The far north of Myanmar is considered as a remote part that few visitors ever make the effort to reach. Taking a chance to go crystal-clear water rafting in one of the highest mountains of Southeast Asia and experience unique tribal cultures around the Putao, and well known for the amazing trekking and outdoor activities as well. Then move to the south where you may be overwhelmed by the antiquity of thousand pagodas situated on the plains of Bagan, get the chance to experience traditional life of Chin people (an ethnic minority) at Chin State, and relax in bustling Yangon.
 

Duration: 14 days/13 nights
Tour Route: Mandalay – Myitkyina – Putao – Bagan – Yangon
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Tour Highlights

  • Go crystal-clear water rafting in the private wilderness of northern Kachin State
  • Witness the Myitsone River confluence, where the Malika meets the Maykah leading to the creation of the mighty Irrawaddy River
  • Discover Mandalay, the center of Burmese culture, and its surrounding ancient areas.
  • Hike in the remote mountains of southern Chin State, the origin of amazing tribal cultures
  • Go cycling around the thousands of temples that are scattered in the plains of Bagan
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere in the colonial streets of bustling Yangon and the impressive Shwedagon Pagoda

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Mandalay
Days 2-3: Myitkyina
Days 4-7: Putao
Day 8: Mandalay To Bagan By Boat
Days 9-12: Mount Victoria And Nat Ma Taung National Park
Days 13-14: Yangon

 
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Day 1: Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay. After checking at your hotel, visit the last royal palace of the Konbaung dynasty and recount the days of Thibaw and his queen, Supayalat, before they were expelled by the British into India. Visit the ancient Mahamuni Pagoda and then conquer 1729 steps to reach Mandalay Hill and admire the glorious sunset over the city.Mandalay CeremonyDays 2-3: Myitkyina
Depart from Mandalay in the morning for the Kachin capital, Myitkyina, a melting point of the ethnic groups in the north of Myanmar – as well as people from further afield, such as the city’s large Gurkha community. The town’s Strand Road is a bustling hub of activity with a colorful riverside market to explore during the day and finish off with a drink and a meal at one of the Myitkyina’s riverside restaurants.
Spend the next day exploring the town further and heading up river to the scenic confluence of the Malikha and Maykah rivers at Myitsone, where the mighty Irrawaddy River begins.Myitkyina MyanmarDays 4-7: Putao
Depart from Myitkyina for the flight to Putao. Located in the far north of Burma, and only approached by plane, Putao is an ideal place for those who are seeking strange experience and challenge themselves, from which you can see the Himalayas on the far horizon.
Your crystal-clear water rafting adventure will be set up through your luxurious lodge – this itinerary is depended on 4 day/3 night visit to Putao, but there are other flexible shorter and longer options here. To find out more, fill out the ‘Addtional Requirement’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Inquiry Tour’ button. Note that travel options are restricted by the days on which there are flights to and from Putao, and accommodation is shut during the low season (May-Sep).
Fly back to Mandalay.Panoramic view of PutaoDay 8: Mandalay To Bagan By Boat
Start the day by transferring from Mandalay to Bagan, and in the early morning, the weather can be quite chilly so make sure to bring some warmer gear. Enjoy breakfast on the boat and make sure to bring your camera to capture not only stunning Irrawaddy riverside scenes but also your beautiful moment there. There are some quieter stretches on the water so this is a perfect time to catch up on some reading or write those postcards to people back home. Arrive in Bagan in time for one of its famously stunning sunsets.Mandalay to Bagan by BoatDays 9-12: Mount Victoria And Nat Ma Taung National Park
Taking 8 hours from the west of Bagan to the small Chin mountain town of Kanpetlet and take a relaxing walk around the simple dwelling-house and churches of the peaceful area; you will enjoy the memorable time while staying at one of the most lovely eco-lodges in the mountain. The next day will focus on climbing the Mount Victoria as known as Nat Ma Taung or Khonuamthung, catching the magnificent mountain vistas and plenty of exotic flora on the way.
The next stop is Mindat, dramatically perched on a mountain ridge. Here, you will catch the chance to interact with members of the primitive Dai, Upu, and Ya tribes who are famous for the identical tradition – distinctive full facial tattoos. Next, you will spend the time to visit the local market and mountainside villages and then come back to Bagan to discover some more temples and enjoy some traditional Burmese wine over dinner.Nat Ma Taung

Days 13-14: Yangon
Fly south to the bustling commercial capital of Myanmar – Yangon. Going through Yangon tour, you will explore its iconic pagodas, colonial-era streets, and new art galleries and have a look around Bogyoke Market for those last-minute presents.Swedagon Pagoda

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation with breakfast (twin room basis)
  • Domestic flight tickets, including insurance surcharge and current fuel surcharge
  • Passenger service charges for domestic flights
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned
  • All transfers and sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in the program
  • Private local boat fare for Inle Lake excursion, as mentioned in the program

What’s Excluded?

  • International ticket to/from Mandalay or Yangon
  • Visa fees and visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at hotels
  • Any other items not mentioned

Important notes: 

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.