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Explore the culture and heritage of Myanmar with Boundless Journeys

From its northern Himalayan border with Tibet and the thick teak clad hills of the Golden Triangle to the hundreds of scattered, tropical islands in the Andaman sea, Myanmar is a mystical land. It is a country steeped in ancient traditions, full of mesmerizing landscapes, and still maintains a way of life that is rapidly disappearing in the rest of the world today. And on Boundless Journeys’ Ancient Passages tour of Myanmar, you’ll not only be enveloped by the old-world charm of this colorful country, but you’ll also discover its rich heritage while interacting with local villagers, monks, and traders along the way.

Explore Shwedagon Pagoda, Scott Market, and the colonial streets of Yangon. Visit the artisan districts of Mandalay, the cultural center of Myanmar, and the 11th century temples of the ancient capital of Bagan. Cruise the Irrawaddy River for two nights on a deluxe, small-ship cruise and venture by boat to some of the most remote areas Inle Lake. Be touched by the gracious hospitality of the people and awed by the breathtaking landscapes on this Boundless Journeys tour of Myanmar.

What Our Guests Have To Say About This Tour

I loved loved loved Myanmar and will recommend your company and the country with confidence. The little special things that were organized for us were perfect, the accommodations and attention to detail, superb, our guide, Set, was a gem and the attention paid to getting the money to the people and not the government, very much appreciated. You guys ROCK!!!

Jill K.
Madeira Beach, FL

Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Arrival in Yangon, Myanmar; City Tour & Schwedagon Pagoda

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

We meet our guide at noon in the lobby of our historic hotel situated in the colonial district of the city, before venturing out for lunch at one of our favorite authentic Burmese restaurants. 

Following lunch, we explore the city on foot and visit Kandawgyi Lake. We then set out during the cool evening hours to visit the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda, an ancient golden dome situated on a hillside above Yangon, and an important pilgrimage center for people throughout Myanmar.

Later on, we get a feel for Yangonite life as we join locals at a night street market that's famous for its barbecue stalls. Perhaps we will sample some Burmese snacks, along with the local beer.   

Upon returning to our hotel, we are welcomed to Myanmar while enjoying a flavorful dinner at the Strand Cafe.

Accommodations
The Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel
Yangon, Myanmar

For 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. Guests may sip on a Strand Sour in the famed Strand bar, the place to be for happy hour on Friday evening.

Day 2

Transfer to Mandalay; Visit Amarapura & U-Bien Bridge

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

After breakfast, we depart for a short flight to Mandalay, the artistic and cultural center of Myanmar. En route, 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 scene of daily rural life in this ancient capital.

Following lunch, where we sample more of the 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 vendors sell species grown throughout the region.

After a full day, we enjoy our boutique resort, where a traditional spa treatment is highly recommended (at additional expense). Dinner tonight will be on your own.

Accommodations
Rupar Mandalar

Rupar Mandalar
Mandalay, Myanmar

A retreat from the bustling center of Mandalay city, Rupar Mandalar is a gracious boutique hotel, blending traditional décor and a touch of elegance.  With all of the necessary modern amenities, the property features a swimming pool, landscaped gardens, and an open terrace restaurant where guests can enjoy traditional live music. Wind down after a long day in the heat with a complimentary massage, offered to all guests.

Day 3

Mandalay Hill; Embark on Irrawaddy River Cruise

  • Activity Overview: Walking and river cruise
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours (walking); 2-3 hours (cruising)

In the cool morning air, we walk up Mandalay Hill to take in the great views of the plains and the Irrawaddy River Valley. Afterwards, we venture to the city center and visit the lively open-air vegetable market (if time allows, depending on the cruise schedule). 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 (if time allows, depending on the cruise schedule) and learn about this vibrant trade that is a mainstay of the Myanmar economy. We may have the chance to replenish with a late morning snack in a tea shop, a daily local custom of social gathering, before embarking 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 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.

Accommodations
RV Paukan Cruise

RV Paukan Cruise
Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

The 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 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. Following a day on the river, guests unwind on the deck with a live performance put on by the Mandalay School of Arts.

Day 4

Irrawaddy River Cruise

  • Activity Overview: Cruising
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 5-6 hours

Lose all sense of time as we cruise downstream today, admiring the natural beauty of the river and life on its banks. The mighty Irrawady 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 plying the waters, cargo boats navigating the river as they transport raw goods, farmers tending 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 the 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 involved 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.

Accommodations
RV Paukan Cruise

RV Paukan Cruise
Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

The 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 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. Following a day on the river, guests unwind on the deck with a live performance put on by the Mandalay School of Arts.

Day 5

Morning Cruise to Bagan; Walking Tour of Temples

  • Activity Overview: Walking and river cruise
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours (walking); 2-3 hours (cruising)

As we navigate downstream towards the ancient capital of Bagan, we begin to see the silhouettes of 12th century temples appearing in the early morning light. 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 more than 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 a presentation of the history of the region.

Following lunch at a local restaurant and an afternoon rest, we venture 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 AD 1090, and the best-preserved structure in Bagan. Four golden Buddha statues mark the entrance at 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 in the early evening 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.

Accommodations
Hotel Tharabar Gate

Hotel Tharabar Gate
Old Bagan, Myanmar

This 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 archaeological 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.

Day 6

Optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride; Visit to Nyaung U Market & Lacquer-Ware Workshop

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 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 1,000-year-old pagodas spread throughout the landscape and experiencing the magic that has drawn visitors here for centuries (at additional expense).

After breakfast, we venture to the Nyaung U Market, 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 a few 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 lacquer-ware workshop where local artisans demonstrate the involved and intricate process of applying lacquer to bowls, teapots, 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 the lesser-known temple area of Minnanthu. Here we sample some local Pinot Noir and snacks. Dinner tonight will be on your own.

Accommodations
Hotel Tharabar Gate

Hotel Tharabar Gate
Old Bagan, Myanmar

This 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 archaeological 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.

Day 7

Flight to Kalaw Hill Station; Afternoon Walking Tour

  • Activity Overview: Walking on city streets
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: Approximately 2 hours (walking); 2 hours (driving)

Early this morning we depart for Shan State 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 using their legs. Upon arrival at 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.

This afternoon following lunch, we enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Kalaw with a visit to the local market. Every five days, the market swells with farmers from the surrounding hill tribe villages making the long (in some cases, multi-day) journey to sell their produce and purchase goods.

Following our visit, we walk up to Taing Taung monastery to enjoy the sunset and views over the surrounding countryside before enjoying dinner at our hotel.

Accommodations
Amara Mountain Resort

Amara Mountain Resort
Kalaw, Myanmar

This intimate resort is situated in the unique and refreshing hill-station of Kalaw, a former retreat for British civil servants escaping the heat of the plains. With only 10 rooms that are individually decorated in a fusion of Asian and European styles, Amara Resort also features immaculately landscaped gardens and a casual restaurant overlooking the valley below. From the resort, you can explore the markets and pagodas of Kalaw by foot.

Day 8

Excursion to Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp; Transfer to Inle Lake

  • Activity Overview: Hiking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Activity Length: 2-3 hours

Early this morning, 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. (For those of you who wish to opt out of the hike, there is the option to continue by road to Green Hill Valley).

Our walk is led by a local trekking guide, beginning at a hamlet of the Palaung tribe, and takes us by farmers' fields and through a scrabbled jungle landscape. The trail is mostly level and downhill, but can be steep and narrow in sections and slippery at times. Although we try to get an early morning start, you should be prepared to be hiking in some direct sun.

After a couple of hours on the trail, we are met by our elephants and companions for the day as we approach the 150-acre private preserve, which focuses on protecting the local ecology, elephants, and traditions of the indigenous people. We learn about the Mahouts and the art of elephant caretaking, which is passed down through the generations. We help to bathe the elephants in watering holes and take a turn at feeding and riding them.

Our lunch is prepared in a traditional style by the camp staff and we enjoy our meal overlooking the surrounding preserve and the village below. Following lunch, we can plant a tree from the elephant camp's nursery to make a small contribution to the reforestation initiative 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 to give back to the community.

By mid-afternoon we depart by private car to Inle Lake, a hidden gem and one of those places you'd rather not tell a soul about 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.

Upon our arrival on the northern shore of Inle Lake, we make our way to the eastern shore, where our hotel is located; a tranquil setting for the next three nights.

Accommodations
Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort
Inle Lake, Myanmar

Situated on the northeastern side of Inle Lake next to Magyizin Village, Inle Princess Resort is a tranquil getaway with a design that is infused with traditional Shan and Intha decor. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail on the verandah while overlooking the lake and mountains beyond. At Inle Princess, you are graced with excellent hospitality, while having the opportunity to slow down.

Day 9

Inle Lake Exploration to Inthein Pagodas; Village Hike

  • Activity Overview: hiking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 3 hours

Our morning excursion takes us across the lake, observing fishermen hard at work in the early morning light. The fishermen use conical traps containing a net, which they thrust to the bottom of the lake when they see movement. All this is done while the fisherman perches precariously on the boat's stern with one foot, 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 otherworldly 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. We hike through bamboo forests and rice fields, passing villages along the way. Stopping for a traditional lunch and a simple cooking demonstration in the home of one village along our route, we gain a unique glimpse into local life.

Following lunch, we continue hiking through more villages before making a loop back to the Inthein pagodas. On our return across the lake, if time allows, we'll visit a silk weaving workshop, where a women's cooperative extracts silk from the stem of lotus flowers 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 additional expense).

Accommodations
Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort
Inle Lake, Myanmar

Situated on the northeastern side of Inle Lake next to Magyizin Village, Inle Princess Resort is a tranquil getaway with a design that is infused with traditional Shan and Intha decor. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail on the verandah while overlooking the lake and mountains beyond. At Inle Princess, you are graced with excellent hospitality, while having the opportunity to slow down.

Day 10

Morning Walk to Forest Monastery; Afternoon Wine Tasting at a Local Vineyard

  • Activity Overview: Walking on dirt roads
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

This morning we take a very short drive (biking is optional from the hotel) to the nearby 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 that affords us excellent views of Inle Lake. Upon our return to Min Thuk, we may have the chance to visit a sugar cane factory (if in operation) along the route. Afterwards, we make our way to the bustling market town of Nuang-Shwe 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 set in an idyllic location above Inle Lake, and makes the perfect spot to unwind and reflect upon our journey. For those feeling ambitious, there  is the option to bike (mostly downhill)from the winery back to our hotel. Upon returning to our hotel, we freshen up for a 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.

Accommodations
Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort
Inle Lake, Myanmar

Situated on the northeastern side of Inle Lake next to Magyizin Village, Inle Princess Resort is a tranquil getaway with a design that is infused with traditional Shan and Intha decor. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail on the verandah while overlooking the lake and mountains beyond. At Inle Princess, you are graced with excellent hospitality, while having the opportunity to slow down.

Day 11

Morning Transfer to Yangon for International Departure

  • Activity Overview: Flight to Yangon; departure
  • Activity Level: Easy

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 after 6pm).

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to 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 or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2016
Trip Length

11 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 28-Nov 7, 2016

2016 Land Cost

$5,995 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$395 Per Person

Yangon to Mandalay; Bagan to Heho; Heho to Yangon; subject to change

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$1,095

Additional:$1,595

See single supplement policy below.

2017
Trip Length

11 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 20-30, 2017

2017 Land Cost

$5,995 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$425 Per Person

Yangon to Mandalay; Bagan to Heho; Heho to Yangon; subject to change

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$1,225

Additional:$1,795

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

  • Expert leadership (our guide will not accompany us on the cruise)
  • All accommodations, including two nights on a deluxe small-ship cruise
  • All on-tour ground transportation
  • All meals except four dinners
  • Local wine and beer with included dinners
  • Entry fees
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
Single Supplement Policy

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

* This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

What To
Expect

What To Expect

Physical Activity

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). Much of the walking done on this tour will be on flat terrain, in and around villages, towns, and temples, for approximately 1-3 hours per day, broken up by rest and meals. There are two days that are more challenging when you should be prepared to hike on narrow trails and hilly and uneven terrain. Although we do our best to avoid being out during the mid-day heat, this is unavoidable on some days.

Physical Activity

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). Much of the walking done on this tour will be on flat terrain, in and around villages, towns, and temples, for approximately 1-3 hours per day, broken up by rest and meals. There are two days that are more challenging when you should be prepared to hike on narrow trails and hilly and uneven terrain. Although we do our best to avoid being out during the mid-day heat, this is unavoidable on some days.

Meeting Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Meeting Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Departure Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Departure Point

Yangon, Myanmar

Traveling To and From

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

Meeting Time and Place:
Yangon International Airport, upon the arrival of your international flight by 11am on Day 1 of the tour

Departure Time and Place:
Following lunch on the final day of your tour, you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport (schedule flights to depart after 6pm)

Traveling To and From

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

Meeting Time and Place:
Yangon International Airport, upon the arrival of your international flight by 11am on Day 1 of the tour

Departure Time and Place:
Following lunch on the final day of your tour, you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport (schedule flights to depart after 6pm)

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, the more you will enjoy yourself. As a general guideline, we suggest that you engage in easy to moderate aerobic activities (such as walking, hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate some stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability (consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program). Please contact us if you have any doubts regarding your physical match with this tour.

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, the more you will enjoy yourself. As a general guideline, we suggest that you engage in easy to moderate aerobic activities (such as walking, hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate some stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability (consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program). Please contact us if you have any doubts regarding your physical match with this tour.

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.

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

Inle and Kalaw

October

High: 75
Low: 61

November

High: 74
Low: 52

February

High: 76
Low: 47

March

High: 81
Low: 52

Inle and Kalaw

October

High: 75
Low: 61

November

High: 74
Low: 52

February

High: 76
Low: 47

March

High: 81
Low: 52

Mandalay and Bagan

October

High: 89
Low: 75

November

High: 85
Low: 68

February

High: 88
Low: 60

March

High: 96
Low: 68

Mandalay and Bagan

October

High: 89
Low: 75

November

High: 85
Low: 68

February

High: 88
Low: 60

March

High: 96
Low: 68

Yangon

October

High: 88
Low: 77

November

High: 89
Low: 73

February

High: 94
Low: 67

March

High: 97
Low: 71

Yangon

October

High: 88
Low: 77

November

High: 89
Low: 73

February

High: 94
Low: 67

March

High: 97
Low: 71

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.

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

Inle and Kalaw

October

High: 75
Low: 61

November

High: 74
Low: 52

February

High: 76
Low: 47

March

High: 81
Low: 52

Inle and Kalaw

October

High: 75
Low: 61

November

High: 74
Low: 52

February

High: 76
Low: 47

March

High: 81
Low: 52

Mandalay and Bagan

October

High: 89
Low: 75

November

High: 85
Low: 68

February

High: 88
Low: 60

March

High: 96
Low: 68

Mandalay and Bagan

October

High: 89
Low: 75

November

High: 85
Low: 68

February

High: 88
Low: 60

March

High: 96
Low: 68

Yangon

October

High: 88
Low: 77

November

High: 89
Low: 73

February

High: 94
Low: 67

March

High: 97
Low: 71

Yangon

October

High: 88
Low: 77

November

High: 89
Low: 73

February

High: 94
Low: 67

March

High: 97
Low: 71

When to Go

The dry season lasts from October to March (although October can still see some rain), and arriving just after the rainy season, you'll have 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 this time of year. December through March remain much drier and a bit cooler than during the summer months. However, it is possible to have some rain at any time of year.

When to Go

The dry season lasts from October to March (although October can still see some rain), and arriving just after the rainy season, you'll have 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 this time of year. December through March remain much drier and a bit cooler than during the summer months. 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 recommend at least six months advance booking.

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 recommend at least six months advance booking.

Traveler’s Responsibility

Trip participants have certain responsibilities to both Boundless Journeys and your fellow travelers. This includes understanding the conditions described in the trip itinerary and making sure it is appropriate for your interests and abilities, based on a review of the trip ratings, consultation with Boundless Journeys’ staff, and perhaps your doctor.

In addition, trip participants are responsible for preparing for a trip by undertaking the proper fitness training. At the guide’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the guide feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip participants. If you have any questions about the difficulty level of the trip you have chosen, please contact Boundless Journeys to speak with one of our Destination Managers.

Traveler’s Responsibility

Trip participants have certain responsibilities to both Boundless Journeys and your fellow travelers. This includes understanding the conditions described in the trip itinerary and making sure it is appropriate for your interests and abilities, based on a review of the trip ratings, consultation with Boundless Journeys’ staff, and perhaps your doctor.

In addition, trip participants are responsible for preparing for a trip by undertaking the proper fitness training. At the guide’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the guide feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip participants. If you have any questions about the difficulty level of the trip you have chosen, please contact Boundless Journeys to speak with one of our Destination Managers.

Small Group Travel

Small group travel affords us the opportunity to seek out the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet. Often we are exploring these locales with just 6-12 guests. The nature of active group travel is such that not all participants have the same ability level or interests. Traveling at a pace that is comfortable for the entire group, with a spirit of flexibility and adventure are all part of this shared experience.

Small Group Travel

Small group travel affords us the opportunity to seek out the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet. Often we are exploring these locales with just 6-12 guests. The nature of active group travel is such that not all participants have the same ability level or interests. Traveling at a pace that is comfortable for the entire group, with a spirit of flexibility and adventure are all part of this shared experience.

Guides

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About Our Guides

With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

$5,995 / person* *airfare not included
11 Days
Reserve This Tour
  • Departure Dates: Oct 28-Nov 7, 2016
    Oct 20-30, 2017
Activity Level 1+ Easy with Moderate Options

Easy cultural touring and walking.

  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests

Make it Your Own!

This trip can be your own adventure by taking over one of our scheduled dates, or we can request a fresh one.

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