Myanmar is an exciting country to visit, and a trip to Southeast Asia wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s capital city of Yangon is a bustling metropolis that combines all the beauty of traditional Burmese culture with all the conveniences of a modern city. Bagan, to the north, is an incredible scenic region home to over 2,000 temples. Inle lake is a charming area surrounded by floating villages on stilts with picturesque gardens and is home a very unique style of fishing.
Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states. To its south, about one third of Myanmar’s total perimeter of 5,876 km (3,651 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline of 1,930 km (1,200 mi) along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Myanmar is 676,578 square kilometres (261,228 square miles) in size. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city and former capital is Yangon (Rangoon).
Although Myanmar is fresh when it comes to tourism, it rivals its neighbors with beautiful temples (some older than a millenia), hundreds of kilometers of pristine beaches and some of the most welcoming peoples you will ever meet. It will take some time for the country to fully develop their tourism infrastructure, but in the meantime, people that have visited the place have left with a new love for Southeast Asia as Myanmar is still very genuine has not fallen into the tourist traps that other countries around are somewhat infamous for.
This adventure will surely leave you wanting for more of Myanmar. You’ll get to explore some massive and some other very tiny temples; even you’ll get to visit an area that is home to over 2,000 of them. After some temple “hopping” and learning about Burmese culture, you’ll get to trek 60 kilometers over three days in Myanmar’s countryside. See the fields full of life, the animals that roam around there, learn about the local plants and vegetation, stay at a local’s home and experience sleeping inside a monastery. To top it off, we will get to experience a place so serene where villages are floating on the water with its beautiful gardens and local art. If you always wanted to experience a more “off-the-beaten” path location in Southeast Asia, this trip is for you!
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Cindy is a 23-year-old adventurer that loves trekking and rock climbing. She is an amateur photographer and when she guides people on treks around her home state, she loves capturing them while experiencing her homeland. She is still a student and studying to become a social lawyer and one of her dreams is to work for a non-profit organization (NGO). She can speak Burmese, English, Nepali, Hindi, and a bit of French. She has been a guide in Myanmar for over six years.
Christopher is a 26-year-old intrepid traveler that has lived a bit in Colombia and Malaysia. He loves reading books about politics and history in his spare time. He graduated with a Maths degree and just recently he got his International Relations diploma. He has been working as a tour guide in Bagan, Myanmar for over four years. He speaks fluent Burmese, English and some Spanish.
THIS EIGHT-DAY TRIP FEATURES:
After landing at Yangon International Airport, we will explore Shwedagon Pagoda, a 2,500-year-old temple that is the most famous in Myanmar and one of the most famous in the world.
Explore Bagan on an electric scooter and discover some of the most iconic temples out of the thousands in the area.
Explore the local Burmese village life at Minnanthu and surrounding areas.
Experience the art of Burmese lacquarware
Experience a sunset from a boat with drinks and snacks to just…chill!
Experience one of the most beautiful sights in the world: sunrise at Bagan temples with hot-air balloons in the background. Picture perfect.
Want to experience Bagan from the sky? Bagan is one of the regions of the world that offers hot-air balloon rides.
Let us know if you want to do this activity early morning of the 3rd day. We can arrange it. It will costs anything between 300-400$ USD. These the the current internet prices we came across.
Experience the local market and foods and drinks of Myanmar
DAY 4 – 6
Hike for three days (60 kilometers) from Kalaw to Inle Lake and experience Myanmar’s countryside. Cindy, our guide, will teach us about the local plans, the animals that live here, the future and traditions of the locals and much more.
Experience a homestay and life at a monastery for novice monks.
To celebrate the end of the hike, we will bike Red Mountain Vineyard that has a beautiful viewpoint. Drink wine and let your sorrows and pain of the trek fade away.
Explore the many floating villages of Inle Lake on a special boat tour. This area is full of life and culture!
Back to Yangon to fly out of the country and return home. ‘Til next time!
PRICE: 6,000 RMB / 875 USD
*290 USD / 2,000 RMB deposit (included in the price) is required upon signing up. The full payment is to be made by the 10th of September.
In case of a cancellation, the deposit paid is not refundable after the 10th of September, unless a replacement is found.
A MINIMUM of 5 participants is required to organize this trip. Should the trip be cancelled due to a low number of participants, changing weather conditions or other unforeseeable factors, all guests receive a full refund.
MAXIMUM group size: 15 guests
- This allows us to give you a more pleasant and intimate experience.
Accepted payment methods:
Transfer/deposit to Bank of China
A variety of local dishes will be served. Some spicy and some just a bit. There will be plenty of vegetarian dishes as well.
- Breakfasts x6
- Lunch x7
- Dinner x7
***NOTE – Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
Myanmar is still developing so the roads at times can be a reason to be longer on the road.
- Yangon International Airport to Yangon area
- Yangon to Bagan (8 hours)
- Bagan to Kalaw (6 hours)
- Inle Lake to Yangon International Airport (9 hours)
Our guides are local, young and they can speak English (among others) very well.
Myanmar has a special fee of areas in Myanmar. We will cover the entrance fee to the temple area in Yangon, the entire entrance fee of Bagan and the entire entrance fee to Inle Lake.
Most of our accommodation will consist of private rooms (two people per room).
Two of the nights, during the trek, we will sleep at a communal room of a homestay and monastery.
- If you’d like to have a private room (except during the trek) a fee of 120 RMB will apply per day.
If you don’t feel confident driving an electric scooter, you can ride with someone if they say it’s okay.
- Sunset boat ride (drinks and snacks included)
- Boat tour of Inle Lake
Our meeting time is before 15:30 on Yangon’s International Airport on Tuesday, October the 1st.
If you come from other cities other than Guangzhou, please take care this into consideration.
Guangzhou to Yangon DIRECT / Round trip price: 2,138 RMB or 312 USD
Departure going: October 1st at 14:15 / Arrival to Yangon is 15:50
Departure coming: October 8th at 08:40 / Arrival to Guangzhou is 13:15
***NOTE – You are welcome to choose whichever airline is more convenient and cheapest for you. As long as we are all in Yangon International Airport by 15:30
Insurance is obligatory for this trip. You are responsible to adquire your own insurance for the whole length of the trip and send us a proof of it. We recommend “World Nomads” for traveling insurance as we’ve used it before personally and it has great reviews online. But, you are welcome to find your own. Whatever works for you best.
Any foreign national who wishes to enter Myanmar must obtain a visa unless they are a citizen of one of the eligible visa exempt countries.
All visitors to Myanmar must hold a passport valid for 6 months
These are some countries that don’t need a visa to enter Myanmar as tourists. Visas are for 30 days or 14 days:
- Singapore (30 days)
- Hong Kong (30 days)
- Japan (30 days)
- Macao (30 days)
- South Korea (30 days)
- Indonesia (14 days)
- Laos (14 days)
- Philippines (14 days)
These are some countries that with 50 USD can get visa on arrival:
- Australia (starting October 1st, 2019)
- Germany (starting October 1st, 2019)
- Italy (starting October 1st, 2019)
- Spain (starting October 1st, 2019)
- Russia (starting October 1st, 2019)
These are some of the countries that NEED to apply for an eVisa (electronic visa) before arriving to Myanmar. The visa is issued within 3 business days. You are allowed up to 28 days in period of 90 days. The fee is 50 USD.
- ALL Europea Union citizens
- United States of America
This is the official government website to apply for eVisas:
***NOTE – Please double check online if your country has a particular case. The ones mentioned above are just some examples.
Alcoholic beverages and other soft drinks are your responsibility. Water and tea will always be served with the meals.
This is totally up to you. Let us know and we will help you arrange a ride on the 3rd morning.
- 300-400$ USD are the current internet prices for this activity.
14:15 – Flight Departure – Guangzhou’s Baiyun Intl Airport (2,140 RMB roundtrip)
15:50 – Arrival to Yangon, Myanmar (capital city)
17:00 – Visit 2,500 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, most famous in Myanmar and one of the most famous in the world.
19:00 – Dinner at local market.
20:00 – Drive from Yangon to Bagan (8 hours)
04:00 – Arrive to Bagan, check-in to hotel and rest
09:00 – Breakfast
***After breakfast we will be moving in electric scooters. Best way to see Bagan.
10:00 – Viewing tower to see the many pagodas in the area (over 2,000 of them)
11:00 – Shwezigone pagoda
12:00 – Shwegu monastery
12:30 – Ananda temple
13:00 – Dhamangyi temple
14:00 – Lunch break
15:00 – Minnanthu village and surrounding area
16:00 – Sisanagyi temple
17:00 – Lacquarware workshop
18:00 – Sunset from a boat on Bagan’s river
20:00 – Games and drinks back at the hotel
04:30 – wake up
*** After waking up we will be moving around in electric scooters.
05:30 – Sunrise viewing at one of the pagodas
08:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – Local market
12:00 – Lunch break
13:00 – Toddy brew
14:00 – Free time to explore on your own
15:00 – Drive from Bagan to Kalaw (6 hours)
21:00 – Late Nepalese dinner
22:00 – Check in to hotel
***Day 1 of trek
06:00 – Wake up
07:00 – Breakfast
08:00 – Start the hike (Day 1 hike is 21 km long)
*On the way we learn about local plants, agriculture in Myanmar, water buffalos, cows and the way of life of Burmese people.
12:00 – Local lunch on the way
17:00 – Arrival to a homestay
18:00 – Dinner
***Day 2 of trek
07:00 – Wake up
08:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – Start our hike (Day 2 hike is 25 km long)
***Morning we hike 6km and then have a tea break then continue 7km more 13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Swim in the river
15:00 – Climb to a view point then continue hike, then see beautiful
17:30 – Hilly view with sunset
18:00 – Arrival to monastery
***We will sleep here. It’s a wonderful experience learning about the monk novices and their education there. We can play football with the children
19:00 – Dinner
***Day 3 of trek
05:00 – Wake up to the beautiful chant of the novice monks. 07:00 – Breakfast
08:00 – Start our hike (Day 3 hike is 15 km long)
***Beautiful landscape, a little of jungle on the way.
13:00 – Finish our hike, then lunch
14:00 – boat ride to Inle Lake
15:00 – check-in to hotel. Shower and rest.
17:00 – Take bike to viewpoint, Red Mountain
***Drink wine, relax and see sunset.
20:00 – Dinner
08:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – Boat tour
***Boat tour of villages around scenic Inle Lake. Experience long neck women making hand weaving, silver smith, lotus cotton workshop, floating garden, unique style of finishing in Inle Lake, Paungdawoo Pagoda and market.
***We will have lunch in the middle.
17:00 – Arrive back to hotel
18:00 – Drive from Inle Lake to Yangon (9 hours)
04:00 – Arrive to Yangon International Airport
08:00 – Flight Departure to Guangzhou, China
Qs & As
Besides having some cultural activities, this trip also includes a three-day trek. Total kilometers will be about 60 in three days. You will have to carry your backpack. There will be a change to leave anything you don’t want at the van in the beginning so you only carry what you need.
The hike is hilly but definitely not mountainous. Having a good health condition is important though. Make sure you know and understand your body.
- Water is not safe to drink from the tap. Always make sure you buy bottled water. Clean water is one of Myanmar’s biggest problems
- Tourists rarely report that they get sick from eating street food in Myanmar. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen, just not as common as other countries in the area.
***NOTE – Burmese cuisine is mainly an amalgam of cuisines from various regions of Myanmar. It has also been influenced by various cuisines of neighboring China, India and Thailand.
eenagers are allowed to come with at least one parent, younger than that we will have to speak to parents first to know if their children would be interested in all the activities. Parents have complete responsibility of their children, especially for the trek that is challenging.
Becuase this trip is open to anyone internationally, then the flight costs will be very different. Also, you might take direct flights or go in first class if you desire. How much you want to spend on the flight, is totally up to you. What’s important is that you are at Yangon International Airport by 15:30 on October 1st.
Visa costs will depends on which country you are from too. A few countries are free, most countries are 50$ USD either visa on arrival or eVisa. Please check online to see about your country’s requirements to enter Myanmar.
Make sure you bring a backpack. Absolutely no luggages. During our trek you want to be able to hike properly and comfortably.
A few weeks before we will send a list of recommended items to bring along with you.
October is the end of the rainy season so it could rain sporadically. The day temperatures will be about 25 and about 15 at night.
Make sure you bring a poncho, a waterproof jacked and/or an umbrella.