Tour Details at a glance

Tour Dates

7 - 25 February 2020

Tour Length

19 days / 18 nights

Tour Cost

TBA

Group Size

Minimum 4, Maximum 10

Starts and finishes in

Yangon

Accommodation

17 nights Hotels
1 night River Boat

Transport

1 day train
2 domestic flights
1 overnight river cruise
Truck to Golden Rock
Private air-conditioned minibus

Meals

18 breakfasts
1 lunch
2 dinners

Other Inclusions

Arrival and departure transfers; 
Entrance fees to all sights as per the itinerary; 
Guide fees; 
Tips and gratuities

Destinations - Tour > Burma > Incredible Burma Tour

Incredible Burma Tour

This fabulous tour takes in the main sights of Burma, also known as Myanmar, including the hill tribes near Kalaw. We visit Inle Lake, Mandalay and ancient Bagan and venture south to the pilgrimage site of Kyaiktiyo (The Golden Rock) and the decaying British colonial streets of Mawlamyine.

Only now opening up to the west, Burma or Myanmar is an as yet unspoilt remnant of South East Asia with a fascinating blend of India, Thailand and China, yet with it's very own flavour, and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet.


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Highlights

* wonder at the leg rowing fishermen at Inle Lake
* explore the charming hill station of Kalaw
* delve into the host of sights in the erstwhile royal capital Mandalay
* ramble through the atmospheric ruins of Bagan
* take the pilgrimage to Golden Rock Pagoda
* discover the melancholic beauty of Mawlamyaing
* be dazzled by the Shwedagon Pagoda at Yangon

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon
Arrival Day. No group activities today. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting before heading out for dinner.
Hotel: Central Hotel

Day 2 Inle Lake
We take a short flight to Heho on the Shan plateau, home to the many varied tribes of the Shan state. We make our way down to the friendly town of Nyaung Shwe, which is a starting point for boat trips, bike rides, canoe journeys or gentle strolls through the local produce market.
Hotel: Nyuang Shwe Paradise Hotel or similar

Days 3-4 Inle Lake
We take a full day's boat trip on the massive expanse of Inle Lake, visiting the weekly market, the Phaung Daw U pagoda, the Padaung (long-neck) tribal women, and the floating gardens as well as looking out for some of the unique leg-rowing fishermen.

On day 4, spend time hiking in the mountains, or hire a cycle and visit the local villages, waterways and pagoda. The local market in Nyuang Shwe is worth a visit. Whilst in Nyuang Shwe we also enjoy a local dinner in the home of one of our friends.
Hotel: Nyuang Shwe Paradise Hotel or similar

Day 5 Kalaw
A train journey today to the pleasant hill station of Kalaw. Riding the Taunggyi Express, we wind through the plateau and across the Heho Plain.
Hotel: Dream Mountain Resort or similar

Day 6 Kalaw
We take a short day trek through the local tribal Palaung settlements taking lunch in one of the local villages, and visiting a local school.
Hotel: Dream Mountain Resort or similar

Days 7-8 Mandalay
We drive today to the cultural capital of Burma. Mandalay has a wealth of sights to dazzle the senses. We visit the U Bein bridge, the Shwe Ein Bin teak monastery and the Mahamuni Pagoda. Enjoy sunset from Mandalay Hill and soak in the atmosphere of the cultural heart of the country.
Hotel: Ayarwaddy River View Hotel or similar

Day 9 Mingun & Overnight Boat
We take a short boat ride to the ancient capital Mingun before boarding our private luxury boat for lunch and an overnight journey along the Irrawaddy River.

Days 10-11 Bagan
Arriving into Bagan by mid morning, we spend the afternoon exploring the ancient structures and pagodas scattered in the vicinity of our well positioned hotel.

On day 11 we take horsecarts through the countryside to explore this fascinating region and be inspired by the 1000 year old pagodas that surround you.
Hotel: Bagan Umbra Hotel or similar

Day 12 Bagan/Yangon
Time this morning to explore more of ancient Bagan or take a side trip to Mount Popa, home to the Nat spirits and where you can glimpse an awesome vista of the countryside from the peak of this volcanic tower.

In the late afternoon of day 12 we take a short flight to Yangon.
Hotel: Central Hotel

Day 13 Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock Pagoda)
A half a days drive through the central heart of Burma and we arrive in Kinpun, which is the base camp access point to the Golden Rock Pagoda pilgrimage site.
Hotel: Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar

Day 14 Mawlamyine
This morning we make the pilgrimage to Golden Rock by road, joining many other Burmese on this very important spiritual journey.

After lunch, we return down the mountain, then take a short drive through the tropical landscape to the old colonial seaside town of Mawlamyine, only recently opened up to foreigners.
Hotel: Attran Hotel or similar

Days 15-16 Mawlamyaing
A day to explore Mawlamyaing and nearby sights, including the worlds largest reclining Buddha and a meditation centre.

On day 16 we spend a full day visiting remote Ogre Island, where you get to see typical Burmese life, including workers making wooden handicrafts, rubber bands, slate boards amongst other things.
Hotel: Attran Hotel or similar

Days 17-18 Yangon
We return to Yangon by road. Spend the afternoon exploring the sights, including the Shwethalyaung Buddha and the Botataung Pagoda, or take a stroll around Inya lake.

Having saved the best for last, we make a morning visit to the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda, the spiritual hub of the nation before some last minute souvenir shopping in Bogyoke market.
Hotel: Central Hotel

Day 19 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at anytime.

Trip Notes

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 10

Days
19 days / 18 nights

Starts and finishes in
Yangon

Tour inclusions
Arrival and departure transfers
All accommodation as specified
All transportation between overnight stops and to and from included sightseeing
Entrance fees for all sites listed as part of the itinerary
Meals as specified
Full time Burmese tour guide
Gratuities for hotel staff, guides and driver

Tour exclusions
Visa costs
Meals other than those listed
Drinks, meal tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature
International Flights

Accommodation
Hotels (17 nights), Overnight riverboat (1 night)

Optional Single Supplement
If you are a single traveller, you are not required to pay a single supplement as we will match you up with other travelers. However if you do not wish to share accommodation, but would like to guarantee your own room throughout the tour a single supplement of USD TBA will be payable. Note that you might be the only single traveller, therefore automatically getting a room to yourself.

Transport
Private minibus, 2 Domestic flights, Boat, Truck

Activities included
The following is a list of included activities on this trip. Other activities are optional and will be at your own expense.
Boat trip, Lake Entrance, (Inle Lake)
Day trek to villages (Kalaw)
Mandalay sites Zone fee, (Mandalay)
Mingun Pagoda (Mingun)
Archeological Zone, Horsecart ride (Bagan)
Golden Rock (Golden Rock)
Reclining Buddha, Ogre Island (Mawlamyaing)
Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon)

Meals included
18 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Meals
Traveling with Incredible Indian Tours we ensure that you will experience a vast array of the gustatory treats available in Burma. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options. This allows you to choose where, and what to eat. More often than not however we eat together as a group. Your tour guide will offer suggestions for favourite restaurants throughout the trip.

Money Matters
Exchange rates at April 2018
AUD1 = 1025 MMK
CAD1 = 1047 MMK
EUR1 = 1628 MMK
GBP1 = 1880 MMK
NZD1 = 971 MMK
USD1 = 1320 MMK
There are an increasing number of ATMs in Burma, but ensure you bring adequate spending money in cash as you may not be able to withdraw from some machines with foreign cards. Only USD cash is acceptable to change in Burma. You will need fresh, clean, unfolded, untorn, unmarked notes from 2007 or later. The larger the note, the better exchange rate you will receive.

Spending money
Although entrance fees to specified sites are included in the tour price, there are additional sights that you may like to visit. Some sites may levy camera and video fees.
Spending money requirements will differ from one person to the next. You will need to take into consideration your spending habits when allowing for drinks, shopping, and optional activities.
You can eat and drink very well on US20-25 per day.
You will need to allow enough money for the following:
Meals ­ USD400
Optional Activities ­ USD100
Money for drinks, shopping and incidentals.

Tipping
Tipping is an integral part of life in Burma and is essential to a smooth trip. To make things easier we cover tips for hotel room staff, local guides and for drivers of private transport we use. This does NOT cover restaurant tips (allow 10% on top of your restaurant bill).

Physical rating 3/5
There will be plenty of walking around towns or sites, which due to the warm climate may make general sightseeing a little more strenuous.

Culture shock rating 3/5
Conditions in Burma are not always as comfortable as in other countries. You will be exposed to some poverty and chaotic road traffic. Bargaining is a way of life in Burma, so come prepared.

Travel insurance
Travel Insurance is highly recommended whilst traveling to Burma and is compulsory for any group tour with Incredible Indian Tours. If you are relying on travel insurance provided through your Credit Card, take note that the policies are sometimes inferior and may not provide adequate coverage.

Participation Waiver
All Incredible Indian Tours travellers are required to sign a Participation Waiver prior to or on day 1 of the trip. Please note that signing the form is a prerequisite of travelling with Incredible Indian Tours.

Visas
E-visas are now available for most nationalities and are valid for 28 days.
To apply visit http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/newapplication.aspx

Health
We recommend that you consult your doctor for current medical travel information about before departure. Your leader will be carrying a basic first aid kit, but we suggest you bring along your own as well as any personal medical requirements .
The following websites have up-to-date information about health requirements.
Australia https://www.travelvax.com.au/
New Zealand http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/travelling
USA https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
UK http://www.travelhealth.co.uk/
Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines

Communications / Keeping in touch
All of our hotels have Wifi, although speeds can be slow. You can purchase a local prepaid sim card (for unlocked cell phones) easily and inexpensively in Burma.

Your tour manager
Your tour manager is there to organise and streamline your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.
We also have a full-time local tour guide in addition to your tour manager who will help us to get to know their country, introduce us to their local friends and recommend great local restaurants and experiences.

Responsible travel
We believe strongly in responsible travel. This includes being respectful to the local culture (ie dressing appropriately, and learning a few basic cultural do's and don'ts), being mindful of the environment, and leaving a positive image behind. Remember we are ambassadors for our country. Bringing a few photos of your family and home with you is a great way to interact with the locals by giving them a glimpse of your world whilst you visit theirs.

Joining and finishing hotel and arrival information
Summit Parkview Hotel
350 Ahlone Rd, Dagon Township, Yangon
Myanmar (Burma)
Ph: +95 1 211 888 / 211 966

Transfer/joining instructions
As you come out of immigration and customs you will be bombarded by taxi companies and drivers to get a lift with them. Some will tell you that you must take a prepaid one. Politely ignore them and look for one of our smiling friends with your name on a board.

Early arrival information
If you are arriving earlier than day 1, extra accommodation in Yangon is available at TBA Single/Double per night per room. Please notify us as early as possible if you require extra accommodation as this hotel can be booked up well in advance.

Staying on
If you are staying on in Yangon after the tour, extra accommodation at the is available at TBA Single/Double per night per room.

What to take
We will be on the move a lot, so try to pack as lightly as possible. If you wish to bring gifts suggestions would be lipsticks, perfume, stationary and T-shirts. We stress that these things are for gifts for people that you may meet and share an experience with, NOT for children who are truant from school or begging. Ideally bring a backpack or a soft overnight bag with a strap. Suitcases and wheely bags may struggle as the roads and pathways can be rough and hard on luggage. Having said that we do not carry our bags for any distance.

Burma is a conservative Buddhist country and we ask that you dress accordingly. Please ensure that your shoulders and knees are covered.

Laundry
Laundry facilities will be available in most places we will be staying at for 2 or more nights. Elsewhere you may need to do your own laundry if required.

Weather
The weather during our journey should be great. Daytime temperatures will be warm ­ in the range 22-30oc with cool to cold nights requiring layers in Nyuang Shwe and Kalaw. In Yangon and the south, the temperatures will be a little closer to tropical, so lighter clothes here will suffice. Don't forget an umbrella, sun protection and a hat.

Checklist
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don't forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets.
Photocopy of above documents
Day pack
Health vaccinations/medication
First aid kit
Money: ATM card (widely available and easy to access); credit cards (widely accepted in big cities); cash US$ only (see money above)
Money pouch
Comfortable walking shoes
Warm jumper/sweater
Oral rehydration powders or salts
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
Ear plugs can be very useful if you are a light sleeper
Lock for your backpack or suitcase
Comfortable walking /hiking shoes for our day walk in Kalaw

Note: Certain items such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent and tampons are not readily available in Burma.
We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt to store your passport, air tickets, credit cards and cash. Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you. Some hotels we use have safety deposit boxes.

Bookings

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