Hidden Treasures of Myanmar

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Myanmar is Indochina's hidden gem, a destination bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas and enigmatic ruins. Myanmar cannot help but invoke images of mysterious wonder.

Please note: This page shows the 2017 Itinerary. To see the itinerary for tours departing in 2016, please Click Here.

Places Visited

Australia - Yangon (4N) - Pyay (1N) - Mandalay (3N) - Monywa (1N) - Bagan (3N) - Inle Lake (2N) - Kalaw (1N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Yangon
Fly with Singapore Airlines to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay.

Brisbane passengers may depart one day earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Yangon
Day 2: Discover Yangon
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where you will begin your walking tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll along Strand Road and Pansodan Street before admiring the Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Visit the National Museum and browse in the Bogyoke Market. Finally, explore Shwedagon Pagoda. This is Myanmar's most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.
Day 2: Discover Yangon
Day 3: Explore Sri Ksetra
Drive to the lively port town of Pyay and transfer to the ancient city of Sri Ksetra. Travelling by ox-cart, explore the spectacular ruins of the Pyu Kingdom's former capital. Later, visit Hmawzar village to get a glimpse of local life.
Day 3: Explore Sri Ksetra
Day 4: Pyay Market
Visit Pyay's colourful central market where you'll be able to see members of several of Myanmar's ethnic minorities. Continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside before returning to Yangon.
Day 5: Journey to Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Continue to the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge, and make your way across it, walking with the locals. Head to Sagaing, and explore the hills around the town which are dotted with temples and pagodas.
Day 5: Journey to Mandalay
Day 6: Explore Mandalay
Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Myanmar's culture and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world's largest book – each page is inscribed in marble. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Explore Mandalay
Day 7: Mingun
Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world's largest bells, the Mingun Bell, and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Myanmar's largest. Though incomplete, it is still a monumental structure – 50 metres-tall, 72 metres-wide and constructed entirely of brick. Return to Mandalay and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Bodhi Taung Buddha
Leave Mandalay for the Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha. Continue to the Bodhi Taung where a thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of beautiful Banyan trees. In the afternoon see the Aung Setkya Pagoda and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside, as you travel to Monywa.
Day 9: Cruise the Irrawaddy
Take a boat trip across the Chindwin River to visit Pho Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha. Drive on to the port city of Pakokku. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw and observe the production process of cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.
Day 9: Cruise the Irrawaddy
Day 10: Explore Bagan
Visit Nyaung U Market, Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda, the most important pagoda in Bagan. You'll also visit Htilominlo Pagoda. This afternoon, head to a lacquer workshop in the village of Myinkaba before enjoying a spectacular sunset over Bagan's temple strewn plains.
Day 10: Explore Bagan
Day 11: Mt. Popa
Travel to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano, and visit Taung Kalat, the breathtaking Buddhist Monastery perched on its summit. Return to Bagan and discover more of its wonderful temples and pagodas. This evening travel on board a colourful ox-cart – a local method of transport to further explore temples.
Day 11: Mt. Popa
Day 12: Shwe U Min caves
Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Continue travel to Kalaw.
Day 13: Inle Lake
Drive to Nyaung Shwe and take a boat trip to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique rowing technique. Visit a local market and see the floating gardens, village life and magnificent scenery. See Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Day 13: Inle Lake
Day 14: Shwe Indein Pagodas
Cruise on Inle Lake to the crumbling Shwe Indein Pagodas. Built in the 17th century, it is home to nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas. Walk through the rice paddies to Sae Ma village.
Day 15: Yangon
Fly to Yangon and upon arrival visit Kaba Aye Pagoda. Later you'll visit Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. In the evening stroll around Chinatown and through the night markets.
Day 16: Depart Yangon
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Yangon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 16: Depart Yangon
Day 17: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

Tour prices are per person, twin share




Additional Price Information:

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Single Hotel Room Option from $1,240
Land Only (Yangon to Yangon) 16 days from $4,840 per person (includes tipping)
Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.
Canberra passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Yangon at an additional cost.
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 5 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Myanmar and you will find high quality coverage. Myanmar has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 1300 318 203 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Burma’s main cities and scenic areas. This Burma tour is for those with a reasonable amount of time and wish to explore some more off the beaten track destinations in Burma. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the main highlights of the country, important religious sites and Burma's stunning natural scenery. This tour also includes a short cruise on the Irrawaddy River.



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