Burmese Family Adventure
The excitement comes thick and fast on this action-packed family holiday. Your kids will head back to school with tales of elephant bath times, fishing with local families and snorkelling in the Bay of Bengal.
This trip is absolutely packed full of the experiences we love, across all the different landscapes of Myanmar. Spanning the classic sights, outdoors adventures and with plenty of fascinating people to meet, it’s one of our favourite ways for families to experience all the Myanmar has to offer.
An overnight cruise down the Irrawaddy, two short river boat transfers, two domestic flights and six journeys by private car.
There’s more to this trip than temples. Instead, it’s packed with hands-on activities and outdoor adventures to keep kids interested and active
This trip benefits local communities, and you’ll all learn about crucial wildlife conservation efforts
The whole family will get an insight into the lives of ethnic minority groups, fishermen and farmers
Things to consider
The activities on this trip are for children aged eight and above. We can advise and make substitutions if your family is younger
Several hotels only offer neighbouring rooms, not family suites
The community-run accommodation in Hsithe fishing village is very basic, but it’s worth it to get a first-hand experience of rural life in Myanmar
Irrawaddy dolphins are an endangered species, so sightings are not guaranteed. It makes it all the more magical if you do get lucky!
The best time to enjoy the beaches of Ngapali is October to May
Welcome to Mandalay. On a tour of Myanmar’s second largest city, your guide will paint a picture of superstitious kings and religious monarchs who built ancient temples and monasteries here. You’ll also hop in a trishaw to weave among the mopeds through the backstreets. On day two, head to Hsithe village where you’ll meet fishermen who have learned to communicate with Irrawaddy dolphins. Sadly, the dolphins are now endangered as destructive fishing methods have taken over. But, by staying overnight in the community lodge, your support will help locals keep the old ways alive, protecting the dolphins in the process. In the morning, putter back to Mandalay by river boat.
Discover Mandalay’s finest temples and monasteries
Ride through the city backstreets in a trishaw
Spend time with villagers working to protect Irrawaddy dolphins
Set sail in a beautiful teakwood cruiser for an overnight trip down the Irrawaddy. Thatched-roof villages, Buddha statues and longtail boats will drift past your cabin window as you travel on to Bagan, where the scenery widens into a vast, terracotta plain covered in ancient monuments as far as the eye can see. This is the zenith of Myanmar’s golden age, recently made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. E-bikes are a fun way of zipping between the temples and pagodas, past acacia trees and farmers driving oxcarts. Your guide will also introduce you to U Maung Maung, a moustached lacquerware master. You’ll get to try your own hands at this craft, practiced in Bagan since the 11th century.
Cruise down the Irrawaddy overnight in a colonial-style vessel
Explore the temples of Bagan by e-bike and horse-cart
Meet a master craftsman for a hands-on lacquerware workshop
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- Four lunches: one in Hsithe village; one on the boat from Mandalay to Bagan; one at Green Hill Valley elephant camp; one you'll make yourself during a cookery class
- Two dinners: one in Hsithe village; one on board the boat from Mandalay to Bagan
- Eight half-day experiences: city tour of Mandalay; explore Bagan by bicycle; lacquerware workshop; Bagan's temples and villages; Green Hill Valley elephant camp; kayaking on Inle Lake; cookery class at Inle Lake; city tour of Yangon
- Dolphin Conservation Experience one night stay in Hsithe, including activities
- An overnight cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, including a stop in Yandabo
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All internal transport & accommodation
Logistics and journey times
Car transfer from Mandalay Airport to Mandalay (1 hour)
Car transfer & boat from Mandalay to Hsithe (3 hours)
Boat & car transfer from Hsithe to Mandalay (3 hours)
Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan (overnight)
Flight from Bagan to Heho (30 minutes)
Car transfer from Heho Airport to Kalaw (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Kalaw to Inle Lake (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Inle Lake to Heho Airport (45 minutes)
Flight from Heho to Ngapali (1 hour)
Flight from Ngapali to Yangon (1 hour)
What's not included
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tips for guides & porters