Burma Adventure

This is it. This is the closest you’ll get to being Indiana Jones. Imagine it, a country bursting-at-the-seams with jungles and mysterious temples. A place where cultural rituals have gone unchanged for 1000s of years. You can stay in local houses and eat their exotic treats. You can watch the sunset over a temple strewn horizon. Cruise on an ancient lake. It's all here. This is one of the last great wildernesses of Asia. Just don't forget your adventure hat.

Duration: 11 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Community Project , Active/Adrenaline Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 159534
Starts: Mandalay, Myanmar Finishes: Yangon, Myanmar
You will visit
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan
  • Kalaw
  • Inle Lake
  • Yangon



Day 1: Mandalay

We meet at the hotel reception at 18.00 for a welcome meet and greet. This place was once the capital, and boasts incredible sights. At first it may seem like a concrete jungle, but as soon as you get below the surface and see some of the incredible relics you’ll not want to leave. If you arrived early we suggest you take a short boat trip up the Ayeryarwaddy river to Mingun and get a photo beside the world’s largest Bronze bell (definitely a holiday bragging point). A great thing to do is grab a bike and get to the outskirts. The people are friendly and you’ll see daily farming rituals in that have gone unchanged for centuries. Tomorrow we have another day here, so make your plans.


Day 2: Mandalay

After Breakfast it's time to put your exploring shoes on again. Today is a great day for a trip to the outskirts of Mandalay. Visit the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. A local ferry carries you to the island where your horse cart and driver await you. Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing, perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Return across the Ayeyarwady River to the third former capital, Amarapura, via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers. Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.


Day 3: Mandalay to Bagan

We leave in the morning to Bagan with a few cultural stops along the way. We'll stop by an unspoilt  town famous as a tobacco trading centre and for its weaving shops.  Later on there are famous pagodas in Pakokku.  Visit local market and a cheroot factory, and continue to the small Thanatkha market (traditional make up for Myanmar people).  Later in the afternoon, we continue to Bagan, hopefully arriving in time for the sunset. 


Day 4: Bagan

This is the money shot. Get up at sunrise, board a hot air balloon and see the morning mist unveil a beautiful stupa littered landscape. There’s no place like it. The most dense and largest concentration of Buddhist temples in the world. You’ll ponder over what the people must have done other than just build temples all day! This is a place that will be etched into your memory forever. 


Day 5: Bagan to Kalaw

Depart Bagan early morning for a full day's drive to Kalaw. This is undoubtedly one of the most scenic drives in Myanmar. Not far from Bagan, we’ll stop off for at Mount Popa, it's an energetic climb, but the view makes it well worth it. From here onwards, the road to Kalaw is very bumpy but the scenery is wonderful - endless paddy fields and rolling hills. 


Day 6: Kalaw

This is where real rural Myanmar Lies. We take a trek up through local villages and local markets, and witness some of the traditional tribal life. Experience beautiful fresh food, learn about the local spiritual belief, and see some splendid caves. We will spend the evening back in Kalaw.


Day 7: Kalaw to Inle Lake

No trip in Myanmar is complete without a visit to Inle Lake. This is one of the largest in the country and boasts some exceptionally exotic animals and plant life. Today you’ll have time to take a boat trip and see some of the local life at the floating villages and visit the huge Phaung Daw Oo pagoda complex. Return to your hotel in the evening where you can enjoy the cooler temperatures. 


Day 8: Inle Lake

Another beautiful day on the lake! You’d be a fool not to take a boat trip today. Take a boat trip and get close to all the floating flowers, the fishermen and possibly catch the rotating market. One of the highlights of this trip is the ancient monastery on the river bank. Here you can see many ancient Buddha statues. 


Day 9: Inle Lake to Yangon

Meet at the hotel reception for an early morning transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Yangon. This city is no longer the capital of Myanmar, but is still by far the largest and most important in the country. And as soon as you start exploring you'll see why. There's a lot to do today, you can visit the impressive Sule Pagoda, the Karaweik Hall, royal floating barge or see a massive reclining Buddha. After this wonderful assault on the senses join the group for dinner at a local restaurant. 


Day 10: Yangon

 There’s no chance you’ve exhausted all the things this city has to offer. After your included breakfast, head out for another Yangon adventure. A great half day out is to jump on the cities circular line. Head to the outskirts of the city and see the true Burma, passing markets, villages and countryside. If you're in town the park and famous Kandawgyi Lake are great spots to check out. If you’re after something a little more cultural take a seat and check out some of the cultural performances, such as impressive acrobatic dances or the famous puppet shows. However, above all a visit to Burma is not a vist without checking out that massive golden pagoda that dominates this skyline. This is the Shwedagon Pagoda and it's definitely worth a few hours of your time! 


Day 11: Yangon

Tour ends check out after breakfast Your local guide can advise you of the best options for your onward travels.

    • Your fantastic local Burmese Busabout crew
    • 9 nights accommodation 2/3-star hotels
    • 1 overnight VIP bus
    • 9 breakfasts
    • All transport including private buses
    • Visit to Mt. Popa
    • Orientation walks in Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake and Yangon
    • Kalaw half day village trek
    • 2/3-star hotels. Twin share. 1 night VIP overnight bus
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit to Pakkoku
  • Witness emerald green rice paddies pass by on the journey to Kalaw
  • Learn about the Myinmahti people, and see splendid vistas on our village trek
  • Join your local guide for an orientation walk and optional dinner
  • Get close and personal with Burmese lake life on our boat trip