Discover the Exotic Delights of Mystical Myanmar

Uncover the Hidden Secrets of Magical Myanmar with a Nine Day/ Eight Night Journey through Colonial Yangon, Spiritual Bagan and Historic Mandalay! Also Enjoy International and Domestic Flights, an Overnight Stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Airport Transfers, Most Daily Meals and More. Tour Highlights Include Yangon’s Famous Bejeweled Shwedagon Pagoda, Scaling the Shwesandaw Stupa in Bagan, and Mandalay’s Ancient City of Amarapura. Only $3,490 Per Person (Twin Share) Instead of $4,880
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9 Day/8 Night Myanmar Adventure Tour: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay

Embark on the new frontier of Asian touring with a spellbinding nine day/eight night guided adventure tour through mystical Myanmar, including an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City, international and domestic flights, plus most daily meals for only $3,490 per person (twin share) instead of $4,880

No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund

Begin your trip with an included international flight from Melbourne or Sydney (see ‘Fine Print’ tab for other departure cities) to historical Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at the Liberty Central Hotel before flying to Yangon and embarking on your Myanmar tour which will end with an included flight from Yangon to Ho Chi Minh and a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Melbourne or Sydney

The tour combines international and domestic flights with plush four-star accommodation, authentic local cuisine and engaging guided expeditions that will leave you absolutely awestruck

Tour highlights include visiting the jewel-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda sitting atop Singuttara Hill in Yangon which was built between the 6th and 10th Centuries and is believed to house a few precious strands of Buddha’s hair; touring some of Bagan’s 2,200 ancient temples including the golden Shwezigon pagoda (considered the most important Pagan reliquary shrine); climb to the top of the Shwesandaw Stupa to watch the sunset across the Ayeyarwady River; pass through the famed ancient city of Amarapura (known as the ‘City of Immortality’) in Mandalay, plus the Royal Palace and much more

Travelling alone? Single Traveller Packages are also available, see below for more information

Checkout the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more information about your tour

Your tour package includes:

Return international flights to Ho Chi Minh City (from Melbourne and Sydney only, please see ‘Fine Print’ for other departure cities and surcharges), plus a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Yangon, all domestic flights in Myanmar, and all return airport transfers (as per the itinerary)

An overnight stay in a Deluxe Room at the four-star Liberty Central Hotel in enchanting Ho Chi Minh City before your tour gets underway and continue to enjoy comfy accommodation after arriving in Myanmar – stay in a Superior Room at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon (TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner and 2014 World Luxury Hotel Award Winner); stay in a Deluxe Room at the Tharabar Gate Hotel in Bagan; and also stay in a Superior Room at the Sedona Hotel in Mandalay (all accommodation is subject to availability)

Enjoy delicious meals during your journey including eight international buffet-style breakfasts, six lunches and three dinners featuring authentic local cuisine such as sauteed chicken with cashew nuts, spring onion and dried chilli; pork curry with coconut milk and eggplant; or spicy grilled beef salad

Allow your knowledgeable English-speaking local guide to help you unlock the hidden secrets of this exotic land and also travel in comfort with air-conditioned vehicles throughout your tour

Traveling solo? Single Traveler Packages are available for only $4,480 instead of $5,880  – enjoy the peace and comfort of staying in your own private room (all accommodation is subject to availability)

What We Like

Formerly known as the sovereign state of Burma, Myanmar is an exotic Southeast Asian destination that’s famous for its peaceful atmosphere, pristine landscapes, rich history and a diverse representation of indigenous religions

Create unforgettable holiday memories as you venture through Yangon, Bagan, and magical Mandalay with plush hotel stays, tantalising local cuisine, exciting guided sightseeing tours and much more

Forget trying to plan your exotic escape from scratch... VN Holidays has your Myanmar adventure holiday all sorted!

You can view all the terms and conditions relating to this offer by clicking on the 'Fine Print' tab above

Valid for the following departure dates: 11 May 2015; 15 June 2015; 13 July 2015; 17 August 2015; 14 September 2015; 12 October 2015; 16 November 2015; 11 December 2015 

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 5 May 2015

A High Season Surcharge of $900 per person applies for departures on 11 December 2015, payable directly to VN Holidays

This offer includes return international flights from Melbourne or Sydney to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh with Vietnam Airlines. A surcharge of $300 per person applies for departures from Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. A surcharge of $500 per person applies for departures from Cairns and Perth

Booking Guarantee: No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund (bookings must be made before 5 May 2015)

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis

Voucher is valid for ONE PERSON (TWIN SHARE) or ONE PERSON in their own PRIVATE ROOM depending on the selected package

If you are travelling with another person, you must purchase TWO Twin Share VOUCHERS

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people

Please note that it is not possible to have an extra bed in any of the rooms

Please note that connecting rooms are available upon request (strictly subject to availability and hotel occupancy at time of travel)

Please note that this tour is best suited to adult travellers and is not recommended for children

All accommodation is subject to availability. If a desired hotel is not available, alternate accommodation of a similar standard will be provided. You will be informed of supplements/reductions

The minimum number of tour participants is 6 people, the maximum number of tour participants is 16 people

Package excludes Visa application fees; items of a personal nature; any upgrade surcharges and trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change; cost for anything not specifically mentioned in voucher inclusions

All excursions are subject to availability and depend on the itinerary

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher

Nights must be used consecutively

Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments or change of date – fees are at the tour provider’s discretion/policy

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash

Voucher must be presented upon arrival at the hotel

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour provider

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher. Please note, a VISA may be required for travel for some guests

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes

Package cannot be split

Value has been determined based on the tour provider’s published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions

All activities and services are subject to availability

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

How to get there

Getting to Myanmar is easy! Return international flights from Sydney or Melbourne are included in your package in addition to handy airport transfers! To view other Australian departure cities and corresponding surcharges, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab

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 And why do we offer this?

 Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!

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9 Days / 8 Nights Saigon - Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay


Day 1

Australia – Saigon (D)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, we will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Dinner at local restaurant

Dinner:  Local restaurant    


Day 2

Saigon-Yangon (by VN 943, 13:25) (B/D)

After breakfast transfer to airport fly to Yangon, our representative welcome with welcome presents: postcard and Map of Myanmar. Then transfer to Hotel for check in.

Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed their conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.

This evening enjoy the sunset at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda located on top of Singuttara Hill, where many locals and Buddhists come to worship. Shwedagon Pagoda is thought to have been built between the 6th and 10th Centuries; however it has been rebuilt many times. It is here that eight strands of Buddha’s hair are said to be kept. The pagoda is covered in gold and contains diamonds, rubies and emeralds then go to the local restaurant for welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Dinner: welcome dinner at outside local restaurant


Day 3

Yangon (B/L)

Your sightseeing begin by visiting Giant Marble Buddha Image & Royal White Elephant, Kabar Aye Pagoda, which is significant for its Sixth Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Mahapasana Cave, located in the same compound, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, houses the fourth largest colossal reclining Buddha, and then photo stop at the heart of Yangon such as Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, City Hall, High Court and many colonial style buildings.

We recommend you to walk along the street Pansodan, in which he will find the beautiful buildings of Post office and the Senate. If it walks a little further even the margins of the river he will be able to contemplate the beautiful colonial buildings as the House of the Culture while it happens for religious pagodas and elegant parks.

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant


Day 4

Yangon-Bagan (by morning flight) (B/L)

Morning transfer without guide to the airport for flight to Bagan, is famous with the advent of the 11th century and till the end of the 13th century, kings, generals and dignitaries spared no effort to have brick put upon brick, to build temples and pagodas one after the other with the solitary aim of favourably influencing their re-incarnation. It is believed as many as 12,000 temples and stupas once stood in the area; however, invasions, war and natural disasters have reduced most of these to rubble. Despite this, Bagan is home to more than 2,200 standing ancient temples today and as such, is Myanmar’s greatest architectural site.

Full day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Nyaung-U local market, the golden pagoda of Shwezigon pagoda, which is Pagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of 37 "Nats" housed in a small hall. See 12th century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansitta "Cave" temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another "cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka tales". Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan.

In the afternoon, visit Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison; Nanpaya, an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings, Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Making a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters Thatbuinnyu known as ": temple of omniscience" and dating from 1091. Next, visit Dhamayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from end of 12th century which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Continue to Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Then, visit local lacquer workshop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. At the sunset time and climb to the top of Shwesandaw stupa to enjoy magnificent views over Pagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant


Day 5

Bagan (B/L)

Today morning visit to Sulamani, one of Pagan's great two-storied Bamar style temple which has 4 seated Buddha images. And visit Lemethna temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then, the three shrines of Payathonzu which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamanya temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural.

This late afternoon, visit the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. In the afternoon, visit Abeyardanar temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology.

Enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platforms.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant


Day 6

Bagan-Mandalay (by morning flight) (B/L)

Morning transfer without guide to the airport for flight to Mandalay is located 668 km north from Yangon and the last capital of the Burmese Kingdom. Mandalay embodies all the elements of Myanmar’s ancient educational, social and cultural system yet the city is also heavily influenced by the Chinese who have relocated here since the Burma foreign trade restrictions were eased.

Welcome by English stationed guide with your name board then transfer to the hotel for check in.

Today visit an ancient city of Amarapura meaning the 'City of Immortality'. Make a visit Mahagandaryone Monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Each day at around 10:30 close to 700 monks queue up for their morning meal ritual.

From the monastery continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. 

This afternoon visit Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace (Royal Palace). This golden palace represents Myanmar’s Sovereignty and independence and can arouse a national patriotic spirit amongst the people of Myanmar. The Royal Palace was destroyed by a British forces air raid in March 1945 but was finally renovated and restored faithfully into its original structure in September 1996. The 89 main halls were re-built with reference to the original photographs, pictures, palm-leaf manuscripts and a miniature model.

Later head to Shwenandaw Monastery, once part of the palace complex until it was dismantled and reassembled on its present site in 1880 as a monastery. This wooden structure is carved all over with beautiful motifs and mythical creatures. Originally the building was entirely covered in thick gold, today only the interior gold remains due to harshness of the tropical weather. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world's largest book (a set of 729 huge stone slabs on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed). Finish the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill to watch sunset over the city plains. Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant


Day 7

Mandalay-Ava-Sagaing-Mandalay (B/L)

Morning visit Mahar Myat Muni Buddha image the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay. The image is cast in Bronze and completely covered with 15cm thick gold donated by locals from all over the country.

Then continue for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava and Sagaing. 

Cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar.  It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. 

We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. 

Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit by native horse carriage to the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse and cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside, Mainu Brick Monastery and old watch tower. Then return to Mandalay. Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant


Day 8

Mandalay-Yangon (by morning flight) (B/L/D)

Morning fly back to Yangon. Welcome by English stationed guide again for Yangon city tour includes: visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding area which offer numerous photo opportunities, shopping in the Bogyoke market formerly "Scott market", where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics, lacquer wares and so on. (note: Bogyoke market is closed on Mondays and Public holidays.)

In the early evening visit Botahtaung Pagoda, a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront where one can see Buddha's hair relic, Nanthida Jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon's River that offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities then stroll around in little India & China town an evening market selling various kind of food, fruits and products. 

Today farewell dinner will be served at Karaweik Palace Floating Restaurant with cultural show.

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

Breakfast: at the hotel

Lunch: at outside local restaurant

Dinner: at Karaweik Palace Floating Restaurant


Day 9

Departure Yangon – Saigon – Melbourne/Sydney (B)

Morning transfer to International airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast: at the hotel 

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