Mandalay & Northern Shan

Mandalay was the former capital of Burma before the British moved it to Rangoon and has a long history of exotic rulers and colourful Burmese empires. At its heart of the old royal palace, which dates from the 1850s, but just outside of the city you find Ava, Amarapura and Sagaing which are all former capitals. Mandalay is known for its cottage industries such as kalaga tapestries and gold-leaf which had a history in supplying the Royal Court with the techniques still in use today. Mandalay is usually use as a starting point for a luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy, but in many ways, Mandalay always seems to be far better that you expect (Bagan is always what people think of then travelling to Burma). A cycle around Ava is possibly one of the best experiences you can do in Burma, and for that reason, this area is always worth including on a tour of Burma. To the east of Mandalay you find the remote, off-the-beaten track charm of Northern Shan where you can stay at the colonial hill-station of Pyin-Oo-Lwin (Maymyo) and Hsipaw.

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Mandalay & Northern Shan Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Family Adventure to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Burma makes for such a wonderful family holiday, packed with amazing experiences that the children will love, such as seeing lively markets, meeting elephants, cycling through Bagan and ending on the Indian Ocean.

14 days from £2570 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.

Classic Burma: The Golden Land

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Explore Burma on a luxury private tour seeing all the major sights, plus a visit to Kalaw and ending with some well deserved time on the beach in Ngapali to end.

14 days from £2685 p. p.

Mandalay & Northern Shan Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay | Boutique Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Rupar Mandalar

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Rupar Mandalar is a luxury boutique hotel located in the suburbs of Mandalay in Burma, offering just 22 rooms and suites.

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Red Canal, Mandalay, Burma

The Hotel by the Red Canal

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Hotel by the Red Canal is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Mandalay in Burma, set within lush gardens.

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Riverside at Hsipaw Lodge, Burma

The Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort is a simple, yet comfortable lodge located in a remote corner of Shan State in Burma, ideal as a base for trekking. It overlooks the Dohawady River and has a total of twenty en-suite rooms.

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Aureum at Governor's Residence, Maymyo, Burma

The Aureum Resort at Governor’s Residence

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Aureum Resort at Governor’s Residence is a simple yet comfortable guesthouse located in the the colonial hill station of Maymyo, now known as Pyin Oo Lwin in Burma.

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Mandalay & Northern Shan Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.