This special journey takes us to the most southerly of the three war cemeteries in Burma and the one associated with the infamous Burma-Siam Railway. The ‘Death Railway’ got no further than Thanbyuzayat, the remote location of the meticulously kept war cemetery close to the border with Thailand. Away from the railway we visit the colonial heart of Moulmein, referred to in Rudyard Kipling's writings.
We begin our day of Remembrance at the Taukkyan Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery where you will hear about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and have the opportunity to visit the Rangoon memorial, which lists the names of over 26,000 individuals who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War during the Burma campaign and who have no known grave; many of them died as Prisoners of War or in the isolated battles in the jungle. At Taukkyan War Cemetery we will also see the graves of six Victoria Cross winners including Lieutenant George Albert Cairns V.C. The afternoon is at your leisure before a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda is one of the most visited sights in Rangoon and at dusk is a spectacle to behold. It was visited by thousands of Commonwealth troops throughout the war and retains many memories for troops stationed in Burma.
Today we take a sightseeing trip of Old Rangoon and the Godowns along the waterfront. Amongst the sites we will see are the old post office and other buildings damaged during the Japanese bombing raids on Rangoon in December 1941. We will also visit the Sule Pagoda and have the opportunity to see "the Lady's" house where Aung San Suu Kyi was held under house arrest for many years. Later join in an optional afternoon tea visit to one of the oldest Colonial Hotels in Rangoon, the Strand, which is a highlight of a trip to Rangoon.
Today we have a morning departure by bus for Moulmein via the Sittang Bridge with a picnic lunch en-route. The Sittang Bridge was the scene of one of the greatest disasters in the Burma campaign when the bridge was blown early stranding half of the 17th Division on the enemy side of the river, with many of them being captured and becoming Japanese Prisoner's of War. We arrive at the Attran Hotel Moulmein and check-in for a three-night stay.
Today we continue our tour of Old Rangoon and a visit to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the 65 metre long and 16 metre high reclining Buddha, an iconic sight for all visitors to Myanmar. We will also have the chance to see the old military hospital built by the British and the Tomb of the last Mughal Emperor of India, who was exiled by the British after the Indian mutiny to spend his last years in Rangoon, before dying and being buried in an unmarked grave, which was discovered not long ago. In the evening we will join a service at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, which was used by the Japanese as a Saki factory during the war and has a commemorative chapel to those regimants, which fought in the Burma campaign.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
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