Myanmar Adventurous Trekking Tour (10D9N)

 

 

Suitable Months:

October – February

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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Myanmar, the Golden Land of Southeast Asia, has been closed to the outside world for the longest time one can remember.

Access to Myanmar used to be restricted but this has since changed since 2010. Even though this shy beauty has been out of the tourism radar for ages, its centuries-old temples and pagodas and retro towns that seem stuck in a time warp, have propelled Myanmar to be the current darling of the travel set.

Join us in this adventurous trekking tour to check out the hidden secrets of this mysterious land. We will bring you to trek deep into the tribal villages, to see their traditional way of life and to mingle with the local tribes. Take the less-trodden path to discover more about the beauty of Myanmar.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be met by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After a short break in the hotel, the full day sightseeing tour begins at the city centre of Yangon. We will stroll around the colonial buildings before we visit the Botahtaung Pagoda. Botahtaung Pagoda, literally means “1000 military officers” is built around the same time as the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. It is said to house the sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. After which, we will visit Kyauk-htet-gyi Reclining Buddha which is 72m long and 19m high. Next, we will move on to Karaweik Hall, one of the landmarks of Yangon. Its architecture is of a mystical creature and the whole building is glided with gold. After which, we will proceed to China Town to savour the rich array of street food there. Lastly, we will visit Shwedagon Pagoda which is the most famous landmark of Yangon. It is said to be of more than 2,600 years old and is the oldest and most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. All of these are the highlights of Yangon and can easily impress you for your first day in Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: -

 

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (flight)

Today we will fly to Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar. It is now one of the biggest archaeological sites in Asia, with over 2,000 ancient temples and stupas dotted in the plain land. Visit Nyaung Oo market followed by Shwezigon Pagoda where the relic of Buddha is enshrined as well as visit Kyansit Umin and Gubyauk Gyi Temples to see the remaining 12 century mural painting. After which, we will proceed to Htilominlo Temple which is a 3-storey temple beautifully decorated with stucco. Enjoy Bagan’s panoramic view from the temple, followed by a visit to the famous Ananda Temple which is a highly revered temple of Bagan.

After lunch, visit the traditional Lacquer-ware workshop to observe how they make good quality Lacquer products. We will also be visiting Manuhar Temple, where three huge seated Buddha and a reclining Buddha are placed. Next, we will move on to Shwe-gu-gyi Pagoda to catch the best panoramic view of Bagan.

Lastly, we will take a horse cart to Pya-that–gyi Pagoda for beautiful sunset’s view. Overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Bagan – Kanpetlet (car)

After breakfast, drive for about an hour to Chauk, south of Bagan, and cross the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. Continue our 7-hour journey to Kanpetlet which is located on the south eastern side of Mt. Victoria. The drive from Chauk will take us across the vast plains and gentle hills of Magway Division. We will pass on bumpy and dusty roads through the villages and towns of Myit Chay, Kanma and the township of Pauk, where people are still living very isolated from the rest of the world.

Once we reach Saw town, at the foot of Chin Hills, the nature becomes suddenly more lush and green. Continue up the Chin Hills on a winding road and forested slopes until we reach Kanpetlet, a beautiful village set on mountain ridge between deep valleys on both sides. Kanpetlet is the home town of southern Chin tribes of Dai, Yinduu Daa, Upu (Chinpon), and Ng’Ya clans and they are known for their different style facial tattoos. Overnight in Kanpetlet.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Kanpetlet – Ayesakan (car and trek)

After breakfast, drive for about 11 km to the trekking point. Trek for about an hour to explore the Chin tribes with tattooed faces. Then return back to the junction and continue to drive for about 22 km to the Mt Victoria area, which is 1,737 m above sea level, where you can observe the 159 species of bird and exotic flora and fauna.

Lunch will be at Victoria junction and we will stay overnight in a camp in Ayesakan village today. Overnight in Ayesakan.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Ayesakan – Mindet (trek and car)

After 30 minutes from Ayesakan, trek for about an hour to Chin village and have lunch at the village. Continue to trek for 1½ hours along the small river and we will get back to our jeep for a 30-minute drive to Mindet through the magnificent view of the hilly region. Explore the local tribes and their way of life along the way. We will have dinner and stay overnight at local guest house tonight. Overnight in Mindet.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Mindet – Pauk – Bagan (car)

Drive back to Bagan through the Pon Taung and Pon Nyar mountainous region, which is famous for its fossils of animals such as pig, turtle, rhinoceros and etc. These fossils are of 35 to 50 million years old and were discovered by the international team. Have lunch at Pauk and after 2 hours drive from there, we will proceed to cross the Ayeyarwaddy by boat before we reach Bagan. Dinner and overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Bagan – Mt Popa – Maithilar – Kalaw (car)

We will leave Bagan this morning and continue our trip to Kalaw, which is located above 1,300m and has very pleasant weather. It is home to the Danu, Palaung and other Shan hill tribes. Along the way, we will stop by the local palm sugar workshop to see the process of making palm sugar. We will also drive past Popa village where plenty of trees, medicine plants and flowers are grown due to the fertile soil from the volcanic ash. We will be visiting Mt Popa, a volcano of 1,518m above sea level. It is famous for its nearby stunningly picturesque Popa Taung Kalat monastery atop an outcrop. Upon reaching Popa Taung Kalat monastery, take 777 steps to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the Popa region.

We can stop for tea time or lunch in the small town along the way. We will next proceed to Kalaw via Maithilar. Overnight in Kalaw.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Kalaw – Pindaya (trek)

After breakfast start our one day trekking trip to Pindaya Cave where thousands of ancient Buddha are placed. The trail goes through beautiful scenery and on the way, we will visit the villages of Danu, Taung Yoe, and Shan. Our local station guide will introduce us to the villagers and their traditional way of life. Overnight in Pindaya.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 9: Pindaya – Inle (car)

After visiting Pindaya local market, we will continue to Inle via a 2-hour drive. Before we enter the gateway town of Inle Lake, stop at Shweyanpyay monastery which is an impressive Shan monastery with unique oval-shape windows and glass mosaics. After which, we will arrive at the jetty to transfer to our hotel on the lake by motor boat.

After checking in at the hotel, take a quick break before we explore the floating gardens, fishing technique, stilted-house villages, Inn-paw-kone village to visit silk weaving as well as the local small workshops such as cheroot making, black smith, weaving and etc..

We will also visit Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda which is the most venerated pagoda in the Inle region, Next we will visit Ngaphe-chaung Monastery (also known as Jumping Cat Monastery) where the beautiful ancient Shan inspired Buddha shrines are kept. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Inle – Yangon – Departure (flight)

Time flies and we are approaching the end of the tour today. We will transfer to the airport in the morning for our flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit downtown of Yangon and Scott Market for some last minute shopping before our guide sends us off at the Yangon International Airport for our flight back home. The memories of Myanmar will linger on for long for sure.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Visit the oldest and most sacred Buddhist pagoda of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda, in Yangon
  • Be surrounded by over 2,000 ancient temples and stupas in Bagan and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Bagan at Shwe-gu-gyi Pagoda
  • Get up close and personal with the tribal villagers during the trek
  • Watch the incredible leg-rowers row their boats by in Inle Lake

Package Inclusions

  • English speaking local tour guide, local trekking guide and porters
  • All airport transfers by private car
  • All domestic flights (Yangon – Bagan; Inle – Yangon)
  • Transportation for excursions in private air-conditioned car, motor boat
  • Ground transportation for trekking such as jeep, truck and etc.
  • All accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast at 2-3 star hotels
  • All accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with full-board meals and drinking water during trek (trekking house, local guest house)
  • Porter fee at the airports and boat stand
  • Entrance fees to indicated sights
  • Camera fee
  • Permit to travel (Royalty fee)
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Yangon – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fees (SGD95.00; pre-approved visa is recommended)
  • Travel insurance
  • Video Camera Fee
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratitudes for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 602) 0645hrs – 0745hrs

 

Kuala Lumpur to Yangon:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 740): 1005hrs – 1115hrs

 

Yangon to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 743): 1655hrs – 2110hrs

 

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 609): 2250hrs – 2345hrs

 

 

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