As Myanmar (Burma), undoubtedly one of THE destinations to visit at the moment, opens up to an ever increasing number of visitors, the challenge for us here at WF is to continue to develop tours which offer truly authentic and memorable experiences. This is exactly what we hope to have achieved with this trip which spends much of its time away from the main roads preferring to focus instead on village life in the stunning Burmese countryside.
Spending many days primarily on our feet, we'll take to the hills and visit a wide variety of the ethnic peoples that make up Myanmar (of which the Burmese themselves are only one such group). Each day's trekking may have its own set of challenges but this is not a trip about 'bagging peaks'; rather this is an opportunity for those who prefer a slightly more active approach to experiencing a country and are willing to put in the effort required to reach some of the country's remoter areas.
However, when all is said and done, no visit would be complete without taking in the famed areas of Bagan and Lake Inle and there will be ample time to enjoy these better known highlights too.
- A more active approach to visiting this increasingly popular destination
- The chance to visit the rarely visited Keng Tong area of north-eastern Myanmar
- Several days of trekking through villages in Shan State and around Lake Inle
- Experiencing the extraordinary tranquility of Kakku
- The amazing temples at Bagan
- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout
- All transport included (Minibuses, motorised canoes & domestic flights)
- 13 nights' accommodation (9 in hotels, 2 in Monasteries & 2 in lodges)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
➕ Day 1: Tour starts in Chiang Rai (Thailand)
The tour begins this evening in Chiang Rai, one of the most laid-back towns in northern Thailand.
➕ Days 2-4: Chiang Rai - Keng Tong (Myanmar)
➕ Day 2: Today we set off to Mae Sai to cross the Burmese border at Tachileik and drive on to Keng Tong, which will be our base for the next three nights. Day 3: We'll trek in the hills today to visit the Akha and Ann tribes. The Akha are famed for their silver headdresses, and the Ann have stained black teeth and are said to be one of the rarest and least developed minorities of Shan State. Day 4: We trek to Wan Seng village where Lwe La people house their extended family in one building; just count the number of fire places to know how many families are living together!
➕ Day 5: Keng Tong - Heho - Kalaw
This morning there'll be time to explore Keng Tong town before flying west to Heho. We then drive on to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station located on the western edge of Shan Hill at the centre of some of the best trekking country in Myanmar.
➕ Day 6: Kalaw - Nan Tha Le The Village
Surrounded by Paluang, Da-Nu and Pa-O villages, Kalaw is the ideal starting point for our two-and-a-half-day trek towards Lake Inle. Our route steadily descends over 500 metres during the trek, giving us spectacular views of the valleys and hills.
➕ Day 7: Nan Tha Le The Village - Ti Thien Village
Today's walk is one of the trip highlights, taking us through vegetable and fruit farms, through Pa-O and Danu villages, and with the chance to see local handicrafts.
➕ Days 8-9: Ti Thien Village - Lake Inle
➕ Day 8: An hour into our walk today we get our first glimpse of Lake Inle. Walking through the villages and countryside, we reach the lake shores this afternoon and board our boat to begin our exploration. Day 9: We will head out for a full day to explore the colour and spectacle of life on the lake, visiting the local fishing villages and gardens, as well as local craftsmen.
➕ Day 10: Lake Inle - Kakku - Taunggyi
Crossing the lake today we trek up through The-Ne village and on to Nyaung-Ke village, famous for its textiles. We then drive on to the stunning 2500 Buddhist stupas of the Kakku Pagoda Complex, lying in parallel rows in an area of about 1sq km.
➕ Days 11-12: Taunggyi - Bagan
➕ Day 11: An early morning flight from nearby Heho takes us westwards to Bagan, home to 13 thousand temples, pagodas and religious structures and considered on a par with Angkor in Cambodia. We'll spend the remainder of the day exploring these amazing temples. Day 12: Another full day to enjoy many of Bagan's famed temples, including the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, the Manuha Pagoda and the Myazedi stupa, Myanmar's very own 'Rosetta Stone'.
➕ Days 13-14: Bagan - Yangon
➕ Day 13: A morning flight takes us south to Myanmar's former capital, Yangon, blessed with the highest concentration of colonial architecture in Southeast Asia. It's also where we find the Shwedagon Pagoda, whose famous golden stupa dominates the city's skyline. Day 14: The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel.