Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Trekking in Myanmar is exciting in the Northern Mountains Region in the foothills of the Himalayas. The well-known trekking regions include Putao in the North, the Naga Land region in the North-West, the Chin Hills in the West and Kalaw region in Central Myanmar. Well-known trekking routes in Myanmar include Inle Lake to Kalaw or an easy two-day trek to Pindaya Caves. In the southeast, between Yangon and Mawlamyine, Hpa-An is gaining interest for walking and trekking. The northern Shan town of Hsipaw that lies on the Old Burma Road is a famous biking trail.
This private tour is ideal for travellers interested in off-the-beaten-track locations. In addition to the highlights, this tour features the incredible Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock), Bago, with the highly venerated Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Pindaya, where you can venture into limestone caverns to see over eight thousand Buddha statues set among stalagmites. All touring is with your own private guide and driver, and accommodation is at the country's best luxury hotels.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY MYANMAR ADVENTURE...
And, see the incredible Golden Rock, balanced precariously on a cliff edge.
This private tour is ideal for travellers interested in off-the-beaten-track locations. In addition to the highlights, it features the incredible Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock), Bago, with the highly venerated Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Pindaya, where you can venture into limestone caverns to see over eight thousand Buddha statues set among stalagmites.
Begin in Yangon, the capital city. With your private guide and driver, tour cultural highlights such as the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda – Kipling’s “golden mystery... a beautiful winking wonder”. Perched on a hill like a gold beacon, huge and bell-shaped it dominates the city and the surrounding countryside. Also, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which has a vast selection of traditional Burmese handicrafts. Travelling through the city you will realise the British, Burmese, Chinese, and Indian influences; it is studded with its past colonial architecture now mixed with high-rise buildings.
However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and its pungent smells. Travel in a horse-drawn cart to pottery workshops and markets, and see the town’s landmark Shwesandaw Pagoda. One day, enjoy a privately guided boat excursion along the waterways of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Delta to Twante, a renowned pottery village.
Take an excursion to the incredible Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock) that is balanced precariously on the cliff edge. According to legend, it is kept in place by a single hair of the Buddha. Above the Gold Rock is a small stupa, a little wonder and regarded with such awe that is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar. Continue to Bago, the 15th century capital of the Mon Kingdom, to see the highly venerated Shwemawdaw Pagoda—Burma's tallest. Also visit the Shwethalyaung Buddha, a 55-foot long reclining Buddha.
Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples nestle within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. The high tide of construction began in the 11 century, then ebbed within 250 years as Mongol invasion and internal conflict ended Burma’s golden age.
Take an optional cruise by private boat on the Ayeryarwady River, enjoying views of pagodas and daily life. Visit workshops that specialize in regional handicrafts such as lacquer and wood carving, and stop by a morning market where locals buy their daily necessities. One evening, ride in a horse-drawn carriage among the temples of Bagan at sunset. One day, take a private excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that’s considered the home of Burma’s most powerful nats (animist spirits). Upon request, AwimAway can book a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises.
Spend a night in Pindaya, where you can venture into limestone caverns to see over eight thousand Buddha statues set among stalagmites. Continue to visit the massive fresh water Inle Lake, home of the Intha people. Rimmed with high hills, stilted villages inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. For others, it is a place to meditate.
Return to Yangon for overnight and connect with onward flight.
Myanmar Adventure Visit off-the-beaten-track locations including the incredible Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock), Bago.
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Yangon, Kyaiktiyo, Bago, Bagan, Pindaya, Inle Lake
Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Private arrival transfer to hotel for two-night stay.
Day 2 – Tour
Yangon Full-day private tour.
Day 3 – Transfer & Explore
Kyaiktiyo Private transfer to Kyaiktiyo for overnight.
Private excursion to the Golden Rock.
Day 4 – Transfer
Bagan Private transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Bagan with touring of Bago en route.
Private transfer to hotel for three-night stay.
Day 5 – Explore
Bagan Full-day private touring of ruins. Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset.
Day 6 – Explore
Mt. Popa Full-day private tour, including excursion to Mt. Popa.
Day 7 – Transfer
Pindaya Transfer and flight to Heho. Private transfer to Pindaya for overnight.
Private tour of caves and village cooking class.
Day 8 – Transfer
Inle Lake Private transfer to Inle Lake for a two-night stay.
Private introductory tour this afternoon.
Day 9 – Explore
Inle Lake Private touring around Inle Lake, In Dein, and local villages.
Day 10 – Transfer
Yangon Transfer and flight to Yangon for overnight.
Afternoon private city touring.
Day 11 – Depart
Myanmar Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.
Visa British citizens travelling to Myanmar can get a Myanmar visa on arrival. The new e-visa application service allows applicants to fill in the e-form and submit the payment through a secure payment gateway with a credit card. This takes about 3 days to receive a visa approval letter that you can print and take with your passport to a designated airport.