Myanmar Trekking – A fantastic trip where we experience the best that Myanmar has to offer – including visiting some of Myanmar’s most interesting temples and ancient ruins, trekking off the beaten track, as well as spend time at one of Myanmar’s most beautiful beaches.
This can be arranged to coincide with the balloon festival or the one of the water festivals.
Myanmar has been off the travel agenda for the last 2 decades, but now is an excellent time to visit this amazing country, which at last looks set to emerge from isolation and repression and advance towards a more democratic future.
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Transfer to hotel and depending on arrival times, we can drive downtown to central post office where we can start a walking tour along the Strand Road and the jetty, to observe the ways of life of the people on Yangon River. Then walk along Pansodan Street, famous for the most impressive colonial buildings to be found in Yangon and busy sidewalk markets.
Overnight hotel (Snack)
Fly to Heho on the morning flight. After arriving at the Heho Airport we will cycle to the former British hill station of Kalaw. Stop on the way to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon reaching our destination we can explore the surrounding pine forests and colonial houses while inhaling the cool mountain air.
Overnight in hotel at Kalaw.
Today we will start trekking in the direction of Pindaya, hiking past several traditional villages of the Palaung tribe. They are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of Myanmar and they still live a very traditional lifestyle. We will learn about the seasonal crops they grow, which include the leaves used to produce the ubiquitous cheroots. We will arrive at a local monastery or homestay where we will enjoy dinner and have welcome chance to relax.
Overnight at village monastery or homestay in Ywadaw Village.
The trek to Pindaya continues with several stops at different tribal villages, such as Danu and Pa-o. We will get a fascinating introduction into their culture and learn about their ancestral customs. A packed lunch will be enjoyed at one of the villages on the way.
Overnight homestay in Shan Ywa.
We wake up to the cool mountain air and enjoy breakfast before setting out on a full day of unchallenging trekking. Along the way we will be exposed to the spectacular natural scenery of the surrounding mountains and Pindaya caves. We stop by several villages, enjoying the sight of women in colorful ethnic clothing and experiencing more of their rural way of life.
Overnight in a village monastery or local homestay
Today we enjoy a scenic unchallenging bicycle ride to Nyaung Shwe (at the head of Inle lake) passing traditional villages and inviting countryside scenery. Accompanied by a support vehicle, you are free to cycle part or all of the way. On our approach to Inle Lake, learn about the people living in stilted houses on the lake shore.
Overnight at hotel, Inle Lake
Today leave the hiking boots and bikes behind for some spectacular sightseeing around and on the waters of Inle Lake. Explore the Lake’s morning market, visited by local hill tribes people and the Inthar before passing stilted houses. Be awed by the iconic leg-rowing fishermen of the lake. Following a visit to the monastery and lunch, stroll around the Pah-Oh villages of Indein and meet the local people.
Overnight at hotel, Inle Lake.
Free time and leisure in Ngapali, a delightfully quiet and laid back resort that can be used as a base for further adventures or just to chill out on the white sandy beaches and eat at the spectacular restaurants beneath the palm trees, where the fish and seafood dishes are to die for.
Free time: Ngapali Beach
Fly back to Yangon to continue our exploration of this amazing City.
Overnight hotel in Yangon
If time allows before departure transfer you can take a last walk about of the downtown area, with its Hindu temples, synagogues, churches and mosques, markets and tea shops.
Our Myanmar Adventure ends here although there are a number of extensions to the trip that can be arranged.
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This trip can be combined with the water festival or better known as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, if you are planning to travel in October. The Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is where four Buddha Images from Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda are carried on a royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the Lake. The barge is towed by the boats of leg -rowers and hundreds of boats follow the procession. The large crowds of people gather on the lake-shores to celebrate the occasion. It is really a splendid sight.
You can also combine this trip with an amazing traditional Burmese balloon festival if you are planning to travel in November. This balloon festival is one of the most popular festivals in Myanmar. The hot-air balloons are made up of hand-made paper, beautifully designed with colourful fireworks and firecrackers. The festival is also a competition between the town’s various quarters as to who can send up the most elaborate firework displays and decorated hot air balloons. The competition is divided into 2 parts: the daytime competition and the Nya Mee Gyi or the Big Night Balloons. It has to be seen to be believed !
If you wish to combine your trip with either of these festivals then please ask us for the appropriate dates you will need to travel.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Pioneer Expeditions