Classic Myanmar Adventure -

14 days, 13 nights

Visit : Yangon, Kyaiktiyo, Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake

As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often fe ...

As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake’s unique floating gardens, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay, and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await – come find them.
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  • ₹ 1,72,425 per person (only applicable for Indian nationals.)*
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Highlights

  • Explore intriguing Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll Mandalay's temples, float down the Irrawaddy River, experience the ancient ruins of Bagan, relax at Inle Lake
Start of Tour
Yangon
14 days, 13 nights
End of Tour
Yangon
  • Day 1Arrive at any time.
    • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h

      - The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    • Hotel Grand United - Ahlone

      - Hotel Grand United - Ahlone

    • Meals - No Meal
  • Day 2Visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda before driving to the base of Golden Rock. Enjoy a pleasant hike to the top for an overnight stay.
    • Start the day with a visit to the famous golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the "heart" of Buddhist Myanmar. Later, travel through the delta and over the Sittang River to Kyaikhtiyo. From Kinpun, the pilgrimage road runs 10km to the 1200m high pagoda on the famous Golden Rock. Take a typical Myanma passenger truck to a camp. Walk about one hour from here to the Golden Rock. At the summit, a simple but well located hotel awaits.
    • Shwedagon Pagoda Visit Yangon Yangon

      - Enjoy your visit to this gorgeous pagoda, which is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft morning light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon.

    • Private Vehicle Yangon Kyaiktiyo 4h 180 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Passenger truck Kyaiktiyo Kyaiktiyo 0h45m 11 KM

      - Hop in the this typically Myanma truck from the base camp village to the starting point of the hike.

    • Golden Rock Hike Ascent Kyaiktiyo Kyaiktiyo 1h30m 2h

      - Embark on a pleasant hike up a steep and winding tar road. Pass local traditional medicine stalls and tea houses along the route. The final destination? The stunning Golden Rock and pagoda.

    • Mountain Top Hotel

      - Mountain Top Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 3Travel back to Yangon, stopping in Bago to see a reclining Buddha.
    • Start the descent from Golden Rock in the early morning to retrace your steps back to Yangon before travelling to Bago.
    • Golden Rock Hike Descent Kyaiktiyo Kyaiktiyo 1h

      - Hike back down from the top of this beautiful spot and take a few photos as you go.

    • Passenger truck Kyaiktiyo Kyaiktiyo 0h45m 11 KM

      - Pile into the back and enjoy the ride to the next stop.

    • Private Vehicle Kyaiktiyo Yangon 4h 180 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Reclining Buddha Visit Bago

      - Spend time admiring this impressive open air Buddha.

    • Hotel Yangon

      - Hotel Yangon

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 4Take an early flight to Mandalay and explore its ancient temples and sights, like the Golden Monastery.
    • Fly to Mandalay and visit the famous Golden Monastery (Shwenandaw), the only building still standing from the one hundred plus that once stood on the palace grounds. From here, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda and look at its 729 marble slabs displaying the entire Buddhist canon. After lunch, explore the Mahamuni Temple which houses the country´s holiest Buddha image, the 3.5m tall Arakan Buddha, made of bronze and gold leaf. Later, visit the workshops of gold leaf and marble carvers. Opt to climb to the top of Mandalay Hill for a bird´s eye view and a visit to the Shwe Kyin Monastery for sunset.
    • Plane Yangon Mandalay 1h30m

      - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    • Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit Mandalay Mandalay

      - Enjoy your visit to this stunning monastery, known as the "Golden Monastery," that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura. Admire its delicate wood carvings of Buddhist myths. The monastery is a fantastic example of traditional Myanma architecture.

    • Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit Mandalay Hill Mandalay

      - Visit this stunning pagoda with its gold and white buildings in a traditional Myanma style. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa that claims the honour of housing the world's largest book. A spiritually significant place for followers of Theravada Buddhism, this site will be fascinating to all visitors regardless of religion.

    • Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit Mandalay Mandalay

      - Visit the 100-year-old legendary Arakan Buddha, which stands at 3.5m (11.5 ft) tall. Made of bronze and covered in gold leaf, this gorgeous Buddha is a major pilgrimage site. Gaze up at the stunning statue and learn more about the significance of this temple.

    • Shwe Kyin Monastery Visit Mandalay Mandalay

      - Enjoy a sunset visit to Shwe Kyin Monastery -- it's one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the country. Every evening, visitors can watch the novice monks in procession, chanting as they go. Later, opt to clear your mind by joining the monks in meditation.

    • Emerald Land Hotel

      - Emerald Land Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 5Visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Visit the village of Mingun before returning to Mandalay.
    • Head out in the morning to visit the former capital of Amarapura (Sanskrit for "Beautiful Town"). Walk over the world´s longest teak bridge, U Bein, and visit Sagaing Hill for fascinating views over the pagodas and monasteries dotting the landscape down to the Ayeyarwady River. In the afternoon travel by boat along the mighty Ayeyarwady River, enjoying sights of washerwomen, buffalo carts, and daily life along the riverbank. Visit the village of Mingun before returning to Mandalay for the evening.
    • U Bein Bridge Walk Amarapura Amarapura

      - Enjoy a walk on the U Bein Bridge, which is a 1km bridge in believed to be the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world. This bridge is still an important connection for the local people and is busiest during July and August when the lake is most full. Built from reclaimed wood from a royal palace, there are 1,086 pillars rising from the water, though, not all are original.

    • Sagaing Hill Visit Sagaing Sagaing

      - Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae while in the area.

    • Boat Mandalay Mingun 1h 10 KM

      - Hop the boat to Mingun village for the 1 hr ride across. After, take the same route back to Mandalay (2 hrs roundtrip).

    • Emerald Land Hotel

      - Emerald Land Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 6Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to ancient Bagan.
    • Enjoy a slower pace as you travel by local public boat along the Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar's 'Super Highway'. Sightsee from the boat before arriving in Bagan.
    • Ayeyarwady River Cruise Mandalay Bagan 11h 12h

      - Enjoy a relaxing day floating down the Ayeyarwady. Watch daily life unfold along the river as you cruise by, taking a well-deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of exploration.

    • Riverboat Mandalay Bagan 11h 13h

      - Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

    • Private Vehicle Bagan Bagan 0h30m 1h

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Floral Breeze Hotel

      - Floral Breeze Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 7Enjoy a packed day learning about the culture and history of this once great civilization. Visit ancient sites that host hundreds of temples and stupas. Visit the Nyaung Oo market.
    • In the morning, wander through the marketplace of Nyaung Oo and get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Myanma people. Next, visit Shwezigon Pagoda, the only golden pagoda in the Bagan area. Continue to the caves of Kyanzittha Umin. In Gubyaukgyi, a perfect Indian-style temple, view hundreds of frescoes illustrating stories of the Buddha. Finally, visit the huge Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, explore Manuha Temple before checking out the elaborate stone engravings at Nanpaya Temple. Head south to witness the beautiful Abeyadama Temple and finally the Lawkananda Pagoda, a landmark of Ayeyarwady fishermen. Visit traditional manufacturers of unique Bagan lacquerware and relax at one of the pagodas as the sun sets over Bagan.
    • Nyaung Oo Marketplace Bagan Bagan

      - Visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where, each day, the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. It provides a window into everyday life in Bagan.

    • Shwezigon Pagoda Bagan

      - Visit this gorgeous pagoda that's thought to contain a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. The magnificent, circular, gold leaf stupa is surrounded by smaller temples and shrines, and the compound boasts a stone pillar with Mon language inscriptions.

    • Htilominlo Temple Visit Bagan

      - Enjoy your visit to this red brick temple, which is 46m (150ft) tall and known for its elaborate plaster moldings. Make sure to view the four Buddhas on the temple that face each direction.

    • Manuha Temple Visit Bagan

      - Explore this rectangular building well known for its three images of seated Buddhas and an image of Buddha entering Nirvana. It's one of the oldest temples in Bagan.

    • Nanpaya Temple Bagan

      - The Nanpaya Temple is one of four sandstone temples in the Bagan area. What makes it unique are the four pillars with stone reliefs of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, carved onto them. You can still spot some original colour on the art today.

    • Lawkananda Pagoda Bagan

      - This charming pagoda is revered by local fisherman. Explore its lovely setting and look for the many small turtles living nearby. Lawkananda means "joy of the world" and contains a replica of a Buddha tooth relic.

    • Bagan Lacquerware Manufacturers Visit Bagan

      - Lacquerware is an art typical of Southeast Asia, originating in China. In Myanmar, the art form began around the 12th century in Bagan. Visit a shop to learn more about this intricate process and opt to pick up some gorgeous souvenirs for friends back home (or yourself).

    • Floral Breeze Hotel

      - Floral Breeze Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 8Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or take some time to relax.
    • If you plan to take a hot air balloon ride in Bagan, this is the best day to do it. Keep in mind this should be reserved in advance and the ballooning season is from Oct 1 to March 31 every year.
    • Bagan

      - Enjoy some free time.

    • Floral Breeze Hotel

      - Floral Breeze Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 9Drive to the cooler air of Kalaw, a former British hill station, visiting Mt Popa en route.
    • Leave early to reach Kalaw. Journey through sun-parched plains sprinkled with Palmyra palms to the 'Mountain of Deities', Popa. Climb a staircase (about 20 mins) up the huge volcanic rock to see shrines for Nats (celestial spirits of Myanma mythology) and small temples dedicated to the Buddha. On the climb up, pass many food stalls and shops selling herbal remedies. Continue to Kalaw for the evening.
    • Private Vehicle Bagan Kalaw 8h 260 KM

      - After two hours, stop for a visit to Mt Popa. Continue on for another six to reach Kalaw.

    • Toddy Palm Farm Visit Bagan Bagan

      - Learn more about this plant, which is important to Myanmar. It's also used to make palm wine.

    • Mount Popa Visit Popa Hill Popa Hill

      - Climb 20 min to the top of this volcanic rock and learn more about the shrines for Nats (celestial spirits of Myanma mythology). On the climb up, pass many food stalls and shops selling herbal remedies. During the visit, you may witness many Myanma paying their respects at this sacred spot.

    • Dream Villa

      - Dream Villa

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 10Stretch your legs with a hike through the scenic hills of Kalaw and enjoy an included lunch.
    • Explore the countryside whilst enjoying the cooler air at 1320m above sea level. Pass through tea plantations, citrus groves and tribal villages. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Kalaw.
    • Kalaw Hike Kalaw

      - In the morning, transport up to the trailhead to commence the hike. Explore the countryside whilst enjoying the cooler air at 1320m above sea level. Pass through tea plantations, citrus groves and tribal villages. Savour a scenic lunch before returning to Kalaw by early afternoon.

    • Kalaw

      - Enjoy some free time.

    • Dream Villa

      - Dream Villa

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH
  • Day 11Enjoy a free morning exploring Kalaw. In the afternoon, board the local train for a scenic journey to Inle Lake.
    • Enjoy a free morning to explore Kalaw's vibrant market or visit Aung Chan Tha Zedi, with its sparkling gold and silver glass mosaics, or the Hnee Pagoda with its 500-year-old bamboo Buddha. After lunch, jump on board the local train to Lake Inle for an immersive journey through rural stations, stunning mountain scenery, and village life.
    • Kalaw

      - Enjoy some free time in the morning to explore.

    • Local train Kalaw Shwenyaung 3h 3h30m

      - Take the slow train for a scenic trip through Myanmar's rural stations with views of the stunning mountains and village life.

    • Private Vehicle Shwenyaung Nyaungshwe 0h30m 0h45m

      - Arrive to Nyuanshwe, the largest village in the Inle Lake area.

    • Paradise Hotel

      - Paradise Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 12Explore the lake by boat and visit some of its floating villages. Try to spot the famous Intha leg-rowers during the tour.
    • Travel through a small creek by longtail boat to enjoy one of the most scenic boat tours in Inle Lake. The boat tour will go to Indein, at the western end of the Lake, where farmers can be observed cultivating their produce. Visit some of the intriguing floating villages and investigate the great Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its five holy Buddha images.
    • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit Inle Lake Inle Lake

      - Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda monastery. While open to everyone, only men are allowed to place a gold leaf on the images. Look through the shops selling traditional Shan and Myanma items.

    • Boat Tour Inle Lake Inle Lake

      - Jump in a boat and enjoy the ride on Inle Lake and its floating villages. Get a taste of the way of life in this unique location.

    • Paradise Hotel

      - Paradise Hotel

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 13Fly back to Yangon for a final chance to explore and shop in the old capital. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a G Adventures-supported project.
    • After breakfast, board a flight back Yangon. The afternoon is free to explore the markets and sights of Yangon with plenty of time for some last minute shopping before dinner together at a G Adventures-supported project.
    • Private Vehicle Nyaungshwe Heho 1h 30 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Plane Heho Yangon 1h

      - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    • Private Vehicle Yangon International Airport Yangon 1h 16 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • LinkAge Training Restaurant Yangon 2h 3h

      - Indulge in a traditional Burmese culinary experience at LinkAge Restaurant and Art Gallery. A G Adventures-supported initiative, LinkAge provides skill-building opportunities to vulnerable youth, teaching them culinary skills as well as developing holistic and sustainable sources for social support such as housing and education. Visit the restaurant and experience the positive change taking place in this community.

    • Hotel Grand United - Ahlone

      - Hotel Grand United - Ahlone

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,DINNER
  • Day 14Depart any time.
    • Meals - BREAKFAST

Inclusions

  • G Adventures for Good: LinkAge Training Restaurant

  • Yangon

  • Shwedagon Pagoda visit (Yangon)

  • Mandalay combo entry ticket (includes most sights in Mandalay)

  • Golden Rock visit

  • Amarapura visit

  • Sagaing visit

  • Bagan Archaeological Zone guided tour

  • Irrawaddy River boat trip

  • Inle Lake boat tour including floating villages (half-day)

  • Shwemawdaw Stupa visit

  • Mingun boat trip

  • Local slow train

  • U Bein Bridge visit

  • Mahagandayong Monastery visit

  • Sagaing Hills Meditation Centre visit

  • Mt Popa visit

  • Hilltribe hike (half-day)

  • Internal flights

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).-Products to confirm the amount.

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International Air ticket.
  • Airport Taxes.
  • Visas.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (Incase not a part of the package).
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary.
  • Porterage and tips.
  • Any item of personal nature such as Laundry, tips, shopping,telephone bills etc.
  • Any other item not mentioned in the 'Holiday Price Includes' head
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 28 Dec 2019

Date Twin Sharing Accommodation
Sat,25 Nov - Fri,08 Dec ₹ 2,02,425
Sat,30 Dec - Fri,12 Jan ₹ 2,02,425
Sat,27 Jan - Fri,09 Feb ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,24 Feb - Fri,09 Mar ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,31 Mar - Fri,13 Apr ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,21 Apr - Fri,04 May ₹ 1,79,925
Tue,22 May - Mon,04 Jun ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,23 Jun - Fri,06 Jul ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,21 Jul - Fri,03 Aug ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,25 Aug - Fri,07 Sep ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,22 Sep - Fri,05 Oct ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,27 Oct - Fri,09 Nov ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,24 Nov - Fri,07 Dec ₹ 1,87,425
Sat,29 Dec - Fri,11 Jan ₹ 1,87,425
Sat,26 Jan - Fri,08 Feb ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,23 Feb - Fri,08 Mar ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,30 Mar - Fri,12 Apr ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,27 Apr - Fri,10 May ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,18 May - Fri,31 May ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,15 Jun - Fri,28 Jun ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,27 Jul - Fri,09 Aug ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,24 Aug - Fri,06 Sep ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,21 Sep - Fri,04 Oct ₹ 1,72,425
Sat,26 Oct - Fri,08 Nov ₹ 1,79,925
Sat,30 Nov - Fri,13 Dec ₹ 1,87,425
Sat,28 Dec - Fri,10 Jan ₹ 1,87,425

Dates

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Accommodation

Accommodation :

Hotels (12 nts), simple guesthouse (1 nt).

Joining Hotel :

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions :

If you have not purchased an arrival transfer through G Adventures, upon arrival at Yangon International Airport the easiest way to get to the hotel is by taxi. There is a registered taxi stand at the exit gate of the arrivals hall where fixed rates can be paid. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the city centre and the rates are approximately 10-15 USD If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Things to Carry

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

Equipment Checklist

Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

Travel Tips

  • Highlights

    Explore intriguing Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll Mandalay's temples, float down the Irrawaddy River, experience the ancient ruins of Bagan, relax at Inle Lake

  • Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Cox & Kings will email you the latest updated final tour programme 7 days prior to your departure.

  • Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

  • Group Leader Description

    All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 15, avg 12

  • Meals Included

    13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts

  • Transport

    Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bicycle, walking.

  • Local Flights

    All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • My Own Room

    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

  • Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

  • Joining Instructions

    If you have not purchased an arrival transfer through G Adventures, upon arrival at Yangon International Airport the easiest way to get to the hotel is by taxi. There is a registered taxi stand at the exit gate of the arrivals hall where fixed rates can be paid. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the city centre and the rates are approximately 10-15 USD If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

  • Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your CEO, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

  • What to Take

    What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

  • Checklist

    Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

  • Laundry

    Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Aboard the expedition ship Explorer laundry facilities are provided at a charge. Aboard the Amazon Explorer laundry facilities are provided free of charge for each passenger once a week.

  • Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip: We recommend roughly 300-350 USD for spending money on this trip. This can be exchanged on Day 1 in Yangon with some advice from your CEO. This allowance would cover food, drinks, camera fees and most optional activities (except for the hot air balloon). If you are a keen shopper and/or drinker, we recommend budgeting a bit more for those activities. Please bring ONLY new, MINT CONDITION US dollars to Myanmar with you. Be specific with your bank when buying cash. If you are in the US, please be sure to go to your bank and request NEW bills- older bills with wrinkles, tears, rips, creases or marks will not be accepted.

  • Money Exchange

    During this tour the local currencies you will use are the Burmese Kyat and the US Dollar. As currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each of the above mentioned currencies. ATMs are available in every major town in Burma but they are not always accessible, may not be functioning or may be closed. We recommend bringing MINT CONDITION US dollars to Burma and exchanging it on arrival. See "Spending Money" for more information on budgeting. Travellers cheques can be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers' cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange. Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached. Credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants, and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. When purchasing US dollars please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

  • Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Departure Tax

    You may be required to pay a departure tax of USD10 upon leaving Myanmar.

  • Tipping

    It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

  • Optional Activities

    All prices listed are in US Dollars (USD), per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators. Bagan Hot Air Balloon- USD 320 for standard or USD 380 for premium service - per person Bicycle hire- 5 USD Bagan Archaeology Museum- 5 USD Horse cart- 15 USD Inle Lake Red Mountain Winery- 10 USD

  • Health

    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our CEO's are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

  • Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

  • Medical Form

    Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

  • A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

  • Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

    The Planeterra Foundation planeterra.org is a Canadian non-profit organization that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra provides capacity building and catalyst grants to get community social enterprises off the ground. These businesses address local challenges by providing benefits for indigenous people, empowering marginalized women, and granting disadvantaged youth access to education, employment, and brighter futures. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating programs into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. Dollar-a-Day Program G Adventures’ Dollar-a-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar for every day you are on trip. 100% of these donations go directly to support community development projects worldwide that are implemented by Planeterra.

  • Feedback

    After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

  • Newsletter

    Our adventure travel e-newsletter is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories and contests. To avoid missing out on special offers and updates from G Adventures, subscribe at www.gadventures.com/newsletters/ Stay current on how our company invests in our global community through our foundation – Planeterra. Sign up for Planeterra's monthly news to learn more about how to give back and support the people and places we love to visit.

  • Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

    Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.

  • Minimum Age

    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Group Leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Emergency Contact

    EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER :: +9122 61968888

  • Meal Notes

    IMPORTANT NOTE: INDIAN MEALS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TOUR

  • Visas
    • Please note that visas for Myanmar/Burma are the responsibility of the individual traveler - most countries must obtain a visa prior to travel. The visa requirements vary depending on nationality, you can find the full details at the Foreign Services website for your country, or at the Myanmar embassy/consulate closest to you. Please visit http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ for the full details of the E-Visa approval letter process. The cost of the visa is approximately $50 USD. When filling in the form please enter the following: Purpose of Entry: Tourism Address in Myanmar: please use the start hotel for your tour (listed in the Joining Hotel section) Agency Name: SunBird Tours Agency Contact Number: 0095 1 293464/ 294050 The approval process may take up to 5 business days and the letter is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Once the evisa approval letter is received by email, print out the approval letter and bring it with you to present upon arrival.
    • We can help you get your VISA. If you need help or any additional information, please get in touch with us
  • Important Notes
    • Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.
    • There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.
    • All holiday prices are subject to Goods and Services Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
    • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    • Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.
    • All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.----Kindly mention the name on which the cheque should be drawn.
    • Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.
    • There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.
    • All holiday prices are subject to Goods and Services Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
    • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    • Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.
    • All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of "COX AND KINGS LIMITED".