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Unique Experiences: ● Combine the classic with a twist and the undiscovered provinces of Burma.
● Discover the unexplored – the countryside, the slowness and the curious local smiles as you cross into Burma through the backdoor and explore villages in the remote Shan State.
● Explore the temples, the sunsets, the tranquillity and bustling life of the classic cities – Bagan, Inle (Lake), Mandalay and Yangon. Yet with the Go Beyond twist.
● Meet locals at eyelevel, stay in villages with character and soul. Go Beyond the Ordinary
Participants: Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences – normally no more than 2-5 people on the tour, yet part of the itinerary/day tours are Shared Group Experiences:

Bike Tour in Mandalay: Up to 10 participants
Cooking Class in Inle Lake: Up to 6 participants

Note that you can book 1 person on this program, but we cannot guarantee more participants on the overall tour.
Trip Length: 24 Day(s) 23 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Travel Season: All year. The best time to visit is from November to February when it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest. Day temperatures are around 20-25 degrees, while night temperatures in December – January can drop to below 10 degrees. The rainy season runs from the end of May until the end of September and can bring heavy and regular rainfall. From Mar to May the temperature can rise to above 40 degrees.
Type of Transportation: Public bus/car, private car, bicycle, private boat, local taxi, local motorbike or Tuk Tuk, train and truck.
Type of Accommodation: 20 Nights in Standard Room with Air Con, Private Bathroom and Toilet and Breakfast Included. 1 Night in O vernight Bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot, 1 night from Yangon to Hsipaw and 1 night from Nyaungshwe to Yangon.
Physical Rate: 3 /5
Child Policy: Child age: 2-11 years.
Child price: Refer to rates.
Please be aware of: Life vest will be provided and is included on boat trips. Access to Golden Rock only together with an adult. Trekking and biking is generally not recommended for children below 11 years. As an alternative horse cart or tuk tuk can be arranged at no extra charge. Please let us know in advance to allow for arrangement.
Included in Price: Meals: 21 x breakfast, 2 x lunch.
Accommodation: 3 nights in overnight bus and 20 nights at various hotels.
Transportation: Bangkok – Mae Sot – Hpa An – Mawlamyine – Kyaiktiyo // Kinpun – Yangon – Hsipaw – Kyaiktiyo – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Bagan – Nyaungshwe – Yangon. Various tours and transfers according to itinerary.
Tours/Explorations : According to itinerary.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guides according to itinerary.
Excluded from Price: ● Drinks
● Tips for your guides
● Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
● Entrance fees where applicable
● Visa to Myanmar
● Self-transfers and free day transportation highlighted in the itinerary
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
Shan State - Near Kyaukme - Mini Monk

Kyaiktio - Golden Rock Sunset

Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok – Mae Sot
A late evening departure from Bangkok. Leave the lights of the city behind and flow into the darkness, towards a fine string of explorations, accessed through Burma’s backdoor. Lean back and relax. Before you know it you will be in Mae Sot, the border town to Burma’s unexplored countryside.

Practicalities:
Transport and Guide: You will meet your guide at New Road Guesthouse around 20.00 (please ask the Service Guide one day in advance about the exact time). Together you will go by car to Bangkok’s Northern bus terminal and you guide will make sure you get on the right bus. Onwards travel is on your own by overnight aircon bus to Mae Sot and expected arrival in Mae Sot the following morning around 05:00.

Please note that this tour combines nicely with Go Beyond’s Umphang Trek (end Mae Sot). In due case, please choose the Burma Explorer Beyond with start in Mae Sot and contact us for arrangements of guesthouse/accommodation in Mae Sot.

Day 2: Mae Sot, Thailand – Border Crossing – Hpa An.
In the early morning as the city slowly comes to wake you will arrive in the border town of Mae Sot. Your guide will be waiting for you and take you to Go Beyond’s Mae Sot rest house. Sleep for an extra hour, enjoy a quick shower and grab a bite to eat before your adventure truly begins (expect basic accommodation and facilities).

Cross the border from Thailand into Myanmar, and the first thing you will notice is how the traffic changes from left-side driving to right-side. Meet your car and driver at the Myanmar side of the border-bridge at 10.00 Burma local time and travel by road all the way to Hpa An.

As you flow through the landscape give in to the dense forest, the small villages, the farmers working with their buffaloes in the fields, the slowness and the friendliness. Most parts of the road are one way on alternating days. Today traffic moves from the Thai-Burmese border to Hpa An. Tomorrow, it will move in the opposite direction only.

You will arrive in Hpa An in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Hpa An, the capital city of the Kayin State. Located at the bank of the Thanlwin River it is surrounded by strange, almost mythical mountains including Zwe Kabin. Take your time to wander Hpa An’s small streets, try the local curries and the colourful fruit in stock.

Practicalities:
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hpa An.
Transport and Guide: Your guide will pick you up upon arrival in Mae Sot around 05:00 and transfer you to Go Beyond’s Mae Sot rest house (expect basic facilities). Around 09:30 Thai local time you will be taken to the border crossing to cross into Burma. Your guide will stay in Mae Sot. On the opposite side a private car with driver (English may be limited) will pick you up at 10:00 Burma local time and take you to your hotel in Hpa An. Expected arrival time around 17:00 (expect 7 hours driving time).
Please note there is a 30 minutes time difference between Thailand and Burma.

This tour combines nicely with Go Beyond’s Umphang Trek (end Mae Sot). Please contact us for arrangements of guesthouse/accommodation in Mae Sot.

Day 3: Hpa An. Kayaking the rice fields, visit a cave and get close to local village life.
After a slow breakfast in the early morning, your hours ahead will be spent in a kayak. Paddling through the lush rice fields; with limestone mountains as a constant backdrop, carving their way through the horizon. Accompanying you to show the way is a local tribes man from the Kayin tribe. And though he may not speak any English you certainly can expect a big smile and a very friendly person to take care of you. On the way, you will pass tranquil traditional Kayin villages and stop for fresh fruit served in one of the wooden Kayin houses.

The kayak tour will ignite and spoil all of your senses, but the Saddar Cave may take your breath away. As you step into the huge football-stadium sized cave hundreds of Buddha figures, pagodas and clay wall carvings welcome you with open arms. And if you are here during dry season (roughly November – April) a true adventure lies before your feet. Leap into a scramble through dimly lit chambers, stalactites above you, bats around you and crystal walls before you. And then at the far side a burst of sun light. Hiding a secret lake, so idyllic with ducks and flowering lilies hidden in a bowl of rough peaks.

Slowly you prepare to leave your fairytale world and go back to your hotel in Hpa An. To spend a quiet afternoon and night rewinding and grasping the day that was so beyond the ordinary.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hpa An.
Transport and Guide: Your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel around 08:00 for a short transfer by motorbike or Tuk Tuk to the starting point of your kayak adventure. You will return the same way in the early afternoon around 13:00.
Please note: The water level in the lake is dependent on seasons and weather. In case the water level is low, it may be necessary to make the kayaking shorter and replace it with a hike and a visit to a local traditional Kayin Village.

Day 4: Hpa An – Mawlamyine (Moulmeine). Flow down the river and visit remote villages.
Wake up in the early morning for a bit of breakfast before your day truly begins. Before you, a cruise down the Thanlwin river awaits – the river that flows all the way from the barren Tibetan plateau to the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Take in the mighty limestone mountains that rise around you and stop in U Na Auk village where your guide will show you around. A truly local experience in a village that barely receives any visitors. A village, where you will find yourself surrounded by dozens of laughing children, curious to find out what purpose a foreign guest have in their village.

Upon arrival at Mawlamyine (Moulmeine) in the afternoon you will disembark and have the rest of the day at your convenience. To capture the streets and explore the urban life after days in the undiscovered countryside.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included. No lunch is included, and we suggest to bring a lunch box from Hpa An on your river cruise.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mawlamyine.
Transport and Guide: Around 08:00 you will transfer by local motorbike or Tuk Tuk to the jetty in Hpa An. Transfer by private boat to Mawlamyine (Moulmeine) with stops along the way.
Transport not included: Upon arrival at the jetty in Mawlamyine you will transfer to your hotel in Mawlamyine on your own. We recommend going by Tuk Tuk, which normally takes 10-15 minutes and costs around 3000 kyat.

Day 5: Mawlamyine. Free day for you to explore on your own.
Make the most of your free day in Mawlamyine, formerly Moulmein, located right at the Andaman coast at the delta of the mighty Salween (Thanlwin) River. It is the capital city of Mon State and the third biggest town in Myanmar. That said, it is well away from the ordinary tourist trail. If you love decaying old colonial buildings, a town with a multitude of ethnicities, slowness and fine small monasteries, you will like to stroll around here on your own exploring the small side streets. Lay eyes on the largest reclining Buddha in Burma and promenade the Mawlamyine Strand Road located at the banks of the mighty Thanlwin River. Go to the harbor to see the busy harbor life from early morning to evening.
If you prefer to be on wheels, consider renting a motorbike taxi to drive you around. Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mawlamyine
Transport not included: Any transportation used on your free day explorations in Mawlamyine is at your own expense. If you want to rent a motorbike or Tuk Tuk expect to pay around 10-15.000 Kyat for a day, from sunrise to sunset.

Day 6: Mawlamyine – Kyaikto – Kinpun (Golden Rock).
Be a voyager as you board the bumpy, local train from Mawlamyine northwards to Kyaiktiyo – your chance of interacting with the locals, meeting them at eyelevel. A shy smile and waving children. Outside your windows, the sun slowly rises brightly illuminating the rice fields, the ever-changing countryside and the working farmers in the quiet morning.
Hire a Tuk Tuk and arrive in Kinpun, your rest place for the night. Kinpun is a small dusty town with just a few shops selling colourful fruit, local dishes and dried beans. The real attraction is its status as basecamp for or gateway to the Golden Rock, which means hundreds of pilgrims, will pass through Kinpun.
You can go up today by truck already, should you prefer – or you can wait until tomorrow.
If you choose to wait, get behind the facade of Kinpun by wandering the small dirt streets, wave to the locals working in their gardens and hang out after dark until the generator runs low. Then have a good night’s sleep to prepare for tomorrow’s hike to the Golden summit.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kinpun.
Transport and Guide: Remember to collect your Upper Class seat train tickets from your hotel reception in Mawlamyine in advance. Your train departs at 08:00 (please allow for at least 20 minutes self-transfer from your hotel). Expect to arrive Kyaiktiyo train station around 12:30.
Transport not included: Self transfer from your hotel in Mawlamyine to Mawlamyine train station and Kyaiktiyo train station to your hotel in Kinpun (also known as Golden Rock Basecamp). For both, we recommend going by Tuk Tuk, which normally takes around 20 minutes and costs around 3000 Kyat.
Should you wish to go to Golden Rock today, a truck from Kinpun Yatetaung Terminal and return is recommended and will be at your own expense. Trucks run from sunrise to sunsets and never in the dark. See Day 6, practicalities, for more details.

Day 7: Kinpun – Golden Rock - Yangon. Lay eyes on the marvellous Golden Rock.
The Golden Rock, so wildly hanging on its tip, high above the plains. Floating in atmospheric clouds and surrounded by an equal amount of myths and fascination. Popular amongst travellers, yet, mostly a magical site for Buddhist pilgrimages. Every good Buddhist dreams of one day laying eye on this holy shrine. Travellers now often do the same.
The way to here is strenuous, though rewarding. From Kinpun, your truck climbs up the mountain, stopping halfway to allow trucks coming from the opposite direction to pass. Then, at Yatetaung terminal, no more than a dirt square surrounded by a handful of local shops, you disembark to continue by foot. 45 minutes to one-hour uphill. But you do not need to make up excuses to stop along the way; the surroundings, the plains below you are spell-bindingly beautiful. So much that the Golden Rock in itself is just the icing on the cake. The journey as a whole is the experience.
When you have made your way back to Kinpun you are ready for your next destination, to float by bus to bustling Yangon. Full of colonial relics and stories from the past, life so very much happening in the present.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Transport and Guide: Remember to pick up your bus ticket from Kinpun to Yangon at the hotel reception before you go out. Your bus leaves from Kinpun 13:00 and will arrive in Yangon around 19:00.
Transport not included: Self-transfer between Kinpun and Yatetaung terminal (at the foot of the Golden Rock). We recommend going by truck, which normally takes around 30 minutes and costs around 8000 Kyat. Note that the trucks have no fixed departure times, but leave when they are full. Trucks run from sunrise to sunset only.
Note that you will have to walk the last 45-60 minutes from Yatetaung terminal to Golden Rock and back. Note that this is a very steep slope at some points. For those with accessibility concerns or royal fantasies bamboo sedan chairs carried by 4 porters each can be hired for around 12.000 Kyat.
Self-transfer from Yangon bus station to your centrally located hotel in Yangon. We recommend going by public taxi, which should take around 1 hour and cost around 10.000 Kyat
Entrance: Access to Golden Rock is not included. Expect to pay USD 6 per person and an extra USD 2 for camera. Note also, that you may be denied access if you as man wear shorts or as woman wear trousers, miniskirt or a small top. Women are not allowed to get close to the Golden Rock (inner platform), only men are permitted.

Day 8: Yangon. Morning tour of the markets, give alms to the monks and have mohinga for breakfast.
What’s happening in the streets of Yangon when most other people are still sleeping or taking their shower? You’re going to find out soon. Your guide will take you through the morning traffic to Yangon's main fish market. Located on the Yangon River, the offloading point is alive 24 hours a day and will also be bustling when you arrive. Chilly ice block trucks, fish piled in colorfull plastic baskets and hard working young guys making their way through the market with today's catch.
Continue to a 24 hours open vegetable market and try the famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga (a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers). By that time the monks are walking through the streets of Yangon to collect their alms and you will wait for them to pass and donate a bit of food to them. Walk through the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel (around 09:30 am) to have your full western breakfast.

You will have the rest of the day and evening at your convenience to explore Yangon’s backstreets and colourful street life. Pay a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and marvel over the city's colonial heritage. Hang out at a corner when the sun sets and be seated for a spicy roadside dinner surrounded by nothing but friendliness and smiles.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast included.
Accommodation: Overnight at central hotel in Yangon.
Transport and Guide: Your guide will pick you up at 06:30 and together you go by van to the markets.
Transport not included: Transport during your free day explorations.

Day 9: Yangon – Hsipaw (Shan State). Free Yangon day before heading to the remote Shan State.
Appreciate a slow morning on your free day to further explore quirky and colonial Yangon. Seek towards the local Morning Market for a colourful morning rush, and stroll by the Strand Hotel to be swept back to the colonial past. Stock up for your overnight bus ride with delicacies and snacks from the street stalls and local mom and pop stores.

Wave goodbye for now to Yangon and leave the bustling city behind as your overnight bus slowly takes you from urban to outskirts.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight aircon bus.
Transport and Guide: You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide in Yangon at 14:00 and transferred to Yangon bus station. Your public overnight aircon bus to Hsipaw departs at 17:00 . Expected arrival in Hsipaw tomorrow at 06:00 in the morning.

Day 10: Hsipaw (Shan State). City walking tour for a fine introduction to Hsipaw.
As you arrive Hsipaw it will be just in time for the perfect sunrise over the Shan State. Still a bit tired you will appreciate a pre-arranged Tuk Tuk to take you to your hotel. To rest your head for a couple of hours before new adventures are rolled out in front of you.

When you are ready, your guide will take you on a 3-hour walking tour. To give you a fine introduction to and share his knowledge of a city and state that only few travellers will visit. Get behind the scene of this once Shan Royal city and appreciate the slowness, the tribal culture and the change in ambience.

After your walk the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further.

Practicalities:
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hsipaw (early check-in possible).
Transport and Guide: You will be picked up by Tuk Tuk (driver will have your name at a signboard) at Hsipaw bus station (arrival around 06:00) and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: Hsipaw. Free day for own explorations.
A free day just for you. And the dusty Shan town of Hsipaw is the right spot to have enough free time. Most travellers love the ambience here, the early morning mist that surrounds the landscape until the sun takes over, novice monks walking the morning streets collecting alms. The splendid market with a fine mix of ethnic minorities. Just a short stroll out of town and beauty explodes. Fine small monasteries, life along the river, the fine rolling hills. Hsipaw is close to magic.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hsipaw.
Transport not included: Any transportation used on your free day explorations in Hsipaw. If you want to rent a motorbike or Tuk Tuk expect to pay around 15.000 Kyat for a day.

Day 12: Hsipaw – Kyaukme. Trekking in the hills around Kyaukme, past tea plantations and into remote villages.
Go for an adventurous yet short ride on a local bus, which will bring you to Kyaukme, a village known for its unspoilt trekking options. From Kyaukme, trek into the remoteness of the Shan and Palaung hill villages. Into the rolling green hills covered in mist. With tea plantations as far as the eye can see, village people caring for the fields, picking the tealeaves when the time is just right. Wave to curious kids and give hand to friendly locals on the way. This is a day that truly will take you away from the tourist trail and into the Burmese life in the hill country, to life as it is really lived.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kyaukme.
Transport and Guide: Local bus from Hsipaw to Kyaukme. Your local hotel host will walk you to the bus station where your seat is arranged in advanced (no ticket).

Day 13: Kyaukme – Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo). A slow-paced train ride across the stunning Goteik Bridge.
On you go to one of your biggest Shan State adventures. A slow-paced train ride from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin, taking you across Goteik Bridge, one of Burma’s most stunning manmade marvels. Built by the British more than 100 years ago it is the highest bridge in Burma, stretching almost 700 meters across the viaduct below.

It is not the fastest mode of transport, but definitely the most beautiful. You will disembark in Pyin Oo Lwin or Maymyo as it is also named. This was the hill station that the British withdrew to during colonial days, when the heat got too overwhelming in Mandalay. Though the town has developed Pyin Oo Lwin still has some of its old ambience, and a lively market, and the nostalgic yet famous horse drawn carriages. Pyin Oo Lwin has some lovely parks and orchards, and in summer there is an abundance of fruits for sale. A fine place to explore for the curious soul.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Transport and Guide: Remember to get your train tickets in the morning, either delivered by your guide or waiting for you in the hotel reception. Your train leaves from Kyaukme station at 11:30 and is expected to arrive in Pyin Oo Lwin around 16:00 (delay happens).
Transport not included: Self-transfer from your hotel in Kyaukme to Kyaukme train station. We recommend going by motorbike or Tuk Tuk, which normally takes around 10 minutes and costs around 3000 Kyat.
Self-transfer from Pyin Oo Lwin train station to your Pyin Oo Lwin hotel. We recommend going by motorbike or Tuk Tuk, which normally takes around 15 minutes and costs around 3000 Kyat.

Day 14: Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay. Time for self-exploration in Mandalay.
From the hill country follow the colonial trail downhill to Mandalay. Don’t forget to ask the driver to stop at the viewpoint at Mile 21 before you leave the mountains behind.

The name Mandalay has a touch of old colonial days, Kipling, a fragment in a song. But today Mandalay is a modern metropolis, and the Chinese influence is enormous here. The hill above Mandalay is with its fine pagodas and monasteries a pilgrimage place for devoted Buddhists. The cuisine here is fine; the nightlife is possibly the liveliest in Burma. But you can also find small local markets, old teashops, and slowness. And you have the entire afternoon and evening free to explore just that.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Transport and Guide: You will be picked up from your hotel and go by shared taxi from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay for about 2 hours. Note that your driver may speak limited English.

Day 15: Mandalay. Bike tour to explore the outskirts of Mandalay.
“Magnificent Mandalay Mornings”. By bike. Escape the hustle and bustle of the dusty city and discover the tranquillity and charm of the Mandalay countryside. You will visit fresh markets, cottage industry, farming villages and return to Mandalay after having made a genuine connection to the Myanmar outskirts, life beyond the cityscape.

You will have the rest of the day at your convenience to explore urban Mandalay. Hire a blue “bemo” and explore the U-Bein bridge for sunset. As the sun casts it last rays and the locals cross the bridge there is no place more beautiful than being in one of the small boats. A magnificent view that will stay with you forever.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Transport and Guide: Transfer by motorbike (your driver may speak limited English) from your hotel to and from the starting point of the bike tour. Bike Mandalay in the morning with your guide. Expect to be back at your hotel around noon.

Day 16: Mandalay – Bagan. Overland flow and time for self-explorations.
Venture from Mandalay to mythical and magical Bagan. Go by public bus and watch the world pass by outside, the local life in the villages and the monks taking their lunch before noon. A given in the Buddhist society so your bus probably stops too, to allow any travelling monks to fulfil their requirement.

Upon arrival in Bagan you have the rest of the day free to explore at your own pace. Bagan is truly one of Asia’s, possibly the world’s, finest places to explore ancient religious temples. Timing is important. Early morning or sunset times are splendid here. Maybe today is the day for your temple sunset.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Transport and Guide: Remember to pick up your bus ticket from Mandalay to Bagan from the hotel reception before you go. Your public aircon bus leaves from Mandalay 08:00 and will arrive in Bagan around 13:30.
Transport not included: Self-transfer from your hotel to Mandalay bus station. We recommend going by motorbike, which normally takes around 25 minutes and costs around 5000 Kyat.
Self-transfer from Bagan bus station to your Bagan hotel. We recommend going by horse cart, which normally takes around 30 minutes and costs around 8000 Kyat.

Day 17: Bagan. Bike the temple plains and get an insider's perspective of the site.
Through thousands of temples and pagoda ruins without ends. Spread across the plains of Bagan as a beautiful testament to the religious devotion of Burma’s Buddhists and religious rulers over time it now remains a popular exploration site. Not without a reason. But have it with a twist, a bit of Go Beyond spice. Understand its magnificence through a guide who will explain the history, the legends and the architecture of the temples. To give you the insider perspective to truly appreciate this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore or kick back to relax in the afternoon. Time is on your side and only you decide how to spend it.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Transport and Guide: Your guide will bring the bikes to your hotel at 08:00 and depart together.
Entrance: E ntrance fee to the Bagan Archaeological Zone is not included. Expect to pay around USD 15.

Day 18: Bagan. Free day for your to explore the city or the outskirts.
Bagan is impressive and the Archeological Zone covers a vast area. Not to mention the city of Bagan itself well worth some time for strolling the streets. That is why you have a full day at your convenience to do as you please – Explore more temples and go via a different route than what you did yesterday. Enjoy the view over the Irrawaddy River or go wander the streets of Nyaung U. Breath in the colonial charm, the atmospheric village center ambience and the colorful, bustling market.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Transport not included: Any transportation used on your free day explorations in Bagan. If you want to rent a horse cart expect to pay around 25.000 Kyat for a day.

Please make sure your get your tickets for tomorrow’s bus ride from your guide.

Day 19: Bagan – Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake). Make your transportation an exploration as you flow overland to Inle Lake.
A new day, a new city, new adventures awaits you. Leave Bagan behind and flow to Nyaungshwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. The journey is part of the adventure, getting close to the locals, learning, interacting. Watching the world go by outside your windows, the teeming life as the bus comes to a halt. Make your transportation and exploration.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe.
Transport and Guide: You will have received your bus ticket one day in advance from your guide. Your public aircon bus departs Bagan at 08:00 and is expected to arrive in Nyaungshwe around 17:30.
Transport not included: Self-transfer from your Bagan hotel to Bagan bus station. We recommend going by horse cart, which normally takes around 30 minutes and costs around 15.000 Kyat.
Self-transfer from Nyaungshwe bus station to your Nyaungshwe hotel. We recommend going by motorbike, which normally takes around 15 minutes and costs around 3000 Kyat.

Day 20: Cooking class; trying your hands on the Burmese cuisine
Take a day to get to know the charming city, to understand it tastes and flavours. And what better way to do so than getting your hands dirty and your stomach full?

Start your introduction to the Shan State cuisine by visiting the local market to buy ingredients for your lunch. Your cooking class will then take place in a garden open-air kitchen where your local teacher helps you to stir up Intha style fish curry, fried vegetables, Shan noodles or fried rice cake and egg curry with tamarind paste. At noon the smells will fill the air and your stomach be ready for the lunch you have cooked yourself. Enjoy in the beautiful garden setting at the bamboo house. This is all a person can wish for.

After the cooking class you will have the rest of the day free. And what a treat for the curious at heart; for the travellers who value time to immerse instead of simply scratching the surface.
The town of Nyaungshwe is not only the gateway to Inle lake, but also a charming city in its own humble right – once the seat of one of the last Shan Princes. Wander the streets of Nyaungshwe to explore the back alleys, life along the main canal and hidden shrines in square compounds.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast and lunch is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe.
Transport and Guide: Transport at own arrangement to cooking class. The meeting point you will get from your hotel reception, where ms Sue will leave a message for you.

Day 21: Nyaungshwe and Inle Lake free day to take in the lake or the city scape.
Rise early and get lost in the Mingala Market, as traders from the lake bring in fresh fish and produce from the floating gardens.
Spend your free in a boat on the Inle Lake with a 360-degree view of the scenery. Before you the famous one-leg rowers so delicately and quietly manoeuvre their boats. The quietness of the water and the floating gardens as a spellbinding patchwork of blue and green mixed with flowers of white, pink, purple.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe.
Transport not included: Any transportation used on your free day explorations in Nyaungshwe. If you want to rent a motorbike or Tuk Tuk expect to pay around 20.000 Kyat for a day.

Day 22: Nyaungshwe – Yangon. Free day for self-exploration.
Appreciate that you do not have to get up too early. If you have not yet had enough of Inle Lake a bike trip along the shores, with stops under shading flowering rainforest trees, for tea, a snack or just a chat is highly recommended. Make sure to breath in the last bit of the countryside, of the fresh air before venturing back towards bustling Yangon.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Accommodation: Overnight aircon bus.
Transport and Guide: Your guide will deliver your bus tickets in advance, you may ask in your hotel reception if needed. Your public overnight aircon bus from Nyaungshwe to Yangon departs at 18:00. Expected arrival in Yangon tomorrow morning at 05:00.
Transport not included: Self-transfer from your hotel to Nyaungshwe bus station. We recommend going by motorbike or Tuk Tuk, which normally takes around 15 minutes and costs around 3000 Kyat

Day 23: Yangon. Free day for you to explore the city.
An early morning bus arrival demands for a slow paced day. A hearty Burmese breakfast and caffeine boost at a teahouse, watching the world pass by outside. A bit of shopping in the sprawling mess that is Bogyoke Aung San Market (note that this is closed on Mondays) , an afternoon tea at the strand hotel while the fruit vendors slowly close for the day outside and the kids play before the last rays of the sun slowly disappears.

Practicalities:
Accommodation: Overnight at central hotel in Yangon.
Transport not included: Self-transfer from Yangon bus station to your Yangon hotel. We recommend going by public taxi, which normally takes around 1 hour and costs around 10.000 Kyat

Day 24: Yangon. Ready to leave the city behind and move towards new adventures.
All good things must come to an end. After 21 days on the road, get ready for new exciting adventures. And though it may be hard to leave, do remember to check out before 12:00.

Practicalities:
Meals: Breakfast is included.

Please note that above recommendations and estimates for self-transfers and entrance fees are for your guideline only. We do not take any responsibility for changes in prices and/or transportation times.

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Locations Visited:
Mae Sot, Hpa An, Myawaddy, Mawlamyine/Moulmeine, Kyaiktiyo, Golden Rock, Yangon, Shan State, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe
Start City:
Bangkok
End City:
Yangon

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