This 12 days Group Sharing Tour is recommended for travelers who want to travel with other people. Travelers can save the budget as we arrange by bus for intercity transfer of the tour. This tour will cover Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Kalaw (for trekking), Inle Lake and Yangon.
Exploring throughout Myanmar
Who would love this tour?
Explore most popular attractions in Myanmar within the range of Budget Travel Expense and the perfect introduction for the first-time visitors to Myanmar. Enjoy a visit to U Bein Bridge at beautiful sunset time when you are in Mandalay, the last royal capital in Myanmar that rich in culture. In Bagan, visit the famous Archeological site from 11th century by private car with our tour guide. Kalaw was known as Myanmar’s popular trekking destination, to explore hill tribe villages and a beautiful view of Shan Hill. You will have excursion boat trip to Inle Lake to observe the way of living and floating garden at Inle Lake and back to Yangon.
What are the highlights of the Program?
- A perfect introduction for first-time visitors with the budgeted travel program
- Full day excursion to 3 ancient cities around Mandalay.
- Trekking trip with local guide in Kalaw
- Small Group tour by minibus
- An excellent way to meet people from other countries
- Worry free, and all your travel is arranged
- Freedom for traveller but perfect arrangement with all inter-city transportation and fully accommodations
Local Express Bus information
About Local Express Bus: Called Express buses although they are not always faster (sometimes called VIP buses) are very comfortable, usually having reclining seats and 2+1 or 1+1 seating (as opposed to the usual 2+2). Many bus schedules operate overnight, which allows you to make the most of your days. Most longer journeys feature at least one refreshment stop at a large complex of restaurants on the main Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay Expressway. These offer you the opportunity to stretch your legs and get a drink and a snack to eat. Bottled water, and sometimes a small snack, are supplied on all Express VIP buses and some other buses. All those express buses have Air condition service, and blankets, but the private video player are provided in some overnight buses. Buses do not have toilets on board.
Optional Service: We can arrange optional Balloon ride over the Bagan and Inle lake (only in cool season) depend on your request. Spaces are limited and advance booking is needed.
Destinations in this tour
Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Arrival to Mandalay (D)
Pick up by the Private car at Mandalay International Airport/Train/Bus Station and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Evening at 3:00 pm, we will meet in the lobby and start evening exploration to cultural heritage sites including Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill for a spectacular sunset over the city. Then enjoy welcoming dinner with the group at the restaurant. Overnight at M3 hotel in Mandalay.
Ava – Sagaing – Mingun – Amarapura (B, L, -)
Enjoy an organized day trip to four ancient cities by Myanmar Upper Land (MUL’s) private car to access the remote four main destinations of around Mandalay: continues visit of the famous places like Mingun, Sagaing, Innwa (aka Ava), Amarapura. During this journey, you will have to experience of a boat, and local horse-cart rides inside the Ava Archeological site, and those expenses are included. Our tour guide is taking care of you during full day sightseeing. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.
Optional activities: Sit at a local tea-shop in Sagaing for a break, and you may have some Myanmar foods and tea. Learn about local who is sitting at the tea shop as their daily life.
Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (B, -, -)
Today we will visit PyinOoLwin, the hill station city where many colonial buildings are located with many historical backgrounds. PyinOoLwin is once the capital of British Burma, and 67 km far away from Mandalay. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, friendly people, amazing experience, and even good food. Its picturesque views are breath-taking and the smiles on its colorful people are heartbeat-skipping. In the evening drive back to Mandalay and overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Mandalay – Bagan by bus (B, -, -)
Leave for Bagan by morning express bus including pick up and drop off service. You will be in Bagan in the early afternoon and check-in at a hotel in Bagan. Then you will have leisure at the hotel for your convenience. MUL’s private car will pick you up (without tour guide) at about 4 pm to feel the sunset along the Irrawaddy River by the local boat and return to your hotel. Overnight at Zfreeti hotel in Bagan.
Bagan (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amazing city of Bagan by Private car with MUL’s local tour guide to get the insider perspective to appreciate this famous world heritage site and to discover thousands of ancient pagodas from the 11th century and the life of the local community. The highlights of Bagan is to visit Shwesigon pagoda where you can observe Nat (spirit) images, then a local market in Nyaung U, Ananda Temple; which has four Buddha Images in standing position and the masterpieces of the early style temple architecture of Bagan, Dhammayangyi Pagoda; the most massive shrine, Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest white stucco building in Bagan, Mahuha Temple built by King Manuhar in Mon Style, Lacquerware local family workshop, fermented bean paste workshop and other interesting places in Bagan. Overnight at Zfreeti hotel in Bagan.
Bagan – Kalaw by bus (B, -, -)
In the morning, pick up at the hotel and leave Bagan for Kalaw by day express bus is a great opportunity for you to interact and learn from the local. Don’t worry we will let you know the exact hotel address and if it is needed we will arrange to pick up the service at bus stop. Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate, and scenic views. Enjoy your free time to explore as you pleased in Kalaw on your arrangement today. Overnight at Dream Villa hotel in Kalaw.
Kalaw Trekking (B, L, D)
We start trekking today from the hotel at 08:30 am, and we then walk through into the hills tribe villages, YwaThit and Tar Yaw (Palaung tribe) and plantations. We will arrive at the viewpoint, 1500m above sea level, around midday and take in the breathtaking views while enjoying our delicious lunch. Then walk back down took us through rice paddies fields and rainforest. You will have an excellent experience to spend a full day in Kalaw. Overnight at Dream Villa hotel in Kalaw. Trekking guide service is included.
Remark: We will arrange half-day visit by local truck (without tour guide) in Kalaw city area only for children and adults who are not willing to trekking.
Kalaw – Inle – Kakku Pagoda (B, -, -)
Early morning our car will pick up at your hotel and drive to NyaungShwe where our tour guide is waiting for you. After refreshment at the hotel continue to drive to Kakku Pagoda to explore Shan style Buddhist stupas and their tradition. You can also see traditional culture in the villages near Kakku pagoda. Evening visit to Red Mountain wine garden when you come back from Kakku and hope you will happy for a taste of Myanmar wine. Overnight at Royal Inle hotel in NyaungShwe.
Special Event: Enjoy at Red Mountain for tasting Myanmar wine.
Inle – Indein (B, L, D)
In the morning take a private boat trip to Indein small village first. It’s located on the western bank of the Inle Lake. You can see incredibly atmospheric despite the crowds. By climbing along the comfortable stairway, notice so many small stupas and most constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The highlight is to see the local life in the rural village and distinguish Shan-style small stupas. Then come back to Inle Lake and visit the main tourist destinations of the lake. Fantastic Intha people are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. You may visit the famous floating garden, PhaungDawOo Pagoda, silversmith workshop, weaving from lotus fibers, cheroot making. Overnight at Royal Inle hotel in NyaungShwe.
NyaungShwe – Yangon by bus (B, -, -)
Enjoy your day to explore the back streets of NyaungShwe and Inle Lake by bike and strike out of the last moment in the countryside for the exploration around the lake perimeter before you catch a night bus and head towards Yangon. Our tour guide will lead you through the day. Overnight on the express bus.
Remark: Children and adults who are not willing to biking may have free time as we do not arrange any alternative sightseeing or activities today. We suggest you walk through the city on your own.
Yangon Arrival (B, L, D)
At your early arrival in Yangon, MUL private car will pick you up at the bus station and bring you to the local tea shop where you can relax and take local breakfast before you go to the hotel for refreshment. Our tour guide will meet you at the hotel and will arrange to leave the luggage at the reception and visit all the famous historical, cultural sites of Yangon. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.
Departure day (B, -, -)
The tour ends in Yangon this morning. Today is your last day in Yangon and preparation to continue your onward journey. Airport transfer is arranged.
include & exclude
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
- 10 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (Twin/ double sharing based),
- 1 night on the bus without breakfast
- All transfer and sightseeing by air-con car as mentioned in the itinerary
- Inter-city transports (Mandalay–Bagan–Kalaw–Yangon) by local express bus
- English speaking (station) tour guide service for 9 days except for Day 4,6, and 12
- Short trekking in Kalaw
- 5 Lunches and 5 dinners as mentioned in the itinerary (B, L, D)
- Bike hire for Day 10 in NyaungShwe
- Entrance fees for the visit as mentioned in the itinerary
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- International flights
- Visa fees and arrangement
- Early check-in and check-out charges
- Personal expenses and mini-bar charges at hotels
- Camera fees and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tour Guide service on Day 4, 6, and 12
- Meals and drinks, unless specified
- Transportation for dinners unless specified
- Tips for your guides
- Self-transfers within cities
What is cancellation policy for this tour?
All cancellations made by travelers will be charged as follows:
- Cancellation more than 45 days before travel start date: there is no charges.
- Between 30– 45 days before travel start date: 25% of the tour cost.
- Less than 30 days before travel start date (or) No-show: 100% of the tour cost.
- The Government Tax (5%) is non-refundable.
Can children to trekking in Kalaw on Day7?
We do not recommend for children to do trekking on Day 7.
How can you arrange for children in Kalaw?
We can arrange for sightseeing in Kalaw by local trucks without tour guides if they have accompanied by an adult. For that service please request in advance.
What do I need to carry with me for this tour?
You need to carry Trekking shoes for the trekking days in Kalaw, and something to protect from the sun and the dusts.
If it is the raining season (June to September) we suggest you carry a rain coat for you.
Can you advise me on the arrival time for this tour?
Please contact us for advice before arranging for international flights for the best arrival time and departure time.