Shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Myanmar has long captivated the imagination of the discerning traveler. This 3 week adventure will take you to major highlights as well as off the beaten path as you make your way through deserted temples, local villages and white sand beaches.
Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival at the Yangon Airport, you will be greeted by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it for easy identification. They will assist you in the transfer directly to your hotel, where you will be provided with all of the necessary travel documents for the duration of your trip in a welcome packet. Check into your room, get settled and spend the first evening of your adventure as you wish! (This service is on a private basis.)
Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial hub, located in lower Myanmar at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago rivers. This former Burmese capital artfully combines tradition, culture and modernity and is home to the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, standing 99 meters high and dating back more than 2000 years. Pilgrimages and pagoda festivals abound, co-existing with modern day life that takes place in the ubiquitous tea shops found along the leafy avenues and fin-de-siecle architecture. Often called “the Garden City of the East," nature lovers will enjoy the city’s stunning lakes, verdant tropical trees and spacious parks.
Interested in discovering what is behind the golden facade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half day tour, you will be guided through the back door, to reveal what is usually hidden from travelers. Understand the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of the people living in the immediate surroundings, and gain a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how their spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. This intriguing adventure will begin from the bottom of the hill, passing the workshops, markets and monasteries, which will be useful, or even essential, to have a true understanding of the country during the rest of your journey. This excursion includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch. (This service is on a private basis.)
Yangon's downtown is unique, with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You will find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century building here, both religious and secular. This half day walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your expert guide will lead you through the back streets at a relaxed pace, as they explain to you the history of each building. Some of them sit empty, as others are getting restored and some are used for different purposes than when they were originally built. After the tour, you will have time to enjoy a drink at Rangoon Tea House, a cozy restaurant on lower Pansodan street, a new place where many of Yangon’s expatriates of today meet up for a drink or a meal. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
This tour is the perfect introduction to Mandalay. Start at 2 pm with the Mahamuni pagoda and have a look at this century’s old Buddha statue originating from Mrauk Oo. It is a very lively temple compound where men are sticking gold leaves to the Buddha statue. The Mahamuni is also an excellent place to shop around for the perfect Buddha statue (bronze or wood). Can’t find what you are looking for? Find a marble statue at the next stop which is the marble carving street.
The old capital of Amarapura is a quiet village where you hear the sound of the weaving machines. Walk through the famous Mahagandayon monastery complex with hundreds of monks, visit a 100 year old weaving vocational training institution and walk over U-Bein Bridge where we taste a sip of Mandalay rum which has been produced since 1886!. (This service is on a private basis.)
Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma, lies in central Myanmar on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River. The name "Mandalay" evokes visions of rich history and exotic cultures. However, this relatively young royal city, considered by many to be the heart of Burmese culture, was actually built in 1857. The locals are known for their generous and charitable nature, primarily due to the fact that the area holds the world's largest number of monks to be found in any one place.
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
If you have limited time in Mandalay but still want to have the river cruise experience, we suggest you visit Mingun. A short ride from the hotel brings you to the Mingun jetty where your boat is ready to cruise upstream.
In Mingun you visit the bell as well as the cracked temple.
Return by boat to Mandalay. (This service is on a group basis.)
Travelling through Myanmar is all about getting to know village life and discover communities that have lived in the same traditional ways for many centuries. It’s a lot about getting out of the cities and explore the country side where the majority of the population lives. During this overland trip from Mandalay to Bagan we take you to Yandabo village for an experience of typical country style village life in Myanmar.(This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will be picked up at your Mandalay accommodation and transfer 3-4 hours through rural Myanmar to get to Yandabo.
Walk around Yandabo on foot. It’s a beautiful pottery village, historically recognized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826, between the British and Royal Burmese Household of Ava. We continue by local ferry to Pan Nyo village for a look around this village famous for the buffaloes. A trip with many unique picture opportunities!
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
Go by private by car to Pakkoku (2-3 hours) and visit a local slipper factory, the market and see where the famous Pakkoku blankets are made. A private boat is ready for you at the jetty in Pakkoku for a leisurely trip while lunch is being served on board. Visit Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple that rarely sees foreign visitors and continue cruising to Bagan where you arrive around 5 pm. (This service is on a private basis.)
Located on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar, Bagan is famous for its picturesque Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. More than 2,000 cover an area of 16 square miles, many of which date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Bagan is the ultimate photographer's paradise. No matter if it's the colorful hour of dawn, or the balmy late afternoons, the impressive pagodas that decorate the landscape as far as the eye can see, is truly picture perfect.
Today, you will embark on a full day tour by car through Bagan. Following in the footsteps of your experienced guide, you will be introduced to the best known temples of the area. Your adventure begins with a climb up to the top of a pagoda, from where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking aerial view. This iconic sight over the temples of Bagan is what the city is truly famous for. After time for plenty of photos, your exploration continues to other nearby temples, some that are even several centuries old. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you.
Stop for lunch this afternoon at a local restaurant, before riding by horse cart to Pyathagyi Pagoda at 4:00 PM. You will arrive at the pagoda just in time to admire the colorful sunset. Between the captivating scenery and the refreshing drinks that will be served, this is the perfect way to end to your day. Please note that during this tour, whenever you pass by a temple that interests you, you can simply ask your guide to pull over. There is no set schedule today, so you can discover the sites at your leisure, catered entirely to your requests. At the end, you will be dropped off at your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will hop in your 4X4 vehicle and set off the beaten track to experience the daily life of the surrounding local villages. In the village you may see local women carrying firewood to the market against the stark sun. Your first stop will be at the Nyaung Gyi village you where you will visit a blacksmith workshop.
Continue to the Se Ywa village where you will visit several local workshops such as a plum purifier, cooking oil producers and a wooden slipper maker. If you like you can even get a haircut in an open air saloon (only 400 Kyats)! Moving on you will visit the Taung Kong village where majority of the people are farmers but also make beautiful pottery. It’s a two hour drive each way by jeep or pajero. A great trip to capture striking photographs and anyone interested in daily life of traditional people. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will visit the Minnanthu temple. Considered the favorite temple among frequent Bagan visitors, it is a quiet, beautiful area that is often completely deserted. Your guide will take you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket for a picture perfect picnic. You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, right in the midst of this historical setting. You will also have the opportunity to visit two or three other ancient temples ruins in the area. Today is sure to be an unforgettable and tasty experience! (This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will transfer to Kalaw by private car, with a visit to the elephant camp enroute. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, a specially trained elephant conservation guide will take you on a rewarding adventure in the Kalaw forest, to encounter elephants, their mahouts and locals from the surrounding areas. Young tourism professionals from Kalaw, are the ones who decided to work towards a better future for the local area. The project they are working on focuses on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of the people. In a major part of this private protected forest, the nature can grow undisturbed, securing a natural habitat for animals, that could otherwise be easily hunted.
To begin, you will follow your guide on a trek through the forest. Depending on what you prefer, you can hike anywhere from 30 minutes, all the way up to five hours. The picturesque nature paths will lead you to the natural surroundings of the jungle. Amidst the wild jungle scenery, you may enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties. Alternatively, your lunch can be served in a traditional village, or at the main camp. Following lunch, you will be introduced to the fascinating elephants! You will have the chance to assist a local mahout, by washing and feeding these incredible creatures. After this unforgettable experience, you will say goodbye to your new friends and return to the main road, to meet your driver and transfer back to your hotel.
Sitting at an elevation of 4300 feet, the peaceful hill station of Kalaw offers a lush, cool respite from the heat of the plains. Known for its trekking, Kalaw is also interesting culturally with a diverse population of Shan, Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims as well as Nepali Gurkhas who came to Kalaw to build the roads and railway line under British rule. Kalaw is the main setting of the novel “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
Start trekking early in the morning (07:00 AM) from your hotel in Kalaw, the trekking takes about 3 hours passing through Danu Village where you will see the Danu hill tribes and their daily activities, a mix of forest and fields where products like sesame, tea, cauliflower and rice are cultivated. We arrive Myin Dike at 10:00 AM and from here we take a fantastic train ride through the picturesque colonial Kalaw train station that brings you over the mountains and through the valleys towards Inle Lake.
A simple lunch will be served on the way. A unique local experience that offers great views and a glimpse of local life in the Shan hills. Arrival in Shwe Nyaung is planned around 2:00 PM and could be delayed if the trains stops longer than normally in local hill tribe villages to on or off load local goods – a colorful sight! On arrival in Shwe Nyaung a transfer is arranged to your hotel. Not only a more sustainable way to travel, certainly also a more interesting one!”
Magical Inle Lake is a vast natural freshwater lake located in the heart of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar bordering Laos and Thailand. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles, and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet. A wonderful watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, Inle Lake is a place to be savored. Watch the unique leg-rowers of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. Revel in colorful floating markets, meditative monasteries and interesting hill tribe villages in the surrounding mountains.
Inle Lake is surrounded by traditional Shan Villages, where the Intha people have been living for many centuries, in villages built entirely on stilts above the water. Today's tour begins with a ride on a private motorboat around the lake. This offers the chance to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, observe some of the famous leg rowers and enjoy some tea at a local family’s home. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in various villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. During this excursion, you will visit one of these colorful markets, frequented by the local Shan and PaO people. You will also stop at a local cheroot factory, where Burmese cigars are made, before visiting a floating tomato garden and the beautiful Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. This afternoon, you will be invited into a local Intha home for a traditional lunch, served to your liking. Your guide can also take you to a weaving factory if you are interested, before returning to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
One of the distinctive hill tribes from Shan State are the Pa O. They are known for their navy blue clothes, colorful red turbans and their incredible farming and trading skills. During this day of trekking, you will get to know the life of the Pa O and will visit their villages in the hills, try their food and have the chance to dress like a Pa O...a fun experience, at least for the picture!
You will start with a 15 minutes horse cart ride from the hotel in Nyaung Shwe (or a boat ride from your hotel on the lake) to begin a 2.5 hours walk (a bit uphill), from where you will eventually arrive in a Pa O village. Upon entering, you will have time to talk with the monks, visit a local school and will even have the opportunity to be invited to wear the traditional dress.
From there, you will continue trekking about 30 minutes (mainly flat) to arrive in a village where a traditional Pa O lunch will be served. These authentic dishes will include ginger soup, pumpkin leaf salad and sukini leaf salad. Enjoy sometime to relax, before embarking on an afternoon walk for another 2.5 hours. Admire the stunning views on the lake and observe the plantations with crops like ginger, garlic and turmeric. Stop, to take in one last striking look over the serene lake, before boarding your boat back to the hotel this evening. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Today you will transfer to the Heho airport for your flight to Sittwe via Yangon.
On arrival meet your local guide and transfer by car to Mrauk U – a scenic road with interesting stops on the way to meet local life and take pictures of the breathtaking scenery of green paddy fields and the river. Road conditions are very local and not very smooth but worth doing this off the beaten part of the trip – it takes about 4-5 hours from Sittwe to Mrauk U. Arrival Mrauk U in the late afternoon, directly transfer to hotel.(This service is on a private basis.)
Mrauk U, an abandoned city home to hundreds of temples and pagodas is an off the beaten path destination located across the rolling hills of Northern Rakhine. This destination offers an awe-inspiring sight, providing a unique experience unlike anything found in Bagan and the rest of Myanmar. A mighty Arakan Kingdom capital in the 15th and 16th century, with visits from Portuguese and Dutch, the prosperity of its time can be seen in the majestic temple and pagoda structures.
Together with your guide you enjoy and interactive tour by local bicycle to discover some of the Mrauk U temples and the local town. Since the area is flat, Mrauk U is very suitable to go from one temple to the other one by bike. Car and guide available during the whole day to go around the temples of Mrauk U with an expert guide on the archaeological site and general history of Rakhine Dynasties. (This service is on a private basis.)
A 1.5 hour trip by boat over the Lemro River brings you to a Chin village where you will meet and have a simple lunch with a local host family. Your guide will show you the traditions and culture of the Chin people and you will meet some of the older women who still have their face tattooed and the always curious family members will be given the chance to ask more about your home country, your family, and your own traditions. A very interesting trip with a focus on ethnic villages and nature. Return to Mrauk U by boat and car. In the afternoon visits of the main temples of Mrauk U (This service is on a private basis.)
Early morning start a 4-hour cruise over the Kaladan River which stunning views of the surrounding fields and mountains in the distance – certainly a highlight of the trip to Mrauk U. Because the banks on both sides are very low the cruise offers an excellent opportunity to watch daily life passing by while sitting in a comfortable chair and sip a drink. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will check out of your accommodations and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Thandwe via Yangon. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodations in Ngapali Beach. (This service is on a private basis.)
Ngapali is an idyllic, charming village with pristine beaches on the Bay of Bengal where you can relax under palm trees, snorkel, cycle lazily in the rural surrounds and enjoy the quietude of a magnificent sunset. This beach has not quite developed into a tourism hot spot yet, but that's a good thing. After slogging through temples, hiking through mountains, and generally running around Myanmar's busiest areas, you will be more than ready to have a white sand beach to yourself for a few days.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Today, you will be met and transferred to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. On arrival, check into your international departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a safe and pleasant flight home.
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is a beautiful luxury city hotel in the heart of Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Myanmar’s premier city, located just 30 minutes from Yangon International Airport and pleasantly sited along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the luxurious accommodation comprises 303 spacious rooms including 37 exquisite suites, while facilities include 3 restaurants, 2 bars, meeting & conference facilities, spa, health club and a pool garden. Built in colonial style and one of Myanmar’s heritage hotels, the property has been revived with Asian and Eastern architectural design features, and offers full amenities of true international standard. In ambience, the hotel has the concept of a city resort, reflecting the ease and comfort of a bygone era in Burma, while service is distinguished by the traditional warm hospitality of the people of Myanmar to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers.
Myanmar is like no other place on earth. Renowned as “The Golden Land” a name inspired by Marco Polo to describe the dramatic view of the gold-spired pagodas that can be found throughout the country. Mandalay, the former capital city of the Myanmar Kingdom, is a spectacular destination for historical and cultural travelers. Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Your visit enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people of Myanmar whose lives remain simple and relaxed will become treasured and timeless memories. Just one hour by air from Yangon and twenty minutes flight from Bagan, Mandalay lies within reach of some of most remarkable archaeological sites in the world that has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly a thousand years.
Overlooking the shores of the Ayarwaddy River, Yandabo Home gently nestles its 12 rooms among the local houses of the charming Yandabo village; where its habitants live in harmony with nature and are well known in the country for their great skill in pottery making. With its rooms showcasing a comfortable design and warm atmosphere, Yandabo Home was created to embody all the vital elements of the magical environment surrounding it and it is true to its concept up to the point that TV, internet/wifi and telephone are not part of the offered facilities. Nevertheless the guest will feel completely bonded with the destination because of the architectural components are graciously combined to offer modern comfort framed by the most unique settings.
Drawing on the rich traditions of Myanmar’s Bagan region, Areindmar Hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls of the ancient capital. Featuring 38 deluxe rooms around a large, leafy central courtyard, Areindmar is designed for travellers looking for an oasis of green to return to after exploring the wonders of this historic area. The spacious rooms are flawlessly executed, combining modern amenities with traditional touches, such as local artworks and handmade teak and bronze furnishings.
The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is a unique 19th Century mansion located at the base of Kalaw Hills. The main building was originally built in 1928 and renovated to its original looks. It is the perfect base to visit colonial railway station, Kalaw market, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and Pine Forests at mountainside. With 14 boutique rooms, all with mountain views makes it the perfect place to enjoy the best of the area.
A destination that is as far removed from the wider world as Inle Lake, demands a resort where detachment is a priority. Where simplicity is the essence of elegance. At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative and meaningful experience of travel. Featuring a design that celebrates the fundamentals, blending the past and the present, this hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales. Stay in one of four classes of rooms and suites, eat from menus that span Eurasia and explore the wonders of Inle right at your fingertips.
When visiting Mrauk U, you'll feel right at home at Shwe Thazin Hotel Mrauk U, which offers quality accommodation and great service. Only 0.1 km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. At Shwe Thazin Hotel Mrauk U, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. The hotel features 32 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include towels, mirror, children's high chair, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary). The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as garden, water sports (motorized) to make your stay truly unforgettable. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Shwe Thazin Hotel Mrauk U.
Strand Hotel Sittwe is located on Strand Road, Kyaybingyi Quarter, Sittwe. It is located 20-minute drive from Sittwe Lake and Student Athletic Play Ground Area. Aye Zaydi Pagoda and Ayadi Dham Monestery are also 20-minute drive from the hotel. There are several types of room which can meet the requirement of guests. Rooms are decorated neat and tidy. Hotel rooms are air conditioned and 24-hour electricity supplied. Breakfast is served for the guests’ convenience.
Nestled among coconut palms on the tropical gardens and faces the pristine Ngapali Beach in the Bay of Bengal. The luxurious Sandoway Resort provides more than 50 rooms of spacious villas and cottages, scattered throughout six acres of long beach, most with ocean views. The resort is designed in traditional South East Asian style and built with local materials of various kinds of hard wood, stone carving and marble. The hotel interior furnishings and fittings are custom made and produced exclusively for the Sandoway Resort. The onsite restaurant serves fresh seafood in an open-air veranda. The resort is an ideal destination for travelers seeking a secluded beachside getaway.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.