Best of Myanmar - 12 Days

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Discover Myanmar, an exotic land of tradition and sacred sites from the awe-inspiring religious monuments of Yangon to evocative Mandalay and its Royal Palace, the spectacular stupa-filled plains of Bagan and heavenly Inle Lake with a few surprises along the way.

Highlights
  • Yangon – Enjoy a tour of the city including the Sule Pagoda, the colossal golden Shwedagon Pagoda and the bustling Bogyoke Market
  • Mingun – See the colossal Mingun Bell and the ruins of the abandoned project, to build the world’s largest pagoda
  • Pindaya – Explore inside the famous Pindaya Caves and marvel at thousands of statues and Buddha images
  • Irrawaddy River – Cruise along the river to Bagan and enjoy breathtaking views as we travel through scenic countryside
  • Mandalay – Discover the sprawling Royal Palace and watch a beautiful sunset from Mandalay Hill
  • Bagan – Gaze at the impressive Mingalarzedi Pagoda and browse the vibrant market in Nyaung-U
  • Kalaw – Trek past rice paddies and tea plantations in the Palaung Hills on our visit to a local village
  • Amarapura – Visit the ancient Mahagandayon Monastery and gaze at the striking U Bein Bridge at sunset
  • Sagaing Hill – Admire wonderful views of the Irrawaddy River and see the colourful Thirty Caves Pagoda
  • Inle Lake – Tour the lake’s stilted villages and floating gardens by boat and then enjoy free time to relax or explore by canoe or bicycle
Age Policy
18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
Destinations
  • Myanmar
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
  • Trekking
Day 1: Yangon

Saturday. Arrive into Myanmar. Included arrival transfer to our hotel where later in the day a Welcome Meeting will be held.

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon city tour including Sule Pagoda and Maha Bandoola Park, the 70 metre-long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya at Chaukhtagyi Pagoda, Yangon Tea House and Bogyoke (Scott) Market, before visiting the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening.

Day 3: Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay and visit the Mahagandayon Monastery in Amarapura, the Royal Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery and a handicraft workshop. Afternoon at leisure before an evening excursion to Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill to enjoy sunset and spectacular views.

Day 4: Mandalay

Today we cruise up the Irrawaddy River to see the world's largest pagoda at Mingun, take in the spectacular views from Sagaing Hill, visit a cottage industry workshop in Amarapura and see visit the famous U Bein Bridge at sunset.

Day 5: Bagan

Today we board an Irrawaddy River Cruiser that will take us south to Bagan. (Note: due to low water levels, from 01 Apr - 01 Sep we fly to Bagan)

Day 6: Bagan

Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Today we enjoy a guided tour of the famed Plains of Bagan, its temples & pagodas.

Day 7: Mt Popa & Colonial Kalaw Hill Station

Today we drive to the popular hill station of Kalaw with a stop en route at the extinct volcano of Mount Popa. Late this afternoon we visit Thein Taung Pay pagoda.

Day 8: Danu Hill Tribe & Pindaya Caves

Today we enjoy a light trek into the Palaung Hills and visit the Danu Hill Tribe. Then we travel on to Pindaya to see the remarkable carved Buddha images in the Pindaya caves.

Day 9-10: Inle Lake

Travelling on to the beautiful Inle Lake, which is famous for the unique rowing techniques of the local fisherman. We tour the lake by boat, taking in floating gardens, stilted villages and stupas, and enjoy free time on day 10.

Day 11: Yangon

Fly to Yangon, where the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city.

Day 12: Yangon

Wednesday. Departure transfer to the airport.

  • Breakfast daily and 2 lunches
  • 10 nights 3-4 star hotels and 1 night simple country cottage
  • 2 economy class flights: Yangon to Mandalay and Heho (Inle Lake) to Yangon
  • Private boat on Inle Lake to explore the floating gardens and villages. Boat trip to Mingun
  • Riverboat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan. Or flight from Mandalay to Bagan for travel 01 Apr - 31 Jul (dates can vary dependent on the weather conditions)
  • Guided sightseeing - Yangon, Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan, Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake
  • Escorted by an English speaking tour guide (for groups of 6 or more) and specialist guides at some sights
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 12
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$80-90pp, paid in USD

Stephen Ranson 27-Mar-2017

Tun was a great help in dealing with Thai Airway when they lost my luggage. He was also an excellent guide with a great knowledge of all things Burmese and a good friend by the end of the tour. I (and the rest of the tour group) couldn’t recommend him highly enough.

Rating: 5/5




Debbie Flintley 03-Nov-2016

What an amazing experience ! Daut was the perfect host, organized, helpful and truly passionate about his homeland. Everyday he surprised us with some authentic local experience whether it was stopping by a family home to sit on the porch and sip tea or taking us to the morning alms in a revered location. The tour offered the ideal balance of sightseeing in the morning and lazy afternoons to head out and explore independently or laze by the pool.

Rating: 5/5




David Brimmer 03-Sep-2016

Hi Caroline. This was yet another great trip. The itinerary, included airport transfers and accommodation was great and the local guides were excellent. This was our 5th time with On the Go!

Rating: 5/5




Damaris Perry 02-May-2015

The 12 day Best of Burma tour was inspirational in terms of the different cultures in the states that we visited, the religious buildings (Buddahs, Temples, Monasteries) and the activities and adventures undertaken. I was so pleased to be able to see this country while it is still developing and progressing after years of repression and before the tourism industry takes it over (5 million tourists expected in 2015). There were only three of us on the tour and we were all over 60 years of age! Being used to a lot of walking and other exercise at home I was able to climb steps and get on and off boats quite easily but the other two ladies in their 70's struggled a bit sometimes particularly with the "light" trekking in Kalaw. However, they were very determined and managed most activities. The organisation of the tour ran smoothly and the first guide who met us at Yangon airport (Win) was helpful and informative when we were seeing various sights in the city. He also gave us quite a lot of information about Buddism in order that we could understand the reasons for so many archeological religious buildings. The guide who met us at Mandalay was also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and various stupas and temples. He noticed that the two older ladies needed help at times and was very helpful in getting them on and off boats. The 11 hour boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan was very pleasant but too long and I think the concensus of opinion was that we would have rather have flown to Bagan and had more time for further sightseeing. The food on board was not very good and stomach upsets ensued! We were met by our Bagan guide (whose name escapes me!) who was probably the most knowledgeable and helpful of all our guides. He took particular care to help the two older ladies in Kawlaw and when they decided not to attempt the steps at Mt Popa temple, he ensured that they were well looked after by the bus driver. He had a good sense of humour and kept us all cheerful. We were very sad to say goodbye to him at the jetty of Inle Lake but was then looked after by yet another guide (Sai) for the day. He gave us information of the Lake and accompanied us to the restaurant, a monastery and silk making factory before taking us to our water world hotel. At the end of our stay at Inle Lake, we were met by a Columbus driver who took us to Heho Airport for the return journey to Yangon. Cost wise the tour was fairly expensive compared to the Vietnam/Cambodia tour as there were no meals included (apart from breakfast) and there were 5 guides to tip!! However, I appreciate that it is early days for tourism and that hotel costs may still be expensive. We were asked by OntheGo to take USD as there were no ATM's in the country but this was not correct in our experience. The restaurants/hotels were quite fussy about the state of the dollar bills and I had some refused on one or two occasions. Luckily I had no money stolen on this tour but there was an attempt to cut the strap of my shoulder bag whilst we were at the Indein market at Inle Lake which I discovered when getting back into the boat. Altogether I loved this country and would return for a further tour should the north and western areas be more accessable in the future.

Rating: 4/5



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