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Myanmar Make A Difference

Tailor Made Itinerary

15 Days From $4,053

Overview

Make a real difference in one of the world’s most visually stunning destinations. Once described by Rudyard Kipling as a place ‘quite unlike any...you know about’, Myanmar is an enigmatic and photogenic gem, filled with golden temples, mist-shrouded jungles and a colourful cultural heritage that has changed little in generations.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the real Myanmar, with locally organised tours and visits
  • Enjoy an ecologically friendly adventure by train, boat and bicycle
  • Explore the historic and cultural delights of Yangon, Bagan and Kalaw
  • Experience the sublime natural beauty of Lake Inle and the Shan Plateau
  • Have a real chance to give something back by supporting local community initiatives
  • Soak up the amazing local hospitality and sample Myanmar’s culinary delights

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MANDALAY

DAY 1: ARRIVE MANDALAY

Your journey begins in Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Set on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River, the city is considered the cultural heart of the country and on arrival you will have some time to relax, before heading out on a personal motorbike tour of the city. In the company of locals, you'll visit the Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda, before experiencing the colour and cuisine of this engaging city amongst the beer stations and night markets of its bustling downtown.

Mandalay Hill Resort
Dinner

DAY 2: MANDALAY

DAY 2: MANDALAY

A day filled with local colour and interaction starts early, with a breakfast of Mandalay Monti (rice noodles). A lively and scenic train ride then takes you through a landscape filled with rolling hills, captivating villages and stone carving workshops, before you return to the hotel for a rest. This afternoon then sees you heading out again, to absorb the life and landscapes around the ancient royal capital of Amarapura, home to the world's longest teak bridge.

Mandalay Hill Resort
Breakfast

DAY 3: MANDALAY - MOUNT POPA

DAY 3: MANDALAY - MOUNT POPA

A morning visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda provides a chance to see one of the country's most revered Buddha images, before departing for the venerated mountain landscapes of Mount Popa National Park. Making the journey by road is not only more ecologically friendly than the usual flight option, but also provides an opportunity to enjoy more of the serene Burmese landscapes, as well as contribute to the important work being done by the Burmese Star Tortoise Conservation Centre, which you will visit along the way.

Popa Garden Resort
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: MOUNT POPA - SALAY - MAGYEEKAN VILLAGE

DAY 4: MOUNT POPA - SALAY - MAGYEEKAN VILLAGE

Following breakfast, you take the short trip out to the Taung Kalat volcanic plug, home to the spiritual Nats of Burmese mythology, where there is the option to take the 777 steps to its summit. Departing for the colonial grace of Salay House you'll then take lunch beside the banks of the Irrawaddy River, before a short walking tour around Salay's exquisite monasteries. The nearby village of Magyeekan then provides a unique opportunity to enjoy some traditional Burmese hospitality arranged through a community-based enterprise.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MAGYEEKAN VILLAGE - BAGAN

DAY 5: MAGYEEKAN VILLAGE - BAGAN

Soak up the authentic atmosphere of rural life with a morning stroll through the village before departing for Bagan. A visit to the golden stupa of the Shwezigon Pagoda and the exquisite mural paintings of the Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi cave temple will then be followed by lunch at the unique Sanon restaurant, a vocational training enterprise set up to help disadvantaged youths. This afternoon you'll then visit some of Myanmar's famous lacquerware workshops and enjoy the architectural majesty of Ananda, one of Bagan's most beautiful temples.

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: BAGAN

DAY 6: BAGAN

A short boat ride across the river this morning brings you to the island of Kyun Thiri, the setting for a traditional cookery lesson under the guidance of a local expert. Benefitting the local community, it is a chance to savour some unique tastes and flavours of local life, before returning to Bagan to enjoy a bike ride around the temples. Cycling is the perfect combination of eco-friendly transport and relaxed sightseeing. Discover some of the lesser-known and less visited sites around this vast and ancient city.

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: BAGAN - HEHO - ELEPHANT CAMP - KALAW

DAY 7: BAGAN - HEHO - ELEPHANT CAMP - KALAW

Departing for the flight to Heho this morning, on arrival you will be driven on to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp in Magwe Village. A conservation project set up as a refuge for mistreated elephants, your visit begins with a brief introduction to the background of the camp before lunch. The afternoon has then been set aside for you to interact with the elephants in a very real way, with chances for feeding and bathing them before a late afternoon departure for Kalaw.

The Hotel - Kalaw Hill Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: KALAW - INLE LAKE

DAY 8: KALAW - INLE LAKE

Set amongst the rolling hills of the Shan Plateau, the picturesque old hill station at Kalaw lies some 1300 metres above sea level, amongst some of the finest trekking country anywhere in Myanmar. Surrounded by Palaung, Danu and Pao tribal villages, it provides the starting point for a stunning hike to the village of Pein Ne Bin, where you'll enjoy lunch amongst the local communities before continuing by road on to the famous waters of Inle Lake, without doubt one of Myanmar's most breathtaking natural treasures.

Villa Inle Resort
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: INLE LAKE: YWAMA AND INDEIN

DAY 9: INLE LAKE: YWAMA AND INDEIN

A chance to immerse yourself in the daily rituals of life on the lake, today begins with a motorboat ride across to the lakeside village of Ywama. From here you will then set off in a traditional canoe in the company of a local guide, enjoying a fascinating insight into the customs and traditions of the Intha people. After lunch at a local restaurant this afternoon then sees you heading for the village of Indein, where you can stroll amongst the captivating countryside of Alaung Sithu.

Villa Inle Resort
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: INDEIN - SAGAR

DAY 10: INDEIN - SAGAR

Along the southern shores of Inle Lake lies Phayartaung, nestling beside the gentle waters of Lake Sagar. In the company of a local representative of the community, the adventure takes you next on to the iconic 'sunken' stupas of Sagar. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains you'll enjoy a captivating boat ride out to the Thar Kaung Pagoda, stop for lunch in Sagar village and then head on to the Inle Sanctuary, a community-supported eco-lodge providing jobs and income for local people.

Inle Sanctuary Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: SAGAR - HPE KHONE - LOIKAW

DAY 11: SAGAR - HPE KHONE - LOIKAW

After enjoying a leisurely morning, you then continue further down the lake, to the town of Phekon. From here you continue by road to Loikaw, the remote and sleepy capital of Kayah State. Arriving in time for lunch you'll then enjoy a chance to relax, before setting off late this afternoon to visit the Taung Kwe Pagoda and enjoy the spectacular views from the top of one of the region's most revered landmarks.

Keinnara Loikaw
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: LOIKAW

DAY 12: LOIKAW

Blanketed in colourful crops, tea plantations and fields of rice, this region is home to a number of distinctive tribal cultures, the most famous of which are the Paduang, or “long-neck” people. Today's visit to the Paduang village of Pan Pet has been organised in collaboration with the local community, to ensure an authentic visit that benefits all. You will also visit colourful local markets, stroll through the villages and enjoy a private evening boat cruise along the Bilu River through the heart of Loikaw.

Keinnara Loikaw
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: LOIKAW - YANGON

DAY 13: LOIKAW - YANGON

A morning flight to Yangon sees you enjoying the delights of Myanmar's historic and vibrant capital today. Heading into the heart of Yangon's bustling downtown this afternoon you'll enjoy a walk amongst its colonial buildings and historic monuments, before continuing on to the gilded splendour of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The most revered temple in Myanmar, it provides the perfect setting for a sunset visit. From here you will then board pedal-powered trishaws for an unforgettable and locally operated culinary tour through the bustling backstreets of Yangon.

Rose Garden Hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14: YANGON

DAY 14: YANGON

Today's private tour begins with a riverboat cruise along the Yangon River to Twante. Taking around two hours, the boat negotiates the network of small canals that radiate from the city, providing an insight into river-life around the capital. Disembarking the boat and continuing by road, your next stop is the village of Kyaitthalae, where you will learn about the supportive community projects that protect and preserve local cultures and traditions. After a final visit to the Twante pottery kiln you'll then return to Yangon by road.

Rose Garden Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15: DEPART YANGON

DAY 15: DEPART YANGON

Depart for the airport this morning for your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

MYANMAR MAKE A DIFFERENCE (15 DAYS) $4,053

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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