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Days 1-2 Yangon
Nestled in the shadow of the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Paya is Yangon, a melting pot of Burmese culture and colonialism. Visit this impressive holy site and be dazzled by its riches - both physical and spiritual.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 3-5 Bagan
Fly to Bagan and get the first taste of Burma’s crowning glory at sunset. Exploring this phenomenal area - spanning some 42 sq km and comprising of thousands of brick and gold-gilded stupas - is a remarkable experience. While here, perhaps take an optional hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3
Day 6 Ayeyarwaddy River
Set sail on a riverboat cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Soak up the serenity of life on the water and admire local villages and an ever-changing landscape as it rolls by. And, for a really authentic experience, sleep on deck under a canopy of stars.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 1
Days 7-8 Mandalay
Meet some friendly locals on an energising morning walk before moseying on down the river. Spot fisherman hauling in their catch on the water’s edge before arriving in Mandalay by late afternoon. Known as Burma’s ‘Jewel City’, join a local guide for a sunset tour of Mandalay Hill. Perhaps take the river express to the sacred site of Mingun, take in a show at Mandalay Marionettes or visit Mahamuni Paya, resplendent in a layer of gold leaf.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 9-10 Kalaw
Travel via the world’s longest teak bridge to the small town of Kalaw. Relish the temperate climate and stunning scenery of this mountain hideaway that serves as the launch pad for trekking adventures in the region. Rise with the sun and embark on a hike through pine forests to rarely visited alpine villages. Stop to meet and share a cup of tea with locals, who live a very traditional life.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 11-13 Inle Lake
Make tracks through the mountains to Pindaya. Explore the labyrinth of caves here with a local guide, admiring over 8,000 images of Buddha contained inside. Continue onwards to Inle Lake and spend time visiting the floating markets, cycling around the lake and admiring the skills of local ‘leg rowers’.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3
Days 14-15 Yangon
Leave scenic Shan State behind and travel back to Yangon. Explore more of this surprising city before this Best of Burma trip wraps up over a final group dinner.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Best of Burma (Myanmar) Reviews
Our Best of Burma (Myanmar) trips score an average of 4.57 out of 5 based on 75 reviews in the last year.
Best of Burma (Myanmar), May 2014
Of the 7 Intrepid tours, and some of my own personal travel, I've declared this the best trip yet!
Review submitted 21/06/2014
Best of Burma (Myanmar), April 2014
You do a Comfort 12 day version of this tour which I'm glad I didn't do as this tour was nearly the perfect amount of time everywhere and I certainly wouldn't have wanted to skip any of the road transferring or the boat excursion. A really good mix of included activities and free time as well.
Review submitted 20/06/2014
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