Small group tours to Burma
Myanmar
Ancient Passages

From the colonial streets of Yangon and the artisan districts of Mandalay, to the ancient capital of Bagan and the placid waters of Inle Lake, discover a land steeped in a rich cultural and natural heritage.

Myanmar Trip Overview

Myanmar is a mystical land, a country steeped in ancient traditions and full of mesmerizing landscapes. From its northern Himalayan border with Tibet, the thick teak clad hills of the Golden Triangle, along into the plains of Mandalay, and down into the Arrawaddy delta and hundreds of scattered, tropical islands of the Andaman sea, the visitor cannot fail to delight in the marvel that is Myanmar, and all the wonders it has to offer. The country is swathed in history and culture, overflowing with old-world charm and a way of life rapidly disappearing in the rest of the world today. Our Ancient Passages trip offers the traveler the opportunity to explore this colorful and diverse country, and discover its rich cultural heritage, while interacting with local villagers, monks, nuns, artisans, and traders along the way. You will undoubtedly leave feeling touched by the gracious hospitality of the people, and awed by the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture that comprise Myanmar.

Myanmar Tour Itinerary At a Glance

Myanmar tour map with Boundless JourneysDAY 1:Meet in Yangon, Myanmar and explore the colonial city, including Shwedagon Pagoda and Scott Market.

DAY 2: Take a mid-morning flight to Mandalay, the artistic and cultural center of Myanmar and explore the artisan districts and the picturesque U-Bein Bridge.

DAYS 3-4:Take a morning stroll up Mandalay Hill and visit the jade market; embark on a cruise down the Irraawady River. Enjoy excursions to ancient sites, and fishing and pottery villages.

DAYS 5-6:Conclude river cruise at the ancient capital of Bagan, home of thousands to 12th-century temples. Explore the markets and villages of Old Bagan by foot, bicycle, or horse and carriage (the choice is yours!). Take an optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the ancient city.

DAYS 7-8:Transfer to Kalaw, a small hill station founded by the British as a summer retreat during colonial times. Embark on an excursion to Green Hill Valley, an elephant camp and re-forestation initiative. Mid-morning of Day 8 transfer to Inle lake, a hidden gem and idyllic retreat from the pace of modern-day life. Take an evening boat ride and soak in the general ambience of the lake.

DAYS 9-11:Venture by boat to some of the least explored areas of Inle Lake, dramatized by the green mountains of the Shan Plateau. Marvel at the iconic leg rowers, while meandering through the intricate passageways of floating gardens.

THE BOUNDLESS JOURNEYS ADVANTAGE

  • A passion for travel. Simply put, we love to travel, and that is woven into every one of our journeys.
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  • Flexibility to suit your travel style. We offer both small-group departures and Private Collection trips.
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Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
 
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Group Size

4-16 guests

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Easy cultural touring and walking.

Meeting Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Departure Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport for Arrival:
Yangon International Airport, Yangon, Myanmar (airport code RGN)

Meeting Time and Place:
Yangon International Airport, upon the arrival of your international flight by 12 noon on Day 1 of the tour.

Most Convenient Airport for Departure:
Yangon International Airport, Yangon, Myanmar (airport code RGN)

Departure Time and Place:
Following lunch on the final day of your tour you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Typical Trip Rating
Boundless Journeys trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Myanmar: Ancient Passages is rated 1+, easy with some moderate options on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks on this trip are day walks with some vehicle support. Much of the walking will be on flat terrain, in and around villages, towns and temples, 1-4 hours per day, broken up by rest and meals.

Preparing for this Trip

It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more well-prepared you are for the activities on this trip, the more you will enjoy yourself! Please engage in moderate aerobic activities (walking, jogging, cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program.

Weather
During our trip, you will likely experience a range of weather conditions, as various locations fall within different climatic zones. While in Yangon we experience the hottest temperatures and during the spring it can be hazy in the mornings and evenings. Mandalay and Bagan are both quite hot and dry during the fall and spring months, and Inle Lake and Kalaw will be quite a bit cooler as you will be higher in elevation.

The following are average temperatures in Yangon:

October: High 88F to Low 77F
November: High 89F to Low 73F
February: High 94F to Low 67F
March: High 97F to Low 71F

The following are average temperatures in Mandalay and Bagan:

October: High 89F to Low 75F
November: High 85F to Low 68F
February: High 88F to Low 60F
March: High 96F to Low 68F

The following are average temperatures in Heho (Inle and Kalaw):

October: High 75F to Low 61F
November: High 74F to Low 52F
February: High 76F to Low 47F
March: High 81F to Low 52F

You can obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.

When to Go
The cooler dry season lasts from October to early March. In October and November, you'll be arriving just after the rainy season, having the benefit of being there for the newly greened trees and rice paddies, as well as the much clearer air quality that can be expected at this time of year. The hot and dry summer begins in mid-March and lasts through most of May. The rainy season begins in June and lasts through most of September. However, it is possible to have some rain at any time of year.

When to Reserve
It is important to reserve your trip early, as Myanmar is an up and coming destination and facilities in Myanmar are in high demand. Hotels tend to fill up six months to a year in advance, and therefore to secure the appropriate accommodations, we highly reccomend at least six months advance booking.

Myanmar Tour Accommodations

Overview: Our boutique, 5-star hotels are well-located, authentic and embody the rich heritage of Myanmar. Two nights will be on a deluxe cruise boat along the Irrawaddy River. All with private baths and all the necessary amenities.

Night 1: The Strand Hotel
Yangon, Myanmar


Strand Hotel Yangon Myanmar Burma Boundless JourneysFor a night you may feel like the nobility that once frequented this grand, Victorian-style colonial building built in 1901. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Yangon, the Strand features high ceilings, a marble floor lobby, and the rooms are tastefully decorated with Burmese textile, handicrafts and teakwood floors.

Night 2: Rupar Mandalar
Mandalay, Myanmar

Rupar Mandalar Mandalay Myanmar Burma Boundless Journeys

A retreat from the bustling center of Mandalay city, Rupar Mandalar is a gracious boutique hotel, blending traditional dcor and a touch of elegance, with all of the necessary modern amenities, including a swimming pool and landscaped gardens.

Nights 3 & 4: RV Paukan
Boutique cruise boat, Irrawaddy River


RV Pakuam Irrawaddy River Cruise Boat with Boundless JourneysThe Paukan cruise boats of the Ayravata cruise company are boutique hotels on the water, full of character and charm. The original one was built in Scotland, infusing an old-world ambience with traditional Myanmar architectural style and motifs. There is sundeck and bar, as well as a full-service restaurant featuring authentic Burmese cuisine.

Nights 5 & 6: Tharabar Gate Hotel
Old
Bagan, Myanmar

Tharabar Gate Hotel Old Bagan, MyanmarThis resort is situated at Tharabar Gate, the main entrance to the Old City of Bagan and within walking distance of the ancient pagodas and temples that comprise the archeological site. The rooms are decorated in traditional Burmese style, and the grounds have beautifully landscaped gardens. It is a welcome retreat with a fabulous spa and all of the necessary modern amenities.

Night 7: Amara Mountain Resort
Kalaw, Myanmar


Amara Resort Kalaw Myanmar Burma with Boundless JourneysThis is an intimate resort, with only ten rooms that are individually decorated in a fusion of Asian and European styles, and is situated in the unique and refreshing hill-station of Kalaw.


Nights 8, 9, & 10: Inle Princess Resort
Inle Lake, Myanmar


Inle Princess Resort Inle Lake, Myanmar with Boundless JourneysInle Princess Resort is situated on the northeastern side of Inle Lake next to Magyizin Village in a tranquil setting. It is decorated in the traditional Shan and Intha style and equipped with a bar, restaurant, and verandah to enjoy an evening cocktail while overlooking the lake and mountains beyond. At Inle Princess, you are graced with excellent hospitality, while having the opportunity to slow down.

Myanmar Trip Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrival in Yangon, Myanmar; Walking tour of city and visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

Walking easy, 1-2 hours.

Upon arrival of our international flight into Yangon, we settle into our historic hotel situated in the colonial district of the city before venturing out for lunch at one of our favorite authentic Burmese restaurants introducing us to authentic Burmese cuisine. Following lunch, we explore the city by foot, winding our way through the colonial streets, stopping by the famous Scott Market, and if time allows, visiting Kandawgyi Lake and the impressive Sule Pagoda, a 230 ft statue of a reclining Buddha. 
 
Following a respite from the heat, we set out during the cool evening hours to visit the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda, the dazzling ancient golden dome situated on a hillside above Yangon, an important pilgrimage center for people throughout all of Myanmar. We will then get a flavor for Yangonite life as we join locals in a night street market famous for its barbeque stalls. Perhaps we will sample some Burmese snacks, along with local Myanmar beer. 
 
Upon returning to our hotel, we are welcomed to Myanmar while enjoying a flavorful dinner at the Strand Cafe.
The Strand Hotel, Yangon


DAY 2
Transfer to Mandalay; Visit Amarapura and U-Bien Bridge; Watch artisans at work

Walking – easy, 1-2 hours.

After breakfast, we depart for a short flight to Mandalay, the artistic and cultural center of Myanmar. En route to the center of Mandalay, we stop in Amarapura, a tranquil village situated on Taungthaman Lake.  Here, there will be time to stretch our legs and venture across the picturesque U-Bein Bridge, the world’s largest teak footbridge, while mingling with villagers and monks as they make their daily commute. We may also pay a visit to Mahagandayon Monastery, or simply explore the surrounding countryside and take in the daily scene of rural life in this ancient capital.
 
Following lunch, sampling more flavors of Burmese cuisine, we have the chance to wander through the narrow streets of Mandalay’s artisan districts, learning about the work of marble stonecutters, gold leaf beaters, and tapestry makers. If time allows, we can visit the colorful flower market of Mandalay, where we walk by vendors selling flowers grown throughout the region. 
 
After a full day, we enjoy our boutique resort, where a traditional spa treatment comes highly recommended (at an additional expense). Dinner tonight will be on your own.
Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay


DAY 3
Mandalay Hill; Visit the vegetable and jade markets; Embark on Irrawaddy River cruise

Walking easy, 1 – 2 hours.
Crusing – 2 – 3 hours.

In the cool morning air, we walk up Mandalay Hill and get great views over the plains of Mandalay and the Irrawaddy River Valley. Afterwards, we venture to the city center and visit the lively open-air vegetable market. Here, we mingle with the many vendors who come from throughout central Myanmar to sell their produce and wares. 
 
Next, we visit the jade market and learn about this vibrant trade that is a mainstay of the Myanmar economy. If time allows, we replenish with a late morning snack in a teashop, a daily local custom of social gathering, before we embark on the RV Paukan for a two-day river cruise down the Irrawaddy River. 
 
Following lunch on the boat and a mid-day cruise, we visit Mingun Pagoda, an imposing ancient temple complex along the shores of the Irrawaddy. Upon returning to our boat, we enjoy the sunset on the upper deck, followed by a delicious dinner featuring local delicacies. When available, the Mandalay Arts School will put on a dance and drama performance under a starry sky, while we are moored along a sandbank for the evening. 
RV Paukan, Irrawaddy River Cruise


DAY 4
Irrawaddy River Cruise

Crusing – 5 – 6 hours.

Lose all sense of time as we cruise downstream today, admiring the natural beauty of the river and the life on its banks. The mighty Irrawaddy River holds mythical significance to the people of Myanmar, serving as a main transport route and livelihood for the many settlements along the shore. Watch fisherman ply the waters, cargo boats navigate the river as they transport raw goods, farmers tend to their fields, and children playing along the shores. 

By mid-morning we explore Saiging, a magnificent complex of pagodas scattered throughout the hillsides. Climbing one of these sacred hills we are rewarded with views of the surrounding countryside and Irrawady river valley. Upon our return, we visit a nunnery, providing us with insight into the nuns daily lives. 

During our midday cruise, we enjoy lunch and time for rest and relaxation on the sundeck. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Yandabo, a pottery village specializing in pot making, a trade passed down through the generations. We see the entire village working together as we wander the pathways connecting their households, and observe the various steps in the process of pot-making. We conclude the excursion with a visit to the local school. 
 
Returning to our boat, we enjoy a sunset cruise to the village of Shwe Nann Tint, our home for the night.
RV Paukan, Shwe Nann Tint


DAY 5
Morning cruise and then disembark at Bagan; Walking tour of temples
Walking – easy, 1 – 2 hours.
Crusing – 2 – 3 hours.

In the early morning light as we navigate downstream towards the ancient capital of Bagan, we begin to see the silhouettes of 12th-century temples appear in the distance. Entering the port of Bagan by boat is an unforgettable experience and provides us with a unique perspective of this once vibrant center of Bamar culture. The founder of Bagan was a Bamar king who was the first to unite the diverse ethnic groups and regions of Myanmar into one powerful kingdom, spurring a building frenzy spanning more than two centuries. Successive Bamar kings left their mark by constructing over 4,000 temples, asserting their influence over the newly established kingdom.
 
Upon disembarking from our boat, we are welcomed by our Boundless Journeys guide who takes us to the ancient temple complex of Old Bagan for an impressive presentation of the history of this region, delivered by an Archaeological expert. 

Following lunch at a local restaurant, and an afternoon rest, we venture out from our hotel to explore the dirt paths that interconnect the maze of temples comprising Old Bagan (there is the  option to either walk or go by horse and carriage). One of the highlights is Ananda Temple, built in 1090 AD, and the best-preserved temple in Bagan. Four golden Buddha statues mark each entrance facing each of the four directions, and the interior walls are decorated with frescoes depicting Burmese life from the 11th to the 13th centuries. 
 
We conclude our excursion by ascending one of the temples to get a view of the ancient city as the sun sets over the plains of Bagan. Tonight you may enjoy dinner at our hotel, or venture out to a local restaurant in Old Bagan.
Tharabar Gate Hotel, Old Bagan


DAY 6
Optional sunrise hot air balloon ride; Visit to Nyaung U Market and lacquerware workshop

Walking – easy, 1 – 2 hours.

During the pre-dawn hours there is the option to rise above Old Bagan in a hot air balloon, getting a unique and unforgettable perspective of the thousand-year-old pagodas spread throughout the landscape and experiencing the magic that has drawn visitors here for centuries (at an additional expense).
 
After breakfast, we venture to the Nyaung U Market and see where locals come to sell and trade their goods. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the vendors, sampling and learning about various local foods, and buying several items to donate to monks living in a nearby Monastery. Our lunch today will be at the monastery (please note that traditions do not permit us to have lunch with the monks), where we can enjoy the intimacy and tranquility of monastic life.
 
On our way back to our hotel, we visit a lacquerware workshop, where local artisans demonstrate the involved and intricate process of applying lacquer to objects such as bowls, tea pots, and trays. This afternoon, we have the opportunity to relax at our resort, or you can opt for some independent exploration. 
 
In the early evening hours, we may choose to enjoy the temples of Bagan one last time by walking or cycling the dirt pathways to a quiet and lesser-known temple area of Minnanthu. Here we sample some local Pinot Noir and snacks. Dinner tonight will be on your own. 
Tharabar Gate Hotel, Old Bagan


DAY 7
Transfer to Kalaw, hill station; Excursion to Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp

Walking – moderate, 2–3 hours on dirt trails.
Driving 
2-2.5 hours.

Early this morning we depart for Shan State situated in Eastern Myanmar, home to diverse hill tribes, forested hillsides, and Inle Lake, known for its villages of stilt-houses, floating gardens, and fishermen who row their long wooden boats by leg. Upon arrival to Heho airport, we feel the cool, crisp air of the higher elevation (3,858’). Today our destination is Kalaw (4,265’), a small hill station founded by the British during colonial times as a summer home for civil servants escaping the heat of the plains. As we wind our way up the forested hillsides by private car, we are afforded excellent views over Inle Lake, shimmering in the valley below. 
 
Just outside of Kalaw, we lace up our walking shoes and prepare for a unique excursion to Green Hill Valley, an elephant camp and reforestation initiative. Our walk is led by a local trekking guide, beginning at a hamlet of the Palaung tribe, and takes us by some farmers’ fields, and then mostly downhill through a forested landscape. After about an hour and a half of hiking, we are met by our elephants and companions for the day as we approach the 150-acre private preserve focused on protecting the local ecology, elephants, and traditions of the indigenous people. 
 
We learn about the Mahouts trade of elephant-caretaking passed down through the generations, as we bathe the elephants in water holes and take a turn at feeding and riding the elephants. Our lunch is prepared in a traditional style by the camp staff, and we enjoy our meal as we overlook the surrounding preserve and village below.
 
After lunch, we can plant a tree from the elephant camps’ nursery to make our small contribution to the initiative of reforestation in the area. If the local school is in session and time allows, we may visit with the students before making our way back to Kalaw. This school was funded and built by the founders of the elephant camp as a way for them to give back to the local community.
Amara Mountain Resort, Kalaw


DAY 8
Morning Kalaw exploration; Transfer to Inle Lake and afternoon boat excursion

Walking – easy, 1 hour.
Driving 
– 1.5 hours.

Today, we enjoy a leisurely morning walking tour of Kalaw with a visit to the local market, where every five days it swells with farmers from the surrounding hill tribe villages, making the long, in some cases multi-day journey, to sell their produce and purchase necessary goods. 
 
By mid-morning we depart by private car to Inle Lake, a hidden gem and one of those places you do not want to tell a soul about in order to maintain its charm and character. Set in the hills of the southern Shan State in the east of Myanmar, near the border with China, Laos and Thailand, this promises to be an unforgettable and peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of modern day life. 
 
Our first introduction to the lake is a visit to Sae Ma Village. Here we have the opportunity to interact with Shan villagers and visit the primary school, before enjoying a home-made lunch served in a local house. We receive a basic cooking demonstration to learn about the some of the secrets involved in traditional Burmese cooking.

Afterwards, we can paddle our own canoe (with a Burmese boatman) through some of the smaller passageways of Sae Ma village. We visit the intricate mosaic of floating vegetable gardens, learning the unique way in which the Intha people grow their food hydroponically. Eventually, we make our way across the lake to the eastern shore where our hotel is located, a tranquil setting for the next three nights. 
Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake


DAY 9
Inle Lake Exploration to Inthein pagodas; Hiking to Kya Ton village

Walking – Moderate, 3 hours on foot paths and trails.

Our morning excursion takes us across the lake, observing fisherman hard at work during the golden, early morning light. Fishing is done by means of a conical trap containing a net that the fisherman thrusts to the bottom of the lake when he sees movement. All this is done while the fisherman perches precariously on the boat’s stern with one foot, while twisting the other leg around a long oar to propel the boat. Crossing the lake, we make our way up a long, winding canal to the hidden village of Inthein, home to a complex of other-worldly old pagodas. 
 
From Inthein, we set out on our trek, ascending a path that leads to the ridge line above Inle Lake, enjoying the views across the valley to the Shan mountains. After approximately two hours of hiking, we reach the village of Kya Ton, home of Pa’O people. The villagers of Kya Ton are farmers and specialize in crafts such as bronze-casting and wood carving.  We explore the surrounding fields where they grow chili, garlic, ground-nut, wheat, sesame, and tomatoes, before visiting a local home to enjoy a traditional lunch. 
 
Following lunch we say farewell to the villagers of Kya Ton and make our way back to our boat. On our return across the lake, we visit a silk weaving workshop, where a women’s cooperative extracts silk from the stem of the lotus flower for weaving. At our hotel this evening, we can take advantage of the tranquil setting and perhaps enjoy the marvelous spa, employing traditional Shan methods of healing and relaxation (at an additional expense).
Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake


DAY 10
Morning hike to Forest Monastary; Afternoon wine tasting at a local vineyard

Walking – Easy, 1-2 hours on dirt roads.

This morning we take a very short drive (biking is optional from the hotel) to the nearest village of Min Thuk. From here, we set out on a leisurely walk along a dirt road that leads up a hill to the Forest Monastery, a meditation retreat for monks, affording us excellent views over Inle lake. Upon our return to Min Thuk, we may have the chance to visit a local orphanage (if in session), and a sugar cane factory along the route.  Afterwards, we make our way to the bustling market town of Nuang-U for a traditional, Shan-style lunch. 
 
Following lunch, we may visit the Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery on our way to the Red Mountain Winery for a tour and tasting. The winery is in an idyllic location above Inle Lake and a perfect spot to unwind and reflect upon our journey.  If we are feeling active, we can choose to bike back to our hotel, where we freshen up for our farewell dinner. On our final evening we soak up the ambience of the crystalline waters and lush green hills one last time over some delicious Burmese cuisine. 
Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake


DAY 11
Morning transfer to Yangon; City excursion and handicrafts shopping; International departure

This morning we depart Inle Lake and take an early morning flight back to Yangon. If time allows, we may visit some final sights or perhaps do some last-minute shopping at one of the lively city markets selling handicrafts made from throughout Myanmar. Our final lunch is at a local restaurant where they grow organic vegetables and produce their own artisan cheese. After lunch, we return to the airport for our international departures (please note that you should book your flights to depart in the evening).

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.
 

Trip Length

11 days

Trip Dates

Upcoming Trips:

  • Oct 06–16, 2014

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2014 Land Cost

$5995 per person

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Single Supplements: (Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.)

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.

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Yangon to Mandalay; Bagan to Heho; Heho to Yangon

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Myanmar Tour guide - Ohnmar Htun - Boundless JourneysOhnmar Htun: Ohnmar was born in a small village on tranquil Inle Lake, located in Shan state, a beautiful mountainous region in Eastern Myanmar. She is a part of a big Intha family, which is the main tribe that comprises Shan state. Upon completing her university degree, she decided it was time to learn more about the world, and that there was no better way than through becoming a guide. Ohnmar now lives in Yangon with her husband and son. She is eager to show visitors her native country, and is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in Enlgish, as well as a very personable and fun travelling companion.

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Exploring the artisan districts of Mandalay, the cultural center of Myanmar

Cruising the Irrawaddy River for two nights on a deluxe, small-ship cruise

Discovering 11th and 12th-century temples in the ancient capital of Bagan

Slowing down on Inle Lake, known for leg rowers, floating gardens, and silk weaving

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