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Burma (Myanmar) explorer

17 days from $6,760pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Monywa
  • Pakokku
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Heho
  • Pindaya
  • Inle Lake
  • Sagar
  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Explore the majestic city of Mandalay and its even more memorable surrounding ancient enclaves, Mingun and Amarapura.

  • 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.

  • Enjoy the quieter pace of life around the southern edge of Lake Inle at Sagar.

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What our specialists say...

This itinerary features all the highlights of Myanmar incorporating some of the lesser-visited areas. Starting in Mandalay, spend your first few days exploring this historic city. Then head east with a dip of a tow into Shan State, a handsome British colonial outpost called Pyin Oo Lwin. Enjoy the cool mountain air and relaxed atmosphere of this little spot before returning to Mandalay. Take an overland route to the magnificent temple site of Bagan via Monwya. Continue to Pindaya to explore local villages on foot, Inle Lake for floating markets, stilted villages and traditional life, and the rarely visited Sagar towards the southern edges of the lake before finishing in colonial Yangon with its magical sunset views over Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most venerated shrine.

We recommend this trip for:

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

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Mandalay

Mandalay

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

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Day 2 Mandalay

Mandalay

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.

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Day 3 Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Mandalay , Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

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.

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Day 4 Mandalay

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) , Mandalay

From Pyin Oo Lwin you head back down to Mandalay. This afternoon you will board a small boat which will head upriver to the sleepy village of Mingun, chosen by King Bodawpaya as the intended site for the largest pagoda in the world. On your way back to Mandalay enjoy the sunset as you cruise back.

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Day 5 Mandalay

Day 6 Monywa

Mandalay , Monywa

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

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Day 7 Bagan (Pagan)

Monywa , Pakokku , Bagan (Pagan)

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

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Day 8 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

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

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Day 9 Pindaya

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.

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Day 10 Pindaya

Pindaya

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.

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Day 11 Inle Lake

Pindaya , Inle Lake

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.

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Day 12 Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Spend the day enjoying some wonderful trekking through the countryside.

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Day 13 Sagar

Inle Lake , Sagar

From Inle Lake you will travel by car to Hmaw Be Bridge (two hours) before boarding a local boat south to Sagar (one hour). The whole journey will take 4 hours and you can stop off at points of interest along the way.

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Day 14 Sagar

Sagar

Today you have a full day with your Audley guide to explore the local area, including time at the Tha Hauk Pagoda Complex. The main reason to travel this far south of the lake is to have a comfortable off beaten track experience where fewer travellers explore.

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Day 15 Yangon (Rangoon)

Sagar , Heho , Yangon (Rangoon)

Head back north by car directly to the airport catching glimpses of the lake as you drice by. 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.

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Day 16 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

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

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Day 17 Return home

Yangon (Rangoon)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Burma (Myanmar) will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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