Off the Beaten Path in Myanmar

Burma is a country just waiting to be discovered. Raw, rustic and real, it offers wild landscapes, ancient tribes, and countless customs and traditions that set it apart from anywhere else. Following the softening and then removal of a fifteen-year tourism boycott, it’s no wonder that people are flocking to discover its wonder, and leaving captivated by its beauty, magic and secrets, every time.

The below itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Myanmar itineraries, please click HERE.

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon International airport you’ll be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.

In the evening we’ll visit the illuminated Shwedagon pagoda for sunset. This mystical time of the day showcases the pagoda in a beautiful light, and at a peaceful time where the main platform is less crowded.

Afterwards we’ll grab some local snacks, draft beer or lime juice, and explore the downtown night market.

Stay: Savoy Myanmar

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight to Bagan.

Here, we’ll take you off the beaten track to visit the temples of Bagan that are not on the maps! You’ll get the chance to witness ancient temples and monasteries, temples that are off the typical tourist route, and hidden temples like one tucked behind a police station. Lunch will be served in a local house before we discover more about the magical Bagan period.

Stay: Bagan Lodge

Day 3: Bagan

Today we’ll go by private car to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple and a local slipper factory in Pakkoku. A private boat will then take you on a leisurely two hour trip while lunch is served on board. After eating, we’ll visit a lacquerware workshop in Myinkaba village.

Stay: Bagan Lodge

Day 4: Bagan - Heho - Pinlaung - Loikaw

The day starts after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho.

From Heho airport, you’ll be driven to Pinlaung and welcomed by a local family who’ll escort you to an ancient palace before lunch at their home. Afterwards, we’ll head to the train station for a scenic trip to Loikaw.

Your Kayah guide will greet you at the train station and take you to the hotel.

In the evening a home cooked Kayah dinner will be served at a local family house.

Stay: Kayah Resort

Day 5: Loikaw

The days starts with a visit to Loikaw’s morning market and the former palace of the Kayah prince.

From here we’ll go to Kasae Kum village to witness local life and hear the fascinating stories of the tribe of the longneck women.

We’ll then drive to Pemsong village for our trek of the Trail of the Ancestors. A local guide will take you on a gentle 4-hour walk while explaining the history of their ancestors, their belief in spirits, and the importance of the totem pole and herbal medicines.

Afterwards, we’ll make our way towards Loikaw and visit a Kayah martial arts training centre before sundowners with Kayah liquor and sausages.

Stay: Kayah Resort

Day 6: Loikaw - Pekon - Samkar

You’ll have breakfast before we drive you to the Hta Nee La Leh to meet the local community who’ll share stories of their shrines, then it’s a short journey by oxcart to the 7 lakes for lunch.

Afterwards you’ll meet your Shan guide for a private boat ride over the Pekon Lake to Samkar village.

Time permitting, we’ll visit the Samkar monastery.

Stay: Sagar House

Day 7: Samkar - Inle Lake

After breakfast we’ll continue by private boat to Nyaung Shwe, visiting the Hmawbi temple ruins on the way.

Inle Lake, in southern Shan State, is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages, some of which are built entirely on stilts. Today we’ll go by private motorboat to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see the famous leg rowers, and sip tea at a house.

We’ll also visit a local cheroot factory, the floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house and weaving factory.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 8: Inle Lake

Today we’ll explore the ruins of Indein at the south of the lake. Partly covered by vegetation, the area looks like a “pagoda forest” and offers fantastic views.

After a home-cooked lunch at a local house we’ll head to Nam Pan village for a spot of canoeing before returning to the hotel.

Stay: Sanctum Inle Resort

Day 9: Inle Lake - Yangon - Home

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Yangon and your international flight home.

 

The above itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Myanmar itineraries, please click HERE.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon Savoy Myanmar
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan Bagan Lodge
Day 3: Bagan Bagan Lodge
Day 4: Bagan - Heho - Pinlaung - Loikaw Kayah Resort
Day 5: Loikaw Kayah Resort
Day 6: Loikaw - Pekon - Samkar Sagar House
Day 7: Samkar - Inle Lake Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 8: Inle Lake Sanctum Inle Resort
Day 9: Inle Lake - Yangon - Home

Inclusions

Included

  • All transfers and transport as per program
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin sharing room)
  • Service of English speaking guides
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • Domestic flights

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (normally New Year periods)

Map

Yangon Bagan Loikaw Inle Lake