Mysteries of Myanmar

14 Days
Independent Exploration
Local Guides

From

$2750 USD 

Customized Itinerary

Day Planner, Map & Itinerary

1
Mandalay
2
Mandalay
3
Pwin Oo Lwin
4
Kyauk Me (Village)
5
Kyauk Me (Village)
6
Mandalay
7
Bagan
8
Bagan
9
Bagan
10
Inle Lake
11
Inle Lake
12
Yangon
13
Yangon
14
Departure Day

1

Mandalay

Meals Included:

D

You driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. After checking in you will head out to Shwenandaw Kyaung and Kuthodaw Pagoda. The former is a gorgeous teak building and the last remaining structure of the Royal Palace. The latter is dubbed ‘The World’s Biggest Book’ thanks to its 729 inscribed marble tablets.

Then it’s time to paint the town red. Travel by open-air truck around the Palace moat, sipping local rum sours and listening to Burmese music. Stop for photos of the illuminated palace and Mandalay Hill before continuing on a foodie-cultural night out of snacking, meeting locals, making temple offerings and soaking up the city’s evening vibes.

2

Mandalay

Meals Included:

B,L

We hop on bikes this morning and head to the countryside where rice paddies and villages await! We’ll stop often to chat with the locals and take photos. Around 10.30 we will reach a Buddhist nunnery. Learn about the activities of the nuns, and the key role the play in Burmese society. Then sit down for a simple but delicious lunch prepared by the nuns, a meal that contributes to their social welfare programs. With a full belly and new insight into Myanmar culture we drive back into the city for a short break at the hotel. Then as the day starts to wind down we transfer to Amarapura to visit the world’s largest teak bridge- U Bein Bridge.

3

Pwin Oo Lwin

Meals Included:

B,L

After breakfast we head out of town, stopping on the way if you wish at a local produce market or tea shop. A 1.5-hour drive takes us to Anikasan village where we will embark on a short downhill trek to Dat Daw Gyiant Waterfall. The cascading waterfall has clear pools at the bottom for swimming but even just sitting on the shores, the spray of water is a great refreshment. A picnic lunch will be served of local dishes.

Then we hike back up (it is a bit steep but on a sealed track. Motorbikes are available for a surcharge) and rejoin with the car and carry on to Pyin Oo Lwin.

Check in to the hotel and freshen up then head into town for a short walk through the market and to local restaurants.

4

Kyauk Me (Village)

Meals Included:

B,D

Transfer to the Pyin Oo Lwin train station around 07.45. Then board the train (08.25) for a trip across the Goteik Viaduct, a 100+ year-old structure that was once the highest railway tressle in the world.

Disembark in Naung Pain (12.25) where the car will be waiting for a short transfer to Kyauk Me. Meet with your trekking guide and have a late lunch (own account) before setting off on your hilltribe adventure. Travel with a day pack only up to the hills by motorbike. Arrive in a village where you will sleep tonight, high in the hills. The hosts will prepare dinner and its an early night of sleep, crashing not long after the sun goes down. (note: recommend the use of motorbikes mixed with trekking to get further into the hills to where it is more beautiful)

5

Kyauk Me (Village)

Meals Included:

B,L,D

Today is a full day trekking (option to transfer a bit by motorbike), passing by more villages and beautiful vistas. There are plenty of chances to stop along the way- this is all about experiencing life in the hills and breathing fresh air, not about racking up the kilometers. A village lunch stop will be made around midday, perhaps followed by a siesta. Then continue a bit further until reaching the final village of the day where you will spend the night.

6

Mandalay

Meals Included:

B,L

We start looping back to Kyauk Me today, trekking in the morning through lunch time and arriving in Kyauk Me around 2pm. Then we drive back to Mandalay (app 4-5 hours)

(NOTE: if weather is not good or guests are tired we will cut the trek short this morning and transfer by motorbike into town and reach Mandalay earlier)

7

Bagan

Meals Included:

B

After breakfast we cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, the Buddhist centre of Myanmar. We’ll take a walk through the town’s market, a bustling hive of vendors and buyers haggling for the freshest produce at the best prices. Then we travel up Sagaing hill for spectacular views of the Irrawaddy and the hundreads of gold and white religious buildings that cover the hills. Depending on timing we may have a chance to see the Buddhist monks collecting their last meal of the day, the soan. We will stop here in Sagaing lunch (own account) or continue to Myingyan for lunch on the way to Bagan (the guide will accompany to Bagan then return to MDY with the car.)

8

Bagan

Meals Included:

B,L,D

Pagodas, pagodas, pagodas! Spend a full day visiting the temples of Bagan by bike or car. (both are available at your wish). Visit the main highlights as well as some hidden gems with a local expert. There are also lacquer ware workshops and small villages to explore.

9

Bagan

Meals Included:

B,L

Balloons over Bagan is included this morning

The morning begins with a cooking class at a local family’s house. Arkar will come to the hotel at 07.30 to transfer you to the New Bagan market to meet the chef. The wonderful Ma May Thu Phyo is a passionate chef and reader and the proceeds from the course support her village library. Spend the morning cooking with her and then enjoying a lunch of your freshly prepared creations.

After the course return to the hotel for a rest or continue temple touring. Around 16.00 transfer to the Irrawaddy River for a private sunset boat trip, enjoying local snacks and drinks on board.

10

Inle Lake

Meals Included:

B

Transfer to the airport (driver only, no guide) and fly to Heho, the main airport in the central Shan State. Your Shan guide will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to Nyaung Shwe, a drive of around one hour.

After checking in, head out for lunch at a local restaurant (own account). Then hop on bikes for a short but scenic bike ride to Red Mountain winery (no guide). If you are feeling ambitious, bike a bit further down to Mine Thauk village or on the western side of the lake to Khaung Daine.

11

Inle Lake

Meals Included:

B

Spend a full day on Inle Lake with a guide and private boat. Visit main sites and spend time in local villages as well. There will be no set schedule- just venturing along the water ways, stopping to see whatever catches your attention and enjoying beautiful Inle.

12

Yangon

Meals Included:

B

Enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the Heho airport (no guide) for the afternoon flight to Yangon. (direct flight departing between 3-4 pm and lasting 1 hour). On arrival in Yangon a car will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel (no guide).

13

Yangon

Meals Included:

B,L

Your guide will greet you at your hotel this morning for an incredible morning excursion to Myanmar’s holiest site: Shwedagon Pagoda. More than just visiting the monument, you will get a real authentic experience starting with breakfast at a popular tea shop and a wander through a fabulous market. Once at Shwedagon, your guide will show you the hidden corners and teach you about Myanmar’s deep-rooted spiritual beliefs- not just Buddhism but also animism (spirit worship) and astrology (with a chance to have your fortune told!) The visit continues to a local curry shop for a typical Burmese lunch before wrapping up the tour around 14.00. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

14

Departure Day

Meals Included:

B

Today is departure day. A driver (no guide) will come collect you at your hotel and transfer you to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.