A land of allure and one of the world’s most exotic places, made famous in rhyme and prose by the likes of Kipling and Orwell, Myanmar – “Burma” of old – is re-emerging as a travel destination. After years of political strife, Myanmar is once again welcoming the global traveler.
Be it plying the romantic waters of the mighty Irrawaddy on the “road to Mandalay,” to ambling through the exquisite temples at Bagan, a visit to Myanmar offers a plethora of travel rewards, both cultural and adventurous. Indeed, it is a wonderful time to add Myanmar to your list of locales worthy of exploration.
Though it offers the warmth and hospitality of its Buddhist neighbor, Thailand, it is much less frequently visited. Its magnificent golden pagodas and temple complexes rival the more famous cultural–religious sites, such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
If an easy-going pace is your style, there are a range of luxurious hotels in Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan, while for the more intrepid traveler, a journey into the rugged countryside provides exceptional insight into Burmese village life. Whatever your travel fancy, Myanmar and the warm hospitality of the Burmese people will leave an indelible memory of this fabled land.
Day 1 Yangon
Arrive in Yangon and meet for an orientation dinner this evening.
Day 2 Yangon
Explore the city of Yangon and its many treasures, including Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda and its enormous 68 mt reclining Buddha, as well as Shwedagon Pagoda, a glistening golden stupa that towers over the ancient capital.
Day 3 Sittwe
Fly to coastal Sittwe and spend the day visiting the town.
Day 4 Mrauk U
Visit the local Fish Market, an open-air market selling fresh seafood before boarding the boat for your gentle ride to Mrauk U.
Days 5 & 6 Mrauk U
Spend the next two full days exploring this medieval town and the nearby villages, including a visit to the “Chin Tattoo” villages.
Day 7 Bagan
Take a 6-hour boat ride back to Sittwe and then board a flight to Bagan.
Day 8 Bagan
Spend the day visiting the ancient temples of Bagan, a World Heritage Site and considered one of Asia’s most religious cities.
Days 9-10 Mandalay
Spend the next two full days in Mandalay, which provides visitors with a wonderful glimpse into the imperial era in 19th-century British Burma.
Days 11-13 Inle Lake
Inle Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg- rowing of the Inthas—the native lake-dwellers. Sightsee by long tailed boat and spend three days visiting the villages of this unique region.
Day 14 Departure
Transfer to the airport in Heho for your flight to Yangon, where you will catch your homebound flight.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
Feb 4, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018
This journey is designed for most travelers and is intended for those who seek to experience the culture and history of Myanmar.