19 Days Myanmar Journey

An easy, intimate journey through mystical lands. Delve into experiences atypical to Myanmar, like a part-train-part-bicycle expedition through the Shan hills or get acquainted with the tattooed villagers of Mrauk U. Venture off the beaten path, learning of this ancient kingdom's unique cultural traditions.

Point of entry:

from USD 6,500 / person

Explore the exciting city of Yangon—the historical landmarks, the Yangon River and the best hidden spots in town.

A short flight away is a village in Mrauk U that maintains a unique tradition of face tattooing on women in the tribe.

Drive to Sittwe and visit the Mahamuni pagoda and Vessali ruins along the way.

Visit the Shan villages in Hsipaw, a town known for its stunning scenery. Then take a 4.5 hour train ride to Pyin Oo Lwin through the beautiful Shan mountains and cross what was once the second highest railway bridge in the world.

Then onto Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar, and the home of some ancient temples—like the famous cracked temple and the Mahamuni pagoda, where the legendary gold Buddha is. Stroll through the quiet village of Amarapura and stop by the U-Bein bridge to taste some Mandalay rum.

After Mandalay is a visit to Yandabo—only accessible by motorbike or boat—where its residents take great pride in their own pottery creations, that also serve as vessels to store water and food.

Journey through the pagoda-studded landscape that surrounds Bagan; a jeep ride will take you to the awe-inspiring temples—climb up to the top of some and be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding lands. If the season fits, take in the sights from 600m above ground in a hot air balloon.

Take an unusual route and bike to Saung Byaung. Hop on and off the train as you wish, biking part of the way and training for the remainder. A unique and exciting way to experience the beauty of the Shan hills.

We drive about 2 hours to Pinlaung where we go on a tour of the wooden palace ruins guided by a local family. We may have the opportunity to pay our respects to the former princess who still lives in the palace compound. Then we start our hike through the Trail of the Ancestors. We meet the long neck women and hear their legends and stories.

Visit the bustling markets at Inle Lake where the local Shan as well as the neighbouring Pa O people congregate. Learn about their trademark goods, like cheroots (Burmese cigars) and their textiles.

Cap off your sojourn well by letting one of the local families host you with a traditional home-cooked meal. ​

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19 Days from USD 6,500 / person
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What's included:

  • Domestic flights (Yangon-Sittwe-Yangon, Yangon-Lashio, Nyaung U-Heho, & Heho-Yangon)
  • Local lodges and 4 to 5-star accommodation (twin sharing), breakfast included
  • Lunches in local restaurants and dinners at Yandabo Home
  • Train ride from Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Private boat ride from Pakkoku to Bagan
  • Ballooning over Bagan or Inle
  • All tours and transfers with personal licensed English-speaking local guides and car with driver
  • All entrance fees

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