Experience the beauty and intrigue of Myanmar
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.
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 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes Day 5 & 6 (Community Lodge) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Please provide passport details at time of booking with name as per passport, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
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.
Our Best of Myanmar trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 439 reviews in the last year.
Even though it was low season and the monsoon, we had many sites to ourselves. We didn't have to face hordes of other tourists while enjoying the major sites such as Bagan with its multitude of temples, which was amazing and Inle Lake was myanmar's Venice. Many more tourists should visit Myanmar because boycotts in the end hurt mostly ordinary men and women , families and children who rely on tourist trade. See the astounding sites of Myanmar before it becomes overrun with tourists.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2018
Myanmar is an incredibly varied and wonderful country, every part of the trip is different. I felt totally safe the whole time and loved my interaction with the local people, which the trip allows you to have a lot of. They are beautiful, friendly people who want to interact with you. Go soon before it all changes, it is like going back in time. For the females who read this, the Bogyoke Market is amazing, rows and rows of stalls selling emeralds and sapphires, the jewellery is very cheap.
Review submitted 14 Aug 2018