- Holidays and Tours in Myanmar
Go Tailor Made have experts who can help put together your perfect holiday or tours in Myanmar. Probably the best kept secret in South East Asia, Myanmar (Burma) is a stunning country with a huge amount to offer. We offer a selection of small group tours and private tailor made holidays that encompass its diverse attractions and allow you to get a real feel for the country. The stunning temples at Bagan, spread out over an enormous dusty plain, are one of Asia’s premier historical sites, with superb opportunities to explore remote stupas and watch a glorious sunset over the temple roofs. Yangon’s colonial architecture takes you back to the days of British rule, sitting alongside ancient Buddhist monuments that continue to be used today. Explore old monasteries and visit local villages on Inle Lake, and delve into the country’s past at the royal city of Mandalay. You can also get away from the tourist path, visiting areas that have rarely, if ever, come across western tourists including travelling overland from Thailand over land borders only recently opened to tourists. Myanmar offers an adventure holiday that is very difficult to find in other South East Asian countries.
- Important Travel Information
Foreign Government Travel Warnings
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular, we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At present there are warnings against travel to Sittwe and Mrauk U, which are visited on our Myanmar in Depth tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.
It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.
Accommodation and Meals
At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation which meets our own exacting standards. With a few exceptions you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general, you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar. Of course, with our tailor made holidays and tours in Myanmar, we can book the standard of accommodation that you require.
Food & Drink
The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.
If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
Budgeting for your Tour
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Myanmar dishes – from $5
Thai, Indian and Chinese dishes – from $5
Western dishes – from $10
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general, you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Local Beer $3
Tipping – Guide and Drivers
Tipping is common practice in Asia. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. As a rough guide, drivers can be tipped between $2-4 per day and guides between $7-15 per day.
ATM Availability: There are now ATM machines in a growing number of places in Myanmar- we recommend that you check with your card issuer as to the locations
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Although some of the larger hotels will accept Visa or Mastercard, officially these are not accepted due to international sanctions
Local Currency: Kyat (Chat)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars – you must ensure your notes are clean and crisp – many places will not accept notes with even small blemishes. In addition to this US$100 notes with the CB prefix for the serial number will not be exchanged.
Where to Exchange: Yangon or another major city – your guide will advise you.
Joining your Tour
Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.
It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude, please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.
Most nationals including UK, EU and US visitors require a visa for entry to Myanmar. Although visa regulations can change and you should always check the current requirements at the time of booking, at present the Myanmar Government offers an e-visa for many nationals. This includes UK, EU, US, Australian and New Zealand passport holders. For further details please visit – http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.
We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.
For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Vaccinations & Protection
As with travel to most parts of Asia, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations.
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication will also be required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended.
Preparing for your tour
Myanmar has 3 different seasons: winter (mid Oct–Feb), summer (March–May) and green season (June mid Oct). These seasons are very similar to the seasons in Thailand. Every season has its own advantages and disadvantages to travel.
The whole country can be hot (especially in the afternoon around 35 degrees Celsius) so you’re advised to plan sightseeing more in the mornings and evenings. Landscapes are a bit dry – excellent time to visit the beaches and to visit higher parts of Myanmar.
The most popular season for tourists to travel because of the lower temperatures (evenings in the mountains can be cold- 10 degrees Celsius) while the chance of rain is less (although November 2013 saw more rainy days than July or August of that year). Daytime temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. A good time to visit any place in the country but it can be busy at the major tourist locations – if you have the option we suggest you avoid the months of November and February when it can be very busy everywhere.
June–mid October (Green season)
The temperatures drop (till about 25-30 degrees Celsius) and the scenery is green. Sightseeing is not too hot and not too dusty. A perfect period to visit Bagan, Mandalay and Shan states (Hsipaw, Kyaukme, Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw, Inle Lake) where it isn’t raining a lot (if it does, it is a short shower at the end of the day). Avoid the beaches in this period (it’s raining more at the coast and most hotels are closed in this period). Yangon can get quite some rain as well so it is better to spend just 1or 2 nights here. Sightseeing is great as there aren’t many other tourists around yet – it’s Myanmar at its best!
When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer layers at night. It can get cold in the mountain areas at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy.
The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared and to be adequately immunized. A good insect repellent and bite cream is advisable. Suncream/sunblock is a must – please ensure you bring enough as it may not be available locally. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have.
Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/boots are recommended.
Luggage on tour
Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.
Electric Supply & Plugs
Electrical supply is 220V/50 Hz and plugs have a variety of pins, but mostly two pins.
- Holiday Experiences
What do our clients think of our tailor made Holidays and Tours in Myanmar?
A very enjoyable time. A magical trip, wonderfully organised, fantastic staff, exceeded all expectations which were pretty high to start with. All guides were exceptional. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Sarah Denham UK
A very enjoyable time. Very well organised trip with great variety of activities and seeing non-tourist places made it very special. Nina was one of the best guides I have ever travelled with. Very professional, knowledgeable, helpful and always full of smiles.
Marta Tari, UK
A great range of activities, lots of variation every day, wonderful people who are so hospitable and always smiling!! A real holiday and adventure
Chris Haywood, UK
The guide was very professional, courteous and anxious that we should be comfortable. He was brimming with information and helped break up the journeys with titbits of information on Burmese life & history.
Jessie Craft, UK
Wonderful holiday with great experiences of places and people. Variety of guides with varying degrees of English but all were extremely knowledgeable and keen to share, be questioned on local and traditional issues.
Jane Thornton, UK
We very much enjoyed our time with all your staff and we would definitely use you again and recommend you to other people. We had a fantastic time. Myanmar is beautiful and we hope to go again. Thank you very much.
Pat Mealham and Ian Greenwood, UK
Our guide Tim Ni was excellent. She was personable, efficient and receptive to our wishes. Also we thought the trip overall was really good value for money.
Carol Johnson, Spain
We had a brilliant time. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday and we’re very sorry when it ended. Tin Mi our guide was excellent and gave us a summary of what we did throughout the trip.
Janette and Charles Stephenson UK
Our guide Nyo was brilliant, speaking more than good enough English and understood our desire to see more of the people and country and arranged visits around this. She is very knowledgeable and willing to share this with us.
Andrew and Jennifer Smith, UK
Accommodation was excellent. People were friendly and service was perhaps too excellent. Everything ran smoothly. Myanmar is a wonderful place to visit and full of interest.
Nick Tyldesley, UK
Wonderful guide and so very knowledgable. Looked after us so well and was always available to answer any questions.
Ian Farnell, UK
The whole holiday was very enjoyable. Could not fault anything.
Jean and Theo Byrne, UK
I was amazed at the organisation: every flight left on time, and guide and car were waiting for us.
Darryl D’Cruz, UK
Very pleased with all arrangements. Guide and drivers went out of their way to be flexible and knowledgeable and to ensure we met people and had a real experience of Myanmar.
Name witheld at client’s request
Our guide in Mandalay was first rate and made the experience very memorable with his enthusiasm and interest in the sites visited. Our guide in Inle Lake was very good and professional – a lovely lady.
Name witheld at client’s request
We were very impressed with all our guides and the way they looked after us. As well as being very knowledgeable, their client care was exemplary.
Guide was excellent. Itinerary for first time to Myanmar was well thought of. It was a brilliant trip, great company, with only fantastic memories.
Stephen and Ivana Holloway, UK
We thought the local guides were really excellent – friendly, knowledgeable and reliable. They enabled us to see lots of interesting places in the time we had. Their advice was invaluable.
Ceri Jones and Sue Wicks
Our guides, who were all great were all very attentive and knowledgeable on all aspects of Myanmar, from the sites we visited, to local agricultural methods/ Buddhist religion and how it is a part of their lives/elephant conservation and of course the country’s new future!! . The cycling was great fun in each location and added another dimension – Most of all the people we met were so friendly and welcoming. Great itinerary, great people and great country which we would love to return to.
Fizz Partridge, UK
From chaotic and charming Yangon, where we take a spiritual Shwedagon tour, to the Shan villages, local schools, and the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, this is a tour of Myanmar that really goes beyond the tourist trail.
Day 1 – Yangon
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight at Hotel 51 or similar.
Day 2 – Yangon
This morning we visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. You will learn about the history of the pagoda, the daily lives of the people living in the immediate surroundings and a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. Pass workshops, markets and monasteries along the way. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, and a visit to a fortune teller. The afternoon is free to discover downtown Yangon with all its heritage buildings on your own. You may wish to revisit Shwedagon in the evening to see this magnificent pagoda illuminated in all its glory. Overnight at Hotel 51 or similar (B)
Day 3 – Yangon to Lashio and Hsipaw
This morning transfer to Yangon airport for a flight to Lashio. We then travel by road to Hsipaw. On arrival set off on a guided walk (approximately 4 hours) through panoramic scenery with paddy fields and seasonal crops, small creeks, Shan villages, local schools (we will hopefully get an opportunity to visit a school), the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, a local nunnery, and a wooden monastery. Learn about Shan life and see and witness first hand traditional industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. Overnight at Tai House Hotel or similar (B)
Day 4 – Dokthawaddy River trip
This morning travel by boat along the Dokthawaddy River through beautiful mountain scenery. As we cruise at a leisurely pace you will be able to witness traditional village life from the water in this fascinating part of Myanmar. After the boat ride we take a short walk for about an hour to visit a 150-year-old Shan monastery in the forest. There is time for swimming (optional) at the river confluence before returning to Hsipaw for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Tai House Hotel or similar (B)
Day 5 – Kyaukme and Trekking
Early this morning we take a local bus from opposite the impressive post office. Stopping at local villages the bus journey is a great opportunity to interact with local people. Along with the locals themselves expect to be surrounded by (or sit on top of) vegetables, rice and anything else you can imagine! After a couple of hours, we arrive in Kyaukme. We then start the day’s walk (approximately 6 hours) in the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. During the trek, well get a good insight into the life of the Palaung people living in the area. We have lunch in one of the Palaung villages where people live according to century old traditions. Overnight at a local hill tribe village house. (Sleeping bag, mosquito net and mattress provided). (BLD)
Day 6 – Kyaukme trekking
We spend the day walking amongst the hill tribe villages around Kyaukme. A simple lunch will be served at a local house in the village. Late in the afternoon we will head back to the hotel in Kyaukme. Overnight at the One Love Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 7 – Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay
This morning we have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and the busy and colourful market. Later we take a spectacular train journey crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct, once the second highest railway bridge in the world. The train leaves at 1105 and you will need to leave enough time to make sure you are at the Kyaukme train station which is about a 10-minute walk from the guesthouse. Staff from the guesthouse will walk with you and give you your train ticket. If you prefer not to walk you can hire a motorbike taxi with trailer. Against a backdrop of mountain scenery, the train will pass small villages and towns where vendors will board the train to sell drinks and local snacks. We should arrive in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – the former summer capital for the British colonial administration- around 4pm but be prepared for some delays. On arrival we will continue by private car to Mandalay. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar. (B)
Tip: Visit the Kyaukme market in the morning and buy water, biscuits and bananas for your lunch on the train today. Please note that the train also has only hard wooden seats!
Day 8 – Mandalay explored by bike
This morning we explore Mandalay by bike. The ride starts in the back lanes of town, passing markets and through lively neighbourhoods heading for the north east of the city. After a short ride we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields, and villagers go about their daily rituals, often stopping to wave as we pass by. We make some interesting stops, first at a market to learn about the different produce on sale, and then to see bamboo being woven which is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. We take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for a refreshing drink and snacks. We return from our ride around noon and take you by motorbike back to the hotel. Please note: you should wear clothing suitable for this activity: quarter length pants, shorts, t-shirts are all advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes. Sunscreen and hat are a must. In the afternoon visit the famous Mahagandayon Monastery complex with hundreds of monks, a 100-year-old weaving vocational training institution and watch the sunset from the charming U-Bein Bridge, and taste a sip of Mandalay rum which has been produced since 1886. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar (B)
Day 9 – Mandalay to Bagan
This morning we take the public bus to Bagan where we arrive at lunchtime and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a guide who will show you the best known temples of the area. We start by climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole plain. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other impressive temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)
Day 10 – Explore Bagan
Today is a free day in Bagan to discover its delights at your own pace. You can rent a horse cart, a bicycle or an electric bike or if you book early enough (at least 6 months is a good guide) you may be able to take a spectacular early morning balloon ride over the Bagan plain. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)
Day 11 – Bagan to Kalaw
This morning we have a long drive (around 6 hours) to an elephant conservation project near Kalaw. If time allows after the journey, we will take a wonderfully peaceful walk in the forest before encountering the elephants and their mahouts. The project was started by local school friends with a focus on protecting the local environment, elephants and the traditions of local people living in the area. The project includes a natural environment for retired working Asian elephants and helps the local population through education and micro finance. We will learn about the elephants and have time to help wash them in the river and feed them in beautiful surroundings. We will also have lunch at the project in its perfect natural setting before continuing on to Kalaw. Overnight at the Dream villa hotel or similar (B)
Day 12 – Kalaw to Inle Lake
This morning, transfer to Inle Lake. Before arriving at the lake we visit a recently set up vineyard, one of only a couple in the whole country. We visit the ruins of Indein, partly covered by vegetation and which until recently lay undiscovered. If time allows we will take a short walk to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch will be served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip by small canoe exploring the side channels and observing village life. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 13 – Inle Lake
Enjoy a full day exploring this magical lake by boat. We discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowing fishermen, and have a cup of tea at a local home. Around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We also visit a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house – where Burmese cats are bred – and if there is time a weaving factory. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 14 – Inle Lake via Heho to Yangon
This morning, transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon and on arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of your day is free in Yangon. Overnight at Hotel 51 or similar (B)
Day 15 – Yangon Departure
Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
Be one of the first to travel this unique route crossing the Htee Khee border to Dawei which connects the more remote areas of Mon State and Kayin State. We continue to Bagan via the new capital Nay Pyi Daw, before being treated to the fertile lands of the Shan mountains.
Day 1 – Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Galleria 10 hotel or similar.
Day 2 – Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Dawei
An early morning start to drive to the Thai/Myanmar border at Baan Phu Nam Ron. After immigration meet your local Myanmar guide at the border town of Htee Khee where we commence the journey to Dawei. We share a ride in a minibus with local people and the journey should take about 3-4 hours through the southern plateau passing through jungle and mountainous terrain on a winding and sometimes quite bumpy road. On arrival in Dawei transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a home cooked dinner with a local family. Overnight at the Golden Guest Hotel or similar (BD)
Day 3 – Dawei and San Lan fishing village
After breakfast we explore Dawei and its surroundings. Learn about the history of the town and its old buildings, many with intricate facades and balconies. Later we journey to a picturesque gulf overlooking the fishing village of San Lan Village, characterized by its bamboo huts on the beach. We stroll through the village to observe the local fishermen going about their daily rituals. We should also be able to visit some local people in their homes. After our visit to San Lan we head back to Dawei where we enjoy dinner once again with local hosts. Overnight at Golden Guest House or similar (BD)
Day 4 – Dawei – Mawlamyine
For those that wish to rise early we can pay a visit to the bustling central food market by the river. After breakfast you have some time at leisure to further explore the town. Later we transfer to the bus station to take an air-conditioned bus on the journey north to Mawlamyine through the southern plateau. The air conditioned bus will leave from Dawei around 2pm and the journey takes around 8 hours. On arrival in Mawlamyine transfer to the hotel. Overnight Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (B)
Day 5 – Mawlamyine
After breakfast we visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings. Continue to Ni Paya for fine views over the city and we take a walk to examine some of the buildings of the city and the architecture from the colonial days. Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in the city. We also visit the first Baptist church. We will visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays demonstrating the rich Mon culture. Lunch will be taken in a local home with Mon specialities. The afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight at Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 6 – Mawlamyine – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)
This morning we transfer to Kyaikhtiyo and visit the important pilgrimage site of the remarkable Golden Rock. The visit involves around a 1.5 hour walk and there will be plenty of time to explore the pagoda and its surroundings. Overnight at Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar (BL)
Day 7 – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo) – Nay Pyi Daw
Today we transfer to Nay Pyi Daw a journey of around 5 hours. On arrival transfer to your accommodation and later we can explore the town including the market, the Safari Garden and the Water Fountain. Alternatively you can have this afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Nay Pyi Daw or similar (B)
Day 8 – Nay Pyi Daw – Bagan
Today we transfer to Bagan. The journey should take around 5 hours. On arrival we transfer to the hotel before taking some time to visit some of the wonderful temples in Bagan. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (B)
Day 9 – Bagan
Today we will enjoy some cycling in the surrounds of Bagan. Our first stop is the Z-Craft Jetty in Old Bagan. We will visit a busy market where locals bring their merchandise from across the river. We take a short boat ride across to SeLan village on the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We spend some time cycling through the vegetable plantations and rural scenery observing local life. Arrive at Myitchay village where we can visit some local industry such as cane/bamboo. After lunch we cycle south around 10km’s to Kyaung Chaung Jetty where our boat will be waiting for us to bring us back to Old Bagan. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore some of the many incredible temples. Please note you should wear clothing suitable for this activity. Closed shoes are recommended. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (BL)
Please note that alternative arrangements can be made for those not wishing to cycle.
Day 10 – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
This morning we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Heho. On arrival we transfer to Nyaung Shwe on the periphery of Inle Lake. We visit the Buddha museum which is housed in the former “Haw” (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe. After lunch at a local restaurant we take a stroll around the local market and visit the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with its photogenic oval windows. Later we take to the water exploring small canals and the floating gardens to get a feel for local Inthar life. Today ends with a visit to one of Burma’s only vineyards where you can taste some wine and relax with a great view. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe Hotel or similar (BL)
Please note that alternatively you can choose to do a boat trip on Inle Lake itself. Please advice at the time of booking.
Day 11 – Nyaung Shwe – Kunhing 4WD
Today we start a real adventure through Eastern Shan state by 4 wheel drive through an area only recently opened up to tourism in 2014, where infrastructure is very basic and where local people have had very little contact with Westerners. On the way we pass some of the most beautiful scenery in Myanmar, through forested areas that have remained largely untouched. The road follows the infamous route for opium couriers using mules to pass goods through the famous Golden Triangle. By late afternoon or early evening we arrive at Kunhing and a simple dinner will be served at a village house. Overnight in the village at the house of a village elder or a local guesthouse (Basic facilities and shared bathroom) (BLD)
Day 12 – Kunhing – Phan Lan – Mong Ping
For those that rise early we can visit the local market and then after a simple breakfast we continue on our adventure weaving through the mountains. En route we will make stops to take in the magnificent views and also stop at some Shan villages where we will have an opportunity to meet local hill tribe people. This afternoon arrive at Mong Ping, a pleasant town situated on the road to Keng Tung. Overnight at local guesthouse with shared bathroom (BLD)
Day 13 – Mong Ping – Keng Tung
After a simple breakfast we will visit Mong Ping market and then continue the drive through outstanding scenery comprising of forests, deep valleys, and emerald rice paddies all the ways to the capital of Eastern Shan State – Keng Tung. On arrival in Keng Tung we will explore the town including the standing Buddha and one tree hill where a magnificent 250 year old tree stands in isolation. We can enjoy the sunset and this evening have dinner by the picturesque lakeside. Overnight Amazing Keng Tung Hotel. (BLD)
Day 14 – Hill tribe villages around Keng Tung
This morning we transfer to Pin Tauk, in beautiful countryside where we will enjoy walking in the countryside to visit local villages of the Pan Lac (Ann), Won Lar (Akha) and Nam Lin Mai (Ann) tribes giving you a chance to meet and learn about the different minority people in the area. A simple picnic lunch will be served during the walk. The villages in this area have little contact with western tourists in this isolated part of Myanmar. Later this afternoon we return to Keng Tung. This evening you are free to dine at your leisure in the town. Overnight at Amazing Keng Tung Hotel (BL)
Day 15 – Keng Tung – Tachileik – Mae Sai
Early this morning we visit the local market in Keng Tung and try a local Shan breakfast. Later we transfer to Tachileik (around 5 hours) and cross the border back into Thailand (Mae Sai), and continue to Chiang Rai airport for your late afternoon flight back to Bangkok. The tour ends on arrival at Bangkok airport (B)