Experience Myanmar, a feast for the soul and the senses
Discover the magic of Myanmar on a nine-day journey through some of its very best sights. Bookend your adventure in beautiful Yangon, where the golden Shwedagon Pagoda glitters in the sunset, and experience the many facets of Myanmar's heart and soul in between – tranquil temples, home-cooked cuisine, heartwarming villagers, grassroots culinary wizardry, floating lake islands and handmade local industry. Many modes of transport, from plane to bike to canoe, make for a convenient, exhilarating and authentic adventure across this mythical land.
ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: Please refer to Important Notes for more information.
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Spend an afternoon touring the temple town of Bagan by bicycle. This is a fantastic way to see the thousands of spectacular temples, stupas and pagodas
Join a homegrown master of Burmese cuisine as you stock up on market ingredients, cook up a storm in a cooking class, then feast on the results – all the while supporting a community library initiative
Enjoy an action-packed activity schedule in Mandalay. Visit the magnificent Mandalay Palace, tour a local village and monastery, and discover the hill-top pagodas of Sagaing
Explore Inle Lake on a peaceful canoe trip, followed by a boat tour of its floating islands and local village industries
Be dazzled by Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Myanmar's religious crown jewel comes alive in the dusk, with thousands of glittering diamonds on its golden stupa
This nine-day 'highlights' trip is perfect for travellers seeking a taste of Myanmar over a short period. If you're looking for something more immersive, consider the longer Best of Myanmar trip, or perhaps spend extra time in beautiful Yangon.
Flying between most destinations maximises your time in each location. Mandalay to Bagan, however, is a five-hour bus trip, which is the most efficient way to travel between these locations. It's a great chance to soak up the beautiful scenery.
There's a fair amount of walking involved – sometimes barefoot, and sometimes up steep steps to catch incredible views. Note also that many religious sites require footwear to be removed before entry.
Myanmar can get hot and humid, even in winter. The hottest and driest months are March and April, while there tends to be higher levels of rainfall from May to late October. During this time humidity is typically high. Keep this in mind if planning to travel during summer.
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1. Please provide passport details at time of booking with name as per passport, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. Intrepid can book an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Bagan (operating October to March). Please refer to the itinerary for more information. Places are limited and we recommend advance booking with your agent.
3. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip.
4. ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: For departures from 1st Jan 2018 this itinerary will travel from Mandalay to Inle Lake by private vehicle on Day 6. This will also allow travellers to see more of this part of Myanmar and will include extra stops on this journey.
Our Myanmar Highlights trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
Go to Myanmar. You won't be disappointed
Review submitted 08 Jun 2017
This was a wonderful short trip to the highlights of Myanmar including the temples of Bagan and the beautiful Inle Lake. Alex was an excellent, professional, friendly and enthusiastic guide. I will always remember the smiles and good nature of the welcoming, friendly Burmese people!
Review submitted 01 May 2017