Myanmar Off beaten tour 14 Days

Routing: Yangon – Lashio – Hsipaw – Kyaume – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Bagan – Kalaw – Inle lake – Yangon

Best Highlights of the tour


  • An amazing adventure to explore untouched parts of Myanmar
  • Scenic views of rural areas along Dokthawaddy River
  • Visit Shan villages to see local lives with your own eyes
  • Fantastic trekking to Kyaukme moutain
  • Enjoy lunch at a local house of Palaung people
  • Wonderful train ride over the second highest railway bridge to Pyin oo Lwin
  • Breathtaking hot air balloon over Bagan and cycling to off-beaten paths
  • Fun experience with elephants at Kalaw training camp
  • Trekking inside South Inle Lake for Shan villages
Myanmar off beaten track is a real experience adventure of Myanmar. We will take you to less touristy path of Lashio then Hsipaw which absolutely will amaze you by its wonderful views of plantation, rural villages. On the way reaching to Mandalay, we will stop at Kyaukme to visit Palaung people. Travelling by train from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin via Gokteik Viaduct to experience the once only train bridge and enjoy breath taking scenery nature view. This fantastic Myanmar adventure is spotlighted by exciting visit to elephant camp base in Kalaw. Besides of getting in off beaten track, we will ensure you not miss the top favorite destinations by regular visit such as: temples in Bagan, Royal relics in Mandalay, spectacular Inle lake and sacred, giant, golden roof covered Shwedagon in Yangon.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Afternoon, experience the full history of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the daily lives of local people living in the immediate surroundings and a deeper insight to the local spiritual beliefs in Nats – the Myanmar spirits. The tour begins from the bottom of the hill, passing local workshops, markets and monasteries. Participate in popular local activities that include offerings to the pagoda, a visit to a traditional medicine shop, and a chat with a fortune teller. Overnight in Yangon.
Meal: Welcomed dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon city tour
Start early this morning at 6.30 am with a visit to the bustling fish market on the Yangon River. Continue to a vegetable market and sample the famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga, a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers. By this time, the monks are walking through the streets to collect their alms and you have the opportunity to donate some food to them. Head back to your hotel for a full western breakfast and later, explore the different faces of Yangon from famous landmarks to the hidden markets that have seen few westerners. Starting from a famous tea shop in the 1960s, you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour, the historic Strand Hotel and the Kandawgyi Lake. Stop over at the reclining Buddha before taking the famous circular train which takes you right behind the Bogyoke Aung San market. Overnight in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon


Day 3: Yangon to Lashio to Hsipaw
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Lashio. Upon arrival at Lashio, you will be met by our representative and proceed to drive about 1.5hours to Hsipaw. If time permits, you will take an easy walk in a nearby village. Overnight in Hsipaw.
(Important Note: There are no daily flights to Lashio. If your flight is not available, you will fly from Yangon to Mandalay and take a scenic 6 hours drive to Hsipaw with stops along the way).
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hispaw


Day 4: Hsipaw exploration
After breakfast, take a boat ride up the Dokthawaddy River through amazing scenery of mountains, plantations and rural village life. You will get out of the boat for an hour’s walk to visit a 150 years old Shan monastery in the forest. If desired, you may swim at the river confluence. On the way back to Hsipaw, visit a charming traditional Shan village and learn more about their culture. In the afternoon, walk through a panoramic scenery of paddy fields and other seasonal crops. Passing by small creeks, Shan villages, local schools, the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, a local nunnery as well as a wooden monastery. Learn about the life of Shan people around Hsipaw and see some home-based industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. Hear why each Shan village has a spirit house built at the entrance of the village. Overnight in Hsipaw.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hispaw


Day 5: Hsipaw to Kyaukme
This morning, visit the local market in Hsipaw and continue by car to Kyaukme for about 1 hour. On arrival, start trekking through the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. You will get an insight to the life of the Palaung people living in the hills. Enjoy lunch (excluded) in one of the Palaung villages where you can still find people who have never seen a western foreigner and live by century old traditions. Overnight in Kyaukme in a very simple guest house.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kyaukme


Day 6: Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin
In the morning you have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and a colorful market. Transfer to the train station and board the train for a 3 hour ride to Pyin Oo Lwin, crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct which was constructed in 1901 by constructors from the Pennsylvania Steel company and was once the second highest railway bridge in the world. The train will also pass by spectacular mountain scenery and small villages where vendors will enter the train to sell drinks and local snacks. At around 2pm, you will disembark from the train and continue another hour by car to Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit the botanical gardens and some of the colonial houses this town is famous for. Overnight in Pyin oo Lwin.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin


Day 7: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay
In the morning depart for Mandalay by car for about 1.5 hour.  Visit the exquisite Shwenandaw pagoda and Kuthodaw pagoda, often referred as the “world’s biggest book.” Hike up the Yankin Hill to see Nga Yant Min (King of Mudfish) Cave and receive meritorious prosperity by pouring water over the fish statues. Afternoon, you will check in at your hotel before exploring Amarapura, the 18th century capital of Myanmar on bicycles. Stop along the way at a local teashop and visit a colourful market. Continue to Mahamuni pagoda, the most sacred temple in Upper Myanmar. Visit a local weaving workshop and see how tiny bits of gold are flattened into thin gold leaves where locals paste them onto Buddha images. Walk over the famed U-Bein Bridge, a 158 year old teak wood bridge - the longest teak bridge in the world. Return to hotel by your bicycle. Overnight in Mandalay.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay


Day 8: Mandalay to Bagan
Your morning is free to relax at the hotel or explore Mandalay city on your own. Transfer to the airport for your noon time flight to Bagan, the most famous archaeological zone in Myanmar. On arrival in Bagan, you will be taken to a temple with a good view over the Bagan archaeological zone. Learn the history of this ancient capital which was a central power base in the mid 9th century under King Anawratha, who unified Burma under Theravada Buddhism. You will also visit other remote temples and enjoy a spectacular sunset views over thousands of temple ruins. Overnight in Bagan.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan


Day 9: Bagan temple tour
An optional hot-air balloon ride at dawn is available, but pre-booking required (does not operate between April 1st and October 15th). Enjoy breathtaking views of the temple-studded landscape of Bagan. The dry, arid conditions have uniquely preserved more than 4000 stupas and temples built here between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Explore the less visited temples today by mountain bikes along small unpaved lanes. Stops are made to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of ancient temples and you can stop whenever you wish for more photo opportunities. Arrive at noon at a temple in Minnanthu area where a picnic lunch is awaiting. After, continue by your bike to explore some of most famous temples before returning to your hotel.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan


Day 10: Bagan to Heho to Kalaw
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive another 2 hours to Kalaw, at 4300 ft above sea level. Kalaw was once a favourite hill station for British administrative officials and a summer resort. On arrival in Kalaw, your guide specialized in elephant conservation will welcome you and start a half day trek through the forest. Along the way, learn about the different vegetation and animals in this area. Arrive in a local village and meet the village elders before helping to prepare a typical local dinner.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw


Day 11: Kalaw elephant camp
Wake up to a local village style breakfast in the jungle. This morning, you will visit an elephant camp and be a mahout for half a day. Learn the basic commands to give an elephant, help to feed and wash the elephants. After a simple lunch at the camp, you will drive back to Kalaw. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure to explore this charming hill station. Overnight in a local monastery in Kalaw. 
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local monastery in Kalaw


Day 12: Kalaw to Inle Lake  
Today you will cycle about 4 hours from Aung Ban to Indien, south of Inle Lake. The trip is mostly off-road and technically easy with most of the roads flat or downhill. You will bike through numerous Pa O villages where few foreigners are seen. Stop on the way to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake and the Shan countryside. Lunch is served in a local village before visiting the ancient ruins of Indein, which are partly covered by vegetation and resemble a “pagoda forest”. After, continue to your hotel by private motorboat and relax with a spectacular sunset view over the lake.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake


Day 13:  Inle Lake to Heho to Yangon
Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Yangon. Upon arrival be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a 1 hour foot massage and continue to Bogyoke market for some last shopping. The rest of the day is free for your last night in Burma. Overnight in Yangon. 
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon


Day 14:  Departure from Yangon
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Not available
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. (Not throughout ).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. 04 Domestic flights included are from Yangon - Lashio, Mandalay - Bagan, Bagan - Heho and Heho- Yangon
5. Meals are daily breakfasts, 01 welcome dinner and others as indicated
6. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
7. Entrance fees where requested.
8. Train ride from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin on basic, clean carriage conditions
9. Bike rentals for your best exploration to surrounding villages in Bagan
10. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards and local monastery with clean, basic conditions
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, Hot air balloon over Bagan, 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: 
13 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 250US$/person

Important notes
ACCOMODATION 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 travellers. 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 BALOONING 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:

14 days 13 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Hiking, Ballon Ride, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Biking, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing, Homestay,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


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    Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 1: Yangon Arrival
    Day 2: Yangon city tour
    Day 3: Yangon to Lashio to Hsipaw
    Day 4: Hsipaw exploration
    Day 5: Hsipaw to Kyaukme
    Day 6: Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 7: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay
    Day 8: Mandalay to Bagan
    Day 9: Bagan temple tour
    Day 10: Bagan to Heho to Kalaw
    Day 11: Kalaw elephant camp
    Day 12: Kalaw to Inle Lake  
    Day 13:  Inle Lake to Heho to Yangon
    Day 14:  Departure from Yangon

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