14 days Yangon to Ngapali Beach
14 Day Myanmar (Burma) Tour
Discover one of the world's most beautiful countries as it emerges into the world. This expertly crafted Myanmar group adventure tour allows travellers to experience the stunning scenery and bewitching culture of this truly magical place.
Allow yourself to get under the skin of this incredible nation. From magical temple-dotted sunrises in Bagan, serene lake-side idylls to trekking amidst the jungle- this Myanmar adventure tour showcases the very best of the nation. Our adventure leaders will offer guidance into Myanmar’s tragic history, local customs and future prospects. You’ll be spoilt for choice for mesmerising views as Myanmar is a natural paradise with a true variety of sparkling sights to feast your eyes upon.
Including hostels and homestays. We’ve handpicked places that exude local charm.
Local, bilingual Adventure Leaders throughout the trip
All transport within Myanmar provided.
Meals & Activities
All unmissable activities included.
Itinerary & map
Myanmar Adventure Tour- Day 1
Meet your adventure leader and fellow travellers in the early afternoon and set out for your half day exploration of Yangon. Stop at a local clothes market to pick up a ‘longyi’, Burma’s answer to trousers and a very useful garment to cover up with at the holy sites. Visit the Reclining Buddha Statue, listen to a trip briefing whilst sipping a G&T at the old-worldly Secretariat Club and then, as the sun sets, visit the jewel in Yangon’s crown, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Board a VIP night bus to Inle Lake. A reclining seat, blankets, pillows and water is provided so you can catch some ZZZs as you zoom North.
Arrive at Inle Lake, where pagodas, stupas and quiant villages line its shores. The serenity of the waters coupled with the vibrancy of the local cultures from the myriad of minority groups living here, make this a a truly wonderful stop on your journey. This afternoon’s un-missable activity is splashing around on boats as you visit various floating villages. Look out for the unique way the fishermen catch their fish here!
Opt to visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, an ecologically responsible sanctuary which cares for elephants retired from the timber logging trade. Walk alongside these gentle giants, learn about their care in the on-site clinic and join them for a cooling dip at bath time. This center has been praised by the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute for the important work it carries out. The fee for this optional activity is $45 per person, and for every Dragon Tripper who visits, The Dragon Trip will also donate a further $45 to the centre. For those not visitting our long-nosed friends today, why not hike one of the many lakeside trails instead? Choose from a walk through the lowlands passing paddy fileds, sleepy villages and ancient pagodas or hike to higher grounds to enjoy the vistas and cooler air. After sundown, test your bartering skills at the Nyuang Shwe Market, where people from minorty groups like the Kayah, Shan & Pa-O descend from the hills laden with goods from their villages to sell in the market.
Get active this morning as you ride bikes on the shores of Inle Lake. Start from the village of Nyaung Shwe, the trade hub and focal point of Inle and pass villages of stilt houses in the backwaters. In the late afternoon, board your second (and last!) VIP night bus deeper into Shan State to a town called Hsipaw, or Thubaw as it is also somtimes called. This charming town full of traditional buildings provides a base for many trekkers coming to the region for its unspoiled and authentic hill hiking.
Grab a fresh coconut juice and watch the boats cruise by on the Duthawadi River. Although still relatively undiscovered by tourists, it won’t be long before more visitors are drawn to Hsipaw, not just for it’s hiking, but also for the easy-going vibe and intriguing history as a Shan royal city. Set out on today’s un-missable activity as you swim at the Nam Tok Waterfall, soak in the Hsipaw Hot Springs and watch sunset from the Five Buddha Hill. Nam Tok is often cited as one of Myanmar’s most beautiful waterfalls and its plunge pool is the perfect place to cool off from the afternoon heat.
Now time for a real adventure as you start your two day trek into the jungles and forests of Shan State. The trek is designed to be very manageable for people of all levels of fitness and provides a chance to experience the incredible natural beauty of this region. Experience the legendary Burmese hospitality as you stay overnight in a homestay with a friendly local family where the accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable!
Spend a second day trekking through the thick jungle before spending the night in a jungle treehouse – hearing the sounds of the wild echo through the darkened forest canopy is an unforgetable experience. During your trek you’ll be eating rustic Myanmar local dishes like Shan-style rice. A staple amongst the villagers here, this rice dish is cooked with turmeric and topped with flakes of freshwater fish and garlic oil. When served with leek roots, raw garlic and deep-fried pork rinds, this is a mouth-watering way to refuel.
Unlike Robbie Williams or Rudyard Kipling, we wont be taking the ‘Road to Mandalay’, but instead we’re taking the train – it seems no one told them this is the best way to go! This way you get to see the Goteik Viaduct, described by Paul Theroux as ‘a monster of silver geometry in all the ragged rock and jungle’. Mandalay was founded in 1857 at the foot of Mandalay Hill by King Mindon who made it his royal capital. The pagoda-studded Mandalay Hill still looms over the city, but the city itself was totally flattened in the Second World War, and the palace destroyed. The city and palace have since been rebuilt, and although modern-day Mandalay is somewhat more chaotic than any romantic notions you may hold in your mind, it is nevertheless an interesting spot to spend a day exploring.
Make the short journey to Amarapura town to watch more than a thousand monks walk out of the monastery in a procession to collect the ingredients for their lunch. Each day a different family from the town has the high honour of donating the ingredients for the meal and assists in preparing and serving it alongside a team of volunteers. After seeing the monks’ procession, the photo opportunities continue, as you stop at the creaky U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wooden bridge in the world. Then visit the re-built Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Board a bus to Bagan, a town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the world’s greatest archeological areas – its vistas rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat, only with far fewer visitors. The setting is breathtaking – a lush 26 square-mile plain, dotted with palm and tamarind trees, lying amongst the meanders of the gently-flowing Irrawaddy River. Start exploring as you take electric bikes to cruise by an endles number temples, pagodas and stupas in this mesmoring, ancient landsape.
This morning some members of the group may opt to take a hot air balloon ride for an arial view over Bagan at sunrise – here you can snap the ‘postcard’ shot of pagodas and balloons that Bagan is famed for ($330 USD per person & weather dependent). After the heat of the afternoon has relented, we suggest you walk to the top of Mt Popa, where after your have you have scaled it’s 777 steps, a monkey-filled monastery greets you at the top.
Board a flight to Ngapali Beach, where the clear waters of the Bengal Bay gently lap this palm tree fringed, pristine, white-sandy beach. Supposedly named by a Italian man missing his hometown of Napoli, we think this is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find anywhere in Asia, and it’s the perfect place to wind down after your jam packed adventure though Burma.
For those not totally exhausted from the adventure of the last two weeks, why not burn off some energy with a bikeride along the bay. Spend the day on the beach – catch some rays as you snooze on the soft sands then cool off in the gentle waters of this aquatic playground.
As with all great Dragon Trips, they do have to come to an end, so this morning you’ll say goodbye to your adventure leader and fellow travellers and make steps towards your next adventure. Most international flights depart from Yangon, so if you want, we can help book your onward flight to Yangon, or if you’re not in a rush why not spend a few more days, on your Myanmar adventure tour, basking in this tropical paradise!
All transport during the Myanmar adventure tour is provided.
Accommodation is in dorm rooms on our Myanmar adventure tours. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Check out our included activities on the Myanmar Adventure Tour below:
- Welcome drink at the Secretariat in Yangon
- Boat tour on Inle Lake to see the floating villages
- Bike tour around Inle Lake to visit the shore-side dwellings
- Nam Hu Nwe Waterfall
- Hsipaw Hot Springs
- 2 day Jungle Hike
- Half day Mandalay tour
- Monks Lunch at Amarapura
- U Bein Bridge and Mandalay Bridge
- Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda
- Entrance fee to Bagan
- Bike tour in Bagan
Activities that are optional:
- The Dragon Trip pays half of the cost for the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp- the other half is 45 USD
- Mount Popa Monastery
- Nyaung Shwe Market
- Lime juice at Black House
- Sunrise hot air balloon in Bagan
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Nepal tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Myanmar tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
Bookings within 40 days are available only on a request basis.
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person.
Single room – £175 (One person to a room)
Double room – £150 (Two people sharing one room)
Once you get to Myanmar on a group adventure tour, you may not want to leave. We can book additional nights accommodation at the beginning and end of your trip to allow for some time to relax as our tours are very fast-paced. It’s £10 for a pre night in a dorm room and £25 for a double, twin or single room.
We can also arrange for transfers to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. These cost £30 per vehicle.
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the Myanmar adventure tour as per our terms & conditions.