Trek off the beaten track in this active journey through Myanmar and Northern Thailand.
Venture via Yangon to the remote hills of Loikaw, your jumping-off point to the traditional villages and age-old cultures of a Myanmar less seen. Hike to the dramatic mountain-top location of Pan Pet and meet the charismatic and colourfully dressed Kayan people. Journey on foot from Kalaw to Inle Lake, through villages where the handmade and homespun still reign supreme. From the gorgeous village of Kyaingtong, travel through the Golden Triangle and on to Chiang Rai and Bangkok, where a world of Thai treasures await.
ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: Please refer to Important Notes for more information.
This hiking-based itinerary is the ultimate way to get off the tourist trail. Visit small village communities and discover the Myanmar that many others miss
From remote Loikaw and picturesque Kengtung to the rolling flower fields of Chiang Rai, this is a superb overview of Myanmar and Northern Thailand's beautiful landscapes
Be part of an excellent community-based tourism initiative that educates travellers about traditional villages around Pemsong
Embark on an awe-inspiring two-day hike from Kalaw to Inle Lake, staying overnight in a local monastery or guesthouse
From the downtown night markets of Chiang Rai to the legendary street-food mecca that is Bangkok, you'll have some of South East Asia's tastiest treats at your fingertips
This is a hiking-based itinerary, so if you love walking, this is the trip for you. The hikes range from easy to moderate.
There's a fantastic two-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake, which has you staying in a monastery or basic guesthouse. Accommodation on this part of the adventure is dorm-style with shared facilities.
Myanmar can be hot, humid and wet, so prepare your wardrobe accordingly. The hills around Loikaw, Kalaw, and Kengtung are generally a little cooler.
You will visit a number of incredible temples and pagodas. It's important to respect the local custom and dress suitably (usually by covering shoulders and knees), and remove footwear before entering temples.
Due to the restrictions for leaders working in different countries, you will say farewell to your Myanmar leader at the border on Day 10, and meet your local guide for Chang Rai, and then Bangkok. The flight from Chiang Rai to Bangkok is unescorted.
Sometimes things don't go according to plan in less developed destinations. This is, of course, a small price to pay for the thrill of venturing off the well-beaten tourist path.
1. Please provide passport details at time of booking with exact name as per passport (including middle name), as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 5 (Monastery) where you will be in shared accommodation.
3. ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: For departures commencing 1st Jan 2018 this itinerary will be amended to a Hike, Bike & Kayak itinerary, including biking in Inle Lake and Chiang Mai. The finish point will also change to Chiang Mai, where the trip will conclude here on Day 12.
The planned itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1: Yangon
Day 2-3: Loikaw
Day 4: Kalaw
Day 5: Pattubauk (overnight monastery)
Day 6-7: Inle Lake
Day 8-9: Kengtung
Day 10-11:Chiang Mai
Day 12: Departure
4. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling to border areas between Myanmar and Thailand before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Myanmar & Thailand Traveller trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
This trip is the perfect way to meet some of the many peoples who make up the nation of Myanmar. The chances to travel and trek to several remote villages along with a knowledgeable local guide reflects Intrepid's unique approach to responsible and informed tourism. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 15 Nov 2017