Myanmar Highlights

9 Days | Experience Myanmar, a feast for the soul and the senses.

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Discover the magic and myth 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, grassroots culinary wizardry, floating lake islands and the local handmade industry. Many modes of transport, from plane to bike to canoe, make for a convenient, exhilarating and authentic adventure across this enchanting land, as you discover a country that embodies the South East Asia of twenty years ago.

Trip overview

Map of Myanmar Highlights including Myanmar
Start
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Finish
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Myanmar (Burma)
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TRSH
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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.
  • There are 2 days of travelling by road in a private minibus, from Mandalay to Bagan (5 hours), and Mandalay to Inle Lake (9.5 hours). 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.

Itinerary

Map of Myanmar Highlights including Myanmar

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Bicycle, Boat, Canoe, Plane, Private minbus

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Activities
  • Bagan - Temple bike tour
  • Bagan - Local cooking class
  • Mandalay - Shwenandaw Teak Monastery
  • Mandalay - Boat trip to Mingun
  • Mandalay - U Bein Bridge
  • Meikhtila Village - Community Based Tourism Visit
  • Meikhtila Village - Community Based Tourism Lunch
  • Inle Lake - Boat trip & village tour
  • Inle Lake - Canoe tour
  • Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda and Oil Lamp Lighting
Add on activities
  • Yangon - Bogyoke Market (Scotts Market) - Free
  • Yangon - Sule Pagoda - MMK3000
  • Yangon - Let Yangon Take You For a Ride Urban Adventure - USD33
  • Yangon - Myanmar Gems Museum & Gem Market - MMK5000
  • Bagan - Dandaree Culture Show - USD20
  • Bagan - Shwezigon Paya - Free
  • Bagan - Lacquer Ware Workshop Visit - Free
  • Mandalay - Moustache Brothers - MMK10000
  • Mandalay - Mandalay Hill - MMK1000
  • Mandalay - Gold Leaf Pounding Workshop - Free
  • Inle Lake - Bicycle hire - MMK3000
  • Inle Lake - Red Mountain Estate Winery Tasting - MMK5000
  • Inle Lake - Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery - Free
  • Yangon - Hands-on Yangon Urban Adventure - USD81
  • Yangon - Yangon's Streets By Night Urban Adventure - USD40

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport). Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
3. Intrepid can book an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Bagan (operating end of October to March). Please refer to the itinerary for more information. Places are limited and we recommend advance booking with your agent.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews submitted.
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Marcus · Traveled January 2020
I hadn’t been on a tour before and was wondering how I would go or how the tour would be and I came away very happy and met some great people. None of us had met before and it was a lot of fun. Kay the tour leader made it a memorable journey and I am only left with wonderful memories and I have to say Kay our tour leader was worthy and never missed a beat.
Review submitted 04 Mar 2020

Marcus · Traveled January 2020
Fantastic tour with Intrepid. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Review submitted 01 Mar 2020

George · Traveled January 2020
Amazing trip with well organised and friendly leader - impossible to organise something like this yourself e.g. cycling to a boat run being picked up in a bus.
Review submitted 24 Jan 2020

Mandy · Traveled January 2020
An amazing insight into an amazing country, A fabulous and diverse group who under the expert guidance of Thera; our trip leader, had a brilliant time travelling through Myanmar.
Review submitted 20 Jan 2020

Jistasika · Traveled January 2020
One of the best trip I have ever experience so far. Our tour leader Thura has done a great job to let us see Myanmar from local perspective. This tour has perfectly deliver the natural & historical beauty of Myanmar in such a short time. Myanmar really is one incredibly good-looking country and from this tour, I learned that each village has its own specialties such as marble carving, rice crackers, lotus weaving and etc. The local food was amazing, Mohinga noodle soup is now my new favorite!
Review submitted 20 Jan 2020
Myanmar Highlights
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EUR €1,600