Experience the beauty and intrigue of Burma
Travel to Myanmar and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you. A visit to Myanmar is to experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago, full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Myanmar magic with us.
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Get acquainted with Myanmar on a tour of downtown Yangon. Truly an incredible city, Yangon is packed with pagodas, giant Buddhas and countless historical sites
See the most beautiful religious sites in Myanmar, including the Shwedagon in Yangon, Shwesandaw in Bagan, the Shwe Yan Pyae (Teak Monastery) in Nyaungshwe and many more
Touring the ancient city of Bagan by bicycle is a magical way to see the place. You'll have convenient and leisurely access to thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas
Get off the tourist track and enjoy a uniquely local experience at the community lodge outside of Myaing. This innovative ActionAid project is the first community-based accommodation in the area, with meals and activities provided by local villagers
A full day of walking through the hills and villages of Kalaw may require a bit of energy, but it's one of the highlights of the trip. Get up-close and personal with the culture of rural Myanmar.
See Inle Lake by boat, and marvel at the floating gardens, stilt villages, and local industries. Stop in for a local lunch at a villages on the lake.
This trip involves a lot of walking – often barefoot. You’ll be visiting many religious sites where you must remove all footwear before entering. In places like Bagan, you may need to climb steep steps (sometimes without railing) barefoot, but the views are well worth it.
You’ll stay at a Community Lodge in central Myanmar, in simple accommodation with limited power and facilities.This is a new community-based initiative, so there may be some kinks, but the experience promises to be fantastic.
Touring by bicycle is probably the best way to see Bagan and the villages surrounding the Community Lodge. Although it’s an easy ride well within the abilities of most people, it does take you off paved roads and onto sandy terrain.
This trip takes you on a full-day walking tour of the villages around Kalaw. While the walk itself is quite easy, you’ll need a decent level of fitness to get through the long day.
Myanmar is a hot and humid country in general, although it can be much cooler in winter. If you don’t tolerate the heat well, perhaps consider taking a trip in the cooler winter months (November - February).
Myanmar is a big country and there are many long days of travelling. Expect to spend a lot of time in a vehicle when travelling between destinations. This is a great opportunity to sit back, enjoy the passing scenery and get to know your fellow travellers.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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 and excludes night 6 (Community Lodge) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Best of Myanmar trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 304 reviews in the last year.
Arrive in your destination a full day or more as generally you don't see a lot of the starting city with Intrepid. Likewise spend another day or two at the end. Don't bring hiking books.. you don't need the extra luggage.. I have used Teva (Keens) every hiking trip and they have been great. Don't pack too much.. doesn't leave you space for all the bits and pieces you will pick up In south east Asia a small umbrella is great for both sun and rains Original have hairdryers, basic generally doesn't Insect repellant, sunscreen, antiseptic cream are a must A battery pack is a must - preferably 10,000 - and one with a torch if you can will get you out of some sticky situations A good storage plan where you can upload photos and not lose them when you delete from camera A large light scarf that packs small into your daypack for temples Tipping isn't hard.. even for a kiwi where tipping isn't part of our culture.. 10%
Review submitted 21 Sep 2017
an excellent holiday with a first class tour guide nothing too much trouble. Saw Burma in all its beauty, the trips are brilliant and the people so welcoming. Travel light there are plenty of laundries about, ladies be aware of covering shoulders and knees when entering religious sites. embrace the culture and enjoy.
Review submitted 04 Sep 2017