Myanmar Encompassed
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Myanmar Encompassed

This is the ultimate tour of amazing Myanmar. Privately guided both on and off-the-beaten track you’ll get a flavour of the country's unique identity, a special perspective on its remarkable scenery and a sense of the warmth of its wonderful people.  

You’ll loop south of Yangon to visit distinct locations like the Hpa An caves and the precarious Golden Rock before heading north to explore the more well-known sites of Bagan, Mandalay and Lake Inle (in our signature style of course). You’ll head into the hills for countryside adventures, discovering extinct volcanoes, rural villages and waterfalls. There is time to marvel at the many glittering pagodas, to taste the local food and wine and to reflect on it all with a few days well-earned relaxation at the beach.

 A once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

 Highlights include

  • Experiencing the contrasts of local village and modern urban life.  Streetfood dinners in the city; dining with the local community in remote villages.
  • Exploring nature at a pace that suits you.  Silvery lakes, remarkable caves, mountains, waterfalls and volcanic peaks discovered on foot, by bike, boat, road, train, horse and cart.
  • Soaking up the magic at some of the must-see sights like extraordinary Bagan. We structure our excursions carefully to dodge the crowds where possible.
  • A spell of well-earned relaxation on beautiful Ngapali Beach. 
As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £6,500 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be lower in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Myanmar experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

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Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

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Day-to-Day Itinerary : Myanmar Encompassed

Day 1 Depart the UK

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Yangon.

Day 2 & 3 Yangon   Explore the contrasts of the city

On arrival in Yangon you’ll be met by your private guide for the transfer to your hotel. The first afternoon/evening is free for you to relax.

Your first full day in Myanmar is spent with your guide exploring Yangon on an Experience Travel Group signature tour, designed to get you under the skin of the city in a unique way. You’ll visit landmarks, explore markets and see the contrasts of local village and urban life. You’ll enjoy a streetfood dinner with refreshing local beer before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

Day 4 & 5 Mawlamyine and Bilu Island   the sleepy south

Join your guide and driver for the road journey to Mawlamyine. En route you’ll stop to explore the Nwa La Bo Taung Pagoda, a less-visited alternative to the more famous Golden Rock Pagoda. The pagoda is built on a rock on a hill top and the whole structure seems to defy gravity.

You’ll arrive in Mawlamyine for sunset and check into the hotel that will be your base for two nights.

On Day five you’ll travel by boat to Bilu (Ogre Island) where life is lived away from modern civilization. You’ll discover the island in an open-top truck, passing paddy fields and fruit plantations and stopping to explore quaint handicraft villages. In the afternoon, if you wish, there is time to explore the landmarks of Mawlamyine itself.

Day 6  Hpa An   Remarkable caves and mountain trekking

Travel from Mawlamyine to Hpa An, a relatively short drive. After checking in to your Hpa-An hotel you’ll visit the “water garden pagoda” with a remarkable elevated view of the surrounding lake. You could then choose to take a two hour hike up Zwekabin Mountain which will reward you with fantastic views. If time permits (or if you’d prefer not to hike up the mountain) you’ll explore some of the region's spectacular caves.  

Day 7 The Golden Rock   Explore the gravity defying pagoda

Leaving Hpa An, your journey will continue into Mon State and on to the famous “Golden Rock”. The climb to the top takes about an hour and en route you’ll no doubt encounter local people making the important pilgrimage to the summit. Weather permitting, the view from the top is amazing. You’ll stay overnight near the rock itself.

Day 8 Bago to Yangon    discover the relics

Before breakfast you may choose to visit the Golden Rock for sunrise. Later in the morning, you’ll travel to Bago where there is chance to explore the town which includes a visit to a famous Buddhist shrine inlaid with diamonds. In the afternoon you’ll continue the journey back to Yangon, stopping at a poignant British War Cemetery en route. Overnight accommodation is back in Yangon.

Days 9-12 Bagan & Mount Popa   magical atmosphere

After a short flight from Yangon to Bagan you’ll transfer to nearby Mount Popa. Here you’ll check into a relaxing resort in the forest, your base for a trek to the extinct volcanic peak. This is one of Myanmar’s most revered pilgrimage sites, with incredible views including one towards the famous (and much photographed) shrine of Popa Taung Kalat.

After your time at Mount Popa you’ll transfer back to extraordinary Bagan where you’ll stay for three nights. With your guide and by car, cycle, horse and cart as well as on foot you'll soak  up the magical atmosphere and the sheer scale of this very unique location. Highlights include meeting the inhabitants of rural Kyun Thiri Island and visiting one of the most famous temples at sunset after most of the other tourists have left.

Day 13 & 14 Mandalay  Ancient capitals and bustling markets

It’s a 30 minute flight from Bagan to Mandalay where two days are dedicated to a guided tour of the ancient capitals, impressive pagodas and bustling markets. You’ll also have the chance to discover famous sites like Ava and U Bein Bridge by boat, with a few twists on the usual tourist route to dodge the busiest times of the day.   

Days 15-17 Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw  into the remote hills

Leaving Mandalay your drive and guide will transport you into the hills towards Pyin Oo Lwin. The magnificent town, formerly known as Maymyo, is located 1000 metres above sea level and was the former summer capital of the British Raj. Here you’ll explore the bamboo, flowers, fountains and lakes of the botanical gardens and take a traditional horse drawn cart through the town to admire the colonial buildings.

After a night in Pyin Oo Lwin you’ll board the train for the journey to Hsipaw. Take in the breathtaking views as you traverse the countryside and cross the unusual Gokteik Viaduct. You’ll then have a full day based in Hsipaw exploring the surrounding villages and waterfalls of this remarkable rural area.

Day 18 Hsipaw-Kalaw    Travel towards sleepy Kalaw

If you like a very early start you could visit the Hsipaw Morning Market which runs from 3am-6am! Otherwise, after breakfast your driver and guide will take you to Lashio Airport for the one hour flight to Heho, the base for Kalaw and Lake Inle.  On arrival you’ll transfer to your peaceful hotel and the evening is free to relax.

Day 19 Kalaw    Elephants and bicycles

Today you’ll visit the Green Hill Elephant Camp, a venture aimed at providing work and shelter for retired elephants. After lunch you’ll return to Kalaw with your guide where you’ll enjoy an afternoon discovering this sleepy colonial hill station by bicycle.

Day 20 Kalaw to Lake Inle  Through the villages to Lake Inle

Today you’ll take a trek through the countryside to a handweaving village and enjoy some spectacular views from a nearby hilltop pagoda. After a picnic lunch you’ll continue the journey to Lake Inle by road and on arrival you’ll board a boat to your hotel where you’ll check in for a three night stay.

Days 20-22 Lake Inle   Lake-life and vineyards

Lake Inle offers a stunning scenic backdrop and an abundance of interesting sites to explore. Here you’ll spend two days exploring the lake itself and the surrounding countryside by boat. You’ll visit the markets that rotate atop the lake surface and watch the sunset while taking in the lake views. In the surrounding countryside you’ll visit vineyards, and a local town where a private chef will teach you a little about Burmese cuisine.

Days 23-26 Ngapali Beach  Well-earned relaxation

From Heho you’ll fly to Ngapali for four days well-earned relaxation by the beach. Spend lazy days exploring the 3km stretch of sand, swimming in the pool and enjoying all that the area has to offer.

Day 27 Yangon   Sunset at The Shwedagon Pagoda

Before you fly home you’ll spend one last night in Yangon, toasting your epic tour of Myanmar with an afternoon tour and a sunset at one of the country’s most famous landmarks, the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Day 28 Fly Home

Depart Yangon for your flight back to the UK.

Myanmar Encompassed Hotels

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

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Myanmar Encompassed Experiences

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Customer Feedback
Golden Island Cottages at Inle Lake was absolutely wonderful for the lake side view and being detached. It was nice it had a bath tub too as quite chilly there.

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