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Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) - Exodus Travels
Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) - Exodus Travels
Starts
Yangon
Destinations
+7
Ends
Yangon
Age Range
16 to 80 year olds
Excellent
29 reviews
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Highlights

  • Explore the temple complex in Bagan
  • Enjoy the cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • View the impressive Inle Lake
  • Visit small vilages and cottage industries
Start and end in Yangon! With the discovery tour Highlights of Myanmar (Burma), you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and 6 other destinations in Myanmar (Burma). Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 1
    Written on November 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I thought this was a fantastic tour which represented very good value for money given how much you will see in a short time. If your time is limited and you want an introduction to this wonderful country, then this is the tour for you. I found Myanmar to be a very friendly and culturally interesting place to visit, and I am very, very glad I went. As this country is opening up, I would go now as many of the places you will visit are still untouched in their original form without the influences of commercialism. This represented to me the biggest charm of the place - it was so as it was and in todays developed world, a real find. I was simply overwhelmed by the place and would return again. Put it this way, as a keen photographer who has been travelling in one form or another for most of my life, there were times when I didn't know where to point my camera as there was so much to see! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many but to me the people, who were very friendly.Bagan was also special as I was lucky to have been there during the Festival of Lights as there were celebrations in the streets and the temples were lit up with candles. We watched a fireworks display in front of an ancient temple, which was awesome. I loved it! I have never seen so many ancient structures in my life as that place. Everywhere I looked there was a temple or monastery.In terms of other places being on lake Inlay and the cave of a 1000 Buddha's are also worth a mention. What did you think of your group leader?Our guide Min was excellent and took good care of us. He was always on hand to help us no matter what time of the day and was a good ambassador to his country. The tour itself was very well organised.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?One thing that surprised me was the intensity of some of the people trying to sell you things at some of the sites you visit. There were times when I found this a bit annoying as I wanted to explore the area without being approached, so be prepared for this. There were occasions when it did actually upset me on the insides when I did ignore them knowing how much we have compared to what they've got. :( This is also a demanding trip in that involves a lot of traveling, which can be tiring but well worth it given what you will see. Is there anything else you would like to add?I would like to have spent some time in the rural areas. The drive to the cave of a 1000 Buddha's was interesting in that I saw so much of the agricultural countryside that I would like to have visited or at the very least added to the itinerary.As was fortunate enough to be on a very small group - there were only 4 of us - I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much with a bigger group of say 16 as it would have been too impersonal. I believe the group size should be kept small to no greater than 8 for that reason.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 2
    Written on October 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A very well organised and run tour in a country which has only recently opened up to tourists and in which facilities for tourists are still rudimentary.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The cave of 8000 Buddhas near Inle Lake was a real find. It was clearly an important and well-developed local attraction which has so far attracted almost no foreign tourists at all. I have been to many similar sites in my wife's country (Malaysia). In most of them the religious statues are rather cheap, tacky and vulgar and detract rather than add to the natural beauty of the cave. This was not the case here. The cave had a genuinely spiritual feel and had an integrity derived from its importance to the local people.What did you think of your group leader?Jopseph was absolutely brilliant. His advice and instructions were always absolutely clear and unambiguous. The way in which he organised the tips kitty was brilliant and prevented a lot of unfairness and embarrassment. Other tour guides could learn from this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go now before important sites like Bagan are completely overrun and access is limitedIs there anything else you would like to add?Excellent value for money.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 3
    Written on October 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A very well organised and run tour in a country which has only recently opened up to tourists and in which facilities for tourists are still rudimentary.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The cave of 8000 Buddhas near Inle Lake was a real find. It was clearly an important and well-developed local attraction which has so far attracted almost no foreign tourists at all. I have been to many similar sites in my wife's country (Malaysia). In most of them the religious statues are rather cheap, tacky and vulgar and detract rather than add to the natural beauty of the cave. This was not the case here. The cave had a genuinely spiritual feel and had an integrity derived from its importance to the local people.What did you think of your group leader?Jopseph was absolutely brilliant. His advice and instructions were always absolutely clear and unambiguous. The way in which he organised the tips kitty was brilliant and prevented a lot of unfairness and embarrassment. Other tour guides could learn from this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go now before important sites like Bagan are completely overrun and access is limitedIs there anything else you would like to add?Excellent value for money.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 4
    Written on May 15, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A comprehensive short trip to a fascinating country.  Less rushed than many of these short tours as 2 days was spent in most locations and travel most of the time was by air.  Great introduction to Burma.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Taking a horse drawn carriage around the beautiful temples of Bagan was a wonderfully relaxed way to tour the area.  You  may not get as far around as in a bus, but its the way to do it.  Pingaya Caves, which are being removed from the itinerary, were fabulous.  Thousands of golden buddah's in a maze of caves.  In addition there was a visit to a local paper factory where they made paper products and parasols.  This was being removed based on customer feedback to spend more time at Inle Lake town.  We got there mid afternoon and had plenty of time there to see what there is of the small place.  It would be a shame if this was missed off future trips.Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon was simply stunning. What did you think of your group leader?Andrew (or Zo his local name) was excellent. He had a very appropriate laid back style, which suited the tour and was a reflection of the people of Burma. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The river cruise from Bagan to Mandalay is 13 hours long and to be honest from my point of interest not really that interesting.  You also don't get any time in Mandalay to look round the city.  If this hasn't been changed to an internal flight by Exodus, you may want to consider paying for the flight from Bagan to Mandalay and re-join the party at the Mandalay hotel later in the day.  We took Qatar airways flights via Doha which are much shorter than the Malaysian airways flights which were the Exodus flights.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip - definitely an introductory one to the country.  Will definitely go back as more of the country opens up to tourism. 

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 5
    Written on May 15, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A comprehensive short trip to a fascinating country.  Less rushed than many of these short tours as 2 days was spent in most locations and travel most of the time was by air.  Great introduction to Burma.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Taking a horse drawn carriage around the beautiful temples of Bagan was a wonderfully relaxed way to tour the area.  You  may not get as far around as in a bus, but its the way to do it.  Pingaya Caves, which are being removed from the itinerary, were fabulous.  Thousands of golden buddah's in a maze of caves.  In addition there was a visit to a local paper factory where they made paper products and parasols.  This was being removed based on customer feedback to spend more time at Inle Lake town.  We got there mid afternoon and had plenty of time there to see what there is of the small place.  It would be a shame if this was missed off future trips.Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon was simply stunning. What did you think of your group leader?Andrew (or Zo his local name) was excellent. He had a very appropriate laid back style, which suited the tour and was a reflection of the people of Burma. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The river cruise from Bagan to Mandalay is 13 hours long and to be honest from my point of interest not really that interesting.  You also don't get any time in Mandalay to look round the city.  If this hasn't been changed to an internal flight by Exodus, you may want to consider paying for the flight from Bagan to Mandalay and re-join the party at the Mandalay hotel later in the day.  We took Qatar airways flights via Doha which are much shorter than the Malaysian airways flights which were the Exodus flights.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip - definitely an introductory one to the country.  Will definitely go back as more of the country opens up to tourism. 

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 6
    Written on May 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well-planned tour under the supervision of a helpful careful leader. The best sights in South East Asia; at times there was a photo in every single direction. Friendly people and good food. All transfers throughout the trip went like clockwork.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The day trip by motor boat around Lake Inle, stopping at a beautiful river setting leading to the magical decaying stupas of IndeinWhat did you think of your group leader?"Andrew" was very committed to our safety, welfare and enjoyment. He had good relationships with staff and clients alike.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a busy schedule with some very early morning starts. But it's all worth it to complete the circuit in 8 days: the longer (15 days) would probably be overwhelmingIs there anything else you would like to add?The Exodus system of clients contributing to a group kitty and the leader dividing it between the dozens of porters, hotel staff and drivers etc completely takes the hassle out of tipping.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 7
    Written on May 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well-planned tour under the supervision of a helpful careful leader. The best sights in South East Asia; at times there was a photo in every single direction. Friendly people and good food. All transfers throughout the trip went like clockwork.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The day trip by motor boat around Lake Inle, stopping at a beautiful river setting leading to the magical decaying stupas of IndeinWhat did you think of your group leader?"Andrew" was very committed to our safety, welfare and enjoyment. He had good relationships with staff and clients alike.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a busy schedule with some very early morning starts. But it's all worth it to complete the circuit in 8 days: the longer (15 days) would probably be overwhelmingIs there anything else you would like to add?The Exodus system of clients contributing to a group kitty and the leader dividing it between the dozens of porters, hotel staff and drivers etc completely takes the hassle out of tipping.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 8
    Written on February 13, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    If you are young and fit with limited time this is the trip for you.  All the main sights are covered burt the pace is very hectic with several early starts, eg leaving the hotel at 4.30am.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the sun set over the stupas and pagodas of Bagan, the sunrise at U Bein's bridge, and the Shwedagon Paya at Yangoon are the sights that stay in the mind.  I was also overwhelmed by the friendliness and openness of the people.What did you think of your group leader?Andrew was simply superb.  He was knowledge and informative and everything was extremely well planned.  He was especially kind and considerate to a fellow traveller who had mobility problems during the trip.  We had an early flight on the Saturday morning going home (not the group flight) and he got up to see us off at 5.45am and to negotiate the fare with the taxi driver.  He went that extra mile which not every guide does.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a very hectivc tour with very little free time to do your own thing.  There are several very early starts.  If going in their winter (Dec - Feb) be prepared for some chilly mornings especially at Inle lake.  It was only truly hot in the middle of the day, otherwise the temperatures were very pleasant and we ate outside most evenings.  I would also advise booking some wind down time after the tour either in Yangon or - better - at a costal resort.  Exodus are not offering the Ngali extension at present but several of the group were going onto Thailand for a few days.Is there anything else you would like to add?I'm not sure that Exodus have the design of this tour quite right.  If designed for 30+s fair enough but on our group this was not the main age group.  Apart from two peple in their twenties we were all 50+.  Certainly for me the pace was too hectic.  An extra day at the beginning in Yangon to give time to recover from the flight and to see more of Yangon would be good.  As it was all we saw of Yangon was a tour from 3.30 pm on the first day and 4pm on the last day.  We could also do with an extra day in Mandalay to actually see the city itself.  As it was we saw the U Bein's bridge and a series of pagodas outside the city.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 9
    Written on February 13, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    If you are young and fit with limited time this is the trip for you.  All the main sights are covered burt the pace is very hectic with several early starts, eg leaving the hotel at 4.30am.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the sun set over the stupas and pagodas of Bagan, the sunrise at U Bein's bridge, and the Shwedagon Paya at Yangoon are the sights that stay in the mind.  I was also overwhelmed by the friendliness and openness of the people.What did you think of your group leader?Andrew was simply superb.  He was knowledge and informative and everything was extremely well planned.  He was especially kind and considerate to a fellow traveller who had mobility problems during the trip.  We had an early flight on the Saturday morning going home (not the group flight) and he got up to see us off at 5.45am and to negotiate the fare with the taxi driver.  He went that extra mile which not every guide does.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a very hectivc tour with very little free time to do your own thing.  There are several very early starts.  If going in their winter (Dec - Feb) be prepared for some chilly mornings especially at Inle lake.  It was only truly hot in the middle of the day, otherwise the temperatures were very pleasant and we ate outside most evenings.  I would also advise booking some wind down time after the tour either in Yangon or - better - at a costal resort.  Exodus are not offering the Ngali extension at present but several of the group were going onto Thailand for a few days.Is there anything else you would like to add?I'm not sure that Exodus have the design of this tour quite right.  If designed for 30+s fair enough but on our group this was not the main age group.  Apart from two peple in their twenties we were all 50+.  Certainly for me the pace was too hectic.  An extra day at the beginning in Yangon to give time to recover from the flight and to see more of Yangon would be good.  As it was all we saw of Yangon was a tour from 3.30 pm on the first day and 4pm on the last day.  We could also do with an extra day in Mandalay to actually see the city itself.  As it was we saw the U Bein's bridge and a series of pagodas outside the city.

  • Highlights of Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 10
    Written on January 29, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wonderfully well organised trip providing a fantastic introduction to the people and culture of Myanmar. Delicious food.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Travelling down the Irrawaddy to MandalayWhat did you think of your group leader?Very professional and efficient.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take brand new 100 and 50 dollar notes

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  • Day 1: Arrive Yangon (Rangoon).
  • Day 2: Fly to Bagan; free to explore temples and pagodas.
  • Day 3: Full day tour to explore the largest temples as well as some of the smaller ones.
  • Day 4: Transfer to Mandalay; afternoon free.
  • Day 5: Visit U-Bein Bridge at sunrise; all day cruise visiting Sandamuni Paya and sunset at Mandalay Hill.
  • Day 6: Fly to Heho and transfer on to Inle Lake.
  • Day 7: Cruise on Inle Lake; visit local craft industries and lakeside markets, Inthein pagodas and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.
  • Day 8: Fly to Yangon; free afternoon; visit Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.
  • Day 9: End Yangon.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,259 km.
    • Yangon (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 513 km
    • Bagan (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 93 km
    • Mandalay (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 11 km
    • Mingun (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 20 km
    • Sagaing (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 16 km
    • Mandalay (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 159 km
    • Heho (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 21 km
    • Inle Lake (Myanmar (Burma))
    • 425 km
    • Yangon (Myanmar (Burma))

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