13 Day Discover Myanmar (Burma)
Air & Land
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.
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?
- Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
- Round trip 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
- 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 datesNote: 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.
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Our trip was fantastic. We can’t express enough how well this trip was organized and executed. Our tour guide Tim was fantastic. She handled all problems with ease and a smile on her face. The itinerary was beyond fabulous, we had so many opportunities to met the locals and learn about their daily lives. We will be traveling with you again.Cynthia J. Bountiful, UT
OMGosh! Where do I start?! I have traveled the world but this was the BEST trip ever! Small group (10) of us Fabulous Tour Director Wonderful history of Indonesia Lovely hotels Great drivers Beautiful fun cities to experience the culture After 2 visits 30 years ago the changes in Indonesia are many. The best was the friendliness!!! I felt welcome! Yet very much loved our visit to the family temple/compound where we were able to cook and eat! Also “grandpa” giving us a blessing. This was extremely potent considering that day was 5 years of the passing of my husband and his presence was with me! I experienced a Gate 1 trip in June to Kenya and that was fabulous but this trip beat Grand Circle and numerous other tour companies by leaps and bounds! I think I’m putting up my travel shoes but if I change my mind Gate 1 will be priority #1!!! Thanking you for scheduling these amazing journeys!!!MerrieAnn M. Hot Springs, CA
The trip was great. Indonesia is a beautiful and interesting country. The trip offered a variety of experiences - sightseeing (temples, palaces, rice terraces, etc.), village visit, school visit, cultural performances, dinner with the prince at the royal palace, shopping, etc. - and the accommodations were very nice. We were blessed with good weather, i.e., no rain. The heat and humidity can’t be avoided so appreciated the air-conditioned hotels and restaurants. We had a good harmonious group. Edy, our tour manager, was very caring, diligent, and flexible as needed. He had to deal with a variety of issues. The local tour guides were knowledgeable. Thank you Gate 1 for a well planned trip.Angelica M. Rowland Heights, CA
We are still talking about our wonderful Gate 1 trip, the things we learned, the people we met, and the fun we had. The more I think about this trip, the more I understand how difficult it is to plan an itinerary that pleases all on the trip. I must say that there was something for everyone ... we have no complaints. Our guides were all wonderful, especially Usa, our tour manager. She was efficient, pleasant, knowledgeable, and friendly for TWO WEEKS, and that is hard to do! I will have more thoughts once we get back to Houston, but at this point, I think we made a great decision to go with Gate 1.Dinah M. Houston, TX
I was very happy with this trip. We had a good group and our tour manager and local guides were all excellent. Food, hotels and activities exceeded my modest expectations.Bob A. Columbus, OH
Our trip was wonderful. The guides were terrific, the sites and experiences were outstanding and the pace of activities was perfect. The tour was extremely well organized and the details and directions throughout were very clear. We especially enjoyed engaging in hands on experiences with residents in some of the countries. In addition to being very informative about the places we were visiting and the life and history in each of the countries we visited, our guides were instrumental in making suggestions and helping us navigate our way around cities on our own leisure time.Elaine C. Stamford, CT
This was our first Gate 1 Tour. We normally travel independently. We had a fabulous time doing the “Gems of South East Asia." We loved the small group (there were only 14 of us) and everyone got along really well. Panya did an outstanding job as our main tour guide. He went out of his way to accommodate everyone’s wishes and was very friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and compassionate. We had two vegans + a vegetarian + a non-fish eater in our group and he made sure everyone’s needs were taken care of at each restaurant. All the local tour guides were awesome too. We hope to use Gate 1 again in the future.Lynda G. San Jose, CA
I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
The trip to Borneo was totally amazing! Our guide, Jerome, did an outstanding job keeping the groups’ attention and interest throughout the whole trip. I enjoyed everything, in particular, the visit to the Mengkak Longhouse and the visit with the native Iban people, the various caves we entered at Mulu National Park, the beautiful Mountain Gardens and orchids we saw in Kinabalu Park, and the visit to Mari Mari village and seeing how the different Sabah tribes lived in the rainforest. The main highlight, however, was the visit to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, and, not to exclude, the playful Sun Bears at their Sanctuary.Kathleen S. Homestead, FL
The trip was so much more than I ever expected. It was nothing but fabulous! Our guide Kyaw was outstanding. He took great care and gave attention to all matters. That was so reassuring and made the trip a secure comfortable experience...What a remarkable man, and Gate 1 is so fortunate to have him working for them. I could go on and on about each fascinating sight, but I would have to write an essay ... Looking forward to discover more of the world with Gate 1. I would urge anyone who ever considered going to Burma, to go. They would be amazed at the great hotels, gentle friendly people, sights to behold, and wonderful food.Phyllis A. Houston, TX
Our trip was so amazing. I cannot even come up with enough words to describe it. This was my first trip with gate 1 and it will NOT be my last. The organization was impeccable from start to finish. I could not believe how smooth everything went and the hotels were amazing. Ray our guide was the best throughout helping with any questions we had with our flights and anything else. I am so impressed with everything.Kelly D. Riverview, FL
We had an excellent time. It was a "life experience" as we didn't know what to expect and were amazed at the poverty but beauty in Myanmar. I wanted to give a shout-out for our guide - Mojo. He was fantastic. He never stopped helping us out and kept things organized. We have been on a few Gate1 trips and in most cases there is a lead and a local guide. Mojo did both. In addition, he also ensured that at restaurants that the staff were informed as to what to do. He told me that the staff at restaurants don't always get the right training, so he took charge and made sure we were taken care of. I just wanted to make sure he was recognized because without him, the trip would not have been as enjoyable. We will definitely keep traveling with Gate1 as this is a great organization and the trips are fantastic!!!Heidi L. Austin, TX
We had a great trip! We had a very good tour manager, very knowledgeable local guides and a great group of people to travel with. We were thrilled at the opportunity to learn about and experience the rich history and culture of the places we visited. We enjoyed the hotels we stayed at, the accommodation at Luang Prabang was particularly impressive. We liked the experience of trying many different kinds of food with the exception of a few dishes. All in all, it was a very memorable trip.Soham D. San Carlos, CA
Burma was all that Kipling wrote about and more. Each day was an adventure, that will be a memory forever. Our guide "MoJo" was a bonus for us all, as his fountain of knowledge, pride in his country, was shared with a warm smile, and contagious laugh. The hotels in Myanmar were each special, and the Lotte will soon become a Grand Hotel like those in Banff & Jasper, Canada. Still recovering from 27 hour flight home...but wonderful memories dance in our heads.Earl M. Minneapolis, MN
It was fantastic! Indonesia is a fascinating country culturally, historically, geographically, gastronomically, and above all in hospitality. Gate 1 exceeded our expectations--our tour director Cika was a 15 on a 1 to 10 scale--what a resource for Indonesian cultural, historic, religious, political, and social/local customs. He takes great pride in his country and in representing Gate 1. Hotel in Ubud sat in the middle of rice patties and was the most beautiful and exotic place I've ever stayed. The group was very culturally diverse which added to the overall experience too. Gate 1 Discovery Tour experience set a new standard of excellence for us and we are hoping to visit Ireland in the Fall with a DT.Sue D. Stockton, CA
One of the best trips ever!!!!! I am planning on returning with my granddaughter. I want to mention our tour manager Mojo who was always on top of everything. I have only praises regarding this magic adventure, thank you Gate 1!Ana H. Coral Gables, FL
Excellent, in both Thailand and, especially, in Myanmar-Burma. Messrs. Mu and Mojo, our tour guides were superb and were great credits to Gate1/Discovery.Robert B. Tucson, AZ
The trip was wonderful, exciting and better than what we expected. You have an outstanding team who took excellent care of us and our fellow group members. We plan to take another Gate 1 trip next year.Ved V. Centennial, CO
It was great. Myanmar was a very interesting country and the Gate 1 tour guide, Parinya, was excellent.Janice L. Oklahoma City, OK
I just returned from the 12 days in Myanmar. It was by far the BEST trip I have ever taken. I have been on 12 foreign travels, 3 with Gate 1 and found the country, our fantastic guide, Kyai, the people, food and accommodations to all be outstanding. Kyai provided a wide range of sights, experiences and knowledge and he went out of his way several times to help one of our group members and to individualize the trip for us . I couldn't ask for a better overall experience and give Kyai much of the credit for our great comfort and care, especially during such a hot time of year. I loved this trip and give it 5 stars; will recommend it to anyone!!Vasantha C. Ventura, CA
The trip was excellent! Every phase of the trip from the airport to transfers and all of the sights, sounds and experiences in between exceeded my expectations. I was particularly impressed with Chan, our tour guide in Myanmar. She went above and beyond to ensure that our journey was an amazing experience. I will be leaving a full rave review within the next day for so. Great job again Gate 1!James J Jr. Pennington, NJ
Barbara, it was wonderful. Gate 1 went the extra mile to make this trip work out so well. They were all super hotels. Super guides, and very will priced (in fact, I don't know how they do it for theamount charged). I think, though, the really impressive thing was that during the days tour, there would be several times when we would need to have the services of another vehicle, or a boat, or some sort of conveyance. Yet, every time we had the additional transportation right there where they said they would be. It was great. There was no waiting, or wondering. The additional transportation was always there waiting for us. And we had a excellent guide. His English was quite good, and he gave us a lot of additional information. So let your people know that this was an excellent trip. Thanks for everything.Sterling L. Salt Lake Cty, UT