Burma - Off The Beaten Track

Burma – Off The Beaten Track

The land of the golden pagodas Burma is always worth a visit. The picturesque landscape, the rich cultural heritage and the warm people offer a diverse range of discoveries. With this route you will experience the highlights of Burma as well as many insider tips away from the main tourist routes. According to countryaah, Burma is one of the countries starting with letter B.

A special highlight is visiting remote villages in the Chin region. The inhabitants of the Chin State live mainly as indigenous hill tribes widely scattered throughout the area. The women stand out for their face tattoos. The wonderful mountain landscapes and the lovable population make this trip particularly worthwhile. A real insider tip!

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If you wish, you will be accompanied by a German, English or French-speaking guide.

This is an example of one of our tours and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adapted and we will be happy to work out a round trip for you that is tailored to your interests and your budget.

Best travel time: mid-September to early April

Travel time: 22 days

Travel planning: Stay a few days longer and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Ngwe Saung or Ngapli at the end of your tour.

Tip: Be sure to book the hot air balloon ride over Bagan before your departure, as these are sold out well in advance!

1st – 2nd day: Yangon Pick
up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Then take a stroll through the center of the city of 5 million with its colonial buildings. Visit the more than 2000 year old Sule Pagoda and the lively Scott Market, where everything from handicrafts to clothes and jewelry is for sale. The Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagodas in the country, will show you its gold-plated exterior in a particularly impressive way at sunset and if you feel like it, go on a culinary excursion in the evening.

The next day you continue your sightseeing: visit a monastery where over 1300 monks live. Then take the leisurely circular train back to the city center. Visits to the studios of renowned artists can be arranged on request.

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3rd – 5th day: Mandalay
Transfer to the airport and flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to your hotel. Visit of the most important sights in Mandalay such as the Royal Palace, the Mahamuni Buddha and the largest book in the world. Visit of Mingun and the ancient royal cities of Sagaing, Amarapura and Ava by boat, car and horse-drawn carriage. You can enjoy the sunset at the much photographed U Bein Bridge and / or on Mandalay Hill.

On day 5 excursion to a fishing village on the Irrawaddy, where you have the opportunity to experience the life of the local population on the great river of Burma up close. They learn how to handle fishing nets and have lunch in the village. With a bit of luck, you might even spot an Irrawaddy river dolphin. Afternoon tour of the village and return to Mandalay in the evening.

Day 6 – 7: River cruise to Bagan
River cruise on the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan.

Day 8 – 9: Bagan
Transfer to Bagan. Extensive visits await you in this unique site: As far as the eye can see, countless temples, pagodas and stupas adorn the landscape. You explore the most interesting facilities by car, for example the Ananda Temple and the Shwezigon Pagoda. You will also visit a craft shop where Bagan’s famous Laquer goods are made. Dinner with a family in a small village.

Optional: Unforgettable hot air balloon ride over Bagan (due to the high demand, booking together with your tour is recommended).

Day 10 – 12: Chin region
Today the adventurous part of your Burma trip begins with an off-road (4 × 4) as a means of transport and marvel at the picture-perfect landscape on the way. The private trip to Kanpalat takes you to the large Chin Village, where the face-tattooed Chin women live. Overnight at 900 meters above sea level in Kanpalat.

Hiking is the order of the day for the next two days. You can climb Mount Victoria (3000 meters above sea level) and get to other Chin villages. Learn all about the culture in a personal conversation over dinner and experience two authentic nights with the locals in the villages. (A detailed hiking program will be discussed with you when booking).

Day 13-14: Mount Popa
After a short hike, continue on the off-road (4 × 4) to Mindat, through the National Park at Mount Victoria, which is known for its intact nature with a large number of birds and wild animals. With a little luck you will see hill tribes returning home with their prey.

The next day you travel to Mt. Popa, the mountain of the nats (spirits). Enjoy the beautiful sunsets in the pine forest landscape and visit local markets. The overnight stay in Popa with a corresponding view high up on the hill will be remembered for a long time.

Day 15-16: Kalaw
Transfer to the airport and flight to Heho. Then overland drive to Kalaw, a former mountain health resort of the British, known for its English houses in the middle of pine forests. Kalaw is hidden in the mountain range between the Inle region and the Irrawaddy plain. Drive to the Green Valley elephant camp near Kalaw and then hike along the river to the place where the elephants are washed. You can help with this. After lunch at the camp, drive back to Kalaw.

Day 17-18: Loikaw and Pampet
Overland trip to Loikaw, a lively small town away from the hustle and bustle , which is the starting point for exciting excursions to the villages of the long-necked women and the Kayah. On the way visit the pagoda forest of Kakku. The next day mini trek through varied landscape to Pampet, to the village of the Padaung (long-necked women) or to Htanelaar, a village of the Kayah. A tasty picnic awaits you on the way to strengthen yourself.

Day 19 – 21: Inle Lake
With the longboat it goes over the Hpekone Lake to Inle Lake, the home of the Inthas and one-legged rowers. Together with the guide you will explore the lake and its surroundings by long boat: 5-day market, lotus weaving, and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, to name just a few highlights.

You can also look forward to a cooking class, where you will be initiated into the secrets of Intha cuisine, as well as a trip in motorless canoes through the narrow waterways, away from the usual tourist spots.

Day 22: Return home or stay at the beach
Flight to Yangon and time to do your last shopping. Then it is time either to say goodbye to Burma or to enjoy a few relaxing days at the end of your vacation on the Bay of Bengal.

Burma - Off The Beaten Track

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