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Discover Myanmar (Burma) - Exodus Travels
Discover Myanmar (Burma) - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Yangon
Destinations
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Ends
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Highlights

  • Explore ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan
  • Take a guided walking tour of Mandalay
  • Trek the surrounding countryside of Kalaw
  • Admire the beautiful views of Inle Lake
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Yangon! With the discovery tour Discover Myanmar (Burma), you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and 10 other destinations in Myanmar (Burma). Discover Myanmar (Burma) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • AM
    Written on March 22, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trip "Discover Myanmar"; it was much better than I had anticipated. The accommodation was great, and the food was delicious. And the best part: everything from transport, laundry, shopping etc was so much cheaper than anticipated. And the local people are so friendly and helpful, and the country cleaner and more 'organised' than expected. Altogether an enjoyable experience.
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  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 2
    Written on August 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

     A fantastic trip that gave an insight into a amazing country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many but sunrise over the U bien bridge was lovely, visiting the minirity villages on the cycle ride was also memorable. Standing on the sunset pagoda in Bagan and being able to see nothing but temples in any direction!What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Min.He had an incredible amount  of knowledge about the sites / places we visited and nothing was too much trouble for him.  He looked after us all very well. Min was  an absolute gentleman. His kind and gentle manner relected the manner of the Burmese people in general.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a torch.Cycle helmets are now provided for the bike ride.Is there anything else you would like to add?Even though we went in August there was hardly any rain, so don't be put off if this is the only time of year you can visit.

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 3
    Written on August 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

     A fantastic trip that gave an insight into a amazing country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many but sunrise over the U bien bridge was lovely, visiting the minirity villages on the cycle ride was also memorable. Standing on the sunset pagoda in Bagan and being able to see nothing but temples in any direction!What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Min.He had an incredible amount  of knowledge about the sites / places we visited and nothing was too much trouble for him.  He looked after us all very well. Min was  an absolute gentleman. His kind and gentle manner relected the manner of the Burmese people in general.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a torch.Cycle helmets are now provided for the bike ride.Is there anything else you would like to add?Even though we went in August there was hardly any rain, so don't be put off if this is the only time of year you can visit.

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 4
    Written on April 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a very well planned and executed holiday. Our tour guides' organisational skills and interpersonal management of our group was exceptional. As a whole the trip way exceeded my expectations for content and quality of the hotels used. We were blessed in being a very agreeable and well balanced group in all aspects. In short a wonderful and memorable holiday in a remarkable country spent with a great group of co-travellers.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many: Climbing up the 1000 or so steps of Mandaley hill bare footed to see the setting sun reflected in a veritable palace of coloured mirrored tiles in the Pagoda at its' sumit.Finding ourselves in the middle of an initiation parade for Burmese boys entering monkhood where their family and friends carried elaborate temple gifts of flowers made from folded currency notes.Eating ice cream sundaes with the whole group in Mandaleys' only ice cream parlour. You have to be deprived of such luxuries for a week to appreciate just how wonderful this was!Walking through a patchwork of cabbage fields looking every inch like a cubist painting in the hills above Kalaw. Then eating cabbage soup and other delicacies with a local farming family.Riding the circular slow train around Yangon. Three hours of rattling travel and a lifetimes' memories gained from observing the diversity of Burmese day to day life being lived by fellow passengers.What did you think of your group leader?Joseph Zau Li is a truely inspirational tour leader. His organisational skills were always spot on; we truely never wanted for anything. Joseph was always happy to just chat about anything and was a great source of information for me about contempory Burmese society way above and beyond the tour content. Because of Josephs' enthusiasm for his country I felt we did far more than was strictly listed in the tour notes, and for me this added a huge amount of added value to the tour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We went at the hottest time of the year - March/April. The guide books will suggest you should avoid this in favour of December/January and this worried me. My fears were unjustified. Yes it was very hot and we had to avoid walking about too much at mid-day, but if you wear a hat, sunscreen and drink plenty of water the upside is less crowds. I didn't even get sunburnt, and if you sit around more in the middle of the day its more opportunity to watch and interact with the local people.Is there a process to toughen your feet up before you go? If so do it. You will find yourself constantly walking around barefooted over roasting hot stone pavements. This seriously burns the soles of our "sensitive" feet. At times must have looked like a group of sand lizards hopping from one foot to the other to avoid the pain! Curiously, I have to say, dispite such depravations, my feet suffered no lasting damage at all.Is there anything else you would like to add?One of the best things about this itenerary is that it has a very good blend of planned and unplanned time, leaving lots of opportunity for arranging other activities, which, with the inestimable help of our excellant guide was always easy to achieve. There were some early starts because of the plane schedules, but I felt the advantage of using the planes to save time on road journeys over very poor roads easily repaid the effort. Other companies sail from Mandaley to Bagan, but I felt the day cruising up the Irrawaddy to Mingan on a private boat gave enough exposure to riverside life and the time saved flying gave welcome extra time to explore Bagan.I feel the itenerary circuit of Bagan/Mandaley/Hill Station/Lake Inle was preferable to the reverse circuit used by some other tours, as we did the hottest, most temple saturated and most energy demanding areas first before moving onto the more relaxing, slightly cooler areas: which gave a very welcome change of pace.We were a large group of 18 but this was never a problem. We had beautiful large buses for our transport which gave everyone plenty of space to move around and socialise freely. In such a hot country you really need, comfort, good air conditioning and space for long journeys over terrible roads. I have critizised tour companies for using 24 seater mini buses for groups of 16 or more in such conditions which usually makes the travelling hell. I'm very happy that this was not the case here.I spent an extra day in Yangon before and after the tour and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys individual exploration as there is so much to see in Yangon and there is only limited time within the tour program.

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 5
    Written on April 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a very well planned and executed holiday. Our tour guides' organisational skills and interpersonal management of our group was exceptional. As a whole the trip way exceeded my expectations for content and quality of the hotels used. We were blessed in being a very agreeable and well balanced group in all aspects. In short a wonderful and memorable holiday in a remarkable country spent with a great group of co-travellers.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many: Climbing up the 1000 or so steps of Mandaley hill bare footed to see the setting sun reflected in a veritable palace of coloured mirrored tiles in the Pagoda at its' sumit.Finding ourselves in the middle of an initiation parade for Burmese boys entering monkhood where their family and friends carried elaborate temple gifts of flowers made from folded currency notes.Eating ice cream sundaes with the whole group in Mandaleys' only ice cream parlour. You have to be deprived of such luxuries for a week to appreciate just how wonderful this was!Walking through a patchwork of cabbage fields looking every inch like a cubist painting in the hills above Kalaw. Then eating cabbage soup and other delicacies with a local farming family.Riding the circular slow train around Yangon. Three hours of rattling travel and a lifetimes' memories gained from observing the diversity of Burmese day to day life being lived by fellow passengers.What did you think of your group leader?Joseph Zau Li is a truely inspirational tour leader. His organisational skills were always spot on; we truely never wanted for anything. Joseph was always happy to just chat about anything and was a great source of information for me about contempory Burmese society way above and beyond the tour content. Because of Josephs' enthusiasm for his country I felt we did far more than was strictly listed in the tour notes, and for me this added a huge amount of added value to the tour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We went at the hottest time of the year - March/April. The guide books will suggest you should avoid this in favour of December/January and this worried me. My fears were unjustified. Yes it was very hot and we had to avoid walking about too much at mid-day, but if you wear a hat, sunscreen and drink plenty of water the upside is less crowds. I didn't even get sunburnt, and if you sit around more in the middle of the day its more opportunity to watch and interact with the local people.Is there a process to toughen your feet up before you go? If so do it. You will find yourself constantly walking around barefooted over roasting hot stone pavements. This seriously burns the soles of our "sensitive" feet. At times must have looked like a group of sand lizards hopping from one foot to the other to avoid the pain! Curiously, I have to say, dispite such depravations, my feet suffered no lasting damage at all.Is there anything else you would like to add?One of the best things about this itenerary is that it has a very good blend of planned and unplanned time, leaving lots of opportunity for arranging other activities, which, with the inestimable help of our excellant guide was always easy to achieve. There were some early starts because of the plane schedules, but I felt the advantage of using the planes to save time on road journeys over very poor roads easily repaid the effort. Other companies sail from Mandaley to Bagan, but I felt the day cruising up the Irrawaddy to Mingan on a private boat gave enough exposure to riverside life and the time saved flying gave welcome extra time to explore Bagan.I feel the itenerary circuit of Bagan/Mandaley/Hill Station/Lake Inle was preferable to the reverse circuit used by some other tours, as we did the hottest, most temple saturated and most energy demanding areas first before moving onto the more relaxing, slightly cooler areas: which gave a very welcome change of pace.We were a large group of 18 but this was never a problem. We had beautiful large buses for our transport which gave everyone plenty of space to move around and socialise freely. In such a hot country you really need, comfort, good air conditioning and space for long journeys over terrible roads. I have critizised tour companies for using 24 seater mini buses for groups of 16 or more in such conditions which usually makes the travelling hell. I'm very happy that this was not the case here.I spent an extra day in Yangon before and after the tour and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys individual exploration as there is so much to see in Yangon and there is only limited time within the tour program.

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 6
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great country, great experience. Trip was a very good balance between interesting agenda and down time. Definitely the internal flights was an added bonus to reduce travel time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The people and varied agendaWhat did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Always avaialbe, very prepared. The trip ran extremely smoothly and effortlessly. The trip leader was always available, full of knowledge and genuinely was pleased to share his country with the travel group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?No real advice, but would recommend this trip for anyone who wants adventure but also some downtime on the holiday.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great tour leader, definitely a valuable addition to the Exodus team.

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 7
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip including the amazing Bagan temples and Shan Stupas with the added variety of a couple of day long boat trips and even some cycling. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Bagan temples were awe inspiring, especially seeing them at sunset. The towns and cities were varied from bustling Yangon to laid-back Nyaungshwe. The Buddhas come in all shapes and sizes and there were thousands of them. The  people are friendly and open.What did you think of your group leader?Josep was a knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful tour guideDo you have any advice for potential travellers?There are no long bus journeys which is a definite plus (although a couple of the flights were very early). It can be very hot in March/April, we experienced 40 degrees although there are almost no mosquitos at this time. Food quality is mixed with several group members with upset stomachs. Is there anything else you would like to add?Tourism is taking off so I would recommend you visit now otherwise places like Bagan will soon become heaving with tourists. It will end up like Angkor Wat in Cambodia

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 8
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The expedition itinerary was well thought out and allowed us to really see Myanmar, it's culture, history, food and most of all the wonderful people. It was a really interesting, elightening, moving and fun experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Loads to mention. Schwedagon Paya in Yangon, the plains of Bagan at sunset, U Bein bridge at sunrise, chatting to monks in Mandalay, getting soaked at the new year water festival, and meeting other travellers in the group.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Well organised, smart and attentive. He gave us insights into the country as only proud locals can. He had a great sense of humour combined with impressive knowledge. We felt valued and that our visit was in a small way, helping to make a difference to this wonderful country.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Eat and drink in small local restaurants and bars. Don't be put off because they look "too local". Everyone is so friendly and welcome you like one of the family. Order a beer and start up a conversation.Take lipstick, mascara etc to trade with local girls at the main tourist sights.Take a big memory card for your camera.Men, don't be afraid to wear a Lyongi. everyone does, it's cool and locals like the effort youre making.Spread your money around. Buy souvenirs all over the place. If you are in a big group, arrange to eat in different places so everyone benefits.Is there anything else you would like to add?We have travelled around most of the far east but Myanmar was potentially the most "challenging". However the trip was excellent, interesting, exciting and went without a hitch. We loved the place and the people. Don't be put off coming, but travel responsibly. 

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 9
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip including the amazing Bagan temples and Shan Stupas with the added variety of a couple of day long boat trips and even some cycling. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Bagan temples were awe inspiring, especially seeing them at sunset. The towns and cities were varied from bustling Yangon to laid-back Nyaungshwe. The Buddhas come in all shapes and sizes and there were thousands of them. The  people are friendly and open.What did you think of your group leader?Josep was a knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful tour guideDo you have any advice for potential travellers?There are no long bus journeys which is a definite plus (although a couple of the flights were very early). It can be very hot in March/April, we experienced 40 degrees although there are almost no mosquitos at this time. Food quality is mixed with several group members with upset stomachs. Is there anything else you would like to add?Tourism is taking off so I would recommend you visit now otherwise places like Bagan will soon become heaving with tourists. It will end up like Angkor Wat in Cambodia

  • Discover Myanmar (Burma) reviewer 10
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The expedition itinerary was well thought out and allowed us to really see Myanmar, it's culture, history, food and most of all the wonderful people. It was a really interesting, elightening, moving and fun experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Loads to mention. Schwedagon Paya in Yangon, the plains of Bagan at sunset, U Bein bridge at sunrise, chatting to monks in Mandalay, getting soaked at the new year water festival, and meeting other travellers in the group.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Well organised, smart and attentive. He gave us insights into the country as only proud locals can. He had a great sense of humour combined with impressive knowledge. We felt valued and that our visit was in a small way, helping to make a difference to this wonderful country.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Eat and drink in small local restaurants and bars. Don't be put off because they look "too local". Everyone is so friendly and welcome you like one of the family. Order a beer and start up a conversation.Take lipstick, mascara etc to trade with local girls at the main tourist sights.Take a big memory card for your camera.Men, don't be afraid to wear a Lyongi. everyone does, it's cool and locals like the effort youre making.Spread your money around. Buy souvenirs all over the place. If you are in a big group, arrange to eat in different places so everyone benefits.Is there anything else you would like to add?We have travelled around most of the far east but Myanmar was potentially the most "challenging". However the trip was excellent, interesting, exciting and went without a hitch. We loved the place and the people. Don't be put off coming, but travel responsibly. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Yangon (Rangoon).
  2. Day 2: City tour including the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda and old colonial areas of this former capital.
  3. Day 3: Fly to Bagan (Pagan) with its ancient temples and pagodas; free time to explore until sunset.
  4. Day 4: Full day tour to explore the largest temples as well as some of the smaller ones.
  5. Day 5: Morning sightseeing at Bagan; free afternoon.
  6. Day 6: Fly to Mandalay; visit Mandalay Hill for sunset.
  7. Day 7: Visit U Bein Bridge at sunrise; day exploring the countryside visiting Mingun and Sagaing villages by boat.
  8. Day 8: Scenic drive to Kalaw, a former colonial British hill station.
  9. Day 9: Day walk through Kalaw past minority villages.
  10. Day 10: Drive to Inle Lake visiting Pindaya Caves en route.
  11. Day 11: Cruise on Inle Lake; visit local craft industries and lakeside markets, Indein pagodas and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.
  12. Day 12: Cycle to minority villages around Inle Lake by support vehicle (if needed).
  13. Day 13: Fly to Yangon; free afternoon.
  14. Day 14: Tour ends after breakfast in the hotel. End Yangon (Rangoon).

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    • April 1, 2017

      How many people are in the bus?

      The bus will be a private mini bus that will fit 16 travelers and the tour guide.

    • February 1, 2017

      Is there a single supplement available on this tour?

      Yes. Please take note that there will be an extra charge for a single supplement room. Please contact us to arrange this.

    • February 1, 2017

      Do you have the list of the hotels used on this trip?

      The list of hotels used on this tour:

      Day 1 and 2 - Yangon – Hotel Grand United (Alhone Branch)
      Day 3, 4, 5 - Bagan - Yar Kinn Tha Hotel -
      Day 6, 7 - Mandalay – Golden Country/Mandalay City
      Day 8, 9 – Kalaw - Pine Hill Resort -
      Day 10, 11, 12 Inle Lake - Hupin Hotel -
      Day 13 - Yangon – Hotel Grand United (Alhone Branch)

      Please note that these are still subject to change.

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 1,411 km.
      • Yangon (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 505 km
      • Bagan (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 7 km
      • Nyaung U (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 45 km
      • Mt Popa National Park (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 146 km
      • Mandalay (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 11 km
      • Mingun (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 20 km
      • Sagaing (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 16 km
      • Mandalay (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 157 km
      • Kalaw (Myanmar (Burma))
      • 23 km
      • Pindaya (Myanmar (Burma))
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