Kipling's Burma

A personalized exploration through fabled Myanmar

  • Immerse yourself in a country only now opening to the world
  • Bagan’s Plain of Temples, where a forest of pagodas rises up from the green delta
  • Meander among the hill tribes, leg rowers, and floating gardens of Inle Lake
Myanmar Kiplings Burma
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 10 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, River Cruising
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension
Laos Extension

“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” wrote Britain's Rudyard Kipling. With its ancient temples and stunning landscapes only recently accessible to western eyes, the author wasn't kidding. On this 10-day journey you have an opportunity to explore the many high points of this long-preserved land.

In Yangon, discover unique fin-de-siecle architecture and the sacred Shwedagon Temple, which the Raj's laureate called “a golden mystery...a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun.” Moving on to Bagan, visit the astonishing Plain of Temples, a stunning array of more than 2000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas built before the 13th century. Embark on a deluxe cruise along the ever-shifting waters of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar’s largest river, taking in riverside villages and temples. Explore exquisite Mandalay, where silk weaving, teak carving, and gold and silver work abound. Flying north to the Shan Hills in the country’s eastern corner, get to know gorgeous Inle Lake, famous for floating gardens, and local hill tribes, whose homelands stretch across the heart of Southeast Asia. Through it all, you come to understand and appreciate Kipling's enchantment with this mysterious land, and may even be inspired to write some poetry of your own.


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Kipling's Burma

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Yangon
  • Day 2: fly to Bagan
  • Day 3: Plain of Temples
  • Day 4: board the Paukan
  • Day 5: cruising the Irrawaddy River
  • Day 6: arrive in Mandalay
  • Day 7: fly to Heho
  • Day 8: Inle Lake
  • Day 9: fly back to Yangon
  • Day 10: depart.