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Destination:  Myanmar
Travel Style: Local Expedition
Accommodation: Hotels and overnight bus
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Join us on a journey across Myanmar, and immerse yourself in all the country has to offer — from culinary delights to exquisite temples. From Yangon to Nyaung Shwe, Bagan, and Mandalay, this once-in-a-lifetime journey serves up incredible cultural experiences.

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon

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Arrival Airport: Yangon International Airport (RGN)

Welcome to Myanmar! On arrival at Yangon International Airport, your English-speaking guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. After checking in, you will have the rest of the day to explore Yangon at your leisure.

Accommodation: Lavender Hotel or similar

Day 2: Yangon Tour and Shwedagon Pagoda Visit

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Today, we will enjoy a tour around Yangon, starting with a fascinating morning excursion through the city and its suburbs. We will take a ride on the Circular Train, a famous rail network in Myanmar, and along the way, we'll visit colorful markets and take a break at a local tea shop.

After tea, we will visit the emblem of the country: Shwedagon Pagoda. Thanks to its gold surfaces and enormous size, this beautiful stupa seems to glow against the horizon — and as bells chime and birds chirp, we will walk around the base of the main structure.

During the afternoon, we will experience Yangon’s colonial architecture, wander its neighborhoods, and enjoy different kinds of local street foods.

In the evening, we will board our overnight bus to Nyaung Shwe.

Accommodation: Overnight Bus

Day 3: Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake Experience

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After breakfast, our guide will take us to Nyaung Shwe jetty. This will be a full-day excursion to discover Inle Lake via motorized pirogue.

Inle Lake is inhabited by a lacustrine population: The Inthas (meaning “Lake’s son”). The Inthas live in stilt houses located in a series of villages, including their capital (Ywama) in the middle of the lake. We will visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha images but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats.’ Next, we will stop by Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for the 800-year-old, gold-leafed Five Buddha images. Then we will peruse the local crafts at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and the hand-made Burmese cigars at the cheroot factory.

After lunch, we will set out for the Pa-Oh village of Indein, where we will spend about half an hour walking through the village and surrounding forest. We will visit the magnificent complex of Alaung Sithu and the old stupas buried in vegetation. We will marvel at a panoramic view of the lake from In Dein Monastery, then return to Nyaung Shwe by pirogue and transfer to our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel 81 or similar

Day 4: Shan Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

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Today, we will get to know a beautiful floating village inhabited by food-loving families. We will board our private, motorized pirogue and head to the local market, where we will shop for ingredients with our chef. He/she will introduce the local ingredients to us and explain the benefits of using them in the kitchen. We will have some time to relax before our cooking lesson begins. The chef will show you how to cook and then help you prepare anywhere between eight and 10 special Shan dishes. After cooking everything, it will be time to feast on the delicious meal you have made.

In the afternoon, we will return to the pier, where we will be picked up and driven to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery for a local wine tasting.

In the evening, we will board our overnight bus to Bagan.

Accommodation: Overnight Bus

Day 5: Bagan Tour

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You will embark on a full-day excursion to discover Myanmar’s greatest wonder: Bagan. We will begin our visit with a stop at the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, where locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods.

Next, we will visit Ananda Temple, jewel of Burmese architecture and one of the major pilgrimage sites for the Burmese. We will explore the Myinkaba village and stop at the Myinkaba-Gubaukkyi Temple, with its impressive murals and frescoes. Dating from 1113 A.D., this is one of the oldest temples in Bagan.

We will continue by Manuha and Nanpaya temples, followed by a visit to a traditional lacquerware workshop. Finally, our tour will end at East Ohtain Taung, where we will admire the sunset.

Accommodation: The Regency Hotel or similar

Day 6: Mandalay Transfer and Mingun Tour

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Once we arrive at Mandalay (around noon), our guide will meet us at the bus station and transfer with us in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the jetty to take a boat to Mingun.

Once in Mingun, we will set out to discover the great, unfinished Mingun Pagoda, which was split by an earthquake in 1838. We will stop at the monumental bronze bell (90 tons), Then we will visit the elegant, all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, with its seven levels of serrated terraces. After we finish exploring, we will board the bus to return to Mandalay.

Accommodation: Hotel Nova or similar

Day 7: Depart from Mandalay

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After a delicious breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and continue to the airport to catch our international flights back home — or, if you have chosen to extend your adventure, continue exploring Mandalay, Myanmar!

Departure Airport: Mandalay International Airport (MDL)

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel Style: Local

  • Service Level: Simple (comfortable and clean accommodations; public and private transport)

  • Route: Yangon, Nyaung Shwe, Bagan, and Mandalay

  • Accommodation: Hotels and overnight bus

  • Transport: Air-conditioned van, bus

  • Meals Included: One meal per day


This Acanela Local Expedition © offers an affordable experience for those looking for clean and simple accommodations, with lots of experiences and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local people, culture, cuisine, wildlife, and nature.

Dates & Prices

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From $1,000 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert driver guides; all activities as listed in the itinerary; and one meal per day. *International airfare and visa fees are not included. 

+3-Day Mandalay Extension: From $800 / person

+7-Day Thailand Extension: From $1000 / person

+ Single Room Supplement: $300 / person

Please note: Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Single Room Supplements and Extension add-ons become available after you select Book Now and hit continue. *Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. We can provide some general guidance on what websites to check, but these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

+ Can you help arrange my travel visas?

Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf, we are able to help determine if visas are required for the countries you are visiting. If you do require a visa, you can arrange it by yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.

+ Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

+ What clothing should I bring for my trip?

We always recommend packing as light as possible; however, the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Prior to each trip we provide a suggested packing list. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

+ I'm a solo traveler — will I be charged a single supplement?

We are happy to accommodate single travelers, but we will add a single supplement charge to your total price.

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