Complete Myanmar

Explore Myanmar in depth on this 3 week itinerary that takes in Putao, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, and more

Complete Myanmar

This comprehensive three week tour takes in the very best of Myanmar, from the beautiful central coast to northernmost Putao on the border with Tibet.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Yangon

    Arrive in Yangon, where you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Afternoon at leisure.

  2. Day 2: Yangon

    Start your full-day tour of Yangon with a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, notable for its giant (65 x 16m) reclining Buddha, before continuing to the floating palace of Karaweik on Lake Kandawgyi.

  3. Day 3: Yangon to Bagan (by morning flight)

    After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival at Nyaung Oo airport meet with your guide and drive to the Nyaung Oo Market, a lively, bustling food market. Wandering the stalls, you'll be amazed by what is grown in this hot and arid region.

  4. Day 4: Bagan

    After breakfast, take a trip to Myinkaba village. Bagan is renowned as the traditional home of Burmese lacquerware, and in Myinkaba you can observe methods that have been used in its production since the 12th-century.

  5. Day 5: Mt Popa

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart with your guide for an excursion to Mount Popa. One of the most sacred sites in Myanmar, Popa is believed to be the home of the legendary 37 nat, spirit deities that pre-date the introduction of Buddhism to the country.

  6. Day 6: Bagan to Mandalay (Irrawaddy River Cruise)

    After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the jetty to board a river cruiser for your ride to Mandalay. The relaxing cruise takes you along a lovely stretch of the Irrawaddy River.

  7. Day 7: Mandalay and Amarapura

    Start the day with a tour of Amarapura (the City of Immortality), taking in Mahagandaryone Monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar, and U Bein Bridge.

  8. Day 8: Ava and Sagaing

    Depart Mandalay after breakfast for Ava (Inwa), another of Myanmar's ancient capitals, founded by King Thado Minbya in 1364.

  9. Day 9: River cruise to Mingun Village

    This morning, embark on a leisurely cruise up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun, a small village located just upstream from Mandalay.

  10. Day 10: Fly to Putao

    Leave Mandalay this morning and catch the morning flight to Putao, in northern Kachin state. This is one of the most remote regions of Myanmar, close to the border with Tibet. Here, in one of the least visited and most beautiful regions of South-East Asia, you'll spend the next 5 days exploring deep forests, mountain villages and the lower foothills of the Greater Himalayas.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Namtunko

    Wake early this morning and start the day with a visit to Putao market, where the local Rawang, Lisu, Shan and Kachin people gather to trade. It's very much a local rather than a tourist market, but you can pick up some local crafts and trinkets as souvenirs.

  12. Day 12: Trekking in the Putao Valley

    Say goodbye to your hosts after breakfast and set off from Namtunko and into the surrounding bamboo forest.

  13. Day 13: Machanbaw

    Today will involve less walking. In the morning travel one hour by car to Machanbaw by car.

  14. Day 14: Trekking in the Putao Valley

    Set off for the village of Lonsut after breakfast, trekking through paddy fields and over a low plateau with wonderful views of the valley. From Lonsut, continue through bamboo groves and small settlements to the village of Hopaing.

  15. Day 15: Fly to Heho (afternoon flight)

    Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, depart Putao and fly to Heho, Shan State, travelling via Mandalay (please note that flight times are somewhat irregular, and it is sometimes necessary to spend a night in Mandalay depending on the day of the week you leave Putao).

  16. Day 16: Inle Lake

    Embark on a full-day tour of Inle Lake. Travelling by private boat, you’ll spend the morning visiting a number of workshops, including a cheroot making factory, boat building workshop and a silk weavers – all providing an opportunity to learn more about the local economy and way of life on the lake.

  17. Day 17: Indein Village

    Start the day with a visit to Indein Village. This is the site of a 12th-century pagoda complex, Shwe Indein, that has only very recently become accessible. The site consists of hundreds of gently-decaying stupas of varying sizes, neatly set out in compact lines, and partially obscured behind the dense foliage.

  18. Day 18: Fly to Thandwe (morning flight); at leisure on Ngapali Beach (3 nights)

    Depart Inle Lake early this morning and drive to the airport for your flight to Thandwe, Rakhine state. On arrival, transfer to your hotel on Ngapali Beach. The next three days are at leisure on the coast.

  19. Day 21: Thandwe to Yangon (morning flight)

    Catch the morning flight to Yangon from Thandwe. On arrival, you'll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

  20. Day 22: Departure

    Free until your scheduled transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

22 days from £2985pp


22 days from £2985pp

Tailor-made Holiday to Myanmar

Just to say we had a really amazing holiday, thank you for arranging it.

Clive and Gill

Honeymoon in South Africa

The weather was great until the last couple of days, but we didn't care because we were having to much fun.

Mr & Mrs Closier