Myanmar Grand Adventure 20 days

Routing: Yangon – Golden Rock – Kyaing Tong – Inle Lake – Loikaw – Bagan – Mandalay – Hispaw – Lashio – Yangon

Best Highlights of the tour


  • Explore all corners of Myanmar in amazing trip
  • Enjoy dinner with cultural show on floating Karaweik Palace restaurant
  • Climbing up to Golden Rock for scared Buddhist shrines
  • Visit Mon Kingdom and War Memorial Cemetery
  • Kyaing Tong amazing easy trek into hidden villages
  • Capture photogenic views of human and nature in Loikaw
  • Fun train ride from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hispaw
  • Enjoy enjoy the hot springs in Lashio 
  • Wonderful hot air balloon over Bagan
A completed Myanmar Grand Adventure tour to thoroughly explore the country beauty. With 20 days of this amazing journey, you will enjoy the bests including human-made and nature-made of Myanmar. Adding to the typical route of exploring the country such as: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle lake, we offer more themed activities for you getting an insight view of each places. Some highlight of them are Kyaing Tong trekking where you will study how multiple tribes reserving their customs, Balloon ride in Bagan for a marvelous view of ancient pagodas, trekking on mostly untouristy paths in Kashio and many more to experience. Each day of the tour will bring you utmost impression of Burmese.

Day 01: Yangon arrival
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, you will be greeted for the hotel transfer. Enjoy your first visit to Chaukhtatgyi, Ngatatgyi pagoda which features the holy pilgrimage sites with golden stupas and diamondized spires. Your highlight of this day is the visit to Shwedagon, the most outstanding pagoda, dominating the skyline of Yangon with a magical golden flash. Join us for the we​lcome dinner with exceptional cultural show in Karaweik Palace.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Welcome dinner

Day 02: Yangon – Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
After breakfast, overland drive to Kyaingtiyo to go to the Golden Rock (driving hour about 4 hours). One the way, we visit to Htaukkyant War Cemetery. Then proceed to overland driving to Golden Rock. Arrive at pilgrim-village is a starting point to the famous Golden Rock. From our hotel in Kyaikhtiyo we first take a truck and then enjoy the trekking to Golden Rock, it will take about 1 hour up the hill to enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock. The famous 'Golden Rock' is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaingtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines. Lunch and dinner at local good restaurant. Overnight in Kyaingtiyo.
Accommodation: Hotel in Golden Rock
Meal: Breakfast


Day 03: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
Early sunrise time, strolling around the hill sites for an unforgettable experience of Golden Rock then return to hotel for breakfast there. Continue your drive back to Yangon by coach. On the way, visit to Bago, located only 80 km, was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, 28 meter high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple and upon your interest, you can visit the Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung. Lunch at local good restaurant. Then drive back to Yangon Yangon on the way sightseeing at Allied War Memorial Cemetery.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast


Day 04: Yangon – Kyaing Tong (Flight)
Yangon city boasts a real charm of British Colonial with its remained buildings including City Hall, Emmanuel Church, Inland Water and famous Strand Hotel. After that, we will visit Botataung pagoda before being transferred to the airport for flight to Tachileik. Upon arrival, proceed overland to Kyaing Tong. Witness the life of the local on the way. Once in Kyaing Tong, free to discover the Lake Tong, the centre of the city. There is a nice path going around the lake. Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaing Tong
Meal: Breakfast


Day 05: Kyaing Tong trekking
This morning drive out of Kyaing Tong to have some treks to Kattauk Village and then to Pin Tauk Village. In Pin Tauk village, Akha and Lahu people have converted to Baptism and they have built a church in the middle of the village. Then to Wan Ping Village, where people still wear their traditional dress, and start a trekking tour. Enjoy a packed lunch. 
In the afternoon, visit Wanlar, whose residents are famous for their bird hunting. Continue to Nam Lin Kaung, an Ann village where the residents are still animist and dress in their traditional black costumes and paint their teeth black. Then to Nam Lin Mai, which is very nicely located on a plateau overlooking the rice terraces, surrounded by shady trees. Walk back to your car and drive back to Kyaing Tong
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaing Tong
Meal: Breakfast

Day 06: Kyaing Tong trekking
Drive out of Kyaing Tong and visit to Hokyin Mountain. Visit around the tribal villages and enjoy a packed lunch on the way. 
In the afternoon, return back to your can and drive back to Kyaing Tong. One the way back to K yaing Tong visit U Mulein Da’s Unique Shan Lacquer Ware Shop and Lone Tree Hill for views over the surrounding countryside and Kyaing Tong. Then drive back to your hotel. Accommodation at hotel, Kyaing Tong.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaing Tong
Meal: Breakfast


Day 07: Kyaing Tong – Heho – Inle Lake (Flight)
Flying to Heho from Kyaing Tong then being transferred through the most scenic part of Shan state to reach Nyang Shwe town. Short visit to Nyang Shwe market will be followed by a boat trip to Nam Pan village. On the way, you will catch the sights of floating gardens, stilt villages and impressive one-leg rowing Intha fishermen. For your interest, we can stop to learn how they catch the fish by their traditional method. After that, we will travel further in Inle Lake, witnessing the traditional work of making lotus silk, boat, black silvers. Enjoy the sunset by your resort.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast


Day 08: Inle Lake – Indein – Pa O village
We will visit the rotating market of Indein which takes place in different village in different day attracts many local habitants who are hill tribes. The market is one of the most colorful rendezvous where you encounter Padaung, Intha, Pa O people in their traditional customs and doing their styled trades. The remainder of the day is for your exploration to the village of Pa-O people and lakeside village with our tour guide.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of 12th - 13th Centuries. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvelous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 09: Inle Lake - Hpe Kom - Loi Kaw

Continue the boat trip to day to the southern part of Inle Lake, visiting Thar Khaung village where there is a fascinating monastery.
After lunch, we head to Hpe Kom through the very photogenic part of Shan state. Our driver will await to transfer you to Loi Kaw.
Accommodation:  Guesthouse in Loi Kaw
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Visit Loi Kaw
Enjoy your breakfast. This morning visit to Demawso Market which only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will have spectacular opportunity to see the ethnic groups wearing colorful traditional costumes and trading their wares. On the return drive, we'll explore more of Loikaw as we stop to visit Ngwe Taung Dam and San Mone Padaung villages. Lunch at local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, visit the Kayah State Museum gain insight in to the unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups in this region. Then, visit a field near the village containing spiritual posts, locally known as Kaehtobo which are used during the Kayah New Year celebrations in April. At that time, the local people offer food to the guardian spirits at this location. Continue with a visit to a traditional weaving shop. . Enjoy the sunset and panoramic view of Loikaw the hill of Taungwe Taung Zedi. 
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Loi Kaw
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Loi Kaw – Kalaw
Today, we travel by car toward Kalaw, the beautiful hill station with numerous British houses which reflects vividly the colonial era.. En route excursion includes tea leaf plantations and scenic beauty of mountain region to conclude this unique experience. 
Upon your arrival in Kalaw, enjoy a pleasant walk to Kalaw train station and nearby botanical garden.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Kalaw – Bagan
Full day car journey through the most spectacular landscapes stuffed with green forest, secluded hamlets, verdant palm plantation. 
In Bagan, you will have time for your retreat with beautiful resort and swimming pol. Enjoy your dinner with traditional puppet show.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Balloon Ride – Bagan Temples and Local Life
Start your day with a magnificent flight by a hot air Balloon over Bagan before you explore Bagan, the most extensive archeological site in Asia, with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyansittha Umin: a tunnel with an interesting feature of paintings; Htilominlo Temple, Gubyaukgyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scene and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures and niches around the galleried interior. In the afternoon visit to lacquer ware home industry and continue sightseeing of Bagan as we visit Manuha Temple, Nanpaya Temple, Gawdawpalin Temple and experience sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda. 
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Bagan – Mandalay Ancient Royal Capital (Flight)
Our driver will take you to Inwa, Amarapura, the vicinities of the former capital of Burma kingdom under the reign of King Thihathu from XIII to XIX centry. Here, you have a chance to see the longest teakwood bridge in the world, learning about the glory of Inwa and see hundreds of monks studying and having meal.
We continue our trip this afternoon with a visit to Kuthodow pagoda, litterally named the biggest book in the world for 729 scupltures stored in small, styled stupas. The Royal Palace will also provide you an insight vision of the last Burma Imperial life. Sunset from Mandalay hill will be your highlight of the day.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast


Day 15: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin
Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names and the Botanical Gardens to the south of town. Visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where a colorful array of items are for sale including locally-produced This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905.  Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk though the beautifully-landscaped gardens.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
Meal: Breakfast


Day 16: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw by train
You will be transferred to the station to catch a train over Gohteik Viaduct to a nice Hilly town of Hispaw. The bridge was built in British Period and it was the largest railway trestle in the world at the time of completion. On your arrival in Hsipaw, you will transfer to your hotel and continue sighting in this charming town.
Upon arrival, visit Sawbwa’s residence built during colonial time, observe Shan shoulder bag workshop and visit famous Bawgyo Pagoda, a typically Shan-style Paya from the 14th century.
 Accommodation: Guesthouse in Pyin Oo Lwin
Meal: Breakfast


Day 17: Hsipaw – Lashio
Set off for a journey along the Dokehtawaddy River by boat to see the country side, connecting your travel by car to Lashio, a sprawling trading centre for northern Shan State near Chinese border inhabited mostly by ethnic Shan-Chinese and Chinese, noted for its colorful market where tribal people gather to buy and sell their produce.
Here, we visit Quan Yin San Chinese Temple Man-Su Pagoda, which is said to be over 250 years old, the even-more-impressive 2500 year old Sasana (Pyi Lon Chanta) Paya and enjoy the hot springs and New Pyi Lon Chan Tha Paya there.
 Accommodation: Guest house in Lashio
Meal: Breakfast


Day 18: Lashio – Mandalay
Rise up for the visit to Mansu Market, a vivid fair where local people shows you the fresh farming product, river catches. Today, depending on your interest and time allowance, you can explore the remaining highlights of the town before driving back to Mandalay.
Return to Mandalay and arrive in late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast


Day 19: Mandalay - Yangon (Flight)
A short flight will bring you from Mandalay to Yangon.
Start your sightseeing to Yangon downtown where you will encounter numerous of British vestiges and architectural signatures. After visiting Sule pagoda, we will take a styled rickshaw to explore China town, Indian streets and taste the local street foods.
In the afternoon, we driver to Chaukhtatgyi pagoda to admire the biggest reclining Buddha statue in Burma then proceed to Shwedagon, the biggest golden pagoda in the whole country.
Shwedagon with its story backed to VI century is now the pilgrim destination for millions of Burmese, its golden flash with diamondized spire dominates the skyline of Yangon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast


Day 20: Yangon departure
Take your time for some souvenir at Scott market, the biggest market in Yangon famed for gems, jewelry, wood products and handicrafts. Leaving Yangon for your home with your beautiful memory of Myanmar!
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast 
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Yangon Airport - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides (on spots).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. 04 Domestic flights included are from Yangon - Kyaing Tong, Kyaing Tong - Heho, Bagan - Mandalay and Mandalay - Yangon
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and 01 welcome dinner
6. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
7. Entrance fees where requested.
8. A Balloon ride excursion to get stunning view over Bagan with over 2000 stupas
9. Train tickets for traveling from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw. Trains are air conditioning with basic, clean, comfort conditions
10. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards
11. This tour is subject to Single Supplement if requested
12. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharge


Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Visa arrangement, Drinks when you are traveling, personal expenses and others not mentioned

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: from October to February because this is the coolest time of the year. You can easily enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 4 stars
These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
19 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 418US$/person

Important notes
ACCOMMODATION IN MYANMAR:
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travelers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic.

HOT AIR BALLOONING IN BAGAN:
There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Bagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. It is not possible for us to make bookings for hot-air ballooning in advance of our arrival in Pagan. If any clients wish to make a booking at that time, we can then provide contact details for the ballooning company who can then advise if they have any vacancies for the following day. As at March 2013 the cost of such flights was about US$300. Such flights are not a part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
 
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
 
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
  
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

20 days 19 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Hiking, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, Homestay,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


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    Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 01: Yangon arrival
    Day 02: Yangon – Golden Rock
    Day 03: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
    Day 04: Yangon – Mandalay
    Day 05: Kyaing Tong trekking
    Day 06: Kyaing Tong trekking
    Day 07: Kyaing Tong – Inle Lake
    Day 08: Inle Lake – Indein Market
    Day 09: Inle Lake – Hpe Kom – Loikaw
    Day 10: Loikaw Sightseeing
    Day 11: Loikaw – Kalaw
    Day 12: Kalaw – Bagan
    Day 13: Balloon Ride – Bagan Local Life
    Day 14: Bagan – Mandalay
    Day 15: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 16: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hispaw
    Day 17: Hispaw – Lashio
    Day 18: Lashio – Mandalay
    Day 19: Mandalay – Yangon
    Day 20: Yangon departure

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