Classic Myanmar Adventure
As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they've been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake's unique floating gardens, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay, and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await come find them.
Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bicycle, walking.
Hotels (12 nts), simple guesthouse (1 nt).
Explore intriguing Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll Mandalay's temples, float down the Irrawaddy River, experience the ancient ruins of Bagan, relax at Inle Lake
Shwedagon Pagoda visit (Yangon). Mandalay combo entry ticket (includes most sights in Mandalay). Golden Rock visit. Amarapura visit. Sagaing visit. Bagan Archaeological Zone guided tour. Irrawaddy River boat trip. Inle Lake boat tour including floating villages (half-day). Shwemawdaw Stupa visit. Mingun boat trip. U Bein Bridge visit. Mahagandayong Monastery visit. Sagaing Hills Meditation Centre visit. Mt Popa visit. Hilltribe hike (half-day). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Yangon
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Yangon/Kyaiktiyo (1B)
Visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda before driving to the base of Golden Rock. Enjoy a pleasant hike to the top for an overnight stay.
Day 3 Kyaiktiyo/Yangon (1B)
Travel back to Yangon, stopping in Bago to see a reclining Buddha.
Day 4 Yangon/Mandalay (1B)
Take an early flight to Mandalay and explore its ancient temples and sights, like the Golden Monastery.
Day 5 Mandalay (1B)
Visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Visit the village of Mingun before returning to Mandalay.
Day 6 Mandalay/Bagan (1B)
Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to ancient Bagan.
Day 7 Bagan (1B)
Enjoy a packed day learning about the culture and history of this once great civilization. Visit ancient sites that host hundreds of temples and stupas. Visit the Nyaung Oo market.
Day 8 Bagan (1B)
Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or take some time to relax.
Day 9 Bagan/Kalaw (1B)
Drive to the cooler air of Kalaw, a former British hill station, visiting Mt Popa en route.
Day 10 Kalaw (1B, 1L)
Stretch your legs with a hike through the scenic hills of Kalaw and enjoy an included lunch.
Day 11 Kalaw/Inle Lake (1B)
Travel by bus to serene Inle, home to the Intha people and floating villages and gardens, stopping en route to visit the Pindaya Caves.
Day 12 Inle Lake (1B)
Explore the lake by boat and visit some of its floating villages. Try to spot the famous Intha leg-rowers during the tour.
Day 13 Inle Lake/Yangon (1B)
Fly back to Yangon for a final chance to explore and shop in the old capital.
Day 14 Yangon (1B)
Depart any time.