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Myanmar Explorer

16 Days

Myanmar Explorer

Yangon - Hsipaw - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay -

Bagan - Pindaya - Inle Lake

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Take 'roads less traveled' between some of Myanmar's most iconic destinations and explore 'off the map' while sleeping comfortably of an evening in boutique lodgings. Start your adventure in a remote outpost near the border with China. Explore by river, rail, road, and flight, as your private guided tour links a diverse and fascinating series of destinations that puts you among the locals for authentic and memorable experiences. This tour of discovery can be made to suit a variety of physical abilities.

 
HOLIDAY TYPE:  Private

DEPARTS: Five times weekly September thru March 

(Other times of the year on application)

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Indulge in your boutique Hsipaw riverside lodging, set alongside a quiet country laneway and in easy walking distance to a quaint village setting.

  • Travel by traditional riverboat to a classic Shan village in the countryside and enjoy a simple, tasty Shan noodle lunch there.

  • Visit what was once the home of the last Shan Prince of Hsipaw and his wife, Austrian born, Ingre Sergeant. (Author of Twighlight over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess).

  • Journey by slow train through picturesque countryside and over the colonial era trestle bridge of Gokteik, transversing a plummeting, rock-faced gorge.

  • Tour the colonial hill-station of Pyin Oo Lwin and visit it's epic National Botanical Gardens.

  • Explore the 3 past royal capitals of Mandalay, Mingun, and Inwa. All close at hand, but historically and architecturally diverse.

  • Visit a remote, riverside pottery village and take a short ride in a traditional long-boat to a welcoming farming community that's home to hundreds of water buffalo.

  • Overnight in a remote, deluxe riverside lodging located halfway between Mandalay and Bagan. Dine in the evening on a marvelous wooden deck overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy River.

  • Discover the ancient pagoda plains of Bagan, Myanmar's 1st Burmese Empire with its beginnings dating back to the 9th Century.

  • Following a short flight, travel to Pindaya and spend your days with your guide exploring the ethnically diverse district of the Danu, the Pa-O and the Shan Peoples. Relax and dine of an evening in a family-run, boutique lodging known as The Farm House.

  • Explore the waterways of Inle Lake. Travel through traditional stilted villages and the floating gardens. Stop along the way at different artisan villages known for their exquisite arts and crafts.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Private Hotel / Airport transfers

  • Domestic flights

  • 15 Breakfasts

  • 1 Lunch (Pindaya Day 2)

  • 2 Dinners (Pindaya)

  • Drinking water

  • Genuine 3 to 4-star accommodation

  • Private and air-conditioned transportation throughout, except when the alternative is stated

  • English speaking, professional guide indigenous to each area of travel

  • Entrance Fees

  • An in-country itinerary manager only a phone call away 24 hours a day

WHAT'S NOT
  • International flights

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Other meals & Drinks

  • Hot air ballooning in Bagan

Located on the railway line between Pyin Oo Lwin and Kyaukme / Hsipaw, the Gokteik Viaduct was constructed to further expand the British Empire’s influence in the region. It was constructed between 1899 and 1901, when it was an engineering feat and the largest trestle bridge of its time. Still today, it is remembered as a marvel of construction, standing over 100 metres high and stretching nearly 700 metres across an extraordinarily deep and picturesque gorge dividing two Shan mountains.

Learn more about the
Gokteik Viaduct