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Top Myanmar (Burma) Attractions

Bagan

Shwedagon Pagoda

Lake Inle

Yangon

Mandalay

Ananda Temple

Saddan Cave


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Top Activities in Myanmar (Burma)

Cultural activities

Cycling 

River Cruise

Homestays

Active adventure 

Education & learning

Bird watching

Mountain biking

Hot-air ballooning in Bagan 

Exploring Buddhist temples

Sunny days at Ngapali Beach

Walking on the iconic U-Bein Bridge

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Classic Myanmar (Burma) Itineraries

Myanmar in 1 Week

Hit all the major attractions of Myanmar (Burma) in a week’s time. This newly reopened Southeast Asia tour destination is eager to share its culture and beauty, from the pagodas of Yangon to the temples of Bagan to the day-to-day lives of the Burmese who live along the Irrawaddy River.

Day 1, Yangon: Explore Yangon on a guided tour, seeing the Botataung pagoda, the bustling Bogyoke Aung San Market, the Reclining Buddha Pagoda and the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar.

Day 2, Bagan: Meet the locals and buy produce and souvenirs at the Nyaung Oo Market, visit the Shwezigon Pagoda and the Gubyaukgyi Temple and, saving the best for last, head to the best-preserved temple in Bagan, Ananda. 

Day 3, Mount Popa: Take a day trip to the dormant volcano of Mount Popa, with a Buddhist monastery atop its peak. Devout Buddhists consider this a pilgrimage site and you’ll walk alongside them as they make their way to the summit. 

Day 4, Mandalay: Visit the gold leaf-covered Mahamuni Paya andMahamuni Buddha image. Continue on your guided tour to the Shwenandaw Monastery and soaring Mandalay Hill. 

Day 5, Inle Lake: Spend the first of two days in the scenic Inle Lake region. Your private tour will include a ride in a traditional boat, a look at the area’s intriguing floating gardens and stilt houses, a village visit to meet local residents and a trip to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

Day 6, Inle Lake: Continue your tour of Inle Lake in Myanmar with a visit to the lively Five Day Market - the hill tribe people come to the market and sell everything from tools to produce to textiles from their small boats. 

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Myanmar and Beyond

If you have more time to spend on vacation in Southeast Asia, consider extending your Myanmar guided tour to include other nearby countries.

Here’s an example of a popular itinerary that combines Myanmar and South China.

Day 1, Yangon: Meet up with your Myanmar private tour operator and settle in to Myanmar’s largest city. 

Day 2, Yangon: Take more time to explore Yangon with your expert Burmese guide, who will take you behind the scenes at Shwedagon Pagoda, a top Yangon attraction. Learn about its rich history and spiritual significance. Then, take a guided walk through Yangon’s downtown, venturing down back streets and past colonial buildings and architectural treasures.

Day 3, Bagan: Depart Yangon and arrive in Bagan, where you’ll enjoy a full-day, chauffeured tour with an experienced Myanmar guide. Explore the countless temples of Bagan, including Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani and Thatbyinnyu. For a special treat, look for a Bagan tour that includes the opportunity for a hot-air balloon ride over the treasured temples, pagodas, stupas and ancient ruins.

Day 4, Bagan: Set out on a private, guided tour of Bagan’s Minnanthu Temple, a favorite sightseeing destination in a quieter area. 

Day 5, Kalaw: One of your most memorable Myanmar experiences will be forest trekking and an elephant encounter in Kalaw. Hike through the jungle, picnic in the wild or have lunch in a traditional village, then meet the elephants, helping a local mahout wash and feed these gentle giants. 

Day 6, Inle Lake: Take a biking tour of Inle Lake through numerous Pa O villagers (not often visited by foreigners) and through the Shan countryside. Watch for the unique leg-rowers of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers, as well as floating markets, monasteries and hill tribe villages.

Day 7, Inle Lake: Your Burmese guide can help you discover the traditional Shan villages of Inle Lake, where you’ll be mesmerized by the houses and villages built entirely on stilts above the water. Take tea at a local family’s home and enjoy private guided tours of local cheroot and weaving factories.

Day 8, Inle Lake: Take another day to tour Inle Lake by kayak, one of the most popular active adventures in Myanmar. Kayak in pairs along a creek past landscapes of potato fields, rice paddies and peanut crops. Your tour operator can also arrange for private visits to local villages you kayak through, for a more authentic immersion into the lifestyle of the Myanmar population. 

Day 9, Mandalay: Take a first-timers tour of Mandalay, a great way to get a feel for this region. Wander through the Mahagandayon monastery complex, visit the old capital of Amarapura and visit the Mahamuni Pagoda. 

Day 10, Mingun: Cruise up the Irrawaddy River to Minguin, an unfinished city with many archaeological oddities, including the 90-ton, bronze Mingun Bell and the partially completed Mingun Paya. 

Day 11, Kunming: It’s time to venture on from Myanmar to China. Tour the modern Chinese city of Kunming, but more laid-back than Hong Kong or Beijing.

Day 12, Kunming: Spend a day partaking of the outdoor adventures around Kunming, including a tor of the Jiuxiang Caves and the Stone Forest. For an added challenge, climb up Bat Cave, about 336 steps, at the end of the caves hike.

Day 13, Lijiang: In the middle of China, soaring 2,400 meters above sea level, beautiful, ancient Lijiang is worth a stop on your Southeast Asia tour. Visit Wangu Tower and drink in the views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.

Day 14, Lijiang: Now that you’ve seen it from Lijiang, take a cable ride tour up Jade Dragon Mountain and see the Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, painted over a thousand years ago.

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Excellent 219 Great 62 Average 14 Disappointing 5 Terrible 0
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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Amazing experience May 2019

5.0

10-Day Best of Myanmar

My wife first used them 2 years ago when she went to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka solo. When we were planning our trip to Myanmar we wanted it to be perfect. we reached out to John and he organized an amazing private tour of Myanmar: hitting all of the sites, allowing enuough down time, meeting the locals, indulging in the food, and having very knowledgable tour guides take us around and make sure we were safe and having a blast. throughout the whole process John was there to make sure everything was going well. big shout out to our most excellent tour guides: YuYu in Mandalay, TinTin in Yangon, and Hahn in Bagan. we will defonetly use Odynovo again and be back in Myanmar soon. Read more

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Laos,the Mekong & Thailand Tour

The whole experience of our visit to India and Shimla was amazing highly organized, saw lots, experience incredible -don’t go expecting a relaxed holiday it’s busy but then what you see and experience is out of this world.rebecca our tour guide was so informative and helpful - my first time with Riveria and it won’t be my last the sighting of the tigers was the icing on the cake.
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We had a fantastic time April 2019

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SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

Our second tour with SpiceRoads and not our last - we had a fantastic time and we will no doubt be back for more. A great crowd as well - we were pleased to meet you all.

Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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It a fantastic day for us March 2019

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SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

We had a perfect Bangkok jungle bike tour with Natt . He really made it a fantastic day for us. We can warmly recomend SpicyRoads and especially Natt as guide. Thanks again.

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Fantastic small tour January 2019

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SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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Surely the best way to experience Myanmar . . October 2018

5.0

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

The full two week schedule was well justified (and we added a five day
extension to travel south of Yangon after). The group of 14 were very
compatible, and ranged in age from early 50s to early 70s. Noone had any big
problems with the distances, although the variable tarmac surfaces left most
wishing for more saddle padding than they had brought. . .
The one day of mostly dirt roads and tracks was judged the most fun - the
mountain bikes were designed for this, and there was, of course, no traffic.
More such by-ways if possible please!
Myanmar threw us surprises every day. No amount of reading prepares you for
a temple with over 500,000 buddhas, or a village built over water, where
everything is done by boat (there are no footpaths), or a stupa with more
than 3 tons of pure gold covering it.
Local food is fresh and delicious, local beer seems largely a monopoly of a
brand called 'Myanmar' (presumed to be owned by the military), and the hotels
much grander and newer than I had expected.
Apart from the start and Yangon, all had pools, great for a wind down swim
after a day in the saddle.
Heat was... hot - but bearable as cycling creates its own breeze and most of
the riding was done before lunch.
Every day threw up another wonderful surprise, and cycling between sights was
the ideal way to approach them.


He was extremely good. He had a very good command of English phrase and
idiom and an infectious sense of humour. He encouraged any question - which
was normally greeted with an announcement:
"hey everybody - this is a really good question. . .!"
He worked extremely hard and was a pains to make sure everyone knew what the
plans were at all times.


The cycling is split into roughly 1 hour/ 20 km sections, so make sure you
are happy riding this distance.
There were only two real climbs of note, otherwise rolling countryside was
normal.
You will need more padding for your bottom than in UK!


Its fine to go as a singleton, people ride at different speeds, so you will
find you naturally ride with two or three of the group and its all pretty
relaxed.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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