From the dramatic and untouched mountains of western Chin State to beautiful Shan hills of the east, these remote parts of Myanmar offer travellers a wealth of fascinating and diverse tribal cultures, as well as plenty of scenic trekking opportunities.
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US$38 per day
Fly up to Bagan and begin the day exploring the Ananda pagoda, dating from the 12th century and famed for its gilded sikhara tower at its peak; choose from bicycle, car or horse and cart to explore the plain and, later in the day, climb the Gawdawpalin or Bupaya pagodas for perfect sunset panorama views of the temples and plain.
Drive 8 hours west of Bagan to the small Chin mountain town of Kanpetlet and wander around the simple homesteads and churches of this quiet rural backwater; you will stay at one of the eco lodges higher up the mountain. The next day you make the straightforward hike up Mount Victoria (known as Nat Ma Taung in Burmese or Khonuamthung in the local Chin language), witnessing beautiful mountain vistas and variety of colourful flora on the way.
The next stop is Mindat, dramatically perched on a mountain ridge. Here, you will find members of the indigenous Dai, Upu and Ya tribes, of which the older womenfolk all have distinctive full facial tattoos. Explore the local market and mountainside villages and then return to Bagan for the chance to explore some more temples and enjoy some Myanmar wine over dinner by the pagodas.
Fly to Mandalay and visit the last royal palace of the Konbaung dynasty, recalling the days of Thibaw and his queen, Supayalat, before they were expelled to India by the British. Just to the south of Mandalay, take a stroll down the longest teak bridge in the world, the iconic U Bein bridge in Amarapura. The town of Amarapura is full of textiles stores and small metal works factories, where you can watch master craftsmen cast Buddha statues in bronze or visit a weaving factory to see how fabrics are made.
At Inwa, you can take a horse and cart around the quiet meandering roads that once made up a powerful kingdom’s capital city. Across the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, the Mingun Bell is reputed to be the heaviest and largest working bell in the world. If you’ve worked up a hunger wandering around Mingun and its massive unfinished stupa, reward yourself by purchasing some freshly steamed corn on one of the many roadside stalls – it’ll be the sweetest you’ve tried.
Fly to Heho airport and transfer via car to the characterful town of Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. If you go for the superior hotel option, a boat will take you to your hotel on the lake (standard hotels are in Nyaung Shwe). There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to relax or for sightseeing around the lake to see the local Intha fishermen employing their traditional one-leg rowing technique.
After breakfast the next day, visit the ancient lakeside stupas at Indein and see handicrafts in Nampan village. If the time is right, see the floating markets that are a photographer’s dream. Finish up your day with sunset wine tasting at Red Mountain Estate vineyard and then dinner on the lakeshore.
Take a scenic trip on a long tail boat from Inle Lake to Phae Khone, and then wind your way through virgin jungles and cultivated hillsides to reach Loikaw by car. The picturesque and sleepy capital of Kayah State was until recently off-limits to foreigners but the area is slowly opening up; it is home to a number of interesting rock formations with pagodas at their peaks, and the surrounding mountains are host to caves and opportunities for trekking.
The local tribal culture is one of the most fascinating aspects of this area, and of particular interest are the local Kayan women, who have traditionally worn golden neck rings and are sometimes referred to by outsiders as ‘giraffe neck’ or ‘long neck’ women. Although the practice is dying out, many of them will be happy to tell you stories of their younger days.
After your stay in Loikaw, drive back up north to explore Kalaw, a bustling old colonial outpost high in the Shan hills, with its large population of Nepali guides whose families remained after the Second World War.
Depart for Yangon from Heho airport. There’ll be time for a bit more exploration and a visit to Bogyoke Market for those last minute presents – or to wander around the delightful downtown colonial streets.
Would you like to extend your tour to the beautiful and relaxing Ngapali Beach? Our travel advisors will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Just fill out the ‘Any further queries’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Book Tour’ button.
|Standard hotels||Deluxe hotels|
|Yangon - Clover Hotel||Yangon - Chatrium Hotel|
|Bagan - Floral Breeze Hotel||Bagan - Bagan Lodge|
|Kanpetlet - Mount Oasis Resort (Kanpetlet)||Kanpetlet - Sky Palace Villa|
|Mindat – Mount Oasis Resort (Mindat)||Mindat – Mount Oasis Resort (Mindat)|
|Mandalay - Hotel Rama||Mandalay - Mandalay Hill Resort|
|Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Hupin Hotel||Inle Lake - Amata Garden Resort|
|Loikaw - Hotel Loikaw||Loikaw - Kayah Resort|
|Kalaw - Dream Villa Hotel||Kalaw - Amara Mountain Resort|
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 Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis) during high season (October to April). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.