Overview

  • Active Adventure
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Classic Journeys
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Day Trips & Excursions
  • Historical
  • Home Stay
  • Learning Discovery
  • Leisure
  • Nature & Landscapes
  • Off The Beaten Path
  • River Cruising
  • Safari
  • Tours for Seniors
  • Day 1: Arrival Yangon
  • Day 2: Yangon – Train Ride – Sule Pagoda – Colonial Walking Tour – Shwedagon
  • Day 3: Yangon – Bago sightseeing – Kyaikhityo
  • Day 4: Golden Rock Sightseeing – Hpa An
  • Day 5: Hpa An – Mt. Zwekabin Trek – Saddan Cave
  • Day 6: Hpa An – Boat to Mawlamyine
  • Day 7: Mawlamyine – Drive back to Yangon
  • Day 8: Yangon – Fly To Bagan Temple Plains
  • Day 9: Bagan Local Life
  • Day 10: Bagan – Kanpetlet
  • Day 11: Kanpetlet – Nat Ma Taung National Park – Mount Victoria – Kanpetlet
  • Day 12: Kanpetlet – Bagan
  • Day 13: Bagan – Cruise to Pakkoku – Drive to Monywa
  • Day 14: Monywa – Po Win Taung – Shwe Ba Hill
  • Day 15: Monywa – Drive To Mandalay
  • Day 16: Mingun – Mandalay Royal Palace
  • Day 17: Mandalay Ancient Capital
  • Day 18: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing
  • Day 19: Pyin Oo Lwin – Train Through Goteik Viaduct – Drive To Hsipaw
  • Day 20: Hsipaw Sightseeing
  • Day 21: Hsipaw – Lashio – Fly To Heho – Visit Pindaya Cave
  • Day 22: Pindaya – Drive To Kalaw Half Day Trek
  • Day 23: Kalaw – Elephant Camp
  • Day 24: Kalaw – Inle Lake Sightseeing
  • Day 25: Inle Lake – Indein – Pao Village
  • Day 26: Heho – Fly To Kyaing Tong
  • Day 27: Kyaing Tong – Surroundings To Tribe Villages
  • Day 28: Kyaing Tong – Hwe Kwai Surroundings
  • Day 29: Excursion Loimwe
  • Day 30: Kyaing Tong – Fly back to Yangon
  • Day 31: Yangon – Fly to Sittwe – Boat to Mrauk U
  • Day 32: Mrauk U Sightseeing
  • Day 33: Mrauk U – Chin Tattoo Village
  • Day 34: Mrauk U – Boat to Sittwe – Fly back to Yangon
  • Day 35: Yangon – Fly to Kawthaung – Embark on the boat – Visit Taung La Bo – 115 islands
  • Day 36: 115 islands – Nga Man Islands – Kyun Phila
  • Day 37: Kyun Phila – Myauk Ni – Thay Yae Island
  • Day 38: Thay Yae Island – Depart by boat Ranong (Thailand)

Customizable itinerary

This trip is tailor-made so that you can discover Myanmar in depth without missing its most important destinations. Explore the sacred pagodas and monasteries in Mandalay. Visit the striking Thanboddhay Pagoda, the Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha statue, Pho Win Daung temple complex and Shwe Ba Daung cave temple, each of which will leave you amazed with their incredible architecture. Ride on a riverboat to Bagan and discover the most stunning structures observe life in the local villages. From Kalaw, enjoy the scenic trek to Inle Lake and its beautiful surrounding and meet the “long neck” tribal women. In Yangon, venture to the famous Golden Rock, continue to other notable sites and fascinating caves. Enjoy the colonial walking tour around Yangon to learn about the history of this charming city.

Arrival Yangon

Mingalabar! Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar.

Upon arrival at Yangon Airport, your private guide and driver are waiting to meet you, holding up a welcome signboard with your names on it and take you directly to your hotel in the downtown.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of Southeast Asia.

While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time. Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. The rest of the day is at leisure.

This evening with our guide followed by a welcome dinner at Shwe Sa Bwe restaurant, a social enterprise that trains and employs underprivileged youth to provide a step up in life.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (_/_/D)


Yangon – Train Ride – Sule Pagoda – Colonial Walking Tour – Shwedagon

After breakfast, drive to the train station for the train ride for about 1 hour. Enjoy the authentic lifestyle of locals and take in the beautiful scenery. Then, enjoy a private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city center and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings, many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia.

Continue with a walking tour of the colonial street. We will start at the post office – a lovely historic building, pass by the Strand Hotel, the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument along the way.

Stop for a photo at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Nothing will prepare us for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon Pagoda.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Yangon – Bago sightseeing – Kyaikhityo

Leaving Yangon, enjoy a scenic journey by road to Bago, an ancient capital of a former Mon kingdom dating back to the 6th century and located 80km to the east. Sightseeing at Bago includes the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the 55-meter long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha image, one of the country’s most revered.

In the afternoon continue to Kyaikhtiyo, 110km east of Bago and one of Myanmar’s great pilgrimage sites.

Arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel with one of the small open trucks in a 1-hour ride to the transit junction.

Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Golden Rock Sightseeing – Hpa An

After breakfast, start an easy 1-hour walk up to Golden Rock, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha.

After lunch, continue by road to Hpa An, capital of the Karen, state surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations. Visit a traditional Karen village.

Overnight in Hpa An.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Hpa An – Mt. Zwekabin Trek – Saddan Cave

Today, we will visit Kawh Goon Cave. This cave is by far the most interesting. The entrance to the cave is covered with hundreds of small Terracotta votive tablets which are plastered up to the ceiling – some are tiny, some are big. Then, visit Kyauktalat Monastery. This monastery is known for its shape and location on a tiny island (access via a bridge without reeling). Very peaceful atmosphere.

Overnight in Hpa An.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Hpa An – Boat to Mawlamyine

After breakfast, proceed to the jetty and board a local ferry for a 2-hour river trip along the Thanlwin River to Mawlamyine, formerly known as Moulmein. The capital city of Mon State is a very attractive tropical town. A hilly ridge above the city offers fine views over the harbor and the beautiful coconut tree-shrouded countryside. The ridge is topped with 5 fine monasteries and shrines.

On arrival, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, built in traditional Mon-style, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the city’s tallest and most visible stupa, and the beautiful Seindon Mibaya wooden monastery. Walk along Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque, built during the colonial era when many Indians came to work for the British in Moulmein. The city between 1827 and 1852 was the capital of British Burma and even today the city retains the atmosphere of those colonial times.

Overnight in Moulmein.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mawlamyine – Drive back to Yangon

After breakfast, leave Moulmein crossing the Thanlwin River by ferry to Martaban and proceed by road to Yangon with a stop en route for lunch.

Arrive back in Yangon late in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Yangon – Fly To Bagan Temple Plains

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Yangon’s Mingaladon Airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

On arrival, morning sightseeing features the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

In the afternoon, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with two original standing Buddha images show facial expression change depending on the distance the statue is viewed from. The Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and the next temple to be visited, Thatbyinnyu, is the highest in Bagan, rising to 61 meters.

End the day with a horse and carriage tour among the temples passing by the traditional village of Taungbi, Sulamani Temple, and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy the sunset over the site from the upper terrace of Myauk Guni Temple.

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bagan Local Life

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Myinkaba village and observe the process of traditional lacquerware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit the monuments of Myinkaba village, Gubyaukkhi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mural paintings in Bagan, Manuha, and Nanpaya temples.

In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Observe the local farmers‘ way of life together with a visit to some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna, and Nandamannya temples.

Enjoy the sunset on the mighty Irrawaddy river by slow cruise.

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bagan – Kanpetlet

Chin State, a spectacular mountainous area of western Myanmar, has only recently opened up to foreign visitors.

Begin the adventure by local boat from Bagan and continue by open jeep to Kanpetlet via Pauk, Kyauktu, and Saw. Make stops for lunch and a visit to a tobacco factory. The scenery en-route changes from dry, arid plains to dense jungle and then mountains with rice fields and traditional villages.

Arrive at Kanpetlet in the late afternoon and explore this Chin village where many of the women still tattoo their faces. Continue another 8km to the forest guesthouse for dinner prepared by the forest rangers.

Overnight at the forest guesthouse in basic accommodation with shared facilities.
Meals: (B/L/D)



Kanpetlet – Nat Ma Taung National Park – Mount Victoria – Kanpetlet

Starting from Kanpetlet, different excursions to Nat Ma Taung National Park can be made easily. This beautiful park covers a large area with dense jungle, pine trees at higher levels, and oak trees at the second base camp. The national park is an area of great biodiversity with many rare forms of flora and fauna.

Mount Victoria, the highest peak in the park, offers superb views of the surrounding area from the top. The second base camp can be reached by jeep and from here it is only a two and a half hour trek to the summit.  A simple picnic lunch is served at the second base-camp on Mount Victoria.

Return to the forest guesthouse in the afternoon. Having dinner.

Overnight at the forest guesthouse.
Meals: (B/L/D)



Kanpetlet – Bagan

Leave Kanpetlet by jeep and head back to Bagan taking a different route but again with breathtaking views, and dense jungle scenery.

Stop for breakfast in a local teashop in Saw after one-hour driving. Continue by jeep passing through the beautiful constantly changing landscape.

Lunch is on the way to a local restaurant.

Arrive back in Bagan in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Bagan.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Bagan – Cruise to Pakkoku – Drive to Monywa

Today, take a private local boat across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Pakkoku to enter the land of Monywa, famed for Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya. On the way, you are offered to make visits to local villages where your visit will be the highlight of their day.

We will study about local life and join their daily work.

Upon arrival, we will visit the town and rest.

Overnight in Monywa.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Monywa – Po Win Taung – Shwe Ba Hill

Rise early to take the ferry to the other side of the Chindwin River where you board a pick-up to see the seldom visited 15th Pho Win Daung temple complex where more than 450,000 sandstone Buddha was carved in the hillsides in caves, alcoves, or tiny niches. The cave murals are still intact with indigo blues and soft pastels. Then, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha’s images.

Overnight in Monywa.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Monywa – Drive To Mandalay

After breakfast in the hotel and check out, we will visit the Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha statue. At 116 meters, it is the second tallest statue in the world (and second tallest Buddha). It is located at the back of a large religious site with Bodhi trees, gardens containing hundreds of sitting Buddhas, and a huge reclining Buddha lying in front of the Laykyun Sekkya.

Then we will visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. Inside you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway, and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting Jataka reliefs.

Depart Monywa and drive to Mandalay (140 km – 4 hours).

Overnight in Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mingun – Mandalay Royal Palace

After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board private chartered boat for a cruise over the Irrawaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, arrive in Mingun famous for its huge unfinished pagoda also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also, visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

Return Mandalay for lunch.

In the afternoon visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book), Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving and the impressive Kyauktawgyi Pagoda with it’s huge sitting Buddha.

Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Overnight Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)

 


Mandalay Ancient Capital

After breakfast at the hotel depart for a full-day trip to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava, and Sagaing.

The day begins with a visit to the 18th-century capital, Amarapura. Attend the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery; Mahagandayon. Visit a silk weaving workshop, the craft specialty of Amarapura.

Proceed to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse and carriage the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort.

In the afternoon cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers.

Finish the day with a walk at sunset over the 200-year-old U Bein bridge, constructed entirely from teak.

Overnight in Mandalay.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing

After breakfast, leave Mandalay for a scenic two-hours drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) located on a plateau 1,000m above sea level. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses.

Enjoy a traditional horse cart and carriage ride through the town and walk around beautiful Botanical Gardens that have recently been renovated. Visit the local market in the center of the town near to the clock tower.

In the afternoon excursion to the impressive waterfalls, Pwe Kauk north of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Overnight in Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin).
Meals: (B/L/_)



Pyin Oo Lwin – Train Through Goteik Viaduct – Drive To Hsipaw

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for 6 hrs train journey to Hsipaw to experience an unforgettable journey through the famous Gokteik Viaduct, which passes through a 300 meter deep gorge in the Shan Mountain.

Lunch box provided on board.

Arrive in the afternoon in Hsipaw, a pleasant small Shan town on the bank of the Dokhtawady river. Evening walks around Hsipaw.

Overnight in Hsipaw.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Hsipaw Sightseeing

Breakfast at a local restaurant. Start mild trekking around Hsipaw with an additional local trekking guide. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Shan plateau; it’s paddy fields, seasonal cultivation surrounded by green mountains.

Stop by several Shan villages and observe village life. A picnic lunch will be served.

In the afternoon, continue trekking to an impressive waterfall. Late afternoon enjoys the sunset on a local motorized boat on the Dokhtawady River.

Overnight in Hsipaw.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Hsipaw – Lashio – Fly To Heho – Visit Pindaya Cave

Breakfast in the hotel and check out, take a scenic drive to Lashio (56kms) and take a flight to Heho.

From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan Paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that is used by monks all around the country.

Overnight in Pindaya.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Pindaya – Drive To Kalaw Half Day Trek

After breakfast, take 2 hours drive to Kalaw, the hill station that remains the charm of British Colonial with styled houses and gardens. Reach the junction of the trekking way.

After 30 minutes walk, you will cross the rain forest and reservoir. Near the reservoir, you can see the various kinds of tropical birds. After the forest and a 2 hours walk, you will reach Hin Khar Gone (Palaung) village. On the way, you can see the cheroot leaf, Orange trees, and some tea leaf garden.

One hour walk you can see the railway road and after cross the railway road you reach the Myin Sine Gone (Danu) village.

Lunch at Myin Sine Gone and excursion in the village. If you are lucky, you can see the cherry flowers, between December and February. At that time so many cherry flower are blooming on the trees.

After lunch go back to Kalaw by another way (30min), later you maybe reach to the railway station of Myin Taik and then proceed to the Kalaw

Overnight in Kalaw.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Kalaw – Elephant Camp

After breakfast, pick up from Kalaw, drive to Magwe Village and walk to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp

Take a light refreshment. Walk to the river to the Elephant bath. We can join in feeding and bathing the elephants.

Exploration of the forest area, opportunity to see butterflies, birds, and orchids in the area.

Lunch in the main camp. After lunch, we can explore the surrounding area with a local trekking guide

We are also welcome to join them in planting indigenous trees from their nursery in our forest recovery efforts

Back to Elephant camp and drive back to Kalaw, the hill station that remains the charm of British Colonial with styled houses and gardens. Upon arrival, our tour guide will show us the uniqueness of this town and surely you will like the weather here.

Overnight in Kalaw.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kalaw – Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, take around 1h30m drive down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake.

During today’s excursion by boat on picturesque Inle Lake we see the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown, local methods of fishing, and village life.  A highlight is often visiting the traditional village of Paukpar, with its neat rows of bamboo houses and where we may be able to stop and visit a family for Shan tea.

In the afternoon, we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and the boat construction workshop at Nampan village as well as stopping to see some traditional handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms in Inpawkon village, a cheroot workshop and a blacksmith shop. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (Jumping cats), one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200-year-old ancient Buddha statues. Returning back to the hotel the beauty of the sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors.

Overnight in Inle Lake/ Nyaung Shwe.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Inle Lake – Indein – Pao Village

After breakfast, excursion by motorized boat to In Dein, an off-the-beaten-track site in the south of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village.

From the market place of the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th-century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance.

Return to the lake and finish the visits to the lake in the afternoon.

Overnight in Inle Lake/ Nyaung Shwe.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Heho – Fly To Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, transfer from Nyaung Shwe to Heho airport for a morning flight to Kyaing Tong.

Arrive in Kyaing Tong, Myanmar’s gateway to the Golden Triangle. Meet your Indochina Pioneer guide and transfer to the hotel.

Visit Lane Tree Hill for panoramic views over Kengtung. The town, often compared to Chiang Mai 50 years ago, is a treasure trove of traditional architecture with old-style houses and their intricately designed wooden balconies so characteristic of Shan architecture.

After visiting a local Shan lacquerware factory, visit Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, the holiest in Kyaing Tong.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kyaing Tong – Surroundings To Tribe Villages

After breakfast at the hotel a full-day excursion to explore the many and still very traditional ethnic minority communities of the Golden Triangle area.

A 45-minute drive from Kengtung is Wam Pauk, the home of the red-clothed Palaung tribe. An easy trek of 15 minutes leads to Hwe Lon, a village of the Akha people. Continue walking to Koum Ma, a Wa tribe village.

Stop for lunch at Pin Tauk Waterfall near a Lahu village.

In the afternoon meet with the elusive Ann minority. Return to Kyaing Tong.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Kyaing Tong – Hwe Kwai Surroundings

Leave the hotel after breakfast to visit the Mong Kwan area by a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck.

Stop at the hilltop Hwe Kwai village belonging to the Loi tribe. Observe the daily life of colorfully dressed Li Shaw people and the unique Wan Kwan mud houses.

After a picnic lunch watch a traditional Lan Woan dance performance in Loi Lone village with beautiful Khun girls, in full traditional costume. Return to Kyaing Tong.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Excursion Loimwe

After breakfast, drive to Loimwe (appr. 2 hours drive), an old colonial town with different colorful tribes that passes through forests, terraced rice fields, and a lake.

Lunch on the way, we will have several stops to visit different villages. Wan Lun Shan village, walk and explore the native village life; the Ho Lup Akha village where we can see the traditional Akha tribes and the Naung Cho Wa tribe, in former times headhunters. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong

Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Kyaing Tong – Fly back to Yangon

Leave the hotel after breakfast for a walk around Kyaing Tong Market, the meeting point for many hill tribe people.

In the afternoon, transfer to Kyaing Tong Airport for onward flight back to Yangon

Upon arrival, our private car and tour guide will pick us up from the airport for a hotel transfer.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/_/_)


Yangon – Fly to Sittwe – Boat to Mrauk U

In the morning transfer from our hotel to the Yangon airport for domestic flight to Sittwe, the provincial capital and main port in Rakhine state

Upon arrival in Sittwe, transfer to the jetty for a chartered boat trip on the Kaladan River to Mrauk U, about 5 hours upstream.

Overnight in Mrauk U.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Mrauk U Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Myanmar’s legendary lost city of Mrauk U. Back in its 15th-century heyday Mrauk U was one of the richest cities in all of Asia but today the town is more like a sleepy village.

A morning tour of Mrauk U’s sights includes Koethaing Temple, the Pitakataik Library, Laungbanpyauk Pagoda, Yadana Mannaung, and Sakaya Mannaung Pagodas. After lunch, visit Shitthaung Temple, Mrauk U’s most important monument, built-in 1535 by 1,000 architects and containing a remarkable collection of Arakanese Buddha images and reliefs.

Continue to the multi-spire Andawthein Ordination Hall, with its unique stone carvings, the circular Ratanabon Pagoda, Dukkhanthein, a huge fortress-like temple with vaulted passages containing interesting stone sculptures and Laymyetnha, the first pagoda erected in Mrauk U in 1430.

Overnight in Mrauk U.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Mrauk U – Chin Tattoo Village

Visit Mrauk U’s main market and Koe Thaung Temple. Continue to Lay Myo river bank and then proceed by boat to Chin Tattoo area.

We are the trail to three Chin tattoo villages by boat and walk to the hill tribe’s people. Visit waving project at the Chin village. The villagers are a very basic lifestyle. Some Tattoo ladies are very proud of their tattoo designed on their faces and waving designs. We will see how the villagers will warmly welcome and friendly.

Packed lunch is included. Return back to Mrauk U and relax.

Overnight in Mrauk U.
Meals: (B/L/_)


Mrauk U – Boat to Sittwe – Fly back to Yangon

Enjoy sunrise over the misty hills of Mrauk U from the top of the hill.

After breakfast, proceed to the jetty and board a chartered boat back to Sittwe. Take an afternoon flight back to Yangon

Upon arrival, our private car and tour guide will pick us up from the airport for a hotel transfer.

Overnight in Yangon.
Meals: (B/L/_)



Yangon – Fly to Kawthaung – Embark on the boat – Visit Taung La Bo – 115 islands

After breakfast, our private car (without guide) picks up from hotel in Yangon and transfer to Yangon airport for a morning flight to Kawthaung.

Upon arrival, a shuttle bus of the cruise will pick us up from the airport and transfer to Myo Ma Jetty in Kawthaung to embark on board.

After the immigration clearance captain will start to drive heading to Taung La Bo Island where we can enjoy snorkeling and swimming by the island for an hour.

After that cruise captain will continue his cruising to 115 Islands group. While cruising we can do sunbathing on the sun deck on the board.

Enjoy dinner and overnight on board by 115 Islands group.

Overnight on boat.
Meals: (B/L/D)


115 islands – Nga Man Islands – Kyun Phila

Enjoy our breakfast prepared by the Chef of Cruise.

115 Islands Group is crystal water and worth to snorkel to see much colorful school of fishes, hard and soft corals. It is a fantastic one of the finest islands to spend time on hiking and jungle trekking through the rain forest. We will find here are the very definition of pristine very white and powder sand beaches. It’s no wonder visitors come from all around to sink their toes into miles of pure white sand. If there were time permits, we will send you a new resort which is under construction on the islands.

While having our lunch the boat will continue to Nga Mann Island where we will do an hour snorkeling. This place is very nice to snorkeling because where can be seen as hard and soft coral, various colorful fishes, big leeches, and jellyfish. After activities captain will continue to his cruising heading to Kyun Pila (Great Swinton I).

Enjoy dinner and overnight on board by Kyun Pila.

Overnight on boat.
Meals: (B/L/D)


Kyun Phila – Myauk Ni – Thay Yae Island

After breakfast on board, we go for an excursion to the village where can be observed the daily life of fishermen.

After that we will embark on cruise and the captain will depart heading to Myauk Ni (N.Phipps I) where we can enjoy snorkeling.

After making activities, we will continue to Thay Yae Island.

Enjoy dinner and overnight on board by Thay Yae Island.

Overnight on boat.
Meals: (B/L/D)


Thay Yae Island – Depart by boat Ranong (Thailand)

In the morning we go for snorkeling and then depart back to Kawthaung. Cheers for your exploration and complimentary soft drinks before arriving back to Kawthaung.

After disembarking from the boat, the cruise’s representative will send us to Ranong Jetty (Thailand) by long-tail boat.

Cross border Myanmar to Thailand

Meals: (B/L/_)

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How to Plan a successful Trip to Myanmar, Step-by-Step

Myanmar (previously known as Burma) is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a unique get-away to a beautiful and exotic locale. This tropical country offers travelers an amazing landscape and a rich cultural heritage, influenced by Southeast Asia’s traditions. However, as a country that has only just recently opened its doors to tourism, Burma still retains an air of mystery, making it all the more intriguing.

With nearly 2,000 miles of coastline and a handful of mountain ranges, Myanmar has more than its share in natural beauty. Trek through the rolling green hills, discover Sagar to the south of Inle Lake, cycle to markets and ruins, boat around floating villages, sample well-spiced Burmese cuisine, and visit mysterious temples. You will get to not only discover, but also really live in this unique cultural atmosphere.

In exploring Myanmar, you will also enjoy the perfect combination of luxury and adventure.

Most popular sites of Myanmar

• Breathtaking Bagan bags a well-deserved top spot on this list of the best places to visit in Myanmar. Seeing Bagan by the hot-balloon is becoming increasingly popular, and offers a truly unique view of this 26-square-mile land of temples.

• The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. The 99-meter-tall (325 ft) pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, and dominates the Yangon skyline.

• Inle Lake – for an excellent view of the verdant, bucolic side of Myanmar.

• U Bein Bridge – the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world

• Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock ), a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.

• Shwenandaw Monastery is a historic Buddhist monastery located near Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Region, Myanmar.

• National Kandawgyi Gardens – home to over 500 different flower species

• Bagaya Kyaung – a 200-year-old Buddhist monastery

Like most Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar has two main seasons: dry and wet.
The dry season runs from October to May, and the wet season from June to October. Generally, most people prefer to travel during the drier months, but even during the wet season, the northern and central regions of Myanmar are cooler and drier than the southern parts, making year-round travel possible.

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Myanmar. Visa-free travel for 14 days, or longer in some cases, is permitted only to citizens of Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, and Laos.

E-visa

In addition to getting visas at embassies and consulates, Myanmar has an online e-visa system. It is designed to make the process of application simpler for visitors – particularly those from countries that do not have a Burmese embassy. For e-visa applications, please visit the official Ministry of Immigration e-visa website.

E-visas are currently only valid for entry at Myanmar’s three main international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, as well as overland travel to Myanmar via the Thai-Myanmar border points of Mae Sai / Tachileik, Mae Sot / Myawaddy and Ranong / Kawthaung only. The e-visa is not valid for China, India, Thai or any other land border entry points.

Tourist visas are valid for 28 days and costs around USD$50, which can be extended an extra 14 days at a cost of USD$3 per day, plus a one-time USD$3 administration fee. It is important to be ready with the correct change at your departure point as change will not be provided. Bear in mind that if you overstay, you might encounter some difficulties booking travel and/or hotels during your overstay period, as not all service staff are aware of the overstay allowance.

Notes

Do not apply for your visa too early: the period for visa validity (i.e. your Burmese entry date) may range from 1 to 3 months.

Do not apply for your visa too late: embassies and consulates can take 2 weeks or more to process your application, but this varies from country to country. If you are from a country that does not have a Burmese embassy or consulate, it will take longer still.

If you wish to apply for a physical visa, the visa photo criteria are 5 cm high x 3.5 cm wide on a white background, no glasses and no smiling.

You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure from Myanmar.

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Once you’re satisfied with the customized tour, please let us know and Indochina Pioneer will need a few working hours to place reservations for all of the tour services. As soon as the availability and reservations of the services are confirmed, we will request a deposit. Please refer our Payment Guide for more details.

Once your deposit is received by Indochina Pioneer, we will send you the service voucher which confirms all the services of the tour and provides ground contact details and a guide for the final payment schedule.

And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!

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Booking Amendment: Flexibility is our strongest point. You can amend your booking even after it is made. Just contact your salesperson or contact us at sales@indochinapioneer.com with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking with your preferable alternatives. Please kindly note that you will be responsible for any change of the final price caused by your amendment requests.

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook
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Marion
Tokyo, Japan

"Awesome service"

We had a wonderful 7-day trip last July; Kata was awesome to work with. So professional, reliable and helpful!

Mar 31, 2020
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Mary
Wisconsin, USA

"Lifetime of Memories"

Lam did an amazing job putting together an itinerary based on phone/text conversations. We told him the where and what and he did the rest. The accommodations were beyond expectation, the guides were unbelievably friendly, and the places we were taken were spectacular. Having guides and drivers is worth every penny. So much time and money would have been wasted had we tried to accomplish this ourselves.

We got to experience so much more because of our guides local knowledge. Lastly, how great it was not to worry about how we were getting to the next adventure. Had we not used Indochina Pioneer I truly believe I wouldn’t have as many astonishing memories.

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Mar 29, 2020
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David G
USA

"Amazing 30 Day Journey with Indochina Pioneer"

If you are looking for a private tour of SE Asia, look no further than Indochina Pioneer. I recently returned from a 30-day private tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all arranged by Indochina Pioneer and could not have been happier with everything they arranged for me. They are top-notch from working directly with you on planning your trip, arranging visas, having individuals at the airports to meet and walk you through everything when entering the countries, having amazing tour guides and drivers as well as organizing everything for you on the ground and being there to help you all along the way if you have any questions or problems. My tour was amazing with not only the normal tourist sights, but many off the beaten track sights and with your own guides, you learn so much more from these individuals who actually live in the places you will visit. I can’t recommend this tour agency enough. If you are looking to travel to any of the locations Indochina Pioneer has tours, you must book through them, you will not be disappointed.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Lidia
Spain

"Excellent from the very beginning"

We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
I recommend this travel agency!

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Mar 19, 2020
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