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Myanmar Walking & Hiking Tour
Myanmar Walking & Hiking Tour

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.


Straight Talk
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.

Accommodations

In each location, we’ve chosen the best options possible. Many of our Casual Inns have just started catering to Western travelers and often don’t offer Western-style service and amenities yet. These hotels, while at times humble and quirky, offer comfort, style and service. Please note that the Pindaya Inle Inn and Amara Mountain Resort, while comfortable and clean, have 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.

Walking & Hiking in an Emerging World

Myanmar 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 al-ways 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 Venture into a cave containing an impressive collection of Buddha statues and shrines  Hike deep 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  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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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 
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Casual & Premiere Inns

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 that dot 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)


Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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)
4 6.2* 300
Pindaya Caves Guided Walk (1 hour)
5 4.0 0
Elephant Camp Visit (3 hours)
6 7.4 0
Longtail Boat Cruise (1 hour)
7 6.0 100
Afternoon Boat Cruise (1 hour)
8 Conclusion of the Trip
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 12/15-22 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510
  • 12/24-31 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 1/2-9 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510
  • 1/11-18 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510
  • 3/6-13 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510
  • 3/24-31 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $510

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 8 - 9 guests $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $510.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.


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!
Christian Chumbley - Regional Manager for Asia