Burma - A Journey through the Golden Land

Burma - Journey through the Golden Land

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 16 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 - Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Galleria 10 hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Dawei

An early morning start to drive to the Thai/Myanmar border at Baan Phu Nam Ron. After immigration meet your local Myanmar guide at the border town of Htee Khee where we commence the journey to Dawei. The journey should take about 3-4 hours through the southern plateau passing through jungle and mountainous terrain on a winding and sometimes quite bumpy road. On arrival in Dawei transfer to your hotel. If time permits, visit Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and the museum to see collections of bronze coins, vases, portraits and large, wooden Buddha statues that are displayed. This evening enjoy Dawei cuisine at a local restaurant. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BD)

Day 3 - Dawei and San Lan fishing village

After breakfast we explore Dawei and its surroundings. Learn about the history of the town and its old buildings, many with intricate facades and balconies. Later we journey to a picturesque gulf overlooking the fishing village of San Lan Village, characterized by its bamboo huts on the beach. We walk through green forest area with a hilly route for approx. 1.5hrs and stop for some green tea en-route, before continuing to San Lan village. Stroll through the village to observe the local fishermen going about their daily rituals. We should also be able to visit some local people in their homes. A simple, local lunch will be served. After our visit to San Lan we head back to Dawei where we enjoy dinner with local hosts. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 4 - Dawei - Mawlamyine

For those that wish to rise early we can pay a visit to the bustling central food market by the river. After breakfast you have some time at leisure to further explore the town. Later we transfer to the bus station to take an air-conditioned bus on the journey north to Mawlamyine through the southern plateau. The air-conditioned bus will leave from Dawei around 2pm and the journey takes around 8 hours. On arrival in Mawlamyine transfer to the hotel. Overnight Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (B)

Day 5 - Mawlamyine

After breakfast we visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings. Continue to Ni Paya for fine views over the city and we take a walk to examine some of the buildings of the city and the architecture from the colonial days. Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in the city. We also visit the first Baptist church. We will visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays demonstrating the rich Mon culture. Lunch will be taken in a local home with Mon specialities. The afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight at Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 6 - Mawlamyine – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

This morning we transfer to Kyaikhtiyo and visit the important pilgrimage site of the remarkable Golden Rock. The visit involves around a 1.5 hour walk and there will be plenty of time to explore the pagoda and its surroundings. Overnight at Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar (B)

Day 7 - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo) – Nay Pyi Daw

Today we transfer to Nay Pyi Daw a journey of around 5 hours. On arrival transfer to your accommodation and later we can explore the town including the market, the Safari Garden and the Water Fountain. Alternatively, you can have this afternoon at leisure. Overnight Thingaha Hotel or similar (B)

Day 8 - Nay Pyi Daw – Bagan

Today we transfer to Bagan. The journey should take around 5 hours. On arrival we transfer to the hotel before taking some time to visit some of the wonderful temples in Bagan. Overnight Zfreeti Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9 - Bagan

Today we will enjoy some cycling in the surrounds of Bagan. Our first stop is the Z-Craft Jetty in Old Bagan. We will visit a busy market where locals bring their merchandise from across the river. We take a short boat ride across to SeLan village on the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We spend some time cycling through the vegetable plantations and rural scenery observing local life. Arrive at Myitchay village where we can visit some local industry such as cane/bamboo. After lunch we cycle south around 10km’s to Kyaung Chaung Jetty where our boat will be waiting for us to bring us back to Old Bagan. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore some of the many incredible temples. Please note you should wear clothing suitable for this activity. Closed shoes are recommended. Overnight Zfreeti Hotel or similar (B)

Please note that alternative arrangements can be made for those not wishing to cycle.

Day 10 - Bagan - Heho – Inle Lake

This morning we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Heho. On arrival we transfer to Nyaung Shwe on the periphery of Inle Lake. We visit the Buddha museum which is housed in the former “Haw” (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe. After lunch at a local restaurant we take a stroll around the local market and visit the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with its photogenic oval windows. Later we take to the water exploring small canals and the floating gardens to get a feel for local Inthar life. Today ends with a visit to one of Burma’s only vineyards where you can taste some wine and relax with a great view. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Overnight at Blue Vander Hotel or similar (BD)

Please note that alternatively you can choose to do a boat trip on Inle Lake itself. Please advise at the time of booking.

Day 11 - Nyaung Shwe – Kunhing 4WD

Today we start a real adventure through Eastern Shan state by 4 wheel drive through an area only recently opened up to tourism in 2014, where infrastructure is very basic and where local people have had very little contact with Westerners. On the way we pass some of the most beautiful scenery in Myanmar, through forested areas that have remained largely untouched. The road follows the infamous route for opium couriers using mules to pass goods through the famous Golden Triangle. By late afternoon or early evening, we arrive at Kunhing and a simple dinner will be served at a village house. Overnight in the village at the house of a village elder or a local guesthouse (Basic facilities and shared bathroom) (BLD)

Day 12 - Kunhing - Phan Lan - Mong Ping

For those that rise early we can visit the local market and then after a simple breakfast we continue on our adventure weaving through the mountains. En route we will make stops to take in the magnificent views and also stop at some Shan villages where we will have an opportunity to meet local hill tribe people. This afternoon we arrive at Mong Ping, a pleasant town situated on the road to Keng Tung. A simple dinner will be served at the local restaurant. Overnight at lSein Yadanar Htaik Guesthouse with shared bathroom (BLD)

The facilities are basic in local houses. Mosquito nets and blankets are provided, and bathroom facilities are either at a communal village well or in the river. Food will be rice, noodles and locally prepared by your guide.

Day 13 - Mong Ping - Keng Tung

After a simple breakfast we will visit Mong Ping market and then continue the drive through outstanding scenery comprising of forests, deep valleys, and emerald rice paddies all the ways to the capital of Eastern Shan State - Keng Tung. On arrival in Keng Tung we will explore the town including the standing Buddha and one tree hill where a magnificent 250-year-old tree stands in isolation. We can enjoy the sunset and this evening have dinner by the picturesque lakeside. Overnight Keng Tung Princess Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 14 - Hill tribe villages around Keng Tung

This morning we transfer to Pin Tauk, in beautiful countryside where we will enjoy walking in the countryside to visit local villages of the Pan Lac (Ann), Won Lar (Akha) and Nam Lin Mai (Ann) tribes giving you a chance to meet and learn about the different minority people in the area. A simple picnic lunch will be served during the walk. The villages in this area have little contact with western tourists in this isolated part of Myanmar. Later this afternoon we return to Keng Tung. This evening you are free to dine at your leisure in the town. Overnight at Keng Tung Princess Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 15 - Keng Tung - Tachileik - Mae Sai

Early this morning we visit the local market in Keng Tung and try a local Shan breakfast. Later we transfer to Tachileik (around 5 hours) and cross the border back into Thailand (Mae Sai), and continue to Chiang Rai airport for your late afternoon flight back to Bangkok. Overnight Airport Hotel, mid-range (B)

Day 16 – Bangkok

Transfer back to Bangkok airport by shuttle bus for your departure flight (B)

For those that wish to end their trip in Northern Thailand please let us know. Extension arrangements can also be made in Northern Thailand

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