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Train journey from Nuang Cho to Kyaukme over the Goteik Viaduct, Burma (Myanmar)

Burma (Myanmar) explorer

18 days from £5,535pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This itinerary is designed to give you a flavour of what is possible.

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements

  • Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

Highlights of this Itinerary

  • Traverse a deep jungle gorge in Shan State on the Goteik Viaduct.

  • Explore the villages around Hsipaw, including a former Shan Palace and the Dotawaddy River.

  • Travel overland between Mandalay and Bagan, with time to explore the riverside town of Monwya and its interesting sandstone caves.

  • Trek into the beautiful countryside around Pindaya staying overnight in a local monastery.

  • Visit Yangon's iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and admire the city's grand colonial buildings.

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Your Itinerary

Day By Day

Day 1

International Outbound Flight

Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Mandalay.

Day 2


On arrival in Mandalay you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 3


A fascinating and diverse day spent discovering Mandalay's various sights and attractions. At the end of the day you will be taken up to Mandalay Hill for a view over the surrounding plains at sunset.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

From Mandalay you will be driven east to Pyin Oo Lwin where you can enjoy a stroll around the botanical gardens in this former British Hill Station.

Accommodation: Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin

From Pyin Oo Lwin you head further east to Hsipaw, crossing the scenic pass at Goteik on the railway. Arrive in Hsipaw mid afternoon and relax for the rest of the day or take a stroll through town.

Accommodation: Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort

Day 6


This morning you head out into the countryside on foot, taking in a few local villages and some lovely scenery. In the afternoon you jump in a small local boat for a trip on the Dotawaddy river.

Accommodation: Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort

You return to Mandalay by road today.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 8


Visit the ancient capitals of Inwa and Amarapura today.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

Leaving Mandalay you will travel via the picturesque Sagaing Hills to Monywa. On arrival visit Shwe Ba Hill and the Po Win temple complex.

Accommodation: Win Unity Resort Hotel

Day 10

Monywa , Pakokku , Bagan (Pagan)

This morning you travel onto the town of Pakokku and board a local boat for your journey downstream to Bagan.

Accommodation: Areindmar Hotel

Day 11

Bagan (Pagan)

Spend the day exploring the temples of Bagan with your knowledgeable guide.

Accommodation: Areindmar Hotel

Day 12

Bagan (Pagan) , Heho , Pindaya

Take a short flight to Heho this morning and on arrival you will be collected from the airport and transferred to Pindaya where you will stay in the charming Pindaya Inle Inn. Spend the afternoon exploring the local area and enjoy lunch with a Danu family in their home.

Accommodation: Pindaya Inle Inn

Day 13


Accompanied by your guide and porter, you will head into the hills around Pindaya to visit local Palaung and Danu villages. Spend the night in a local monastery.

Accommodation: Monastery

After a hearty breakfast continue your trek returning to Pindaya in time for lunch. Here you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Inle Lake by road.

Accommodation: Inle Lake View Resort

Day 15

Inle Lake

Spend the day enjoying some wonderful trekking through the countryside.

Accommodation: Inle Lake View Resort

Day 16

Inle Lake , Heho , Yangon (Rangoon)

A short flight takes you to the former colonial capital, Yangon. In the afternoon visit the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk, as locals come to give offerings to the spirits. You then head to 19th Street to enjoy a cold drink in this bustling thoroughfare.

Accommodation: Sule Shangri La

From your centrally located hotel you will have the opportunity to explore Yangon on foot, visiting many of the city's grand colonial buildings.

Accommodation: Sule Shangri La

Day 18

Yangon (Rangoon) , International Return Flight

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Route Map

  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Hsipaw
  • Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Pakokku
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Heho
  • Pindaya
  • Inle Lake
  • Heho
  • Yangon (Rangoon)

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