Trishaw in Malacca, Malaysia. Image courtesy of Mike Aquino.
This 18-day, 17-night tour is nothing short of epic: See Myanmar on and off the beaten path before detouring to the Malay Peninsula for a jaunt through Singapore, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.
Walk in the shoes of Bagan kings, Buddhist monks and Mongol invaders when you lay siege to Myanmar's top destinations in an epic 18-day tour.
This itinerary will take you deep into Myanmar's history and culture, through stops at Yangon, a former colonial capital whose landmarks include a portfolio of British-style buildings and the Shwedagon Pagoda; Bagan, a desert plain dotted with over 2,000 temples left over from the Pagan Empire that perished in the 13th century; Mandalay, the last Burmese royal capital before the empire's final annexation by the British;
Ava, once the capital of an ancient kingdom and still home to several ancient temples; Pindaya, a hill town renowned for its Pindaya cave filled with thousands of Buddha images; Inle Lake, home to the Intha and their famous lake-centered culture; and Ngapali Beach, a world-class beachfront town boasting a white-sand beach that's easily the equal of anything elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
After rounding back to Yangon, you'll spend the last third of the trip making the rounds of cities rooted in a different cultural tradition.
Singapore has a quintessentially British heart beating under its modern facade, betrayed by its 19th century shophouses and government buildings in the city center; Malacca was formerly the capital of a Malay empire before succumbing to centuries of Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, remnants of which can be found in the city's churches and buildings; and Kuala Lumpur, a tin mining town that transformed itself into Malaysia's modern capital within decades of independence.
This itinerary can be tailor-made according to each customer’s need.
Pindaya Cave in Pindaya, Myanmar. Image courtesy of Mike Aquino.
Mandalay Palace in Mandalay, Myanmar. Image courtesy of Mike Aquino.
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