Wander Across Myanmar
Imagine a city with glimmering pagodas and streets full of diversity. Imagine a dry, flat landscape with hundreds of ancient, magical temples rising from the ground in every direction. Imagine a beautiful body of water, where people live, both on its shores and on the lake itself, with a culture so strong and intriguing.
Imagine wandering through a country that only started to attract more and more travelers relatively recently after being quite closed to the outside for decades.
This trip combines it all by giving you an experience that also includes breathtaking nature, off-the-beaten path activities and wonderful local cuisine…an unforgettable journey across a very unique land, all led by one of the most sought-after guides in this region.
Guide for this tour: Sakai (read more about Sakai here)
Day 1: Bangkok (Thailand)
After a morning orientation, you’ll head out into the city for a welcome lunch and some initial exploration (using subway, ferries, taxis and skytrain to quickly navigate the city), visiting Lumpini Park, colorful local markets, Buddhist temples and more.
Day 2: Mandalay (Myanmar)
Today we fly from Bangkok to Mandalay, the buddhist and cultural centre of Myanmar, with some temples housing over 3000 monks. From Mandalay Hill to old teak temples, we’ll also get an interesting glimpse at the benefits and struggles many locals deal with as the country transitions from its days of military rule.
Day 3 - 5: Bagan
Driving from Mandalay to incredible Bagan, we’ll pass through the ancient Burmese capitals of Mingun, Ava and Amarapura. Once in Bagan, prepare to be amazed in every way. This region needs to be taken in slowly in order to properly enjoy its majestic, romantic structures and special atmosphere and we’ll spend 2 days visiting the1000 year old temples, pagodas and stupas scattered around. Sunrise and sunset experiences, a guided tour and free time – it’s the perfect way to experience Bagan.
Day 6 - 7: Kalaw
We cross the Ayerwaddy River today and begin our slow journey to Inle Lake. As it is one of our longest days of bus travel we will attempt to break up the day by visiting various sites and taking as much opportunity to see the countryside, including the old volcano of Mt. Popa. We’ll arrive in the hilltop station of Kalaw in the evening, with its cooler climate, and spend two nights here so that we can enjoy a half-day trek through the beautiful surrounding jungle.
Day 8 - 9: Inle Lake
Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, located in the Shan State. The people of Inle Lake, some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the body of water, several small villages along the shore and on the lake itself on villages that sit on stilts. All of this makes for a fascinating place to visit as we use small boats to navigate the water and get a real understanding of life in this unique corner of the country.
Day 10 - 11: Yangon
Off to Yangon – a melting pot of an entire nation, with Bengali, Indian, Myanmese and minority tribal populations all living here among the colonial architecture. We’ll visit the Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the most important Buddhist temples – and we’ll wander the streets, religious sites, markets and lanes to soak up the bustling, yet laid-back atmosphere of the country’s largest city. Oh, we’ll also sample some excellent local food!
Day 12: Bangkok
We’ll return to Bangkok on an afternoon flight and transfer back to our hotel. We’ll then have one last evening out as a group in this exciting metropolis!
Day 13: Departure Day
Guide: Sakai (read more about Sakai here)
*Local guides are used throughout the tour but Sakai will be with you the entire time.
Physical Level: While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus or train (including an overnight trip), early morning wake-ups and other similarly challenging scenarios.
Accommodation: Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single members of the group will typically be put together. We will be using budget guesthouses/hotels that offer comfortable facilities. All rooms will have a private bathroom.
(If you wish to have a private room to yourself, the single supplement cost is $600 USD.)
Subject to Change: Keep in mind that the above itinerary and activities are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. However, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, and so even the unexpected situations we may face should be treated as part of the overall experience!
Arrival Details: I do recommend arriving at least one day prior to the start of the tour so that you’ll be well rested (time to get over the jet lag!) and the group can all start the tour together on that first day. If you do arrive early, I can arrange accommodation for you in Bangkok depending on your budget and I will also be able to organize a private pickup from the airport for a nominal fee.
INCLUDED in the tour:
– 13 nights of accommodation in quality budget hotels & guesthouses
– Meals – 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
– Transportation – all transportation during the tour (trains, buses, vans, internal flights, etc.)
– All included activities and associated entrance/guide fees
Not included in the tour cost:
– Flights or other transportation to Bangkok
– Meals and activities not mentioned
– Travel/health insurance
– Passport/visa fees
– Tips and gratuities
This will be our first Myanmar trip, so please read through the reviews from our other trips to learn exactly what you can expect when you sign up for one these unique and rewarding tours!