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Best of Myanmar

15 Days | Experience the beauty and intrigue of Myanmar

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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.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Myanmar including Myanmar
Start
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Finish
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Myanmar (Burma)
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TTSM
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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. Read more about it here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/community-based-tourism-cbt-myanmar/
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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 facilities.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.

Itinerary

Map of Best Of Myanmar including Myanmar

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle, Plane, Bicycle, Local truck

Accommodation

Hotel (12 nights), Community Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Yangon - Walking tour
  • Yangon - Kandawgyi Lake
  • Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan - Orientation Walk
  • Bagan - Shwezigon Paya
  • Bagan - Temple bike tour
  • Myaing Community Lodge - Community Dinner
  • Myaing Community Lodge - Village Bike Tour
  • Myaing Community Lodge - Community Lunch
  • Mandalay - Sagaing Hills Temples
  • Myaing Community Lodge - Village Bike Tour and Monastery Visit
  • Mandalay - U Bein Bridge
  • Mandalay - Walking tour
  • Mandalay - Boat trip to Mingun
  • Kalaw - Full day trek
  • Inle Lake - Pindaya Caves
  • Inle Lake - Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Inle Lake - Boat sightseeing tour & local lunch
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 - Dinner & puppet show - MMK15000
  • Bagan - Archaeological Museum - MMK5000
  • Bagan - Royal Palace - MMK5000
  • Mandalay - Mandalay Hill - MMK1000
  • Mandalay - Mandalay Marionettes - MMK10000
  • Mandalay - Shwenandaw Teak Monastery - Free
  • Mandalay - Moustache Brothers - MMK10000
  • Mandalay - Gold Leaf Pounding Workshop - Free
  • Mandalay - Mahamuni Buddha Temple - MMK5000
  • Kalaw - Village market - Free
  • Kalaw - Thein Thaung Paya - Free
  • Kalaw - Hnee Pagoda - Free
  • Inle Lake - Bicycle hire - MMK3000
  • Inle Lake - Yadana Man Aung Paya - Free
  • Inle Lake - Indein Village temple ruins - MMK34000
  • Inle Lake - Red Mountain Estate Winery Tasting - MMK5000
  • Inle Lake - Mingala Market - Free
  • Inle Lake - Aung Puppet Show - MMK5000
  • 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).
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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Best of Myanmar
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