,000 monuments remain.
Day 1 Saturday: Yangon
Arrive at Yangon (Mingaladon International Airport). Spend one night at the Hotel where you will be introduced to your Tour Guide and have a chance to acquaint yourself with the other guests
Day 2 Sunday: Mawlamyine
Travel by coach to Mawlamyine and on the way, stop for lunch. Arrive at the Hotel in the afternoon. After settling in relax or spend the rest of the day sight seeing in the town made famous in the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The Road to Mandalay’.
Day 3 Monday: Thanbyuzayat
Leave Mawlamyine in the morning and visit the Commonwealth War Memorial cemetery in Thanbyuzayat. After lunch you will visit a remarkable site, where one of the last trains on the Siam/Burma railway still stands today as a memorial to all those men who were involved in the building of the infamous railway.
Day 4 Tuesday: Mawlamyine/Yangon
Return to Yangon by coach, staying at your Hotel overnight. Enjoy a coach trip to visit the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, followed by a scenic coach tour around the city which was the former capital of Myanmar.
Day 5 Wednesday: Bagan
Morning flight to Bagan and settle in at the Hotel. Hire a bicycle, electric bike or horse & cart and spend the day exploring pagoda-studded plains. Evening visit to the Tower and watch the amazing sunset over the temples and stupa’s, enjoy an evening meal at the tower.
Day 6 Thursday:Bagan
Morning visit to Gubyauk Gyi Temple: see the ancient manuscripts from the twelfth century, written in four different languages. Visit to a lacquer ware shop and in the evening, watch a puppet show while having a traditional Burmese meal at Nandar Restaurant
Day 7 Friday: Yangon
Return flight to Yangon, staying at a hotel near Inya Lake. Visit the Taukkyan War Ceremony, the largest in Myanmar where over 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces are remembered. An evening visit to the mesmerising Shwedagon Pagoda, made with pure gold & over 79,000 diamonds. Watch the transformation of its golden stupa glowing as the sun sets.
Day 8 Saturday: Yangon
Depart Yangon and reflect on the time you have spent in one of the most amazing and unique countries in the world.
Inclusions/Exclusions & price guide
The local currency is the Kyat (pronounced chat). 1 USD is equal to approximately 1000 kyat, which is the main foreign currency accepted in Myanmar. There are ATM’s available and credit cards can be used mainly at hotels and international airports.
Arrival & departure transfers
All internal flights
Hotel & airport transfers
Tour Director fluent in English
4 & 3 1/2 star accommodation with breakfast
Coach trips (air conditioned)
Boat & ferry fees
International airfares (optional) from your country of origin to & from Yangon
Tips and gratuities
Passport & Visa documents
Incidentals including sunscreen & insect repellent & other personal items
Based on an 8 Day Tour, Twin Share Deluxe Rooms in 4 & 3 1/2 Star Hotels.
Tour starts & end in Yangon.
Prices start from US$1,395.00 per person, based on a 9-12 person Tour.
As a guide: International return flights depart Sydney daily to Yangon via Singapore, prices start from $1400.00 (high season).
All Tours start on a Saturday arriving in Yangon approximately 6:45pm (Times vary due to Airlines flight schedule changes)