Burma - The Forgotten War


Htaukkyan War Cemetery

Visit: Htaukkyan War Cemetery, Battlefields

The Siam Railway of Death

Visit: The Siam Railway of Death, Battlefields

Shwedagon Paya, Burma

Visit: Shwedagon Paya, Burma, Battlefields

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.

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    We fly to Yangon (Rangoon) via Kuala Lumpur.

    We arrive in Yangon where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, for a three-night stay.

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Today we visit the sights of Moulmein, including the Kyaikthanlan Paya Pagoda, where Kipling wrote his famous poem ‘Mandalay’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today we have a full day tour visiting Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery and other places of interest, including a rubber plantation.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    In the morning we depart the hotel by coach and travel to Rangoon to the Inya Lake Hotel, with stops and lunch en route.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today is a day to relax and do any last minute shopping.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    On our final morning you have free-time before we transfer to Yangon Airport for our return flight to Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrive at Heathrow Airport.

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 9 nights' accommodation with breakfast
    • 2 lunches
    • Specialist Battlefield Guide
    • Battlefield visits as described
    • Return flights from London Heathrow to Yangon including all taxes and charges
    • Please note entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost

    Included Excursions

    Optional Excursions


    Notes

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £649; travel insurance from £70; Heathrow flight supplements may apply depending on availability.

    Deposit - The deposit for this holiday is £500pp. A further payment of £400pp is due on 28 Feb 2016 and the balance payable 15 weeks before departure. 

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    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.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for three nights at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon, followed by three nights at the Attran Hotel Moulmein. You will then return to Yangon for three nights at the Inya Lake Hotel.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    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.

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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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