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Burma In Depth + Beach extension BUIB

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 24 Days

Adventure Tour In Burma

This adventurous tour of Burma (Myanmar) takes us to fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. We travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaikhtiyo. We marvel at the grandeur of Bagan, discover authentic rural life in and around Hsipaw and witness the fascinating world of Inle Lake. We also cross the dramatic Gokteik Viaduct by train and explore the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon, ending with a relaxing few days at Ngapali beach.

Should I go?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said: "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral - everything." This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and the return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, and whilst each itinerary has been carefully planned to try and avoid using any service owned by or affiliated with the government or former military junta, we accept that some money will make its way into their hands. We strongly believe that by operating tours in Burma we contribute to the local economy in a positive way, whilst providing our customers with an insight into the culture, through direct interaction with Burmese people.

Tour Highlights

  • Inle Lake - Floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Mandalay - Cruise on Irrawaddy River and visit nearby U-Bein Bridge
  • Hsipaw - Relaxed rural village life and beautiful countryside
  • Bagan - Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient temples
  • Ngapali Beach - Remote and untouched authentic beach hideaway


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Sightseeing in Rangoon

  • 3
    Drive to Golden Rock via Bago

  • 4
    Drive to Mawlamyine

  • 5
    Morning ferry to Bilu Island; Free afternoon

  • 6
    Drive back to Rangoon

  • 7
    Fly to Bagan; Half day sightseeing

  • 8
    Half day sightseeing in Bagan; Optional visit to Mt Popa

  • 9
    Irrawaddy Cruise to Pakkou; Afternoon drive to Monywa

  • 10
    Morning visit to Po Win Daung Caves. Afternoon drive to Mandalay

  • 11
    Visit to Inwa and Amarapura

  • 12
    Irrawaddy River cruise to Mingun; Afternoon sightseeing in Mandalay

  • 13
    Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

  • 14
    Train along Gokteik Viaduct and drive to Hsipaw

  • 15
    River cruise on Dutawaddy River; Optional trekking

  • 16
    Drive back to Mandalay

  • 17
    Fly to Heho; Drive to Kalaw via Pindaya

  • 18
    Sightseeing in Kalaw; Drive to Lake Inle

  • 19
    Sightseeing around Lake Inle

  • 20
    Fly to Thandwe; drive to Ngapali Beach

  • 21
    Ngapali Beach at leisure

  • 22
    Ngapali beach at leisure

  • 23
    Fly back to Rangoon

  • 24
    Tour ends Rangoon

Trip notes

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Burma In Depth + Beach extension
Why Book this trip
This in-depth adventure holiday is the very best way to make the most of an extended visit to Burma. Ideal for travellers who not only want to discover the diverse landscapes and cultural cities of the country, but who want to take time to relax at the end. This tour features all the main sights as on our Burma Highlights (BUH) holiday, but also takes you deeper into less visited areas, such as Mawlamyine in the south east and Hsipaw in the north; as well as spend a few days doing your own thing on the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Ngapali on the Indian Ocean!
Included meals 23 1 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight
23 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16