Discover the magic of Myanmar (Burma)!
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Group Size: Avg 12, max 16
Trip code: ATTB
Duration: 14 days
Soak up the blissful serenity of Myanmar on this 14-day group tour. This untouched idyll boasts beautiful temples, staggering natural landscapes, and native tribes who are only just opening up to the modern world. Beginning in Thailand, this shoestring adventure takes in the hill tribe villages of Kengtung, the laid-back life of Lake Inle, and the rich history of Mandalay – all at a price that won’t break the bank! In each stop, you’ll have the chance to take part in optional tours and activities, or just explore the area for yourself, giving you the flexibility to choose what you want to see, and how you want to spend your money!
- Choose from a variety of optional activities in each stunning location and build an adventure to suit your budget
- Trek through tranquil rice paddies and traditional hilltribe villages in Kengtung
- Admire the graceful leg rowers as they catch fish on Lake Inle
- Watch the sun set over Asia’s most important temple and pagoda complex, Thein Taung.
- Enjoy a night of partying in Bangkok to round off your adventure!
Day 1: Chiang Mai. Arrive into Chiang Mai airport at any time. Make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting with your group and guide. Get excited for the adventures that lie ahead!
Day 2: Chiang Mai/Kengtung. Cruise towards the Myanmar border and head towards the town of Kengtung, the gateway to the traditional hill tribes of Myanmar.
Day 3: Kengtung. Drive north through rice fields and Shan villages and pay a visit to the Lahu, Akha, and Ann people. Enjoy a three hour trek along the hills and learn about local customs and traditional dress in hilltribe villages.
Day 4-5: Kengtung/Inle Lake. Jump on a short flight across to tranquil Inle. Get involved in some fantastic optional activities, or take it slow over the next two days. Opt to explore the daily morning market, visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Phe Chaung monastery, or get hands on with an optional cooking class. Alternatively, opt to explore the area by boat or bike.
Day 6: Inle Lake/Bagan. Enjoy a final free day in Inle. Then head west to Bagan on board an overnight bus.
Day 7-8: Bagan. Enjoy a sunrise tour of Thein Taung Pagoda and breakfast at a local community project. The rest of your time here is free to explore. Opt to take a guided tour of the city, and visit the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market and the glistening golden dome of Shwezigon Pagoda. Immerse yourself in Bagan’s rich cultural history as you explore the exquisitely decorated cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, and the towering Htilominlo Temple.
Day 9: Bagan/Mandalay. Time to leave the sweeping green fields of Bagan behind and head north to the hills of Mandalay. Arrive early afternoon and relax at your hotel or head out for some exploration.
Day 10: Mandalay/Yangon. Explore Mandalay at your own pace or join exciting tours and visits in the surrounding area. A highly recommended activity is visiting the beautiful U Bein bridge, the world’s longest and oldest teak bridge. Then get comfy on an overnight bus to Yangon. Bring on the next stunning location!
Days 11-12: Yangon. Explore the electric city streets, swanky rooftop bars, and contemporary shopping districts of the country’s largest city. Authentic culture isn’t far away though - the main roundabout in the city encircles a stunning golden pagoda! Enjoy an inclusive orientation walk with your guide to get your bearings and then head out for some city exploration.
Day 13: Yangon/Bangkok. Take a short flight to Bangkok and then head out into the city to celebrate this fantastic Myanmar tour. Why not hit Khao San Road and soak up the lively carnival atmosphere of this legendary street?
Day 14: Bangkok. It’s time to say goodbye to this epic shoestring adventure in Myanmar! Depart at any time. Return airport transfers are not included but are easily arranged. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
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Arrive into Chiang Mai International Airport, Thailand, on day 1 of the tour. Please arrive in time for a 6pm welcome meeting at your accommodation. Your trip finishes in Bangkok on your end date. You can depart at any time. Please note that airport transfers are not included. Please speak to a travel advisor who can advise you on arranging them.
13 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. 11 nights will be in twin-share basic hotels and 2 nights on a sleeper bus.
9 breakfasts are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great way to make the most out of your travels by soaking up local culture. Myanmar has a delicious traditional cuisine that can be found at very reasonable prices – so eating out won’t break the bank! Your guide will give you recommendations about where and what to eat.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
You will need to obtain an Independent Traveller tourist visa for Myanmar before you travel. These can be easily obtained through the Myanmar Embassy in London. Visas are the responsibility of each individual traveller.
Your passport should remain valid for a minimum of six months after your expected return date.
Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.