Ever felt like a true explorer? Rare is the 21st-century destination that can grant travelers a genuine feeling of revelation and discovery. Myanmar is no ordinary place. A journey here is the very definition of time travel. Like opening a creaky door to an ancient and mysterious realm long-concealed from the outside world. Unspoiled, utterly authentic and home to some of the most welcoming people on earth. It's not the easiest place to travel, but it's one of the more magical places we know. Join us - before it finds its way onto the tourist map.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsIn each location, we've chosen the best op-tions possible. Our Casual Inn, Pindaya Inle Inn, just started catering to Western travel-ers. While at times humble and quirky, it’s comfortable and clean, but has much more modest guest rooms than the other hotels on this trip.
The Premiere Inns on this trip provide all the amenities typically found on Backroads trips, although they can be large resorts which lack some intimacy and charm. Service in Myan-mar is improving day by day, but you might experience some of the service hiccups that come with only recently having opened their doors to tourism.
Walking & Hiking in an Emerging WorldMyanmar has emerged as an exciting new destination, but travel here can be challenging. Myanmar is very much a developing country, where the scarcity of resources and different attitudes can sometimes be jarring and may require more hardiness than on other trips.
Navigating Myanmar on foot is both a physical and cultural adventure that requires patience and humor - and it' s part of what makes the trip so memorable! Though the route distances may be relatively short, the terrain, trail conditions and significant swings in temperatures can make activity more physically demanding.
Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. But it’s important to remember that even all the efforts of your Trip Leaders can’t replace a poorly maintained trail or change the service standards here. If you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you’ll enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Day 1 Witness firsthand the exciting changes unfolding in Myanmar Saunter through an eclectic mixture of historic architecture in colorful Yangon, from stately British colonial structures to ancient Asian merchant houses to the stunning 6th-century Shwedagon Pagoda Soak up the age-old ambience of this Buddhist temple, the nation's most sacred religious structure.
Days 2-3 Delve into an ancient era, strolling amid some 2,000 pagodas and temples in Bagan Compared to the ruins of Angkor and Chichen Itza, Bagan will feel wild and undiscovered Hop aboard a horse-drawn cart and travel to a remote site for a marvelous sunset viewing Cruise by traditional boat down the Irrawaddy River and explore a local market Enjoy the amenities at our luxurious hotel.
Days 4-5 Interact with locals, who are proud to share their culture as Myanmar finally engages the world Fly from Bagan to Heho Discover markets and spiritual enclaves in the untouched mountains and valleys of the Shan State This portion of the trip takes you even deeper off the beaten path, offering remarkable scenic and cultural appeal Venture into a cave containing an impressive collection of Buddha statues and shrines Hike into the forest, where you'll have the opportunity to bathe friendly pachyderms in the river at an elephant sanctuary.
Days 6-8 Descend from the hills to heavenly Inle Lake, a delight to explore by boat Gain an up-close and intimate look at daily Burmese life as you marvel at centuries-old pagodas, floating gardens and communities built upon stilts on the lake Visit silk weavers, silversmiths and a private home in one of Inle's floating villages.
- Witness firsthand the exciting changes unfolding in Myanmar
- Delve into an ancient era, strolling amid some 2,000 pagodas and temples in Bagan
- Get to know our local friends, who are proud to introduce you to their culture
- Marvel at centuries-old pagodas, floating gardens and villages built on stilts upon beautiful Inle Lake
- Seize the opportunity! Explore Myanmar while it's still largely undiscovered by outsiders
The Governor's Residence (1 night): Recalling the romantic golden age of travel, this beautiful Colonial-style mansion features atmospheric verandas and lush gardens with lotus pools. (pool, spa)
Aureum Palace Hotel (2 nights): This sprawling resort property offers deluxe private villas and a pool that affords stunning views of the pagodas dotting the landscape below. (pool, spa)
Pindaya Inle Inn (1 night): You'll certainly feel close to nature at this mountain retreat surrounded by verdant gardens. (spa)
Amara Mountain Resort (1 night): Once a British hill station, these simple accommodations are located in a historic Colonial home in a small mountain town.
Aureum Resort & Spa (2 nights): Nestled on the shores of Inle Lake, this resort features elegant villas in a picture-perfect setting. (pool, spa)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|1||Shwedagon Pagoda Guided Walk (2 Hours)|
|2||Bagan Temples Guided Walk (3 Hours)|
|Horse-drawn Cart Ride to Temple (1 Hour)|
|3||Nuang U Village Walk & Market Tour (1.5 Hours)|
|Irrawaddy River Cruise (1 Hour)|
|Lakeside Village Exploration (1 Hour)|
|Kyuak Gu U Min Walk (1 Hour)|
|Pindaya Caves Guided Walk (1 Hour)|
|Elephant Camp Visit (3 Hours)|
|Longtail Boat Cruise (1 Hour)|
|Afternoon Boat Cruise (1 Hour)|
|8||Conclusion of the Trip|
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/15-22 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/11-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 3/24-31 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 12/1-8 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 12/10-17 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
- 12/26-1/2 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1510 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|8 - 9 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
After 15 years of traveling through most of Asia, Burma is still my favorite travel experience. Why? It has such a deep and complex history and fascinating culture, yet remains so unknown to most of us. Because of that, every interaction - from visiting ancient ruins to having tea with a local - is revelatory. And for now, at least, it remains its own place. And the people are wonderfully hospitable, too!- Regional Manager for Asia