Highlights of Burma in a small group tour

14 Days, from AU $2,349

Fisherman on Inle Lake

Bagan

Amazing, surreal, largely untouched by modernity – there are a ton of ways to describe Burma (also known as Myanmar), but it’s better to visit and see for yourself. Using Thailand as a jumping off point, take two weeks to walk, hike, and roam all over the region, from the Bagan temples and ruins to the rice paddies and rural hill tribes. And with two flights included, you’ll avoid long travel days and ensure you get the most out of your cultural immersion in different Burmese towns. Just trust us when we say you need to experience the wonder and beauty of Burma for yourself at least once in your life. Make that time now – right now.

This is a small group limited to people between the age of 18 – 39 cannot be customised. However, our Asia Experts can arrange pre and post trips according to your schedule and interest and we have similar tours available for all age groups. Please contact us for more information

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your tour guide will review the details of your trip.

Day 2: Chiang Mai/Kengtung

Today, you will cross the border into Burma, then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung.

Enjoy the evening free at leisure.

Day 3: Kengtung

Enjoy an included full-day trek, which starts north of Kengtung, passing through Shan villages and rice fields of the this Region. Visit the Pin Tauk area with Lahu, Akha, and Ann villages. Trek for 3 hrs along hills and beautiful countryside to reach hilltribe villages of two different tribes. Learn about local customs, traditional dress, and daily life in this rural area. Time allowing, we will also visit a Shan village with a rice distillery. Try Shan khao swè, a noodle soup and regional staple—it's delicious.

Day 4: Kengtung/Inle Lake

Travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers.

Enjoy the evening free at leisure to wander along the shore of the beautiful lake.

Day 5 & 6: Inle Lake

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt to rent a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens.

Cooking Class: Learn how to make local specialties in this cooking class and remember what you've learned -- you can use your new-found skills to impress your friends and family back home.

Boat Tour: Jump in a boat and enjoy the ride on Inle Lake and its floating villages. Get a taste of the way of life in this unique location.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda: Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda monastery -- It's open to everyone, but only men are allowed to place a gold leaf on the images. Look through the shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese items.

Morning Market: Explore this daily market, which attracts people from the lake’s shore who gather to buy and sell their wares. Keep an eye out for Pa-Oh, Inthar, and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain what the local produce and goods for sale are.

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery: This beautiful monastery houses dozens of amazing Shan Buddha images

Cheroot Factory: Learn about how these typical Burmese cigars are rolled by hand at a factory where they're produced

Day 7: Inle Lake/Nyaung-U

After a full day of travel, visit the ancient site of Bagan for a beautiful sunset viewing from the Thein Taung Pagoda. Along with Angkor in Cambodia, this is the most important temple and pagoda complex in Asia.

Day 8: Nyaung-U

Enjoy a free day to visit nearby villages or further explore the ruins.

Optional activities

Bagan Guided Tour: Enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Bagan, starting off at an elevated temple with a panoramic view of the city. Visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. Explore Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings, and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Guided Bagan Cycling Tour: Enjoy a cycle tour around stunning Bagan. Visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda to get an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. Explore Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings, and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Nyaung Oo Marketplace: Visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where, each day, the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. It provides a window into everyday life in Bagan.

Day 9: Nyaung-U/Mandalay

Travel to Mandalay and enjoy free time.

Optional Activities

Mandalay Hill Climb: Enjoy the climb up this 240m (790ft) hill known for the plethora of pagodas and monasteries sitting atop it. Enjoy the view you've earned on the steep hike. Of course, if you prefer to save your energy, feel free to take the elevator to the top.

Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit: Originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura, Enjoy your visit to this stunning monastery, known as the "Golden Monastery," that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura. Admire its delicate wood carvings of Buddhist myths -- the monastery is a fantastic example of traditional Burmese architecture.

Day 10: Mandalay

Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge.

Optional Activities

Amarapura Visit: Explore Amarapura, the, former capital whose name means "City of Immortality". Visit a silk weaving workshop and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, where over 1000 monks reside. Enjoy the magnificent view from U Bein Bridge, which is over 200 years old and made of teak.

U Bein Bridge Walk: Enjoy a walk on the U Bein Bridge, which is a 1km bridge in believed to be the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world. This bridge is still an important connection for the local people and is busiest during July and August when the lake is most full. Built from reclaimed wood from a royal palace, there are 1,086 pillars rising from the water, though, not all are original.

Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple): Visit the 100-year-old legendary Arakan Buddha, which stands at 3.5m tall. Made of bronze and covered in gold leaf, this gorgeous Buddha is a major pilgrimage site. Gaze up at the stunning statue and learn more about the significance of this temple.

Day 11: Mandalay/Yangon

Enjoy a free day before boarding an overnight bus to Yangon.

Optional Acitivties

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit: View the massive marble Buddha at this beautiful pagoda. The marble is from Sagyin quarry and took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transfer from the riverside to its current location.

Kuthodaw Pagoda: Visit this stunning pagoda with its gold and white buildings in a traditional Burmese style. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa that claims the honour of housing the world's largest book. A spiritually significant place for followers of Theravada Buddhism, this sight will be fascinating to all visitors regardless of religion.

Day 12: Yangon

Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda. This gorgeous pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft morning light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon.

Day 13: Yangon/Bangkok

Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city.

Day 14: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

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Standard:from AU $2,349

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day)

Inclusions:
  • Full-day trekking excursion (Kengtung)
  • Sunset temple tour (Bagan)
  • Orientation walk in Yangon
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Simple hotels (12 nts), overnight bus (1 nt)
  • 10 basic continental breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow USD250-350 for meals not included.)
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout
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"Trip was great in the group and people were kind. Highlight was definitely Inle Lake. " — Susan, Melbourne, November 2017

"The trip in Myanmar was fantastic as we saw a lot of the countryside and its people. The locals were so friendly, a lot of times very intrigued with us, and made us feel welcome in their country. We were very fortunate to travel with an accommodating group of like-minded people from many different countries. Photo is of Golden Rock." — Mr and Mrs Mcphee, Brisbane , December 2016

"My trip to Myanmar was much more than I’d expected. The warmth and friendliness of the people and the rich and colourful scenery - this very special country and its very special people should be on every ones travel list." — Mrs Laugs, Coffs Harbour, NSW , October 2016

"I just wanted to thank GetAboutAsia for arranging my holiday. I had a fabulous time and the guides were really great, knowledgeable, extremely friendly and helpful. Not forgetting the drivers of course who were very courteous. If I want to go somewhere else in the region or back to Myanmar I shall certainly get in touch with GetAboutAsia again." — June Sutcliffe , Fremantle, WA, April, 2015

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