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Myanmar Adventure tour
Bagan Mandalay Myanmar Adventure Trip
Hiking & Walking Hiking Myanmar Adventure package

Myanmar Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
  • Marvel at the Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
  • Walk through the beautiful scenery of the Shan Plateau to Inle Lake and stay with a local family on its shores
  • Visit the worlds largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun
  • Walk amongst the wonders at Sagaing, home to 600 pagodas and monasteries
  • Discover one of the finest collections of temples in South East Asia at Bagan
  • Explore the mysterious Shwe U Min cave, home to thousands of Buddha images

Short Description

Discover the natural beauty of Myanmar; explore Yangon's colonial charm, Bagan's magical temples, the tranquil Lake Inle & step off the beaten path in Mon State.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yangon
End City Yangon

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

Cities & Attractions

Bagan Mandalay Yangon

Activities

Hiking

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Trip Includes

  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
  • Airport transfers (day 1 and 13 only)
  • Basic monastery/ homestay
  • Internal flights Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan/Heho/Yangon valued at US$380
  • Expert bilingual guides throughout for groups of 8 or more. For smaller groups of 4 - 7 passengers we employ local guides in each location
  • Private vehicles
  • Porterage on walk
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Medical kit

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda

Upon arrival in Yangon you will be met by your guide and transferred to your centrally located hotel. If you arrive early you may have time to head out for some sightseeing. Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. This evening we will have a Yangon after sunset tour. At the end of the day many Yangonites leave their office and on the way back home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a teashop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do as well tonight. The highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time it’s not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks, a walk over the night market in downtown, tea and snacks as well as a tasty bowl of noodles shared with some locals. Overnight: Yangon, Clover City Centre Hotel or similar

meals : Array

Day 2 Golden Rock

This morning you will have breakfast at the hotel. We will leave the hotel at approx. 8:30am by private car and visit the war cemetery in Taukkyan in commemoration of the thousands Allied soldiers from the British Commonwealth in Myanmar. On arrival in Kyaiktiyo basecamp we leave the main luggage behind in the car and take our bags to go up the hill by trucks serving mainly local pilgrims. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhist and maybe one of the strangest (or unbelievable) sites for foreign tourist: the Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda). A big rock with a small pagoda built on top of it, is balancing on the edge of a mountain and looks as if it could tumble into the ravine below at any moment (luckily some hairs of Buddha have been precisely placed in the pagoda to prevent the rock from falling). The site can be reached by a truck ride on an open truck, after a short walk (1.5 hours) or a long walk (about 7 hours) and apparently taking the long route 3 times in a lifetime will bring good luck. Surrounding the Golden Rock are numerous local teashops, rest places and monasteries as well as local souvenir shops (many of them offering traditional Myanmar medicine made off indigenous animals found by Kayin hunters living in the jungle in this region). Overnight at Golden Sunrise or similar

meals : B

Day 3 Mawlamyine to Hpa An

After breakfast, we will meet our driver and transfer early in the morning (07:00am) to Mawlamyine 2 hours away. Upon arrival at the colonial city Mawlamyine we will explore the town. Driving through Mon State towards Mawlamyine we pass the area which is supposed to be the seat of the last capital of the Mon kingdom: the city called Suvannabhumi. Burmese archaeologists have recently started the search again for the exact location of this ancient city. We also pass the ancient city Thaton which is famous for its durian and betel nut (as is the whole of Mon state). We start with the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays to show the rich Mon culture. We walk around the area which boasts impressive buildings from the colonial times, when writers like Orwell and Kipling where living in this city, and visit the first Baptist church. Afterwards, we continue to the Seindon Mibaya Monastery. The last king of Myanmar, at the palace in Mandalay, came to power by killing many of the rival heirs to the throne at the end of the 19th century. Queen Seindon escaped and moved to what was called Moulmein in that period and became a Buddhist nun till her death (her tomb is in the compound in one of the nunneries). She built the Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine which is very fine example of architecture in the original Mandalay palace and has magnificent woodcarvings and other decorations. It’s a monastery so beautiful that one could actually call it a museum. Here we visit the home of a local Mon family who has prepared an excellent lunch with fish and vegetables. The Mon culture, which was once one of the first civilizations in South East Asia, is slowly fading, some traditional Mon dishes should be shared with the rest of the world and there is no better way than tasting these in the home of a Mon family. After lunch, we drive to Hpa An and on the way we will stop at U Na Auk village to visit the amazing carvings and decorations or the temples and ordination hall donated to the village by Mr Na Auk. Mr Na Auk was a Mon trader, living in this area in the British period and he was famous for his intelligence to trade and win from the big British companies and has been a symbol of being patriotic, having good trading sense and being kind to his fellow country man. In modern schoolbooks his story is taught and everybody in the country knows his name and stories of how he offered free transportation for the local people in his area, offered food and managed to compete with the British traders. Overnight at Hotel Gabana or similar

meals : B,L

Day 4 Hpa An

Breakfast is enjoyed at the hotel this morning before we take off for a full day. Be prepared for a soft adventure day with a lot of activities and impression to experience real Kayin life style. We start in kayaks and go for a leisurely trip by kayaking through the paddy fields for half an hour or so. We leave the kayaks behind and continue on foot through the forest visiting Kayin villages for a leisurely walk of about an hour. This is a great trip to get a feel for the real Kayin life in the jungle. From here we continue on foot (about 1.5 hours) passing several other Kayin villages. A leisurely kayak trip of half an hour brings us to a beautiful traditional local house where a home cooked lunch is being served by a local host. Please note: as the creeks in this rural part are quite shallow we use small kayaks to travel around which means that you could get wet – slippers, shorts and a t-shirt are recommended. We are pleased to support local communities therefore the tour is accompanied by local people who have limited English skills but love their area and will lead you though their community with pride. From here we continue by private car to explore the famous Saddar cave. Overnight at Hotel Gabana or similar

meals : B,L

Day 5 To Bago and train to Yangon

The day begins with breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive back to Yangon passing through the rural villages and towns of Mon and Kayin State. Just after leaving Hpa An we will visit the Kawgun cave. The artwork of clay Buddha statues dates back from the 7th century, the period of the Mon kingdom. After about 3 hours we stop for a visit to the former Royal palace in Bago. From Bago we arrive at the train station around 2:30pm to take a train back to Yangon. This journey is approx. 3 hours and a different way to see the scenery in this part of the country, that’s connecting to the famous circular train in Yangon. You will be picked up from Yangon Main station by car to taken to your hotel. Overnight at Clover City Centre Hotel or similar

meals : B

Day 6 Fly to Bagan, visit Bagan

After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival, you will meet your guide and driver then start to explore the ancient city. This is Bagan. It is a full day tour by car, with an experienced guide through Bagan, who will show you the best known temples of the area. Bagan is a stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins that seem to be spread around randomly in between toddy palms and bamboo huts. First we start the day climbing a pagoda for an impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4:00pm we continue the tour by horse cart to sunset points for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar

meals : B

Day 7 Visit Bagan Temples

First we enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then, from the hotel, start biking (mountain bikes) at 08:30am through the small lanes (unpaved) and visit some less visited temples on the way. During this full day tour by bike, your guide will show you some of the most spectacular scenery of ancient temples and the best of all is that you can stop any time, any minute to take some beautiful pictures. The guide leads you by bike to Minnanthu area is a quiet and beautiful area where serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting. We continue by bicycle back to the hotel, visiting some more temples. Total biking time today is between 4 - 5 hours. Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar

meals : B,L

Day 8 Bagan to Pindaya

After breakfast at the hotel around 8:00 am we will drive to Pindaya around 6 hours drive. On arrival we will visit the cave that is filled with thousands of Buddha statues. See how the typical Shan paper and umbrellas are made before heading to your hotel in Pindaya. Overnight at Pindaya Golden Cave Hotel or similar

meals : B

Day 9 Pindaya to Kan Hla Kone

Breakfast again this morning is at the hotel. In the early morning, we will walk to the market and buy all the provision for your forthcoming 2 days trek. This morning, we also enjoy a walk through the hills (approx. 1 hour) to Htut Ni, the village of the Danu tribe. You will pass through farmlands where the Danu cultivates cheroot, tea plantations, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. The track crosses the valley floor before climbing very steeply again to another Danu village of See Kyat Inn, where we stop for a simple lunch. After lunch we continue to Shaw Pin Village about 30 mins by jungle path and down to another Danu village Taung Paw Gyi about 30 mins. Then, we keep walking to Pin Sein Pin village (about 45 mins). It takes another 1 hour to reach Kan Hla Kone where we will stay for the night. Tonight is a simple dinner and accommodation is at Kan Hla Kone Village Monastery. Overnight at village monastery

meals : B,L,D

Day 10 Walk from Kan Hla Kone Village to Pindaya and transfer to Nyaung Shwe

This morning begins with a simple local breakfast. We continue walking through the hills (around 3 - 4hours). The path leads through several villages, which produce Shan Tea in the traditional way. You will see the drying of the tea leaves and pass through the tea plantations. From the hills there are great views of the surrounding Shan plateau. At the end of the trail, we transfer to Inle Lake and explore the beautiful Nyaung Shwe town, the gate way of Inle lake. Overnight at Hotel Maineli or similar

meals : B

Day 11 Inle Lake

Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Today you ride a private motorboat around the lake. Discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers, and have a cup of tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we take you to visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. While the Shan and the Pa O people live around the lake, the Intha people traditionally live ON the lake, literally in houses built on stilts on the lake. A home-cooked Intha style lunch including noodles, salads, soup and exotic looking food wrapped in banana leaves is prepared for you in a pop-up restaurant created to support the Intha community. We will also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and, if wanted, we can visit a weaving factory. Overnight at Hotel Maineli or similar

meals : B,L

Day 12 Inle Lake - bike, boat and kayak

Today is a full day of exploration by bike, boat and kayak, with a fantastic traditional lunch in an exclusive Shan house on the lake. A somewhat challenging day, but filled with the rewards of outstanding scenery and genuine connections. We start the tour in the morning at around 7:45 am, after breakfast at the hotel. We bike ride alongside fields of flowers tended by friendly villagers, pass remote monasteries and cycle through peaceful bamboo forests. The journey continue with a long-tail boat, which takes you to secret cycling destinations and to a traditional Shan House for a sumptuous feast of local cuisine. After lunch, it’s time for kayaking, paddle along narrow waterways and through stilt-house villages to gain a new perspective on life in these unique communities. We return to the lunch house, drop off the kayaks and take the long-tail boat takes us on a journey back to Nyaung Shwe. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, it is a 3 minute walk to the hotel (Hotel Maineli). Biking distance is 25km (4.5 hours in total), duration for kayaking is between 45mins - 1hour Note: there is an alternative for the people who do not care to bike, you can pay for a car & guide transfer to the Shan House (20USD per person) Overnight at Hotel Maineli or similar

meals : B,L

Day 13 Fly to Yangon, trip concludes

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a transfer to the Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon, where the trip concludes. Please Note: If you have onward travel plans, the duration should be minimum of 3 hours between a domestic flight & an international flight.

meals : B

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The trip itself was great though and the guides and service provided were excellent

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The tour was well paced and as it was just me and my husband we could be flexible about what we wanted to see or not see. The guides were all extremely professional, very knowledgeable about the country's history and culture. We like to eat in local restaurants and the guides were more than happy to change from the set restaurants chosen to take us to local gems. I don't know that I would call it an adventure as such as it is a lot of sightseeing. There is a short bike ride in Bagan. A 4 hour trek through beautiful countryside in Kalaw (we never saw another foreigner the whole time), with a homestay in a small village - this was excellent and well worth doing. Trek back to Kalaw. There was an option to cycle to Inle, but as cycling is not really my thing we were given the option to walk to some other sights on the way to Inle. Apart from walking around temples that was the only energetic part of the trip. The inclusion of meals in local houses is good though as you really get to experience the culture and the food was always excellent. We also added in the balloon trip in Bagan, which although expensive, was well worth it. Truly beautiful. The trip is quite full on as they try to cram a lot into 12 days, but it gives you a real flavour of the place and you can always come back and see other parts at your own pace. Apart from some dinners, which we liked to eat in local restaurants anyway, all meals were included, as were entry fees and internal flights. I thought it was good value.
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Everything went to plan and again WE gave us a wonderful holiday

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“with World Expeditions you will be travelling with like-minded people.” Its true! On every trip we found that the people were of a similar mindset. I don’t know how its done, but others in the party agreed that that had been their experience also. Lovely to do business with World Expeditions yet again.
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Just a few lines to let you know that our trip to Myanmar was a great success and exceeded our expectations in many ways! All of the arrangements worked perfectly so thank you for all of the planning

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The accommodation was all excellent and we would be happy to recommend it all. Our guide Sumo was wonderful - a very nice man with good English, well prepared and organised. He looked after us very well, was always calm and gave us just about the right amount of information about all the sites/pagodas etc that we visited.The cruise on the Irrawaddy river was wonderful. We were upgraded to the upper deck which was a bonus. The boat itself, the cabins, food, service etc were all uniformly excellent. We would definitely recommend the trip to anyone- a week was perfect from Bhamo to Mandalay - very restful but always something of interest to see or do.
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What a fabulous trip we had, both to Lhasa and China, except for one hotel everything was perfect

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We loved the more historical Chinese hotels vs staying in cookie cutter fancier places. The rooms were always spacious and the halls and reception had beautiful marble floors and walls. Richard, our guide was excellent and we all trotted after him as fast as we could, often walking 10km a day, no problem for us, and he selected great dishes for group meals. 1st October is the main Chinese Holiday and most Chinese have the rest of the week off as well so it was exceptional crowed in Beijing, the warriors (I was afraid I might be crushed to death) and the pandas. However the Chinese cue up in an orderly fashion to enter attractions.
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I can’t recommend this trip enough! We had the most fantastic trip leader and crew that made the whole experience exceptional, they went above and beyond to support all the members of the group

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The itinerary was a good pace and the difficulty rating was spot on. The scenery was phenomenal and I really enjoyed doing the hike with a group. Couldn’t fault the trip.
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Accomodations

  • 11 nights hotel
  • 1 night monastery or homestay

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  • 13 day trip
  • 2 day trek
  • 11 nights hotel
  • 1 night monastery or homestay

Remember the extension MYE - Yangon and the Golden Rock When booking a pax airport transfer with Khiri, request DRIVER ONLY, NO GUIDE for the reduced rates in FM Note: Balloons over Bagan now CANNOT be booked by WE. Clients should organise this activity with the provider directly. Updated 6/3/2017 LK

Physical Requirements

These trips involve trekking or walking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trek. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Rules & Other Requirements

There is no specialized equipment required for this trip. A comprehensive list of recommended gear will be provided on booking.

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