Myanmar

An Insider's Myanmar 16 days

Straying a little off the standard 'big 4 trail' allows you to delve a little deeper into this diverse country, and it will repay you ten-fold. An Insider's Myanmar focuses on some of the country's less visited locations.

A trip to Myanmar wouldn’t be complete without visiting the cities of Yangon and Mandalay; exploring the awe-inspiring temples of Bagan and soaking up the other-worldly beauty of Inle Lake, which this itinerary covers. But in addition you’ll step off the well-trodden path: trekking into the Shan State hills around Kalaw where you will stay overnight in a village monastery; and heading south into the remote Kayah State which has only recently opened its doors to visitors, and is home to ethnic communities where traditional life continues as it has for generations.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Spend a day in the company of fishermen learning about their traditional lifestyle & searching for the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin.
  • Immerse yourself in local rural life as you trek between Kalaw and Inle Lake, staying overnight (rather uniquely) in a monastery en-route.
  • Venture south to the remote region of Loikaw: home to unique hill tribes and stunning, unspoilt natural scenery.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 4 - 6
Standard$3,600$3,209$2,962

Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel

Yadanarpon Dynasty’s leafy location in the quiet zone of 65th street is hard to beat: a 10 minute walk from Mandalay Palace...
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Win Unity

Just outside the centre on Monywa in the beautiful Monywa, the Win Unity Hotel provides a family-run welcome in an absolutely stunning setting...
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Bagan Thande Hotel

Arranged along the riverbank, the Bagan Thande’s wooden bungalows are bright & elegant, their aesthetic traditional but modern enough to keep you comfortable...
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Kalaw Heritage Hotel

High in the mountains of eastern Myanmar, the Kalaw Heritage Hotel is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating region, combining classic elegance with efficient service and up-to-date facilities...
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Inle Resort

Perhaps the dark horse of our Inle Lake favourites, the Inle Resort just keeps throwing us surprises – of the good kind. Many are due to the recent arrival of the extremely...
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Loikaw Lodge

Constructed almost entirely from locally sourced materials, Loikaw Lodge is a beacon for warm hospitality, responsible tourism, and long-term sustainable travel...
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Hotel G

Downtown Yangon bustles with street markets, food stalls and an upbeat atmosphere. Hotel G is conveniently located right in the centre of the action, just over a mile to Shwedagon Pagoda and across the road...
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First Class$3,842$3,450$3,203

Bagan King Hotel

Located in the heart of Mandalay, just a 5 minute walk from Mandalay’s Royal Palace and moat, the Bagan King Hotel may look a little un-inspiring from the outside, but...
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Win Unity

Just outside the centre on Monywa in the beautiful Monywa, the Win Unity Hotel provides a family-run welcome in an absolutely stunning setting...
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Bagan Thande Hotel

Arranged along the riverbank, the Bagan Thande’s wooden bungalows are bright & elegant, their aesthetic traditional but modern enough to keep you comfortable...
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Kalaw Heritage Hotel

High in the mountains of eastern Myanmar, the Kalaw Heritage Hotel is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating region, combining classic elegance with efficient service and up-to-date facilities...
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Inle Heritage Resort

Enjoying a location in the middle of Inle Lake, this unique property is accessible only by a one hour boat journey from Nyaung Shwe. From the locally crafted room furnishings, to the traditional cuisine served in the restaurant...
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Loikaw Lodge

Constructed almost entirely from locally sourced materials, Loikaw Lodge is a beacon for warm hospitality, responsible tourism, and long-term sustainable travel...
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Sule Shangri La

Formerly know as Traders, Sule Shangri La is something of a landmark in itself within Yangon - its 21 floors place it amongst the highest buildings in the city. The views from many rooms are sensational...
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Superior$3,969$3,577$3,330

Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

With commanding views in all directions, the Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is located at the foot of perhaps Myanmar’s most iconic landmark - its sacred hill...
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Win Unity

Just outside the centre on Monywa in the beautiful Monywa, the Win Unity Hotel provides a family-run welcome in an absolutely stunning setting...
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The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Any hotel with a 12th century palace wall within its boundaries is likely to be impressive, and The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is a case in point. The perfect, cool, airy retreat...
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Amara Mountain Resort

On first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d jumped continent, to a little Northern European village in the woods. The Amara Mountain Resort consists of ten ample but very cute timber-frame cottages...
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Inle Lake View Resort & Spa

Located on the western banks of serene Inle Lake, the Inle Lake View Resort is unquestionably amongst the pick of the region's accommodation choices...
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Loikaw Lodge

Constructed almost entirely from locally sourced materials, Loikaw Lodge is a beacon for warm hospitality, responsible tourism, and long-term sustainable travel...
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Sule Shangri La

Formerly know as Traders, Sule Shangri La is something of a landmark in itself within Yangon - its 21 floors place it amongst the highest buildings in the city. The views from many rooms are sensational...
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Deluxe$4,278$3,885$3,639

Red Canal

Although they’re only a short taxi or trishaw ride into downtown Mandalay and the night market, most guests would quite rightly question the need to ever leave the Red Canal. Put simply, it’s delightful...
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Win Unity

Just outside the centre on Monywa in the beautiful Monywa, the Win Unity Hotel provides a family-run welcome in an absolutely stunning setting...
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Bagan Lodge

Providing stylish luxury accommodation just south of ancient Bagan, the Lodge strikes a tempting balance between modern comfort and historic Burmese elegance...
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Amara Mountain Resort

On first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d jumped continent, to a little Northern European village in the woods. The Amara Mountain Resort consists of ten ample but very cute timber-frame cottages...
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Inle Princess Resort

The charming Inle Princess Resort is located on the eastern lakeside, with many of its thatched, stilted cottages lining the water, while others, to the rear, offer views...
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Loikaw Lodge

Constructed almost entirely from locally sourced materials, Loikaw Lodge is a beacon for warm hospitality, responsible tourism, and long-term sustainable travel...
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Savoy Hotel

Being located just off Rangoon's very own ‘millionaire’s row’ can have its advantages, namely the great restaurants and shopping (or window shopping) opportunities the neighbourhood has to offer...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Hsipaw is high on many light-adventure enthusiasts lists and is an easy two night extension from Mandalay. Highlights include river cruises, remote Shan monastery and village visits, trekking and even cycling through the almost unworldly picturesque countryside that surrounds this dusty Shan town.
  • If you have the time and can endure another night without home comforts (overnight accommodation is basic: bathroom facilities consist of a bucket shower & squat toilet!), then there is an equally rewarding three day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake that can be included instead.
  • Adding beach time is simple - there are great options in Myanmar such as Ngapali and Ngwe Saung or you can even consider a side trip via Bangkok to a Thai island.

  • At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

    Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

    Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and Burmese New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

    Inclusive:

    • English speaking, local guide
    • All accommodation listed
    • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
    • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals listed
    • International flight reconfirmation.

    Exclusive:

    • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
    • Entry visas
    • International airport departure taxes
    • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Drinks, other than water on activity days
    • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
    • Travel insurance
    • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

    Please note

    All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

     

    Flights

    We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

    Visa

    You will require a visa to enter Myanmar. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

    Passport

    Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

    Insurance

    You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

    Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

    You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

    Booking Procedure

    Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

    Travelling Responsibly

    We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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    Anna - Selective Asia consultant

    The trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake was a highlight of my recent trip to Myanmar. Being woken at 5am by the sound of monks chanting was a surreal and magical start to the day!

    Anna - Myanmar tailor-made specialist
    An Insider's Myanmar