Beautiful pagodas, astounding giant Buddhas and countless historical sites abound in once-isolated Myanmar.
Not all that long ago, many parts of Myanmar were still off-limits to travellers. Lucky for you, that’s no longer the case, although outside the cities you'll find large parts of the country remain relatively new to tourism. Check out the busy streets of Yangon, the thousands of orange temples that rise over green plains in Bagan, take a cruise up the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay, head into the steep mountains of Kalaw and be treated to awesome hospitality at every stop along the way.
Start and finish your explorations of Myanmar in incredible Yangon, rapidly developing but still packed with beautiful pagodas, astounding giant Buddhas and more history than you can poke a stick at. Your leader will show you around downtown, then it's yours to explore.
Tour the ancient city of Bagan by bicycle or take the chance to float high above the spectacle of stupas in a hot air balloon. There are multiple magical ways to have your mind blown here at this astonishing site with its thousands of temples and pagodas.
There are plenty of opportunities to get in touch with the people and culture in your ample free time. Try our Urban Adventures in Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay for river tours, exploring after dark, local food and community visits.
Spend a full day waking through the hills and villages of Kalaw.
Get lost in the floating markets of Inle Lake.
Round up your trip with a visit to perhaps most glittering stupa of them all, Shwedagon Pagoda.
Myanmar is a large country with developing infrastructure. We are attempting to cover large distances in a short amount of time, so expect some long travel days as we travel between destinations. The river trip too will take the whole day, but it's a great chance to watch life along the banks of the river.
Pack some card games, books or download plenty of podcasts to last you the trip.
While not strenuous, the full day of walking in Kalaw does you’ll need a solid level of fitness (and good shoes) to get through the day.
Myanmar is a hot and humid country, even in winter. If you don’t take the heat too well, you might want to avoid doing this trip in the height of summer!
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1. Please provide passport details at time of booking with exact name as per passport, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, including all nights, subject to availability.
3. The ferry from Bagan to Mandalay may be cancelled due to changing water levels on the Ayeyarwady River (usually February to May) and when there are fewer tourists travelling in low season (April to September). Cancellations may take place at the last minute and without warning. If this happens, the group will travel by road from Bagan to Mandalay (approx. 5 hours).
4. Intrepid can book an optional sunrise balloon ride over Bagan (operating end of October to March). Please refer to Day 4 of the Trip Notes for more information. Places are limited and we recommend advance booking with your agent.