Essential Myanmar Tour
MYANMAR TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Opened to visitors in 2010, this beautiful country is still relatively untouched by tourism compared to its Asian neighbours. Join other Solo Travellers in exploring the Colonial city of Yangon and marvel at the 2000 year old Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue onto the ancient city of Bagan and cycle between the thousands of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas before heading to Mandalay, the second largest city in Burma, where you will experience panoramic views of the city at sunset. We also stop in Kalaw, where you will be able to hike in the beautiful forests, visit the Pindaya caves and enjoy breathing in the fresh mountain air. The final stop on this amazing Myanmar tour is Inle Lake, where you will see the famous Burmese fishermen, floating islands and the incredible scenery that surrounds the lake itself.
Visit the 2000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda that towers over Yangon
Watch the sunset over the thousands of temples and pagodas in beautiful Bagan
Watch the famous fishermen of Inle Lake rowing with their legs
Climb to the top of Mount Popa for stunning views of the surrounding area
Day 1 - Arrive Yangon
Day 2 – Yangon
Day 3 – Yangon / Bagan
Day 4 – Bagan
Day 5 – Bagan / Popa / Bagan
Day 6 – Bagan / Mandalay
Day 7 – Mandalay / Amarapura / Ava / Sagaing / Mandalay
Day 8 – Mandalay / Heho / Kalaw
Day 9 – Kalaw / Pindaya / Inle Lake
Day 10 – Inle Lake
Day 11 – Inle Lake / Inn Thein / Yangon
Day 12 - Depart Yangon
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MYANMAR TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at three star hotels with breakfast (Single Supplement £299)
- Private tours and transfers in air-conditioned private vehicles
- All domestic flights within Myanmar
- All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guides
- Boat rental at Inle Lake
- 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger each day
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for the Myanmar Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please also ensure the name on your booking and flight tickets match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that they obtain the correct visa for travel. British passport holders require a visa to enter Myanmar. A tourist visa can be obtained online via the following website: https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ The cost of a tourist visa for 28 days of entry, costs approximately USD$50 if applied for online. If you hold another nationality passport or originate from another country, please check your relevant Embassy website. Information can be found for British Nationals on the FCO website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy via this link: https://www.solo-travellers.com/best-travel-insurance/
MONEY & COSTS
The currency in Myanmar is the Burmese Kyat (K) and the US Dollar is also widely accepted. You will not be able to get money exchanged before you go, so you can either withdraw from ATM’s (although machines are not particularly reliable) or change at local exchanges when you arrive, which is what we recommend. You should take US Dollars to exchange into local currency, and these must be in pristine condition – no pen marks, folds or tears. Also, pre-2006 dollar bills or ones with the letters AB and CB at the start of the serial number (at the top left corner of note) may not be accepted. GBP and Euros are generally accepted and do not have to be in pristine condition. You can ask your guide for advice on the best places to change your money. Credit cards are slowly being accepted in some places but not everywhere so it’s definitely best to take the amount of cash you expect to spend whilst you’re there.
Myanmar is an inexpensive country to visit. We recommend budgeting £15 – £20 a day for meals and drinks (not including alcohol), but this is just an indicative amount and can vary from local restaurants to more western style, so you may end up spending less or more. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your local guides and drivers with a tip. We recommend USD$3 – USD$5 per person, per day for local guides, and USD$1 – USD$2 per person, per day for your drivers. Tipping is of course voluntary but gratefully accepted in recognition of good service.
You will be taking four internal flights during this trip and the checked luggage allowance for these flights is maximum 20kg plus hand luggage. Please do not exceed the allowance. Your guide will have all your boarding passes for each of the flights, so you do not need to obtain these before you go.
As well as the flights, there will also be a couple of drives on this trip. These will be in private, air-conditioned vehicles with experienced drivers.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers
- We recommend dressing conservatively in Myanmar especially when visiting temples or holy sites. During the cooler season (OCT-FEB) we advise taking some warm clothes to wear in the evening or early morning. The weather tends to be warmer during the day. The hot season (MAR-MAY) will be quite warm so we recommend wearing modest, light clothing. During the wet season (JUN-SEP), you will need a raincoat although it does not have to be warm.
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket (just in case!)
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle if it has built in filters
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
- Plug adapters – These can be viewed via the below links: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/myanmar-birma/
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewelry and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
By now you should have all been to see your doctor or travel nurse and made sure that your vaccinations are all up to date. The areas you will visit are classified as having a “low risk” of malaria, but other mosquito-borne diseases are present throughout the country. You therefore must take precautions by using adequate insect repellent, day and night. We highly recommend reading through the link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/myanmar/health
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Myanmar. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home will differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there as it can get very hot and humid, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here and in Myanmar are often counterfeit.
If you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever, you will need to take a valid certificate with you to prove you have had the vaccine.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
When visiting temples and holy sites, you may need to remove your shoes before entering. It is also advised to keep your knees, shoulders and chest covered when visiting religious sites.
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