Dare off the beaten track in this 13-day Burma trip and you won’t be disappointed: the touch and deep dive into the nature and local life can’t be more sensual.
Your off the beaten track Burma trip starts in Yangon. Be welcomed by your guide and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, take a city tour to get a taste of the old Burmese capital (1862-2005). Visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda covered in 60 tons of gold leaf; the 70-meter-long Reclining Buddha; famous Scott Market and the National Museum with fine collections and rare coins and cultural exhibitions of Burma. At the end the day, stroll through the city center to watch its old colonial buildings and the beautiful park of Kandawgyi Lake, stop on the wooden bridge over the south of lake edge to enjoy sunset view. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Departure for Kyaiktiyo located 200 km south of Yangon, in the Mon state. You will enjoy driving through Burmese countryside and admire the peaceful landscapes. On arrival, you have to take a truck along a winding road (about 1 hour to 1h30) to go to the top and then climb to the Golden Rock by a narrow and winding path used by pilgrims. Situated at 1000 meters, this huge rock is covered with gold and has a small stupa at the top, where the Buddha’s hair relic is enshrined. It is a well-known pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists.
Overnight at the hotel in Kyaiktiyo.
Continue further south to Hpa An, a getaway from famous tourist attractions in Myanmar. Along the way, stop in the villages where you will discover houses with thatched roofs. Visit the caves of Bayinnyi and Kawgoon, outstanding sites the Kayin state. These caves dating from the seventh century have rock walls carved with the image of Buddha. Arrival in Hpa An, take a short walk around the Kantharyar Lake to enjoy the stunning scenery of Zwekabin mountain or get some beer in a riverside restaurant (as your wish).
Overnight at hotel in Hpa An.
Depart for the Karen village of Lakkhana. Meet the people who live in solid wooden houses surrounded by lush vegetation. Visit the cave Sadan, the most impressive in the region with beautiful stalactites and frescoes narrating the previous lives of the Buddha. At the other end of the cave, a mesmerizing landscape unfolds before your eyes: a lake, rice and water lilies. Then pay a visit to Lumbini Garden, which is a magnificent sight with hundreds of Buddhas with golden robes, all identical and perfectly aligned. You will see Kyauk Kalap nearby, a steep rocky outcrop above which stands a strange pagoda in the middle of a lake. After that head up to Mawlamyine and overnight at the hotel.
Visit the lively central market Zyegyi then board a typical local ferry to the island of Bilu Kyun, a fascinating independent island of Mon ethnic which consists of 64 villages connected by rutted tracks, full of adventures. After docking, depart in open truck (tuk-tuk) through lush vegetation and picturesque villages, meeting on the way smiling locals. Stop in a small monastery on the ridge that divides the island into two parts. Continue to the south through some villages specialized in the manufacture of carpets from coconut fibers, carpentry and bricks. Back to the city in the late afternoon. Overnight in Mawlamyine.
Come back to Bago. Originally located at the edge of the eponymous river, Bago was for centuries the capital of the Mon kingdom and has undergone many vicissitudes. Visit the imposing Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its golden stupa, higher than the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, and the large reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha which dates back to the 10th century. Stroll through the streets and discover the weaving workshops. At the end of the afternoon, board the train to Taungoo station. Arrival in Taungoo expected at night.
Transfer to your hotel to spend the night in Taungoo.
Morning depart to join the traditional forest camp near the Karen villages. It takes about 2-3 hour drive (depending on road conditions and the track). Discover working elephants using their legendary strength to pull and move heavy logs on the steep slopes of the forest before putting them in perfect order near a towpath. You can have a ride of about an hour on the backs of elephants through the forest, see them take a bath in small rivers or see the little elephants trained by men of the Karen minority – the true experts of the elephant domestication who start learning from five. Transfer to the Karen village in the forest. Homestay overnight in the village.
Pay an early morning visit the village to understand their way of life of the Karen. Then head up to Bagan through the Central Plains and beautiful villages. You can stop en route to Mount Popa, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, known as the abode of Nats (spirits worshiped in Burma). Upon arrival, climb up 777 steps to the summit of the extinct volcano where a temple is located and enjoy a beautiful view of the region. We can also drop by a farm of toddy palms where you will discover the manufacture of sweets and alcoholic beverages from fruit.
Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day dedicated to discover the mystic beauty of Bagan, the most impressive archaeological site in Asia. About forty kilometers from the left bank of the legendary Irrawaddy River, over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas of all sizes and shapes emerge here and there, out of sight. Visit the site in a horse-drawn carriage, and among others, the famous temples of Ananda and Thatbyinnyu which dominates the other temples of Bagan as well as some important temples of the square. By late afternoon, Shwesandaw Temple is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the grand temples plain. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Welcome this day by a visit to the colorful and lively Nyaung Oo market, which is still very authentic with its wide variety of goods. Then visit of Min Nan Thu and Phwa Saw villages, specialized in making oxcart-wheels and lacquer ware, here you could possibly make some lacquer by yourself as souvenirs for the memorable trip. At the end of the day, boat tour to see sunset.
Back to the hotel at the end of the day.Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Board the morning flight to Heho and transfer by car to Inle Lake. After visiting other tourist attractions in Myanmar, it’s right time to thrill in nature at Inle. Begin to explore the lake, the turquoise watery world of Shan highland by boat. 20 km long, its name means “lake of 4 villages” is home to Intha people whose villages built on stilts rise above the water. You will take part in a boat trip through charming traditional villages and lush floating gardens, soak up the atmosphere as well as explore the authentic life activities of the local including unique way of rowing and techniques of growing early crops (including tomatoes, lettuces, pumpkins). Overnight at the hotel in Inle.
A day dedicated to uncover the hidden beauty of Sagar, the ancient royal city of the Shan ethnic group. Located in the southern part of Inle Lake, this little-known archaeological site was flooded in the middle of the twentieth century. The transfer to Sagar is done by motor boat (6 hours round trip) through small rivers and many lakeside villages, including those of ethnic Shan, Pa-oh and Intha. The city of Sagar is rich in history that was special and made it a sacred place. The remains are nestled in the woodlands around or buried under water: stupas, temples and pagodas are back from the wild, having suffered the ravages of time and vegetation. Overnight in Inle.
Free day for relaxation.
Depending on your schedule, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon and departure flight.
End of your off your 13 days Burma trip break off the path.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$1480||$1695||$2230|