13 Day Discover Myanmar (Burma)

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flights Bangkok-Yangon, Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Heho, Heho-Mandalay & Mandalay-Bangkok.

Thingyan Water Festival is Myanmar’s largest festival and is celebrated the second week of April each year by splashing one another with water in the streets. You may get wet while in the city for the festival as locals will often toss water on strangers as a show of blessings and good wishes. The itinerary may be altered slightly for departures during this time due to local events. Details will be provided locally by your tour manager.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am, as well as some long days 10-12 hours are necessary to cover the territory. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights: Sydney-Bangkok, Bangkok-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Bangkok-Yangon, Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Heho, Heho-Mandalay & Mandalay-Bangkok
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Bangkok
    • 2 nights Yangon
    • 2 nights Bagan
    • 2 nights Inle Lake
    • 3 nights Mandalay
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 30 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners with wine or beer
  • Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking Tour Manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
  • Exploration of Yangon including the majestic hilltop 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, the country's spiritual landmark
  • Attend a special performance of the world-famous Myanmar Puppets
  • Sunset Cruise along the Irrawaddy River in Bagan, with sweeping views of the city's glistening temples as the sun begins to set
  • Stroll along Mandalay's 200 year-old U-Pein Bridge, the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world
  • Morning cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River takes you to the monumental Mingun Temple with the world's largest ringing bell
  • A "day off" from sightseeing in the popular getaway town of Pyin Oo Lwin, with its fragrant gardens and fresh fruit delights
  • Board a ship that takes you on a full day exploration of Inle Lake's stilt-house villages of the Intha tribe and beautiful floating gardens
  • Enjoy a home hosted lunch in Bagan and participate in a cooking class at the Thahara Inle Heritage

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am, as well as some long days 10-12 hours are necessary to cover the territory. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand. Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand's capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 2, Wednesday - Bangkok City Tour
This morning, embark on a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Begin the tour with a drive through Chinatown and then through the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace before returning to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Thursday - Flight to Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar! Transfer to your hotel where you'll be warmly welcomed upon arrival by your Tour Manager in this melting pot of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian cultures, where contemporary and colonial Myanmar continues to coexist. View the astonishing panorama of some of the most impressive pagodas in the country as you travel to the hotel. Time to relax and prepare for tonight's "Welcome to Myanmar" Dinner at the hotel with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Exploration of Yangon and its Temples
The exploration of Yangon begins at the majestic hilltop 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, the country's spiritual landmark, an incredible array of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and intricate mythical beasts. Then visit Bogyoke Aung San Museum,* former home of the father of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Proceed to downtown Yangon where the British colonial influence is still evident, walking past street vendors to the octagon-shaped Sule Pagoda over 2,500 years old. Stop at the Independence Monument in Mahabandoola Gardens, (Victoria Park) with its striking white obelisk honoring Burma's freedom from Great Britain in 1948. After lunch at a popular restaurant, enjoy free time at the famous Bogyoke Aung San Market*, known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets. In the evening, a buffet dinner accompanied by lively entertainment and a traditional dance performance
*Note: Bogyoke Aung San Museum and Bogyoke Aung San Market closed on public holidays, alternative visits will be provided.
Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Bagan's 2,000 Temples
A short flight early this morning brings you to Bagan, the country's spiritual center with its over 2,000 pagodas, stupas and temples dotting the golden plains of the city - an astonishing sight to behold! After breakfast, visit the golden stupa of the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. Explore the cave temple of Gubyaukgyi, covered with beautiful murals and carvings the magnificent whitewashed Ananda Temple, that houses four standing Buddhas and the Manuha Temple one of the oldest Temples in Bagan. After lunch at a local restaurant, check into your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure for individual discoveries. End the day inspired by the gorgeous sunset and exquisite views of the city. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in old Bagan
Overnight: Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Nyaung-U Market, Home Hosted Lunch, Sunset Cruise, Myanmar Puppet Show
Start the day with a visit to the Dhamma-yan-gyi Pahto, then proceed to the humming Nyaung-U morning market, totally immersed in Bagan’s daily life as you join the local people shopping, tasting and bargaining at the colorful stalls. Next, on to a palm tree workshop; learn more about collecting toddy (palm tree juice), an ingredient used for many diverse products, including liquor, molasses and oils. A highlight of the day is an exclusive invitation to join a local family at a home hosted lunch, along with conversation about the country’s customs and traditions. Afterwards, shop for exquisitely decorated lacquer ware, one of Bagan’s most famous exported craft. A Sunset Cruise along the Irrawaddy River completes the day -- enjoy sweeping views of the city’s glistening temples as the sun begins to set -- a different prospective of the city. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a special performance of the celebrated Myanmar Puppets
Overnight: Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Flight to Heho, Pindaya, Inle Lake & Wine Tasting
An early morning flight takes you to Heho (Inle Lake). Upon arrival travel to Pindaya famous for its ancient limestone caves. Containing over 8,000 images of Buddha dating back as far as 1750, the Pindaya Cave has the most impressive collection of Buddhist iconography. En route enjoy the stunning scenery of the Shan mountains. Pindaya is also one of the key places where local style umbrella and Shan-paper are made. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a family-run workshop and witness the making of the famous Shan paper, stemming from the fiber of the mulberry tree. Then proceed to a prestigious vineyard in the hills for a wine tasting of locally grown wines. Continue to Inle Lake for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Cooking Class at the Thahara Inle Heritage, Cruise on Inle Lake
This morning, a unique experience, just for your group! You'll be participating in a cooking class with a chef at the Thahara Inle Heritage. Local Burmese specialties will be prepared by you, with the help of the chef, before a delicious lunch together. Of course, recipes will be given to you to take home! After lunch, board a ship that takes you on an exploration of the placid lake, stilt-house villages and beautiful floating gardens of the Intha tribe. This is the only place in the entire world to see the legendary leg rowers; native fishermen deftly gripping a single long bamboo oar with one leg paddling long flat-bottomed boats around the lake dressed in traditional Shan attire. See Paung-Daw-oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary and the Shah-style Nga-Phe-Chaung Monastery. Sip tea and share snacks at Intha village before visiting the silk weaving workshop. Observe the intricate process of spinning and weaving gorgeous lotus flowers into scarves and shirts. After a wonderful day on the lake, return to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Inle Lake & Flight to Mandalay
After breakfast, spend your morning at leisure to relax at your hotel. For lunch you will be transported by boat to Nyaung Shwe, before transferring to Heho airport for your afternoon flight to Mandalay, Myanmar’s center of culture and the last Royal capital of Burma. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Ayeyarwaddy River Cruise, Mingun’s Temple and Bell, Mandalay Touring
A morning cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River takes you to the ancient city of Mingun; visit the monumental Mingun Temple, started by King Bodawpaya in 1790 but never completed and its 90 ton ringing Mingun bell, the world’s largest. Nearby, view the beautiful white Myatheindan Pagoda modeled after mythical Mount Meru, dedicated to his Princess. Return to Mandalay for lunch. In the afternoon, ascend Mandalay Hill to visit the gilded Kuthodaw Pagoda, called "the world's largest book", named after its 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. At the Shwenandaw Monastery, originally part of the Royal Palace in Amarapura, view one of the best examples of traditional Myanmar-style intricate woodcarvings in the country. Tonight dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Pyin Oo Lwin, a Getaway Town
A "day off" from sightseeing as you travel to the popular getaway town of Pyin Oo Lwin, founded by the British. Designed as a place to escape the Mandalay summer heat, it’s famous mostly for its local fruits, jams, vegetables and fruit wines. Enjoy a traditional lunch, then time to wander through the fragrant Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, with more than 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees. View Kandawgyi Lake's wooden bridges, the small gilded pagodas or take a leisurely horse cart ride around the grounds. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell dinner of Burmese delicacies with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at a local restaurant
Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - U-Pein Teak Bridge, Mahagandayone Monastery, Flight to Bangkok
After breakfast drive to Amarapura, a former capital of Burma. Visit a workshop and watch craftsman practice bronze casting, a traditional Burmese art used for hundreds of years. Then stroll along the 200 year-old U-Pein Bridge, the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. Today, the bridge is a central part of the community with hundreds of locals and saffron-robed monks walking across and fishermen netting their daily catch in its shadow. Continue to the massive Mahagandayone Monastery, where more than 1,000 monks live and study together. Glimpse the monastic way of life. Transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Bangkok. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Sunday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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