Many Faces of Myanmar

From Bagan temples to hill tribe villages

  • Delve into markets, joining the hustle and bustle of the daily routine
  • Yangon’s temples, architecture, music, and golden Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset
  • Get a taste of daily life from the hospitable locals in Kengtung’s least frequented villages
  • Enjoy unusual excursions to off-the-track spots, including the pagodas of Kakku and Pakkoku village
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Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 15 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension
Laos Extension

From town centers to hilltop paths and family homes, this imaginatively conceived journey celebrates the hospitality and traditions of Myanmar. Highlights include forays into less-frequented villages of Kengtung, where we meet Akha women donning striking headdresses and become acquainted with the animists of an An village. We also take an unusually deep look at the urban entry point of Yangon: its music, its temples, and an excellent encounter with the golden Shwedagon Pagoda just as the sun melts into the horizon.

After exploring Yangon and Kengtung, we linger on the waters of Inle Lake, gliding by long-tail boat, mesmerized by the floating gardens tended by the Inthas since time immemorial. We then away to Kakku Pagoda to discover its splendid sprawl of ruins. Continuing to the former British hill station of Kalaw, we stroll quiet lanes, browse markets, and ponder cheroot making. There's time dedicated to washing and feeding friendly elephants at a unique pachyderm-protecting camp.

Next to Bagan’s heavenly collection of thousand-year-old temples. Traveling up the Irrawaddy River to Pakkoku by private boat, we stop in at weaving and tobacco-trading shops, a monastery, and the Thiho-Shin Pagoda. By trip’s end, we celebrate our luck at being here in this rapidly changing country and feeling welcome by its people.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Yangon, sightseeing
  • Day 2: walking tour of Yangon
  • Day 3: fly to Kengtung
  • Days 4 & 5: Kattauk and Pin Tauk; hiking and visiting Akha, Ann, and Lahu villages
  • Day 6: Kengtung market, fly to Inle Lake
  • Days 7 & 8: Inle Lake exploring and bird-watching
  • Day 9: drive to Kalaw via Taunggyi and Kakku
  • Day 10: excursion to elephant camp
  • Day 11: visit Kalaw, drive to Heho, fly to Bagan
  • Day 12: Plain of Temples, optional balloon ride, sunset cruise
  • Day 13: Pakkoku excursion by boat
  • Day 14: Bagan touring, fly to Yangon
  • Day 15: depart for home.