Off the Beaten Path in Myanmar

Swe Taw Myat, Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda (Yangon, Myanmar)
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When to Go All Year
Off the Beaten Path in Myanmar

“This itinerary that takes you to iconic landmarks as well as to hidden temples, local houses and local village. Gain a deeper knowledge of the culture and experience what’s at the heart of this magical country.”

Day 1

Day 1
Arrive Yangon

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

In the evening you’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, explore the downtown night market.

Day 2

Day 2
Yangon - Bagan

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

Head off the beaten track to visit the temples of Bagan that are not on the maps. This is your chance to witness ancient temples, monasteries and temples that are not on the typical tourist route.

Day 3

Day 3

Today you’ll travel by private car to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple and a local slipper factory in Pakkoku.

You’ll then enjoy a private boat ride while lunch is served on board.

Afterwards you’ll visit a lacquerware workshop in Myinkaba village.

Day 4

Day 4
Bagan - Heho - Pinlaung - Loikaw

Your day starts with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho.

From Heho 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, you’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.

Dinner will be a home cooked Kayah dinner served at a local family house.

Day 5

Day 5

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

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

You’ll them be escorted to Pemsong village for a trek of the Trail of the Ancestors. A local guide will take you on this 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.

You’ll also visit a Kayah martial arts training centre before sundowners with Kayah liquor and sausages.

Day 6

Day 6
Loikaw - Pekon - Samkar

Enjoy breakfast before being driven to the Hta Nee La Leh to meet the local community who’ll share stories of their shrines.

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

Time permitting, you’ll visit the Samkar monastery.

Day 7

Day 7
Samkar - Inle Lake

This morning you’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 you’ll go by private motorboat to discover the beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see the famous leg rowers, and sip tea at a local house.

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

Day 8

Day 8
Inle Lake

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 head to Nam Pan village for a spot of canoeing before returning to your hotel.

Day 9

Day 9
Inle Lake - Yangon - Home

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

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itinerary highlights
  • See the glistening Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset
  • Head off the beaten track to visit temples of Bagan that are not on the maps
  • Learn about the lives of the long-neck women tribe at Kasae Kum village
  • Go on a private motorboat ride on Inle lake, visiting the floating gardens along the way
  • Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at a local house
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